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by Peachy (#41874533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

The basic samba code has indeed been around for decades, and it's great.

Do be aware that samba4 release candidate 4 only got released on 30th October 2012 and as the announcement says "This is the first release candidate of Samba 4.0.0! This is *not* intended for production environments and is designed for testing purposes only.".

http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba-announce/2012/000277.html

The Media

+ - News Corp Under Fire for Hacking Dead Girl's Phone 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. came under pressure from UK Prime Minister David Cameron to respond to "really appalling" allegations that its News of the World tabloid hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and printed a story based on a voicemail left on Dowler's mobile phone on April 14, 2002, when she had been missing from her home in Surrey, southwest of London, for more than three weeks. According to a Guardian newspaper report, a private detective working for the tabloid gained access to Milly Dowler's phone messages after she was abducted in March 2002 and the detective, Glenn Mulcaire, is alleged to have deleted voicemail messages on Dowler's phone, giving her parents "false hope" she might still be alive and thereby complicating the police investigation. According to one source, when her friends and family discovered that her voicemail had been cleared, they concluded that this must have been done by Dowler herself and, therefore, that she must still be alive. "Doing something illegal, the phone hacking in the first place, was bad enough," says Charlie Beckett, director of the media institute Polis at the London School of Economics. "But if you're doing it and then interfering with the course of justice, that's a double crime." Labour's Chris Bryant says the News of the World was "not just a paper out of control, that's not just a paper believing it's above the law, it's a national newspaper playing God with a family's emotions.""
Science

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

Posted by timothy
from the more-guns-less-crime dept.
cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."
Google

+ - Buh-Bye: Gmail to Drop IE6 Support This Year

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Google will suspend Internet Explorer 6 support for its Gmail and Calendar services later this year, the company said on Wednesday. The move will come at some point after March 1, when Google will start scaling back IE6 support for Google Docs and Google Sites. Google announced that decision on Friday, two weeks after the company admitted that hackers had breached its network and stolen information. 'We plan to stop supporting older browsers for the rest of the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, later in 2010,' a Google spokesman confirmed. On Google's no-support list along with IE6 are Mozilla's Firefox 2.0, Apple's Safari 2.0 and Google's own Chrome 3.0."
Google

+ - Google's Nexus One Gets Multitouch Upgrade, 3G Fix->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google is adding a multitouch mechanism, allowing users to pinch-to-zoom, and a software fix to improve 3G connectivity on its Nexus One smartphone

Google is adding a multitouch mechanism and a software fix to improve 3G connectivity on its Nexus One smartphone, fulfilling two of the most common customer requests from the device since the company began selling it one month ago."

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Businesses

+ - Microsoft Office 2010 hits RC status

Submitted by Jacky
Jacky (666) writes "Redmond has provided a Release Candidate build of Microsoft Office 2010 to a select group of testers. "Microsoft made a release candidate available to members in the Technology Adoption Program (TAP)," a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with Ars. "This is one of Microsoft's planned milestones in the engineering process; however they do not have plans to make this new code set available broadly."

Microsoft uses TAP to obtain real world customer feedback on its prerelease products from its partners. These partners have the opportunity to talk to the product engineering team, get help in deploying their Microsoft solutions, get early product education, and of course use feedback to influence the product during its development. The fact that Microsoft is not considering giving this build, or some RC version, to the public is a little worrying given that the company still has four months till Office 2010 is released. Granted, the final build will likely be compiled much sooner, but generally speaking, only providing a single public beta is uncharacteristic of the company. When we asked Microsoft about more public Office 2010 builds, the company refused to reveal anything. "We have nothing additional to share at this time," the spokesperson told Ars."

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