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Submission + - 700 first issues of new and classics Marvel series for free on Marvel #1 app (

tearmeapart writes: "From the article: "Marvel Comics unleashes Marvel #1, an offering of over 700 first issues from the length and breadth of the company’s history at no charge. This special promotion begins Sunday March 10 and runs until 11PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 12 as free downloads via the Marvel Comics app and Marvel Comics Digital Comics Shop."
Several of the first issues, like Captain America #1 and Hawkeye #1, are very well written and may get you hooked, or at least make you have more respect for the comic book culture."


Submission + - FreeBSD 9.1 released (

tearmeapart writes: "The teams at FreeBSD have reached another great achievement with FreeBSD 9.1, with improvements to the already fantastic zfs features, more VM improvements (helping bringing FreeBSD to the next generation of VMs), and improvements in speed to many parts of the network system.
Support FreeBSD via the FreeBSD mall or download/upgrade Freebsd from a mirror. Unforunately, the torrent server is still down due to the previous security incident."

Submission + - Apple approves the first legal tethering applicati (

tearmeapart writes: "Apple has approved the first legal tethering application for the iPhone. Interestingly, it can tether even Wifi, but it has several pitfalls as it goes through USB and requires special software on the PC or Mac. (Sorry, no Linux client.) Speed is pretty good, but the $29.95 USD price is not.
Good cache link, comments on ycombinator."

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - What's keeping you on Windows? ( 11

tearmeapart writes: "It may be time again for another discussion/flamewar on the reasons why a lot of us are (still) using Microsoft. The last big discussion on Slashdot was close to 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since then:
  • Windows XP and 7 have proven to be stable (and memories of Windows ME are mostly gone)
  • There are many more distributions for Linux, esepecially commercial options
  • Distributions like Ubuntu and CentOS have made GNU/Linux more friendly
  • Options for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. have grown
  • Apple and their products have changed considerably. However, their philosophy has not seemed to changed.
  • Microsoft Silverlight came and is on the way out.
  • Wine and solutions like Transgaming have matured.

However, many things have not changed, like the Microsoft FUD war, the BSDs' installation UI, and the sky is the limit for Linux (except when it comes to the year of the Linux desktop).

So... why are a lot of us still using Windows? What would it take for us to switch?"

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