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GNU is Not Unix

Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop 1365

Posted by timothy
from the choose-your-own-misadventure dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Every now and then a new- or old-media journalist tries to explain to everyone why Linux is not yet ready for the desktop. However all those men who graduated from their engineering universities years ago have only superficial knowledge about operating systems and their inner works. An unknown author from Russia has decided to draw up a list of technical reasons and limitations hampering Linux domination on the desktop." Some of the gripes listed here really resonate with me, having just moved to an early version of Ubuntu 9.10 on my main testing-stuff laptop; it's frustrating especially that while many seemingly more esoteric things work perfectly, sound now works only in part, and even that partial success took some fiddling.
Programming

ECMAScript 4.0 Is Dead 168

Posted by Soulskill
from the long-live-ecmascript dept.
TopSpin writes "Brendan Eich, creator of the JavaScript programming language, has announced that ECMA Technical Committee 39 has abandoned the proposed ECMAScript 4.0 language specification in favor of a more limited specification dubbed 'Harmony,' or ECMAScript 3.1. A split has existed among the members of this committee, including Adobe and Microsoft, regarding the future of what most of us know as JavaScript. Adobe had been promulgating their ActionScript 3 language as the next ECMAScript 4.0 proposal. As some point out, the split that has prevented this may be the result of Microsoft's interests. What does the future hold for Mozilla's Tamarin Project, based on Adobe's open source ActionScript virtual machine?"

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 1) 368

by mobydobius (#23938165) Attached to: Dodd, Feingold To Try and Filibuster Immunity Bill

Actually, it's the Bill of Rights and not the Constitution, and it doesn't grant the right to bear arms. The Constitution and Bill of Rights don't grant rights to the people, they provide a list of rights that the government should be unable to take away from the people.
argh!

the bill of rights is just a traditional name given to the first set of amendments to the original draft of the constitution. he is not wrong in saying "your constitution protected...." any amendment to the constitution is a part of the constitution. its legally treated no differently than the original draft, except where it modifies the original draft, in which case it preempts that portion of the original draft.

if you are going to be pedantic, be correct.

Power

Hydrogen-Powered cars with Zero-Carbon-Emission? 203

Posted by Zonk
from the look-up-in-the-sky-it's-some-sort-of-pastry dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have a bright idea — at least at first sight. They want to create a sustainable transportation system by using hydrogen-powered cars. They would like to create an infrastructure where people could use a liquid fuel for driving while the carbon emission in their vehicles is trapped for later processing at a fueling station. 'The carbon would then be shuttled back to a processing plant where it could be transformed into liquid fuel.' Where will all this liquid carbon be stored? The researchers don't know. They suggest that it could be stored in geological formations or under the oceans."
Operating Systems

The Great Microkernel Debate Continues 405

Posted by Zonk
from the tiny-issues dept.
ficken writes "The great conversation about micro vs. monolithic kernel is still alive and well. Andy Tanenbaum weighs in with another article about the virtues of microkernels. From the article: 'Over the years there have been endless postings on forums such as Slashdot about how microkernels are slow, how microkernels are hard to program, how they aren't in use commercially, and a lot of other nonsense. Virtually all of these postings have come from people who don't have a clue what a microkernel is or what one can do. I think it would raise the level of discussion if people making such postings would first try a microkernel-based operating system and then make postings like "I tried an OS based on a microkernel and I observed X, Y, and Z first hand." Has a lot more credibility.'"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Blizzard makes WoW wish virtual reality

Submitted by mobydobius
mobydobius (237311) writes "Blizzard makes young cancer patient's wish come true: He becomes a small part of the WoW storyline.

Okay so this is a little more sentimental than your typical slashdot fare, but the father in this article is my best friend and I just love his kid so much that I want everyone to know his story. And hey, it's WoW; it's Blizzard; so it's tangentially relevant."
Censorship

Student Arrested for Writing Essay 890

Posted by Zonk
from the thinkofthechildren-tag-is-appropriate-here dept.
mcgrew writes "The Chicago Tribune reports that an eighteen year old straight-A High School student was arrested for writing an essay that 'disturbed' his teacher. Even though no threats were made to a specific person, 18 year-old Allen Lee's English teacher convened a panel to discuss the work. As a result of that discussion, the police were called in. 'The youth's father said his son was not suspended or expelled but was forced to attend classes elsewhere for now. Today, Cary-Grove students rallied behind the arrested teen by organizing a petition drive to let him back in their school. They posted on walls quotes from the English teacher in which she had encouraged students to express their emotions through writing.'"

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