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+ - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) released! ->

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Chankey Pathak
Chankey Pathak writes "The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed “Precise Pangolin”, 12.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing a few new features and improving quality control."

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Ubuntu

+ - Canonical releases Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "No one can accuse Canonical of sitting around during the first quarter of 2012. With no less than six different release announcements since January, it seems that everything that Mark Shuttleworth’s company has been working on for the past few years is crystallizing all at once. With the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS today, Canonical is looking to end the quarter on a high note by providing a stable release that is aimed directly at enterprise deployments. Precise Pangolin doesn’t offer any new functionality that fans of the Ubuntu platform haven’t already seen — but it will be the first time that enterprise users get to use the controversial Unity UI..."
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Comment: Re:FROSTY PISS!! (Score 1) 816

Did anyone else note the jump in usage of 'global warming' around 1900 on that graph? I wonder what caused this, there doesn't seem to be much mention of it online (admittedly I looked for about 3 minutes before giving up and deciding to post here). It seems to be the first major mention of the phrase and while very small compared to the current usage, it'd be interesting to know what caused it.

Comment: Re:back to onetime pads and tapped morse it is, th (Score 5, Informative) 82

They can introduce all the warrantless tapping statutes they like but there's no obligation or wish on my part to hand over my decryption keys

Incorrect. The UK has the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, which lets them demand encryption keys/passwords. If you do not comply, you can face jail time

Comment: Re:It's not a choice (Score 1) 728

by bobbocanfly (#38947461) Attached to: No Pardon For Turing

>*They turned a blind eye to it when he was working at Bletchley and was regarded as "indispensable" to the war effort.*

Do you have some evidence for this.

Anthony Cave Brown's book, "C": The Secret Life of Sir Stewart Menzies, Spymaster to Winston Churchill, states: Menzies had known that Turing was a practicing and aggressive homosexual; this had emerged soon after his employment at Bletchley. But since he caused no offence to his colleagues at Bletchley, and since he was perhaps the only man in Menzies's service who might have been called ‘indispensable,’ his services were retained... Early in 1944 a suspicion arose that he might have been the man responsible for molesting schoolboys at the main public library in Luton, a large industrial town not far from Bletchley. While no proceedings arose, it was decided that the need for good order and discipline required his removal - but not before he had done his finest work

+ - Humble 'Introversion' Bundle Released-> 1

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bobbocanfly
bobbocanfly writes "The next instalment of the pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle has been released featuring 6 games from Introversion Software. Games in the bundle include Darwinia, Aquaria, Uplink, DEFCON and Crayon Physics Deluxe. All games are cross-platform, DRM free and you decide where your money goes, including donations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and charity Child's Play."
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Comment: News for Nerds? (Score 0) 201

I feel to see how this falls under the topic of "News for Nerds?". A glossy Disney pop-scifi remake of an old cult nerd film is about the only nerdy thing on there. The Social Network was an overhyped fictitious story which had very little of the technological aspect. Toy Story 3 is just a kids film, a very good one at that, but in no way really nerdy.

Comment: Re:Zeitgeist (Score 1) 354

by bobbocanfly (#27797443) Attached to: Pirate Party Banned From Social Networking Site
Technically, it is illegal to discriminate against members of the BNP (or any other political party) in the UK. Not employing someone for the sole reason that they are a BNP member is grounds for a discrimination claim. Though, due to the policies of the BNP, it probably wouldn't be difficult to say the person wasn't employed due to a companies anti-discrimination code (or something similar, most companies have something along those lines).

While I agree mostly with your post (they are a legitimate political party and most legitimate parties should not be discriminated against), I think in entities like the police, it makes sense to discriminate against members of the BNP (and other such parties). I mean, how fair can you expect someone with a background of discrimination against immigrants to be when arresting/investigating an immigrant as part of the police force?

Comment: Re:Evolution (Score 1) 358

by bobbocanfly (#27637373) Attached to: Pirate Bay Court Loss Won't Stop the Flow of Files

Remember Napster? It was only good for people who listened to mainstream chart toppers with crappy sound quality. It was not an option for people really interested in music.

The Pirate Bay is today's equivalent of Napster for music (discounting things like LimeWire of course, which are only used by the real filesharing noobs to trade terrible quality tracks). Most of the music torrents (at least the ones I have seen) are encoded about about LAME V3 or V4 (or equivalent), which isn't crappy, but nor is it audiophile quality. The Pirate Bay does have a Flac section, but the selection of music there just isn't comprehensive enough yet.

Anyone really interested in music should be on one of the music oriented private sites (such as OiNK was back in the day) where the rules about quality, completeness etc. are much more draconian. Tried finding a really small band on TPB recently? A search for "Tall Firs" on TPB finds nothing, but on a private site, two albums in a multitude of different formats/qualities are returned.

The pirate bay isn't an option for people really interested in music

Media

+ - "Unlocked" a brand for DRM-Free Media->

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JoeBorn
JoeBorn writes "Neuros has created an 'unlocked' brand for open, standard DRM-Free files that it hopes will draw attention to the issues associated with the DRM Schemes promoted by the likes of MS and Apple. The idea is that by creating an open brand (free for other organizations or companies to use) "Unlocked" can come to designate a consumer feature, which would be an important asset in getting support from other manufacturers, as well as winning the public relations war that's so important in legislative battles."
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+ - MPAA's University Toolkit May Violate The GNU GPL-> 1

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bobbocanfly
bobbocanfly writes "It seems in a new level of hypocrisy the anti-piracy goons at the MPAA created a tool for spying on University students' computer activities called "University Toolkit", which they are heavily promoting to University administrators across the USA. The tool is actually a modified version of U/Xubuntu, and in fact doesn't change any of the default artwork. Against the terms of the GNU GPL no source code is provided on their website at http://universitytoolkit.org/
There would be reason to believe that they are at minimum violating Ubuntu's trademark, and likely also violating the GPL and thus committing copyright infringement or "piracy" as they like to call it.
Everyone knows this isnt the first time the MPAA has commited an alleged act of piracy. Remember the Forest Blog fiasco."

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Music

+ - Oink music sharing servers raided, Admin arrested

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An anonymous reader writes ""The servers of OiNK.cd — one of the most popular private BitTorrent trackers — are raided and the admin, a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, is arrested." Oink is known for being a popular music sharing group. This shows why being popular is not always a good thing. http://torrentfreak.com/oinkcd-servers-raided-admin-arrested/"

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