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+ - Linux 3.8 released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux kernel 3.8 has been released. This release includes support in Ext4 for embedding very small files in the inode, which greatly improves the performance for these files and saves some disk space. There is also a new Btrfs feature that allows to replace quickly a disk, a new filesystem F2FS optimized for SSDs, support of filesystem mount, UTS, IPC, PID, and network namespaces for unprivileged users, accounting of kernel memory in the memory resource controller, journal checksums in XFS, an improved NUMA policy redesign and, of course, the removal of support for 386 processors. Many small features and new drivers and fixes are also available. Here's the full list of changes."
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+ - Is the iPad Making You FAT?"-> 1

Submitted by Hodejo1
Hodejo1 (1252120) writes "Cocooning is used to describe people who hide from the angst of the outside world by sequestering themselves in their living rooms. Modern media technology, from tablets to huge flat screens, has taken it all up to a new level, allowing people to work and entertain themselves without ever leaving the warm comfort of home. In what some now describe as super cocooning, consumers in 2012 spent sharply less on hotels (-21%), car rentals (-26%), restaurants (-16%) and tolls (-8%) than in 2011, while consumer spending on electronics exploded by 65% during the same period. "It does not take a brilliant intuition to figure out that super cocooning equals chunky couch potato. If super cocooning indeed adds to an already significant obesity crisis in this nation and if media devices feed super cocooning...well, you know what's going to come in the near future. Alarming little teasers on your favorite television news program along the lines of Is the iPad Making You FAT?""
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