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Submission + - South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable (zdnet.com) 1

_0x783czar writes: Starting this april, South Korea will require all phone vendors to allow pre-installed bloatware to be uninstalled. That's right, they will be able to get rid of all that pesky software without having to root their phones.

According to press release by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning: "The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players." They hope this will also increase the users' data storage and battery life.

From the article: "Under the new guidelines, telcos are required to make most of their pre-installed apps deletable except for four necessary items related to Wi-Fi connectivity, near-field communication (NFC), the customer service center and the app store."

It'd be nice if similar legislation where passed in the US and elsewhere.

Submission + - OpenBSD In Financial Survival Crisis

Freshly Exhumed writes: Today the OpenBSD mailing list carried a plea from Theo de Raadt for much needed financial aid: 'I am resending this request for funding our electricity bills because it is not yet resolved. We really need even more funding beyond that, because otherwise all of this is simply unsustainable. This request is the smallest we can make.' Bob Beck, of the OpenBSD Foundation, added: 'the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.'

Submission + - Air Force to Launch 29 Satellites Into Space Tonight

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Brad Lendon reports at CNN that 29 satellites, the most ever launched at one time, will be aboard a single Minotaur I rocket scheduled to lift off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. The main payload will be the Air Force's Space Test Program Satellite-3, plus 28 tiny satellites called CubeSats about 4 inches on each side, weighing about 3 pounds and with a volume of about a quart. The cubesats will include Ho`oponopono-2 from the University of Hawaii to continue a long-existing radar calibration service for the 80 plus C-band radar tracking stations distributed around the world, CAPE-2 from the Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment to give students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette the opportunity to research, design, develop, and maintain a low earth orbiting satellite, and SwampSat from the University of Florida to advance the TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of CMGs (Control Moment Gyroscopes) appropriate for smallsats. Among the CubeSats is the TJ3Sat, the first satellite made by high-schoolers to go into space, built by the students of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia that will give students and other amateur radio users the opportunity to send and receive data from the satellite. Approved text strings will be transmitted to the satellite and the resulting voice interpretation will be relayed back to Earth over an amateur radio frequency using the onboard Stensat radio. Orbital says the 29 satellites should achieve orbit in a little less than 12½ minutes after the rocket ignites and NASA says the launch may be visible from northern Florida to southern Canada and as far west as Indiana. Live coverage of the launch is available via UStream beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST on launch day.

Submission + - Contiki 2.7 Released (osnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Version 2.7 of the Contiki operating system has been released. The open source Contiki OS is known for its minuscule IPv6 stack that allows the tiniest of Systems-on-a-Chips – microprocessors with built-in 2.4 GHz radios – to connect to the Internet. The 2.7 release improves the IPv6 mesh routing mechanism so that the Systems-on-a-Chip autonomously can form wireless networks.

Comment Secure boot and EU? (Score 2) 786

What I find mind boggling is that the European Union went after Microsoft for being anti-competitive regarding their IE-'browser', media-player, closed/non-disclosed API's, ... But still not a word about the whole UEFI secure boot scam, which in my opinion tops all previous complaints.

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