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Submission + - MS updates Mail, Calendar and People apps & ditches Google Calendar support (pureinfotech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is finally refreshing its built-in Windows 8 apps: Mail, Calendar, and People as part of the effort to improve the Windows experience.

In this new update expect the Mail app to support flagging email messages and creating folders. In the Calendar app, the folks at Redmond are introducing a new look, forward invitations and several other tweaks. And the People app will incorporate a much improved navigations and filters.


Submission + - Google Submits EU Antitrust Setllement Proposal (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Having escaped censure by the FTC, Google has now submitted a suggested settlement deal to the EU's antitrust investigation. The European Commission is concerned that Google is abusing its monopoly in search, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt has previously sent a list of possible concessions the company is prepared to make."

Submission + - Love Ubuntu, but looking for something faster? Go Lubuntu (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: Here’s the basic overview of what Lubuntu is:

Take Ubuntu. Rip out the Unity user interface and drop in LXDE (aka the "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment"). This frees up resources (both memory and CPU) and generally makes your systems a bit snappier.

Then take out LibreOffice and Firefox. Sub in Abiword, Gnumeric and Chromium. Lightweight, super-face office suite and web browser? Check.

Those sorts of tweaks, and software swaps, are common throughout the system — and almost invariably resulting in a system that is just that much leaner and peppier. They even opt to use Sylpheed for the email client (instead of the common Thunderbird). Seriously. Sylpheed. Who uses Sylpheed? Well, apparently people who want their systems to be crazy fast and stable.

In many ways, Lubuntu reminds me of Ubuntu of old — back when Gnome 2 was the bee’s knee’s. Lubuntu even comes packed with Synaptic Package Manager (the old graphical software installer from versions of Ubuntu more than a few years back) and full access to all of Ubuntu’s software repositories (it is an Ubuntu-derived system, after all, with close ties to the Ubuntu release cycle).


Submission + - article critical of Microsoft pulled from forbes.com (googleusercontent.com)

darkeye writes: An article titled 'Sell Microsoft NOW! Game Over — Ballmer Loses' (http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/) by Adam Hartung has been pulled from forbes.com. The article is still available via the Google WebCache here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Z07qoZSJTV8J:www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/01/20/sell-microsoft-now-game-over-ballmer-loses/
  . While Microsoft is clearly on the decline, it seems it still has for enough reaching hands to sensor content on a major publication like Forbes.

Submission + - Jammie Thomas takes constitutional argument to SCOTUS (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Native American Minnesotan found by a jury to have downloaded 24 mp3 files of RIAA singles, has filed a petition for certioriari to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the award of $220,000 in statutory damages is excessive, in violation of the Due Process Clause. Her petition (PDF) argued that the RIAA's litigation campaign was "extortion, not law", and pointed out that "[a]rbitrary statutory damages made the RIAA’s litigation campaign possible; in turn,that campaign has inspired copycats like the so-called Copyright Enforcement Group; the U.S. Copyright Group, which has already sued more than 20,000 individual movie downloaders; and Righthaven, which sued bloggers. This Court should grant certiorari to review this use of the federal courts as a scourge"."

Submission + - Darling: Run Apple OS X Binaries On Linux (phoronix.com) 4

An anonymous reader writes: After having Wine to run Windows binaries on Linux, there is now the Darling Project that allows users to run unmodified Apple OS X binaries on Linux. The project builds upon GNUstep and has built the various frameworks/libraries to be binary compatible with OSX/Darwin. The project is still being worked on as part of an academic thesis but is already running basic OS X programs.

Submission + - If this is not war then what is war? (dsalert.org)

An anonymous reader writes: If India is on the back foot in the war against Maoists, it is not because the Maoists are more efficient or superior but it is primarily because of the schizophrenic attitude of India’s governments at the central as well as at the state level. In spite of the clear and present danger, each state is fighting its own war and some are even going to the extent of appeasing the Maoists in their own states to make sure that no untoward incident happens over there. It does not matter if heinous activities are carried out by the same Maoists in the neighbouring state. The lack of a coherent policy and the baggage of federalism under whose pretext states claim that law and order is a state subject and that the centre should not directly intervene, have been the major hindrances in the fight against Maoists. Sadly the way India’s states behave at times, they do not seem to be constituent states of a federal republic but seem more like independent states of a confederation.

Submission + - Black boxes in cars raise privacy concerns (foxnews.com)

hessian writes: "In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders — better known as "black boxes" — in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.

Data collected by the recorders is increasingly showing up in lawsuits, criminal cases and high-profile accidents. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray initially said that he wasn't speeding and that he was wearing his seat belt when he crashed a government-owned car last year. But the Ford Crown Victoria's data recorder told a different story: It showed the car was traveling more than 100 mph and Murray wasn't belted in."


Submission + - Facebook Says EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Would Harm Privacy (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The European Commission has proposed a "right to be forgotten" online, which would allow users to remove personal data they had shared. The idea has had a lot of criticism, and now Facebook claims it would actually harm privacy. Facebook says the proposal would require social media sites to perform extra tracking to remove data which has been copied to other sites — but privacy advocates say Facebook has misunderstood what the proposal is all about"

Submission + - Lord Justice Leveson: Tougher Press Self-Regulation needed in UK (bbc.co.uk)

dryriver writes: The BBC reports: 'A tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation should be introduced to uphold press standards, the Leveson report in the UK has recommended. Lord Justice Leveson said the press had "wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people" for many decades, referring to illegal stunts like Tabloid papers clandestinely hacking the voicemails of people who are in the news, looking for "gossip material" and generally "dirt" on the individuals targeted. He said the proposals in his report will protect the rights of victims and people bringing complaints. He criticised the relationship between politicians and press over the last two decades, which had been "damaging". He said the press had failed to properly regulate itself in the past, but he believed the law could be used to "validate" a new body. "The press has to be accountable to the public in whose interests it claims to be acting and must show respect for the rights of others. It should not be acceptable that it uses its voice, power, and authority to undermine the ability of society to require that regulation is not a free for all, to be ignored with impunity." The judge said the legislation would enshrine, for the first time, a legal duty on the government to protect the freedom of the press. "Second, it would provide an independent process to recognise the new self-regulatory body and reassure the public that the basic requirements of independence and effectiveness were met and continue to be met; in the report, I recommend that this is done by Ofcom (Office of Communications)," he said. Leveson said he wanted the industry to sign up to a legally-binding arbitration process that would force newspapers to deal effectively with complaints. The new body could have the power to "sanction" newspapers and fund investigations, while those titles which refused to join could face direct regulation by Ofcom.'

Submission + - Why is Microsoft/Bill Gates "The Enemy"? 2

rtobyr writes: "We /.'ers love to bash on Microsoft and Bill Gates. I'm no exception. Among many reasons, I hate DOS vice Bash. Bash is so natural. "man" is so useful. DOS is--by comparison--an abomination. Yet, DOS scripts ("batch files") are so much more common--dare I say: the standard--when compared to Bash scripts. Why don't I look at *sh as the abomination?

Barring complaints of the Win8 UI, Vista, & ME (we all make *some mistakes*), Windows OS's starting with 2000 have been satisfactorily stable--even when compared to *nix competitors (including OSX). I can't remember having to reboot a Windows server unless I was updating it.

As much as I really hate to admit it, Windows Server does more than other OS's. I can use IIS if I want, but I can also use Apache or NginX. I can use DotNet or C# if I want, but I can also use C, C++, Python, Perl, or any number of other languages.

Most of "us" prefer Linux over Mac, and Mac over Windows. We prefer Tovralds over Jobs, and Jobs over Gates. Why? Which of them have done the most good? The B&M Gates Foundation gives billions of dollars (to include the lion's share of Warren Buffett's fortune) to charities. Jobs is not known for being a philanthropist. The same goes for Stallman & Torvalds, yet we favor them as role models.

Why? Please don't be to sarcastic. I honestly wonder why my loyalties lie where they do (BSD > Linux > Mac (Actually BSD... I know...) > Windows) when Gates is actually doing more for the impoverished than Stallman, Torvalds, Jobs, and Cook combined?

What phenomenon compels me to internally condemn the most generous, and yet idolize those who--based on what I know of them--are A-Holes?"

Submission + - Latest Phishing Test: Chrome Is The Best, Followed By IE10, Safari, Then Firefox

An anonymous reader writes: Phishing scams are becoming more and more prevalent, but thankfully browser makers have also stepped up their game: the average phishing URL catch rate in the top four browsers has jumped from 46 percent in 2009 to 92 percent in 2012 and the average time it took to block a new phishing URL also improved from 16.43 hours to 4.87 hours. Although all four browsers have improved, some still did better than others: Google Chrome took first place, followed by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10, Apple’s Safari, and finally Mozilla’s Firefox bringing up the rear.

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