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Submission + - Mozilla Exec Urges Switch From Google to Bing ( 1

Andorin writes: Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, has published a brief blog post in which he recommends that Firefox users move from using Google as their main search engine to Bing, citing privacy issues. Disregarding the existence of alternative search engines such as Ask and Yahoo, Dotzler asserts that Bing's privacy policy is better than Google's. Dotzler explains the recommendation with a quote from Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google: "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time..." Ars Technica also covers the story.

Comment Re:OK, now I get it (Score 1) 2

The problem with this kind of thinking is that it assumes that the world's legal systems are perfect, and that doing wrong is straying from the rules as dictated by those who have power to make the rules and lock up those who don't follow them. Sometimes the only right thing to do is precisely that which is considered "wrong-doing" Sometimes people have to hide even when they're doing the right thing.

Submission + - Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers ( 2

bonch writes: In a surprising statement on CNBC, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told reporter Maria Bartiromo, 'If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.' This will only fuel concerns about Google's behavior as it becomes a powerful gatekeeper of information, though Google says it's aware of its growth and has taken steps to be transparent to users about the information they store.
Emulation (Games)

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video 189

An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo is investigating potential copyright infringement by Nokia during some video demos of their N900 phone, which can be seen emulating Nintendo games. Nintendo spokesman Robert Saunders says: 'We take rigorous steps to protect our IP and our legal team will examine this to determine if any infringement has taken place.' In the video, Nokia says, 'Most publishers allow individual title usage, provided that the user is in possession of the original title.'"

Submission + - Nvidia's DX11 GF100 graphics processor detailed (

J. Dzhugashvili writes: While it's played up the general-purpose computing prowess of its next-gen GPU architecture, Nvidia has talked little about Fermi's graphics capabilities—so much so that some accuse Nvidia of turning its back on PC gaming. Not so, says The Tech Report in a detailed architectural overview of GF100, the first Fermi-based consumer graphics processor. Alongside a wealth of technical information, the article includes enlightening estimates and direct comparisons with AMD's Radeon HD 5870. The GF100 will be up to twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 285, the author reckons, but the gap with the Radeon HD 5870 should be "a bit more slender." Still, Nvidia may have the fastest consumer GPU ever on its hands—and far from forsaking games, Fermi has been built as a graphics processor first and foremost.
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Fedora 12's package installation policy tightened ( 1

AdamWill writes: In response to Slashdot's earlier story about Fedora 12's controversial package installation authentication policy, the package maintainers have agreed that the controversial policy will be tightened to require root authentication for trusted package installation. Please see the official announcement and the development mailing list post for more details.
The Gimp

Submission + - GIMP dropped from Ubuntu 10.04 ( 2

kai_hiwatari writes: It seems like the Ubuntu developers consider GIMP to be too powerful for a normal desktop user. So they are removing it from the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04. This actually feels like a good reason as most people uses GIMP as a "Paint"-like software.

Submission + - TASER to switch from shocks to IT (

eekygeeky writes: TASER Int'l, best known for stun guns that usually don't kill people, has started a "secure cloud" built on Cisco's UCS and VMware that supposedly guarantees a simon-pure 'chain-of-evidence' that can be used in court, for video, audio, GPS, and incident data from head cams and tasers mounted on police officers. VP of Network Development Vince Stephens says the service will be the mainstay of company revenue in two years, begging...lots of questions.

Submission + - Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Developed (

MikeChino writes: Working in partnership with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Berry Plastics has rolled out a new breed of bomb-proof wallpaper. Dubbed the X-Flex Blast Protection System, the wallpaper is so effective that a single layer can keep a wrecking ball from smashing through a brick wall, and a double layer can stop blunt objects (i.e. a flying 2×4) from knocking down drywall. According to its designers, covering an entire room takes less than an hour.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.