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Submission + - Wine 1.4 released (winehq.org)

austin987 writes: The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 1.4
is now available.

This release represents 20 months of development effort and over
16,000 individual changes. The main highlights are the new DIB
graphics engine, a redesigned audio stack, and full support for
bidirectional text and character shaping.

It also contains a lot of improvements across the board, as well as
support for many new applications, notably Microsoft Office 2010. See
the release notes below for a summary of the major changes.

This release is dedicated to the memory of Gé (Greg) van Geldorp, who
passed away in May 2011. Greg single-handedly designed, built, and
maintained the Wine Testbot, which has become a cornerstone of our
development process. The high quality of this release owes a lot to
his work. He is greatly missed by us all.

Internet Explorer

Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit 244

Citing massive growth in their user base ("25 million users, 1000+ games, 12 billion player minutes per month, and 75 billion Steam client minutes per month"), Valve unveiled a revamped UI for Steam on Tuesday, opening the beta test to anyone who wants to try it out. There are many changes, and an increased focus on social features: "Right from within your own game Library, you can now track which of your friends plays each game or invite them to play one with you. Before you've even bought a game, knowing whether your friends play it is one of the most useful pieces of information to have. So on the store homepage, there's a new listing of what your friends have bought or played lately." Tracking games and achievements have both gotten simpler, and Valve has dropped the Internet Explorer rendering engine in favor of WebKit. An enterprising user also found files that may indicate the existence of an OS X Steam client.

Intel Patches Flaws In Trusted Execution Tech 84

An anonymous reader writes "Joanna Rutkowska's company Invisible Things Lab has issued the results of their research into flaws in Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), whose function is to provide a mechanism for safe loading of system software and to protect sensitive files. ITL describes how flaws in TXT can be used to compromise the integrity of a software loaded via an Intel TXT-based loader in a generic way, fully circumventing any protection TXT is supposed to provide. The attack exploits an implementation error in the so-called SINIT Authenticated Code modules and that could potentially allow a malicious attacker to elevate their privileges. Intel has released a patch for the affected chipsets, which include the Q35, GM45, PM45 Express, Q45, and Q43 Express." Here are ITL's press release (PDF) and Intel's advisory.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 233

They don't do it because both the US and the UK (the only states who'd have the balls to consider something like that) have (largely) cut bilateral diplomatic relationships with Iran, and neither operate an embassy in said dictatorship, and Iran does not operate embassies in the US or the UK.

UK DOES have an embassy in Iran:
British Embassy
198, Ferdowsi Avenue
Tehran 11316-91144


As does Iran in the UK:
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
16 Princes Gate
London SW7 1PT


Comment Re:Funny thing about those margins (Score 1) 66

That said, the amount of the tax passed on the consumer isn't always equal. It depends on the elasticity of the good. The less elastic entity (producer/consumer) is the one that will absorb the additional cost more. In the case of wireless internet, the consumers demand is relatively ineleastic, and they will bear a majority (but not all of) the increased cost (tax). The exact amount depends on the demand/supply curves, as well as the tax rate.

Comment Re:Only a couple of problems with that. (Score 1) 681

sales tax when measured against the actual tax base is not regressive and in the US is actually more 'progressive' in that some goods you need to survive have no sales tax.

That greatly depends on the state you're in. Some tax food if sold in a restaurant, but not from a grocer. Some tax rent, others don't. For a poor person that works a lot with little time to cook, they'll pay a much larger (percentage wise) tax amount on food than a moderately better off person with time to cook/shop at a grocery store.

Comment Texas A&M (Score 1) 835

I've used my Linux desktops/laptops here for years without a hitch. It's actually a bit easier. If you login to the dorm network on windows, you're forced to install all windows updates (not a bad thing, of course), then install their anti-virus and let it scan (ALL) drives. Most people with multiple hard drives just disconnect them on the first boot (or perform a clean install on a spare disk), get their OS checked, then swap config around. On Macs, I believe they have a similar procedure (or so I'm told). For me on Linux, I boot up, try to go to google, get redirected. Login with university credentials, and am told to reboot. In reality, a simple 'sudo /etc/init.d/networking/restart' and I'm good to go (1 minute from start to finish, compared to several hours).

For VPN/etc., we're surprisingly agnostic. Only 'real' issue I've had is the online course websites used by a lot of faculty (elearning, similar to moodle/desire2learn/etc.) It's a javascript-whore, and would timeout often under native firefox. Worked fine under Wine, so I used that and reported it to the help desk. They responded that it wasn't a 'supported browser', so I continued using wine when at home. It was eventually cleared up after a month or so, 'unofficially'.

Comment Re:Texas? TEXAS! (Score 1) 403

FYI, us Texans aren't proud of it either.

East Texas is the backwoods part of Texas. I was born/raised in Southeast Texas (think 15 minutes from coast and 15 from Louisiana). The 'true' East Texans were always joked about.

TL;DR East Texas is to Texas what backwoods Kentucky is to the rest of the US.

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