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+ - QuarkXPress acquired by Platinum Equity ->

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RackNine
RackNine writes "QuarkXPress, the legendary brand that helped create the desktop publishing market and is now targeting both print and digital media has been acquired by Platinum Equity, that has closed over 115 acquisitions and has over $30 billion in combined annual revenue across acquisitions at the point of acquisition"
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Comment: Re:Measuring speed from *where* exactly? (Score 1) 230

by El Tonerino (#32676096) Attached to: Google Shares Insights On Accelerating Web Sites
The Google Webmaster Tools has a page speed metric. It is measured from people who have the Google toolbar installed and have flipped a switch somewhere. Your speed it measured on an average of these folks. There is a measure of accuracy (low, medium or high) depending on the number of points of data it has collected.
There is also the time the crawler spent downloading pages in milliseconds.

Who know which one of these they use (or combination there of.

Comment: Re:Fonts (Score 1) 378

by El Tonerino (#28716473) Attached to: Typography On the Web Gets Different

RE: Images

Licensing? Nightmare.
Bandwidth? Eek.
Security? Whoa!
Compatibility? Doesn't downgrade nicely (that page looks horrible in a "stable" browser of today and is almost unreadable)
Gains? Geocities-like webpages that use every image they can just for the sake of it. Seven million websites with pictures of cats. And only the sensible browsers will come with options to turn the damn thing off (and thus look even worse).

Stupid idea, stupid execution (having to DOWNLOAD every image mentioned on a page?)

I think when you have to cite Geocities as an example, we aren't talking about web design...

Intel

+ - Intel Launches New Chipset

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mikemuch
mikemuch writes "The new P35 and G33 chipsets, codenamed "Bear Lake" are now available. They have a new memory controller that supports DDR3 RAM at up to 1333MHz, a new southbridge, and will support the upcoming 45nm Penryn CPUs. They don't yet have an actually new and different GPU — their GMA 3100 is pretty much the same as the GMA 3000 of the G965 chipset. ExtremeTech has details on the new chipset architecture."
Music

+ - Ogg-Vorbis player available on chip

Submitted by korbin_dallas
korbin_dallas (783372) writes "I found this poking around the Sparkfun website.
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php? products_id=8300

From the manufaturers website:
http://www.vlsi.fi/vs1000/vs1000.shtml
"VS1000 is a single-chip Ogg Vorbis (license-free audio codec) player. VS1000 contains a high-performance low-power DSP core VS_DSP4, Nand Flash interface, Full Speed USB port, general purpose I/O pins, SPI, UART, as well as a high-quality variable-sample-rate stereo DAC, and an earphone amplifier and a common voltage buffer. The device also features internal voltage regulators and voltage monitor. VS1000 can be powered from one supply voltage."

So now you have no excuse, get out there and build that Ogg-Vorb player! Only $10 for the chip.

How long do you all think it will be before we get a descent Ogg player or is it already too late, and MP3s have it locked up?"
Security

+ - Report for Britain's Security Vs Their Privacy

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "There's a new report (pdf) out from The Royal Academy of Engineering that "identifies likely developments in information technology in the near future, considers their impact on the citizen, and makes recommendations on how to optimize their benefits to society." What's interesting about this report is that people have been lead to believe that security and privacy are related and one must be sacrificed for the other to be improved but the report claims that isn't necessarily true. A notable excerpt from the report: "Trust in the government is essential to democracy. Government use of surveillance and data collection technology, as well as the greater collection and storage of personal data by government, have the potential to decrease the level of democratic trust significantly. The extent of citizens' trust in the government to procure and manage new technologies successfully can be damaged if such projects fail." This report seems to present the possibility of maximizing what trade-offs may exist between the two but with the citizen in mind, not the government. Novel idea — maybe the British government should listen?"
KDE

+ - KDE 4.0 the holy grail of Desktops ?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With KDE 4.0 being expected some time this year, expectation runs high in the linux/unix users camp and the media read a lot between the lines of what the KDE developers say and do. In some ways KDE will provide a standard as to how a desktop should look and behave. This interesting article wonders whether KDE 4.0 will become the complete desktop which will meet the needs of a wide cross section of computer users. One of the common complaints that some Linux users have over KDE is that it is too cluttered. And by addressing this need without putting off the power users, the KDE developers could make it an all in one Desktop. Keep in mind that KDE 4.0 is based on Qt 4.0 and so can be easily ported to Windows and other OSes too which makes this thought doubly relevant."

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