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Comment People don't want to watch kernel compiling (Score 1) 487

"Here I sit, watching a freshly installed FreeBSD box run through cvsup on all ports, to be closely followed by a new kernel compilation. As the output flies by in the xterm, I find myself wondering why I don't run into more FreeBSD in the world."

There's your answer right there. Perhaps people want more from their OS than to sit watching a kernel compilation."

Comment NowFacebook gets your postal address too? (Score 2) 214

What a great idea. About the only bit of personal information that most Facebook users haven't already given to Facebook is their postal address. Yet this process does just that.

Wouldn't surprise me if this "Annoy Facebook" thing was actually started by Facebook to harvest postal addresses. :-)

Comment Firefox considering "Long Term Support" release (Score 2) 452

The Mozilla Enterprise Working Group are considering this proposal at present: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Enterprise/Firefox/ExtendedSupport:Proposal

This would provide a 42-week 'stable' release of Firefox, with incremental backported security fixes "just like the old days".

Whether this will come to fruition or not is unclear at this stage, but at least it's being discussed.

Comment Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 495

You _can_ switch off auto-updates for Google Chrome for Business: see http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=187207 although, as they say, they don't recommend it.

I note that using Chrome for Business and allowing auto-updates means that that one can have an auto-updating browser where the end-users are not administrators. This has never been possible with Firefox. It can be done with Internet Explorer too, of course ;-)

Comment Considering it, only to dismiss it? (Score 1) 403

I am hopeful that the government is only raising this to appease those who genuinely believe it's a good idea, while planning to dismiss it later "after consideration" as being unnecessary.

Apart from the fact that it's basically technically impossible to "block Twitter/FB" (or whatever) in any meaningful way - and everyone knows it - I don't think it would have made any difference to the rioting.

After all, there have been riots and unrest for centuries. However, the post-riot organised cleanup could not easily have happened without social media. And that was a good thing. Also those caught up in areas affected by the riots were able to find out what was going on by using social media. And that's a good thing too.

AI

Submission + - World's best chess engine plagiarized open source (extremetech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Rybka, the winner of the last four World Computer Chess Championships, has been found guilty by a panel of 34 chess engine programmers of plagiarizing two open-source chess engines: Crafty and Fruit. The governing body of the WCCC, the International Computer Games Association, is even demanding that Rybka's author — the international chess master and MIT graduate Vasik Rajlich — returns the trophies and prize money that he fraudulently won. Rybka will no longer be allowed to compete in the World Championships, and the ICGA is asking other tournaments around the world to do the same.
Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 5 (spreadthunderbird.com)

supersloshy writes: Mozilla has released the latest version of Thunderbird, their popular email client, now in sync with their new rapid-release versioning system. Among the new features are the new add-ons manager from Firefox 4, revised account creation, faster response times, the ability to load plugins in RSS feeds and over 390 platform fixes. For more information, read the release notes

Comment Re:Age of Consent? (Score 1) 192

Federal law prohibits websites from collecting personal information from anyone under the age of 13.

'Federal' suggests you are talking about a U.S. law. Many users of Facebook are not based in the U.S. What implications does this have here, specifically to non-U.S. users of Facebook, if any?

Comment Flash inside Excel? Erm... (Score 1) 133

Article reports: "There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment"

*BOGGLE* If that sort of functionality is even possible, then it was just an accident waiting to happen.

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