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Google Tells Users To Drop IE6 426

Kelly writes "Google is now urging Gmail users to drop Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) in favor of Firefox or Chrome. Google recently removed Firefox from the Google Pack bundle, replaced it with Chrome, then added a direct download link for Chrome on Google and YouTube. Google's decision to list IE6 as an unsupported Gmail browser does not affect just consumers: Tens of thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses that run Google Apps hosted services may dump IE6 as well. What's especially interesting is the fact that Mozilla is picking up two out of three browser users that Microsoft surrenders."
Programming

Submission + - Future of Compiz Uncertain 1

dov_0 writes: "Kristian Lyngstol from the Compiz project has shared some pretty big worries about the health of the Compiz/compiz-fusion project. He cites a lack of direction, organisation and a dropping number of programmers as major areas of concern. Responses from the compiz community to his mailing list post have not been overwhelming, with only one person posting in his support so far.

If Compiz was gone, surely someone else would pick up the pieces? Distros like Ubuntu have made it a notable feature of their desktop setup. Haven't we all enjoyed the glazed over eyes and admiring stares of onlookers as we spin our desktop cubes and pull out bling that makes Vista desktop effects fade by comparison?

Is the compiz project already dead without knowing it and who will pick up pieces and keep our desktop cubes spinning?"
Linuxcare

Submission + - No serious linux speech recognition software?

wally66 writes: I was impressed by the quality of some Windows-based speech recognition packages [1,2] in the more recent past. Having successfully and happily moved to Linux for more than a year now, I miss nothing but a decent speech recognition program to relieve me from typing from time to time. The lack of progress for Linux-based applications in this field is stunning. The last entry in the linux speech-reconition HOW-TO is from 2002 and this is not an indication that the field has matured :-) The rest of the hits that you get when searching the net is not much more up-to-date. I know that there are packages for speech recognition in the default repositories of Ubuntu and other distros, but given the state of Windows-based speech recognition software such as ViaVoice or Dragon Naturally Speaking, they are prehistoric. Am I overlooking something?
Media

Submission + - Amarok is being ported to Windows (kde.org)

NightFears writes: Amarok, the popular Linux multimedia player, is being prepared for a Windows port. As highly-demanded as it is, the port spawned a lot of controversy among the dedicated Linux users, since many of them feel that after the release there'll be one strong argument less for convincing people to switch to Linux.

The amazing part here is that it only took two days. Basically most of Amarok was already so portable that it compiled without changes. I really expected it to be much more work. Shows that it pays off to use an excellent cross-platform toolkit like Qt in the first place.
Ah yes, and there's a screenshot.

Businesses

Submission + - The Inconvenient Truth about Carbon Offsets

theodp writes: "An investigation by The Guardian concludes that carbon offsetting, an idea which flows not from scientists but from politicians and business execs, does little or nothing to combat global warming. Tree-planting projects in Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda have been accused of disrupting water supplies, evicting thousands of villagers from their land, seizing grazing rights from farmers, cheating local people of promised income, and running plantations where the soil releases more carbon than is absorbed by the trees. 'I think planting trees is mostly a waste of time and energy,' explained the founder of Climate Care, which relies for some 20% of its online sales on forestry. 'People love it unfortunately.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - ArchLinux changing their name

An anonymous reader writes: After 5 years of being called Arch Linux and 5 years of people confusing us with Ark Linux, we've finally come up with a solution. We've spent the last few months talking to the Ark Linux people to come up with a solution that's beneficial for both distributions. Today, we are happy to announce a name change for Arch Linux. Today, I am happy to announce, we will be known as Ark Linux! We will keep our domain archlinux.org for the next few weeks, while people are still getting used to the name change, but eventually we will switch domains as well. In changing names, we are sure that people will never again have problems discerning Arch Linux with Ark Linux. http://www.archlinux.org/ and by the way, the old ark linux is also changing their name http://www.arklinux.org/
Mozilla

Submission + - Firefox No Longer Alternative Enough

Kelson writes: "The Alternative Browser Alliance, which promotes the use of alternative browsers over Internet Explorer, has stopped promoting Firefox after nearly two years. According to the announcement, Firefox has sold out, gone mainstream, and "is no longer an alternative web browser."

Reportedly the site will throw its weight behind iCab, as it is guaranteed to remain alternative since it will never run on Windows Vista.""
Operating Systems

Submission + - Ubuntu Flying Spaghetti Monster Edition announced

An anonymous reader writes: Pastafarians can rejoice everywhere, with the release of Ubuntu Flying Spaghetti Monster Edition. We believe His Noodliness chose Linux because Linux users are obviously all pirates already. Ubuntu Flying Spaghetti Monster Edition is now undergoing final beta testing and will be released shortly. Prepare yourselves to be touched by His Noodly Appendage!
Operating Systems

Submission + - Inside ReactOS

Andareed writes: "Alex Ionescu, a lead developer of ReactOS (an open-source, source and binary compatible clone of Windows NT) recently gave a talk on the internals of ReactOS. In this talk, Ionescu also discusses how ReactOS is nearing complete kernel compatibility with Windows Server 2003. Interestingly, Ionescu hints that there are no plans for ReactOS once the kernel has been completed."
The Matrix

Submission + - Yellowstone Supervolcano Making Strange Rumblings

Frosty Piss writes: "Supervolcanoes can sleep for centuries or millennia before producing incredibly massive eruptions that can drop ash across an entire continent. One of the largest supervolcanoes in the world lies beneath Yellowstone National Park. Yet significant activity continues beneath the surface. And the activity has been increasing lately, scientists have discovered. In addition, the nearby Teton Range of mountains, in a total surprise, is getting shorter. The findings, reported this month in the Journal of Journal of Geophysical Research, suggest that a slow and gradual movement of a volcano over time can shape a landscape more than a violent eruption."
Security

Submission + - Security risk of OSS software

An anonymous reader writes: WordPress announced that someone cracked their server and inserted malicious code in their product. This, in itself, has nothing to do specifically with Open Source Software — the same problem could have arisen with proprietary software that is made available on an imperfectly-secured web site. OSS may be more susceptible to this kind of problem, however, because the software is often distributed through a wide variety of mirrors, and because their servers are by nature more open to access to the general public. How many OSS distributions supply an MD5 hash, and how many users check their download against it? Does anyone besides me prefer to download directly from the originating organization, instead of from a server at some university that might be hacked?
Programming

Submission + - How do you change careers into programming?

An anonymous reader writes: I have worked in tech support for the last several years, but find myself wanting to move on to something else — programming. I've written some small programs in my limited spare time but nothing particularly impressive; just functional stuff to make my life easier. I've spent a lot of time recently working through programming books, and feel I'm ready to make the switch in my career. That said, I don't have a CS degree, and find that responses to my resume have been along the lines of "Thanks, but we aren't hiring for tech support positions." Surely someone from the slashdot crowd has been in the same position — what would you recommend?
Announcements

Submission + - Help Find Jim Gray With Satellite Images

Bananatree3 writes: On January 29th, Jim Gray who was sailing to the Farallon Islands off San Francisco went missing. A massive search is now underway using satellite imagery and distributed human effort. Satellite images were taken where Jim is thought to have been. Help find Jim by reviewing these images and looking for any evidence of him on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Instructions on what to look for can be found on the Mechanical Turk site. Also, further information and updates on the search can be found on the blog of Amazon's chief technology advisor, Werner Vogels.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - DocuColor Tracking Dot Decoding Guide

An anonymous reader writes: The EFF has posted a nice little guide decoding the grid that is printed by the Xerox DocuColor series printer. The FBI and NSA use this to keep track of certain groups, like Greenpeace, here in the US. The article itself only covers the DocuColor series printers, but the EFF warns that this maybe used by other printers as well. Very interesting read, and also very scary knowing that whatever we print can possibly be tracked with exact date and times and the serial number of the printer used. Enjoy!
Education

Submission + - OSSDI to Distribute OpenOffice.org in Schools

Xampper writes: "The Open Source Software Distribution Initiative (OSSDI) is a new organization planning to distribute open source alternatives to expensive commercial software packages, primarily in education. Initially, OSSDI will be focusing its efforts on giving away professionally pressed CD-ROMS containing the OpenOffice.org software suite within school districts in poverty-stricken regions. These distributions will give students access to a professional office suite, which they might otherwise be unable to afford, while spreading awareness of open source software."

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