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Submission + - Cyanogen for Oneplus update changes your default home page to Bing

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Nestled into GSMArena's report on the Cyanogen OS 12.1 update for Oneplus is this tasty byte: "'ll find out that your Chrome homepage has been changed to Bing." Then it's casually dismissed with "Thankfully though, you can easily get rid of Microsoft's search engine by using Chrome settings." as if this were the most normal thing to have to do after an OTA update. Is this the new normal? Has Microsoft set a new precedent that it's okay to expect users to have to go searching through every setting and proactively monitor network traffic to make sure their data isn't being stolen, modified or otherwise manipulated?

Submission + - Plasma Mobile is a KDE-based Ubuntu Touch distro for mobile (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Via OS News: Plasma Phone OS (or simply Plasma Phone) is a complete software stack for mobile devices and includes the following libre technologies: Plasma Mobile (a Plasma-based shell), KWIN/KWayland, Voicecall, Ofono, RIL, OHM, Telepathy. It allows to run several Qt-based applications to run on top of it, for example: Plasma apps, Ubuntu Touch based apps, Sailfish OS based apps, Nemo based apps.

Comment subject (Score 0) 398

Here's the problem though:

If you raise a group of people with the expectation that they're unsuitable for a particular field of work, they will de facto be unsuitable for that type of work.

So the problem is not that people who are minorities or who are female are discriminated against in hiring considerations for those jobs: The problem is that they are, in fact, less suitable for those jobs due to their environment and due to no fault of their own.

You can't fix the problem by forcing companies to hire people who are unsuitable for the job.

You'd have to fix the problem by changing all of the systems that make those people grow up unsuitable for entry into those fields.

First you'd have to make it acceptable to open a conversation about how people are being traditionally steered away from seeking a life that would make them suitable for those jobs.

Submission + - The State of Indiana Believes Car GPS Units are "Containers" to be Searched (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: "In our view, the GPS unit in this case is akin to a computer or cell phone. The device stores large amounts of information that could not possibly be stored in an ordinary physical container. For that reason, an electronic storage device cannot be treated as a container. Moreover, the location data it does store has been identified by the Supreme Court as private information. Just as the Supreme Court believed that treating a cell phone as a container was “a bit strained,” id. at 2491, we believe that treating the GPS device as a container under the automobile exception is inappropriate."

Submission + - Plan9 May Get Modern Toolchain Support Through HarveyOS Project (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: HarveyOS is a project whose aim is to make Plan9 compatible with gcc and clang. "Our aim is to provide a modern, distributed, 64 bit operating system that does away with Unix's wrinkles and allows for new ways of working." There is already a basic build on the project's Github that can be launched and then managed via Telnet.

Submission + - If genetic screening helps those at risk, why not screen everyone? (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Women who carry faulty genes [that can lead to cancer] can take preventative measures—things like regular breast screening, risk-reducing surgery, and the use of cancer-preventing drugs. Perhaps most famously, actor Angelina Jolie, who has a BRCA1 mutation, highlighted risk-reducing surgery when she revealed that she had a preventative double mastectomy and more recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

But genetic tests are currently reserved for those whose family history suggests they’re at risk. Is that level of testing sufficient?

Comment Re:Useless article, faulty summary (Score 3, Informative) 51

You wouldn't want it if you had it.

Ubuntu's mobile OS has all the same problems as FirefoxOS:

It has zero native apps but pretends to have lots of "apps" which are actually just icons that link to mobile websites.

The OS itself is a confusion of UI elements and interactions that require one to spend more time navigating the OS than using it.

Submission + - Microsoft stealthily backs away from free Windows 10 promise (

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: On Friday, Microsoft described a way for anyone to get Windows 10 for free: activated, genuine, and updated forever. Since Friday, the blog post describing the changes to the Windows Insider preview program has been silently updated. Previously it said that signed up members of the Insider Program running a preview version would "receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated." Now it says only that they will "receive the Windows 10 final release build." The activation wording has been removed. The company has also added a "clarifying" sentence: "It's important to note that only people running Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 as part of the free upgrade offer." This is in contrast to what the company said on Friday, when Microsoft's Gabe Aul confirmed that upgraded preview copies would be Genuine.

Submission + - Sprint Begins Punishing Customers For FCC's Net Neutrality Rules 1

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: A few days ago Sprint announced that their intent to stop throttling certain customers' bandwidth in the wake of the FCC fining ATT $100,000,000 for doing the same. Sprint has now begun circulating an internal memo to their frontline reps that the 12 month warranty on non-branded accessories, a feature selling point on the same, will be eliminated. Additional rumors are emerging that Sprint may stop offering long wire-line long distance service and increase prices on unlimited data plans.

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