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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux 548

Posted by samzenpus
from the playing-nice dept.
First time accepted submitter Bucky24 writes "ZDNet's Ed Bott decided to contact major PC makers to find out the truth about Windows 8 SecureBoot. The responses are encouraging for those of us who run third party operating systems. Dell plans to have a BIOS switch to allow SecureBoot to be disabled, and HP assures us that they will allow consumers to make their own choice as to what operating system to run, though they have not given details as to how."

+ - Is Google Requiring Legal Names on Google+?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The debate over Real Names on Google+ is intensifying, and Google is not giving many answers. The official word is that legal names are not a requirement; the official policy says to use "the name that you commonly go by in daily life." But there are already reports of people being suspended from the service for not using their legal names. A blogger's e-mail exchange with a Google representative, the first published clarification of the policy, sheds little light on the subject. Q: "How does Google define 'the name that you go by in daily life'?" A: "Unfortunately, I cannot go into more detail."
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Comment: Re:Wait, what? - The next step (Score 2, Informative) 542

by MrTrick (#32413014) Attached to: Study Claims Cellphones Implicated In Bee Loss

The next step is to run more tests with more hives, and more test groups (with - as suggested elsewhere in the discussion - graduated exposure levels)
Not to run around like a headless chook claiming the preliminary test actually means anything.

1. Do limited unscientific test.
2. Profit!
3. ???


+ - Topi Antelopes Trick Partners Into Mating

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes: "Animals use trickery of all sorts in the wild—for instance, some birds fake injuries to lure attackers away from their young but the deception is usually aimed at rivals or threats, not potential mates. Now the NY Times reports that on the wild plains of Kenya a male topi antelope will try to keep females from leaving his territory by pretending that a predator might be in the area. When a female appears to be leaving, the male will run in front of her, freeze in place, stare in the direction that she is going and snort loudly. Typically, that snort means that a predatory lion or cheetah was spotted, but in this case the male is faking it. “He doesn’t look at the female. He takes a rigid stance exactly as if there were a predator there,” says Jakob Bro-Jorgensen who studied the behavior of hundreds of topi antelopes in the Masai Mara National Reserve and observed the males acting this way time after time. Tricking a female into sticking around for a few extra minutes gives the buck more chances for sex and denies other males the opportunity. The female antelope generally retreats back into the male’s territory and although it would seem that they might catch on after a while, getting fooled does not have much of a downside, while ignoring what might be a real warning could be deadly. “It’s too dangerous to take the chance,” says Bro-Jorgensen."

+ - SPAM: NanoArt online competition of 2008

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes: "Like last year, the NanoArt International Online Competition has started. In case you don't remember, NanoArt is 'a new art discipline related to micro/nanosculptures created by artists/scientists through chemical/physical processes and/or natural micro/nanostructures that are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope.' You can vote until March 31, 2008 for your preferred NanoArt works. You can choose from 121 pictures sent by 37 nanoartists from 13 countries and 4 continents. But read more for additional details and to discover my favorite and fantastic NanoArt works."
United States

+ - Helium crisis approaching->

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vrmlguy writes: "In ten years, the National Helium Reserve will be depleted, according to an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. An article in Science Daily echoes the concern, quoting Dr. Lee Sobotka, of Washington University in St. Louis: "Helium is non-renewable and irreplaceable. Its properties are unique and unlike hydrocarbon fuels (natural gas or oil), there are no biosynthetic ways to make an alternative to helium. All should make better efforts to recycle it." On Earth, Helium is found mixed with natural gas, but few producers capture it. The US created a stockpile in 1925 for use by military dirigibles, but stopped stockpiling it in 1995 as a cost-saving measure."
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+ - Massive layoffs at Tesla motors->

Submitted by sshir
sshir writes: According to Martin Eberhard's blog http://teslafounders.wordpress.com/ there are massive stealth layoffs at Tesla motors going on now. My speculation: judging by qualifications of fired personnel, it seems that "White star" is dead and more importantly, that Tesla Motors is preparing to be acquired purely as a patent holder company.
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+ - NH Primary Hand Counts != Diebold Machine Counts

Submitted by isdale
isdale writes: There are several reports showing the hand counts in New Hampshire Primary are quite different from the machine counts:
* Hand Count Shows 15% For Ron Paul
* Diebold favors Hillary, hand count for Obama

BlackBoxVoting.org has an article claiming Director of Sales and Marketing of the one and only contractor servicing the Diebold machines uses exclusively in NH has a criminal record.

Just thought the SlashDot folks would be interested.

Comment: "dev board" ? (Score 5, Informative) 152

by MrTrick (#21274133) Attached to: Low-Cost Board Runs Linux, Google Apps
This is just a motherboard, with a C7 processor already attached to it. No memory, no non-volatile storage...

According to TFA, it "comes with gOS", but gOS doesn't sit anywhere on this 'dev board', it has to be installed onto a regular hard drive just like a normal computer.

Bad article. It's not a dev board, it's an entirely normal mobo. The ONLY thing about it that is even remotely special is that there are linux drivers for all its components.

If it were a dev board I'd want at least some attached flash storage, and some interesting pin headers.

"When in doubt, print 'em out." -- Karl's Programming Proverb 0x7