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Comment Power Consumed is the Least of my Ubuntu Worries (Score 4, Informative) 225

Whenever Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu, I'm always game to take it for a test drive. I use an EeePC 1005HA netbook and a VirtualBox VM (Windows 7 x64 host) to do my testing. For the last three versions (10.10, 11.04, and 11.10) I've had issues with the netbook overheating and shutting down the hardware. Additionally, the sleep/hibernation functionality never seems to work just right. Sometimes, when I close the netbook, it won't go to sleep at all and the LCD screen will stay turned on. Other times, the netbook will sleep peacefully, but won't boot back up when I open the lid (as set in my preferences) or hit the power button. I have to remove the battery and do a hard boot. As for the VM, Ubuntu runs incredibly slow even with the guest additions installed. I have to sometimes triple click on single click buttons to select something, and Gnome likes to generate random error messages. On the flip side, I can run Windows 7 x32, Windows 7 x64, and even Windows XP x32 on the netbook, and won't have any of the issues I see with Ubuntu. The same goes for using the three Windows variants mentioned above in the VM. Yes, less power consumption is a great thing, and yes it's awesome that interface tweaks are happening to make it prettier, but until stability issues with fairly common chip-sets are resolved, I won't be using Ubuntu on a daily basis. However, Linux Mint, which is based on the most current stable release of Ubuntu seems to take all of Ubuntu's shortcomings and clean them up. Mint just seems... tighter. Everything flows better, and I don't see the glitches that I normally see in Ubuntu.

Comment Re:No, Mozilla is wrong. (Score 1) 599

First you have to target your subset of computers and/or users, write the deployment (could be anything from ten minutes to several hours), test your deployment with several various scenarios in a VM environment, and have your setup peer reviewed. Following that you must write a MOP (Method of Procedure), have THAT peer reviewed, file a change control request and wait for the request to be approved by several folks (up to the VP level at my former company). Next, you would have to wait for the change control conference call (twice per week) and have the final approval done by change control. Finally, you would then schedule the change for the next available change window (twice per week) and implement the change. All of that can take at least a week, easily. It has nothing to do with an infrastructure that isn't modern (Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SCCM 2007), but more to do with making sure testing is up to snuff, your change is done the best way possible, and that everyone and their brother knows it's coming.

Comment No, Mozilla is wrong. (Score 4, Interesting) 599

I worked for a large corporation on a team that deployed software to ~50,000 desktops and ~10,000 servers. Whenever we wanted to deploy a new software package (Via Microsoft SCCM or Group Policies) it was a huge undertaking, even for the simpler applications. At minimum, it takes at least a month to develop a plan for and deploy an application, and that was just on our end. If it was something that involved websites, and/or browser plugins (Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, etc) then it would take even longer because testing would have to be done on every internal web based application. That alone took several months and a dedicated project team. Once the software change was ready for deployment, it took a week to develop the scripting and deployment policies. After that, it was deployed to a pilot group for two weeks, and then a test group for a week. After that, it could be put into production. However, if there was the slightest hitch along the way, it could set us back several weeks. Enterprises move VERY slowly on their software deployments. If Mozilla is interested at all in keeping Firefox in the enterprise world, they're going to have to slow down, or at least release an "Enterprise" version so that deployment teams can keep up. Six week release cycles are just going to cause folks like me, who manage software deployments, to stop deploying it at all.

Submission + - Nintendo 3DS EULA, Privacy and Ownership Concerns (

MojoKid writes: "Nintendo has taken a page from Sony's playbook it appears. The Free Software Foundation recently examined the EULA and privacy policy Nintendo attaches to the 3DS and it's far more draconian than previous agreements for Nintendo handhelds. It states that Nintendo may collect personally identifiable information in order to prevent potentially illegal or offensive activities. Also, the EULA goes to say "By accepting this Agreement or using a Nintendo 3DS System or the Nintendo 3DS Service, you also grant to Nintendo a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from...your User Content in whole or in part..." Imagine Microsoft or Adobe attempting to claim they owned all of the materials anyone created or edited using their software, or Bic asserting it had legal rights to any missive composed using one of its various pens. That's what Nintendo is doing here, in a genuinely jaw-dropping example of hubris."

Submission + - Huge jump in Amazon deforestation ( 1

rhettb writes: New data from the Brazilian government shows an area of Amazon rainforest 10 times the size of Manhattan was cleared in the past 2 months, an increase of more than 400% over last year. A proposed weakening of the country's forest code is blamed. Farmers and ranchers believe they will be granted amnesty for illegal logging.

Submission + - Hackers breach Sony's password reset system (

aztec1430 writes: Here we go again...

Sony's PlayStation Network is under fire again, with a new security breach hitting the beleaguered company.

Just days after the network was resurrected following a massive data breach, there is mounting evidence that hackers have circumvented protections put in place via a password reset page.


Submission + - Baidu Sued for Aiding Chinese Censorship (

An anonymous reader writes: Several pro-democracy Chinese-Americans from New York are suing Baidu for aiding the PRC in censoring their writings, in violation of the US Constitution and New York civil rights laws. Baidu ADRs trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Why is it that China blocks American companies like Facebook and twitter from doing business in China, and yet the US allows companies to trash the rights of Americans while enjoying the benefit of the US market? Does this seem fair to you?

Submission + - AppleTV-based Webserver? (

Wyvere writes: The folks over at Mac Mini Vault jailbroke an Apple TV, stuck lighttpd on it, and connected it up to the internet in the name of fun hacking. "This project was a fun way to see how far we could take the A4 powered Apple TV. The Apple TV is running iOS 4.2.2 (obviously jailbroken) with lighttpd for a web server." — they say. That is rather nice but can it survive a slashdotting? Attack, my minions!

Submission + - RIAA-Backed Warrantless Search Bill (

lordvramir writes: If you run a CD or DVD duplication company and you're based in California, you may soon be subject to warrantless searches in order to "fight piracy." California Senate Bill 550, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has slowly begun making its way through the state legislature as a way to cut down on counterfeit discs, but critics worry that it may open the door to Fourth Amendment violations.

Submission + - DOSBox or DOS box?

An anonymous reader writes: Are DOS game emulators like the highly-respectable DOSBox good enough now, or is there still no substitute for the real thing?

Like a lot of /.ers I'm getting older and simplifying, which means tossing out old junk. Which means The Closet full of DOS era crap. And I'm hesitating — should I put aside things like the ISA SoundBlaster with gameport? Am I trashing things that some fellow geek somewhere /truly/ needs to preserve the old games? Or can I now truck all this stuff down to recycling without a twinge of guilt?

(Younger folk who didn't play DOOM at 320x200 should really resist commenting this time. Let the Mods keep them off our lawn.)

Comment Probably (Score 1) 221

They probably are, however, I doubt it's as invasive as we think it is. The amount of staff that would be needed to sift through the volumes of data collected by traffic monitoring is massive. They probably look for certain keywords or phrases and follow the patterns of "hits" generated by those phrases to see what kinds of things are trending. Sort of like listening to radio chatter. Does it suck? Yes. Is there anything we can reasonably do about it? No. Does it bother me? Yes. Am I going to stop using the Internet? Fat chance.

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