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Submission + - Microsoft thanked for its "significant financial donation" to OpenBSD Foundation (undeadly.org)

McGruber writes: Some unexpected news from the OpenBSD Journal: "The OpenBSD Foundation is happy to announce that Microsoft has made a significant financial donation to the Foundation. This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project. This donation makes Microsoft the first Gold level contributor in the OpenBSD Foundation's 2015 fundraising campaign."

Comment Re:No surprise here (Score 4, Insightful) 131

Even trying to explain what you are doing or how you will do it is helpful. Explaining a problem to someone who has no idea what I'm talking about forces me to continually break down the steps. At some point there is that "Oh.....how did I not see that?!" moment. However you do it, it seems stepping away from that internal dialogue to an external one is a great help at times.

Comment Re:Standing desks (Score 1) 348

I purchased this desk (Amazon.com) for $286 (with a Prime membership).

I wanted to get a relatively inexpensive standing desk to see how I'd like it. I've been using the desk for two months now and love it. I'm sure it doesn't have all the adjustments more expensive desks have but I feel very comfortable working all day.

It took almost two weeks to adjust to standing all day long, but now I cannot imagine not working at a standing desk. I think part of the aforementioned comfort is due to all the movements my body is now making. I do find myself unconsciously stepping back, moving my arms around and other movements that are recommended periodically while sitting all day. I even find myself swaying side to side while I'm thinking through a process and stop as I continue to type away.

The improvement in how my back and shoulders feel is great.

Comment Re:A US Coast Guard Icebreaker? (Score 4, Informative) 382

Why would the US Coast Guard own any icebreakers?

According to a Wikipedia article:

Polar Star has a variety of missions while operating in polar regions. During Antarctic deployments, the primary missions include breaking a channel through the sea ice to resupply the McMurdo Research Station in the Ross Sea. Resupply ships use the channel to bring food, fuel, and other goods to make it through another winter. In addition to these duties, Polar Star also serves as a scientific research platform with five laboratories and accommodations for up to 20 scientists. The "J"-shaped cranes and work areas near the stern and port side of ship give scientists the capability to do at-sea studies in the fields of geology, vulcanology, oceanography, sea-ice physics and other disciplines.

Comment Re:But... why? (Score 4, Interesting) 430

So, my question really is why they are doing this? I'm betting the answer is not one where they have actual usecases in mind.

There was a keynote done by Herb Sutter this past September and at roughly the 57 minute mark of his presentation Keynote: Herb Sutter - One C++ he shows a 15 LOC example of numbers being input and then output sorted. He then said, "We need to get past the VT100 era." He continued saying that the standard C++ program cannot even exercise the abilities of the VT100 which has underscore and bold, etc. Pure, portable C++ code cannot even drive a 1970s era VT100.

If you continue watching you'll see the point Herb is trying to make and that point may help explain why they are looking to do this.

Comment Re:The closed source story is the same, except wor (Score 1) 321

If it is open source, then at least you can recompile and/or port to a new OS.

The OP says, "I can't code in any meaningful way, nor do I aspire to"

You have the option of paying someone to fix a problem.

The OP says, "I could easily pay for a supported version of icewm, but I can't personally pay someone enough to keep it alive."

You have none of those options if the closed-source producer of a package arbitrarily decides to drop it.

What you've written is true, there are more options for open source projects. However, exercising those options just may not be feasible, as the OP points out in this particular case. If resources for continued development cannot be found, the open source project is effectively just as dead.

Open Source

Submission + - X11 Window System Turns 25 Years Old (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The widely used X11 Window System has turned 25 years old today. Version 11 of the X Window System is likely to remain in use for many years to come for backwards compatibility with the many legacy applications, BSD/Solaris systems, and Enterprise Linux distributions. Meanwhile, Wayland is still working to unseat the X Server for the common Linux desktop.

Submission + - Google Pressured Acer/Alibaba Because Of Android Compatibility Issues (thenextweb.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Thursday we discussed news that Google pressures Acer and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to cancel the launch of a phone running the Aliyun OS. Google has now addressed the issue, speaking out on the importance of compatibility for Android devices. Andy Rubin, who runs Android development at Google, said Aliyun was a non-compatible version of Android, which weakens the ecosystem. He pointed out that the Open Hardware Alliance provides all the tools necessary to make it compatible. An Alibaba exec fired back, saying, 'Aliyun OS is not part of the Android ecosystem so of course Aliyun OS is not and does not have to be compatible with Android. It is ironic that a company that talks freely about openness is espousing a closed ecosystem.'

Submission + - People Shown a Fake iPhone 5 Claim it's "Way Better" (geekbeat.tv)

phonewebcam writes: "Oops! "The Jimmy Kimmel Live show took to the street with an iPhone 4S, but told people it was an iPhone 5 to get their opinions. We don’t know how many thought it was worse, but as you can see from the video plenty of people fell for it and started talking about how much better it was. One guy who even claimed he has a 4S went on and on about how much better the new iPhone 5 was.""
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Submission + - Europe Rationing Last IPv4 Address Block (bbc.com)

Techmeology writes: "As IPv4 exhaustion draws ever nearer, European ISPs are now unable to acquire more than a handful (1024) of new IPv4 addresses. The measures are being brought in to ration the last /8 available to RIPE NCC, with 400,000 address previously being allocated every day. In addition to the limit, organizations applying for IPv4 addresses will be required to demonstrate that they are deploying IPv6."

John Carmack Not Enthused About Android Marketplace 163

An anonymous reader writes "During an in-depth and informative interview, Doom creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack opines on iOS game development, the economics of mobile development vs. console development, why mobile games lend themselves to more risk-taking and greater creativity, and finally, why he's not too keen on the Android Marketplace as a money-making machine. '...I'm honestly still a little scared of the support burden and the effort that it's going to take for our products, which are very graphics-intensive.'"

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Submission + - Google Freight Train Drops Chrome 6 Preview (conceivablytech.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Chrome 4 is the official version of Chrome at this time, Chrome 5 is still in its beta version and there is already a Chrome 6 preview. Is it just me or is this an insanely fast upgrade pace? Google has changed the version number of its browser from 2 to 3 to 4 within the past year and will soon launch Chrome 5. It may not make a lot of sense to users, but it surely makes sense for Google: It appears that that the fast upgrade rate creates the perception of an always fresh browser that invites more and more people to install the browser. I wonder how long Google can sustain this rate. Oh, in case you wonder, there is no hardware acceleration in Chromium 6 and no obvious feature additions yet. ConceivablyTech has a first look and charts that visualize Chrome's update cycles.

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