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Comment: No way to know... (Score 1) 356

by pjstevns (#42933811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

    "another useless system for an imaginary company that nobody would actually use"

is what everyone I know thought of twitter.com when it was first appearing on the radar.

Also, writing such a 'useless' system might actually be what your professors are looking for, since it's what you are likely going to work on much of your time as a corporate code monkey. 'Useless' here meaning: in your perception, not to the corporate bottom line.

+ - SPAM: Ogden Bankruptcy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Lawyer in the Ogden Utah area helping people with Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy"
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Unix

+ - Dennis Ritchie, creator of C and developer of UNIX->

Submitted by Claudix
Claudix (2464776) writes "Rob Pike, co-creator of Inferno OS that worked with Ritchie in the past, has confirmed it. The creator of C and developer of UNIX has died at age of 70. This man is completely unknown by the general public but all of we know that Ritchie's programming language and OS made Linux, Macintosh, Android, web technology and a big etcetera possible. RIP."
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Microsoft

+ - Battle for open standards in public education->

Submitted by pjstevns
pjstevns (232439) writes "The heat is on! With the rising use of online systems for school administration the battle for open and accessible solutions is here, now. Parents are forced to buy 'proper' operating systems from your favorite Redmond based supplier — just to be able to access their childrens' grades, or participate in classes. A petition addressed at parliament for proper implementation of the open-standards guidelines put forward by the Dutch government itself is buzzing around the Netherlands. Comply or Explain!"
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Space

+ - Elon Musk Announces Plans for Fully Reusable Space->

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astroengine
astroengine writes "What could make space commercialization lucrative? According to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who spoke at the National Press Club in New York on Thursday, the secret is to build a fully-reusable rocket system. This may sound obvious to any space agency or space launch company — after all, that's what NASA tried to do with the Shuttle Program — Musk is going one step further. He wants to strap powered landing systems to a two-stage rocket, allowing the two components to reenter and precision-land autonomously. In addition, a future Dragon spaceship would also have a dual-purpose emergency escape system, that could be used as a powered landing system, also. No component would be landed using parachutes, and all components would be 100 percent reusable. "Now, we could fail — I'm not saying we are certain of success here — but we are going to try to do it," he said."
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The Internet

+ - Free Press Sues FCC over Discrepancy in Net Neutra->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Free Press has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communication Commission, challenging the net neutrality rules laid out by the regulator. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, claims that the net neutrality rules laid down by the regulator are different for fixed line and mobile wireless broadband. The net neutrality rules laid down by the FCC prevent fixed line broadband providers from discriminating between websites but the same rules don’t apply to mobile wireless carriers. According to the rules, mobile wireless carriers are not allowed to block voice and other applications that compete with their own services, but other than that, they are free do to what they want."
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Movies

+ - How to make a flash game?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Site contains basic fundamentals of how to make a custom flash game. Learn basis of designing, programming, animations and others things for your game. Make your own flash game in one day!"
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Operating Systems

+ - Will Windows 8 really block Linux installs?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of the big concerns with Microsoft's next OS is that Windows 8 and UEFI will impact users wanting to dual boot with Linux. The core of the issue actually has very little to do with Windows 8. The uproar is over secure boot, which is a feature of UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), the PC firmware that is gradually replacing the antiquated BIOS system in newer PCs. This article provides a summary of the UEFI issue and explains why it might be a little too early to jump to any conclusions about OS-locked PCs."
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Mars

+ - SpaceX to Develop Reusable Rocket to Mars->

Submitted by Zaldarr
Zaldarr (2469168) writes "SpaceX announced at a speech at the National Press Club that it will be developing a completely reusable launch system for spacecraft. In a statement, CEO Elon Musk said that the utilisation of a reusable system would have "about a 100 fold reduction in launch costs," coupled with the goal of one day helping humans colonise Mars.

http://www.universetoday.com/89347/spacex-to-develop-a-fully-reusable-launch-system-and-elon-musk-wants-to-send-humans-to-mars/"

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Censorship

+ - Australian woman's internet cut after becoming par->

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mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity writes "An Australian woman has had her internet severed after her PC became infected with a trojan and sent out malicious traffic.

She received 42 emails warning her of the infection but lacked the skills to remove the fake anti-virus program which had disabled her security software and prevented applications from executing.

The ISP limited her internet connection to a walled-garden and helped her to remove the malware.

The move was part of Australia's iCode framework which has been considered by the United States Department of Homeland Security."

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Comment: Re:Pointless... (Score 1) 113

by pjstevns (#37362360) Attached to: The Linux Counter Relaunches

I care.

Also those manufacturers of complex hardware like Nvidia might care, so that they can justify putting the resources aside to develop Linux drivers.

If Nvidia gave a hoot about linux they would open-source the 3D driver or at least provide specs and docs to the nouveau project. I no, I seriously don't think they need to be told by LiCo how many people use linux. They Know!

FWIW: LiCo smells like amateur-hour. Too bad!

Space

ESA Releases Lutetia Flyby Images 48

Posted by Soulskill
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The European Space Agency has released images from yesterday's close approach of asteroid 21 Lutetia by the Rosetta probe. At its closest, the probe was a mere 3,162 km from the asteroid, passing at 15 km/s and snapping photos sharp enough to make out features as small as 60 meters. "Rosetta operated a full suite of sensors at the encounter, including remote sensing and in-situ measurements. Some of the payload of its Philae lander were also switched on. Together they looked for evidence of a highly tenuous atmosphere, magnetic effects, and studied the surface composition as well as the asteroid’s density. ... The flyby marks the attainment of one of Rosetta's main scientific objectives. The spacecraft will now continue to a 2014 rendezvous with its primary target, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It will then accompany the comet for months, from near the orbit of Jupiter down to its closest approach to the Sun. In November 2014, Rosetta will release Philae to land on the comet nucleus." There is also a replay of the media event webcast on the ESA's website.

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