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Submission + - antiX: a Debian-based Linux distro without systemd

DrJimbo writes: AntiX-Linux and its sister distro MX-Linux are both Debian-based and neither one uses systemd. The release of antiX-16 was just announced. It comes in three different sizes: core, base, and full. Even the largest still fits on a CD. It has extensive LiveUSB features including easy customization of the legacy bootloader and the UEFI bootloader. On fast hardware it can boot to Bash in as little as 5 seconds and to an X-Windows desktop in less than 10. YMMVG. Details are available in the links above. A quick overview is provided in this promo video. Disclaimer: I'm one of the devs.

Submission + - Why I'm Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft (

DrJimbo writes: Dan Gillmore says; "When I became a technology columnist in the mid-1990s, the public Internet was just beginning its first big surge. Back then, I advised my readers to avoid the semi-political, even religious battles that advocates of this or that technology platform seemed to enjoy. Appreciate technology, I urged, for what it is—a tool—and use what works best.

So why am I typing this on a laptop running GNU/Linux, the free software operating system, not an Apple or Windows machine? And why are my phones and tablets running a privacy-enhanced offshoot of Android called Cyanogenmod, not Apple’s iOS or standard Android?"


Submission + - Level Rises after TEPCO Pumps Out Radioacti (

DrJimbo writes: Kyodo News is reporting that the water level in the tunnel near the turbine building for reactor No. 2 rose 4.5 cm and is now only 1.5 cm lower than it was before they pumped out 600 tons of highly radioactive water. A NISA spokesman said 'As there is believed to be around 20,000 tons of water (in the No. 2 reactor turbine building and the trench connected to it), we're feeling the difficulty of lowering the level of the water in a stable manner.' They want to pump out the tunnels before the turbine buildings to prevent more water from leaking into the ocean. The water in the No. 2 turbine building and tunnel is ten times more radioactive than the water in turbine building No. 3 that burned three workers.

Submission + - Severity of Fukushima accident to be raised? (

DrJimbo writes: The Japan Times Online is reporting that "the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been releasing up to 10,000 terabecquerels [1 x 10^16 Bq] of radioactive materials per hour at some point [for several hours]". According to my calculations, this is six orders of magnitude higher than the numbers released regarding the radioactivity flowing into the ocean from the pit near reactor #2. Perhaps there was a mistake somewhere.

To put this into perspective, the Chernobyl accident released 1.4 x 10^19 Bq. So if the numbers from the article are to be believed then Fukushima was releasing almost 0.1% of Chernobyl's release per hour.


Submission + - IP Laws are blocking innovation (

DrJimbo writes: The White House is asking us to give them ideas on what is blocking innovation in America. I thought I'd give them an honest answer. Here it is:

Current intellectual property laws are blocking innovation.

President Obama just set a goal of wireless access for everyone in the US, saying it will spark innovation. But that's only true if people are allowed to actually do innovative things once they are online.

You have to choose. You can prop up old business models with overbearing intellectual property laws that hit innovators on the head whenever they stick their heads up from the ground; OR you can have innovation. You can't have both. And right now, the balance is away from innovation

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