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Comment Why isn't Linux on the desktop more widespread? (Score 5, Interesting) 167

I'm curious your thoughts on why Linux hasn't grabbed more laptop/desktop marketshare from Windows and MacOS over the years? It seems that with the privacy concerns around Windows 10 and Apple's lack of focus on MacOS there may be a huge opportunity in the near future. What things need to happen in the consumer marketplace and within the OSS community for it to really take off? Can 2017 be the year of the Linux desktop?

Comment Re:Not enough first-party content / Wasn't Hacked (Score 1) 230

This! Nintendo's first party content is their largest untapped source of revenue because for some reason they keep trying to use it to push a new system. This is the problem with making a profit on console hardware: no extra incentive to develop games people want. Where was the follow-up to Super Mario Bros Wii or Mario Kart Wii? You have a huge market of Gen X'ers and Millenials with money burning holes in their pockets to relive the video game nostalgia of their youth. I likely would have bought every Mario sequel at $50-60 a pop. (What were the top 3 grossing NES games? Super Mario 1,2, and 3 of course... history says do this!) Heck, they could probably release them now and still make a killing. But asking us casual gamers to lay out $350 for a new system just to play the next Mario installment.... no thank you. Maybe when the WiiU drops to $99 in the bargain bin I'll take another look, but by then they'll have moved on. The marketshare of the Wii was amazing, and sure they made a lot of money, but not nearly what they could have with more first party sequels for their best selling system!

Submission + - Docker 1.10 Brings Linux SECCOMP Security to Containers (

darthcamaro writes: Starting this week, there is a new tool in the toolbox to secure Docker containers. In addition to SELinux (or AppArmor) and Namespaces — Docker 1.10 will now include a default SECCOMP profile. So what's the difference between SECCOMP and SELinux?

SELinux is the list of people you can talk to, while seccomp is the list of what words you can say, McCarty said. As an example, if a person could communicate with another person using only three or five words, it would very much limit what could be expressed and prevent most types of illicit activities, and applies in much the same way to Linux containers, he added.

Submission + - Torrents Time Lets Anyone Launch Their Own Web Version Of Popcorn Time

An anonymous reader writes: Popcorn Time, an app for streaming video torrents, just got its own web version: Popcorn Time Online. Unlike other attempts to bring Popcorn Time into the browser, this one is powered by a tool called Torrents Time, which delivers the movies and TV shows via an embedded torrent client. Oh, and the developers have released the code so that anyone can create their own version. If Popcorn Time is Hollywood’s worst nightmare, Torrents Time is trying to make sure Hollywood can’t wake up.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft reportedly buying AI-powered software keyboard maker SwiftKey - PCWorld (


Microsoft reportedly buying AI-powered software keyboard maker SwiftKey
Microsoft will pay around $250 million to acquire SwiftKey, the company behind a popular keyboard for iOS and Android, according to a report in the Financial Times Tuesday. The acquisition would be an interesting buy for Microsoft, which has been on a...
Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part of AI buildoutApple Insider
SwiftKey Reportedly Acquired by Microsoft for $250 MillionDroid Life (press release) (blog)
Microsoft is reportedly buying SwiftKey for around $250 millionThe Verge
Android Headlines - Android News-Engadget-TechCrunch
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Submission + - Shopping mall SMS parking notifications could be used to track any car. (

Bismillah writes: Westfield's Scentre Group has removed SMS notifications for its ticketless parking system after it was discovered they could be used to track other people's cars unnoticed. The system allows you to enter any licence plate, which in turn will be scanned upon entry and exit at mall parking facilities — and when the free parking time is up, a notification message is sent to the mobile phone number entered, with the exact location of the car.

Submission + - Seagate Faces Lawsuit Over Defective Hard Drives (

An anonymous reader writes: Consumers have today filed a class-action lawsuit against data storage company Seagate, after it had continued to sell a 3TB hard drive model that had an ‘exceptionally’ high failure rate. The case is based on figures released by data backup company Backblaze, who found that failure rates for the ST3000DM001 were not only far higher than other drives, but also did not display a typical ‘bathtub-shaped’ failure rate curve. Backblaze’s report has since been accused of not representing real-world use. Seagate is likely to adopt this line as it responds to the suit.

Comment Re:Tools (Score 1) 402

Agree about the issues with updating software and UI. However, UI isn't holding Linux back, or at least hasn't for a long time since the days before KDE and Gnome. What's holding back the popularity of Linux on the desktop is that even technical people get tired of dealing with the same problems that we've had for years. Hardware compatibility and ease of software installation/upgrades are easily the #1 and #2 reasons for the failure of Linux to reach even a fraction of desktop marketshare. Combine that with lack of general intuitiveness for solving problems (no standard control panel, dependencies, lack of documentation) and this is where it falls flat. Even technical people get tired, and just want something that works!

With the disaster Windows OS has become since Win7, Linux should have a shot, but until there is a serious effort to fix these issues (or even try to standardize across the most popular distros) this is a pipe dream. Standard hardware like the RasPI has helped in a few niche applications to solve the hardware issue, but something like this desperately needs to happen on the higher end. As for software, I'm not sure what can be done without a huge overhaul which will likely get bogged down for the same reasons you mention for UI changes! It's a mess all around, but maybe someone will figure it out...

Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects ( 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?

Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

Comment irrelevant and useless? (Score 2) 264


Without classics we wouldn't have architecture or democracy.
Without philosophy we wouldn't have logic
Without art we wouldn't have beauty or elegant design.
Without religion we wouldn't have modern science or medicine...of course you wouldn't know about the Medieval monks or the Golden Age of Islam if you hadn't studied History, but I suppose that is another 'irrelevant' humanities study.

Certainly there are plenty of classes out there with questionable value. It's a shame that you missed out on good ones. But by and large, humanities are the difference between learning a trade, and getting an education. These are the foundation for how our modern world and modern science came to exist through the thinkers of the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment. Some of the biggest scientific and technological breakthroughs come from those who are able to look outside their specific field of study for inspiration. That English lit you found such a waste of time...I suppose then Mary Shelley's Frankenstein wasn't worth writing? After all, who cares about one of the first Science Fiction books .. a genre that has inspired millions of STEM graduates to work on great things? Dismissing humanities as useless is a failure to understand where we came from and how we got here.

Submission + - Federal wood burning rule prompts rural backlash (

SonicSpike writes: This is a follow-up to what was previously reported here on SlashDot:


A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters.

Wood-burning stoves are a staple in rural homes in many states, a cheap heating source for low-income residents and others wanting to lessen their reliance on gas or electric furnaces. Outdoor models often cost several thousand dollars, but indoor stoves can cost as little as a few hundred dollars and sometimes double as fashionable centerpieces in homes.

Some manufacturers contend the EPA's proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products.

Submission + - Crowded U.S. airwaves desperately in search of spectrum breathing room (

alphadogg writes: Ahead of a major new spectrum auction scheduled for next year, America's four major wireless carriers are jockeying for position in the frequencies available to them, buying, selling and trading licenses to important parts of the nation's airwaves. Surging demand for mobile bandwidth, fueled by an increasingly saturated smartphone market and data-hungry apps, has showed no signs of slowing down. This, understandably, has the wireless industry scrambling to improve its infrastructure in a number of areas, including the amounts of raw spectrum available to the carriers. These shifts, however, are essentially just lateral moves – nothing to directly solve the problems posed by a crowded spectrum. What’s really going to save the wireless world, some experts think, is a more comprehensive re-imagining of the way spectrum is used.

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