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Submission + - Barnes & Noble fails to update Nook app in advance of Android 5.0

tulare writes: If you read your eBooks on a Nexus device, plan on doing without reading anything purchased via the Nook bookstore for a while. According to comments made by NOOK on their Facebook page, they will be releasing a fixed version in a week or two.

This begs a couple of questions:
Why did BN miss this?
If BN decides the app business is too much trouble and walks away, what happens to the DRM-protected libraries of their customers?

This has happened before.

Comment Re:Down-modded (Score 3, Insightful) 743

Consider that /. is largely populated by analytical thinkers (computer people tend to be that way or else they'd do something else for a living) and that religion, regardless of what flavor, is predicated on the abandonment of analytical thought at least where one particular idea is concerned.

Just like the guy this article is about, in a group of analytical thinkers, anti-analytical thinking is bound to be suspect.

Comment Simple enough (Score 1) 743

The dude was pushing his BS on unwilling subordinates and they (rightfully) complained. Then he was demoted. Then, when layoff came, he looked like a weak performer due to his weak performance and made the cut list.

Good riddance to him. He's was working in a scientific institution pushing anti-scientific snake oil and I can't imagine that did good things for workplace morale.

Your Rights Online

Submission + - Barnes and Noble allegedly violating GPL for Nook (

tulare writes: The boot process in B&N's flagship Nook Tablet is locked (good discussion here) and now one user has started a thread at the B&N support forums to address the question of whether or not their boot process is GPL-compliant. The initial response from B&N is telling: they deleted the first thread raising the issue and then marked the current thread "Operates as Intended." As an owner of one of these beasties myself, I'd love to fully utilize the hardware I own.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 46

Perhaps, although the number of (non-Ubuntu) Linux machines deployed outside of people's parent's basements exceeds fBSD and Ubuntu combined, which is kind of a built-in interest base. My expectation is that most smart people try to stay abreast of trends in the industry they work in ;)

Comment Who cares? (Score -1, Troll) 46

Hours old post, other posts after attracting normal comment volume, this has eleven (11) posts as of this moment. If an update to a shitty, feeble, archaic operating system that only the most devoted antisocial fanbois give a flying fuck about doesn't deserve the "whocares" tag, nothing does.

Comment This should be amusing... (Score 2, Insightful) 44

As anyone who has ever used an online translation engine can tell you, going between English and either Chinese or Japanese leads to a stream of gibberish which at best gives the wily reader a hint of what the original topic might have been about.

I foresee a few tourists on both sides of the pond having some epic adventures as a result of relying upon this app :)

Comment Complete answers to uniscrew exam (Score 1) 581

Fuck it, and fuck them. This sort of thing leads direct to "Idiocracy" becoming reality. So this bit is borrowed from Melbel, who posted it in the hopes that the information gets spread far and wide. If you are looking for a job that uses this exam, I'm sorry for you, but here's at least a glimpse into how the faragin bastidges want you to conform:

SA = Strongly Agree
A = Agree
D = Disagree
SD = Strongly Disagree

You expect to succeed in whatever you do SA
You are good at taking charge of a group A
You keep calm when under stress SA
You are somewhat of a thrill-seeker SD
You like to be alone SD
You are well aware of your inner feelings SA
People are often mean to you SD
You get angry more often than nervous SD
You know when someone is in a bad mood, even if they donâ(TM)t show it SA

You would like a job that is quiet and predictable SD
You work hard at what you do SA
You keep your promises, no matter what SA
You work better with your hands than your mind A
You donâ(TM)t work too hard because it doesnâ(TM)t pay off anyway SD
You love to be with people SA
You love to listen to people talk about themselves SA
You hate to give up if you canâ(TM)t solve a hard problem SA
You prefer to do things alone SD
When under pressure, you think about all that can go wrong SD
It is easy for you to ignore small problems SD
You feel lively and energetic at parties SA
You are a quiet person SD
You donâ(TM)t like to be interrupted when you are doing something SD

When someone is rude to you, you get over it quickly SA
You do not always feel hopeful about your future SD
When you need to, you take it easy at work SD
You attract attention to yourself SD
You believe that you would be very successful at a sales job SA
You finish the work you have to do, even when youâ(TM)re tired or bored SA
You are proud of the work you do at school or on a job SA
You look forward to going to work (or school) SA
You quickly see the solutions to new problems SA
You have no big regrets about your past SA
In school, you were one of the best students SA
It bothers you when something unexpected disrupts your day SD
When someone treats you badly, you ignore it SA
You like people to notice you A

Slow-moving people make you impatient A
You often feel nervous about something SD
You got mostly good grades in high school SA
Many people cannot be trusted D
You rarely act without thinking SA
You have friends, but donâ(TM)t like them to be too close SD
You could describe yourself as âtidyâ(TM) SA
In your free time, you go out more than stay home SA
Your stuff is often kind of messy SD
People have a lot of arguments with you SD
You have a lot of different abilities SA
Your moods are steady from day to day SA
You are lively and talkative SA
There are some people you really canâ(TM)t stand SD
You do not fake being polite SD
You show it when you are in a bad mood SD
When things go wrong, itâ(TM)s hard to control your temper SD

It bothers you when you have to obey a lot of rules SD
You can argue hard but still keep it friendly SA
You would rather not get involved in other peopleâ(TM)s problems D
It is not easy for you to put your ideas in writing SD
When you are annoyed with something, you say so SD
You were absent very few days from high school SA
Youâ(TM)ve had some disappointments that youâ(TM)ll never get over SD
You follow through on everything that you start SA
You feel nervous when there are demands you canâ(TM)t meet A
You think a lot about the worries and stresses you have D
Peopleâ(TM)s feelings are sometimes hurt by what you say SD
You make more sensible choices than careless ones SA
It bothers you a long time when someone is unfair to you SD
You change from feeling happy to sad without any reason SD
You like to try things that are new and different SA
You do some things that upset people SD
When you are done with your work, you look for more to do. SA

You are always learning about new things SA
You are skilled at convincing people SA
You swear when you argue SD
You donâ(TM)t act polite when you donâ(TM)t want to SD
When people make mistakes, you correct them SA
You usually like to be by yourself SD
You talk cheerfully to people you meet SA
You do what you want, no matter what others think SD
You tend to follow others more than lead A
Realistically, some of your projects will never be finished SD
People do a lot of things that make you angry SD
You like to take the lead with others SA
You make new friends all the time SA
You sometimes thought seriously about quitting high school SD
Any trouble you have is your own fault SA
When someone criticizes you, you criticize back SD
You like to plan things before you start to do them SA
You shy away from trying new things SD
You are good at leading people D

You worry about saying the wrong things to people A
You like to take frequent breaks when working on something difficult SD
You have plenty of self-confidence SA
You are not interested in your friendsâ(TM) problems SD
You do not like to meet new people SD
Your friends and family approve of the things you do SA
You bounce back right away from disappointments SA
Itâ(TM)s fun to go out to events with big crowds SA
It is important for you to feel good about your work SA
You feel bad for a long time after youâ(TM)ve made a mistake SD
Youâ(TM)d rather not compete very much SD
You avoid arguments as much as possible SD
You can easily cheer up and forget a problem SA
You like to talk a lot SA
You do things carefully so you donâ(TM)t make mistakes SA
You have to give up on some things that you start SD
You donâ(TM)t believe a lot of what people say SD
You donâ(TM)t care what people think of you SD
You like to have a lot to do SA

You finish your work no matter what SA
You are careful not to offend people SA
You think a lot about things that have bothered you SD
You could not deal with difficult people all day SD
You donâ(TM)t care if you offend people SD
You pay close attention to peopleâ(TM)s feelings SA
You agree with people more than you argue SA
You work best at a slow but steady speed SD
You think of yourself as being very sensible SA
Right now, you care more about having fun than being serious at school or work SD
You act pleasant even when you feel bad SA
You want to be the best at everything you do SA
You donâ(TM)t worry about making a good impression SD
You wait to start your work until you are told to SD

You get mad at yourself when you make mistakes SA
Youâ(TM)d rather blend into a crowd than stand out D
You look back and feel bad about things youâ(TM)ve done SA
In school or on a job, you could be doing better than you are SD
When you go someplace, you are never late SA
You have no big worries SD
You donâ(TM)t work harder than you have to SD
You take the lead in conversations or discussions SA
It is maddening when the court lets guilty criminals go free SA
Other peopleâ(TM)s feelings are their own business D
You always try not to hurt peopleâ(TM)s feelings SA
In groups, someone else usually takes the lead D
You are a good reader.SA
You do not like small talk SD
You do all you can do to win SA
You do not like to take orders SD
You have trouble dealing with sudden changes SD

You try to sense what others are thinking and feeling SA
You try to make everything you do perfect SA
Youâ(TM)ve done your share of trouble making SD
You would rather work on a team than by yourself SA
You are hard to get along with when you are in a bad mood SD
You criticize people when they deserve it SD
You have always had good behavior in school or work SA
People who talk all the time are annoying D
You like to be in the middle of a big crowd SA
You have confidence in yourself SA
You give direct criticism when you need to SA
You ignore people you donâ(TM)t like SD
You donâ(TM)t care if you offend people SD
You chat with people you donâ(TM)t know SA
You have a busy, active schedule SA

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - CCP's EVE-Online patch overwrites boot.ini 1

Nobo writes: CCP's latest major patch to the EVE-Online client, Trinity, comes with an optional DX9-enhanced graphics patch which dramatically improves the visual quality of the in-game graphics through remade models, textures, and HDR. It also has an unfortunate bug. Due to the incredibly stupid choice of boot.ini as a game configuration file, coupled with an errant extra backslash in the installer configuration, anyone who installs the enhanced graphics patch overwrites the windows XP c:\boot.ini file with the EVE client configuration file, bricking the machine on the next boot. Discussion on the forums is becoming understandably heated.

Submission + - Mac OS X Leopard's firewall wide open! (

rpp3po writes: German tech magazine Heise analyzed Leopard's new firewall and made some shocking discoveries. Even when you set it to "block all incoming connections" at least 4 ports are left wide open (ntpd, netbios, mdns). Additionally "Apple uses ntpd 4.2.2, the current version is 4.2.4. It is not clear whether any of the bug fixes are relevant in this scenario and if Apple back-ported fixes from more recent versions."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Terry Jones Accuses Iran of Being Uncivilized

SetupWeasel writes: "At the Guardian, Terry Jones has written a scathing assessment of Iran's treatment of British hostages. From the column: "And what's all this about allowing the captives to write letters home saying they are all right? It's time the Iranians fell into line with the rest of the civilised world: they should allow their captives the privacy of solitary confinement. That's one of the many privileges the US grants to its captives in Guantánamo Bay.""

Submission + - Microsoft to build Smashed Chair monument

Anonymous Coward writes: "According to a fresh press release, Microsoft is to build
a statue at their Redmond, WA premises of a smashed chair, forming
part of their new aggressive Employee Integrity campaign. The purpose
is said to be to incite fear following the recent surge in the
number of employees leaving MS. At least 5 employees
have decided against walking over to Google following the announcement.
Analysts are speculating that this is an attempt by MS to make
Steve Ballmer's chair throwing incident seem to have been a rational move
that coincided with this future plan all along."

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