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Comment Re:Linux has history of problems with laptops (Score 1) 181

You don't imagine the pressure the manufacturers undergo from giant corps, especially microsoft. In this case Lenovo should be considered an OEM of Microsoft (this alone would have interesting antitrust implications).

What'd be great if Lenovo wants to sell locked down Microsoft appliances and stay in the Linux business at the same time, would be them explicitely selling pre-installed Linux PCs and/or putting a penguin sticker on their fully Linux supported PCs.

I'd happily buy a pro high-end laptop from them provided they commit to a full Linux support and advertise it.

Submission + - SPAM: Scientists Uncover What Happens After A Black Hole Eats A Star

William Robinson writes: Using "light echoes" technique, researchers at NASA and University of Science and Technology of China have tried to understand what happens to a star after it is swallowed by a black hole. The "light echo" relies on time difference between flares from black holes eating stars, which contains high-energy radiation including ultraviolet and X-ray light, and infrared radiation from surviving dust around black hole. The surviving dust is heated by a flare and gives off infrared radiation, which gives clues about tidal disruption flares and the nature of the dust itself. A video presentation of the same.
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Submission + - Amazon Video adding FBI Warnings to Movies We've Already Bought?

Michael Coleman writes: Although I have no way to prove it, I'm pretty sure Amazon Video has started adding FBI warnings to the beginning of movies that didn't have them at the time I "bought" them. That is, they seem to be adding the warning after the fact, many months after purchase. Examples I'm pretty sure about: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Big Lebowski. I find these warnings highly objectionable (since I *paid* for the movies), and inserting them after the time of purchase doubly so.

Has anyone else noticed these changes? Or better yet, is anyone inside Amazon willing to fess up?

Submission + - Neandertals made their own jewelry, new method confirms (

sciencehabit writes: The “necklaces” are tiny: beads of animal teeth, shells, and ivory no more than a centimeter long. But they provoked an outsized debate that has raged for decades. Found in the Grotte du Renne cave at Arcy-sur-Cure in central France, they accompanied delicate bone tools and were found in the same layers as fossils from Neandertals—our archaic cousins. Some archaeologists credited the artifacts—the so-called Châtelperronian culture—to Neandertals. But others argued that Neandertals were incapable of the kind of symbolic expression reflected in the jewelry and insisted that modern humans must have been the creators.

Now, a study uses a new method that relies on ancient proteins to identify and directly date Neandertal bone fragments from Grotte du Renne and finds that the connection between the archaic humans and the artifacts is real. Ross Macphee, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, who has worked with ancient proteins in other studies, calls it “a landmark study” in the burgeoning field of paleoproteomics. And others say it shores up the picture of Neandertals as smart, symbolic humans.

Submission + - 6 states declare emergency. Media almost silent. (

whoever57 writes: The Colonial Pipeline spill has caused 6 states to declare a state of emergency. Gas prices on the east coast are likely to spike. Yet, most puzzling is how this vast emergency and its likely effect on cost of living has gone unnoticed by mainstream media outlets. The pipeline is owned by Koch Industries: is this why the media is silent?

Submission + - Tracking Web users with light sensors (

An anonymous reader writes: Modern smartphones and notebooks such as Mac Book Pro ship with ambient light sensors. Now a recent research analysis warns against the associated privacy risks due to the light sensor readout. Firefox already provides access to light sensors data and the mechanism will be soon supported in all web browsers. The issue may become a standard method in web tracker's toolbox; browser vendors are assesing the risk. The researchers analysis is concluded in launching a research initiative over sensors privacy. Should web sites be allowed to see the insides of user's homes?

Submission + - Facebook to begin forcing ads to appear with or without adblockers (

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Facebook claims it has developed a way to force ads to appear irrespective of whether visitors are using adblockers, and will soon begin doing so. “This isn’t motivated by inventory; it’s not an opportunity for Facebook from that perspective,” said Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, vice president of Facebook’s ads and business platform. “We’re doing it more for the principle of the thing. We want to help lead the discussion on this.” Facebook insists that users damage the "Facebook experience" when they take matters into their own hands, and so Facebook claims the right to control what users can do on their own computers.

Submission + - 3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth (

schwit1 writes: Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago.

It's a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the established fossil record more than 200 million years deeper into the Earth's early history, and provide support for the view that life appeared very soon after the Earth formed and may be commonplace throughout the universe.

A team of Australian geologists announced their discovery in a paper titled "Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures," published Wednesday in Nature.

Submission + - What If You Could Fire Your CEO? (

itwbennett writes: Three years ago, talent management and human resources company Haufe U.S. created a workplace democracy, in which C-level leadership is elected by the employees for a one-year term. In an interview with's Sharon Florentine, Kelly Max, who is currently serving as CEO, explains how the company got to this point and what they've learned from the experience. 'If you're going to talk about how your employees 'own' the company, if you're going to tout how they all have a voice, why not go all the way and see what happens? Because why not? You already have people working for and with you who elect you every day, who either agree or disagree with you and follow you, so we wanted to make it very transparent,' says Max. Could your organization work as a democracy? Would your CEO still have a job?

Submission + - OpenBSD 6.0 released (

LichtSpektren writes: Version 6.0 of the free operating system OpenBSD has just been released. This release features much improved hardware and armv7 support, a new tool called proot for building software ports in an isolated chroot environment, W^X is now strictly enforced by default, and removal of official support for Linux emulation, usermount, and systrace. The release announcement can be read here.

Submission + - US would be 25th in 'Hacking Olympics' if held today. China would take the Gold. ( 1

DirkDaring writes: While the United States and India may have lots of programmers, China and Russia have the most talented developers according to a study by HackerRank, which administers coding tests to developers worldwide. "If we held a hacking Olympics today, our data suggests that China would win the gold, Russia would take home a silver, and Poland would nab the bronze," Trikha said. "Though they certainly deserve credit for making a showing, the United States and India have some work ahead of them before they make it into the top 25."

Submission + - Kali Linux 2016.2 Is the Most Advanced Penetration Testing Distribution

prisoninmate writes: What's Kali Linux 2016.2? Well, it's an updated Live ISO image of the popular GNU/Linux distribution designed for ethical hackers and security professionals who want to harden the security of their networks, which contains the latest software versions and enhancements for those who want to deploy the OS on new systems. It's been quite some time since the last update to the official Kali Linux Live ISOs and new software releases are announced each day, which means that the packages included in the previous Kali Linux images are very old, and bugs and improvements are always implemented in the most recent versions of the respective security tools. Best of all, the new Kali Linux 2016.2 release comes in KDE, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, and Enlightenment E17 flavors.

Submission + - Recording Industry: Copyright Terms At Life+50, instead of Life+70 is too costly (

schwit1 writes: Okay. I've heard lots of crazy arguments from the record labels, but I may have found the craziest. We've discussed how ridiculous it is that the TPP includes a provision saying that every country that signs on must make sure the minimum copyright term is life plus 70 years. This will impact many of the countries that negotiated the agreement, which currently have terms set at life plus 50. This was a key point that the recording industry and Hollywood fought hard for. When even the Copyright Office recognizes that life plus 70 is too long in many cases, the legacy industries recognized that getting copyright term extension through Congress in the US might be difficult — so why not lock stuff in via international agreements?

And, of course, the USTR was fine with this, because the USTR goes along with basically everything that Hollywood asks for. But here's the crazy part: having gotten such a ridiculous thing, the recording industry is whining about its own victory. As Kimberlee Weatherall points out, the recording industry in New Zealand is bitching about the fact that the change doesn't go into effect immediately because it's "too costly" for copyright holders.

That's because the TPP has a "phase-in period" that allows countries to adjust and gradually move copyright terms upwards. But the record labels are having none of that:

Meeting before a parliamentary committee this week, Recorded Music chief executive Damian Vaughan said his advocacy group supports an article in the TPP deal that standardizes the terms of protection of a work to the life of an author plus 70 years. (New Zealand is one of several participating nations that currently has a term of 50 years after death.) However, Vaughan thinks a proposed phase-in period for nations upgrading to 70 years is unnecessary and a costly burden for rights holders.

"It's not making copyright simple or easy to understand to the music user or the public whatsoever," he said, according to RadioNZ. "It is making the process significantly more complicated, and it's the rights organizations and the copyright holders who will be forced to administer this We note the cost we incur will be far higher than any perceived cost savings."

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