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Submission + - Microsoft automatically updates IE for everyone

adeelarshad82 writes: While Microsoft has always had patches and new major versions available via Windows Update, the process was never automatic. However starting January, users in Australia and Brazil will begin receiving automatic IE updates. Microsoft will gradually extend coverage to other parts of the world. Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director for Internet Explorer, pointed out several benefits. The overall security of the Windows user community will be improved as outdated browsers are replaced, developers can focus their attention on building sites using modern web code, and those who surf with IE will be able to enjoy the full Beauty of the Web.
Facebook

Submission + - Facebook releases Timeline worldwide->

Umangme writes: Facebook made its Timeline paradigm available worldwide today. Timeline, some believe make stalking more easy. Others say that users will now have more control over their data with more control over the visibility of individual posts and an "Activity Log" that lets you see all the activities on your friend's tickers.

The Open Graph interface is also expected to be opened to all app developers.

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Facebook

Submission + - Facebook, Greenpeace End Feud Over Data Center Ene->

1sockchuck writes: Facebook has agreed to prioritize the use of renewable energy for its data centers, ending a feud with Greenpeace, which suspended a social media campaign that targeted the social network. Facebook's new data center in Sweden will be powered primarily by renewable energy, a shift from its first facility in Oregon, which each relied upon utility power that originated primarily from coal. That led Greenpeace to launch its Unfriend Dirty Coal campaign, in which more than 700,000 Facebook users urged the company to change its policies.
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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft to IE6: Dead browser walking!->

DrMcNasty writes: "Come January, the company will start forcing people to update from older versions of Internet Explorer. If you have Automatic Updates enabled in Windows Update, Microsoft says that the update will occur in a seamless, Chrome-like experience.

The company already provides security updates to Internet Explorer through Windows Update, but this means that legacy browser users will see a full-point jump. Windows XP users on Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 will be upgraded to version 8, and Windows Vista users will be pushed up the stairs to Internet Explorer 9. IE9 doesn't work on Windows XP.
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Comment Issue a real concern, not a GNOME-KDE war (Score 1) 289

This is not a mudslinging war between GNOME and KDE. If you actually followed the email thread, there are many regular users who will be affected by this conflict and this has been acknowledged. Also, a solution (apparently acceptable to both sides) has been found.

[...] it's just really bad practice to have two applications named the same anyhow. even if they *are* seperate distros.

If you read the original email, the concern is that those who have both KDE and GNOME installed on the same installation (of their Linux distribution). Therefore, there will be real people who will have two menu entries in their menus. Slashdot has succeeded, yet again, to hype up and bring unnecessary attention to an issue that isn't as drastic and fought over as the post makes it appear.

Comment Canonical's development strategy (Score 1) 360

Canonical has made many drastic changes in the last few releases. The Software Center has been around for a while now. "Add/Remove Software" (gnome-app-install) was, arguably, replaced a little earlier than it should have. You might have complained or heard others complain about the switch. At that point of time, I felt that add/remove should have remained the default for one more cycle. However, the Software Center improved very rapidly and it wasn't very long after the switch that it was hard to argue against removing "Add/Remove Software". The Software Center is now miles ahead of its predecessor.

Unity seems to be following the same course. Many had argued waiting at least one more release cycle before making Unity default. However, I think that Canonical sees this as an opportunity understand the direction in which people want to see Unity go, giving Canonical enough time to iron out issues and make Unity acceptable, at the very least, if not elegant and beautiful by the time they release the LTS.

Canonical seems to be focusing its efforts on getting finished products into LTS releases by prematurely including (and making default) new software and concepts in regular releases giving them a larger audience to test their proposed ideas. Come December/January, Canonical will have a very good idea as where Unity, the Software Center and their other new products are going to be so that they can be confident of making 12.04 a polished and finished release. While this may not work out exactly as expected, it appears as if this is the basic idea behind their planning and development.

Comment Simple way to protect yourself (Score 2, Insightful) 170

Some email providers have a simple way of giving you a throw away id. E.g example+slashdotnospam@gmail.com is sent to example@gmail.com.

Say my name is Lary Page. If my email id is lary.page@gmail.com, I can still protect myself so that you will never get my email id.

MD5 (lary.page@gmail.com) = "1b8dbe98e2b1138fd3ba34e26fc55107".

So I provide my email id as lary.page+1b8dbe98e2b1138fd3ba34e26fc55107@gmail.com. If I gave you the md5 of that id, you'll find it hard to get back to lary.page@gmail.com.

Try, the MD5 hash of the above email id is 803efbc80ead933f28d0704d43d1f63b.

Submission + - Google recovers all usage loss since spring->

wandazulu writes: If the last two months should be interpreted as Microsoft suggests, with Bing's gradual ascent in usage share against Google as a sign of Bing's inevitably catching up, then a similar interpretation of September's numbers from live analytics firm StatCounter should be taken as a sign of Bing's ultimate demise. A sampling of five billion or more US page views from Web sites accessed by StatCounter in September reveals that, of the world's top three search services, Google's usage share has climbed back just above 80%, and is flirting with last November's peak of 81.14% — meaning Google is back to serving four out of five US-based general queries.
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