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Comment Re:Microsoft and open source (Score 1) 333

You made me actually click the links and search, thus, as a ms office evangelist you did well indeed (given that the last version of ms office I bothered to obtain a "decentralised backup copy" was office2k)
But all my search left me empty handed, there still is no ms office/debian edition or some such.
As a x-plattform user with a debian/kde desktop, a win7 laptop, a mac mini for the music I really appreciate that there are oss apps that are available on all of my plattforms and they look and work just the same where ever I use them. Open/Libre office. Thunderbird. ff/chrome/opera for browsing. The list does'nt end here.
MS has changed it's mood and modi operandi vs oss quite a bit over the past 5 years (insert the gandhi meme here if you like) and they even did that u-turn to change msie into a standards-aware security-aware and almost decent browser - but not running on my desktop.

Comment Re:Muggles (Score 1) 282

given all the rules and conditions you have to fullfill to get the cache approved in a densly populated area (with lots of other caches around) the IRA/loonies will probably shy away from the trouble and rather put the bomb in a waste bin or in a car like everyone else does...

Comment They do in Germany (Score 2) 282

I never saw it stated somewhere officially but my own experience points to the conclusion that indeed Berlin police checks on Caches listed on geocaching.com. There is one in Berlin (http://coord.info/GC2XDG3) by the name "BrandVerein" which would translate to FireAssociation. The name actually is a hint to the cache's location, if you go there, it's obvious.
Still, that name hit a spot with the police since for some years there is this series of expensive cars burning at night and lots of pressure on the cops for not being able to stop the serial igniter(s).
So, the first day the cache was published 2 searchers there found themselves under surveillance when they followed the gps compass. An officer stepped out of the car, to the exact koords of the cache and told them to go on searching. When they found the box, the officer took a look, approved it for being harmless, wished them good luck and left the scene.
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Android

Submission + - SPAM: Android or iPhone? Surveys show smartphone users a

canon-mx870 writes: "Editor's note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.

(CNN) — Is Android "the new black"? New research from Nielsen indicates that consumer tastes in smartphones may be as variable as fashion trends.

Way back in the summer of 2010 — ages ago in mobile-phone technology time — a third of U.S. consumers who were planning to purchase a new smartphone reported a preference for the Apple iPhone.

About one fourth planned to get an Android phone, and 13% planned to get a BlackBerry.

Today, Nielsen reports: "Those same surveys for January-March 2011 show just how much things have changed: According to the latest figures, 31% of consumers who plan to get a new smartphone indicated Android was now their preferred OS. Apple's iOS has slipped slightly in popularity to 30%, and RIM Blackberry is down to 11%."

Perhaps even more telling: "Almost 20% of consumers are unsure of [which smartphone] to choose next."

This variability makes one thing clear: It's difficult to predict with any level of certainty which mobile devices will be popular in the future.

So whenever you hear predictions such as International Data Corp's recent forecast that by 2015, Windows Phone 7 will be the #2 smartphone platform worldwide, take it with a huge grain of salt.

Because of this variability, it's likely that companies which develop mobile services and content will increasingly deliver their offerings via a mobile web browser, rather than via "native" mobile apps designed to run on a specific mobile platform.

Developing several versions of a native app is a big, costly software development and maintenance effort.

Browser-based experiences are inherently cross-platform. While such mobile "web apps" cannot deliver the full range of features as native apps, often they are good enough to get the job done for most mobile users, while substantially improving the economics of those offerings.

The opinions expressed in this post are solely those of Amy Gahran."

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Earth

40 Million Year Old Primate Fossils Found In Asia 91

sosaited writes "It has been widely believed that our ancestors originated out of Africa, but a paper published in Nature by Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists puts this in doubt. The paper is based on the fossils of four primate species found in Asia which are 40 million years old, during which period Africa was thought to not have these species. The diversity and timing of the new anthropoids raises two scenarios. Anthropoids might simply have emerged in Africa much earlier than thought, and gone undiscovered by modern paleontologists. Or they could have crossed over from Asia, where evidence suggests that anthropoids lived 55 million years ago, flourishing and diversifying in the wide-open ecological niches of an anthropoid-free Africa."
Biotech

Doubled Yield For Bio-Fuel From Waste 97

hankwang writes "Dutch chemical company DSM announced a new process for production of ethanol from agricultural waste. Most bio-fuel ethanol now is produced from food crops such as corn and sugar cane. Ethanol produced from cellulose would use waste products such as wood chips, citrus peel, and straw. The new process is claimed to increase the yield by a factor of two compared to existing processes, thanks to new enzymes and special yeast strains."
Space

Geomagnetic Storm In Progress 110

shogun writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a strong geomagnetic storm is in progress. The shuttle, ISS and GPS systems may be affected." They think this storm was caused by a weak solar flare on April 3rd. As you may expect, this has caused some unusually impressive northern lights since it started. What you may not expect is a photograph from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the International Space Station showing the aurora from orbit. He apparently tweets a lot of pictures from space. He and his crewmates have taken over 100,000 pictures since coming aboard the ISS.
Security

Submission + - What to Do If Your Computer Is Infected (hqvia.com)

trompyx writes: "Sometimes even an experienced user will not realise that a computer is infected with a virus. This is because viruses can hide among regular files, or camoflage themselves as standard files. This section contains a detailed discussion of the symptoms of virus infection, how to recover data after a virus attack and how to prevent data from being corrupted by malware. Symptoms of infection There are a number of symptoms which indicate that your computer has been infected. If you notice "strange things" happening to your computer, namely: * unexpected messages or images are suddenly displayed * unusual sounds or music played at random * your CD-ROM drive mysteriously opens and closes * programs suddenly start on your computer * you receive notification from your firewall that some applications have attempted to connect to the Internet, although you did not initiate this, then it is very likely that your computer has been infected by a virus"

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