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Comment Who Cares? (Score 1) 696

Does it matter if there ever is a "year of the Linux desktop"? ....Not to me.

We have several flavors of Linux to choose from, from the my-mom-can't-use-it Slackware, to my-mom-uses-it Ubuntu, SuSe, Fedora, and plenty more.

Who cares if I can't buy a Linux-loaded PC at Best Buy or other chain stores? I don't buy my PC's or parts from big box stores anyway, wtf does it matter if they carry preloaded Linux systems.

These "year of the Linux des...blahblahblah" stories are getting old. I don't want more masses of idiots using the same OS I do, or they are going to ask me for help the way they used to with Windows. It's still an incredibly useful OS, regardless of whether anyone else thinks so, or it gains "widespread adoption"[which it has].

Comment Re:If the advanced technology comes from China... (Score 1) 394

One solution is to impose an across the board tariff on all manufactured goods entering the country, say 10% to 15%. Enough to compensate for the regulatory burden on US manufacturers, but not enough to protect inefficency.

So you think we should all pay 10 to 15 percent more for these products? Because they aren't just going to eat the tax, they are going to pass it right along to us with price increases on the products.

Privacy

Submission + - SPAM: Sears Puts Customers' Buying Histories on the Web

narramissic writes: "Sears has privacy watchdogs hopping mad — again. The company has made the purchase histories of its customers publicly available on its Managemyhome.com Web site. The site's 'Find your products' feature lets users look up their own past purchases, but it 'offers no security whatsoever to prevent a Manage My Home user from retrieving another person's purchase history by entering that person's name, phone number, and address,' writes HBS assistant professor Ben Edelman in a blog posting."
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Education

Submission + - No Release Yet for British Teacher Jailed in Sudan (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "Two UK Muslim peers who are in Sudan to lobby for a jailed British teacher to be released will meet the president on Monday, a presidential aide has said. Baroness Warsi and Lord Ahmed have delayed their return to the UK and Lady Warsi said they had "made progress". But she would not confirm the aide's announcement of a presidential meeting. Gillian Gibbons, 54, of Liverpool, was jailed for 15 days on Thursday for insulting religion by letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad. ( http://techluver.com/2007/12/02/no-release-yet-for-british-teacher-jailed-in-sudan/ )"
Democrats

Submission + - Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else (news.com) 1

Brian Knotts writes: "News.com reports that congressional Democrats have introduced a bill creating a new corporate welfare program, which would force colleges into subscribing to music services, or else lose $100 billion of federal financial aid programs.

Unsurprisingly, the MPAA is on board with the bill.



"We very much support the language in the bill, which requires universities to provide evidence that they have a plan for implementing a technology to address illegal file sharing," said Angela Martinez, a spokeswoman for the MPAA.
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PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Game, The Operating System? (blogspot.com)

Heartless Gamer writes: "Citing a c|net news article, Heartless Gamer examines the possibility of a Linux-based operating system dedicated to gaming. From the article: "The ability to 're-spin' Fedora is attracting some interest. Among the Fedora-based variations that will be available are one for gaming, one for designing microprocessors, and one for programmers." Jeff Freeman, declared to have at one point lost his mind while developing games, has also chimed in."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Tracking people using bluetooth. (bluetoothtracking.org)

damdam writes: "A Dutch guy seems to have set up a small network of bluetooth scanners in his town of Apeldoorn scanning for bluetooth devices. He has all the information logged to a central database and you can search it over the web. On his website it says "Some of these matches were only minutes apart. Therefore I could even calculate the approximate speed of someone moving from one location to another.". There are also some interesting statistics on his site showing traffic volume in his hometown (based on bluetooth signals) and he even lists popularity of certain Nokia phones. It's interesting to see how much information an individual can gather using old equipment. I just noticed this guy is the same guy as the one running the wired house on Icepick.com. Seems like tracking people is his thing."
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - Top-10 Gift Ideas for the Linux Gadget Geek

DeviceGuru writes: Got a Linux Gadget Geek on your shopping list? You can't fail with a gift from this guide to the ten hottest Linux-powered devices gleaned from LinuxDevices.com's news throughout 2007. But in case that doesn't do it for you, WindowsForDevices has an alternative gift guide for those of the Redmondian persuasion. The gadgets range from $150, for the Zipit Wireless Messenger that runs Linux, to a $2,000 tiny Windows palmtop computer from FlipStart, the company founded in 2002 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and beyond.
Communications

Submission + - Hushmail spills mail to Feds

An anonymous reader writes: A September court document reveals that Hushmail turned over emails to American authorities of targeted individuals, suspected in illegal steroid trafficking. Due to the fact that Hushmail saves their clients' emails encrypted using standard public key cryptography, they had to actively cache their customers' private keys and use them to send the Feds decrypted emails.

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