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Comment Re:Smartest workflow move ....ever! (Score 1) 401

Terrible ideas. Just terrible.


In any event, hiding the dialogs when GIMP loses focus makes a hell of a lot more sense than dialogs that won’t minimize or hide at all. When I want to see the desktop, I want to see it without any stupid unhideable dialogs in the way.

They have made a single window mode available, that's what we're talking about.

I don’t want a single window mode. I want the things I mentioned. Unless I maximize the window, and then perhaps yes a single-window mode would be better than letting the floating palettes overlap the image window.

Comment Re:How do we know it's not already in use? (Score 1) 393

With what TheRaven64 said ... "It's also worth noting that this doesn't affect 64-bit kernels for the very simple reason that they don't support 16-bit compatibility and so don't have the affected subsystem." I have no doubts there are other exploits and flaws in my 64bit version. Just this one specifically affects the 32bit version.

Submission + - Screen Sharing for the Home Theater

antgiant writes: Like many of us I frequently watch video on various websites from my laptop. Sometimes those videos are worth sharing on my home theater setup. Doing this requires some painful contortions with the computer I have set up as a DVR and playing it there. But why do I have to do that? I have a great wireless setup. I can easily remote control the DVR computer and send its audio and video to my laptop. Why can't I do the reverse? In specific I am looking for something that allows me to "throw" my laptop screen and audio to my DVR over my wireless network. I don't mind adding hardware to my DVR or home theater setup. However, I want software only for the laptop. Ideally something that would be cross platform and easy enough to install and use that non-techy friends and family could install it and send their video to the tv. It seems like this should be reasonably easy, but I have been unable to find anything to do this. The recent Wi-Di story gave me hope, however it appears to be limited to Intel computers. And, yes I have considered running wires, for a number of reasons that just doesn't work in my house. Plus my wireless has plenty of extra capacity why do I need wires?

Submission + - MagicJack jacks cell phone signals (

clr36 writes: Now Magicjack is going to cut into cell phone companies profits. They have a new gadget to plug into your pc to turn your pc into a cell tower for your home.

Submission + - SPAM: E-cigarette Choice

electrosmoke writes: The e-cigarette or electronic cigarette is being called the healthier alternative to smoking. It has all the benefits associated with smoking regular cigarettes but without many of the harmful toxins and substances that would normally be inhaled. With electric cigarettes all thatis inhaled is a vapor which contains a controlled amount of nicotine. There is no toxic smoke, no tar and no ash with e-cigarettes.
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Submission + - Phubby Eliminates Phone Carrying Problems 1

andylim writes: Spotted by Engadget at this year's CES, the Phubby is a "cubby for your wrist" that you can pop a phone into, making it easier to carry around. The Phubby site explains that "until recently, conveniently carrying a cell phone was this millennium’s greatest challenge." Orly? Pictures and descriptions aside, if you really want to see what this is all about then check out the video demo, in which someone explains that the Phubby even boasts "touchscreen technology."

Submission + - Microsoft Patents DRM'd Torrents (

__aagbwg300 writes: Microsoft has received a patent for "digital rights management scheme for an on-demand distributed streaming system" or using a P2P network to distribute commercial media content. The patent, #7,639,805, covers a method of individually encrypting each packet with a separate key and allowing users to decrypt differing levels of quality depending on the license that has been purchased. A non-lawyer description of the patent is available at my blog,

Submission + - SPAM: 10 tech companies founded by husbands and wives

alphadogg writes: EMC this week struck a deal to acquire Archer Technologies, [spam URL stripped] an enterprise governance, risk and compliance vendor based in Kansas. Archer was co-founded by a husband-and-wife team, Jon and Tara Darbyshire, with Jon serving as CEO and Tara as vice president of strategic accounts. Indeed, husbands and wives team up in all sorts of ways in the IT industry. Google invested $3.9 million in a biotech company led by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The partnerships are sometimes menacing — a husband and wife team was recently arrested and accused of stealing $23 million from Cisco. But for this article, let's focus on law-abiding couples that founded and run some well-known and not-so-well-known tech companies. Here are 10 examples.
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Submission + - Call of Duty MMO rumoured (

unknown_gamer writes: You can file this news strictly under the rumour category, but Destructoid reckon Modern Warfare 2 developers Infinity Ward are beginning work on a Call of Duty MMO. Reports began to spring up yesterday that Activision are likely to pass on the next entry in the global smash hit series to another developer (Treyarch are busy working on another Call of Duty title themselves, rumoured to be set in Vietnam).

Submission + - Google Applies to become Energy Marketer

necro81 writes: Google consumes massive amounts of electrical energy to power its data centers across the country and world. Now it has created a subsidiary, Google Energy LLC, and applied (pdf) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to become a utility-scale energy trader. Google's stated aim is to be able to purchase renewable energy directly from producers at bulk rates, pursuing its goal of becoming carbon neutral. It is likely that Google Energy would also permit Google's own renewable energy projects to sell their energy at more favorable rates. Google reportedly does not have plans to actively become an energy broker, a la Enron.

Submission + - Blizzard authenticators may become mandatory

An anonymous reader writes: is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious considerations to making authentricator's mandatory on all accounts (including to play World of Warcraft). The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks in that in order to login you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated "it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen". The move comes after large spates of compromised accounts that left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests.

Submission + - Should you hang onto those Avatar glasses? (

An anonymous reader writes: In terms of tech buzz at CES, there's none bigger this year than 3D TV. Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Toshiba all announced 3D TVs to go onsale in 2010, and ESPN announced a 3D sports channel. But with hardly any 3D movies to watch, and questions over price, and whether people will really want to sit in their own lounge rooms, every week, watching TV while looking somewhat vaguely like Roy Orbison — remains to be seen. This article summarises some of the big basic questions hovering over the 3D TV trend.

Submission + - Mathematician finds patterns in Woolworths stores ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A Mathematician in London has revealed precise geometric patterns in the locations of the (now defunct) UK Woolworths stores. This was in response to claims that prehistoric sites follow Mathematical patterns, which some insist may have required extraterrestrial assistance. The 2008 Woolworths sites follow equally precise patterns; should we conclude that they were also built with help from discount-product loving aliens?

Mathematician's post on The Times science blog:

Claims about prehistoric sites and aliens:

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