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+ - Jobless Claims In United States Hit 15-Year Low->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: The average number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits over the past four weeks dropped to a 15-year low, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. In the period that ended May 16, four-week average for jobless claims decreased from 271,750 to 266,250. The figure corresponds to the week the government surveys employers to calculate the monthly payroll data: on a weekly basis, applications rose by 10,000 to 274,000. Such a limited pace of dismissals indicates companies are anticipating a pickup in demand for their goods and services in the coming months. More job security that sparks bigger wage gains would help propel consumer confidence and make households feel more comfortable spending. A positive feedback loop is getting stronger in the U.S. economy.
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+ - Ext4 Corruption Bug Found in Linux

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: It seems that an Ext4 data corruption bug has slipped into Linux at some point. Josh Triplett warns about the issue in the Debian bug tracking system. His server machine already experienced major damage to the filesystem. A patch has already been created, which describes the situation as follows: "Currently it is possible to lose whole file system block worth of data when we hit the specific interaction with unwritten and delayed extents in status extent tree. [...] For now we can fix this by simply not allowing to set delayed status on written extent in the extent status tree. Also add WARN_ON() to make sure that we notice if this happens in the future." Consider applying the patch (or simply upgrading to Linux 4.0.3 which incorporates the patch) to prevent filesystem corruption.

+ - Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: At end of 2013, Grand Theft Auto V made $800m money during initial 24 hours of sales. The title keeps churning profit as the publisher Take-Two closes the book on fiscal year 2015, which ended March 31. The company reported better-than-expected profits of $54.3 million atop revenue of $427.7 million in its fourth quarter, a significant improvement over the $21.5 million profit it reaped from $233.2 million in revenue during the same period last year. This time around Take-Two once again credited GTA V as its premier revenue driver for the final quarter of the year. With PS4/XBOne/PC versions out as well, the game has been an excellent investment. Strong runner-ups were 2K titles NBA 2K15 and Evolve.

+ - Despite Windows 10, Third-Party Start Menus Will Live On->

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jones_supa writes: Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu in Windows 10, and after the Windows 8 saga, when a lot of adopters looked for third-party alternatives to make the desktop look more familiar, some developers might now be worried that nobody would ever use their apps again. In Windows 10, the new Start Menu will indeed be developed based on users' feedback, but there's no doubt that not everyone can be pleased with this new approach. Rich customization options aren't offered, so you won't be able to change too many things about the default configuration. The second reason is the Windows 7 feel that all users coming from this particular OS version expect to find: an appearance with more depth, and no Live Tiles. Based on your experience with the Technical Preview, are you happy with what Microsoft is providing as the Start Menu, or still see value in third-party replacements?
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Comment: Re:And What Technology Would That Be? (Score 1) 109

by BitZtream (#49717077) Attached to: Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans

Most cheap computers didn't come with that much useful software pre-installed.

This is more of an issue now than it was even then. Buying a pre-made PC is just buying a bunch of trial offers, which you then have to remove. Or more appropriately, reinstall the OS cleanly.

Unless you build your own hardware and install from scratch or buy OS X or Linux, you're going to get a bunch of trial-ware spam.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White