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Comment Re:Another reason (Score 1) 460

I find this an interesting issue, because the USA government has so much control over there, and they can probably order a company like Microsoft to install some spy software on there. Without looking at the source code, it would be difficult to detect.

Fixed that for ya. Note that this is why some European governments are using Linux ;-)

Comment Re:Total Flamebait (Score 1) 165

Seriously if this bothers you, you need to not deal with F/OSS software. Backwards compatibility is no where on the feature list, its almost 'broken by design' as those developing the code have no need or reason personally to maintain backwards compatibility. You have the source, you can fix the bug and recompile!

Backwards compatibility is one thing. Broken stuff is another. If something is broken, the Linux Vendors will fix it (depending on their knowledge). But if you updated software X to version 2.0, you should be aware that it may require a newer version of lib Y.

Comment Re:COD (Score 1) 232

*That* is the main problem: trust and security, which turns out to be *respect* (a strong word for Japanese and other Asiatic cultures, and a weak word for "western"). Here in "western", we think in respect as up to the "is it legal?" level, while more advanced societies goes beyond that level.


Submission + - Picasa Web launched!

partenon writes: "I was reading my emails today when I noted a new link in the top links: "photos". When I clicked, Picasa Web appeared! It seems that Google have decided to launch a Flickr-like service. The URL is: . You'll have 1GB of free storage. If you need more, you can buy a year of storage, ranging from 7GB (USD 25.00) to 251GB (USD 500.00). Woot !"

Submission + - What Questions Should We Ask RIAA "Expert"

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In UMG v. Lindor, the RIAA has submitted an "expert" report (pdf) and 26-page curriculum vitae (pdf), prepared by Dr. Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University who is the RIAA's expert witness in all of its cases against consumers, relating to alleged copyright infringement by means of a shared files folder on Kazaa, and (b) supposed analysis of the hard drive of a computer in Ms. Lindor's apartment. The RIAA's "experts" have been shut down in the Netherlands and Canada, having been shown by Prof. Sips and Dr. Pouwelse of Delft University's Parallel and Distributed Systems research group (pdf) to have failed to do their homework, but are still operating in the USA. The materials were submitted in connection with a motion to compel Ms. Lindor's son, who lives 4 miles away from her, to turn over his computer and music listening devices to the RIAA. Both Ms. Lindor's attorney (pdf) and Ms. Lindor's son's attorney (pdf) have objected to the introduction of these materials, but Dr. Jacobson's document production and deposition are scheduled for January and February, and we would love to get the tech community's ideas for questions to ask, and in general your reactions, thoughts, opinions, information, and any other input you can share with us. (In case you haven't guessed, we are the attorneys for Ms. Lindor.)"

Submission + - Should we remove all MS ads here?

Invert314 writes: Is it time for Slashdot to ban all Microsoft ads for Ballmer's evil business ethics? Slashdot two weeks ago firmly established a consensus counter to Microsoft's behaviour. Each member of the Slashdot community asserted a unique swath of reasons to explain our love for FOSS and our hate for Microsoft. So now let's act accordingly. Perhaps Slashdot can consider permanently removing all Microsoft Office/Windows/Exchange Server ads on the grounds that we simply do not like the way Ballmer manages his company and treats competitors unfairly.

We can lead by example for other news networks to follow. Perhaps CNet, TheInquirer, OSNews and TomsHardware can also consider excluding propaganda from a corporation which has engaged itself in aggressive and perhaps secretive unjust anti-trust campaigns over the years.

Senior management at Microsoft should be extremely worried that educated Computer Science Majors and Engineers share the same sentiments as the Slashdot community.
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Submission + - Promising new effort to port GTK+ to Aqua

Gorgonzola writes: Although there have been several efforts in the past (including this one, until fairly recently none of them turned out to be successful. Somehow, although officially sanctioned by the GTK+ project, GTK+ for Mac OS X remained under the radar. It is pretty rare to see an internship report on porting a GUI toolkit, so far this seems to be the most promising efforts in this field. It would be nice to see even more cross-pollination between the Linux and the OS X world than there already is. As a Mac user I'd love to have Aqua versions of all those nice GTK+ (and Gnome of course) applications I have gotten used to on Linux.

Submission + - Daylight Savings Time Change

mdirish writes: The U.S. Government has mandated changes to Daylight Saving Time (DST) for 2007. Beginning in the spring of 2007, DST start and end dates for the United States will transition to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In 2007, DST dates in the United States will start three weeks earlier (2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November). I've already started to get mail from software vendors about issuing patches to their software. Sysadmins like myself may be inundated with patches and config changes to reflect this change.

Submission + - Amiga OS 4.0 Final Update released

An anonymous reader writes: Hyperion-Entertainment is very pleased to announce the immediate availability (for registered AmigaOne customers) of Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update. Originally released in May of 2004, Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich incarnation to date of the multi-media centric operating system launched by Commodore Business Machines (CBM) in 1985 with which it still retains a high degree of compatibility. Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update is the culmination of 5 years of development and takes the form of a stand-alone ISO image which contains a full installation of all Amiga OS 4.0 components. A list of new features can be found here.

Submission + - Vista security 'longest suicide note in history'

mariushm writes: There's a great article at The Inquirer ( ) about a document some guy at the University of Auckland in New Zealand wrote about Vista's security model, its DRM, its restrictions and how it affects us users. Seems to be very well written. They also link to the guy's document ( ost.txt ) so you may want to check it out and write a nice story because I suck at this.

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