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Comment Destination Quartzon! (Score 1) 149

From: PTMC Headquarters
To: MD1032 [Inactive]
Sbj: Further Career Opportunities at PTMC!

Material Defender!

It is our greatest pleasure to inform you about a new job opportunity at the Post-Terran Mining Company.
We at PTMC strongly believe in securing our extraterrestrial operations. Safety is one of our core values, and as such we have always made the greatest efforts in securing best relations with our respected mercenary partners. Please find attached the draft version of your new Standard Mercenary Agreement.

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Dravis, CEO
Post-Terran Mining Company.

Submission + - Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live 18

umafuckit writes: soylentnews.org is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site.

Submission + - Altslashdot.org becomes Soylentnews.org (soylentnews.org) 1

rueger writes: After the initial flurry of activity, especially in their forums, it appears that the rapidly growing altSlashdot community is moving to a new URL: http://soylentnews.org There's no confirmation yet, but the whiff of Dice lawyers seems to be in the air.

Meanwhile work continues apace to create a Slashdot fork for people that feel that the proposed Beta format won't serve their needs.

Comment you get what you pay for (Score 1) 70

I used to have a .tk domain for my website for several months, and I wouldn't recommend it. Everything was fine until a power outage forced my server to shutdown. As soon as the power was back up, I checked my .tk website only to find out that my domain was redirecting to a "you won a free ipad" scam site. I was certain that my dotTk account was hacked and so I wrote an email to the provider. Their response stated that this was in fact, a standard procedure: they have a script that every once in a while verifies that all .tk domains actually host a website. If it finds any domain without a website, and my domain registered as such because of the power outage, it is automatically redirected to a "sponsor" website. They said that the only way to avoid this is to upgrade to a premium account. They eventually restored my domain, but the damage was done. I had to personally call all my users (some of which are not very technical) to warn them about the scammers. Since then i moved to a paid domain (not .tk) and never looked back. You get what you pay for, and if you want a domain that actually works, a free .tk is not a good choice.

Notification UI Overhauled in KDE 4.10 (And a Plan For Modernized Notifications) 67

Via Planet KDE, some good news for people who hate the KDE 4 notifications applet (coming in KDE 4.10): "So, it seems it's that time of the year again... the plasmoid used in KDE Plasma Desktop to display notifications and the progress of transfer jobs started to really show its age, due to some bad limitations in the old QGraphicsview code to handle complex layouts, so it appeared quite buggy and not so smooth to use. ... The fact that there is some research/development being made to build a new backend for notifications that will support many new features, more 'modern' to be actually useful with the applications that are so heavily 'communication' oriented (both desktop clients and web stuff), that became essential part of out workflow. ... The story begins more than a year ago: we needed a way to display notifications on Plasma Active, and obviously the desktop applet used back then wasn't enough. ... Since we would have to rewrite it in QML anyways, we started it." The article has two videos: one of the new UI in Plasma Active on a tablet, and another of it on the desktop. They share basically the same code base, differing only by a couple hundred lines of QML. In addition to this, another KDE developer has been musing on a replacement for the freedesktop.org notification protocol designed to fix the deficiencies that have made themselves apparent over the last few years (parts one and two).

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