Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - 24 Hours of IPv6: World IPv6 Day is Now On ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: 24 Hours of IPv6: World IPv6 Day is Now On

Starting at midnight UTC on June 8, 2011, a whole bunch of companies enabled AAAA records for their primary web sites. This corresponded to 5 PM PDT, 8 PM EDT, etc., and will continue until 23:59 UTC. A small list of sites that are usually dual-stacked (e.g., as well as participating sites (Cisco, Juniper, Huawei) is available from RIPE NCC. There's also an IPv6-only site of the list which you can check out if you're dual stacked (or IPv6 only). If you would like to participate, but don't have a router that supports IPv6, ARIN has a list of CPEs that supports it out of the box, so you don't have to flash your device with third party firmware: D-Link and Netgear appear well represented; Cisco's Linksys, not so much.


Submission + - Average gamer is 37 years old (

kolbe writes: "A new study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) suggests that a majority of gamers today range between the ages of 37 and 41 years old. If true, does this mean that game studio's should be adjusting their demographics accordingly, is Generation X the next "baby boomer" market for the gaming industry?"

Submission + - Entanglement Serves Up Addictive Pathbuilding (

AndrewGOO9 writes: Innovation lately seems to be more of a indie developer venture than what we've seen from bigger publisher and developers as of late and while the games may not serve to blow us all away visually, there is usually a level of polish combined with an addictive element to keep people coming back for more until it seemingly has taken over a small facet of their lives. Such is the case with Entanglement, an oddly addictive tile game from Gopherwood Studios. Starting from a stone at the center of a hexagonical board, players are given tiles to create a path, illustrated in red, that begins to traverse across the laid tiles around the game area. If at anytime you run into a wall, the game ends. In the meantime, players are challenged to create long, winding paths over elaborate distances to score as many points as possible before trapping themselves into a corner.

Submission + - Laser attacks on Aircraft on the rise (

EqualSlash writes: High power Laser pointers available for cheap are increasingly finding abuse as the ultimate long-distance weapons of pranksters and vandals. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says laser attacks aimed on planes have nearly doubled in the last year, leaping from 1,527 in 2009 to 2,836 in 2010. The highest number of incidents was reported at Los Angeles International Airport, which recorded 102 in 2010. Lasers pointed at cockpits can temporarily blind pilots, forcing them to give up control of an aircraft to their co-pilot or abort a take-off/landing. In March of 2008, unidentified individuals wielding four green laser pointers launched a coordinated attack on six incoming aeroplanes at Sydney Airport which resulted in a ban on all laser pointers in the state of New South Wales.

Submission + - RIAA Threatens ICANN with lawsuit (

think_nix writes: A letter from Victoria Sheckler, Deputy General Counsel the RIAA to ICANN threatens to sue ICANN over the future implementation of the .music gTLD if certain "measures" are not met by ICANN in compliance with the RIAA. The letter states and points out such concerns as 'Community Objections', 'Lack of Transparency' , and 'Malicious Conduct' the reasons of concern from the RIAA.

As noted above, we are concerned that a music themed gTLD will be used to enable wide scale copyright and trademark infringment

Submission + - Slashdot is Dying, New York Times Confims It ( 12

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Times is running a story about how Slashdot has dropped in popularity compared to other news sites in social web space. Quote: "Why is Slashdot almost irrelevant to the social media community? It used to be the biggest driver of traffic to tech web sites, but now it hardly delivers any traffic at all to them. We explore some of the reasons, including input from our own community."

Submission + - New fast, reliable method to detect gravesoil (

An anonymous reader writes: Gravesoil. Yes, just what it sounds like. Nothing against bloodhounds, but finding bodies buried by someone who wanted them to stay undiscovered can be difficult. A new technique developed by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, can reliably detect biochemical changes in a decomposing cadaver. Typically, cadaver-sniffing dogs or ground penetrating radar are used to detect clandestine gravesites. But these methods are not always useful in all scenarios, such as if a body is buried under concrete.

Submission + - Mars Rover Spirit May Never Wake from Deep Sleep (

astroengine writes: "After repeated calls from NASA to wake up Mars Exploration Rover Spirit from its low-energy coma, mission control is beginning to realize the ill-fated robot may never wake up again. After getting stuck in a sand trap in Gusev Crater and then switching into hibernation in March, rover operators were hopeful that the beached Spirit might yet be saved. Alas, this is looking more and more unlikely. In a statement, NASA said: "Based on models of Mars' weather and its effect on available power, mission managers believe that if Spirit responds, it most likely will be in the next few months. However, there is a very distinct possibility Spirit may never respond.""

Submission + - ISC Offers Response Policy Zones for DNS (

penciling_in writes: ISC has made the announcement that they have developed a technology that will allow 'cooperating good guys' to provide and consume reputation information about domains names. The release of the technology, called Response Policy Zones (DNS RPZ), was announced at DEFCON. Paul Vixie explains: 'I am stunned by the simplicity and truth of that observation. Every day lots of new names are added to the global DNS, and most of them belong to scammers, spammers, e-criminals, and speculators. The DNS industry has a lot of highly capable and competitive registrars and registries who have made it possible to reserve or create a new name in just seconds, and to create millions of them per day.'

Submission + - A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Set ( 2

Andy Updegrove writes: A short while ago the parties to one of the most closely watched FOSS cases filed a settlement agreement with the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of California ending one of the most important FOSS legal cases to date. That case is Jacobsen vs. Katzer, and the settlement marks a complete victory for Jacobsen, a member of the Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) Project. Jacobsen's victory establishes several important rights for the first time in the U.S.: the right to prevent their copyright and authorship acknowledgments from being removed from their code, and the right to collect damages if the terms of the licenses they choose are violated. Until now, those rights had never been tested in court. Read on for the details of the case, the litigation, and the settlement.

Submission + - Google Docs replaces OpenOffice in UNE 10.04 (

uneuser writes: Digitizor reoprts that the Ubuntu developers have dropped OpenOffice from the default installation of Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE) 10.04 and repleed it with Google Docs. Documents in Ubuntu Netbook Edition will now be opened in Google Docs by default.
I don't think Google Docs can be a worthy replacement for OpenOffice and would still prefer to use OpenOffice. What do you think?


Submission + - OpenOffice tops 20% market share in Germany (

hweimer writes: A novel study analyzes the install base of various office packages among German users. While Microsoft Office comes out top (72%), open source rival OpenOffice is already installed on 21.5% of all PCs and growing. The authors use a clever method to determine the installed office suites of millions of web users: they look for the availability of characteristic fonts being shipped with the various suites. What surprised me the most is that they found hardly any difference in the numbers for home and business users.

Submission + - Ubuntu switches default Firefox search to Yahoo (

An anonymous reader writes: Starting in Lucid, the default search engine for Firefox will be switched from Google to Yahoo. The switch has been made after Canonical "negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo!". Google will still be available as a choice. Since Yahoo search is now powered by Microsoft's Bing, does this mean Microsoft will be paying people for using Ubuntu?

Submission + - A Critical First Look at Ubuntu 9.10 4

BrendaEM writes: Easily installed from a live USB, and fortified with no-delayed-write patched EXT4 goodness, I installed the Ubuntu 9.10 beta. Upon booting, I noticed that the new Ubuntu 9.10 splash screen gives little information on how far the boot progress is. The useful old status bar was removed, and replaced by a useless Cylon throbber.

The 9.10 new login screen is quite busy for the eye. Even for someone who does 3D and graphic design, it takes a moment to understand the nesting of boxes and blocks. There must be some geometric meaning to them. If I can sort out a 15,000 brush Quake map, and add nuts and bolts to a 700 part CAD'ed machine, I know I can figure out the nesting order of the login boxes and squares--just give me more time, please.

When a multi-boot is updated, the user still needs to remove accumulated kernels manually, with Synaptic, or install the Gnome Startup Manager. While it is not an imperative, the multi-boot menu still looks bad. It is not imperative because we do not expect other operating systems to Linux aware at all, yet we do expect Linux to be aware of other operating systems. A text cursor still sneaks in to show itself while booting with the graphic loader--sneakie little things, aren't they?

Once booted, Ubuntu boots on my computer with only 120mb of memory used, and no swap spent; other operating systems take note--especially Microsoft.

In this version, it appears that the sound works, and in fact everything else seems to work on my Ubuntu S10, cheers! In Ubuntu 9.04, I had to run a script to update the Alsa, which is used by not only Gnome's streaming framework API de'jour, but JACK, which I hope will take its places as Linux's streaming solution, but that won't happen because there are too many companies trying to implement DRM on Linux, and they will want a single point to control the audio streams. Myself, I just use the SMPlayer GUI for Mplayer, but I wish SMPlayer was GTK instead.

Perhaps someday, Gnome designers may become aware of the fact that dual menu-bars waste valuable real estate. This can be remedied with some effort, and swapping out the Ubuntu text menu bar with original Gnome menu applet, unlocking and moving the widgets, and deleting 2nd menu bar, sending it to the bit-bucket where it belongs. While doing this, you may notice that the individual check-boxes that lock each launch icon must go. Use only one lock for the whole bar works fine, thank you. The user switching applet, and new communication widgets also take up valuable room, but they can be removed for netbook use. While help is available as an icon is on launch bar, it is not on the first tier of the Gnome menu, for some reason. The occasional help needer will need to look for help longer. I can't seem to take a screenshot while Gnome's are open, which cannot make the creation of tutorials easy.

The twin desktop switcher is still too large. It should be smaller horizontally. Gnome's multiple desktops work so well, it is a shame not to use it on small monitors. It would also be nice to able to double click Workplace switcher to minimize / un-minimize all. It would also be nice to be able to drag an application's menubar to a workspace by the widget. Even though it's big, you still can't do it. I seem to remember using the 4-desktop workspace switcher, is actually smaller than the twin one, for some unknown reason. If I can hit little boxes on one, I can hit them on the other.

New Wi-fi Dialog is poorly designed, relying on little more than font style only to indicate user is connected or not to anything.

Delving deeper into the menus, it should be apparent to almost anyone that "Recent Documents" are not really "Places," and so they should not be placed there. Was there not a nice sweep icon to clear this just in the last version? Where did it go?

Gnome menu editing itself is still not integrated, and still requires a separate application. You cannot drag icons in the menus, and the separate application feels separate--not slick, but I'm sure people are still reeling from the idea that people might want to arrange their menus--at all.

Upon installation, the context/click create document menu is empty on installation. Does no program know about this menu, or how to use it?

The Evolution daemon still starts on default. I use Thunderbird, and so, I notice the subtle things such as Evolution being attached to Gnome like an Alien face-hugger.

The new icons and themes look nice. There are additional wallpapers to be had, also nice.

There is still GUI font installation method? Nautilus still not patched for Fonts:// as that was too easy for the user to add fonts?

Fortunately, the lid/power thing is fixed, as the older default of not shutting off a notebook when the lid is closed was quite dangerous in a machine stuffed in a bag along with angry lithium batteries. One rushed and forgetful afternoon, I almost toasted both of my laptops after doing installs on them, and putting them in their cases--unthinking of that they were still running.

While most people would think that "Documents" makes more sense than "My Documents," I still prefer to have folders such as these on the bottom of my desktop, so that files can be sorted as a sieve. Now they are speced to be out of sight in the home folder where most people won't see them as much as they would be seen on the desktop. If you were going to have any folder on your desktop, would you not want it to be your documents?

The current method of breaking up multimedia into movies, sound, and photos is useless for those people who create multimedia content. I create a folder for project, and then put all the associated files for that project in that folder. I also like my music in folders--so when the databases become corrupted I can still sort things out.

The Nautilus preferences dialog is still too large for my netbook. I filed a few bug reports for large menus, but perhaps not enough. Tabbed Nautilus is a great improvement, thanks : )

Given the amount of updates in a beta version of an operating system, the update manager did very well, better than any solution in the Windows or Mac world. Update Manager progress bar was replaced with yet another useless throbber. Okay, the old progress indicator went backwards once in while when it didn't find the servers, but why pull the engine out of the car because it backfires sometimes. Ubuntu software "Center" should be under system. While the thrice reinveted Synaptic knock-off doesn't seem bloated yet, still, "Center" is a marketing term which equates to bloated high-level idiot resistant ware. Just because there's a new software installation tool doesn't mean we need to trip over it in the menus, like an attention starved dog.

Rather than "Ubuntu One," I would rather have a GUI for easy SSH and SFTP server setup, as people might like to use their Ubuntu systems also as servers. I do not want Ubuntu One to search through my documents, nor do I want to see checkmarks next to all my icons. I had hoped that Linux would not be as nosy as its competitors. To me, "Cloud" means: someone owes someone money--when the bombs fall, I'll loose my stuff--when your company has competition, I'd better do free advertising for you, or I'll lose my data should you go out of business. Cloud computing is the antithesis of a personal computer. We need to keep coming out with marketing ideas, "Cloud computing," "Web 2.0." Here's a marketing idea: "Own your stuff."

Sigh, OpenOffice's grammar checker Language Tool is broken again, wait don't tell me, let me guess-- it is a Java version issue right? I am all for removing Java as a depend for OpenOffice, but that will not happen without a split. I noticed that OpenOffice Gnome integration icons are good for created documents, better than the original OpenOffice launch glyphs. Having written hundreds of thousands of words in OpenOffice, made spread sheets, and charts, I've been quite pleased with it. Now, I dread seeing the ribbon bar mock up I saw for OpenOffice; two wrongs do not make a right, but no one can stop an infatuated programmer who looks to reinvent a wheel that's too big for the car. Often, when I write, I do so with only, with the style bar, right elevator/scroll box, and a status bar. Sometimes the best GUI is no GUI. When I get down to writing, I use full screen, and only a vertical scroll box, and that damn close button they now made sure I cannot shut off in OpenOffice.

Lastly for now, in this release, Gnome/Ubuntu 9.10 separates certain games into "Logic" to make some people feel better about wasting their time, so they feel better about doing so, in a more intelligent manner. Nudge, Tetris is a logic game, as well. Where do you draw the line, but more important--why?


Slashdot Top Deals

panic: kernel trap (ignored)