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Comment Re:Great timing (Score 4, Informative) 314

Not true. Kexec replaces the whole kernel, which means the system is reset. Ksplice applies and removes patches (security updates mainly) while the kernel is running, which means all the processes keep running as if nothing happened.

Comment Best Ergo Keyboard: KeyTronic E03600U2 (Score 2) 235

I found out about these keyboards from an old Slashdot post about "Das Keyboard". Das Keyboard was revealed by a commenter to be a KeyTronic keyboard with the key labels removed. Aside from the "blank key" gimmick, there was one thing the Das Keyboard had going for it which it had inherited from the KeyTronic: five different spring weights for the keys, based on which finger is used to engage the key. That way your pinky doesn't have to work as hard hitting tab as your thumb does on space. After switching to KeyTronic keyboards on all my PCs, I never looked back. In fact, traditional everyday USB keyboards hurt my fingers after enough use, but I never have that problem with the KeyTronic.

Comment Dammit, I want the full gig on my notebook! (Score 1) 359

My old notebook - a Tecra A8 - had a GigE ethernet connection. Many times when I wanted to move a few gig of data, I would skip the Wifi and connect directly to the ethernet. Linux never had a problem reaching high transfer speeds.

It finally came time to upgrade to a new laptop, and to my horror I discovered that many of the manufacturers aren't including GigE any more, because they seem to think Wireless N is enough. Under ideal conditions, I still have to wait a lot longer to transfer large files onto my new laptop than I did with my old.

My whole computing life I've been used to watching things get faster/smaller/cheaper, etc... this is probably the first time I've had to suffer a downgrade because of an upgrade.

Submission + - Microsoft to issue refunds for software licenses

BitHive writes: ""The New York Times reports that The FTC has reached a record $52 million settlement with Microsoft over the company's wrongly charging customers "mystery" licensing fees over the past several years — the largest settlement in FTC history. With the action, Microsoft's total costs associated with false license fees reached $78.9 billion, the largest payout for false business practices in the software industry. 'People shouldn't find mystery fees when they open their computer bills — and they certainly shouldn't have to pay for softwares they didn't want and didn't use,' says FTC Chairman Gene Lewbowski. 'In these rough economic times, every $199 counts.' Microsoft said in a news release that its overcharges were inadvertent. 'We accept responsibility for those errors, and apologize to our customers who received accidental software charges on their bills.'""

Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity 198

jonklinger writes "The Israeli Supreme Court ruled this week that there is no civil procedure to reveal the identity of users behind an IP address, and that until such procedure shall be legislated, all internet postings, even tortious, may remain anonymous. The 69-page decision acknowledges the right to privacy and makes internet anonymity de facto a constitutional right in Israel. Justice Rivlin noted that revealing a person behind an IP address is 'an attempt to harness, prior to a legal proceeding, the justice system and a third party in order to conduct an inquiry which will lead to the revealing of a person committing a tort so that a civil suit could be filed against him.'"

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