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Submission + - SPAM: Volkswagen jetta

An anonymous reader writes: German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen introduced Volkswagen Jetta in India in 2008 and since then it has undergone few facelifts. Jetta had a major facelift recently and now Jetta has a new avatar.
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Submission + - Google Launches Private Android App Stores (

Trailrunner7 writes: Malicious apps have emerged as perhaps the most serious threat to mobile devices at the moment, and the major players, such as Apple and Google, have tried several different methods of preventing them from getting into their app stores and into the hands of users. Now, Google is taking one more step with the launch of a new service called the Private Channel for Google Apps, which gives enterprises and other organizations the ability to create private app stores and control the apps their users can download.

Private Channel is essentially a way for organizations to stand up their own miniature app stores inside of Google Play--the main app store for Android devices--and publish apps to it. That gives these organizations the ability to point their users directly to the apps they want users to download for their Android devices. The new service will include some of the security features built into Google Play, most notably the antimalware system and the ability to authenticate users.

Submission + - Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo (

Bob9113 writes: Ars Technica reports that Derek Khanna is getting axed over his memo detailing the conflict between laissez-faire-oriented free market ideals and the regulatory monopoly that is copyright.
"The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January. The incoming chairman of the RSC, Steve Scalise (R-LA) was approached by several Republican members of Congress who were upset about a memo Khanna wrote advocating reform of copyright law. They asked that Khanna not be retained, and Scalise agreed to their request."


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support? 4

jcreus writes: After struggling for some years with Nvidia cards (the laptop from which I am writing this has two graphic cards, an Intel one and Nvidia one, and is a holy mess [I still haven't been able to use the Nvidia card]) and, encouraged by Torvalds' middle finger speech, I've decided to ditch Nvidia for something better. I am expecting to buy another laptop and, this time, I'd like to get it right from the start. It would be interesting if it had decent graphics support and, in general, were Linux friendly. While I know Dell has released a Ubuntu laptop, it's way off-budget. My plan is to install Ubuntu, Kubuntu (or even Debian), with dual boot unfortunately required. Thanks in advance, Slashdot!

Comment RADIUS (Score 1) 4

WPA can do central authentication to a RADIUS server. The RADIUS server stores credentials and would need to be internet accessible so each access point can get to it over its internet connection. The problems you'll probably run into are that implementations of RADIUS authentication vary widely among different brands of wireless hardware and a lot of the cheap, consumer grade access points won't even have the capability.

Submission + - No, Net Neutrality Doesn't Violate 5th Amendment (

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday you had a post suggesting that net neutrality might violate the 5th Amendment's "takings clause." Over at Techdirt they've explained why the paper making that claim is mistaken. Part of it seems to be due to a misunderstanding of the technology, such as when the professor suggests someone who puts up a server connected to the internet is "invading" a broadband providers private network, and part of it seems due to totally glossing over the fact that broadband networks all have involved massive government subsidies, in terms of rights of way access, local franchise/monopolies, or direct subsidies from the government. The paper pretends, instead, that broadband networks are 100% private.

Submission + - Windows Administrator move to Linux 2

x_IamSpartacus_x writes: I have been administering Windows machines for more than 10 years and am extremely comfortable in a Windows environment. I went to school as came out with a Windows Network Administration degree, my CCNA and a Cisco Network Admin degree and have worked in the corporate world administering mid-level scale Windows environments. Unfortunately, I took only 1 (basic) Linux administration class and promptly forgot it because it had no bearing on my degree plan(s). I know the slashdot community will hate me for this but I would really consider myself quite technical and yet I know virtually nothing about administering Linux. I am hoping that the slashdot community can (after forgiving me for my obvious lack of geeky Linux knowledge) help me get started on my quest to be as familiar with Linux as I am with Windows. I have no CS background so I am not a programmer but I hope that I can learn to write drivers for hardware (never needed in Windows) and get a deeper understanding of the Linux environment and it's strengths. Where should I start and what path should I follow to do this?

Submission + - Why We Love Mario

Hugh Pickens writes: "Bob Mackey writes on 1up that if one video game character has withstood the test of time, it's Mario, everyone's favorite Italian plumber, who saved the video game industry from itself — a much greater feat than rescuing some ditzy princess. Mario wasn't the first side-scrolling 2D platformer, but it was the first 2D side-scrolling platformer done right, and although it might be hard to imagine with our modern-day emphasis on realism and grit, 25 years ago, the carefree journey of a squat, mustachioed man in overalls brought video games away from their status as a passing fad, and turned Nintendo into a household name. "Without Mario, it's entirely plausible that we folks of the future would treat video games with the same patronizing terms we reserve for something like air hockey," writes Mackey. "That's a pretty big deal." Looking into the circumstances around his creation, Mario can be considered the quintessential video game protagonist, as his iconic design is entirely the result of the technical limitations of early arcade hardware including the number of pixels and number of colors the Famicom could display. "We gave him a mustache rather than a mouth because that showed up better. We gave him a hat rather than hair because that looked better, too. Mario wears overalls because that shows the movement of his arms, and he's wearing white gloves because the white contrasts better with the colored backgrounds," says Mario game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. But utimately, the reason why we play Mario games is the reason why we play video games themselves: to explore, to experiment, and to be entertained. "And while you can easily write volumes about the philosophy behind what makes Mario games so appealing, nothing speaks more words than that unmistakable feeling you get upon digging into Mario's latest adventure.""

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