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Comment: Re:http://www.system76.com/ (Score 1) 708

by Mr.Mustard (#37830850) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

I purchased a System 76 laptop at the beginning of this year and I have had many issues with it. The most vexing thing is that support has not generally been helpful, dragging out the trouble shooting and diagnosis of a hard lockup and loss of network connectivity over the course of several months.

I had much better reliability and service for my Dell that shipped with linux, but they don't seem to do that anymore. For the OP, I would recommend just getting another macbook, as it seems to meet the majority of the requirements well without depending on a small company that may or may not be able to provide adequate support.

Comment: Re:Mobile security (Score 1) 118

by Mr.Mustard (#33636438) Attached to: Google Apps Gets Two-Factor Security

You may be able to use an app like appbrain to easily reinstall the apps you have now. I do not know for sure, as I have not tried it, but it may be an option worth looking in to. I think there may be a way to get appbrain to selectively move apps over from the old configuration to the new one and, if properly configured, automatically install them. Again, do your own research to be sure.

The tricky part is making sure you have a copy of any data/configuration you wanted to keep.

Biotech

"DNA Origami" Could Allow For Controlled Drug Delivery 29

Posted by timothy
from the biotech-ransom-possibilities dept.
esinclair writes "As reported in Nature News, researchers have designed a method which allows DNA strands to be formed into cubes and other designs by oligonucleotides. The uses of this DNA origami are still being developed. One possibility for them is to be used as a drug-delivery system. The fact that scientists have also come up with a method to lock these structures and use 'keys' to unlock them would conceivably allow for a controlled delivery system."
Movies

Columnist Fired For Reviewing Pirated Movie 466

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-mess-with-rupert dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by 'zero tolerance' when it comes to movie piracy. On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox — owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch — became angry after reading Friedman's latest column, a review of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week. Friedman posted a mini-review, adding, 'It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer.' The film studio, which enlisted the FBI to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Friedman's column 'reprehensible' while News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it had asked Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. 'When we advised Fox News of the facts,' the statement said, 'they promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.'"
Networking

Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's 515

Posted by timothy
from the aggregated-circumstances dept.
narramissic writes "Doing a download speed test of his Time Warner cable connection, James Gaskin discovered something odd, something that he is quick to note isn't a rigorous benchmarked lab test. The discovery: His Ubuntu machine 'returned a rating from the Bandwidth.com test of 22-25mbps over several tests' while the same test done from a Windows XP PC returned a rating of 12-14mbps. The two computers used in the test are 'almost identical: both off-lease Compaq small form factor D515s, part of the very popular corporate desktop D500 family. Both have Pentium 4 processors running at 2GHz. The Ubuntu machine has 768MB of RAM, while the XP box has only 512MB of RAM. Both run Firefox 3 as their browser.' Gaskin's question: Can a little extra RAM make that much difference in Internet download speeds or does Ubuntu handles networking that much faster than Windows XP?"

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