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Submission + - Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The world's oldest Linux distribution currently being maintained has released yet another version! According to the official announcement, Slackware 14.1 includes the following: "Slackware 14.1 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.10.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.10.5, a recent stable release of the 4.10.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment." Installation ISOs can be found here.

Submission + - Slackware 14.1 Released

shadowknot writes: Patrick Volkerding announced the release of Slackware 14.1 today: "Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.1!" The latest release features a 3.10.17 kernel as well as the KDE 4.10.5 and Xfce 4.10.1 desktop environments. Slackware 14.1 also marks the first major release to feature MariaDB in favor of MySQL in the light of ongoing licensing concerns with the latter.

Submission + - Android Jelly Bean Hits 33% Adoption, ICS Falls To 25%, Gingerbread Still On 36%

An anonymous reader writes: Google today updated its Platform Versions Web page for Android, and it looks like the latest version is finally on its way to snatching first place. Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) are steadily growing and together have surpassed the 30 percent mark, while Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and the rest of prior Android versions are either down or flat.

Submission + - Slackware 14.0 is released! (

SgtKeeling writes: After 5 release candidates, a new version of Slackware has been released. From the website, 'Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.0! We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements. We've done our best to bring the latest technology to Slackware while still maintaining the stability and security that you have come to expect. Slackware is well known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to you in the condition that the authors intended. We will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO images. Stay tuned to for the latest updates.'

Submission + - 52 Ways to Cheat an Artist by Warner Records (

Hodejo1 writes: In 2007, James Taylor initiated an audit of his royalty payments dating back to 2004. In that three-year span, Taylor and his accounting firm, Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, LLC, found underpayments totaling $1,692,726. His label, Warner Brothers deftly accomplished this via 52 alleged ways all listed here. This includes such dubious tactics as applying royalty rates lower than the contract stipulates and charging manufacturing costs as 'recording costs' so they can be applied against royalties. Taylor's auditors also found a 'suspense account' at Warner Music that held an unspecified amount of Taylor's royalties. When pressed for its purpose, Warner denied the account existed, and declined to offer any details on which products or payments were included in this alleged account. As one reader posted on Digital Music News "Wow, what are the chances they didn't do exactly the same thing to all their artists?" Of course, labels still continue to claim they serve the artists when they call every new technical innovation in music theft.

Submission + - 400 Wolves Besiege Remote Russian Village 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: The Daily Mail reports that a 'super pack' of 400 wolves has been terrifying the remote town of Verkhoyansk (population 1,300) in Northern Russia leaving more than 30 horses dead in just four days as twenty four teams of hunters have been put together with a bounty of $335 for every wolf skin brought to officials. "To protect the town we are creating 24 teams of armed hunters, who will patrol the neighbourhood on snowmobiles and set wolf traps" says district official Stepan Rozhin. "'But we need more people. Once the daylight increases, the hunters will start shooting predators from helicopters." Dr Valerius Geist, a wildlife behaviour expert, says the harsh Siberian winter — where temperatures plummet to minus 49C — is the problem with the cold killing off the animal's usual prey. "Wolves are very careful to choose the most nutritious food source easiest obtained without danger — which in this case happens to be horses," opines Geist. "They will start tackling dangerous prey when they run out of non-dangerous prey."

Submission + - IBM taps university smarts before Jeopardy! battle (

coondoggie writes: If you have seen any of the video of its preliminary bouts on Jeopardy! you know that IBM's Watson computer is pretty amazing. One of the main reasons it turns out is that IBM enlisted the intelligence of eight of the country's top universities such as MIT and Carnegie Mellon to make sure Watson has superb question answering ability.

Submission + - Verizon employees being affected by its decision ( 1

TechieAlizay writes: Verizon sent a detailed memo to its employees regarding this issue and asked them not to buy the CDMA iPhone themselves from any retail stores or outlet, and also ask their families not to purchase the phone at the moment, as it's been a shortage of supply in the market for its product, so it's first priority to sell out the phone is to the real customers. So what do you think is it fair or not?
Open Source

Open Source PS3 Jailbreak Released 226

tlhIngan writes "Despite all the lawsuits and injunctions by Sony to keep the PS3 Jailbreak out of modder's hands, it appears that a third party has made a clone. The best part is, it only requires a cheap (approximately $40) development board by Atmel, and the requisite software is open-source. Get the Atmel code from GitHub and apply a small patch which will enable backup play (the code by itself only lets you run unsigned code, the patch allows for BD backups). The code is GPLv3. It would be highly ironic if someone ported this to Linux USB Gadgets, then you could use a Linux device to jailbreak your PS3, to which Sony removed Linux functionality. An Android phone would be suitable."
The Military

Submission + - UK Military developing "Invisible" Tank

WorldFamousBigB writes: The Brits have been testing a tank which uses cameras and projectors to create the effect of an invisible tank. Said one soldier who was present, "I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees — but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun." Although the article is sparse on details, it does say that the tank could be ready for service by 2012.

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