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Submission + - 10 things you may not know about Ethernet (

coondoggie writes: Ethernet's value to networking and IT is well established over the past 40 years. But did you know that "Ethernet" refers to two slightly different ways of sending information between endpoints on a LAN? That and some other perhaps lesser known facts about this 40-year-old technology.

Submission + - Least used key on your keyboard? (

AmiMoJo writes: Over on Slashdot Japan (between discussions of the price of beef bowl and Linux kernel vulnerabilities) there has been some discussion over which key is least used on a PC keyboard. According to a small survey conducted by Yahoo Japan it is unsurprisingly the Pause/Break key. More interesting are the next three keys in descending order of unpopularity: F3, F6 and F12. No mention of the "multimedia" keys found on many keyboards these days, or Num Lock.

Which key do you use the least? What, if anything, would you replace it with?

Submission + - Jolla Annouce Hardware for Their Linux Phone (

Duncan J Murray writes: Jolla, the Ex-Nokia N9 employee spin-off, has just released some details and pictures of their first handset based on their linux operating system. It will run a dual-core processor, a 4.5" screen, have a replaceable battery and a micro-SD card slot, and will initially be available in Europe for EUR399. The main selling points are a multi-tasking user-interface which is capable of running android apps using an Alien Dalvik layer from Myriad group, and *cough* replaceable multi-coloured back covers.

The technology is based on the Mer distribution, using RPM package management and QT/HTML5. The OS is called Sailfish, and work is on-going to develop a common API for Ubuntu phone, Sailfish and Plasma Active.

Submission + - Sonic Tour of the Brain (

Duncan J Murray writes: Currently exhibiting at The Barbican, London is a fayre on Neuroscience, which includes this 20-minute auditory exhibit looking at (or should that be listening to) — sounds of neurons firing, simulations of cochlear implants, the mosquito frequency, neverending scales, phantom words and speech reconstructed from intracranial electrophysiological recording, as well as other auditory illusions. It is worth a listen.

Submission + - Shuttleworth on unwarranted melodrama .. (

An anonymous reader writes: The sky is not falling in.


Ubuntu is a group of people who get together with common purpose. How we achieve that purpose is up to us, and everyone has a say in what they can and will contribute. Canonical’s contribution is massive. It’s simply nonsense to say that Canonical gets ‘what it wants’ more than anybody else. Hell, half the time *I* don’t get exactly what I want. It just doesn’t work that way: lots of people work hard to the best of their abilities, the result is Ubuntu.

The combination of Canonical and community is what makes that amazing. There are lots of pure community distro’s. And wow, they are full of politics, spite, frustration, venality and disappointment. Why? Because people are people, and work is hard, and collaboration is even harder. That’s nothing to do with Canonical, and everything to do with life. In fact, in most of the pure-community projects I’ve watched and participated in, the biggest meme is ‘if only we had someone that could do the heavy lifting’. Ubuntu has that in Canonical – and the combination of our joint efforts has become the most popular platform for Linux fans.

If you’ve done what you want for Ubuntu, then move on. That’s normal – there’s no need to poison the well behind you just because you want to try something else.

It’s also the case that we’ve shifted gear to leadership rather than integration.


Submission + - Linux Mint "Not in the Business of Picking Winners" (

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Linux Mint “Not in the Business of Picking Winners”, Continues With Xorg
Dean Howell March 8, 2013 0
Linux Mint “Not in the Business of Picking Winners”, Continues With Xorg

Since Ubuntu’s announcement of the Mir display manager, the fate of Ubuntu derivatives such as Kubuntu and Linux Mint have been questioned and discussed by both the community and it’s leaders. Finally, one of those leaders has made its path clear. Clement Lefebvre has come forward in the Linux Mint Blog to announce that Linux Mint will be sticking with Xorg. His reasoning is sensible and clear while leaving the future open to adapt to whatever changes might be forced upon the team.

On doing what’s right for the community:

Submission + - 'Somewhat alive' robots make humans embarrassed (

mikaere writes: This article discusses new research that suggests humans may be willing to take off their clothes in front of Star Wars robot R2-D2, but undressing in front of the more human-like C-3PO may be asking too much.

Would you be too embarrassed to get you kit off in front of a human-like robot ? Would it help if they averted their eyes ?


Submission + - LIfe and death reasons to protect digital data (

mrheckman writes: Sure, those in the information security trade are concerned with complying with various regulatory requirements, etc., but here's how a journalist's failure to protect his data led to the arrest (and probable torture and death) of activists he interviewed:

The article links to an EFF site on the basics of how to protect data. How many of us and our organizations do even these things?

Shouldn't basic encryption of data on smartphones, for example, be the default? Why are things like that even a question at this point in time?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the best note-taking device for conference? 2

Duncan J Murray writes: "I will be attending a 3-day science conference soon, consisting mainly of lectures, and was wondering what people thought would be the ultimate hardware/software combo note-taking device, taking into account keyboard quality, endurance, portability, discretion & future ease-of-reference. Is a notepad and pen still king? What about an Ipad? N900? Psion 5mx? A small Thinkpad X-series? And if so which OS? Would you have a GUI? Which text-editor?"
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Major GNU/Linux distribution merged (

An anonymous reader writes: Finally, no more GNU/Linux distribution wars! Debian, Gentoo, ArchLinux, Opensuse and GRML are being merging into the same project to "produce a really unified effort and be able to stand up in a combined effort against proprietary operating systems, to show off that the Free Software community is actually able to work together for a common goal instead of creating more diversity."

Submission + - First Electric Rolls Royce (

BoxRec writes: "The first electric Rolls Royce has been built and at 2.7 tonnes it must be the heaviest electric yet. The luxury car is capped at 100mph and being a Rolls has a few extras to set it apart."

Submission + - Music industry: suing customers != success (

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently music executives are finally starting to realize that it's hard to get profitable through suing your customers:

"After another year of plunging music sales, record company executives are starting to contemplate the unthinkable: The digital music business, held out as the future of the industry, may already be as big as it is going to get."

Submission + - Refusing to show ID and recording TSA is legal ( 1

Cowmonaut writes: TechDirt is reporting that Phillip Mocek has been acquitted by a jury. For those of you who do not know, Mocek refused to show his ID to the TSA to board a flight, as his legal right. The TSA disputed this and charged him with four misdemeanors (disorderly conduct, concealing his identity, refusing to obey a police officer, and criminal trespass) when he persisted and recorded the incident. It's sad that its news when someone stands up to something as basic as the TSA thuggery, and more depressing that its news when its upheld in court.

Submission + - Pope promotes Christian netiquette (

angry tapir writes: "Pope Benedict XVI Monday gave his blessing to social networking, urging Catholic Internet users to adopt a respectful Christian netiquette when spreading the Gospel online. The pope said new technologies were creating unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship but warned against creating false online profiles out of vanity or diluting the Christian message to achieve popularity."

Submission + - Julian Assange Arrested in UK (

AndGodSed writes: Jullian Assange has been arrested on behalf of Swedish police for the rape charges he is due to face in that country. Wikileaks say that they will continue releasing documents in spite of Assange's arrest.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.