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Comment: Unity (Score 0) 685

by Hsensei (#38027048) Attached to: Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?
After I updated my aging Dell to 11.10 it stopped allowing me to use my external display. Basically Nvidia drivers were broke with xorg in the new version. It was fixed but the new drivers do not support my old video card in this laptop. I have been toying with just installing XP on it again because well It Just Works (TM). Honestly my time is more valuable than the effort and hours it will take to either go back to 10.04 or a different distro or even slogging through the internet trying some other fix. I like Ubuntu I run a apache server on a VM on my Win2k8 box (heresy I'm sure). The reason I run 2K8 is because its a game server and more games run in windows than linux that I like to play and host. Also File sharing and AD is just easier honestly. Regardless I like Linux it's just that it's a punch in the dick to do anything. unless you can recite every command line item by heart its always a ton of research to figure out how to set anything up that in windows can be done in a few clicks. Flame me call me a troll what ever it is my honest opinion. Linux has a long way to go and honestly a new distro isn't going to help. Fix what you have don't add feature creep to the point that things that need to be refined get forgotten. Maybe i'm just lazy...

+ - Solar variability helps explain cold winters->

Submitted by Layzej
Layzej (1976930) writes "Research from the Met Office has shed new light on a link between decadal solar variability and winter climate in the UK, northern Europe and parts of America. In years of low UV activity unusually cold air forms over the tropics in the stratosphere, about 50km up. This is balanced by more easterly flow of air over the mid latitudes — a pattern which then 'burrows' its way down to the surface, bringing easterly winds and cold winters to northern Europe. When solar UV output is higher than usual, the opposite occurs and there are strong westerlies which bring warm air and hence milder winters to Europe.

Sarah Ineson, who performed the experiments, said: "What we're seeing is UV levels affecting the distribution of air masses around the Atlantic basin. This causes a redistribution of heat — so while Europe and the US may be cooler, Canada and the Mediterranean will be warmer, and there is little direct impact on global temperatures.""

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Social Networks

+ - Sims Social creates online hookers?-> 1

Submitted by crystalweb
crystalweb (2484962) writes "Internet safety consultant Charles Conway accuses popular Facebook game "The Sims Social" of rewarding kids for engaging in underage "cybersex".

He asks Playfish "Even if Facebook did verify the age of it's users (which it doesn't), at what age does it become acceptable for a child to engage in "virtual sex" for rewards? Does it ever become acceptable? Isn't sex for rewards the very definition of prostitution?""

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Transportation

Scientists Build Wireless Bicycle Brakes 213

Posted by Soulskill
from the oh-the-possibilities dept.
itwbennett writes "Computer scientists at a German university have built a set of brakes controlled using a small motor for a braking mechanism and a wireless signaling device to tell it when to brake and how hard. 'Making a popular set of bike brakes wasn't really the point of the project,' says blogger Kevin Fogarty. 'The project was to find out how to make the wireless connections between two components of a system that has to operate in real time – with milliseconds of difference between success and failure (PDF) – more reliable than systems that are normally connected by a wire.'"
The Courts

17,000 Downloads Does Not Equal 17,000 Lost Sales 398

Posted by timothy
from the channeling-captain-obvious dept.
Andrew_Rens writes "Ars Technica has a story on a ruling by a US District Judge who rejects claims by the RIAA that the number of infringing downloads amounts to proof of the same number of lost sales. The judge ruled that 'although it is true that someone who copies a digital version of a sound recording has little incentive to purchase the recording through legitimate means, it does not necessarily follow that the downloader would have made a legitimate purchase if the recording had not been available for free.' The ruling concerns the use of the criminal courts to recover alleged losses for downloading through a process known as restitution. The judgement does not directly change how damages are calculated in civil cases."
Sci-Fi

Ricardo Montalban Dead At 88 280

Posted by samzenpus
from the welcome-to-fantasy-island dept.
DesScorp writes "Ricardo Montalban, immortalized as Khan in the Star Trek franchise, is dead at age 88, passing at his Los Angeles home. Montalban had a long and successful career on television and film. The voice of Rich Corinthian Leather is silenced, but we still have the memories."
The Courts

Worlds.com Sues NCSoft Over MMO-Patent 261

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the very-bad-ideas dept.
Lulfas writes "Worlds.com today sued NCSoft over its patent on a scalable virtual world, filed in 2000 and granted this February. This is a very broad base patent, and there is no reason to expect they will only sue NCSoft, when they should be able to use the same patent against other companies. 'Specifically, the suit claims that NCsoft has infringed on patent 7,181,690, "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space" through its games, including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Dungeon Runners, Exteel, Guild Wars, Lineage, Lineage II, and Tabula Rasa.'"

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