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+ - Android phone completely disabled after receiving an international call

Submitted by OneSmartFellow
OneSmartFellow (716217) writes "I was out with friends on Friday evening when I received an international phone call from a +7 phone number. It's not at all unusual for me to receive international phone calls, but, I'll admit I have never receievd one from the +7 dialing code. I answered the call, and I could only hear myself speaking. I hung up, and my phone immediately shut off. All attempts to power it back on have failed. I have tried removing the battery, and booting into recovery mode. Phone is a Nexus S with Cyanogenmod installed. It is now a paperweight. I presume I have been hacked somehow. Is there any way to recover from this experience ?"

+ - Xfce 4.12 Released

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Xfce team is pleased to announce the release of the Xfce 4.12, a new stable version of the fast and optimized desktop environment that supersedes Xfce 4.10, which was released 2 years and 10 months ago. While the version number looks like a small jump, there is a big amount of improvements and fixes all around. Most notable things that have seen changes are: the panel, power management, multi-monitor support, task manager, file manager, optical disc burning (Blu-Ray support), Alt-Tab popup, keyboard shortcuts, and wallpaper selector. An online tour of the changes in the new version is available. Looking into the future, the plan to upgrade from GTK2 to GTK3 is probably the hottest topic in the roadmap."

Comment: Re:Good, I'm tired of removing the crap. (Score 1) 205

by jones_supa (#49152487) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Maybe have a first boot installer that lets people choose which of the Lenovo and 3rd party programs to install defaulting to none.

I have wanted something like that for a long time. Create an image which contains just the OS and the manufacturer-specific drivers, and then put an option to install all the other crap.

On Windows startup, you would get: "Thanks for purchasing a Lenovo product! As an option, we offer you a free selection of additional software. This includes: blah blah blah. Would you like to install this software?" [Yes] [No] [Ask Me Later]

Comment: Re:Bloatware?! (Score 1) 205

by jones_supa (#49152467) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

To the contrary, I love bloatware because it means other people are subsidizing my PC that I'm going to be installing a fresh OS upon receiving anyway.

Even the OEM recovery media (that comes on a DVD or that you have to recreate yourself with an included tool) contains the same crapware. So you would need to buy a separate Windows copy for that purpose, increasing the total cost.

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