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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 a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Dega704 First world problems.... (353 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month ago
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Perl Is Undead

Dega704 Always found it amusing (283 comments)

Especially considering that the Linux job market is red-hot, and almost all Linux sysadmin job listings I see list Perl as a wanted skill. What exactly causes a language to be declared dead, anyway? Would you say that Fortran or Cobol are dead? Because they are still going strong in their respective niches.

about a month ago
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Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

Dega704 This headline... (57 comments)

would have been much more interesting minus the first three words.

about a month ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Dega704 Benefits (455 comments)

They forgot to mention the free leg massages from leg-humping auto salesmen.

about a month and a half ago
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Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

Dega704 Start over fresh? (85 comments)

The fact that Title II rules were written so long ago is a point that net neutrality opponents like to hammer on all the live long day. If you want to aggravate them quickly just point out how some like to say the same about the second amendment. That argument aside, though, I do often wonder: Why not rewrite Title II altogether? Even if for no other reason than to close the argument about 'outdated' regulations.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

Dega704 All for show? (190 comments)

I'm having a difficult time believing that this is a genuine effort to accomplish anything besides PR for the democratic party. First of all, everyone knows perfectly well that the FCC's current authority falls well short of what is needed to ban fast lanes; Verizon did a rather thorough job of demonstrating that if I remember correctly. Secondly, if they are going to pass legislation, then why not pass net neutrality directly into law? This is a farce. Most democrats do not care about this issue any more than the republicans do. They are simply trying to look good to the public while simultaneously pleasing their campaign donors; as if Obama's appointing Tom Wheeler as chairman wasn't proof enough of that already.

about a month and a half ago
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The FCC Can't Help Cities Trapped By Predatory Internet Deals With Big Telecom

Dega704 Root of the problem (93 comments)

I wouldn't have expected the FCC to be able to do anything about this. They are mostly toothless when it comes to many of the problems with the Internet, which isn't necessarily a bad thing considering they have abused their power in favor of incumbents in the past. This is a problem that really needs to be attacked at it's source: telecom's ludicrous lobbying power. I hate to sound like a shill for Lawrence Lessig, but I really hope the May One super PAC is a success. American "democracy" really is pay-to-win.

about a month and a half ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

Dega704 Re:His true colors.... (253 comments)

I like it.

about a month and a half ago
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US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

Dega704 His true colors.... (253 comments)

Those spoofed Obama posters that replaced HOPE with OBEY seem more and more appropriate.

about a month and a half ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Dega704 Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Fair enough, but there I have one question about that analogy. Are thousands of people's bank accounts potentially put at risk by an unlocked bedroom window?

about 1 month ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Dega704 Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Are you the guy who designed that ATM? Because that sounds like something they would say to save face from the fact that the security of their product was so hilariously inadequate that a couple of kids screwing around(which kids tend to do) were able to compromise it.

about 1 month ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Dega704 Keep it up, Elon. (230 comments)

This general attitude is why Tesla is such a disruptive force, and why the rest of the automotive market and their ilk hate them. I for one am happy to see the status quo get genuinely threatened for a change.

about 1 month ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

Dega704 Too convenient... (346 comments)

A story like this is the U.S. government's wet dream. This is highly suspicious.

about 1 month ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Dega704 A war well waged (347 comments)

In my view municipally run fiber networks are an inevitable necessity, whether they are open-access or the service is run by the city. Internet access has become a vital utility and becomes all the more so every year; and fiber networks are the only viable way to provide it and grow with future needs. I wish the average person could understand this. Competition doesn't happen partly because building multiple physical network infrastructures in the same place makes no more sense than having multiple electrical or water systems. The only reason there are two hardwired Internet providers in any place to start with is because two completely unrelated infrastructures(cable and phone) were converted to provide service; both of which, ironically, have been made obsolete by the Internet. It worked for a while, but it has been obvious for years that it is time to move on. That is why so much fiber infrastructure was built in the first place. The incumbent ISPs know this, and are terrified by it. Hence why they have gamed the entire system and greased legislators with bribes---excuse me--"lobbying money", and done a very thorough job of it.

about 2 months ago

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Cable companies: We're afraid Netflix will demand payment from ISPs

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  4 days 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 a week 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 a month 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 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 10 months 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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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Ubuntu Moblin Remix Announced

Dega704 Dega704 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dega704 (1454673) writes "Computex Taipei, the second largest computer exhibition in the world, starts today and Canonical is enjoying a lot of attention for the third year in a row. On this occasion, the company made several exciting announcements regarding its popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. First of all, it appears that the Ubuntu family will receive, in the very-near future, yet another member. Ubuntu Moblin Remix, currently in Beta, is based on the Moblin v2 for Intel Atom processor platform and seems to be a very promising project. The only screenshot made available by Canonical shows a professional theme and an efficiently designed layout for the small netbook screens."
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