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Comment Re:OT (Score 1) 574

It refers to an optional System Preferences pane that can be downloaded for OS X Tiger (link) called DashOnOff which lets you disable Dashboard - it's not the only way to do this, but it's been a while since I updated my sig. You may also want to Google "MainMenu" which probably enables you to do the same thing, as well as having quick recourse to utility scripts and other stuff (I don't recommend it wholesale, AFAIK, you need to sudo su to run /etc/weekly from the Terminal, so this menu might retain more privileges than needed).

Submission + - Adobe to Open Source Flex.

derrida writes: "Adobe Systems Incorporated announced on 4/26 plans to release source code for Adobe® Flex(TM) as open source. This initiative will let developers worldwide participate in the growth of the industry's most advanced framework for building cross-operating system rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Web and enabling new Apollo applications for the desktop. The open source Flex SDK and documentation will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL)"

Submission + - Artificial Snot Enhances Electronic Nose

An anonymous reader writes: British researchers have created artificial snot (nasal mucus) to significantly enhance the performance of electronic noses, ScienceDaily reports. The researchers have coated the sensors used by odor-sensing devices with a mix of polymers that mimics the action of the mucus in the natural nose. This greatly improves the performance of the electronic devices allowing them to pick out a more diverse range of smells.

Submission + - Google pushes to open public records

AlHunt writes: "The perennial favorite love/hate company, Google, "is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online" and according to CNN, "records will not be exclusive to the search engines owned by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft." Meanwhile, privacy advocates are up in arms "cautioning that some records may contain personal and confidential information that should not be widely available."."
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Submission + - Apple grants DRM-free distribution to all labels

SexCaptain writes: AppleInsider gives details of a letter circulated by Apple to all producers of content for the iTunes Store, announcing that from May onwards they can sell their music at higher quality and free of DRM. Hopefully this opens the doors for labels like Netwerk, and although its unclear exactly what Apple means by 'higher quality', and there is no mention of price changes, this is a big step in the right direction.

"Many of you have reached out to iTunes to find out how you can make your songs available higher quality and DRM-free," Apple wrote in the communication. "Starting next month, iTunes will begin offering higher-quality, DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to all customers."

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