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Comment: Fire this guy (Score 4, Insightful) 97

by RonVNX (#41502793) Attached to: Lingering Questions On the Extent of the Adobe Hack

Their director of security "reassured" customers Adboe's source code wasn't stolen? You want to know why Adobe's got problems that never end, that tells you everything you need to know about Adobe's attitude about security right there. The guy in charge of security doesn't even know what that word means.


MATE Desktop 1.2 Released 194

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the alternatives-are-nice dept.
An anonymous reader writes "For those of you who still feel GNOME 2 is the best desktop environment, but don't want stick to old distros, MATE is a fork of GNOME 2, with all the names changed to avoid clashes with GNOME 3. Version 1.2 brings fixes, but also new features such as undo/redo in the file manager." This release features better freedesktop standards integration, adds a few missing utilities, and merges new features into the file manager. The project has a new wiki; the roadmap has a few details on future goals, including porting things to Gtk 3 and using bits and pieces of modern GNOME 3 infrastructure where appropriate.

Comment: This is only news because they allowed that before (Score 1) 416

by RonVNX (#39431979) Attached to: Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?

This is only news to the extent that Microsoft had a dumb policy that allowed such purchases to begin with. Imagine instead the headline read "Oracle bars employees from using company funds to buy DB2 or SAP." You'd think it was pretty dumb that they ever allowed that. This is the same thing.

I'm sure those who actually need to buy Apple products for competitive research at Microsoft are still allowed to. What they're not going to allow is their staff to run around with iPhones and iPads purchased on the company dime. Anymore, that is.


Google Chrome: the New Web Platform? 290

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-in-one dept.
snydeq writes "The Chrome dev team is working toward a vision of Web apps that offers a clean break from traditional websites, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister, in response to Google's new Field Guide for Web Applications. 'When you add it up, it starts to look as though, for all the noise Google makes about Web standards, Chrome is moving further and further apart from competing browsers, just by virtue of its technological advantages. In that sense, maybe Chrome isn't just a Web browser; maybe Chrome itself is the platform — or is becoming one.'"

Google Working On Password Generator For Chrome 175

Posted by Soulskill
from the 123456-letmein-hunter2 dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "Google is in the process of developing a tool to help users generate strong passwords for the various and sundry Web sites for which they need to register and authenticate. The password-generator is meant to serve as an interim solution for users while Google and other companies continue to work on widespread deployment of the OpenID standard. The tool Google engineers are working on is a fairly simple one. For people who are using the Chrome browser, whenever a site presents them with a field that requires creating a password, Chrome will display a small key icon, letting the users know that they could allow Chrome to generate a password for them."

Comment: The Good Professor is Confused (Score 3, Insightful) 299

by RonVNX (#39089337) Attached to: Avoiding Red Lights By Booking Ahead

Perhaps things are different in Texas, but where I live the majority of traffic lights and stop signs are installed for the express purpose of impeding the flow of traffic. Trying to sell them a sensible system to improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and ticketable offenses is the last thing they'd be interested in.

Input Devices

Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice? 402

Posted by timothy
from the but-what-about-light-field dept.
jehan60188 writes "I want a camera that's better than my phone, but I don't have the technical knowledge to fully appreciate a DSLR. I think the MILC style will be a happy compromise, but I'm concerned that it might be all 'marketing' and no 'technology.' I don't have a lot of demands, but I do like taking macro shots of things from time to time. Also, my sister is going to China in a few months, so a telephoto lens would probably be good for sight seeing (since I could employ optical zoom instead of the imaginary 'digital zoom')."
The Internet

Go Daddy Loses Over 21,000 Domains In One Day 356

Posted by samzenpus
from the reaping-what-you-sow dept.
First time accepted submitter expo53d writes "CNET reports that yesterday 21,054 domains were pulled off Domaincontrol.com, a subsidiary of GoDaddy. While this maybe a coincidence, it is likely to be caused by GoDaddy's controversial support for SOPA. It seems that GoDaddy's attempts at remedying the problem were of no use."

Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android 532

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the skateboarding-is-a-crime dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Nokia's Windows Phones haven't hit the U.S., but at least one company executive thinks they'll be a slam dunk, since young people have soured on the iPhone and find Android baffling. Of course, much of the Internet commentariat found his remarks even more baffling. Is he right, is he delusional, or is he just trying to build buzz for his company's products the best he can?"

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