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+ - Ask Slashdot: cheap ARM-boards not gimped by software?

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Gaygirlie
Gaygirlie writes: "For a while I've been ranting online and offline about the possibilities and prospects cheap, ARM-based boards like e.g. the Raspberry Pi or the Pandaboard could provide, what with giving youngsters cheap computers to learn with, simple home automation systems, cheap HTPCs or TV-connected emulation boxes, always-on video chat systems, and so on and so forth — the possibilities are nearly endless!

These systems, however, are seriously gimped by poorly-designed drivers, constant breakage of features and the generally disheartening lack of support by the SoC manufacturers. I like e.g. the hardware of the Cubieboard at only $49 as it's quite well rounded all around and provides a good selection of connectors for most tasks, but... well, the Mali-400 drivers apparently break all the god damn time (#1), and the video acceleration — features are available only via the proprietary Cedar-library — no GStreamer, no Phonon, no OpenMAX, not a single standard method is available (#2.) A good example of what this means is VLC: VLC only works from console (#3,) no GUI, and since Cedar lacks YUV420 there's no OSD, either! (#1, #2, #3 )

With the above in mind, does anyone know of any boards in the planning where the software is actually guaranteed to work properly, be supported for longer than six months, and offers access to all the capabilities the H/W possess? Also, what are your thoughts on the matter as a whole?"
Games

+ - Valve officially acknowledges Steam for Linux->

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Gaygirlie
Gaygirlie writes: "While it has been known for quite a while now that Valve is indeed working on a Linux-port of Steam they haven't actually admitted to the fact before. Well, now they have on their Steam for Linux — blog with the announcement that they're targeting Ubuntu 12.04 at first, are hard at work at optimizing their already-native port of L4D2 and will in the future try to support other distributions as well."
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Security

+ - Multiword passwords secure or not?->

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Gaygirlie
Gaygirlie writes: "An article over at Gizmag says: "It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with the added benefit of being easy to remember. But research from Cambridge University suggests that this may not be the case. Pass-phrases comprised of dictionary words may not be as vulnerable as individual passwords, but they may still succumb to dictionary attacks, the research finds."

I find this to be twisting of words and general concensus; of course any password whatsoever is going to be insecure against offline attack, and using common, popular words is going to make guessing the password much easier. But is this really an issue in a world where most attacks are done online? Should general populace still be coaxed into using randomly generated passwords?"

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+ - Quantum coherence found fueling photosynthesis->

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Gaygirlie
Gaygirlie writes: "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: "Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis. Multiple experiments in recent years have suggested as much, but it has been hard to be sure. Quantum effects were clearly present in the light-harvesting antenna proteins of plant cells, but their precise role in processing incoming photons remained unclear."

For those unaware of what coherence and quantum coherence means I suggest reading the appropriate Wikipedia page: Coherence (generic) and Quantum coherence"

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+ - Victory for music locker services?->

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Gaygirlie
Gaygirlie writes: "Michael Robertson, the owner and founder of the MP3Tunes music locker service, has been locked in a copyright infringement case with EMI Records for a while now, especially because of the Sideloading search engine that is tacked along with the locker service. Now the case has been resolved though: EMI Records won. But lost on all the accounts that actually really matter.

Michael Robertson is a man known to not shy away from legal fights and is known to always be seeking new boundaries to push. He founded the MP3Tunes service in 2005 with mostly the money he gained from running Linspire back in the day."

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Sony

+ - Sony after visitors on Geohot blog->

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Gaygirlie
Gaygirlie writes: "Yet another interesting twist has appeared in the Sony vs. Geohot case: judge has allowed Sony to subpoena all visitors to Geohot's blog and any related YouTube videos, no matter if they just visited the blog by a chance or actually contributed something. Also, Geohot's Twitter account was handed to Sony on a silver platter.

Read the story for more details and prepare a massive facepalm for the sheer stupidity of it all."

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