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Comment: Re:Who likes Unity ? (Score 1) 306

by valros (#41325833) Attached to: Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE
I actually find Unity quite usable. I find its better suited to my desktop where I have two monitors but regardless of the number of screens I usually just maximize my main applications across multiple workspaces. This was also the general way I arranged windows prior to Unity, so all Unity did was give me a dock and more screen space, which as a minimalist I am thankful for. Granted some of the default settings are not in the best interest of usability, for each new install it takes me a while to tweak compiz to my liking.

Comment: Readiness (Score 1) 319

by valros (#40953231) Attached to: Ubuntu Delays Wayland Plans, System Compositor
It's not really a case of Wayland itself not being ready, more like the graphical driver ecosystem is way too fragmented and spotty for Wayland to be implemented on all(maybe most) systems. And I believe Qt and GTK are not fully ported to Wayland, let alone all the other applications and libraries that interface directly with X.

Unfortunately the GNU ecosystem is too dependent on X, thus Wayland seems impossible to implement at this time, but a fresh clean window manager is a big step in the right direction.

And no Wayland is not a GUI.

Comment: Re:Less Linux, more OS X please! (Score 0) 65

by valros (#35386758) Attached to: 35,000 Linux Benchmarks In a Week
Would also like to add: Benchmarking most(?) installations of OSX being on hardware(Macbooks) not designed for large processing would not be entirely useful. True that OSX could probably be improved but the need to or excitement of benchmarking the os isn't really there. Kind of a mindset that OSX gets you in to, its there and does everything the way you should want it to be done and you shouldn't try to change or disagree with its ways.
Botnet

Botnets Using Ubiquity For Security 95

Posted by kdawson
from the whack-a-c-and-c dept.
Trailrunner7 sends in this excerpt from Threatpost: "As major botnet operators have moved from top-down C&C infrastructures, like those employed throughout the 1990s and most of the last decade, to more flexible peer-to-peer designs, they also have found it much easier to keep their networks up and running once they're discovered. When an attacker at just one, or at most two, C&C servers was doling out commands to compromised machines, evading detection and keeping the command server online were vitally important. But that's all changed now. With many botnet operators maintaining dozens or sometimes hundreds of C&C servers around the world at any one time, the effect of taking a handful of them offline is negligible, experts say, making takedown operations increasingly complicated and time-consuming. It's security through ubiquity. Security researchers say this change, which has been occurring gradually in the last couple of years, has made life much more difficult for them. ... Researchers in recent months have identified and cleaned hundreds of domains being used by the Gumblar botnet, but that's had little effect on the botnet's overall operation."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Patents 'Fonts With Feelings'

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Seems like those old IBM flaming logo commercials (video) should count as prior art, but the USPTO granted Microsoft a patent Tuesday for inventing Fonts With Feelings. Giving font characters sound, motion and altered appearance, Microsoft asserts, gives a user 'the impression the fonts have personalities,' thereby enhancing the user's understanding and/or fluency of words. From the patent: 'As a few non-limiting examples, the word 'giant' can get very large; the word 'lion' can morph into a line drawing of a lion; the word 'toss' can morph into a hand that animates a ball toss; the word 'bees' could show bees flying around with or without a 'buzz' sound effect'. If you're curious, Microsoft Research offers some explanations and examples of 'fontlings' in action — don't miss 'f' kicks 'a'!"

+ - BP "top kill" fails 1

Submitted by oxide7
oxide7 (1013325) writes "BP Plc said on Saturday its complex "top kill" maneuver to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil well has failed, crushing hopes for a quick end to the largest oil spill in U.S. history already in its 40th day. It may be another two months before the London-based energy giant can definitively turn off the gusher — a delay that could undermine U.S. President Barack Obama as he faces growing criticism for a perceived slow response to the disaster."

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