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Submission + - Tablet UIs on Laptops/Desktops: What's Slashdot's Readers' take? ( 1

dcbrianw writes: I want to know the Slashdot's community's take on the new trend of desktop and laptop operating system developers moving towards tablet based UI's. Ubuntu has moved to Unity. Windows 8 will have such a UI. Even Gnome 3 looks tablet based. You can revert to Gnome classic, but it's very minimal in comparison Gnome 2.

If I'm not using a tablet, I don't want my computer to operate as though I am. I'm just not sold on this, and I want my old UI back (without having to use earlier, less advanced OS'). What are others' takes on this? Am I missing some of the pros associated with a tablet UI on non-tablet devices?


Submission + - Homeland Security raids... a flea market ( 1

DesScorp writes: "The Baltimore Sun reports on a raid at a flea market for counterfeit merchandise and pirated music/movies. The catch? The raid was carried out by the Department of Homeland Security.Further, they've been planning this for some time. " Nicole Navas, a public affairs specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, said sports apparel, musical recordings and cosmetics were among the items under scrutiny in the 2 1/2-year-long investigation."

What in the world makes this a homeland security issue? Like the TSA, these actions from Homeland Security point to a future of unlimited expansion to authority beyond the original scope of these federal agencies."


Submission + - Improved solar panels with OLEDs (

ericjones12398 writes: "The company, called Heliatek, has developed a technology that combines some of the best aspects of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays with solar panel displays, looking to create a set of solar panels that will be lighter and more flexible than current models. In the future, Heliatek is also looking toward incorporating its technology in windows. The flexible OLED solar panels would be semitransparent, allowing them to give homeowners a good view of the outside world while generating electrical power when the sun hits them. Because of the lightweight nature of these OLED panels, they would be able to be incorporated into windows. While this sounds like a great idea at first glance, the initial cost estimates for the OLED solar panels will be higher than for traditional solar panels, which doesn’t really solve the problem that solar currently struggles with: generating power too inefficiently for the cost."

Submission + - While Being Held without Bail, Megaupload drops Un (

bs0d3 writes: Not so long ago, a legal video was taken down by repetitive DMCA requests to youtube. In response, megaupload filed a lawsuit against Universal Music. This past week, megaupload was raided by US authorities and forced offline, which is costing megaupload millions of dollars in damage. Today; while in US custody, megaupload has mysteriously dropped their lawsuit against Universal Music.

Submission + - How the US Lost Out on iPhone Work

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year manufactured overseas. "It isn’t just that workers are cheaper abroad," write Charles Duhig and Keith Bradsher. "Rather, Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have outpaced their American counterparts so much that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products." Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option and recount the time Apple redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. “The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” says one Apple executive. “There’s no American plant that can match that.” Apple’s success has benefited the US economy by empowering entrepreneurs and creating jobs at companies like cellular providers and businesses shipping Apple products but ultimately, Apple executives say curing unemployment is not Apple's job. “We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems. Our only obligation is making the best product possible.”"

Submission + - Lawyer gets payback from karma (

An anonymous reader writes: Hey, I thought I submitted this already! Anyway the story reports how the owner of a law firm that speculatively sent thousands of letters demanding payments from internet users for allegedly infinging copyright, has been suspended from the legal profession for two years, has to pay costs, and also has become bankrupt. Hehehe.. Andrew Crossley, it sucks to be you!!!!!

Submission + - Scammers replacing iPads with bags of clay in Cana (

An anonymous reader writes: A group of thieves in Canada managed to upset a number of legitimate consumers come Christmas morning when they opened their iPad 2 packaging to find nothing but a bag of clay, in some cases even the charger had been replaced with clay.

What the scammers had managed to do was purchase iPad 2s, remove the tablet, and then make up the weight and shape with clay. They also had the necessary tools and materials to professionally reseal the iPad 2 box so it looks as if it had never been opened. The stores accepted the tablets back as returns without further checks because they were sealed, and then proceeded to resell them to other customers.


Submission + - SlashcAliister: How HP and open source can save We (

MikeTheGreat writes: Ian McCallister has another insightful article (print version here), this time discussing how HP has announced their intention to open source the ill-fated WebOS tablet operating system. He brings up some good points about whether HP is simply trying to "offload the cost of developing and maintaining" WebOS, and how committed HP is to ensuring the success of an open source WebOS.

Submission + - 24 Year Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 ( 1

chicksdaddy writes: "Be careful of what you ask for. That's a lesson that Max Schrems of Vienna, Austria, learned the hard way when he sent a formal request to Facebook for a copy of every piece of personal information that the world’s largest social network had collected on him, as required under European law.
After a wait, the 24 year-old law student got what he was seeking: a CD with all his data stored on it — 1,222 files in all. The collection of PDF format documents was roughly the length Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace but told a more mundane story: a record of Schrems' years-long relationship with the world's largest social network, including reams of data he had deleted. Now Schrems is pushing Facebook to disclose even more of what it knows. Stay tuned!"


Submission + - FTC to Facebook: Be more transparent about privacy (

An anonymous reader writes: A good new for the Facebook community, the company has reached to an agreement with the FTC and from now on Facebook privacy changes has to be much more transparent — in other words future privacy changes are going to be opt-in.

Submission + - Corporate Hubris â" Ignoring Users 2 writes: Not to pick on youtube, as they're not the only ones guilty of this sort of behavior, but...

Got tired of youtube videos automatically starting and went looking for a way to disable it. Apparently so did lots of others. There are pages of people complaining that they absolutely HATE the feature, but nary a peep from youtube even acknowledging the complaint thread.

Companies hiding behind a curtain from their users. No phone number, No customer service (other than a one way drop box), No acknowledgement of user complaints/issues.

I know this is not new, but does it seems to be getting worse, or is it just me.

Submission + - The Physics of Jump Rope (

sciencehabit writes: Last year, Jeffrey Aristoff and Howard Stone, mechanical engineers at Princeton University, were at the gym waiting for a pickup game of basketball. To warm up, Stone started jumping rope. As the rope whizzed over the head of his colleague, Aristoff wondered, "Is it known how jump ropes bend in the wind?" A few literature searches later, he concluded that the answer was, "not really." Now, the two have solved the problem themselves.

Submission + - HP offically out of Touch PADS (

AtomicAdam writes: I guess all that waiting and hoping was in vain. HP just sent out an email officially claiming to be out of touch pads.

Dear Valued Customer,

Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.


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