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Comment: Re:Apple is no longer competitive... (Score 1) 114

From Wikipedia:
"The IBM Simon Personal Communicator, ca. 1993, the first touchscreen phone."

Touchscreen phone running Windows Mobile was quite common in Asian market before iPhone. It is true that they weren't as polished.

Comment: I am not from the US (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by fufufang (#47086315) Attached to: NASA Money Crunch Means Trouble For Spitzer Space Telescope

I find it extremely sad that the US has recently lost the ability to conduct human spaceflight. I also find it extremely sad that the funding for NASA is still under threat. I don't know what to say really... I hope the future exploration of mankind doesn't depend on countries with questionable human right record like Russia and China.

+ - KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12->

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KDE Community (3396057) writes "The KDE Community is proud to announce the latest major updates to KDE software delivering new features and fixes. With Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Platform frozen and receiving only long term support, those teams are focusing on the technical transition to Frameworks 5. This release marks substantial improvements in the KDE PIM stack, giving much better performance and many new features. Kate added new features including initial Vim-macro suppor, and games and educational applications bring a variety of new features. The announcement for the KDE Applications 4.12 has more information. This release of KDE Platform 4.12 only includes bugfixes and minor optimizations and features. About 20 bugfixes as well as several optimizations have been made to various subsystems. A technology preview of the Next Generation KDE Platform, named KDE Frameworks 5, is coming this month."
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+ - Free Software Foundation Endorses A "Truly Free" Laptop, Respects Your Freedoms->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Free Software Foundation announced today the first laptop they have been able to certify as-is that respects the user's freedoms. The laptop is free down to using Coreboot in place of a proprietary BIOS. The OS shipped on the laptop is Trisquel, the Ubuntu derived Linux OS that removes all traces of proprietary firmware, patented formats, etc. The only issue though for new customers is this endorsed laptop comes down to being a refurbished 2006 ThinkPad X60 with single or dual-core Intel CPU, 1GB+ of RAM, 60GB+ HDD, 1024x768 12.1-inch screen while costing $320+ USD (200 GBP). The FSF-certified refurbished laptops are only offered for sale through the Gluglug UK shop. Are these outdated specs worth your privacy and freedom?"
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+ - RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis->

Submitted by fufufang
fufufang (2603203) writes ""The attack can extract full 4096-bit RSA decryption keys from laptop computers (of various models), within an hour, using the sound generated by the computer during the decryption of some chosen ciphertexts. We experimentally demonstrate that such attacks can be carried out, using either a plain mobile phone placed next to the computer, or a more sensitive microphone placed 4 meters away."

Shamir of the RSA fame is in this, we are totally doomed."

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