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Comment Budgie sounds like a heavy version of jwm (Score 2) 49

Modern "desktop environments" have continued to add code to get down to what jwm provides in a ~200kb binary with no toolkit dependency. The jwm "desktop environment" provides:
* multiple desktops and screen support
* per desktop backgrounds
* multiple horizontal and vertical launch bars (via trays and traybuttons)
* dock / notification area
* builtin clock, task list, pager, etc...
* multiple configurable "start" menus
* dynamic menu generation (can be used to make pseudo-apps too)
* group configurations to "style" specific apps or app types
...pretty much everything except (the apparently outdated notion of) desktop icons and a gui configuration (though several exist outside the main project).

Comment Now you know why Hillary set up her own server. (Score 1) 252

I was in the US Navy for over a decade and one of my biggest ongoing complaints was NMCI. It was horrible, undependable,outdated _and_ overpriced.
First off because of the time to write specs for government contracts is so long, by the time you got any hardware, it was already outdated and overpriced. The monthly rental fees were about the cost to outright buy similar COTS (commercial off the shelf) replacements - so let HP take the equipment back, it would cost nothing the first month and save bundles each successive month.

Software was the same way only the licensing put a lot of software in places where it was useless (but still paid for) and made it nearly impossible to get anything other than a few COTS software packages - open source was not even an option, even when it was markedly better than any competing products. Then there was the backbone, which I swear must have been made up of bread ties that were stripped and twisted together. The network would constantly go down for long periods of time and it was usually around high end dialup speeds... with mailbox limits that were in the tens of megabytes

This was in part due to their severe lack of security in the right places. I mean come on setting autoplay on by default, while preventing users from deleting print jobs out of their own spool ($$ for an extra service call because their crap screwed up) Firewalls? that actually got me into trouble, because I had a construction project that stated we would provide server space for uploading project management and other documents. Well NMCI decided they weren't going to support that particular software any more, nor anything similar to replace it, so I went on (though we couldn't install to HD, usb was fair game - even had autoplay locked on - how convenient?) and downloaded everything I needed to meet my contract requirements. It ran for quite a while with no errors or warnings poping up before they finally noticed and disabled my account and shut off my node.

-- I totally get why a Secretary of State wouldn't want this level of incompetence associated with her communications.

Comment Re: Idiotic Argument (Score 1) 394

If Apple uses this to be able to totally lock down the device by removing all external connectors so that it can be sealed using an ultrasonic weld, then it totally fits with their product strategy. I don't see ifixit recommending users take a dremel tool to their devices in order to replace a battery. This will enforce using professional services from Apple (possibly others eventually) to get any repairs done. Intentionally omitting any ability to upgrade the storage capacity (microsd, usb-otg,...) will help them sell the most expensive models or subscriptions to cloud based storage. I hate it but the millennials seem to buy into this model at an alarming rate, and their boomer grandparents tend to follow their lead, so this could be a brilliant move from a pure revenue perspective.

Comment Re:How long the user stores the video (Score 1) 321

IANAL, but AFAIK, there is no legal definition of "illegal download" unless it is downloaded through unauthorized access. There _are_ plenty of versions of illegal copying, but that is done on the servers side via something like send(), sendfile(), read()/write(), etc... so the host (youtube in this case) is the only possible violator unless you set up an intermediary to facilitate easier copying. So long as the users do not further distribute the copy given to them by the host, they are free to do with it as they wish unless they explicitly agreed otherwise.

Comment Re: Finally (Score 1) 319

AMD's original Geode - GX2 (used in their predecessor to One Laptop Per Child, a.k.a. the Personal Internet Communicator - later sold as the DECTop) doesn't have CMOV. All "Geodes" are not created equal. It would be interesting to see what the TDP and clock rate on these things would be on todays chip technology.

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grrlscientist writes: A recently-published study reveals that nestlings of Australia’s Red-backed Fairy-wrens learn their mother’s calls before they hatch. These calls are a “vocal password” that the parents rely upon to identify their chicks. Thus, parent birds invest more effort into raising nestlings whose calls are most similar to their own.

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tlhIngan writes: Time for Apple to bring in suicide netting on their buildings. An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room early Wednesday morning at Apple's headquarters (1 Infinite Loop). A gun was found nearby. Prior to this discovery, a female Apple employee was escorted out with a head injury. It is believed to be an isolated incident with no further danger to Apple employees or the public.

Submission + - Zuckerberg: Let Me Control Facebook Forever or Humanity Will Suffer

theodp writes: Alongside Facebook's first quarter earnings, reports Fortune, the social media company announced plans for a new class of stock with no voting rights that would allow CEO Mark Zuckerberg to maintain control of the company after donating shares to his partially-philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. "The board's proposal will allow Facebook to maintain and improve upon the structure that has served shareholders well," explained Facebook's General Counsel, "while also enabling Mark to pursue his important goals through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative." Separately, Zuckerberg explained in a note: "While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing I do, there are more global challenges that I feel a responsibility to help solve — like helping to cure all diseases by the end of this century, upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change. That’s why Priscilla and I created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed to give 99 percent of our Facebook shares during our lives to advance human potential and promote equality. Today, Facebook’s board of directors is announcing a proposal to create a new class of stock that will allow us to achieve both goals. I’ll be able to keep founder control of Facebook so we can continue to build for the long term, and Priscilla and I will be able to give our money to fund important work sooner. Right now, there are amazing scientists, educators and doctors around the world doing incredible work. We want to help them make a bigger difference today, not 30 or 40 years down the road."

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