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Music

Spotify Releases a Linux-Only Client Library 96 96

f0rk writes "Spotify, a popular music streaming service, has just recently released libspotify. An official, binary-only, only for subscribers, library to 'enable and inspire you to build some really cool stuff.' The first release only has support for x86-32 Linux, the only major platform Spotify does not run on. It looks like the Spotify team is trying to be nice to the Linux community and hope someone will use their restricted binary-only library to write a Linux client."

Comment Mac OS Pre-9 (Score 4, Informative) 233 233

In Mac OS 7.5 - 8.5, you could get easter eggs by typing the text "secret about box" into any text editor that supported drag & drop and text clippings, selecting the text and dragging it to the desktop. In one OS, it would start a "brick-out" type game with the developer's names.

Comment Re:How To's are so 90s.. (Score 4, Interesting) 108 108

I love Virtual Appliances. But HOWTOS are still necessary because I, for one, always question the security/authenticity of 3rd party VMware images. I use them to eval software and, if I like it, create my own appliance so I have full control and know there are no rootkits/backdoors installed...

Comment Re:In my case (Score 1) 357 357

FWIW Many years ago a friend of mine dropped my digital camera into the ocean, when I handed it to her to hold while I exited a kayak. (She replaced the camera and the card inside). The card inside, a 256MB CF card, continued to work for almost 2 years after that. I never trusted it and only used it for things I didn't care about, expecting it to die at any moment... but it held out for longer than expected. And that was with salt water...
Communications

Submission + - Time Warner to Offer Unlimited Bandwidth for $150 -> 1 1

unr3a1 writes: In response to a slew of criticism over its plan to cap customers' bandwidth allowance, Time Warner Cable announced new price tiers for a three-state trial. On top of a 5, 10, 20, and 40-gigabyte (GB) caps, the company said this week that it would offer an additional 100GB tier for heavy users. Prices (so far) would range from $29.95 to $75.00 a month, with users charged an extra dollar for every GB more they download, although that charge is also capped at $75. An "unlimited" bandwidth plan, therefore, tops out at $150.
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Security

Submission + - Conficker meltdown, ten days later...->

KingofGnG writes: "More than a week after the 1st of April, the day when the Internet stood still because according to the press the Conficker worm could have destroyed the net, the infrastructures, civilized mankind and the entire planet things are going more or less as usual: Internet remains a dangerous place but it hasn't exploded like a supernova, and bit are flowing quickly from a part to another one of the planet. The true novelty is that the botnet built up by one of the most complex malware ever finally shows what its true purpose is."
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Data Storage

How Does Flash Media Fail? 357 357

bhodge writes "Aside from the obvious 'it stops working' answer, how does flash media — such as USB, SD, and CF — fail? Unlike with traditional hard drive, where anyone who's worked with computers for a while knows what a drive failure looks like, I don't know anyone who has experienced such a failure with flash. I've haven't been able to find more than scant evidence of what such failures look like at the OS level. The one account I have found detailed using a small USB drive for /var/log storage; it failed very quickly, and then utterly (0 byte unformatted device), after five years of service in the role. This runs contrary to other anecdotal claims that you should still be able to read the media after you can no longer write to it. So my question is: what have you seen of the nature of flash media failure, if anything?"

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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