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Submission + - Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

HughPickens.com writes: Michelle Cottle reports in The Atlantic that in an earlier era, a suspicious husband might have rifled through his wife's pockets or hired a private investigator but today spouses have easy access to an array of sophisticated spy software that that record every keystroke; compile detailed logs of calls, texts, and video chats; that track a phone’s location in real time; recover deleted messages from all manner of devices (without having to touch said devices); and that turn phones into wiretapping equipment. One might assume that the proliferation of such spyware would have a chilling effect on extramarital activities. But according to Cottle, aspiring cheaters, need not despair: software developers are also rolling out ever stealthier technology to help people conceal their affairs. Right or wrong, cheating apps tap into a potentially lucrative market and researchers regard the Internet as fertile ground for female infidelity in particular. “Men tend to cheat for physical reasons and women for emotional reasons,” says Katherine Hertlein. “The Internet facilitates a lot of emotional disclosure and connections with someone else.”

But virtual surveillance has its risks. Stumbling across an incriminating email your partner left open is one thing; premeditated spying can land you in court. A Minnesota man named Danny Lee Hormann, suspecting his wife of infidelity, installed a GPS tracker on her car and allegedly downloaded spyware onto her phone and the family computer. In March 2010, Hormann's wife had a mechanic search her car and found the tracker. She called the police, and Hormann spent a month in jail on stalking charges. “I always tell people two things: (1) do it legally, and (2) do it right,” says John Paul Lucich, a computer-forensics expert and the author of Cyber Lies, a do-it-yourself guide for spouses looking to become virtual sleuths. Lucich has worked his share of ugly divorces, and he stresses that even the most damning digital evidence of infidelity will prove worthless in court—and potentially land you in trouble—if improperly gathered. His blanket advice: Get a really good lawyer.

Submission + - KDE Releases Plasma 5.1 (kde.org) 1

jrepin writes: KDE Plasma 5.1 sports a wide variety of improvements, leading to greater stability, better performance and new and improved features. Thanks to the feedback of the community, KDE developers were able to package a large number of fixes and enhancements into this release, among which more complete and higher quality artwork following the new-in-5.0 Breeze style, re-addition of popular features such as the Icon Tasks taskswitcher and improved stability and performance.

Those travelling regularly will enjoy better support for time zones in the panel's clock, while those staying at home a revamped clipboard manager, allowing you to easily get at your past clipboard's content. The Breeze widget style is now also available for Qt4-based applications, leading to greater consistency across applications. The work to support Wayland as display server for Plasma is still ongoing, with improved, but not complete support in 5.1. Changes throughout many default components improve accessibility for visually impaired users by adding support for screenreaders and improved keyboard navigation.

Aside from the visual improvements and the work on features, the focus of this release lies also on stability and performance improvements, with over 180 bugs resolved since 5.0 in the shell alone.

Comment Re:Death March (Score 1) 230

I wouldnt really call gnome tweak tool a "3rd party application" - its made by gnome guys, its git repo lives on gnome.org. And every setting it touches can be discovered, enabled or disabled through the command line. It's just not installed by default in distributions (though I can't speak for them all) - that doesnt make it "3rd party".

Comment Re:Better than Arch? (Score 1) 172

alias yum="yum -y" Anyhow, I wouldn't call that "fit and finish" - I'd call it a poor design decision, if indeed that's how apt-get actually works - but if memory serves it does not though, and it prompts you before actually installing packages.

Comment Re:God I hate that use of "free"... (Score 1) 580

By that logic, laws or regulations can only ever remove freedom (since they are forms of requirements, either placed upon people or governments).

But laws and regulations often can prevent someone more powerful than you (or others) from taking away your freedom (and the freedoms of many others). So its obviously false that requirements always remove freedom. Sometimes they bestow freedom, or allow freedom to flourish.

And some would argue, such is the case with the GPL. It prevents those with more power and resources than others from removing freedoms, by imposing requirements.

Comment Re:God I hate that use of "free"... (Score 5, Insightful) 580

It's only "too restrictive" if you accept the BSD concept of "software freedom". If you accept the GNU concept of "software freedom", the BSD licenses are "too restrictive" (ie. ultimately more freedom limiting). In other words, the term "software freedom" has a completely different meaning for a GNU-ist than it does for a BSD-ist.

As to which license is ultimately more beneficial, I think it depends on the software project (and the stakeholder one is talking about). Neither are one-size-fits-all. I'm glad the linux kernel is GPL. I'm glad things like Django are BSD licensed. I think it depends on the project and situation.

Comment Re:Missing the point of a DE... (Score 1) 535

I'm a gnome user and I love gnome 3. Quite simply, its awesome. Almost every single complain I see about the Gnome team supposedly "dumbing everything down", is a rather ironic demonstration that they actually didn't dumb it down enough - because the complaints are almost always shallow, wrong, or a demonstration of user incompetence and ignorance that could easily by attaining even a little basic working knowledge of gnome 3 (the kind of thing you have to do to use any computer software efficiently).

Comment Re:Reason? GNOME3 (Score 1) 535

What's funny is, the behavior your describe about terminal windows is *exactly* how OSX behaves. Yet most of the world thinks its the best gui ever. In any case, all you have to do is put your left finger on the ctrl button as you click the terminal, and viola - new window. Not hard.

Comment Re:Reason? GNOME3 (Score 4, Informative) 535

I can't for the life of me figure out how you must be using Gnome 3.

You certainly can you move your cursor to other windows to click on them, give them focus and raise them. Heck you can even do focus follows mouse, and autoraise, getting rid of the click.

Secondly, you don't have to click the word "Activities" at all. It's a hot corner. You're supposed shoot your mouse to it quickly. And the beauty of the hot corner is, you don't have to look for it or locate it on the screen, you don't have to aim for it or click it - you just whip your cursor up to it in a fast, imprecise motion - and voila - you have the overview. The targets there are also large, so you can don't have to be precise.

Or you can leave your left hand on the keyboard to hit the super-key...

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.