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Comment Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (Score 1) 178

*sigh*.. If I could uninstall it I would have, it's a common problem (just read some forums).. I have a motorolla xoom tablet.. Yes, QuickOffice is free, I know that too, but before you can install the latest version you need to be able to remove the old one, and that's not possible when QO shipped with your tablet (at least on 'older' devices)..

Just root the damn thing and remove it with titanium backup or one of the countless root uninstaller apps on Google Play. Rooting a Xoom is pretty trivial, in fact here is an idiot-proof guide: http://androidcommunity.com/motorola-xoom-root-the-easy-way-with-1-click-root-and-overclock-guide-20110331/

Comment Re:What advantage does a CyanogenMod ROM have ? (Score 2) 65

Please pardon me because I am a total n00b

But what can a CyanogenMod ROM do that the Android ROM can't ?

CyanogenMod simply offers a bunch of tweaks and little customizations not found in vanilla Android. For example you can add your own favorite apps to the lock screen slider, or apply themes that change the look of the device. It really just gives more options to personalize the phone to your liking.

Comment Quit yer bitchin! (Score 1) 1501

Linus created the most widely used kernel on the planet. I think that affords him a good bit of leeway when it come to his "professional behavior." The fact is, he was just some faceless college student, a Joe Sixpack if you will (albeit an intelligent and talented one) who lucked into a good thing. He was never groomed to be a "business man." That doesn't make his behavior right, but anyone who doesn't like it has the right to take their ball and go home if that is what is going to make them happy at the end of the day. I can promise you had I been in the same position as Linus, I doubt everyone would find me particularly "likable." I tend to be a bit brash and vulgar myself.

Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Simple Robotics As a Hobby? 166

First time accepted submitter nedko.m writes "I would describe myself as more of a 'software guy' rather than somebody who likes to play with hardware much, but I've wanted to start doing basic robotics projects as a hobby for quite a while now. However, I was never sure where to start from and what the very first steps should be in order to get more familiar with the hardware aspects of robotics. For instance, I would like to start off with a simple soccer robot. Any suggestions on what low-budget parts should I obtain, which would provide me, subsequently, extensibility to a bit more elaborate projects?"

Submission + - Porn-Trolling lawyers facing disbarment, fines, and criminal prosecution.

JayRott writes: Prenda Law (the porn copyright trolls previously mentioned here) have finally been handed Judge Otis D. Wright II's order. The order is every bit as entertaining as one would expect. It even has a liberal sprinkling of Star Trek references.
Brett Gibbs, John Steele and Paul Hansmeier are facing an $82,000 fine (noted by Judge Wright to be just below the cost of a proper appeal, a reference to Prenda's settlement offers which fell just below the cost of a proper defense.) Judge Wright will also "refer this matter to the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The will also refer this matter to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and will notify all judges before whom these attorneys have pending cases."
Prenda law appears to be floating belly-up in the fishbowl.

Ars Technica coverage: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/prenda-hammered-judge-sends-porn-trolling-lawyers-to-criminal-investigators/

Pope Hat coverage: http://www.popehat.com/2013/05/06/does-prenda-believe-in-no-win-scenarios-because-judge-wright-just-gave-them-one/#more-18627

Link to full order: http://www.popehat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/PendaSanctionsOrder.pdf

BotObjects Announces First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer 29

Zothecula writes "In the ProDesk3D, 3D printing outfit botObjects has come up with not only the first full color desktop 3D printer, but thanks to its anodized aluminum body, unquestionably one of the prettiest. The company's goal was to think about how 3D printers might look in 5 years, aiming to put clear water between the ProDesk3D and its "kit-like contemporaries." To print in color, it uses a cartridge system capable of mixing five base colors of PLA."

Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce 188

Dawn Kawamoto writes "Electronic Arts has been slashing jobs in recent weeks and according to Kotaku the size of the layoffs has reached as much as 10 percent of its workforce. The game maker says it's making the move to align its workforce closer to mobile and new technologies. For the console dinosaur that's trying to fight extinction by evolving into a bigger mobile player, this process has been a painful transition with a number of employees ending up in the tar pit - as well as its CEO."

House Judiciary Chairman Plans Comprehensive Review of US Copyright Law 142

SEWilco writes in with news that U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte plans on conducting "...a comprehensive review of US copyright law over the coming months.""In a speech given in celebration of World Intellectual Property Day at the Library of Congress today, Goodlatte mentioned a few examples of the sorts of problems that he hopes to address in such a review: 'The Internet has enabled copyright owners to make available their works to consumers around the world, but has also enabled others to do so without any compensation for copyright owners. Efforts to digitize our history so that all have access to it face questions about copyright ownership by those who are hard, if not impossible, to locate. There are concerns about statutory license and damage mechanisms. Federal judges are forced to make decisions using laws that are difficult to apply today. Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers - the American public.'"

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