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Submission + - Linus' Fuck You Brought NVIDIA Optimus Support To Linux ->

sfcrazy writes: Good news for Linux users, NVIDIA is finally working on a new vesion of its' non-free drivers for Linux which will bring support for its infamous Optimus technology. NVIDIA's plans to support Linux was revealed in an email by Aaron Plattner who has managed to get a proof of concept working.
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Submission + - AntiSec Hacks FBI Laptop, Leaks Over a Million iOS Device UDIDs->

hypnosec writes: Anonymous affiliated hacking collective Antisec has leaked more than a million records of Apple iOS Unique Identifies (UDIDs) that were present on an FBI laptop. The hackers have posted their message on a Pastebin whereby they have explained their motive behind the hack and how did they get hold of these records. Giving a reference to July 2012 NSA's General Keith Alexander speech at DefCon, whereby he urged hackers to help out the government in securing the Internet. The hacking collective said, “We decided we'd help out Internet security by auditing FBI first.”
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Ubuntu

Submission + - World's first Linux Ultrabook ships->

Rozzin writes: "Everyone here has heard of Dell's `Project Sputnik', but a little manufacturer of strictly Linux computers in California appears to have beat them to the punch: PCWorld reports that ZaReason has started shipping the world's first Linux Ultrabook. And they've somehow managed to fit 16 GB of RAM and two solid-state drives inside, along with a 6-hour battery and 14" display. CEO Cathy Malmrose explains: "It's one of my pet peeves that the world's most robust, high-end software is so often housed in low-end, unappealing machines or, worse, tweaked to work on machines that were built for Windows. Our goal is to build hardware that more aptly matches the high-end aspects of FOSS"."
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Comment Re:Time for Linux, finally? (Score 1) 489 489

You can avoid all the pain of researching hardware by purchasing a pre-configured Linux machine.

https://www.system76.com/

I've had great experiences from them. Great support, both official and community. Computer comes ready to go, with a system76 repo for support of very new hardware. After less than a year, my laptop now works with vanilla Linux without need of system76's software.

Ships with latest Ubuntu, but if you're not a fan of Unity, xubuntu is great.

Science

Submission + - NC Republicans Consider Outlawing Sealevel Rise Predictions-> 2 2

ideonexus writes: "Republicans in North Carolina are floating a bill that would force planners to only consider past historical data in predicting the sea-level rise (SLR) for the state as opposed to considering projections that take Global Warming into account. NC-20, the pro-development lobbying group representing twenty counties along the NC coast, is behind the effort and asserts that the one-meter prediction would prohibit development on too much land as opposed to SLR predictions of 3.9 to 15.6 inches."
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Linux

Submission + - How to Manage make Programs in Linux 1 1

Arabian Nights writes: I've been using Linux since I was 16 (about a decade), and one thing I caught on to very quick was how package managers like Synaptic could undo installations of programs I installed. Now I am working at on a shared cluster where I need to use niche research programs/libraries that are only available through source code. The big turn off of ./configure, make, make install is if I don't like what I did and want to reinstall a different version, there's no obvious way to get my system back to it's original state. What do Slashdotters do to manage their programs built from source?

Submission + - European Parliament blocks copyright reform with 113% voter turnout-> 1 1

mcmadman writes: In a bizarre turn of events. The Legal Affairs committee (JURI), which has the responsibility of safeguarding the integrity and trustworthiness of the legal framework as a whole in Europe voted recently to weaken a reform of the copyright monopoly for allowing re-publication and access to orphan works. Pieces of our cultural heritage where no copyright monopoly holder can be located. What is surprising that the voter turnout happened to be 113%. This rather embarrassing issue was pointed out to the committee, the fact that there were three votes too many, and that these three votes determined the outcome. When this was done, along with formally requesting a re-vote, that re-vote on the points in question was denied.
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Businesses

Submission + - Bill Gates Takes the Stand in WordPerfect Trial

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Remember WorldPerfect? Bill Gates took the witness stand to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims Microsoft duped Novell into thinking he would include WordPerfect in the new Windows system, then backed out because he feared it was too good. Gates testified Monday that Microsoft was racing to put out Windows 95 when he dropped technical features that would no longer support the rival's word processor and that in making the decision about the code, he was concerned not about Novell but about one element of the program that could have caused computers to crash. That code, technically known as "name space extensions," had to do with the display of folders and files. Novell attorney Jeff Johnson concedes that Microsoft was under no legal obligation to provide advance access to Windows 95 so Novell could prepare a compatible version but contends that Microsoft enticed Novell to work on a version, only to withdraw support months before Windows 95 hit the market. "We got stabbed in the back.""
Cloud

Submission + - Facebook Hit By Coordinated Spam Attack

An anonymous reader writes: Over the last few days, Facebook users have been experiencing a flood of very graphic images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality. The company confirmed the reports this morning and then this afternoon revealed that this has been the result of a coordinated spam attack leveraging a browser vulnerability.
AMD

Submission + - Analyzing Bulldozer: Why AMD's chip is so disappoi

An anonymous reader writes: AMD’s Bulldozer is finally here, after years of development — and its performance is significantly worse than anyone expected. The situation is ugly enough that it may explain why so many executives left AMD over the past twelve months, and why the company was so tight-lipped about their departure. Bulldozer’s general performance has been widely covered; our goal here is to drill into why the Bulldozer performs the way it does.
Linux

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Linux Laptops? 5 5

conner_bw writes: I'm an OSX user looking to switch to a Linux laptop. I like the Unix/BSD aspect of OSX. Simple things like when I close the lid the laptop goes to sleep, the sound card works out of the box, long battery life, minimum cooling fan noise, and a comprehensive but relatively straightforward backup system and "AppleCare" package are important to me. What all-inclusive model of laptop and distro would you recommend?

Submission + - UN Bigwig: 'The web" should have been patented and->

An anonymous reader writes: Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing has unearthed an amazing video where the head of WIPO, the UN agency responsible for "promoting" intellectual property, suggests that Tim Berners-Lee should have patented HTML and licensed it to all users. Amazingly this is done on camera and in front of the head of CERN and the Internet Society, who look on in disbelief.
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