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+ - Say Goodbye to that Unwanted U2 Album-> 3

Submitted by Ronin Developer
Ronin Developer (67677) writes "Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their purchases and, in some cases, pushed down to their devices.

While it is possible to remove the album from your iTunes library, it takes more steps than most would like to take. Apple has responded and released a tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step."

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+ - Slashdot Help: Good and Bad Server Racks

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hey Slashdot. Need some help. I am a IT guy at a small company; 12 employees. I've been tasked with getting a simple server rack. After doing some research I'm still unsure of which I should get. There are lots of companies and huge price differences. I think we should get a rack cabinet, but I can't tell the difference between the cheap and expensive kind. Any advice on possible pitfalls and must haves is welcome."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Have you experienced Fear Driven Development (FDD) ?-> 1

Submitted by nerdyalien
nerdyalien (1182659) writes "Few years back, I worked for a large-scale news-media related web development project in a South-East Asian country. Despite formally adopting Agile/Scrum as the SDLC, development was driven based on fear imposed by managers, and architects who were proficient in ADD — A**hole Driven Development. Project ran 4x over its initial estimation, and not to forget those horrendous 18 hours/day, 6 days/week shifts with pizza dinners. For better or worse, I was asked to leave half way thru the project due to a row with the manager; which followed with poor performance reviews and delayed promotion. Are FDD and ADD here to stay ?"
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Comment: Simple (Score 2) 565

This problem could have been easily avoided. Send iTunes users an announcement that they can go to the store and get the U2 album for free, if they want to. That's how the game stores Steam and GOG usually do these kind of things. I have not seen them chucking any items into my library against my will.

+ - Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X."

+ - Linux distro to vampire XP install? 10

Submitted by johnpagenola
johnpagenola (601936) writes "Many people cannot upgrade Windows XP because of driver issues with old peripherals. Would it be possible for a Linux install to reuse the XP drivers sort of like Wine reuses the programs? I am envisioning a Linux install that would scan an XP install, store drivers and programs on a flash drive, wipe the hard disk and then install Linux, reusing the drivers and programs. Is this idea ridiculous?"

Comment: Re:Answer me this if you will... (Score 1) 244

by jones_supa (#47895257) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros
All of the composited Linux desktops are also rather sluggish. I still have not heard a compelling explanation, why this is. Even a simple window minimize zoom animation gets choppy on low-end hardware. Get an Atom netbook and compare MATE/Cinnamon/GNOME/KDE/Unity (so basically any composited desktop with animations) with Windows, and the experience is worlds apart. There is something wrong with the graphics stack (compositor,, kernel drivers?) which no one wants to admit. However, at the same time, a single OpenGL context (such as a game) usually runs at great performance under Linux.

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