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Submission + - Los Angeles high schools confiscate free iPads .. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Hilariously, officials at high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are now taking back a couple thousand iPads a week or so after giving them to students as part of a 47-school pilot program.

The mass repossession is the latest in a series of responses by school officials to the fact that hundreds of students figured out almost immediately how to hack the security settings on their iPads.

Comment Re:heh (Score 1) 1091

I don't have any problems with commercial software either. I wouldn't personally pay for Adobe PS because I don't need it, but this doesn't mean everybody else is in my situation. The point I was trying to make was that neither Adobe nor any other company keeps from porting its commercial software to Linux because of "OS religious hate", as if it was opposite RMS; I believe it's just a market decision. They don't want 'more users': they want more people who'll pay to use their software. And as such, they must believe that the cost of porting their software is greater than the profit they can get from users in the target platform.

Comment Re:Sham Shame Show Shill (Score 3, Insightful) 311

An owner doesn't have a reason to let any garage band kid play in their establishment (is that the word?), in their venue I mean, just because someone thinks he should be paid to do it. If you really should be paid to play, then the job offers will fall all over you (yes, playing music is also a job), because owners know you move a large crowd. If you're nobody, you need to show yourself to the world, and pay for the time and infrastructure you're using. I don't see anything wrong with this. It is not a favour: it is business.

Comment Re:heh (Score 1) 1091

While I agree with many of your points, I don't think a company (be it Adobe or any other) is capable of 'religious OS hate'. This applies to individuals. If someone were to show them the money, they'd start porting their crap to other platforms before they can say 'This is the year of the Linux desktop'. They don't do it because a great percent of us Linux users stand for FOSS and wouldn't ever in a million gazillion years think of paying for a product like PS. This of course doesn't take into account those who work with it and/or need it.

Comment Re:Plan B. (Score 2) 619

While I can understand a person's desire for the thief who took his precious iPad to leave this world, the application finds the iPad, not necessarily the person who took it. If I where to take my mother's iPad with me and forget it at some place I visited, I don't think a search warrant would be the way to go. If I took somebody else's iPad and dropped it inside someone's car, I also don't think a search warrant would be the way to go.

Comment Re:I approve (Score 1) 805

Probably a straw man argument, but I understand the direction you're going with this. Maybe a better example would be: "So you would not mind if he gets on the bus playing reggaeton at full volume on his cellphone, right?" It's indeed legal, and annoying, and most likely a dickish selfish action prone to make everybody else feel the urge to take the phone off his hands and throw it out the window.

Submission + - Free Multi-user Remote Desktop Management

digitalderbs writes: I'm setting up a research lab in physical chemistry, and as part of my setup, I'd like to get a server with 8-12 cores that can be used by my students and post-docs. I'd like to give desktop (GUI) access to each of my users so that they may use software licensed only for that computer. I've tried X-forwarding with ssh on a fast network, and performance is definitely an issue. I'm looking for a free (and preferrably open sourced) system for managing multiple remote desktop sessions. VNC is of course the standard, and it works well but, from what I can tell, lacks multi-user session management. The NoMachine NX server works wonderfully on both low and high latency networks, but it's limited to two concurrent users. Alternative NX server implementations exist, including FreeNX, x2go and Google's neatx. What are your recommendations for remote desktop management client and server software for 6-12 concurrent users over a high (100Mbps) or low (1Mbps) bandwidth connection?

Submission + - Senate approves indefinite detention and torture of Americans (

Artem Tashkinov writes: The terrifying legislation that allows for Americans to be arrested, detained indefinitely, tortured and interrogated — without charge or trial — passed through the Senate on Thursday with an overwhelming support from 93 percent of lawmakers. Only seven members of the US Senate voted against the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, despite urging from the ACLU and concerned citizens across the country that the affects of the legislation would be detrimental to the civil rights and liberties of everyone in America. Under the bill, Americans can be held by the US military for terrorism-related charges and detained without trial indefinitely.

Comment Another use of Lua (Score 1) 145

The nmap guys seem to have considered a few scripting languages too for a while, and stuck to Lua because of a couple of reasons addressed in this conference (and probably in some other place in the NSE docs). While I know nothing of the people behind the scenes of Wikipedia, I do kind of trust the decisions made by the nmap team, so my guess is it's not a clueless decision.

Comment Re:Mod parent up! (Score 1) 329

I can relate to what you say, being a non native English speaker. While it took me years to get to an acceptable proficiency in English through (admiteddly) informal methods, I found that learning French was remarkably easier. This might be because my native language is Spanish, which is a closely related romance language, but it still worked both ways: it took me comparatively little time to start being able to derive the meaning or the use of unknown words once I had a minimum grasp of French, and this worked retroactively with English. I might not be able to define or to list with precision every use or meaning or definition of every word I use, not in English, not in French, and certainly not in Spanish, but I can relate and "learn" somehow to use words and language constructions easier now than five years ago.

Comment Re:Unfortunately it's the 1% who calls the shot (Score 1) 528

This makes actually a lot of sense, more so now that it's becoming a lot more common to move away from the now classic huge and expensive recording studios to smaller and simpler, home-made recording studios. The technology is making it easier for any dumbass like me to tape him or herself playing the bass and just paste it over some play along tape, and have it sound sort-of-decent with your favorite (pirated) software and a couple of google searches. Since, as you said, what most musicians want is to actually play live in front of people, the whole 'recording an album' thing is just a means you use to try and make more popular whatever it is that you play, even if just a little bit.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: An open product review website

MastaBaba writes: "I want to move my personal reviews (of books, games, music and films) from my website to an online product review website. However, I would -like- to be able to bulk upload my existing reviews and I would -require- my reviews to be downloadable, by me, in, say, CSV, at any time in the future.
Goodreads allows for import/export of book reviews, and IMDB allows you to export your ratings, but what about game and music reviews? What website aggregates consumer reviews of (all?) products, while allowing for each individual user to easily import and export his own reviews?"

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