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Microsoft

Newest Skype For Linux Enables SMS Text Messages From The Desktop (betanews.com) 177

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft has delivered an incredible feature to Linux-based desktop operating systems by way of the latest Alpha version of its Skype client... The newly-released Skype for Linux 1.13 allows users to send SMS test messages from the operating system! True, web-based solutions such as Google Voice have long allowed the sending of text messages, but needing to use a web browser can be a chore. There is convenience and elegance in using the Skype for Linux client.
Businesses

No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS (bloomberg.com) 333

From a Bloomberg report:The aloe vera gel many Americans buy to soothe damaged skin contains no evidence of aloe vera at all. Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. The products all listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice -- another name for aloe vera -- as either the No. 1 ingredient or No. 2 after water. There's no watchdog assuring that aloe products are what they say they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't approve cosmetics before they're sold and has never levied a fine for selling fake aloe. That means suppliers are on an honor system, even as the total U.S. market for aloe products, including drinks and vitamins, has grown 11 percent in the past year to $146 million, according to Chicago-based market researcher SPINS LLC. "You have to be very careful when you select and use aloe products," said Tod Cooperman, president of White Plains, New York-based ConsumerLab.com, which has done aloe testing. Aloe's three chemical markers -- acemannan, malic acid and glucose -- were absent in the tests for Wal-Mart, Target and CVS products conducted by a lab hired by Bloomberg News. The three samples contained a cheaper element called maltodextrin, a sugar sometimes used to imitate aloe. The gel that's sold at another retailer, Walgreens, contained one marker, malic acid, but not the other two.
Portables

Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Cheap Linux-Friendly Netbook? 187

Seems like a good time to revisit this question -- assuming anyone's still using a netbook. Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino writes: I'm looking for a cheap lightweight netbook that is Linux-friendly, i.e. lets me install Linux without any shoddy modern BIOS getting in my way... The Lenovo 100S-11 looks really neat, but I just read about installation problems... Are there any alternatives?

And if there aren't, what experience do you guys have running Linux on a Chromebook using Crouton -- the Linux-parallel-to-Chrome-OS hack? Is it a feasible alternative to dumping ChromeOS and installing a 100% lightweight Linux?

His budget is around $200, and he ends his submission with "Many thanks from a fellow Slashdotter." So leave your suggestions in the comments. What's the best cheap Linux-friendly netbook?

Comment This whole thing might be a hoax (Score 1) 576

Just look at how much publicity Avenger got from this. It's insane. I would bet their orders increased tenfold since the story broke out. Makes me wonder if Ocean Marketing actually did this on purpose(well, probably not... maybe its another marketing company, using Ocean Marketing as a decoy). all it took was just two guys supposedly exchanging emails... internet did the rest. It was a gamble, sure... but if the story didnt pick up, it'd just fade into obscurity and sales wouldnt drop. It was a lossless strategy using a classic marketing ploy. Reminds me of Mad Men.

Comment Yea, whatever... (Score 1) 108

While this is a noble endeavor, I am not worried much. Should internet become censored and completely shut off like AOL, a new peer-to-peer network will spring up overnight and people will flock to it by the thousands - information wants to be free and it always will be. Who's to say we can't ressurect BBSes? Totalitarian government is blocking phone lines? Well, there's always packet radio. Jammers on every street lamp? Hey, why not use pigeons that deliver data sticks to a remote location where a designated operator rebroadcasts them to the world. Birds are shot on sight? Well, we can always rely on human couriers with mad parkour skills, I suppose... Well, I know, i'm exaggerating, but the point stands - you can't stop information, no matter how hard you try. Just look at the Great Firewall of China - it's a great success, isn't it? Same thing with USSR - people found about jeans, Mercedes, Beatles and Pepsi... and if you think about it, isn't this what caused it to fall apart? Why spend 12 hours in a factory if you can never have something that "inferior capitalists" enjoy on a daily basis.

Comment Re:From personal experience (Score 1) 118

Tyranny of the moment only seems like a bad thing if you choose to do something bad at that moment. You see, if you'll go from a moment to a moment choosing to do something interesting or exciting, than these moment will add up and you will always be doing something interesting or exciting, resulting in you always finding yourself interested in your activities. This way, tasks don't even feel like "tasks". If you follow this direction, you may find doing something entirely different with your life, compared to what you THOUGHT you were supposed to be doing... and trust me, it might end up being better than what you have imagined yourself doing originally. However, I am not saying you should stop thinking ahead at all, thinking ahead focuses you and chooses your direction. For example, if you absolutely decide and justify to yourself that you don't want to do any drugs or drink alcohol, no matter how exciting they might seem - when you'll go into the "do next most exciting thing", alcohol or drugs will NEVER come up as an option, why would they?

Comment Re:From personal experience (Score 1) 118

"I feel like saying something to her right now, I should say it."

*Uuuuh, hey, babe, wanna get laid?

D'oh!

Obviously, you don't come up to a hot girl on the street and ask her to have sex with you. If you want to do that, you're obviously insane(or very confident). Instead, ask yourself not what you want to get(sex that is), but what you want to say when you come up to her. I highly doubt that you'll come up with "do you want to have sex?". I hope you're getting my point.

The right way to approach things is not to think about the future AT ALL, it is hard, but possible.

AT ALL, means AT ALL. Your D'oh means that you're trying to predict the future again.

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