aitikin writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.
While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said."Link to Original Source
aitikin writes "I know a number of my colleagues picked up some $250 speakers for $15, wondering who else in slashdot land found this and got deals."Link to Original Source
aitikin writes "Former Apple employees say the company requires workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise."Link to Original Source
aitikin writes ""The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88.
Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.
He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research institute.
The state's Computer History Museum was notified of his death by his daughter, Christina, in an email.""Link to Original Source
aitikin writes "Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.
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Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.
aitikin writes "I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming."
aitikin writes "I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated."
aitikin writes "Gizmodo's editor Jason Chen was in for a big surprise when he came home from dinner to find his door broken down by police with a search warrant. They confiscated 24 items. The parent company, Gawker Media, has claimed that the search warrant is illegal due to journalistic protection statutes."Link to Original Source
aitikin writes "Apple recently changed their license for the OS X kernel. According to semthex's post, Apple has reworded the APSL to prevent him and others from open sourcing the kernel hacking under the APSL:
"This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 2.0 (the 'License'). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. The rights granted to you under the License may not be used to create, or enable the creation or redistribution of, unlawful or unlicensed copies of an Apple operating system, or to circumvent, violate, or enable the circumvention or violation of, any terms of an Apple operating system software license agreement.""