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Comment: Re:different wallpaper on different desktops (Score 1) 140

by mugenjou (#27330761) Attached to: Review of GNOME 2.26 and GTK+ 2.16

I'll try not to make a habit of replying to my own posts, but I was talking about a multi-monitor setup whilst the GP was probably refering to virtual desktops.

Compiz's wallpaper plugin can put different wallpapers on different virtual desktops, but currently needs nautilus to not draw the background. However, this means that you won't have any icons on the desktop! All that need be done by GNOME developers (specifically nautilus/eel people) is add an alpha channel to the background wallpaper pixmap -- which they may one day do.

once, for the nautilus/eel version as used by ubuntu gutsy i think, there was a not-really-big patch for this(actually 2, for both packages). however in ubuntu hardy that one did not apply anymore..
I think it *might* have caused a graphical redraw glitch with the screen-outgraying for gksudo and co, but I wonder could there any other reason for not including this for over a year? I want my desktop icons back...

Robotics

+ - Will you one day marry a robot?

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "David Levy, a British artificial intelligence researcher and international chess master, defended on Thursday his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The name of his thesis is "Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners" and the University announced it in a very short news release under the name "Love and Sex with Robots." Levy says that trends in robotics and artificial intelligence will, 'within a few decades, result in robots that are so humanlike in their appearance and functionality, in their personality, and in their expression of emotions, that many people will be falling in love with them, having sex with them, and even marrying them.' Will it really happen? Are you ready for this? Read more for additional details and a picture of the cover of Levy's book to come, also named 'Love and Sex with Robots.'"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft to pay more Royalties for MP3 use

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peripatetic_bum
peripatetic_bum writes "Just in, Microsoft has lost a ruling in which it could face up to 1.52 billion dollar charge (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/23/technology/23pa tent.html?ref=technology) for its use of the MP3 format.
What I find really interesting is that this ruling could be applied to APPLE. What I find even more interesting is that this might finally push OGG vorbis format (http://www.vorbis.com/) into the mainstream, especially if Microsoft and Apple don't have to pay for it?
Is this another way for Open Source to make sense to Business?
Thanks
g"
XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox Live Marketplace Digital Rights MISManagement

Submitted by
Divalent
Divalent writes "For over fourteen months, Microsoft has been aware of a problem that is presented to a user if they attempt to play an XBL arcade game or a game with premium paid downloadable content on any other machine than the one it was originally downloaded on. (See forum thread begun on 12/18/05)

MS has not come forward and publicly acknowledged the problem. Their representatives on the forums have even gone so far as to say, despite it's frank illegality, that those that had consoles stolen or replaced, in or out of warranty, from retailers will not have the workaround solution applied to their accounts unless they have explicit proof of said replacement. This means if your box breaks out of warranty, you cannot simply trash it and head to a store and buy a new one. You must somehow show continuity and PROVE to Microsoft that your old box is broken and has been replaced by the one you say it has been replaced by. Whatever happened to content being tied to your Gamertag, an ID that is uncopy-able and can only be logged onto one console at any one time? Where was the mention prior to launch of tying content to Gamertag AND the first console used to download the content before launch? That little detail wasn't even brought up until the Fall Update in October '06.

Currently there is a group of users who have had enough of this mismanagement of the growing segment of users with this problem. It is felt that Microsoft has its choice of a myriad of solutions such as Apples (de)authorizing protocol for iTunes. You can get a synopsis of the problem at Parallax Abstraction's blog on the matter here along with his recommendations of what to do. Included in the suggestions, whether you've personally been effected by the problem or not, is the urging to sign a petition that asks Microsoft to change the Digital Rights (Mis)Managment scheme currently in place."
Music

+ - The Best P2P Network Nowadays?

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rigamarole
rigamarole writes "Well, I've been using Limewire for most of my mp3 downloads for the past while. At first I was very satisfied with it after switching from Ares, because my download times were significantly faster. Recently though, I've been getting a lot of results like, "Stephen Spielberg gets a hilarious prank call!" and other such nonsense. Note that I get a lot of search results like this on both audio and video-specific searches. I'm sick of Limewire now, and I'm wondering what people in the know are using for their downloads nowadays. I should note that I've had some satisfactory results from using isoHunt for movie downloads, but I have no idea how good of a music source it is...and I prefer the classic KaZaA/Ares/Limewire layout anyhow. Thoughts?"
Music

+ - Media Players, Linux and Ogg Vorbis

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One Salient Oversigh
One Salient Oversigh writes "I have been able to use Ogg Vorbis files on my iRiver Digital Music Player and easily access it via my Linux o/s (Kubuntu 6.10). iRiver is one of the few companies that have produced players capable of playing Ogg Vorbis sound files, and all that is needed to make the player Linux-friendly is a change of firmware. If anyone is interested in how I was able to do this, check out my story on my blog. Are there others out there who thought they were disenfranchised by the Window-centricity of MP3 players?"

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