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Comment Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (Score 1) 110

The problem is that there are way too many ideas of what should go into a "mainstream" linux distro. Whether you want to hate Microsoft and Apple or not they make a OS, put things they want in it and tell the consumer that those are the options. Without a clear, single focus on what would make a mainstream distro work there will never be a distro that gets the support enough to become accepted by the masses.

Comment Does it matter? (Score 1) 403

Right from the post from Debian the XFCE team states that haven't seen an increase in their development. It is rather easy to pick the desktop during the install of Debian, so who really cares what the default is? If you are using Debian I'm going to assume you know how to switch the desktop environment during install or you are at least capable of typing "install XFCE instead of Gnome in Debian" into google.

Submission + - From the electrophone to Beats: Interactive History of the Headphone ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Did you know that the first headphone was invented back in the 1890s? Since then, headphones have evolved and developed into the personal audio devices we all use today.

Headphone maker Ligo has put together an interactive guide to the 120-year history of the headphone, complete with period-correct background music for each decade. Plug in your own headphones and take trip through the history of tuning out everyone around you.

Submission + - Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers" (

Zothecula writes: Pacemakers serve an invaluable purpose, by electrically stimulating a recipient's heart in order to keep it beating at a steady rate. The implantation of a pacemaker is a major surgical procedure, however, plus its presence in the body can lead to complications such as infections. Now, for the first time, scientists have instead injected genes into the defective hearts of pigs, converting unspecialized heart cells into "biological pacemakers."

Submission + - Dell's Chromebook sales go crazy, so company halts sales (

mpicpp writes: Dell’s only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company’s website, only seven months after the model started shipping.

Facing rising commercial demand for the devices, Dell has not been able to keep up with orders.

The Chromebook 11, which shipped in December, is listed as unavailable on Dell’s Chromebook website, and the company is asking potential buyers to call in orders.

“Due to strong demand, the Dell Chromebook 11 is currently not available for order on It continues to be available for our education customers and can be ordered through their sales representative,” said Ellen Murphy, a Dell spokeswoman, in an email.

The laptop will eventually come online again, though the company did not provide a specific date.

With Dell keeping Chromebook purchases open mainly to commercial customers, individual buyers may have to turn to competitive products from Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, which are available online starting at under $200.

Submission + - Google Kills Quickoffice (

sqorbit writes: "With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks,". It seems Google is cleaning house lately.

Comment Fanboys.. (Score 1) 192

The Kindle Fire seems to have fans just like Apple. While not nearly coming close to Apple fans numbers they are just as set in their ways. It will sell to those fans. The media/books/apps they suck down from the Amazon store and the shopping they do with Prime it should do well enough to stick around as a niche product.

Submission + - Spotify announces single user hacked, no personal data stolen.

An anonymous reader writes: Announced on the company blog, CTO Oskar Stål apologized to users that there has been a security breach at Spotify, where some systems and internal company data was accessed without permission. Evidence given suggests only one Spotify user's account was accessed and that no security or payment information was taken. As a security step, Spotify have announced they are releasing an updated android application over the coming days as well as requiring some user's to re-enter their login details.

Submission + - Hacker 'Sabu' gets lenient sentence after helping US (

k280 writes: A convicted hacker-turned-informant, who was facing in excess of 20 years in prison, has been handed a sentence of a year's supervision.

Hector Xavier Monsegur — known as "Sabu" — was arrested in 2011 on hacking charges.

He had faced a lengthy term, but instead agreed to work with US authorities to identify other hacking suspects.

The FBI said Monsegur had stopped more than 300 hacking attacks.

In a New York court, a judge sentenced him to seven months — which he has already served — and a year's supervision.

Submission + - Apps on your Android phone can take photos without you knowing 1

An anonymous reader writes: A researcher has demonstrated that it's possible for malicious attackers to create an Android app that will surreptitiously take pictures and upload them to a remote server without the user being aware of or noticing it. There are many apps on Play Store that aim at taking pictures without any visual indication but all of them require app activity to be visible and phone screen to be on. But he managed to create an app that does so without displaying any notification, without the presence of the app being visible (i.e. on the list of installed applications), and even without the screen being on.

Submission + - 50 Years (And Then Some) Of Computer Science At MIT (

jfruh writes: In 1964, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched Project Mathematics and Computation, the forerunner of its modern Computer Science department. But even before then, MIT researchers had chalked up several milestones in the embryonic field, from the invention of core memory to the first shooter video game. All in all, MIT faculty, students, and graduates have shaped the world of high tech as we know it, laying the foundation for the Internet and many of the programs we use on a daily basis today.

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