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Submission + - Systemd Absorbs "su" Command Functionality

jones_supa writes: With a pull request systemd now supports a su command functional and can create privileged sessions that are fully isolated from the original session. The su command is seen bad because what it is supposed to do is ambiguous. On one hand it's supposed to open a new session and change a number of execution context parameters, and on the other it's supposed to inherit a lot concepts from the originating session. Lennart Poettering's long story short: "`su` is really a broken concept. It will given you kind of a shell, and it's fine to use it for that, but it's not a full login, and shouldn't be mistaken for one." The replacement command provided by systemd is machinectl shell.

Submission + - Google Chrome Will Block Auto-playing Flash Ads Starting September->

jones_supa writes: Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as advertisements or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default, but you can click to play them if you wish. The main reason for the blocking is mobile device battery life, thanks to Flash ads consuming a large amount of CPU time. The move could also help to stop the spread of malware, as Flash has had a long history of security vulnerabilities.
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Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

I doubt anyone is suggesting blinking LEDs actually cause the problem (dear God, I hope not).

The LEDs can make the people imagine that there are "harmful electromagnetic waves" present. Thus, the LEDs would actually cause the problem, but mentally.

Solution: make devices with just a simple power LED in concealment somewhere back of the device, or allow the blinking LEDs to be toggled on/off.

Comment Re:I remember ..... (Score 0) 284

We forget now, but it packed an astonishing amount of stuff into just 4mb of RAM (8mb recommended). If someone produced it today in some kind of hackathon it'd be praised as a wonder of tightly written code. They even optimised it by making sure the dots in the clock didn't blink, as the animation would have increased the memory usage of the OS!

What the heck are you talking about. :)

You needed at least 32 MB to not lose your mental sanity, and Windows 95 is one of the most bloated monsters in the history of computer software.

Submission + - Underground Piracy Sites Want To Block Windows 10 Users

An anonymous reader writes: Some smaller pirate sites have become concerned about Windows 10 system phoning home too many hints regarding that the users are accessing their site. Therefore, the pirate administrators have started blocking Windows 10 users from accessing the BitTorrent trackers that the sites host. The first ones to hit the alarm button were iTS, which have posted a statement and started redirecting Windows 10 users to a YouTube video called Windows 10 is a Tool to Spy on Everything You Do. Additionally, according to TorrentFreak, two other similar dark web torrent trackers are also considering following suit. "As we all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 10. You as a member should know, that we as a site are thinking about banning the OS from FSC," said one of the FSC staff. Likewise, in a message to their users, a BB admin said something similar: "We have also found [Windows 10] will be gathering information on users’ P2P use to be shared with anti piracy group."

Submission + - City of Munich Having Problems With Basic Linux Functionality 2

jones_supa writes: Just like the city planned a year ago, Munich is still calling for switching back to Windows from LiMux, which is their Ubuntu derivative. The councillors from Munich's conservative CSU party have called the operating system installed on their laptops "cumbersome to use" and "of very limited use". The letter from the two senior members of the city's IT committee asks the mayor to consider removing the Linux-based OS and to install Windows and Office. "There are no programs for text editing, Skype, Office etc. installed and that prevents normal use," it is argued in the letter. Another complaint from councillors is that "the lack of user permissions makes them of limited use". These kind of arguments raise eyebrows, as all that functionality is certainly found from Linux.

Submission + - Politicians at city that dumped Microsoft for Linux ask to switch to Windows->

An anonymous reader writes: Munich spent years migrating about 15,000 staff away from Windows to a custom-version of Ubuntu and other open-source software. Now two senior politicians on the city's IT committee are calling for the Linux-based OS to be ditched on councillor's laptops in favour of Windows and Microsoft Office. They claim their current Linux-based OS is "cumbersome to use" and "of very limited use". However much of the software they claim to be missing seems to be easily accessible on their machines.
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