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+ - Rob Pardo says farewell to Blizzad->

Submitted by motang
motang (1266566) writes "Rob Pardo, Blizzard employee of 17 years who has worked on WarCraft and Diablo is leaving the company.
"I'm looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard," Pardo said. "It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.""

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+ - Opera Releases a new version for Linux

Submitted by motang
motang (1266566) writes "Opera released Opera 24 for Linux. Currently it is in testing (developer) mode, and only for 64bit Ubuntu, but hey it's a start since everyone thought Linux support was abandoned.

In my test it is pretty rough around the edges, only has ambiance theme as it has been hard coded, and all the window controls are on the right and not on the left like what Unity has. But it is a start."
Nintendo

+ - FSF campaigns against Nintendo 3DS-> 1

Submitted by
motang
motang writes "FSF is complaining about Nintendo and their TOS as to about how Nintendo and update the firmware on the 3DS without your knowing it and they can even brick your system they see fit it. If Nintendo thinks you are not using the system in a way they want you to, for example using R4 to play pirated games."
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Debian

+ - Linux New Media Launches Ubuntu User Magazine->

Submitted by
motang
motang writes "FTA:

"Canonical's popular Ubuntu operating system continues to win followers around the world, and Ubuntu User is the first print magazine specifically for this rapidly growing audience. "Ubuntu is popular with software developers and IT professionals, but it is also a hit with hobbyists and other desktop users who are looking for an alternative to Microsoft Windows and don't want the restrictive hardware policies of Apple," says Joe Casad, Editor in Chief of Ubuntu User."

Me being a huge Ubuntu fan boy, am really digging this. For something like this to happen, it means that Ubuntu has really gained popularity (well we all know that) but for it spawn it's own dedicated magazine is something amazing)."
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PC Games (Games)

+ - StarCraft 2 Beta Signups Open->

Submitted by motang
motang (1266566) writes "Shacknews reports that Blizzard has started taking beta sing-ups for StarCraft II...finally! It seems like we have been waiting for this game for far too long. From the article:

Interested parties must simply visit their Battle.net profile page, choose to opt-in for the beta, and re-submit their current system specs by way of a small downloadable piece of software.

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OS X

+ - Apple close to unveiling guarded Snow Leopard UI->

Submitted by motang
motang (1266566) writes "Appleinsider has an article stating that Apple is set to show off a new UI in the upcoming Snow Leopard. I think it looks a wee-bit like Vista. From the article:

Among the changes under consideration for the new build is a striking overhaul to the Mac OS X user interface, which is expected to surrender its platinum theme. Apple has reportedly been working on this new interface since day one, despite public claims that Snow Leopard would forgo forward-facing improvements for a focus strictly on under-the-hood enhancements.

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Operating Systems

+ - Dvorak Likes Linux->

Submitted by
motang
motang writes "John C. Dvorak a.k.a. The Cranky Geek likes using Linux. He said that he took Ubuntu 8.10 for a spin and likes it so much that he is going to install it on his machines and even build a net appliance (a small computer for web surfing purpose) that is going to run only Ubuntu on it. Form the article:

You should also note that almost all of the newest hardware coming out has Linux support. The critical mass has been reached. Go download Ubuntu 8.10 and see for yourself what the fuss is about. You won't regret it.

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Google

+ - Google Andriod as a desktop OS?->

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motang
motang writes "A small startup duo got Google Android running on a Asus EeePC. From the article: "about four hours of work to compile Android for the netbook. Having done so, we (Daniel Hartmann, that is) got the netbook fully up and running on it, with nearly all of the necessary hardware you'd want (including graphics, sound and the wireless card for internet) running." Now this is very interesting and looks like my assumptions of Google were right they are tippy toeing into the OS market and it seems I am not the only one as Mr. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, seems to believe that as well."
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Programming

+ - Next generation C++ "goes beta"->

Submitted by
motang
motang writes "C++ is old when compared to the likes of Java and C#, but that doesn't mean it's not functional and that it is not used. But this hasn't stopped C++ from advancing and a new beta is planned for 2010. C++0x is the new planned new standard and this article has some detail on it. C++0x seems to have some improvements and I quote:

the inclusion of user defined literals, simplified Python-like loops, library thread safety and "concepts", an improved form of generics. C++ first became an international standard in 1998, and C++0X plans for almost complete backwards compatibility.

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