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Submission + - A decade of dreadful Microsoft ads ( 1

Barence writes: PC Pro has rounded up the most howlingly awful examples of ads churned out by Microsoft over the past decade. The selection includes the cringeworthy Gates & Seinfeld ads — where Gates looks like he’s delivering his lines with the help of a cattle prod — to the terrible Windows 7 party ads (an "F1 key for social inadequates", according to PC Pro), to the one that got away: an excellent in-house training video produced by The Office's Ricky Gervais.

Submission + - Is Ubuntu's new direction wrong? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: An alternate future that features Windows-like looks for Ubuntu has the owner of a tech-website worried: where is Ubuntu heading? He argues that while competing with Windows and Mac is a noble goal, Ubuntu must first make itself more stable (by looking into the recent kernel crashes), keep applications like GIMP included, stop unnecessary experimenting with package management, support older hardware, and review the 6-month release cycle. He concludes,

I have no doubt Mark Shuttleworth is a man of great vision. I see his vision. [...] Competing against Windows and Mac is a very noble goal. I really applaud it. [...] But you can't beat Windows by offering a Windows-looking clone. [...] How do you beat perfect looks and perfect stability [of Mac]? The way things are, stability has not been Ubuntu's prime goal in the last few releases, and it's getting worse. The ultra-short release cycle does not help. [...] My message is, stability first, gimmicks later. I want my stuff to work, all the time, every time, forever. Once we get past that bridge, we can discuss eye candy and killing my programs.


Submission + - Seriously? Triffids run amok across the globe? (

Fantastic Lad writes: Being a giant geek, I was doing a bit of reading up on Triffids, (the BBC just released its latest adaptation of the John Wyndham classic, "The Day of the Triffids"), and I came across one of those stories which made me blink. Seems a strain of Genetically Modified Flax which some forward-thinking planners designated as, "Triffid Flax" has been showing up all over the world despite its being banned and removed from trade back in 2001. "As of October, the following countries had reported the illegal GMO in their food chains: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA."

Submission + - Man Saves Wet Palm Pre Using Rice

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently an avid Lifehacker reader, called Dietrich, managed to drop his Palm Pre in a puddle and didn't realise for half an hour. You would think that after a thirty minute soak the Pre would be dead but Dietrich remembered a tip on Lifehacker involving uncooked rice to dry out wet gadgets. “I remembered articles on Lifehacker about what to do so I immediately popped the battery out and dried the phone. When I got home I put my Palm Pre in a bag of rice for ten hours. Adding insult to injury, I forgot to take the phone battery out of my pocket and put it through the washing machine. Ten hours later I'm typing this on my Pre. Good job Palm on making an excellent phone.”

Submission + - The Need for Search Neutrality ( 1

wilsone8 writes: The New York Times includes an op-ed today arguing for 'Search Neutrality': "Today, search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's new Bing have become the Internet's gatekeepers, and the crucial role they play in directing users to Web sites means they are now as essential a component of its infrastructure as the physical network itself. The F.C.C. needs to look beyond network neutrality and include 'search neutrality': the principle that search engines should have no editorial policies other than that their results be comprehensive, impartial and based solely on relevance.

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