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Comment: Re:What's good for the goose... (Score 4, Interesting) 223

by Daemonstar (#18011452) Attached to: Google News Found Guilty of Copyright Violation
I know that my mom and wife both use Google as their "address bar". My wife wanted to go somewhere the other day (she had to use my Linux box; I playing around with Vista on the Windows one), and I told her to just type the address in the address bar (it was like JcPenney's or something). She said, "I don't want to type it in the address bar, I just want to type it in Google." Google is the default page on my Win PC. My mom does the same thing; she never uses the address bar. She usually asks, "How do I do that?" when I tell her to just type it in.

Back when I was employed at an ISP, we had a Google search box on our main page. Whenever our main page was down for updates or screwups, we *always* got calls from users asking when the page would be back up so they could surf the web. They would use the Google search box to get around the Internet instead of using the address bar or using a different search engine.

It's not far fetched that they will lose traffic if Google doesn't index them in their search results.
GUI

+ - Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In 2002, both KDE and GNOME released their last major revisions; KDE released KDE 3.0 on 3rd April, while GNOME followed shortly after with GNOME 2.0 on 27th June. For the Linux desktop, therefore, 2002 was an important year. Since then, we have continiously been fed point releases which added bits of functionaility and speed improvements, but no major revision has yet seen the light of day. What's going on?"
The Courts

RIAA Drops Suit Against Santangelo 190

Posted by Zonk
from the christmas-presents dept.
VE3OGG writes "The RIAA, in an expected motion, has recently dismissed the case against Patti Santangelo, one of the most famous targets of the RIAA lawsuits. The mother of five was described by the judge presiding as an 'internet-illiterate parent, who does not know Kazaa from kazoo.' While this is good news, the RIAA is still pursuing its case against two of Mrs. Santangelo's children. To make matters worse, the RIAA has also dismissed the case 'without prejudice', meaning that they could, in theory, take action against her again later on. The RIAA alleges that Santangelo's children downloaded and subsequently distributed more than 1,000 songs. The damages they seek are presently unknown"
Novell

+ - Hubert Mantel Returns to Novell

Submitted by
Krondor
Krondor writes "Hubert Mantel, SuSe Co-Founder, has confirmed in an interview with Data Manager Online that he has returned to employment with Novell. When asked why he left Novell to begin with, Hubert responded that he was 'burned out' and 'following unpleasant experiences with our investors needed some time off'. Slashdot had reported previously Hubert's departure from Novell approximately one year ago shortly following Novell's acquisition of SuSe and subsequent layoffs. Hubert also provides his opinions on the Novell-Microsoft Agreement, which he characterizes as 'a good thing'."
Data Storage

+ - Hans Reiser to sell his company

Submitted by DVega
DVega (211997) writes "Due to increasing legal costs, murder suspect Hans Reiser, is seeking to sell his company. His lawyer William DuBois said he is running out of money to pay for his defense. And added "This is a unique opportunity for someone to buy the company for pennies on the dollar. We welcome all vultures." This is a good opportunity to own a filesystem and rename after your own."
Communications

+ - Queen to Podcast Christmas Message

Submitted by Karloskar
Karloskar (980435) writes "The queen is going to be a bit hip this year and podcast her Christmas message. How quaint.

From news.com.au

The Queen's televised Christmas message is being offered as a podcast for the first time.

Buckingham Palace today said the message would be available as a download from her website www.royal.gov.uk from 3pm UK time on Christams Day (2am AEDT December 26).

Listeners can subscribe in advance on the site to receive the broadcast automatically.

This year's broadcast, recorded at Southwark Cathedral, will focus on the relationship between different generations — what the young and old have to offer each other — and how faiths can nurture respect for the elderly.
"
Portables

+ - Durabook Laptop Destroyed at [H]

Submitted by jkwdoc
jkwdoc (1009885) writes "The crew at [H] Consumer got a hold of a Durabook sample from Twinhead and got the green light to hold Twinhead to their word about what kind of abuse the unit can withstand. Twinhead originally claimed that their unit could survive 26 drops from 29 inches. A cracked LCD and busted hard drive later, they changed their tune. Complete with video! http://consumer.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTI0O CwxLCxoY29uc3VtZXI="
The Internet

+ - Opera Adds Anti-Phishing to Latest Browser

Submitted by Daemonstar
Daemonstar (84116) writes "Opera added anti-phishing to its latest browser, Opera 9.1.

Opera Software today introduced real-time Fraud Protection in its award-winning Web browser. Fraud Protection includes technology from GeoTrust, the leading digital certificate provider, and PhishTank, a collaborative clearing house for data and information about phishing on the Internet. Fraud Protection is available in Opera 9.1, the newest version of Opera's Web browser.
"
Printer

+ - Cart cost == Printer (Carts included) ???

Submitted by santa c
santa c (846026) writes "It is indeed amazing that no major source mentions what shovel describes is "to a certain extent an antitrust conspiracy" — OEM cartridges' prices are so high, one can buy the original printer (with them included) at... Furthermore some (such as my ip4200) even include "protection mechanisms" against re-filling (at a friction of the price) which require turning the ink monitor off (while recording the fact and voiding the warranty) and risking print-head burning upon running out of substance... Looks like fear of losing control of your hardware in the future is... Too late?"

Robots Could Some Day Demand Legal Rights 473

Posted by Zonk
from the good-news-everyone dept.
Karrde712 writes "According to a study by the British government, as reported by the BBC, robots may some day improve to a level of intelligence where they might be able to demand rights, even 'robo-healthcare'." From the article: "The research was commissioned by the UK Office of Science and Innovation's Horizon Scanning Centre. The 246 summary papers, called the Sigma and Delta scans, were complied by futures researchers, Outsights-Ipsos Mori partnership and the US-based Institute for the Future (IFTF) ... The paper which addresses Robo-rights, titled Utopian dream or rise of the machines? examines the developments in artificial intelligence and how this may impact on law and politics." I'd better get started on my RoboAmerican studies degree.
Businesses

+ - The true profiteers of charities.

Submitted by
scherermaddness
scherermaddness writes "I often have wondered how socially responsible online corporations are while working with charities. I have believed (perhaps in ignorance) that deals where struck that would allow non-profits an equal foothold in exchange for tax write offs by big business. Today while deciding if I felt Wikimedia was a worthy cause for my contribution I learned that they paid ebay over $45,000 in paypal fees last year (ebay have a net revenue of $1,028,455,000 from their payments division last year (P51, Ebay's 10-K)). After seeing this and MySpace turning (Red) I ask, how much are corporations as a whole profiting off of non-profits? What can WE do to help foundations like Wikimedia lower the costs associated with receiving their contributions?"
Software

+ - $10,000 donation to a free NVIDIA driver?

Submitted by blueser
blueser (190104) writes "David Nielsen committed to donate at least $10.00 to the Nouveau driver project if 1,000 other people do so. These guys intend to reverse engineer NVIDIA Linux driver to produce a 100% open source alternative with 3D acceleration. From their page you can see there's still a lot of ground to cover: "Currently, nothing works. If you're not a developer, you're not interested in this at all." Could this work? Would this free driver be able to keep up with newest NVIDIA hardware as it comes out? This is not an unreasonable scenario as some might think: NVIDIA dropped their own nForce network driver in favor of the open source, reverse-engineered 'forcedeth' driver."
Wireless Networking

+ - No more Morse Code for Ham radio operators

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Ham radio operators will no longer need to learn Morse Code to get their licenses, the Federal Communications Commission has announced. While many ham radio aficionados will continue to learn Morse Code, there will be no requirements to learn it. Newer digital, image, satellite, wireless and voice technologies have replaced it. Dropping the Morse code requirement has been the subject of heated debate over the past several years, among operators, many of whom got their first training in Morse code when they earned the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/121906-morse -code.html"
Programming

+ - Building a Game Engine in Cocoa

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "I've never used Cocoa before but I found an interesting tutorial on how to use it at the MacDevCenter. It requires a copy of Apple's developer tools but looks like a pretty interesting way to create frameworks and engines for games. The end of the article provides you with the complete project of the discussed game. I thought this would be good information for people using Macs who also are interested in implementing artificial intelligence algorithms."

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