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Submission + - Microsoft cloud beta bugging users in final weeks (

jbrodkin writes: "Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service is expected to lift the beta tag later this month, but users are complaining about multiple problems, including the requirement to use PowerShell in order to import contacts into a global address list and create useful email aliases. Users are also having trouble creating SharePoint sites, syncing calendar events with Windows mobile phones and getting notifications about undelivered email. An HP veteran and industry analyst who is testing the service says "if they are moving out of beta at the end of June, then I'm surprised.""

Submission + - MuseScore makes Open Goldberg Variations available (

rDouglass writes: "MuseScore, the open source music notation project, has created a new edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations, and a set of online tools that facilitates the public scholarly review of the work. The review period is intended to help the MuseScore team identify any problems with the score. The score can be viewed and played in the browser. Annotations and discussions for each part of the score enable review and corrections. Downloadable versions include MuseScore, MusicXML, MIDI, mp3, or PDF. Video scores (YouTube videos that are synchronized to play with the score) let the score be viewed in the context of individual performances. MuseScore is a partner in the Open Goldberg Variations Project, a crowd-funded effort to place a definitive score and recording of the work into the public domain in such a way as to make them widely and freely available, without usage restrictions (Creative Commons Zero). German pianist Kimiko Ishizka will produce the studio recording of the work later this year. Funding continues on Kickstarter until June 3, 2011."

Eight PHP IDEs Compared 206

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Rick Grehen provides an in-depth comparative review of eight PHP IDEs: ActiveState's Komodo IDE, CodeLobster PHP Edition, Eclipse PHP Development Tools (PDT), MPSoftware's phpDesigner, NetBeans IDE for PHP, NuSphere's PhpED, WaterProof's PHPEdit, and Zend Studio. 'All of these PHP toolkits offer strong support for the other languages and environments (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL database) that a PHP developer encounters. The key differences we discovered were in the tools they provide (HTML inspector, SQL management system) for various tasks, the quality of their documentation, and general ease-of-use,' Grehen writes.'"

Comment Re:trap (Score 3, Insightful) 344

With Windows I can just point out the "Designed for Windows X" logo and my customers will get devices that work every. single. time.

Normally, I wouldn't nitpick to this degree, but you seemed to place great emphasis on this point. Are you saying that you've never encountered a Windows user complaining that their printer just "stopped working?" It seems to me that every nontechnical person I know has expressed this frustration to me at one time or another.

Comment Re:Kudos to Nokia (Score 1) 263

I wouldn't say we're better off for having GTK, or at last we're not better off having GTK be as popular as it is. Choice is good, but Linux would be much further toward acceptance on the Desktop with one main GUI toolkit.

We'd be better off had GTK completely killed off QT, or if it hadn't been created at all. We ended up with the worst possible outcome. I can't think of anything that could slow down Desktop Linux development more than two major competing DEs duplicating each other's efforts.

What makes you think that there wouldn't be two major competing DEs, both using the same toolkit? KDE and Gnome are different enough, philosophically, that we'd likely still have both.

Comment Re:is it actually a phone? (Score 1) 621

If you followed the global mobile news you would know about mobile-review already. But most in the US don't know shit about anything except RIM, Apple and Motorola.

Truth be told, I don't follow them, either. The summary leads one to believe there's an interesting technology article somewhere in there, but there really isn't anything of the sort (which is probably why I don't find mobile phones very compelling in the first place--for such a potentially-important class of technologies to be hindered by some inexplicable need to be tied to a phone service does not make sense to me).

Comment Re:Shoot down at 10,000 feet is easy (Score 5, Funny) 200

I hate to pop your balloon (pun intended) but 10,000 feet is not that high. In World War 2 the Germans had anti-aircraft guns that could easily get to much over 20,000 feet. Many cheap modern shoulder held anti-aircraft missiles can easily shoot this high and a blimp would be easy to hit. It might be safe from small arms fire but a few small holes wouldn't hurt it much. An anti-aircraft missile is another matter.

Blimpin' ain't easy.

Comment Re:Apple's iTMS may beg to differ (Score 2, Informative) 451

That's still no reason to falsely accuse someone.

Some people might not be bright enough to distinguish from actual downloading
of some sort and streaming from some site like Hulu or Pandora. How does Pandora
or radio streams fit into this particular bit of government propaganda?

Both are blocked outright on DoD networks, along with all other mainstream music/video distribution sites, so no worries.

Comment Re:is it actually a phone? (Score 2, Informative) 621

I tried to RTFA, but apparently the author assumes that I spend day and night reading his website and know the story behind all his half-alluded-to technologies. The only bit of coherent information I was able to garner from that pile of misspelled words, glued together with condescension, was how great the author thinks he is for being all "insider" and stuff.

Comment Re:Lua (Score 1) 634

Agreed! Also, the source code for the language (written in C) is very digestible, well-commented, and easy-to-read. A great second step.


The language is a pleasure to use. It just feels right.

That quote sums it up perfectly. There's just something about the language that "just works" for me, at least.

Comment Re:Piracy? (Score 3, Insightful) 576

But I pay £140 a year

Ok in all honesty where in your mind does £140 even begin to cover the literally thousands of hours of production? Do you think that covers even a SINGLE employee for a SINGLE episode? THIS people is the problem with the whole "I'm a noble pirate" bs that flies around on Slashdot. The mechanisms are in no way economically sustainable.

Apparently it does, since that's the price that was set by industry. I'm pretty sure the difference is made up by the fact that there are many more people paying that price than there are employees.


Submission + - Google results invaded by .cn domains

vcygnus writes: "Today I needed to acces my guitar's truss rod, so I went to Google in order to search the way to acces it and make some adjusts.

I searched for "ovation tangent 357 truss rod" and Google came out with only three possibly useful results at the top, followed by seven results from .cn domains, featuring nonsense titles and descriptions made of random words.

I didn't care too much about it, so I went to the next results page, but there they were again. A whole page full of those useless .cn domains. Went to the next page, and the next one, and so on. I was on page 95 (10 results per page) and every single page lacked of results from domains other than .cn

I also found out the URLs of the results (those in green, before the "Similar pages" link) contained invalid characters such as U+FF0E and U+FF43, which render as characteres identical to "." and "c", respectively, but not the standard "." (U+002E) and "c" (U+0063) characters. i.e.: d39[\uff0e]1xacb.[\uff43]n/ (visually,

Seems like all of those domains were registered early this month.

Yahoo and Altavista behave in a similar way with the same search keywords, but they give only three result pages. Microsoft Live Search does not show any of those .cn domain in their results, though.

What could be the goal of spamming a search engine? To avoid the visitor to find what he/she looks for? Those are just randomly named domains and they don't sell or advertise anything."

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