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Comment Re:How does Microsoft feel about this? (Score 5, Informative) 343

Of course what you failed to mention is that Microsoft only did this because the European Commission forced them to:

December 20th 2007. Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba. Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on September 17th 2007.

Comment Re:Conservative Government created this mess (Score 1) 364

The parent comment needs to be moderated up. Many people are actually thanking the Conservatives for backtracking on what is, essentially, their stated policy. With the upcoming election, they are just hedging their bets that they will win another minority or even (God help us) a majority, and if that happens rest assured this policy change will go through (as well as the DMCA style copyright law waiting in the wings now).

Comment So, does this mean foreign corporations can too? (Score 2, Interesting) 1070

Non-American here, just wondering if this means foreign corporations can now open shell businesses in the US and spend billions of dollars to influence US elections to favour their own companies or countries? I guess in the past they would have had to convince actual US citizens (or pay lobbyists) to do the influencing for them, they can now do so pretty much directly without the middle man. Interesting.


Submission + - Google OS Announced 12

shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

Comment From my cold, dead, RSI-shrivelled hands (Score 1) 519

I use a black Unicomp space saver 104 with the "Linux" layout model #UB40V46 with the control and escape keys placed where God intended them. I've tried a lot of other keyboards, and none of them have the heft or the solid feedback that the Model M style 'boards have. With this keyboard I can type faster and more accurately than with other keyboards. Also, there is simply nothing better than capping off a line of code than a nice, solid, CLUNK on the enter key. In this respect, the Unicomp's aren't quite as good as the true Model M's, but it's close enough for me.


Submission + - Solid-State Notebook has Full Linux OS Detailed (

Vigile writes: "The Asus Eee PC 701 is a solid-state hard drive notebook computer that uses a custom Linux operating system that boots in about 15 seconds. Though the hard drive is only 4GB, thanks to not relying on any Windows OS there is more than enough space for the applications necessary for most mobile users. The hardware features a small 7" LCD screen with an 800x480 resolution, Celeron-M 900 MHz CPU, 512MB of system memory and an integrated webcam and microphone all at just about 2 lbs. A full review of the Eee PC 701 is now available that details the functionality of the hardware in general as well as showing 100+ screenshots of the custom Linux OS."

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