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Comment Based on Chromium, not Chrome (Score 5, Interesting) 223

The summary is incorrect. This browser is based on the open source Chromium, not Chrome, a subtle but important difference since Chrome has Google's extra tracking goodness. However, I have to wonder why they didn't start with Firefox, which is truly open source and not connected at all with Google, which has pretty much become the poster child of privacy invasion these days.

Comment Chromecast on Linux? (Score 2) 65

According to Chromecast's official support page, Linux isn't supported: I'm hearing mixed reports that it works, or doesn't, on various distros. At any rate, Google has done a lousy job of supporting the platform that made them rich (think Picasa for Linux, the non-existent Linux Drive client, etc.). I don't have a Chromecast. For one thing, it doesn't seem to do much more than my Blu-Ray and HDTV can already do. For another, I'm not sure I could even use it with my Linux box. Has anyone been able to use it with Linux?

Comment Apple fanboi trolling (Score 1) 639

You have got to be kidding me. I've never bought an Apple product, so I can't comment on the packaging, but my Nexus 7 arrived a couple of days ago, and I thought it was quite nicely packaged. A couple of scissor snips and the dreaded taped sides were open. This post is Apple fanboi trolling at its finest.

Comment Bling (Score 1) 230

I've tried several releases of Ubuntu over the years, only to give up in frustration at all the configuration needed just to (for example) get wireless to work. Finally, with Precise, Ubuntu "just works" (pretty much) right out of the box. Per TFA, Quantal will rely on fallbacks because AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA binary Linux graphics drivers won't work with Wayland. Huh? Why shoot themselves in the foot when they've finally gotten things right, just for something that's primarily cosmetic?

Submission + - U.S. Government Demands For Google's Data Increased 37% Over The Last Year (

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Governments are sticking their noses into Google's servers more than ever before. In the second half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests that it hand over its users’ private data to U.S. government agencies including law enforcement, and complied at least partially with those requests in 93% of cases, according to the latest update to the company’s bi-annual Transparency Report.

That’s up from 5,950 requests in the first half of 2011, and marks a 37% increase in the number of requests over the same period the year before. Compared with the second half of 2009, the first time Google released the government request numbers, the latest figures represent a 76% spike. Data demands from foreign governments have increased even more quickly than those from the U.S., up to 11,936 in the second half of 2011 compared with 9,600 in the same period the year before, though Google was much less likely to comply with those non-U.S. government requests.

Comment Re:False, false false... (Score 1) 589

Of course you can, it's all on their blog

I just wanted to confirm that you can watch today's Barack Obama Official Inauguration video stream using Moonlight on Linux/x86 and Linux/x86-64 systems.
Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight.
Aaron's code will also be powering MacOS/PPC streaming.

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