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Comment: Re:Gnome 3 Shell (Score 2) 171 171

by rlillard (#36232324) Attached to: Fedora 15 Released

I agree that it is confusing. I been running a F15 release candidate for the last month or so. There are some features of Gnome3 that have to go away and will as soon as I have some spare time to dig into it. I must point out that Gnome3 is the lesser of two evils. I began using Redhat back in the mid-90s. When Ubuntu released Dapper I switched my working desktop to it because of the reduced admin effort. My current desktop is Lucid.

About 2 months ago I heard Ubuntu was moving away from Gnome and downloaded Natty just to see what the fuss was about. That lasted about 2 weeks. I blew Natty away and downloaded Mint/Xfce. Wasn't very happy with it either. So now I'm back to Redhat/Fedora/Gnome3. For me, Ubuntu the wrong direction. Loss of the network transparent graphical environment was the final straw. If I wanted an Mac, I would have bought a Mac.

Gnome3 will take some getting used to, but I am confident I can open the hood and fix the things that drive me crazy. The first to go will be windows that maximize themselves when I push the title bar to the top of the desktop. I don't know who thought that was a good idea, but they need a dope slap.


Killer Convicted, Using Dog DNA Database 97 97

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-concealed-dog-licenses? dept.
lee1 writes "It turns out that the UK has a DNA database — for dogs. And this database was recently used to apprehend a South London gang member who used his dog to catch a 16-year-old rival and hold him while he stabbed him to death. The dog was also accidentally stabbed, and left blood at the scene. The creation of human DNA databases has led to widespread debates on privacy; but what about the collation of DNA from dogs or other animals?"
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Comment: Re:What about live traffic updates (Score 1) 300 300

by rlillard (#30854956) Attached to: Nokia To Make GPS Navigation Free On Smartphones

My car is equipped with a Bluetooth device that interrupts the sound system when the phone is active. Talking on the phone for me is no different that talking with someone in the passenger seat.

My TomTom is like a backseat driver saying, "After 400 yards, turn right", etc... Even if a so called "smart phone" can manage the GPS functions while I am talking on the phone, the audio GPS directions would cause cut-outs in the conversation. That is not desirable.

Comment: What about live traffic updates (Score 2, Interesting) 300 300

by rlillard (#30854272) Attached to: Nokia To Make GPS Navigation Free On Smartphones

I recently drove from Portland OR to SF BayArea and was re-routed around traffic backups while in transit. This was with the TomTom Live system. Will phone based GPS apps do that and let me talk on the phone? I don't get this rush to put everything in a phone.

Comment: What am I missing ??? (Score 1) 1401 1401

by rlillard (#13784893) Attached to: EU Claims Internet Could Fall Apart Next Month
What resource or service are the complaining countries being deined under the present regimen? I see have only seen complains that are ego based being made. I can see why China and Iran are unhappy with the present setup but I don't understand why Brazil or the EU (other than ego) is upset. How is the present day internet interfering with Brazil's internal tax collection? Is someone complaing that they are being denied sufficient IP numbers? Is it because of the recent foolishness surrounding the .XXX TLD? Ego stroking aside, what's wrong with the present state of affairs?

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."