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Comment: Reformat, reinstall (Score 1) 507

by ndansmith (#27790845) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Super-Secure XP to US Air Force

In other cases, systems that were configured securely became vulnerable later (for instance, when a system crashed and original software was re-installed without patches that had been on the system before the crash).

The great windows tradition of "reformat, reinstall" at work. I wonder how long until this secure XP starts suffering the same fate because users find it too restrictive to do what they need.

Comment: Re:Let's not (Score 1) 607

by ndansmith (#27788633) Attached to: Let's Rename Swine Flu As "Colbert Flu"

On the cultural sensitivity angle, I believe it is because Jews or Muslims would be unlikely to seek treatment if they suspected they were infected by a disease caused by contact with unclean animals (which is of course an incorrect assumption, but that is the problem with the name). It would be like a nun seeking treatment for an STD.

The Internet

BT Blocks Access To Pirate Bay 360

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-feel-better-already dept.
Barence writes "BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay as part of a 'self-regulation' scheme with the Internet Watch Foundation. BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a 'content blocked' message. The warning page states the page has been blocked in 'compliance with a new UK voluntary code.' 'This uses a barring and filtering mechanism to restrict access to all WAP and internet sites that are considered to have "over 18" status,' the warning states. It goes on to list a series of categories that are blocked, including adult/sexually explicit content, 'criminal skills,' and hacking. It's not stated which category The Pirate Bay breaches, although the site does host links to porn movies."
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Paying for Free Software->

Submitted by N. Dan Smith
N. Dan Smith (582590) writes "The Free Software Foundation makes it quite clear that selling free software is not only permissible, it is encouraged. There are some high-profile examples of this in embedded systems and in commercial Linux distributions. However, many free software developers distribute both binaries and sources free of charge. What free software have you paid for? What was the incentive for buying, knowing that you could probably procure the underlying source code for free?"
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Handhelds

Palm Pulls the Plug On Palm OS 300

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the now-my-palms-wont-operate dept.
BobB-nw writes to tell us that Palm has decided to kill their PalmOS operating system and is instead betting their future on a still mostly unknown Palm webOS. Very little is known about the new Palm webOS, but it will supposedly support HTML5 and enable a local data store so that applications can be used both online and off. All of this is rolled into a Linux framework with a message bus based on JSON. Will be interesting to see where they take it.
Red Hat Software

Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalization 221

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the now-that's-a-milestone dept.
mytrip writes "In what may come to be seen as a deeply symbolic moment in the history of operating systems, Red Hat is on the verge of surpassing Sun Microsystems' market capitalization for the first time. Sun, perhaps unfairly, represents a fading Unix market. Red Hat, for its part, represents the rising Linux market. Given enough time for its open-source strategy to play out, Sun's market capitalization will likely recover and outpace Red Hat's."
GNOME

Building Linux Applications With JavaScript 288

Posted by kdawson
from the keeping-it-local dept.
crankymonkey writes "The GNOME desktop environment could soon gain support for building and extending applications with JavaScript thanks to an experimental new project called Seed. Ars Technica has written a detailed tutorial about Seed with several code examples. The article demonstrates how to make a GTK+ application for Linux with JavaScript and explains how Seed could influence the future of GNOME development. In some ways, it's an evolution of the strategy that was pioneered long ago by GNU with embedded Scheme. Ars Technica concludes: 'The availability of a desktop-wide embeddable scripting language for application extension and plugin writing will enable users to add lots of rich new functionality to the environment. As this technology matures and it becomes more tightly integrated with other language frameworks such as Vala, it could change the way that GNOME programmers approach application development. JavaScript could be used as high-level glue for user interface manipulation and rapid prototyping while Vala or C are used for performance-sensitive tasks.'"
Handhelds

Debian For Android Installer Released 160

Posted by timothy
from the full-plethora dept.
dooberrymctavish writes "You can now download an installer and bootloader for getting Debian running on your Android (G1 at the moment) device; the whole install process will take you about 10 minutes, and leaves you with access to the full plethora of programs available in Debian and lets you continue using your phone as it was intended to be: as an Android device with all the capabilities thereof. Here's a look at it running.
GUI

Shuttleworth Proposes Overhaul of Desktop Notifications 306

Posted by timothy
from the activated-but-not-in-use dept.
Thelasko writes "Mark Shuttleworth is considering a controversial overhaul to the way Ubuntu manages notifications." I'm not thrilled with all of the changes proposed, which would mostly value simplicity over confusion at the expense of flexibility and permanence. But anything that would make more people read over and specifically approve the wording of error messages and other notifications is a good thing.

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