mvar writes: Linus has announced the availability of the 3.0-rc1 kernel prepatch:
Yay! Let the bikeshed painting discussions about version numbering
begin (or at least re-start).
I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. It
will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse
enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can
no longe rcomfortably count as high as 40.
The whole renumbering was discussed at last years Kernel Summit, and
there was a plan to take it up this year too. But let's face it — what's the point of being in charge if you can't pick the bike shed
color without holding a referendum on it? So I'm just going all
alpha-male, and just renumbering it. You'll like it.
Now, my alpha-maleness sadly does not actually extend to all the
scripts and Makefile rules, so the kernel is fighting back, and is
calling itself 3.0.0-rc1. We'll have the usual 6-7 weeks to wrestle it
into submission, and get scripts etc cleaned up, and the final release
should be just "3.0". The -stable team can use the third number for
ushere writes: maybe it's not a scoop, but i just read about m$8 coming next year, when i've only just got 7 organised and my programs working smoothly. can there be REALLY significant advances made that will warrant my upgrading to 8?
of course i'll only know when it comes out, but is this cycling of os systems of real benefit to anyone other than m$'s bottom line?
lee1 writes: "Dropbox faces a possible FTC investigation because of misleading statements it has made about the privacy and security of its 25 million users' files. The cloud storage company previously claimed that it was impossible for its employees to access file contents, but in fact, as the encryption keys are in their possession, this is false. The complaint points out that their false security claims gave Dropbox a competitive advantage over other firms offering similar services who actually did provide secure encryption."
ITMaverix writes: DreamScene is a freeware application that enables functionality to set *.wmv files (720p/1080p) on desktop. Transforming your desktop into a new world of motion will take few seconds to install. All DreamScenes are fully HD compatible , optimized for best quality at lowest cpu usage.
dotarray writes: While it might not be the portable PlayStation-related story we’d been hoping for today, Sony‘s handheld has still made it into the headlines. One of the main complaints people had about the PSPgo was the lack of a UMD drive. It seems gamers didn’t like being forced to download all of their games, and the inability to play titles they already had languishing in their collections. But now, that may have changed – as long as you’re okay with downloading some files, making copies of your game and doing a little bit of software hacking.
masterwit writes: In the wake of recent articles involving the arguable privacy issues and constitutional rights violations involved with the new technology employed by the TSA , back scanners...this happened:
The article states: "One of the first people in line after that shutdown never made it through. She was arrested and banned from the airport. Claire Hirschkind, 56, who says she is a rape victim and who has a pacemaker-type device implanted in her chest, says her constitutional rights were violated. She says she never broke any laws. But the Transportation Security Administration disagrees."
It will be interesting to see the fallout from this unfortunate situation.
Pickens writes: "The Record reports that defying grim predictions about how they would fare after two months trapped underground, many of the Chilean miners came bounding out of their rescue capsule, testimony to the rescue diet threaded down to them through the tiny borehole that reached them August 23 and to the way they organized themselves to keep their environment clean, find water and get exercise. Just after the miners were discovered alive, they were in danger, surviving for 17 days on just two spoonfuls of tuna, a cup of milk, one cracker and a bit of a peach topping every other day and their digestive and insulin systems had nearly shut down, and they were breaking down their own fat and muscle tissue. But after the boreholes were opened, the men kept themselves fit, received excellent medical care and they were not confined to the rescue chamber. "they had the run of the mine," says Jeffery H. Kravitz, acting director for technical support at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. With 600 metres of tunnels open, "they had places to exercise and to use for waste" and one miner ran several miles a day. "They even had a sort of waterfall they could take a shower under.""
IcyNeko writes: So I was calling an acquaintance of mine the other day to invite him to hang out with my friends, and after the phone started ringing and right before the person picked up, I got a message saying that the number I'm calling has been marked for observation by the DoHS's watchlist, and that by calling, I may have added myself to the watchlist. Also, that it is illegal for me to notify them that they're on the watchlist. Any chance this is a real warning? If so, why would they let people know who is on the watchlist?
JohnnyColonoscopy writes: Slashdot's Microsoft icon is Bill Gates as Borg, while the Oracle icon is the company logo. BillG no longer works at Microsoft and is doing good in the world, while Larry Ellison is doing harm. Should Oracle get a Larry as Evil Emperor icon and Microsoft get their company logo back?"
AUSman writes: A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation. Half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.