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Comment Encryption isn't always the best solution (Score 1) 226

Where I work, all laptops are required to have full disk encryption. These are windows laptops, and includes the swap file. And this includes developer machines. Building large source trees on a machine with this encryption just isn't realistically feasible, but its what were expected to do...

The security people tested it out first of course - on some support machines that do nothing more than email and word. And because it worked well enough there it was rolled out compony-wide...


Submission + - LyricWiki API killed by the music industry 2

Sazzer writes: "Just seen on Amarok as lyrics for a song: "Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions from some of the major music publishers we can no longer return lyrics through the LyricWiki API (where this application gets some or all of its lyrics).
(Please note: this is not the fault of the developer who created this application, but is a restriction imposed by the music publishers themselves.)"

And from the LyricWiki page itself: "Unfortunately, licensing agreements with the biggest publishers in the music industry require us to no longer offer the ability for programmatic access to LyricWiki's collection of lyrics.
We tried to arrange some way to let API Developers license through us, but this was not possible.
While this is not something we are happy about, it is a necessity in order to finally secure licensing for LyricWiki from the major publishers which will allow the project to survive indefinitely.
For more info, please see the letter to API Developers""

Comment Not so easy in the UK (Score 1) 229

I recently purchased a new laptop for myself. I spent a good few weeks talking to lots of retailers - including Dell - about getting it without Windows pre-installed. Linux installed was preferable but no OS was also an option that I would accept. None of the suppliers that I talked to would do this at all until I came across Efficient PC, who not only did exactly what I wanted but sold me Kubuntu 9.04 on my laptop the day after it was available for download.

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