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Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Submission + - Tiny Core Linux: complete Linux solution in 11MB (

An anonymous reader writes: If you ask Linux users what the smallest distribution out there is for a USB stick install or just to start playing around with, they’d probably suggest Damn Small Linux (DSL). DSL is a very versatile Linux distribution including a range of useful apps in 50MB. But it isn’t the smallest.

Tiny Core Linux is a complete Linux GUI desktop solution in just 11MB. Unlike DSL though, this is about as minimal as it gets, with no installed apps, just a menu and a link to a huge list of apps you may want to install. For the Linux pro it means a completely blank sheet where you only add what you want to be productive.

As a productivity OS it may just be perfect if you set it up with a focus on apps that you need. If you want a Internet browsing solution it’s a great choice too and immune to many of the Windows-focused threats on the web.


Submission + - Flat Pay Prompts 1 in 3 in IT to Consider Jump (

CWmike writes: Companies have cut salaries and training, held back on bonuses and piled more work on employees in response to the economic downturn. These tactics may well be pushing many IT pros to go job hunting, Computerworld's latest salary poll has found. More than one third (36%) of the 343 respondents to a recent poll said they are looking to move to a new employer in the next six months. And 69% reported they had not received a pay raise in the past six months. The poll was conducted during the last two weeks in September. For employers, the warning could not be more clear. As the economy improves, the most able IT workers may leave for something better.

Submission + - NASA tests hardware/software on Armadillo Rocket ( 1

porcinist writes: On June 23rd NASA successfully tested hardware and software on an Armadillo Rocket. With the end of NASA's Constellation program in sight, NASA is starting to focus on new, innovative exploration programs like Project-M. This project is meant to land a robotic humanoid on the moon in a thousand days. To meet this goal NASA teamed with Armadillo Aerospace and Draper Labs (The lab responsible for creating the original Apollo Guidance Computer) to integrate and flight test a real-time navigation system in only 7 weeks. This might be the fastest thing NASA has done in 30 years. Maybe NASA is taking Obama's new vision to heart.
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Submission + - The Best MMO You're Not Playing: City of Heroes (

Bonker writes: While Blizzard is certainly king of the MMO empire at the moment, it worth noting that Cryptic Studios has released the tenth free expansion to its popular comic-book themed MMO, 'City Of Heroes/City of Villains'. 'Issue 10: Invasion' sees Heroes and Villains alike defending their cities against attack from the alien Rikti. The expansion has a lot of new content, including a revamped co-op zone for Heroic and Villainous players to take the fight to the aliens. It also includes large-scale city-wide air-raids in which players can fight against spaceship bombers and teleporting alien invaders. Despite the 'large-scale' nature of the event, it's been coded so that it scales with the players attending. Solo-players can fight against the aliens just as well as team-oriented players. If you're not playing 'City Of' right now, you're really missing out on one of the most fun, most dynamic MMO gameplay experiences around.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.