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Submission + - New EFL release cycle 1.7 and First ever EFL Developer Day (comcast.net)

dvlhrns writes: We'd like to announce a new release of several Enlightenment components. This release synchronizes all EFL released to have a consistent version of 1.7 for easier tracking and management. Please read the NEWS and README files in each release tarball for information on what has changed, been fixed or added. This release also corresponds with SVN revision number 75861. For more information, please see this Enlightenment news page.

We're growing and moving and it's time we had a conference of our own. So here comes the first ever EFL Developer Day. We have decided to co-locate the event alongside Linuxcon Europe which is also running alongside ELC Europe, the KVM Forum, Gluster workshop, Yocto Project Developer Day and Wireless Mini Summit. It will be held on the 5th of November at the Hotel Fira Palace in Barcelona, Spain. Plan your travel today and join in on the fun and excitement.


Submission + - JavaScript Is Slow (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: The battle lines are drawn up — JavaScript v Native. Some programmers are of the opinion that only Native code will do and C++ is the language to use. Is this a reasonable position given how much faster JavaScript has become? Some data to talk about.

Submission + - Munich's Move to Linux Exceeds Target (h-online.com)

jrepin writes: "In May 2003, Munich's city council resolved to migrate municipal workstations from Windows to Linux and open source. Munich's LiMux project has announced that it has exceeded its annual target for migrating the city's PCs to its LiMux client. To date in 2011, the project has migrated 9,000 systems; it had originally planned to migrate 8,500 of the 12,000-15,000 PC workstations used by city officials in Munich."

Submission + - Windows Phone SMS attack discovered (winrumors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As announced on the Winrumors site: "Microsoft’s range of Windows Phone devices suffer from a denial-of-service attack that allows attackers to disable the messaging functionality on a device.

The flaw works simply by sending an SMS to a Windows Phone user. Windows Phone 7.5 devices will reboot and the messaging hub will not open despite repeat attempts. We have tested the attack on a range of Windows Phone devices, including HTC’s TITAN and Samsung’s Focus Flash. Some devices were running the 7740 version of Windows Phone 7.5, others were on Mango RTM build 7720. The attack is not device specific and appears to be an issue with the way the Windows Phone messaging hub handles messages. The bug is also triggered if a user sends a Facebook chat message or Windows Live Messenger message to a recipient."

The Courts

Submission + - Samsung wins Apple legal victory in Australia (delimiter.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: In the global patent battle between Apple and Samsung, the Korean manufacturer has just won a key battle. Australia's High Court ruled today that it would not hear Apple's argument for why Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet should continue to stay banned in Australia on patent grounds. Samsung immediately announced the tablet would go on sale before Christmas. It's good news for Samsung, but the question remains: With a stack of similar Android tablets already available in Australia, will anyone actually buy the Galaxy Tab 10.1?

Submission + - Yahoo, Bing Serving Malware-Laced Ads (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have come across search results pages on Bing and Yahoo that direct users to malware-download sites when they search for "Firefox download" or "Skype download".

The idea of redirecting unsuspecting users to malicious download sites is an old one, but it's not often as blatant and bold as the most recent examples that GFI discovered. In these cases, simple searches on Bing and Yahoo for terms such as "Firefox download" and "Skype download" returned advertisements at the top of the results page that pointed users to the malware-download sites. These are not the sites you're looking for.

In one case, the site that purports to be delivering a Firefox download instead installs a rootkit on the victim's machine and also attempts to perform some click fraud operations in the background in Internet Explorer.


Submission + - Linus thinks virtualization is "evil" (networkworld.com) 1

crdotson writes: "Linus said in an interview that he thinks virtualization is "evil" because he prefers to deal with the real hardware. Hardware virtualization allows for better barriers between systems by running multiple OSes on the same hardware, but OS-level virtualization allows similar barriers without a hypervisor between the kernel and the hardware. Should we expect more focus on OS-level virtualization such as Linux-VServer, OpenVZ, and LXC?"

Submission + - World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers (ign.com)

bonch writes: After seven years and a highpoint of 12 million subscribers, World of Warcraft has seen a loss of nearly one million subscribers in the last six months for the first time in its history, according to Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime during an Activision earnings call. However, the game remains the most popular MMO, and Morhaime said Blizzard plans to reverse the trend with fresh content. Some believe that the loss in subscriber interest is a sign of the game's inevitable twilight years. Blizzard also recently received the trademark Mists of Pandaria, fueling speculation for the next expansion pack.

Submission + - Windows Phones Down 38% Since '7' Launch (informationweek.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Microsoft's share of the smartphone market is plummeting at an alarming rate--so much so that the company's last ditch effort to make an impact in mobility, Windows Phone 7, may be irrelevant by the time it manages to ship the much-anticipated Mango update and realize its partnership with Nokia later this year.

The question is for how much longer handset makers and carriers will consider it worth supporting Windows Phone 7. Microsoft's mobile market share has been declining at a compound rate of about 5% per month for the past six months. At that pace, its overall share may be be hovering around just 4% by the end of the year.


Submission + - Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME for Xfce (digitizor.com)

kai_hiwatari writes: "In Google+, Torvalds wrote criticized the direction that GNOME has taken with GNOME 3. He called GNOME 3 an "unholy mess" and said that the user experience in GNOME 3 is unacceptable. He said that because of GNOME 3, he has ditched GNOME for Xfce. He said that Xfce is a step down from GNOME 2 — but a huge step up from GNOME 3."

Submission + - Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ' (telegraph.co.uk)

TopSpin writes: A 'psychometric consulting' firm has correlated the results of a free online IQ tests with web clients used by participants. The results suggest that among those compelled to take online IQ tests Internet Explorer users perform poorly. AptiQuant claims this 'is a clear indication that individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers.'

Submission + - Software Freedom Day registration opened! (softwarefreedomday.org)

An anonymous reader writes: For those of you who think technology and more importantly software should be open and shareable, the annual celebration of Software Freedom Day has opened its registration and you have about 10 days to get a free team pack to help you with your own event organization. SFD represents about 500 teams worldwide organizing events to discuss about the importance, benefits and usage of Free and Open Source Software on the same day: September 17th this year! It's also an opportunity to preach to your local community and gives them ideas and reasons about why they should care and use FOSS. Have you considered yourself as a good advocate to convert your whole neighbourhood? Then PARTICIPATE!

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