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Submission + - Behind the Scenes With Samsung's Factory Girls (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "News flash: The young women working at Samsung's factory in Tianjin, China like their jobs about as much as factory workers anywhere. The work is boring and tiring, but it pays ok and there are perks (like air conditioning in the dorms), says 19-year-old Zhao Caixia. One 23-year-old woman, who assembles 200-300 camera lenses a day, told the IDG News Service's Michael Kan: 'You just keep doing the same thing over and over,' she said. 'There is nothing really to like, but nothing to really dislike either.' Labor rights group China Labor Watch tells a different story. One day after Samsung said it would audit its suppliers in China, the group reported cases of excessive overtime (exceeding 100 hours per month) and exhausting working conditions, with employees being made to stand for up to 12 hours for a single shift."
Open Source

Submission + - Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows Does (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "There seems to be a recurring phenomenon in the technology press, where any trojan that affects Linux or Macs becomes front page news. On the other hand, trojans that affect Windows are mostly ignored, perhaps because this is considered to be the normal state of affairs. While no general purpose operating system can be 100% secure from viruses and trojans, obviously, market share is not the end-all force multiplier that it is commonly depicted to be by proponents of mainstream operating systems. Let's take a look at not only the differences in Linux's execution, but factors intrinsic to its open source nature that allow it to enjoy specific advantages in security which just can't be matched by proprietary software. Even if it had similar market share, it is extremely unlikely that Linux would ever have the same number of exploits as we see in closed-source ecosystems such as Windows. This is a direct result of the open nature, which allows for innumerable companies and hobbyists to access and maintain all portions of the system. Linux will always have more eyes looking through the code to make it secure, than there are eyes looking through the code to exploit it."

Submission + - When Virtualization Becomes Your Worst Enemy (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Virtualization makes hard tasks easy and big problems bigger, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Try as we might to keep chaos at bay, there will come a time when the perfect storm hits and everything falls apart. Usually a confluence of elements triggers total meltdown, but sometimes one overlooked weak link fails and causes a cascade of problems that takes an entire network offline. These situations are never easy to deal with and are generally compounded by the fact that admins are feverishly working to fix problems while being bombarded with alarms from other systems that are also failing due to the initial outage. It’s like trying to rebuild a house while it's falling down on top of you.'"

Comment doctor it was 2005 (Score 1) 86

In the private system, I saw my doctor, who never looked in my eyes since she was too busy looking in a laptop. No paper chart at the exam just the laptop with info dating from the start of the new electronic system.

Went to a specialist (on of the most respected in his field). Staring in a laptop he bluffed his way through the $200 exam and told me he could not have performed the surgery in 2005 it had to be 2007. All of this is in the paper chart, which he could understand because he MADE IT HIS WAY. The jokers in charge of this project are on the other side of the continent and even handle the billing for the locals.

Someone is behind on data entry for the histoical charts, but then who can read a Dr's handwriting...

Comment Re:Gnome does it again. (Score 1) 247

But that's the beauty of open source. We have fluxbox, xfce, KDE, ...

IMHO that sums it up, we can all stop posting now. Both KDE and Gmoan have made my setup unusable when upgraded. Always feels like a downgrade to me.

Now Flux: It has a nice menu that I can edit in xterm with my favorite text editor. It does NOT have a bunch of junk cluttering the screen like a desktop to annoy my ancient eyes.

For some reason anything I install just works[tm].

Comment Fail (Score 1) 2254

I won't read all the posts.

When I enlarge fonts so I can actually see the page the left margin and several characters disappear underneath the left navigation idiot thingy.


Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot 225

An anonymous reader writes "A robot met its end near Coors Field tonight when the Denver Police Department Bomb Squad detonated the 'suspicious object,' bringing to an end the hours-long standoff between police and the approximately eight-inch tall toy. From the article: "'Are you serious?' asked Denver resident Justin Kent, 26, when police stopped him from proceeding down 20th Street. Kent said that he lived just past the closed area, but was told he would have to go around via Park Avenue.'"
Open Source

ProFTPD.org Compromised, Backdoor Distributed 152

Orome1 writes "A warning has been issued by the developers of ProFTPD, the popular FTP server software, about a compromise of the main distribution server of the software project that resulted in attackers exchanging the offered source files for ProFTPD 1.3.3c with a version containing a backdoor. It is thought that the attackers took advantage of an unpatched security flaw in the FTP daemon in order to gain access to the server."

Comment Re:Changes seem irrelevant... (Score 1) 473

Are later kernel versions better?

Well in the 2.6.35 kernels there is a bug in the E1000 drivers that make running ethernet impossible. The 'demo' churned and churned but would not connect. No point in trying to replace 9.10 with it.

I'm running 2.6.36-rc7 in my main gentoo install. When I first ran into the problem I had to backtrack to 2.6.34 if I wanted reliable networking. Apparently the fixes have not been back ported to 2.6.35.

I've already had the experience of sorting that out and have better things to do than figure out what's wrong with yet another ubuntu quick release.

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