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+ - Installing top 10 render your computer almost useless

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes "For the purpose of this experiment, we’re going to just click through all regular installation screens with the default options using a fresh virtual machine. And we’re going to install ten applications from the most popular downloads list. And we’re going to assume the persona of a regular non-geek user." Read the full article.

Is crapware completely destroying the user experience for a non-geek user?"

+ - XBMC 12.0 "Frodo" released, PVR-support, HD Audio and more->

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes "Team XBMC have released XBMC 12 “Frodo”. Features for XBMC 12 include: HD audio support (including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD) via the new XBMC AudioEngine (OSX/iOS not yet available), Live TV and PVR support, h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P), 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux, Improved image support, Support for the Raspberry PI, Initial support for the Android platform, Improved AirPlay support across all platform, Improved controller support in Windows and Linux, Advanced Filtering in the library, Video library tags to complement movie sets, Advanced UPnP sharing and more!"
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+ - VMware vSphere5 changes licensing, customers upset->

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes "vSphere 5.0 is announced to be released in Q3 2011. vSphere introduces a new licensing model that is no longer bound to just the number of CPUs your hosts have. You now have to pay up for the for the amount of RAM as well. This change is, of course, very unwelcome in a currently 17 page long forum thread at vmware communities, showing consultants and resellers that are shocked upon this change."
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+ - Boy (12) saves himself by using a trick from WoW-> 4

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes "A 12 year old boy used the tricks from video games to save himself from a situation involving a goose. -When you reach level 30, you learn a trick called the "fake death". That's what I did, I pretended I were dead, and then the moose lost interest, says the brave 12-year-old."
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+ - Do your company provide private home-folders? 2

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes "Most companies provide a home dir which is pretty much private for the user. Here, the user can store documents only intended for private storage. E.g. internal job applications, personal letters to the boss and other similar data. The boss tells us, the IT department, to get rid of the home directory for our users.

Arguments are that we do no longer want to store any "private data", thus we can open up most of the data at all levels in our company. Private data should be stored on the local disk (a separate C:\Private or similar), or on private USB equipment or similar. In conclusion: out of sight from the company. I personally fear that people will bring private equipment into work and thus increase the chances of 3rd party driver crashes and similar. And I do not want people to spend time on backing up private data. After all, it's only a few gigs at average per user.

What is Your company's policy on home-folders?"
XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft starts banning Xbox 360 pirates? 3

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes "Microsoft seem to suddenly start banning Xbox 360 consoles for playing on their Xbox Live service. A lot of frustrated owners on various forums. I guess it's obvious that Microsoft somehow detected them playing pirated games, but time will show why people are currently getting banned. Microsoft have not posted any news of this yet."

+ - Is Garbage Collection killing computer performance

Submitted by fluor2
fluor2 (242824) writes ""I've become increasingly frustrated with the speed of computers lately, or rather, lack thereof. After thinking about it, I came up with three reasons why I think computers have gotten slow." — VirtualDub programmer, Avery Lee.

"Let's be honest: garbage collection is here to stay. It's quite powerful for certain data structures, most notably string heaps, and it has undeniable benefits in other areas such as sandboxed execution environments and concurrent programming. What I think aggrevates the problems, though, are languages and programming environments that you insist on putting everything in the GC heap."

Read his interesting blog post, which I think really missed a focus from both slashdot and other computer sites."

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.