A sensible copyright law from the UK? What are the chances of this getting through?"
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I think you're mixing up plugins with extensions there. This just means no embedded media players etc. I'd imagine the metro version will still permit extensions which allow you to share URLs on twitter/facebook/google+/whatever-the-next-one-will-be
I've been thinking of switching completely to Debian, but the amount of work to get that running right as a modern desktop is daunting. I can do it, I have done it, but for example, to have a modern browser you either have to manually install it bypassing the package management (bad!) or use backports to get modern compiles of iceweasel. Neither is optimal.
What I fear, is that the proposed shorter release cycles are going to make Ubuntu break too often. That will turn off users, and they cannot afford to lose even more users after the 11.04 release.
If you find the thought of Debian too daunting (personally I find it a doddle but happy to accept not everyone is the same) perhaps you should look at something like LMDE. It's a rolling distro based on Debian testing but it includes the latest point-releases-disguised-as-full-releases from Mozilla et al. I run it on the "family PC" while my own laptop(s) runs Debian testing. LMDE has yet to break unlike the Kubuntu install it replaced which did so frequently.
Umm you might like to take a trip outside the US every now and then. You might well find many manuals and other reference materials are printed in A4.
In the video in TFA the E-Ink guy says they can make them hundreds of metres long. Well he says they produce them that long and cut them before putting the connectors on. He also mentions advertising billboards as a potential and target market for this.
I thought this too. At my kids school they use a beebot from year 1 (5-6 yr old) and that fact really helped me when introducing my two to the concepts of programming using Kturtle. I'm not sure how available the beebot is outside the UK though.
I note the picture covers all the major demographics as you would expect. I presume that MS Poland will be able to photoshop the ones it doesn't like?
You say that like it's a bad thing
I got an invite into Google+, was on for a very short time (around 10 minutes I would guess), in which I already had several people "pre-add" me to their lists - for a brand new account (so how exactly have these relationships been formed, or is this some Buzz "feature" where certain people are automatically just linked to my Google+ account?)
It's probably worth pointing out that somebody "adding you" in Google+ is not the same as in Facebook or Twitter. Adding somebody to one of your circles in Google+ means you can post stuff TOWARDS them but it does not mean you can see anything of theirs other than their public profile. It's one way only unless they add you to their circle too and even then something you post to a circle I am in won't appear on my default stream. It appears on my incoming stream and I can then choose whether to include things from your circle in my default stream. Also with every post you can choose who (in terms of circles or individuals) gets to see it or not.
It's not perfect and could possibly still be open to abuse by marketeers but they seem to have made a better stab at it that Facebook
It all depends what you mean by "name" but I tend to use two of the options together.
The hostname for my servers tends to be fictional characters. I'll choose a fictional universe for each location and name the servers there after one of the characters from it. However in a large environment obsucre names can be a pain to remember/learn so I tend to set up a cname based on the core service running on the server. So yes technically I should (and did) go for "fictional names" but to all intents and purpose my servers are given functional names too.
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