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GNOME

Submission + - GNOME Shell Ruins Linux Gaming Performance (phoronix.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A set of benchmarks across GeForce and Radeon graphics with the open and closed source Linux drivers was done under the different Linux desktops and compositing window managers. The benchmark results show that the open drivers can be quite buggy with the new GNOME Shell and even Compiz, but it shows clearly that the GNOME 3.0 Shell will slow down the system more than GNOME2 w/ Metacity, GNOME 2 w/ Compiz, KDE w/ KWin, and Ubuntu's Unity w/ Compiz.
Linux

Submission + - Next Linux kernel version to be 3.0 (lkml.org)

MasterPatricko writes: After the discussion about kernel version numbering last week (also discussed here), it's official: the next kernel release will be version 3.0. There are actually no significant changes (Linus hasn't rewritten the kernel in Visual Basic), but it was decided now — almost 20 years since the first release — was as good as any time to change the numbering. In a change from the 2.6 series, the third number will only be used for -stable numbering (so the next release after this one will be 3.1, not 3.0.1). Now we wait to see who gets the honour of first breaking the Linux 3.0 tree! And everyone who wrote scripts specifically checking for the "2.6" string — time to get to work fixing that ...
Privacy

Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"
Cellphones

Submission + - Rumors about Nokia Linux phone increase

An anonymous reader writes: A credible leak describing the "Nokia N900" suggests that the launch of a truly mainstream (36.2% worldwide market share) Linux phone is imminent. It will supposedly run version 5 of Nokia's own Linux distribution. Important updates include upstart replacing sysv init, Linux 2.6.28, gtk 2.12, glib 2.18, gcc 4.2, PulseAudio, Matchbox WM 2, and more.
Input Devices

Submission + - Bellus Pen Scanner in action (elmit.com)

Ronald Wiplinger writes: "Bellus pen scanner is useful for school, selfstudy or offices.
Students, teachers can use the pen scanner to prepare the exam paper. They can scan in parts of a text book. After the text is scanned in they can copy and paste the text to any other document. They can translate the scanned text to/from Chinese or they can convert the text to mp3 and listen to the text.

Secretaries, managers, sales persons and inventory controllers can scan in data in the field into their data collection program."

Microsoft

Submission + - Bada Bing! Microsoft rolling out new search (pcworld.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: PC World reports that Microsoft's new search engine, code-named Kumo, has tentatively been rebranded as "Bing" and will be rolled out shortly, backed by a US$80-$100 million ad campaign. The new engine will try to out-do Google with photos and links to related categories returned for popular searches. As the article suggests, perhaps Microsoft is hoping users will talk about "binging" this or that, instead of googling for everything.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft's ad campaign proves unsuccessful

Afforess writes: "For the past several months, Microsoft has geared up it's advertising with the addition of the quirky Seinfeld ad's and the newer "Laptop Hunter" ads. The "Laptop Hunter" ads feature a mother and child comparing cheaper PC branded laptops against their more expensive Mac counterparts. Although these new Microsoft ads offer ammunition against Apple's more aggressive and open attacks of the Windows platform, they seem to be unsuccessful. Net Applications Inc data on operating systems market share shows that Windows overall market share has dropped 2.94% in the past 10 months, while Apple has gained 1.79% in the same time. Also interesting to note that Linux's market share grew the fastest relative to it's size, even though it lacked a marketing campaign; approximately 27.5% larger, equivalent to a .22% gain in market share during the same time period."
Spam

Submission + - Microsoft sends spam (wordpress.com)

0xEFBBBF writes: "I registered for the Windows 7 Beta and later RC. While doing so I double checked that I didn't subscribe to any newsletter. I always do that when creating a new account anywhere. Still I now occasionally receive a Windows 7 newsletter. Today Microsoft reminded me that the beta version is to be discontinued soon. Thanks, but I don't care!

At the bottom of the mail is a link to my newsletter subscriptions but I don't have any. I already replied to the first Microsoft spam kindly asking to be removed. No response, no action.

Am I the only one who's annoyed by that attitude of Microsoft? Has somebody been able to be unlisted? As far as I know this practices are even illegal in Germany regarding data and consumer protection acts!"

Sci-Fi

Submission + - Don't Panic, it's Towel Day! 3

An anonymous reader writes: Today, as every May 25th, geeks all over the world celebrate Towel Day and carry a towel in honor of Douglas Adams. The popular author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy died in 2001 at the age of 49, but his work lives on. According to the book, a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Hence its symbolic role in this celebration. This year, for the first time as far as we know, Towel Day is being supported by the British publisher of Adams' books, who organizes a photo competition.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Baby monitors killing urban Wi-Fi (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: "Baby monitors and wireless TV transmitters are responsible for slowing down Wi-Fi connections in built-up areas, according to a report commissioned by British telecoms regulator Ofcom. The research smashes the myth that overlapping Wi-Fi networks in heavily congested towns and cities are to blame for faltering connection speeds. Instead it claims that unlicensed devices operating in the 2.4GHz band are dragging down signals. "It only requires a single device, such as an analogue video sender, to severely affect Wi-Fi services within a short range, such that a single large building or cluster of houses can experience difficulties with using a single Wi-Fi channel," the report claims."
Portables (Apple)

iPhone Tethering App Released, Killed In 2 Hours 434

tjhayes writes "The iPhone App Store released an application called NetShare that allowed the iPhone to tether a laptop to the internet. It was priced at a $10 one-time fee. After being available for approximately 2 hours, the application has disappeared from the apps store. What exactly are AT&T/Apple trying to accomplish here?" They are trying to prove what is wrong with DRM, and demonstrate why hackers want to jailbreak the iPhone.

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