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Submission + - Apple loves developers but hates and Philip K. Dick's novels

lesincompetent writes: We all heard our fair share of kafkian AppStore rejection stories but this might be a new low for Apple. This developer had his app rejected just because it dared mention Philip K. Dick's famous sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ; the problem of course being the word "android" which apparently caused the Apple's reviewer(s) to pass out.

Submission + - 6-10 words is the magic headline range! (Maximum of 54 characters) (slashdot.orgifitsnotinthetextofthestorypleaseaddherethesinglemostimportanturlforthisstory)

lesincompetent writes: Put the main body of your story submission here: reader submissions are what make Slashdot work. Please try to use your own words; if you're quoting another source, make that clear. Include URLs as appropriate, and try to include original sources and background material Most stories on Slashdot are less than 120 words; brevity is the soul of wit.

Submission + - Look out systemd! There's a new troll in town!

lesincompetent writes: It looks like finally all the systemd hate has sublimated onto twitter.
This twitter user maintains that 'systemd is the Donald Trump of #linux' and — besides reporting all the bullshit sysadmins from around the world have to deal with — features an insulting profile picture juxtaposing Lennart Poettering's and Donald Trump's hair style.

Submission + - Apple hates Philip K. Dick's novels... and developers

lesincompetent writes: We all heard our fair share of kafkian AppStore rejection horror stories but this might be a new low for Apple.
This developer had his app rejected just because it dared mention Philip K. Dick's famous sci-fi novel.
The problem being of course the word "android" which apparently caused Apple's reviewer(s) to faint.

Submission + - Has Google given up on the maps community?

lesincompetent writes: Have you noticed lack of progress in mapping or missing details in your Google Maps neighbourhood? Missing locations or terribly inaccurate information? Betteridge's law apart there seems to be something very wrong within the Maps/Map Maker projects, manifesting mainly as edits taking months to be reviewed and applied (showing a dramatic absence of Google Reviewers) and most worringly as an ominous and totally deal-breaking bug which is preventing some comprehensibly frustrated volunteers from adding new roads or paths everywhere around the world.
The official thread for this bug goes way back to February 9th.
Something is gravely amiss. The Google Map Maker tool bears embarrassingly no resemblance to a Google product.

Submission + - Google Maps volunteers unable to contribute

lesincompetent writes: Have you noticed lack of progress in mapping or missing details in your Google Maps neighbourhood? Updates getting sparser and sparser? Well wonder no more, Betteridge's law apart. The root cause is a months-old bug affecting the Google Mapmaker tool which volunteer contributors can use to improve Google Maps.
This bug is preventing roads and paths from being drawn on almost ALL roads. This forum post (one of many, just the 'main' one for this issue) details the dire circumstances. There has been no response from the developers, just vague reassurances.

One user writes: One user My experience is that any mapping in the USA has stopped about Feb 1, 2016.

Another user writes: It's definitely a leadership problem, this project [Google Mapmaker] shows none of the quality we are accustomed to when using Google products.

If you had any experience with the aforementioned tool, you could definitely agree on that.

Submission + - Portable self-encrypting WD hard disk not so encrypted after all.

lesincompetent writes: Quoting the abstract should be enough to show how dire the situation is:
We will describe the security model of these devices and show several security weaknesses like RAM leakage, weak key attacks and even backdoors on some of these devices, resulting in decrypted user data, without the knowledge of any user credentials.
Paper by Alendal, Kison and modg is available here in PDF format.

Submission + - Microsoft keeps sneaking in update

lesincompetent writes: How many of you noticed the infamous KB3035583 coming back over and over again even after being manually hidden?
Yes, that's the one that brought us both the free windows 10 upgrade notice and the unwarranted download of up to 6GB of installation files.
For us with no intention of "upgrading" to windows 10, how can we end this frustration once and for all?

Submission + - One quick fix to windows 10 spying

lesincompetent writes: There's an eastern european developer writing a promising windows 10 utility aimed at easily disabling all the unsavory 'features' it contains.
The tech community should really lend a hand.
You can reach out on GitHub: https://github.com/Nummer/Dest...
Disclaimer: i am in no way related to this project.
Chrome

Submission + - Has the local browser cache become useless? 1

lesincompetent writes: Think about it. In this age of high end hardware and relatively high bandwidth, storing things on a device many orders of magnitude slower than any other is something we should get rid of. Even for static content: is it really worth the disk I\O effort? How much page loading time am i saving? Not to mention the fact that browser caches are among the first causes of system littering. It's been many years now since the last time i had a browser with disk caching enabled on any of my systems (besides chrome, unfortunately, because you can't deactivate it.)

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