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Submission + - VirtualBox 5.0 released

chocobanana writes: VirtualBox 5.0 has been released. This one surprisingly went under the radar for quite a while!

From the official press release page:

The 5.0 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0:

  • Paravirtualization Support for Windows and Linux Guests: Significantly improves guest OS performance by leveraging built-in virtualization support on operating systems such as Oracle Linux 7 and Microsoft Windows 7 and newer.
  • Improved CPU Utilization: Exposes a broader set of CPU instructions to the guest OS, enabling applications to make use of the latest hardware instruction sets for maximum performance.
  • Support of USB 3.0 Devices: Guest operating systems can directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. The guest OS can be configured to support USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
  • Bi-Directional Drag and Drop Support for Windows: On all host platforms, Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests now support “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest. The drag and drop feature transparently allows copying or opening of files, directories, and more.
  • Disk Image Encryption: Data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime, using the industry standard AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK). This helps ensure data is secure and encrypted at all times, whether the VM is sitting unused on a developer's machine or server, or actively in use.

Downloads available in the official downloads page.

Is this still a case for considering Virtualbox's development at a standtill?

Submission + - Panasonic announces the Lumix DMC-GH3

chocobanana writes: Panasonic has just announced the Lumix DMC-GH3, successor to the widely popular Lumix DMC-GH2 camera. The DMC-GH2 camera is a popular choice among both amateur and professional videographers because of its specifications that lean towards providing high quality video and benefits from the Micro 4/3 system's huge 1st and 3rd party lens compatibility. Just as important is the vibrant community around the Panasonic Lumix firmware hacks by Vitaliy Kiselev, which enable new codec support, unlocking of features and extreme bitrates. All this has played a significant role in not just making it possible to bring affordable high quality video to aspiring videographers, but also in shaping up the development of the new DMC-GH3, which is probably one of the best examples of success when being open about a company's products and listening to customers. Check out a promotional video shot with the DMC-GH3 as well as some additional comments about the camera.

Submission + - Google releases Java to iOS Objective-C translator (

jmcbain writes: Google has released J2ObjC, a tool that translates Java to Objective-C with calls into the iOS Foundation Framework. While the tool provides full automation of the translation, it is intended only to produce non-UI code; programmers must still write code to call into the UI (Cocoa Touch) libraries to create the final app.

Submission + - Assange's DNA not found in sticky evidence, case goes flaccid (

DotMasta writes: "The case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be on the brink of collapse following claims from the defence team that the central piece of evidence used in the case does not contain Assange’s DNA.

According to details that have emerged in a 100-page police report submitted after witnesses were interviewed and forensic evidence had been examined, the condom submitted for evidence by one of the key alleged sexual assault victims does not contain Assange’s DNA."

Comment What a troll. (Score 1) 980

The guy from the article apparently is too attached to the past - he calls his bicycle a skateboard... and the article's first page of comments about the microwave bit say it all about how good and relevant his opinion is.

The Ribbon is being kicked around too much, but maybe it is because it actually deserves it. I find its principle of a task-oriented UI good but poorly executed, because those ribbons are a mess of icons.

I am not a fan of the *visual style* of iCal and do agree that skeuomorphic design (1:1 metpahors...) is being abused in detriment of good User Interface Experiences - it's giving more room to gloriously beautifying pixels than the content. On the other hand, I used Windows Phone 7 for a few months and while I agree that it is a fresh experience, it does get tiring after a while because it is too far off from what we are used to. It leads to relying too much on content as the means to define the visual experience. This makes it a problem because most content just sucks in terms of design or is too simplistic to make it immersive.

What is needed is a careful balance between UI design that relates to our experiences, both in UIs and the physical world, and content, so that this does not get overshadowed by the UI.

I think the author is just uninformed and being selfish in the way he writes. Going back to a 20th century UI because I'm too stubborn to accept UI evolution? No thanks.

Maybe I should start calling my laptop a typewriter...

Comment Do we really still need plugins anyway? (Score 1) 436

With current and emerging standards (e.g. html5), do we still need to encourage the creation or maintaining of web sites/applications that use plugins? Isn't Apple here just subtly (contrary to their stance with iOS) discouraging or dispromoting the use of 3rd party, proprietary plug-ins like Flash and Java?

Comment Effective but wasteful (Score 1) 153

Yes, this isn't interesting at all. It sure must be good at catching the attention of the reader which is one of the primary goals of advertising. But shouldn't this kind of technology be relegated to digital magazines? Why put expensive and environment damaging technology in such a thing as (most of the time) disposable media?

Comment Re:I couldn't care less (Score 1) 661

The same with me exactly. I used to do a lot of 3D rendering before but not anymore now. I don't care about specs alone. Right now I'm more interested in the overall user experience and portability and that's why I just bought a 13" Mac laptop (1st apple computer, actually). I do a little bit of everything so a powerful CPU would be overkill for me. The important is what you just said, what best fits a particular use case.

Comment Some apps are already there... (Score 4, Informative) 154

Look in They already show apps accepted into the store that were made by devs with prerelease versions of Flash CS5... I think this is cool as it will enable people skilled in Flash to stick to their tool of choice. I would love to see a comparison between developing the iPhone SDK and Flash.

Comment Just don't do anything (Score 1) 270

Adobe may officially not provide Technical support but I'm pretty sure everything works. The only app that is usually problematic with an OS upgrade is Acrobat because of the PDF printer integration (i.e. Vista printer installation is quite different from XP) and in the case of v7, the activation system was a piece of shit and would simply refuse to stay activated. It affected both Leopard and Vista, but I dunno about Snow Leopard (requires 64bit drivers...) All other apps always have survived OS upgrades. Some very occasionally with an easy, one time only workaround. I have friend who's still using Photoshop 7 on Vista, no issues... Your friend is most likely to behave in strange ways when attempting to compare CS3 apps with FOSS replacements so I would advise him to still use CS3 on Snow Leopard and wait for CS5 to upgrade. I can assure you that Adobe uses the "new OS, not tested, unable to support" excuse to scare people and have them upgrade. Oh, and you can find all fixable issues documented out there on the internet!

Comment Re:How about the state of 3D Parametric Modelling? (Score 1) 267

Well, I'm sad you took it that way but *your* immaturity is where mine begins. That's how I feel about windows for my own purposes and ethics. I'm not blaming you or anyone for using windows.
I would only like to see a replacement for a certain type of proprietary software. How and where you would run it... that would be up to you.

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