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Comment Ubuntu's now going to be dead on the desktop (Score 4, Interesting) 80

I can't stand hamburger UI, giant title bars and that annoying menu/title bar at the top so I never "upgraded" to GNOME. It seems to me that GNOME team took a bunch of macOS features and stitched together a DE. However, while macOS is quite logical and there's a reason why things are on that OS, much of how GNOME works makes little sense from usability point of view.

This is why I stuck with Xfce, Unity and Cinnamon. I run all three of these DEs on my various computers and laptops.

But now that Ubuntu is moving to GNOME, what's the point of using Ubuntu over Fedora? RedHat has all the GNOME devs and they have the best GNOME + Wayland implementation. And that implementation actually works without Xorg. Other distros that run GNOME still can't get Wayland working right. Can Canonical/Ubuntu team make a better version of GNOME than RedHat? Given the history, I'm willing to bet money against that.

I'm also quite sick of apt-get and inflexible PPAs and managing them has been an absolute hell. Things just break, packages end up conflicting and untangling the mess can take you hours. I find Fedora's DNF and Copr a lot more sane (almost as sane as pacman and AUR on Arch but probably not as good).

So in conclusion, I really don't see a point in using Ubuntu anymore. If you want APT, just use Debian instead. If you care about GNOME, use Fedora. I'll be replacing Ubuntu with Fedora on one of my laptops later this year... and not with next version of Ubuntu+GNOME.

Comment Saying goodbye to /. (Score 1) 548

After all these years of visiting this site, I'm pretty much ready to go away and get my news from other sites. Slashdot has become a garbage propaganda site. It's really sad what happened to it. First, Timothy started his SJW crusade and propaganda push and now others have picked the same tack. There's really no point to come on here.

Comment Curse of DRM strikes again... (Score 4, Informative) 66

If you've been a honest customer and actually purchased music from the Zune Marketplace store, it most definitely has DRM. And after the service is shut down, your music collection will be rendered useless and you won't be able to play it again.

From TFA:

Note Content that was purchased with DRM may not play if the license canâ(TM)t be renewed.

Submission + - Apple posts monster quarter; iPhone sales up 40% (bgr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple just posted its earnings report for fiscal Q2 of 2015 and, as expected, the company reported yet another monster quarter. For the first three months of the calendar year, Apple posted earnings of $2.33 per share on the back of $58 billion in revenue. All in all, Apple’s March quarter was exceptionally strong; Wall Street analysts anticipated EPS of $2.14 on $55.96 billion in sales.

Submission + - OpenSSL To Undergo Massive Security Audit

rjmarvin writes: Now that its codebase is finally viewed as stable, OpenSSL is getting a good top-to-bottom once-over in the form of a sweeping audit http://sdtimes.com/openssl-und.... As part of the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative, the foundation and the Open Crypto Audit Project are sponsoring and organizing what may arguably be the highest-profile audit of a piece of open-source software in history. The audit itself will be conducted by the information assurance organization NCC Group, and its security research arm, Cryptography Services, will carry out the code review https://cryptoservices.github.... of OpenSSL's 447,247 line codebase over the next several months.

Submission + - New FAA drone regulations draw inspiration from Canada, but miss key aspect (robohub.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Various aspects of the proposed small UAS (sUAS) regulations that were released by the FAA draw inspiration from Canada’s approach to regulation. Drone law expert Diana Marina Cooper points out that the Canadian system offers far more flexibility ...

Submission + - New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

An anonymous reader writes: A new Android Trojan that tricks users into believing they have shut their device down while it continues working, and is able to silently make calls, send messages, take photos and perform many other tasks, has been discovered and analyzed by AVG researchers. They dubbed it, and AVG's security solutions detect it as PowerOffHijack.

Submission + - BrowserStack compromised? (lastbuild.com) 3

algofoogle writes: While not yet confirmed to be a security breach, customers of BrowserStack have apparently received a facetious email claiming the service is shutting down. The language hints at a disgruntled employee or nefarious user, alleging that aspects of the Terms of Service are false, while also revealing apparently-sensitive internal information. Whether coincidental or in response to the email, BrowserStack.com is currently offline, stating that "we're performing some maintenance at the moment".

Comment Advanced? Requires a Jailbreak & manual instal (Score 5, Informative) 72

Here's the actual analysis of malware:


The iOS device needs to be jailbroken in order to be infected. Then with Cydia installed, the repository would be need to be added and then the package could be installed. All thatâ(TM)s known is that both the iOS and Android attacks share a CnC server.

Submission + - Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police (washingtonpost.com) 4

SternisheFan writes: By Craig Timberg September 17 at 9:51 PM
Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data.

The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company – or anyone else but the device’s owner – to gain access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers.

The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails, recordings or other documents. Apple once kept possession of encryption keys that unlocked devices for legally binding police requests, but will no longer do so for iOS8, it said in a new guide for law enforcement.

“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

Submission + - Steve Jobs' office at Apple remains exactly how he left it (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Steve Jobs' office at Apple remains intact, and looks exactly the way it did when he passed away in October of 2012. This tidbit first came to the surface when a video clip of Tim Cook's interview with Charlie Rose was released earlier this week.

"I literally think about him every day," Cook explained. "His office is still left as it was. His name is still on the door.”

Submission + - Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists 1

HughPickens.com writes: The Interecept reports that contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of Edward Snowden’s revelations on NSA surveillance that examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by jihadi groups has found no correlation in either measure to Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s surveillance techniques. According to the report "well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them (PDF).” In fact, concerns about terrorists' use of sophisticated encryption technology predates even 9/11.

Earlier this month former NSA head Michael Hayden stated, “The changed communications practices and patterns of terrorist groups following the Snowden revelations have impacted our ability to track and monitor these groups”, while Matthew Olsen of the National Counterterrorism Centre would add “Following the disclosure of the stolen NSA documents, terrorists are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance.” Snowden’s critics have previously accused his actions of contributing from everything from the rise of ISIS to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. "This most recent study is the most comprehensive repudiation of these charges to date," says Murtaza Hussain. "Contrary to lurid claims to the contrary, the facts demonstrate that terrorist organizations have not benefited from the NSA revelations, nor have they substantially altered their behavior in response to them."

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