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Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks 157

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the flavor-of-the-moment dept.
Given that early benchmarks of the Lucid Lynx were less than encouraging, Phoronix decided to take the latest alpha out for a spin and has set it side-by-side with an early look at Fedora 13. "Overall, there are both positive and negative performance changes for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 in relation to Ubuntu 9.10. Most of the negative regressions are attributed to the EXT4 file-system losing some of its performance charm. With using a pre-alpha snapshot of Fedora 13 and the benchmark results just being provided for reference purposes, we will hold off on looking into greater detail at this next Red Hat Linux update until it matures."
Security

+ - dealing with online merchants who don't use SSL?

Submitted by Unprotected Coward
Unprotected Coward (666) writes "I was just about to make an online purchase for a hardware product when I discovered the vendor (a self-titled "leading" seller for the US university market) does not even use SSL to encrypt the credit card form data (yes, I checked the HTML source, the form POST is to a non https URL). I am angry and frustrated that in 2007 this still happens with big stores (and I don't even want to imagine what application-level vulnerabilities they may have).

Besides writing them, should I call Visa or Mastercard? I thought it was mandatory for online merchants to use SSL and other basic security measures. Is it all hopeless?"
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+ - Penny Arcade launches Print-on-Demand Comics->

Submitted by Irreducibly
Irreducibly (91885) writes "Not to be outdone by Marvel's recent announcement, Gabe over at Penny Arcade recently announced that they've made virtually every Penny Arcade comic ever published available for purchase. Marvel "rents access" to its archives but like so many old media plays, it just begs for fans to pirate images and circulate them for free. PA makes their archives free and just relies on the true fans and Comic Book guys to send them money for what they want. Time to start building my Itchy and, er, Twisp and Catsby collection!"
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Teachers left blubbing by cyber abuse->

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Forum posts devastate beak's self-image

Cyber bullying has been perceived for some time as a growing problem in British classrooms. An increasingly tech-savvy yoof generation are using the web to ridicule and harass their hapless victims. Self-esteem is being crushed, once confident personalities left tearful in the lavs. The human cost is high.


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Operating Systems

+ - It's official: Zeta-OS has been pirated!

Submitted by blob
blob (951295) writes "Bernd Korz pirated BeOS's source code and has released it as Zeta-OS in USA, Germany and Australia for several years. Mr Korz has been trying to open source Zeta, as the Zeta company YellowTabs went bankrupt and his house of cards collapsed.
Mr Schlesinger (Director at Access Co., Ltd.) said: "Mr Korz nor Zeta had no legal rights to distribute the BeOS software, much less open source any of it, as the rumours had it. We have sent "cease and desist" letters to YellowTab on a number of occasions, which have been uniformly ignored.""

Arctic Monkeys Apparently Forget What Made The Band Successful In The First Plac->

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When people talk about how file sharing and giving away music for free can help promote a small time band into the big time, a common example is the band The Arctic Monkeys. The band was a true internet wonder, using file sharing to help boost attention and making the band a huge success. That's why it's quite surprising to hear that the band and its backers are now doing everything possible to prevent file sharing for its latest album. Reader Sal points us to an article saying that they're so afraid of songs being released early that music writers have to go to the band's "headquarters" to hear a preview of the album, rather than sending out copies. The article, from the Times Online, is a bit strange. It basically reads like a press release for some company that tries to monitor and stop online file sharing -- though, it's not clear if the Arctic Monkeys are using that particular service (it's implied, but the wording is written in a way that suggest they may not be). Either way, it may be a bit surprising that a band like the Arctic Monkeys would suddenly be against file sharing -- but as some have pointed out, rather than encouraging new and innovative works, intellectual property protection often comes after some have had some successes, as a way of protecting that success, rather than working hard on new efforts.
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Television

+ - Is iTunes changing the way 20-somethings watch TV?

Submitted by Handsome B. Wonderful
Handsome B. Wonderful (666) writes "http://macenstein.com/default/archives/573

A quick look at the top TV programs sold on iTunes shows quite a disparity between America's top shows according to Nielsen and what the average iTunes user is watching. For instance, the TV show LOST, once a media darling, has struggled this season, and often does not make it into the top 20 shows of the week. However, LOST does consistently well in the iTunes rankings, and this week occupies slots 1, 4, and 17 as of this writing. Battlestar Galactica (iTunes ranked 3, and 11) and South Park (iTunes ranked 7, 8, and 12) both fail to crack the Top 20 cable shows each week, and consistently lose out to shows such as The Fairly Odd Parents and reruns of House and Spongebob Squarepants. The FOX shows 24 (iTunes ranked 2, and 10) and Prison Break (iTunes ranked 6) do not appear in Nielsen's Top 10 either.

So why are these shows huge hits on iTunes at $1.99 an episode when many of these shows can't attract viewers for FREE on broadcast TV? Simple. Younger viewers, college students, largely, are finding iTunes' "On-Demand" style of television viewing fits their hectic schedule better than appointment television."

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