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Comment: The Guardian Weekly (Score 3, Informative) 285

by tick-tock-atona (#46775743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

You know, the organisation that worked with Snowden to reveal government overreach to the world? The one whose journalists just won a Pulitzer?

The weekly edition is delivered worldwide. The condensed format is great for catching up on what's happening beyond the boundaries of Murdouche's empire..

This kinda sounds like an advertisement, but it's really not. It's just that print news media here in Australia ranges from mediocre to outright political propaganda. The Guardian is my lifeline on sanity in this environment.

Comment: Re:Nvidia has NOTHING to lose at this stage (Score 4, Informative) 66

by tick-tock-atona (#46132133) Attached to: NVIDIA Open-Sources Tegra K1 Graphics Support

Don't get too excited. It's not like nvidia are actually opening up here:

The scope of this work is strictly limited to Tegra (although given the similarities desktop GPU support will certainly benefit from it indirectly), and we do not have any plan to work on user-space support. So do not uninstall that proprietary driver just yet. ;)

This is only about leveraging the hard work already done by nouveau hackers, in order to bring their embedded SOC product to market more quickly. There was no documentation dropped, and they're specifically refuting the idea desktop linux support.

Comment: Touch-screen desktop PCs are a fad (Score 5, Insightful) 513

Windows 8 is designed around a touch-screen interface; one that is a struggle to operate via a keyboard and mouse.

For entertainment, a touch-screen interface is fine. But, believe it or not, people *still* do *real work* on desktop PCs. And for that use case, Windows 8 is a massive productivity downgrade.

Comment: Re:Just curious about the endgame? (Score 4, Informative) 122

by tick-tock-atona (#42645889) Attached to: Pirate Party Becomes a Registered Political Party In Australia

Here is the current platform. In it, copyright is limited to 15 years.

I'd encourage you to read the whole thing, and if you've got ideas to contribute, please jump on IRC or a mailing list:

http://pirateparty.org.au/irc/

http://lists.pirateparty.org.au/

Security

+ - Israel demanding access to tourist email->

Submitted by tick-tock-atona
tick-tock-atona (1145909) writes "Israel's airport security has long been known for being among the most stringent in the world. However, in a disturbing new development passengers suspected of being involved in political activism are being asked to login to their webmail accounts so that security agents can rifle through personal correspondence. One US tourist with a history of involvement in the BDS movement was held overnight before being flown back home, after she refused to login to her gmail account at the border.
Is this just the action of paranoid state? Or a taste of what's to come in other parts of the world?"

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