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Comment Re:Thats it just show the eye candy. (Score 1) 559

My favorite piece of eye candy was the "static" when opening the photo.

When the hell is somebody going to fix that, and whos fault is it?

X? WM? Graphics Driver?

it's getting old.

That was a custom patch that is included in Fedora and Ubuntu. It was not a problem of Qt, KDE, or even the X folks, it was making inappropriate use of a standard (i.e. breaking it) to slightly speed things up for compiz/gnome users. The patch is now reverted in Jaunty/9.04 and is NOT present in other distros.

Linux Business

Submission + - All OEMs Now Ship Desktop Linux (

blitzkrieg3 writes: Computer World has an article about how all major original equipment manufacturers are now shipping desktop Linux. This after HP decided to put Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on their Compaq dx2390 desktop. From the article:

With this move, HP finally followed Dell, which was the first major OEM to make desktop Linux available as a pre-load, Lenovo and Asus into the desktop Linux revolution. In fact, with HP coming aboard, the first stage of the Linux rebellion is done.

The Register has a more detailed writeup here

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - AMD says PhysX will die

bigzarelli writes: "In response to EA and 2K Games announcing that they will license Nvidia PhysX across all of their worldwide studios earlier this week, Godfrey Cheng, Director of Technical Marketing in AMD's Graphics Product Group, has said that PhysX will die if it remains a closed and proprietary standard. "There is no plan for closed and proprietary standards like PhysX," said Cheng. "As we have emphasised with our support for OpenCL and DX11, closed and proprietary standards will die.""

Submission + - Mac Book Pros Might Suffer NVIDIA Failures (

An anonymous reader writes: The Inquirer has taken an electron microscope to a 15" Macbook Pro bought off-the-shelf from a California retailer to test whether the bump material that joins the chips to the circuit board is similar to that which is alleged to be the cause of many failing NVIDIA parts this summer for which they have already taken a $200M charge.

NVIDIA is currently stating that the bumps are not bad, while The Inquirer points out that there is evidence disputing some of NVIDIA's past statements on the topic. In September a lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed against NVIDIA claiming that its executives concealed the original problems for at least 8 months.


Submission + - Apple more closed than Microsoft (

Anti-Globalism writes: "When we gave respondents in our recent annual barometer survey the opportunity to comment on some deliberately controversial issues, 549 of them provided an opinion on the question of whether Apple or Microsoft could be considered more closed. OK, we admit this was a bit leading as survey questions go, but the responses were nevertheless very interesting, not least because most of the criticism was levelled at Apple. When we analysed the feedback, while 21% said Microsoft was more closed, and 24% said there wasn't anything to choose between the two, the majority, 55%, gave the prize for lack of openness to Apple."

Submission + - Chandler PIM reaches 1.0, loses financial support (

TuringTest writes: I was surprised to learn that Chandler, the open-source Personal Information Manager (covered on Slashdot after releasing some stable versions), has silently reached its 1.0 milestone this summer only to (or maybe because of) having its financial support removed at the end of 2008. Chandler inherits organization concepts from Lotus Agenda and is a brainchild of Mitch Kapor (of Firefox, EFF and Lotus fame). It shares an approach to unified information representation with recent PIMs like MIT's Haystack and KDE's Nepomuk. What happened to the persistent universal data storage that object-oriented desktops and metadata filesystems were never able to provide? Did it finally arrive as a userland application, and nobody cared?

Submission + - wikipedia unblocked in china

An anonymous reader writes: wikipedia unblocked in china

Submission + - YouTube to Begin Using Video Fingerprinting (

Spamicles writes: "YouTube will begin testing video recognition technology in conjunction with Time Warner and Disney. Testing will begin next month in hopes that the software, designed to recognize copyright content in videos, will be ready to roll out later this year, the company said. Google, which now owns YouTube, had agreed to implement some kind of technology to identify copyright content on its site so it can remove pirated content or negotiate with owners for a license."

Submission + - Yahoo censors Flickr images in Germany (

janoc writes: Apparently not only China is censoring Flickr. Flickr has recently introduced filters to filter out images deemed inappropriate. Unfortunately, the filters are now forced also on the German users (together with Singaporeans and Korean users). Photos marked "moderate" or "restricted" are invisible even to their own authors if they happen to be in one of the restricted countries. However, users from elsewhere can still see them just fine if they disable the "Safe search" feature in preferences — this option is not available to Germans anymore. There is a large discussion about this issue going on here: link.

Submission + - Bush names anti-open source lobbyist as counselor (

Citizen Pain writes: "President Bush today appointed as his counselor a man who received $820,000 from Microsoft to lobby during negotiations over its antitrust settlement as well as to oppose the use, especially within the government, of "open source" systems such as Linux. Enron also paid him $700,000 in 2001 alone to lobby on the "California energy crisis" and thwart efforts to re-regulate the Western electricity market through price controls."

Submission + - Nokia Countersues Qualcomm (

Spamicles writes: "Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, has filed a patent infringement countersuit against Qualcomm Monday. Nokia filed the lawsuit in a Texas district court, and it is seeking damages and injunctive relief. Nokia stated that it believes the Qualcomm patents are not valid, as the alleged inventions have been patented or published by other companies before Qualcomm. It also said it does not believe Nokia's products infringe any of the patents."

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