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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Dega704 Ad Blockers... (194 comments)

One of the best endpoint security tools you can deploy.

yesterday
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Dega704 I'm going to enjoy this...... (153 comments)

Few things cheese me off more than corporate cartels and their allies in congress who preach about the goodness of the free market and against government meddling, right up until the free market threatens their dominant position; then they want the government to put a stop to that nonsense immediately. If you really do support a free market, then you either change with the times or you get out of the way and stop holding back those who are actually innovating.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Dega704 The sad part is... (182 comments)

No matter how conclusively this is proven, these idiot officials will continue to use Snowden as their scapegoat.

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Dega704 For the sake of perspective...... (323 comments)

If the carriers whine about it (and they will), someone should publicly ask them why their networks are so lousy that they can't offer 1/100th of the speed that municipal projects and Google Fiber are providing.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Dega704 Wow...... (949 comments)

These guys are starting to make the Third Reich look sane and well adjusted.

3 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Dega704 Amusing (172 comments)

It says a lot about Quickflix's service when Netflix via VPN is an actual competitive problem for them.

4 days ago
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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

Dega704 Good for tablets and laptops, but also..... (51 comments)

Maybe I'm weird for being mostly interested in what kind of new NUC platforms Broadwell will give us. The mobile rush has been good for desktop systems from an evolutionary standpoint. I have already built a few systems the size of a WiFi router with zero moving parts.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

Dega704 Clever stunt (123 comments)

Whatever this costs Microsoft in fines and legal costs is going to be paltry compared the the revenue they have likely been losing from overseas business since the Snowden revelations. Doing this puts on a good show that makes it look like they care about they are fighting the U.S. government to protect their customers. Deep down I wonder how many of their executives want to see Snowden locked up as well.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

Dega704 Russian revolution? (85 comments)

Part of me screams for Amazon to mercilessly crush the cable companies and salt their fields. The more reasonable side of me worries we would wind up trading one overpowered corporate overlord for another. It won't stop me from grabbing popcorn and enjoying the show either way, though; just to satisfy the bloodlust against these bastards.

about two weeks ago
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Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

Dega704 In the meantime.... (132 comments)

I am going to start using cash a lot more often until the system has it's act together. All of the crooks are busy robbing people the 21st century way anyhow. The good news is that between this and the NSA's shenanigans, security development efforts are on fire right now. It's long overdue.

about three weeks ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Dega704 Terrible idea (111 comments)

Municipalities providing a critical infrastructure? What Lunacy! That will never work! What other crazy ideas do these municipalities have in store for us? Electricity? Running water and sewage? Gas heating? Paved roads? Balderdash! Best to leave these things to the large corporations and eliminate all of the regulations since they have nothing but the public's best interests at heart. To the free market fairy we pray for forgiveness. Amen.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Dega704 Just last weekend (391 comments)

Built one of Intel's NUC platforms with the Akasa Newton H enclosure. Fanless + SSD = No moving parts. Freaking sweet. I want to build another one as an HTPC.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

Dega704 Gives an interesting look.... (234 comments)

At first glance this may seem completely irrelevant to debates about Net Neutrality and data caps, but now I think it tells us a lot about just how unscrupulous Comcast and other big ISPs are. When their greed trumps even the most basic tact and professionalism, how can anyone in their right mind expect us to believe that the best thing for everyone is to let them run amok unchallenged and unregulated with a virtual monopoly? It boggles the mind.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Dega704 Limitations (98 comments)

As much as I would like to see Linux displace Windows in these kinds of environments, there really aren't any systems that give you the same kind of management functionality as Userlock, or even Active Directory and Group Policy. It's possible of course, but only if you have the time, skill, and manpower to rig something together yourself. I'm sure I'll get flamed for saying this, but the Linux desktop has a long way to go before it can even hope to be a viable alternative to Windows in the enterprise. Even then it will not be possible unless that particular segment unifies around a specific distro. Not saying I like it; just being realistic. It certainly doesn't stop me from going all Linux at home, but it makes it an unthinkable idea to try and sell to management. Hopefully this changes in the future, but it's a long way down the road.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Dega704 First world problems.... (354 comments)

Netflix is probably trying to save money by cutting costs. It kinds of sort of sucks but life goes on. Compared to some of the other antics large companies are up to, I have a hard time getting worked up about this.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Dega704 Re:Blog post gone? (390 comments)

I'm seeing the same thing. Maybe Verizon realized their screw-up and took it down. Hello Streisand Effect.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

Dega704 True impact? (69 comments)

I most definitely left a comment and I would do it again, but at the same time my pessimistic side wonders how much weight our comments carry compared to the opinions of the FCC commissioners' golf buddies from the ISPs.

about 2 months ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Dega704 Really? (231 comments)

Well the government has made one thing very clear. They believe that they are the only beings on earth that are entitled to privacy or secrecy, and they are entitled to ALL of it while simultaneously violating everyone else's eight ways till friday.

about 2 months ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Dega704 Once I would have been excited (149 comments)

Technologically exciting, realistically irrelevant. It has become abundantly clear that the telcos do not want to upgrade their networks no matter how much the cost of doing so drops.

about 2 months ago
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Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

Dega704 Re:Infotainment? Don't Care. (88 comments)

The problem was with everyone developing their own proprietary system, by the time they get the vehicles to market it looks horrendously outdated compared to iOS and Android, to say nothing of trying to get developers interested. Standardizing around the same open platform will allow them to get their infotainment systems up to par and keep pace with the rest of the technology world. Not that it matters much for me and my car right now. I never imagined having a six-disc CD changer would seem so behind the times.

about 3 months ago

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Edward Snowden: NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout.

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about a month ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "When Syria's access to the internet was cut for two days back in 2012, it apparently wasn't the fault of dissenting "terrorists," as the Syrian government claimed: according to Wired, it was the fault of the US government. In a long profile of Edward Snowden published today, Wired writes what Snowden says is the truth about the internet outage. An elite hacking unit in the National Security Agency had reportedly been attempting to install malware on a central router within Syria — a feat that would have allowed the agency to access a good amount of the country's internet traffic. Instead, it ended up accidentally rendering the router unusable, causing Syria's internet connection to go dark."
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Cable companies: We're afraid Netflix will demand payment from ISPs

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "While the network neutrality debate has focused primarily on whether ISPs should be able to charge companies like Netflix for faster access to consumers, cable companies are now arguing that it's really Netflix who holds the market power to charge them. This argument popped up in comments submitted to the FCC by Time Warner Cable and industry groups that represent cable companies. (National Journal writer Brendan Sasso pointed this out.) The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents many companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter wrote to the FCC:

"Even if broadband providers had an incentive to degrade their customers’ online experience in some circumstances, they have no practical ability to act on such an incentive. Today’s Internet ecosystem is dominated by a number of “hyper-giants” with growing power over key aspects of the Internet experience—including Google in search, Netflix and Google (YouTube) in online video, Amazon and eBay in e-commerce, and Facebook in social media. If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct. Indeed, it is more likely that these large edge providers would seek to extract payment from ISPs for delivery of video over last-mile networks.""

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Deaf advocacy groups to Verizon: Don't kill net neutrality on our behalf

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "No company has lobbied more fiercely against network neutrality than Verizon, which filed the lawsuit that overturned the FCC's rules prohibiting ISPs from blocking and discriminating against Web content. But the absence of net neutrality rules isn't just good for Verizon—it's also good for the blind, deaf, and disabled, Verizon claims.

That's what Verizon lobbyists said in talks with congressional staffers, according to a Mother Jones report last month. "Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people to try to convince congressional staffers and their bosses to get on board with the fast lane idea," the report said. With "fast lanes," Web services—including those designed for the blind, deaf, and disabled—could be prioritized in exchange for payment.

Now, advocacy groups for deaf people have filed comments with the FCC saying they don't agree with Verizon's position."

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Protestors Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "Plenty of nightmare surveillance theories surround the million-square-foot NSA facility opened last year in Bluffdale, Utah. Any locals driving by the massive complex Friday morning saw something that may inspire new ones: A massive blimp hovering over the center, with the letters NSA printed on its side.

Activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Greenpeace launched the 135-foot thermal airship early Friday morning to protest the agency’s mass surveillance programs and to announce the launch of Stand Against Spying, a website that rates members of Congress on their support or opposition to NSA reform. The full message on the blimp reads “NSA: Illegal Spying Below” along with an arrow pointing downward and the Stand Against Spying URL."

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Cox plans gigabit Internet for residential customers this year

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "Cox Communications President Pat Esser said the cable company will roll out gigabit broadband to residential customers this year.

During an interview with Bloomberg yesterday, Esser said:

        Delivering gigabit speeds to business service customers has always been a high priority to us, and for years we've delivered gigabit broadband to commercial customers across the country. We're working on our roadmap now around the residential side of the business to bring gigabit speeds to customers this year.

        I'm talking about plans over time for all of our customers in all of our markets having residential gigabit broadband speeds available to them, and we're excited about it. Over the next two to three weeks we'll be announcing which markets we're starting in.

Esser didn't mention whether this would be a fiber-to-the-home service, but at another point he noted, "We have this very robust network, fiber very deep in the network." Cox offers fiber-to-the-premises for business customers needing 1Gbps or 10Gbps throughput."

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F.C.C., in Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes ""The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.

The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

It would seem that fears about Tom Wheeler's lobbyist background were well-founded after all."

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Linux may succeed Windows XP as OS of choice for ATMs

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA).

"There is some heartburn in the industry" over Microsoft's end-of-support decision, Tente said.

ATM operators would like to be able to synchronize their hardware and software upgrade cycles. But that's hard to do with Microsoft dictating the software upgrade timetable. As a result, "some are looking at the possibility of using a non-Microsoft operating system to synch up their hardware and software upgrades," Tente said."

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CryEngine officially supporting Linux

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 6 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "Crytek sent out a press release today announcing they will be showing off CryEngine Linux support. Found in a press release today, "During presentations and hands-on demos at Crytek's GDC booth, attendees can see for the first time ever full native Linux support in the new CRYENGINE. The CRYENGINE all-in-one game engine is also updated with the innovative features used to recreate the stunning Roman Empire seen in Ryse – including the brand new Physically Based Shading render pipeline, which uses real-world physics simulation to create amazingly realistic lighting and materials in CRYENGINE games.""
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Former CIA chief: Snowden should be "hanged by the neck until dead"

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "A story over at Ars reports:

At a Tuesday closed-door meeting with tech leaders, one unnamed participant suggested to Obama that Snowden be pardoned; Obama said he couldn't do that. During a 60 Minutes report on the leaks that aired Sunday, though, even an NSA official suggested it might be worth discussing amnesty—if and only if he returns the leaked documents securely, almost surely an impossibility at this point. (CBS news has been busy defending itself against accusations that Sunday's show was a "puff piece.")

Even that tiny, tentative olive branch seems to have crossed a line for security hawks. NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander dismissed the idea, comparing Snowden to "a hostage taker taking 50 people hostage, shooting 10, and then say[ing], 'You give me full amnesty and I'll let the other 40 go.'"

Former CIA director James Woolsey responded to the suggestion of amnesty even more strongly, saying in a Fox News interview that Snowden should be hanged.

"I think giving him amnesty is idiotic,” said Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993 to 1995. “He should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by his neck until he is dead.""

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Canonical to force Linux Mint to license Ubuntu binary packages?

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 9 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "DistroWatch has a very disturbing report about Canonical possibly trying to force Linux Mint to license Ubuntu binary packages.

        "Clem claims he has been asked by Canonical's legal department to license the binary packages used by Ubuntu. To me this is a scary thought. Ubuntu is a base distribution for many projects, some of them (such as Mint and Kubuntu) are quite successful.

        Clem's statement makes me wonder if Canonical has approached other open source projects about licensing the right to access Ubuntu's package repositories. If so, what might follow? Would derivative distributions need to pay to use Canonical's packages? How would Canonical enforce such a policy, with lawyers, by blocking access to the repositories if a user isn't using Genuine Ubuntu? ""

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Reuters: Snowden stashed "doomsday" cache as insurance policy against harm

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "US and British intelligence officials are concerned former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has stored an online "doomsday" cache of extraordinarily sensitive classified information that will be unpacked in the event he is arrested or physically harmed, according to a report published Monday.

The article, headlined Spies worry over "doomsday" cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden, cited seven current and former US officials, as well as other sources briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition they not be identified. The report claimed the cache contained documents generated by the NSA and other agencies that include previously unpublished names of US and allied intelligence personnel. One of the sources described the documents as an insurance policy against arrest or harm.

Ars was unable to confirm the claims in the article, and some of the reported details sounded technically implausible, at least as they were described."

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House intel bill adds $75 million to NSA budget to stop future Snowdens

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee approved a spending bill to fund the National Security Agency and other intelligence organizations. Included in the bill is a provision that would set aside $75 million for the NSA to improve its internal security and mitigate insider threats to classified material. In other words, the bill seeks to prevent future Edward Snowdens."
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WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "WikiLeaks has released the draft text of a chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a multilateral free-trade treaty currently being negotiated in secret by 12 Pacific Rim nations. The 30,000 word intellectual property chapter contains proposals to increase the term of patents, including medical patents, beyond 20 years, and lower global standards for patentability. It also pushes for aggressive measures to prevent hackers breaking copyright protection, although that comes with some exceptions: protection can be broken in the course of "lawfully authorised activities carried out by government employees, agents, or contractors for the purpose of law enforcement, intelligence, essential security, or similar governmental purposes"."
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Bill would make it illegal for ISPs to slow down online video services

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "A Senate bill called the "Consumer Choice in Online Video Act" takes aim at many of the tactics Internet service providers (ISPs) can use to overcharge customers and degrade the quality of rival online video services. Submitted yesterday by US Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the 63-page bill (PDF) provides a comprehensive look at the potential ways in which ISPs can limit consumer choice, and it boots the Federal Communications Commission's power to prevent bad outcomes."
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About 20% Of New Titles On Steam Support Linux

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about a year ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "There is some interesting news over at Phoronix regarding the state of Linux support among game developers.

"Phoronix reader Casper Gielen wrote in with some interesting information that may have been overlooked by other Phoronix readers. Casper wrote, "While browsing the 100 newest releases on Steam I noticed that 20 supported Linux. That's quite a lot. Of the 18 games under "coming soon" 6 support Linux. That's even better, which suggests that it's not just a lucky day but a real trend. Only 13 of the best selling games support Linux, but even that is a rather nice number."

So right now 20% of the new releases support Linux, 33% of the current "coming soon" titles support Linux, and 13% of the "best selling" games advertise Linux support. Those wanting to check out the games for yourself can visit store.steampowered.com and click on the various tabs.

These numbers are only likely to rise given Valve continuing to push more game developers to support Linux, SteamOS and Steam Machines will drive game developers and gamers to the Linux-based operating system, and Valve continues to work on new initiatives to help developers in moving their games to Linux — e.g. continued Source Engine optimizations, LLDB improvements, joint work on a new Linux debugger for game developers, etc."

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Republican Study Comittee fires staffer over retracted copyright-reform memo

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "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."
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Atari memo written by Steve Jobs going up for auction starting at $10k

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "Before Steve Jobs came up with the iPhone or even the Apple II, he designed paddles for ball-flipping games at Atari where the scruffy 19-year-old was employed to improve game design. Sotheby's New York will auction off a document dating from Jobs's time there: a 1974 report that Jobs wrote for his boss suggesting ways to improve arcade game World Cup. According to Jobs' biography, his Atari days are most notable for his clashes with colleagues, who he considered to be "dumb shits". He was made to work night shifts there partly because he was in a phase of refusing to wash and so he apparently smelt bad, causing complaints from his co-workers. But Jobs obviously did some work at Atari too, with the document laying out his ideas for improving player experience. The typed four-page document includes three circuit designs in pencil and additional designs for the paddles and alignment ofplayers defending a soccer goal."
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Members of congress caught pirating via bittorrent

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "TorrentFreak used Hurricane Electric's handy list of assigned IP blocks to track down which IP addresses belong to the offices of members of Congress. And lo and behold, when those addresses were compared to results on YouHaveDownloaded, a torrent tracking site, they yielded over 800 hits.

Now to put this in context. YouHaveDownloaded tracks only a tiny portion of torrent traffic, so it appears that Congress — even as they look to punish lesser mortals for file sharing — are themselves gleefully committing a "smash and grab" as Vice President Joe Biden (D) once put it."

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Windows XP support extended to 2020

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes ""Microsoft originally said that new owners of Windows 7 who wanted to downgrade to XP would only have until 2011 to do so, but now the company has changed its mind and extended support for the old operating system until 2020. That's right. Windows XP, an operating system that is already almost 10 years old, will apparently still be relevant for another 10 years. "We have decided to extend downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional beyond the previously planned end date at Windows 7 SP1," wrote Microsoft in an official blog post. "Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7."

I hope this is a hoax because I for one am not looking forward to another full decade of servicing XP machines."

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Hulu Desktop now available for Linux

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "At launch Labs' most exciting (and surprising) new feature was Hulu Desktop — a downloadable native client available for both Mac and Windows that sports a new interface that allows users to sit back from their screens and navigate the site using either their Mac or Windows Media remotes. And today, it's launching support for Linux. To be perfectly honest I did a double take when I heard the news — plenty of software never makes it to Linux at all, much less a few months after making its PC/Mac debut. But Hulu says that a Linux version was among users' top requests, so they built it."
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