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Submission + - Message for AMD: Open PSP Will Improve Security, Hinder Intel

futuristicrabbit writes: AMD has faced calls from Edward Snowden, Libreboot and the Reddit community to release the source code to the AMD Secure Processor (PSP), a network-capable co-processor which some believe has the capacity to act as a backdoor. Opening the PSP would not only have security benefits, but would provide AMD with a competitive advantage against rival chipmaker Intel. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, is reportedly seriously considering the change, and the community is working hard to make sure she makes the right decision.

Comment Re:KDE. (Score 1) 357

I have 4GB of RAM and 512MB of RAM on an Nvidia 9800GT. I recently switched to LXDE simply because the entire KDE desktop lags graphically. I've tried turning on and off various KWin switches, and still KWin's FPS monitor often shows drops to > 24FPS when moving windows, etc. I've changed graphics drivers, Nouveau vs. proprietary, etc.

More importantly, I realized I use none of Plasma, and the KDE 4 series just has a certain feel to it that I don't like. Almost as if all of the widgets have too much margin around them, or something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Lastly, vertical panels / taskbars just don't work like I want them to.

Overall, I think they have the right idea. Plasma Active makes a lot of sense, and it's proving some of the logic in their strategy of generic reusable widgets so they can easily build environments to match devices, rather than one environment to fit them all. It just looks like it's going to take them quite some time to get there.

Submission + - GNOME 2.32 Released (

mbwjr12 writes: From the GNOME project page: "The GNOME project is proud to release this new version of the GNOME desktop environment and developer platform. GNOME 2.32 features a limited set of new features in some applications, as GNOME developers continue to focus on the upcoming GNOME 3.0 release: metacontacts for instant messaging, improved PDF support, file management improvements, but also changes for developers like full support for Python and Vala in the IDE. Learn more about GNOME 2.32 through the detailed release notes."

Preliminary Finding Invalidates VoIP Patent 77

netbuzz writes "After a review, the US Patent Office has issued a preliminary finding that the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls 'an important first step in busting a patent that stifles innovation and the use of VoIP as a free speech tool.' (Here is the EFF's press release.) C2 Communications has used the patent to extract one-time payments from the likes of AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest."

Comment Re:Lots and lots of implications (Score 2) 104

Yes, but that work is minor compared to fixing Gecko's bloated code base. I'm sure Adobe chose KHTML (That is the real name WebKit) for the same reasons Apple did when building Safari: it's clean, it's fast, and it's standards compliant. I believe that KHTML (as Konqueror on KDE, and Safari on Mac) is the only engine currently passing the ACID2 compliance test. The guys on the KDE team have done an excellent job. In addition, Apple has already shown that it's not a big deal to port KHTML.

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