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Submission + - Slavery legal by decree in Belarus ( 1

tvlinux writes: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered Parliament to prepare a decree, which prohibits worker from quitting their job

"Prepare the decree. Before the end of the modernization and reconstruction prohibits dismissal of workers. Employee can not resign from that company without permission of the head, "- said Alexander Lukashenko .

Comment Only hurting technology information. (Score 1) 129

I lived and worked in China for years. Baidu is fine for Chinese searches(98% is non tech searches) but if a person is doing technology searches Baidu sucks. I can understand the reasons for blocking gmail and other interactive communication, but blocking tech searches on Google will only harm the advancement of technology.
If the ISP knows that a is the primary user, they usually are not as strict, But you have to go to the ISP office to complain.

Submission + - Skype support == Microsoft support (

tvlinux writes: Skype now has the Microsoft experience when trying to get support. My friend opened their Skype account in China. Now they live in the US. When they try to buy credit Skype always sends them to the China skype website, “”. To use a US credit card to buy credit at send you to moneybookers. My Chinese is not that good but just buying credit is not an option on the China Skype web site, want monthly payments or buy a card.
I changed the country to US in the profile, but still it goes to China. I want to write a official “support ticket” but the site goes into recursive H*LL. Almost every third link you need to enter account info again. The FAQ answers questions that have some meaning for problems that are easy but the issue payment to the USA is not possible. The questions I have are:
How do you submit a official support ticket?
How you you change from China to the USA as the base contact location?
Can you have Chinese language Skype and use the USA as home country?
BTW: 64 bit Linux support still sucks.

Comment Any Tablet that can offer features wins (Score 1) 282

Any tablet that allows the user to be more productive, secure, and enjoyable will win, not only Microsoft. The tablet should not be the selling point, the applications needed should be. The thing the base tablet offers is security, and platform. Too many people are "STATUS" oriented, so they pick iPad.

It is the APPS that make the system!

Comment GUI = insecure, bloated, stupid admins (Score 1) 780

MS has finally realized that a GUI on a server is a bad idea. it consumes resources, it is insecure, and less then knowledgeable people administer system poorly. GUI is usually limited to a single system.

This change will radically change the MS landscape. Bosses will want the "new system", most admins will Install the GUI( they cant do it any other way), there will no longer be the local "expert" in small businesses. Higher wages because less admins can go GUIless.

The smart companies will just move to Linux.

Comment Unity reduces programming productivity (Score 1) 1040

There should be TWO panels for programming, one for "active" programs and one for launching and support. I have many programs running at once for development: servers console in two shells, network tracing, the IDE and browser, email, skype,.... Unity get too full. there is only small arrow indicating active programs.

I usually do not run full windows. so having the menu away from the application is very confusing. Unity almost requires all apps to run full window. Not Good! I remember the last place the program I want was located, I just have to click on it. Less mouse movement

I want to see most of my options with just a simple click, slide click. With Unity, it is click, slide, click, type, slide click.

I upgraded to 11.10 and I had to install gnome, OK but gnome is very broken. If Ubuntu wants to make unity the default, OK, but they better allow and support gnome that is not broken.

Unity may be fine for beginners that only run one of 7 programs one at a time. ( redundant). But for programmers that need to look at many things at once is is bad.

I hope I have explained the reasons Unity is not good in logical terms, I hope Ubuntu understands FIX IT OR FLAKE OFF!!!

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Submission + - Most Wanted corporate human rights abusers (

An anonymous reader writes: Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders.

Submission + - Research Shows Perl No Better Than a Random Langua (

jkleint writes: It Will Never Work In Theory has a summary of a great paper studying novice programmers grappling with Perl:

We present here an empirical study comparing the accuracy rates of novices writing software in three programming languages: Quorum, Perl, and Randomo. The first language, Quorum, we call an evidence-based programming language, where the syntax, semantics, and API designs change in correspondence to the latest academic research and literature on programming language usability. Second, while Perl is well known, we call Randomo a Placebo-language, where some of the syntax was chosen with a random number generator and the ASCII table. We compared novices that were programming for the first time using each of these languages, testing how accurately they could write simple programs using common program constructs (e.g., loops, conditionals, functions, variables, parameters). Results showed that while Quorum users were afforded significantly greater accuracy compared to those using Perl and Randomo, Perl users were unable to write programs more accurately than those using a language designed by chance.

Let the flamewars begin!


Submission + - New Bill Makes Copyright INDUCEMENT and Streaming ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: The Protect IP Act's House version came out yesterday and according to Public Knowledge, it is broader and worse than expected. What the Grokster case failed to get support from in the courts, this bill, now also called SOPA and E-PARASITES, has put in — sites can get shut down on the premise that they didn't do enough to deter copyright infringement before it happened. This ends the DMCA safe harbor provision that sites like Youtube and Twitter depend on. This bill also includes the streaming bill S. 978 in it, but reduces the number of required public performances, or views, from 10 to 1 — you just need to share your video that has a song playing in the background to 1 person. The video and a way to stop Congress on the bill is here.

Submission + - EFF, ACLU file lawsuits over Patriot Act data coll (

angry tapir writes: "Two civil liberties groups have filed lawsuits asking the U.S. Department of Justice to detail its collection of electronic data and other information under the 10-year-old counterterrorism law, the USA Patriot Act. The lawsuits, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, seek to have the DOJ and its U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation branch turn over all information related to information requests allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Section 215 allows the FBI to ask for a court order to obtain "any tangible things," including books, records, papers, and documents, related to a terrorism investigation."

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