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Comment Re:So who lied? (Score 1) 117

One of the things that makes Linux distributions secure is that normally one installs programs from the distributions repository. All of the programs in this repository are verified and compiled by the distribution's maintainers and all packages are signed by the distribution. Android is not like this. The individual developers upload their binaries into Google Play. Google does not compile and verify the programs, they only check them for known malware. This is a weakness in Android. I wish Google had chosen GPL3 as the licence and required all programs in Google Play to conform to that licence. Then maybe there would be no Android malware to speak of, just as there is no significant GNU/Linux malware.

Submission + - SPAM: Google Music Is (Finally) Here

ayehmixer writes: "Posted by Latest World Headlines: Shaw Capital Management on May 18, 2011

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May 13, 2011

At long last, the worst-kept secret in the musicStay tuned for more Google Music details, including screenshot galleries, coming up shortly on Mashable. industry has been confirmed: Google has launched its music service.

On Tuesday at Google I/O, the company took the wraps off Google Music Beta. Currently, that site is invite-only, but users will be added to the platform soon. The product is “free for a limited time.”

The service will be available starting on Android devices and via the web. Click here to see screengrabs of Google Music on Android.

The service will be available starting on Android devices and via the web. Click here to see screengrabs of Google Music on Android.

Rumors of Google Music first fell on our eager ears in June 2010, at which time we learned Google was buildinga music service with an Android twist. And while building such software is clearly not a problem for Google’s high-functioning genius engineers, the company was still settling the terms of the deals with labels inSeptember 2010 and in November 2010 and in December 2010 and in April 2011. A less optimistic crew of journalists would have begun to doubt whether Google Music would, in fact, ever see the light of day.

However, we were seeing enough proof vis-a-vis Android screenshots that the product itself was launch-ready, even if labels were not. Google Music was spotted on a Gingerbread device earlier this year, when gadget geeks saw a “music sync” option on an Android device. Music streaming options appeared on another device not too long afterward.

Currently, here’s what we are being told about Google Music, which looks and feels exactly like an iTunes in the cloud:

It will run on all Android devices, including tablets and mobiles
You’ll be able to create custom playlists
You’ll be able to edit track info, get play counts, etc.
Music will be available when you’re offline, too
Users can upload and store songs to a cloud-based directory
Users can wirelessly and automatically sync playlists from the web to connected devices and vice versa
Stay tuned for more Google Music details, including screenshot galleries, coming up shortly on Mashable.


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Submission + - Bill to be introduced to legalize marijuana (

shafty023 writes: It would appear Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) are going to be presenting a bill to legalize marijuana and thus end the failed war on drugs finally if it gets passed. What chances do you all think this bill has in the Senate & House or even surviving the president's veto pen? I suggest everyone also take a second and head on over to CNBC and [url=]leave your vote[/url] of whether you are for/against legalizing marijuana.

Comment Local programming . . (Score 1) 180

has always been financed by advertising on the nationally syndicated programs. The proliferation of cable channels has already fragmented the audience watching local stations. This has reduced the amount that stations can charge for advertising. If people turn to the Internet for their programming, this will only accelerate this fragmentation, making local stations financially unsustainable. It is already happening in Canada where TV networks have demanded that cable and satellite TV providers begin to pay fees to carry their programming, which the cable providers have traditionally not paid for.

Comment I prefer spatial view (Score 2, Interesting) 311

Having switched to KDE4.x from Gnome, spatial view is the one thing I miss. I never liked using Konqueror for file management in KDE3.x, which is why I mostly used Gnome. I wish someone would write a spatial view file manager for KDE. I came to Linux from OS/2 back in the last century, so spatial view seems like the normal way to do things for me. Although I confess that I still use Midnight Commander for a lot of stuff, especially when I am moving a lot of files from place to place.

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