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Comment could be` (Score 1) 2

I totally believe that there are reasons to dislike the currently proposed solutions to deal with climate change. And yeah, Republicans might have a problem with those solutions rather than the problem itself. They do seem to produce pretty massive numbers of quotes which don't show any of that, making it rather hard to believe this study - but hey. Benefit of the doubt. Then how about the do some good proposals which deal with the problem equally well but in a way which takes economic realities into account? I'm dying to hear better ideas than government regulations - I can't believe the Democrats wouldn't rejoice if a realistic proposal to combat climate change was put on the table by a Republican, even if it didn't involve government regulations. And the rest of the world would love it too, I bet. Carbon Fee and Dividend is heavily opposed by Republicans, by the way, and certainly a government thing, so I don't see how this is any better than the current proposals...

Submission + - ownCloud 8.1 is out with little features but more stability (

jospoortvliet writes: ownCloud has made the 8.1 release available, talking about under the hood improvements, increasing scalability and performance rather than features. There are some but it seems mostly minor which is exactly what many users have been asking for. Much security and documentation work was done, too. Get more information on

Part of the stabilization has been working with the Atom Smashers in CERN on a testing tool called Smashbox:
Blog 1:
Blog 2:

Submission + - ownCloud Server 8 released (

An anonymous reader writes: The ownCloud community, developing the world’s most popular open source file sync and share software, today released ownCloud Server 8.0 With more than 2 million users worldwide, ownCloud installs easily on a web server, enabling anyone to host their own file sync and share software while using their own storage (and/or cloud storage if they choose), instead of relying on third parties with files stored outside of their control.

Submission + - openSUSE 12.2 is out! (

jospoortvliet writes: "Two months of extra stabilization work have resulted into a stellar release, chock-full of goodies, yet stable as you all like it.

The latest release of the world's most powerful and flexible Linux Distribution brings you speed-ups across the board with a faster storage layer in Linux 3.4 and accelerated functions in glibc and Qt, giving a more fluid and responsive desktop. The infrastructure below openSUSE has evolved, bringing in newly matured technologies like GRUB2 and Plymouth and the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy. Users will also notice the added polish to existing features bringing an improved user experience all over. The novel Btrfs file system comes with improved error handling and recovery tools. KDE has improve its stability, GNOME 3.4, developing rapidly, brings smooth scrolling to all applications and features a reworked System Settings and Contacts manager while XFCE has an enhanced application finder.

Download openSUSE 12.2 from any of our mirrors."


Submission + - Chinese Phone Maker Claims To Have Patented iPhone 5 Design (

judgecorp writes: "Too amusing to resist, a story is circulating that Chinese company Goophone is threatening to sue Apple because it has patented the iPhone 5 design in China. The Goophone i5 is due out shortly after Apple's iPhone 5, and looks very like the leaked images of Apple's forthcoming phone, though inside it's a Google Android phone. GizChina has a video of the"

Submission + - FBI Denies It Held UDIDs Stolen By AntiSec (

judgecorp writes: "The FBI has denied the UDID codes released yesterday came from an agent's laptop, as claimed by the AntiSec hacker group. The FBI says it does not hold such data, and the attack never happened. However, the agent named by AntiSec is real, and some of the published UDID codes have been found to be genuine. So where did they come from?"

Submission + - YouTube Flags Democrats' Convention Video on Copyright Grounds (

thomst writes: Ryan Singel of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that the livestream of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention was blocked by Youtube after a bogus claim of copyright infringement was lodged — almost undoubtedly by Youtube's own copyright bot, acting pre-emptively on behalf of its big-media advertising clients.

Submission + - Face-scanning cameras could pick out drunks (

cylonlover writes: People who are inebriated in public places (such as airliners or malls) can definitely create problems. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to tell if someone really is under the influence. Instead of making every “jolly”-looking person take a breathalyzer test, Greek researchers are suggesting something less intrusive – video software that can spot drunks by analyzing their faces. First, it measures pixel values at specific points on the face. These points are some of the locations at which blood vessels beneath the skin dilate when alcohol has been consumed. Second, it utilizes thermal imaging technology to gauge the temperature of an individual’s nose and forehead. When people are inebriated, apparently, their noses get warm while their foreheads remain relatively cool. The researchers believe that by combining the two approaches, the software could be used to reliably identify intoxicated people in public spaces.

Submission + - General mobilisation against the return of software patents in Europe (

An anonymous reader writes: The recent patent wars in the United States, such as Apple against
Samsung underline the threat posed by software patents: by letting
companies monopolize ideas, US lawmakers allow a few monopolistic
players to control the whole market.

The European Parliament rejected patents on software in 2005. Despite
this, the European Patent Office (EPO) has been trying for years to
legalize software patents, even though they represent a grave threat
to the software industry, free and proprietary software companies

In the next few days, the legal affairs (JURI) Committee of the
European Parliament will discuss on the next actions regarding the
project for a unitary patent. Behind what looks like a technical text
lies a crucial issue: who decides on what is patentable and what is

April, the main main French advocacy association devoted to promote
and protect Free Software, calls for a general mobilisation to contact
all MEPs, so that the European Parliament finally tackles the issue of
the software patentability.

April has put into place a few campaigning tools to inform and to
raise MEPs' awareness. Everything is available on


Submission + - 35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars (

DevotedSkeptic writes: "Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.

Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

Perhaps no one on Earth will relish the moment more than 76-year-old Ed Stone, who has toiled on the project from the start.

"We're anxious to get outside and find what's out there," he said.

When NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 first rocketed out of Earth's grip in 1977, no one knew how long they would live. Now, they are the longest-operating spacecraft in history and the most distant, at billions of miles from Earth but in different directions.

Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch to Jupiter and Saturn. It is now flitting around the fringes of the solar system, which is enveloped in a giant plasma bubble. This hot and turbulent area is created by a stream of charged particles from the sun.

Outside the bubble is a new frontier in the Milky Way — the space between stars. Once it plows through, scientists expect a calmer environment by comparison.

When that would happen is anyone's guess. Voyager 1 is in uncharted celestial territory. One thing is clear: The boundary that separates the solar system and interstellar space is near, but it could take days, months or years to cross that milestone.

Voyager 1 is currently more than 11 billion miles from the sun. Twin Voyager 2, which celebrated its launch anniversary two weeks ago, trails behind at 9 billion miles from the sun."

Comment Re:GPL 3 does not prevent commercial use. (Score 1) 1075

Sure. But there is also this thing called real life, where you need patents to at least defend yourself against others - see what now happens in the mobile world with anyone who uses Android and doesn't have a strong set of patents - google can't protect you with the meager 50 patents they have so you get sued. the GLPv3 should be clarified or its use should not be forced - why not fork those projects using it, if companies can't ship it? I know little about licenses nor do I care much nor do I WANT to know more. It is just annoying to read that a company who was contributing to FOSS out of PRAGMATIC reasons is now quitting - that sucks. We need MORE of those Apples, not less. Big Meh. And if the GPLv3 is too blame, well, I just might start to think it is not a good license...

Comment Re:DOA? (Score 1) 87

Considering that we are working on a Foundation and Attachmate has been very positive about openSUSE (even had some attachmaties join our marketing channel during the launch) I'd say we're going nowhere else but forward ;-)

Comment Re:Firefox 4.0 (Score 1) 2

It's a beta with some svn/git (not sure what Mozilla uses) updates and it gets updated regularly once you've installed it until the release. So - it's close enough :D Same story with KDE (4.6.0+almost_all_fixes_in_4.6.1) and Scribus (1.4RCsomething).

Submission + - Quick Look: openSUSE 11.4 (

JimLynch writes: "I last looked at openSUSE on Desktop Linux Reviews when it hit version 11.3. This update takes openSUSE up to version 11.4 so I opted to do a quick look instead of a full review on DLR.

openSUSE comes with a number of different desktop environments. For this quick look I went with the KDE version, but a GNOME version is also available on the openSUSE downloads page. You can also roll your own via the SUSE Studio site.

What’s New
Here’s a sample of what’s new in this release:

Kernel 2.6.37
Enhanced boot process
Faster repository
KDE Plasma Desktop 4.6
Firefox 4.0
LibreOffice 3.3.1"

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