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+ - Russia Plans to Extend Edward Snowden's Asylum->

Submitted by mendax
mendax writes: The New York Times is reporting, "Russia plans to extend its offer of asylum to Edward J. Snowden beyond August, a Russian lawmaker said Friday at the World Economic Forum.... The lawmaker, Aleksei K. Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s lower house of Parliament, hinted during a panel discussion that the extension of temporary refugee status for Mr. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, might be indefinite. “He will not be sent out of Russia,” Mr. Pushkov said. “It will be up to Snowden.”
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+ - South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable-> 1 1

Submitted by _0x783czar
_0x783czar writes: Starting this april, South Korea will require all phone vendors to allow pre-installed bloatware to be uninstalled. That's right, they will be able to get rid of all that pesky software without having to root their phones.

According to press release by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning: "The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players." They hope this will also increase the users' data storage and battery life.

From the article: "Under the new guidelines, telcos are required to make most of their pre-installed apps deletable except for four necessary items related to Wi-Fi connectivity, near-field communication (NFC), the customer service center and the app store."

It'd be nice if similar legislation where passed in the US and elsewhere.

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+ - Wayland 1.4 Released - Touch, Sub-Surface Protocol, Crop/Scale Support->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Version 1.4 of the Wayland protocol and Weston reference compositor have been released. The Wayland/Weston 1,4 release delivers on many features and includes promoting the sub-surface protocol to official Wayland, improved touch screen support, a crop/scale protocol within Weston, securtity improvements, and random other fixes.
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Comment: How else do you prove whether reviews are faked? (Score 1) 314 314

by blackm0k (#45907665) Attached to: Court Rules Against Online Anonymity
What a load of hyperbole. This has nothing to do with the right to remain anonymous online and everything to do with proving that the reviews are fake. This may even relate to some of Yelp's alleged unscrupulous business practices: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhandy/2012/08/16/think-yelp-is-unbiased-think-again/

Comment: Re:Bullshit we won't notice (Score 5, Insightful) 466 466

by blackm0k (#45163653) Attached to: Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers
I do not share this experience. Typically, when the seat in front of me is pushed back, it collides with my knee-caps, sometimes in a fairly painful manner. After that the flight becomes a few hours of my legs being restricted to one fairly uncomfortable position.

Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 2) 1440 1440

by blackm0k (#44937265) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

You're nuts. I've been driving a manual transmission for my entire life and was *never* told to put the hand brake on at a red light. In fact, I was specifically told not to, because it takes time to disengage and can impede traffic if you have it on when the signal turns to green. As for putting it in neutral, usually not. I leave it in 1st, with my foot on the clutch. That's a safer stall than leaving the car not in gear at all: if my foot slips from the clutch, the car will lurch and stall completely, and the engine will keep it from moving further until I turn it back on. My other foot is on the brake at intersections, btw.

There's a definite difference in this respect between North America and the UK - the UK has an amber "prepare to go" signal on traffic lights, North America does not. I'm pretty sure, just not quite 100%, that this applies to other European countries where I've driven. This is presumably a difference due to the prevalence of manuals in the UK (where some warning to get the car in gear etc. is useful), while the US and Canada have a majority of automatic transmission cars, so the extra signal is not as useful.

In any case, in countries where you are taught to put the car in neutral and turn on the handbrake at junctions, you are given fair warning to get the car ready to move again before the green light.

Comment: Re:How is this news? (Score 1) 617 617

by blackm0k (#44851795) Attached to: How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

Just because the UK doesn't like to pay for music doesn't mean it's a failure.

From the Wikipedia page you linked to:

...it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 163,000 copies in its first week.

What are you talking about? I mean is there any need to bring nationalities into this, when they're cleary irrelevant?

Comment: Re:How is this news? (Score 5, Informative) 617 617

by blackm0k (#44851759) Attached to: How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business
The parent to your comment was talking about album sales, whereas you're talking about single sales. That album sales are down and single track sales are up has been known for a while now, and all it really indicatesis that people are consuming music differently now: in single track chunks.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal (Score 1) 421 421

Ditching Darwin for Austen seems a little sad, though Charles has had a good run. Removing Smith in favour of Austen, on the other, just seems like a scenario with no downside... Apart from for the woman campaigning to get Austen on the banknotes in the first place, of course, who gets threatened just for trying to get a critically renowned author some recognition.

+ - Canadian Government-Funded Science Acquired by Industry in Hostile Takeover 3 3

Submitted by pinoza
pinoza writes: New policies released by the Canadian National Research Council (https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca) require government labs, which used to do basic research, to switch to "Conducting collaborative R&D projects with private industry, sharing the costs and the risks" (as reported in The Globe and Mail, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/research-councils-makeover-leaves-industry-setting-the-agenda/article11745246/).

So apparently science in Canada is to be in the service of making the current rich even richer: real, game-changing innovation that might disrupt the status quo is not supported. Any applied mathematician would tell you that walking uphill will get you (at best) to the top of the hill you started on, but will never jump you across a valley to that big mountain over there which reaches much higher altitudes — maybe someone could tell the Conservative government in Ottawa that it is basic scientific research that makes these jumps.

Comment: Re:After 42 yrs programming I say... (Score 1) 430 430

by blackm0k (#42363471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

Yeah, I didn't make it clear in my original comment. Especially because I used the 'svn blame' command, as opposed to the less loaded 'svn annotate'.

I need to learn to be clearer in my wording, especially on the Internet, where nobody knows you're a dog.

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