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Comment: Re:The year of Linux? (Score 1) 179

by MagicFab (#48951257) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

I agree it's absurd to pay such a price for something Intel could be doing. Why is Intel's problematic setup the default in the first place?

The higher-than-ebay cost for this machine basically covers maintaining a proper commercial operation for existing formware/BIOS modification, distributing and seliing the system, including:

* Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5B95, AR9285 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre.
* The Gluglug ships to USA, Canada and European countries at no extra cost. Other countries may vary.
* Each sale directly supports the Libreboot project, helping to fund further development of the software.

If you want an X1 Carbon with such changes, have you written to ask Intel if/how they are working with the FSF? I sure hope the FSF has, but while we're waiting for Intel to do the right thing, I am happy to pay Gluglug to provide a faster way to get a system with better freedom.

+ - ThinkPenguin now accepting Bitcoins with BitPay->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Leading free software friendly computer vendor ThinkPenguin announced today that they will begin accepting the cryptographic currency Bitcoin as a payment option. The company is focused on ensuring users freedoms and privacy. Where most users get locked into a proprietary product ThinkPenguin doesn't include such mechanisms in any of its offerings. Bitpay is a fairly new service catching on with vendors like ThinkPenguin. The company makes it easy to accept Bitcoins and convert them into local currencies automatically without doing much work. A plug-in is available for most major shopping carts and has easily implementable code for the rest. As the CEO says 'there is no [longer a] need to know the purchaser'."
Link to Original Source

Comment: SchoolTool? (Score 1) 120

by MagicFab (#40987357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Software To Manage Student Grades?

From their features page:

Teacher Gradebooks

* Use SchoolTool’s gradebook for calculating point or percentage based grades.
* SchoolTool provides a spreadsheet-style gradebook for each class section.
* Each gradebook can be organized as multiple worksheets.
* Assignments and activities can be organized and weighted by categories, such as “Exam” or “Lab,” which can be customized for each site.
* Point-based scores can be converted to grades using flexible, customizable “score systems.’
* Scores are viewable by students, if they are given permission to log into SchoolTool.
* Scores can be exported to .xls spreadsheet format.

Comment: It's called and OpenPGP key. (Score 2) 85

by MagicFab (#40106221) Attached to: Yahoo Includes Private Key In Source File For Axis Chrome Extension

OpenPGP, PGP and GnuPG / GPG are often used interchangeably - a common mistake.

OpenPGP is technically a proposed standard although it is widely used.

PGP is an acronym for Pretty Good Privacy, a computer program which provides cryptographic privacy and authentication.

GnuPG is an abbreviation for Gnu Privacy Guard, another computer program which provides cryptographic privacy and authentication.

gpg is the name of the binary executable file for GnuPG in Gnu/Linux- and Unix-nased operating systems.

Comment: LIbreOffice in Ubuntu (Score 3, Informative) 470

by MagicFab (#34994568) Attached to: LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today

If you're using Ubuntu, and want to try LibreOffice, I wrote a few details here:

Most importantly *don't install .debs manually* and *don't reinstall if you already have 3.3 RC4, it's the same as 3.3 final* :)


Cell Phone Interception At Def Con 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-i-hear-you-now dept.
ChrisPaget writes "I'm planning a pretty significant demonstration of GSM insecurity at Defcon next week, where I'll intercept and record cellular calls made by my attendees, live on-stage, no user-input required. As you can imagine, intercepting cellphones is a Very Big Deal in the eyes of the law; this blog post is an attempt to reassure everyone that their privacy is being taken seriously despite the nature of the demo. I'm not just making it up either — the EFF have helped significantly with the details."

Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee 489

Posted by samzenpus
from the literal-charges dept.
In a decision that was reversed as soon as someone with half a brain in their PR department learned about it, Verizon charged a widow a $350 early termination fee. After the death of her marine husband, Michaela Brummund decided to move back to her home town to be with her family. Verizon doesn't offer any coverage in the small town so Michaela tried to cancel her contract, only to be hit with an early termination fee. From the article: "'I called them to cancel. I told them the situation with my husband. I even said I would provide a death certificate,' Michaela said."

Comment: Bravo to FACIL, Cyrille and his team! (Score 4, Informative) 172

by MagicFab (#32457186) Attached to: Free Software Wins Court Battle in Quebec

No doubt the court decision documents will help many people understand what Free software is and how it can be considered for government use.

Full (French) PDF of the court decision is available here:

English background information:

Comment: Re:It's 10.04 LTS (not "10.04") (Score 1) 567

by MagicFab (#32094524) Attached to: Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Review (Lucid Lynx)

In fact I've done a few hundred for testing in every release, including for my main computers use at home and on the job (as a senior support analyst at Canonical).

All Canonical Staff are strongly encouraged to run the development release when it enters beta. I'd say once it's reached RC it's fairly safe for desktop production and server testing. If you follow a few known rules the chances it will go wrong are minimal. Of course I am highly biased and can only ask help to myself ;)

Brain off-line, please wait.