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Submission + - Lenovo Says Linux Voids Your Warrenty 4

altools writes: I called Lenovo because my computer occasionally freezes on the press f2 to enter set up screen and asked to schedule a service ticket as it's warranty expires in January. I also reported that the wireless device and power cord intermittently aren't detected. I put Linux on it the second I opened the box and have been using it for the last 10 months when I started noticing the power/usb jack getting loose and it locking up on the press f2 to enter set up screen. I called Lenovo's tech support and reported the issues, she set up the ticket, and told me they possibly would negotiate fees to repair the hardware at their desecration, but before placing the ticket told me that the system was holding up the ticket. She then told me the reason was because I had voided the warranty by installing Linux on the computer. Good to know installing Linux voids your warranty at Lenovo.

Submission + - ARM64 vs ARM32 -- What's different for Linux programmers? (

DebugN writes: When ARM introduced 64-bit support to its architecture, it aimed for Linux application compatibility with prior 32-bit software on its architecture. But for Linux programmers, there remain some significant differences that can affect code behaviour. If you are a Linux programmer working with — or will soon be working with — 64-bit, you might want to know what those differences are, and this useful EDN article says it all.

Comment Re:You know? The ass long time in summer? (Score 3, Insightful) 388

That only works for the cases where the teachers are paid for that time in the summer.

Often, that is not the case, and instead they are working another job to replace the paycheck that stops coming during that period.

It's easy to blame the teachers for this, but I try not expect people to spend a quarter of the unpaid time I see teachers already spending doing class prep, let alone more.

(I'm sure that there are teachers that don't spend that time. I'm also sure that there are teachers, somewhere, that actually get paid for that time. But the ones I know personally already spend huge amounts of completely unpaid time on class prep, and often are just left out in the cold entirely during the summer unless they are teaching summer classes.)

Comment Not so stupid, just not ready yet. (Score 1) 406

The real value of a self-driving car is just that, fully self-driving.

It's having something that can drive while you're asleep, reading, or maybe even working on your laptop.

It's something that can drive your 10 year old to school, drop them off, and then drive back to the house so that other people in the household can use the car.

And just as importantly, it's something that someone who is not fit to drive-maybe for medical reasons, maybe because they have not slept in 24 hours, maybe because they are drunk-can use to safely get where they need to go.

So no, the danger of salf-driving cars isn't that people will decide not to be in the driver's seat, the danger is that both automakers and regulators will try and give us supposedly self-driving cars that can't handle those cases, and then be surprised when things go horribly wrong, or when people just don't see the value in buying one.

Personally, I plan on ownning a true self-driving car very soon after I can buy one that can do the driving when I can't, and I bet that the vast majority of legally blind adults with enouh money will be right along there with me. But that won't happen anytime soon when people are acting like you need a driver for it to be safe.

Comment It has to beat my $30 Timex. (Score 1) 427

The #1 priority, it has to be at least as good as my $30 Timex at what that $30 Timex actually does.

I could live with the battery needing charging every week, but not more often, half the point of my watch is being able to tell at a quick glance how much longer I have to sleep. (Without putting my glasses on, thanks, a clock on the night stand really doesn't help here.)

Better programmable alarms, alarm noises, and vibration alerts than I can get with a simple watch would be good.

Beyond that, give me a good heart rate monitor, and other basic sensors, and a good API to play with it all.

Submission + - Geoblocking in Australia to be dismantled (

An anonymous reader writes: Major software and content players such as Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft face a raft of measures which could dismantle their business models and their ability to enforce regional restrictions, or ‘geoblocking’, on the use of their products if key recommendations of the Australian Government’s Inquiry into IT Pricing report are adopted.

Comment Power lines. (Score 1) 262

Assuming that it goes high enough, power disturbation. It's enough of a savings that every decade or so people talk about using current generation superconductors for it, need for cryogenic cooling and all.

Then making a lot of stuff that uses current superconductors cheaper, like MRI machines and particle accelerators.

Sure, I bet that there will be _plenty_ of new stuff, but I'm less convinced that anyone is going to be able to predict what that will be all that well.


Submission + - Windows 8 tablets available on eBay (

Dr Max writes: During Microsoft's BUILD conference the company gave away 5000 Samsung tablets running a preview version of windows 8 to developers. As good as these tablets are (2nd gen core i5, dock, 64gb ssd, stylus, sd slot, 11.6 inch 1366x768 display), some are appearing on eBay with a high price; for example this guy asking $2700 Toms hardware has more info,13463.html

Comment Public availability. (Score 0) 194

Will the general public be able to buy the units? A lot of interesting low cost hardware has come about (like the OLPC), but it's been rare that people off the street have been able to buy them.

Even if there is a very explicit lack of support, it would be nice to just be able to buy them without having to be a school or having an order for 5000 of them.

Submission + - Open source address book

dadrian writes: "I've been looking for an open source solution to an address book for my small office. The problem seems simple, all i want is an address book that i can sync between Thunderbird clients and also view on a web page, preferably not a complex CRM solution. Mostly the problem i had was that there was hard to find Thunderbird connectivity or it was buggy or out dated. What do Slashdot readers use to solve such a problem ?"

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