Mozilla Location Service: Geolocation Lookups From Cell Towers and WiFi Data
I started mapping wifi networks with openwlanmap, which will likely be used by GNOME, a few weeks ago. Now it seems like Mozilla products will use their own database. Why cannot projects just work together, so we have 1 good database used by all FLOSS applications?
Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program
We basically try to stay below the radar at all time
Then posing it to slashdot was not your smartest move
KDE's Calligra Office Suite For Android Released
And finally we got rid of this terrible KOffice name, and now they call this Coffice? What was wrong with Calligra Mobile?
The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't
The problem is that xda is full of this kind of crap. Kernels which disable fsync (libEAT-MY-DATA, anyone?), exotic I/O schedulers and CPU governors, overclocking processors and other hacks... Very often, they do not have any measurable effect, or even cause new problems, such as freezes, hangs, sleep of death,...
Robots Successfully Invent Their Own Language
This sounds very much like the guessing game done as part of the talking heads experiments in 1999 at the VUB Artificial Intelligence Lab and Sony Computer Science Lab Paris by professor Luc Steels. These experiments already date from 1999.
Firefox forbidden by the public services of Wallon
Here's a reference: http://www.informaticien.be/news_item-7978-L_administration_wallonne_interdit_Firefox.html
Also confirmed by the Belgian IT newspaper DataNews, which quotes the manager of the IT department responsible of this decision: http://www.datanews.be/nl/90-9-26228/article.html?cid=rss#90;9;26228
MediaSentry Hired By People's Republic of China
I wonder if the Chinese government is aware of MediaSentry's track record â" i.e. all the good things it has accomplished so far for the Big 4 record companies
No, that news was probably censored in China.
KDE Responds To Misconceptions About KDE 4
KDE 4 has great ideas, but kde 4.0 was not ready for use by the masses and was very buggy (I have a collegue using 4.0.5 and he's constantly having kwin crashes and other problematic behaviour especially with dual screens in either extend and clone mode).
While KDE 4.1 will be a lot better, again several important features have been moved to 4.2. For example with KDE 4.1, users will have a desktop where they can put desktop icons the a folderview widget or outside of that widget, on the plasma desktop itself. These two "desktop icon types" have very different behaviour, which will be extremely different to understand to non-geeks. This will be really fixed in 4.2 where it will be possible to set the folderview as the desktop itself. The number of plasma widgets shipped by default in KDE 4.2 is still rather limited (no good RSS reader, weather applet, system monitor etc). Phonon/xine/knotify4 as included in KDE 4.1 is not very friendly for your laptop's battery life. All of this will probably be fixed for KDE 4.2.
I heard the administrator mode in systemsettings is not working and that a migration to policykit to make this work, is planned for kde 4.2. GNOME is using policykit already since a year if I'm not mistaken.
So while KDE 4.1 is a great release for advanced users (I'm typing this from KDE 4.1 RC1 with nice desktop effects!), you don't want to migrate your average non-geek family member friend or collegue to it.
It's unfortunate that KDE developers still try to deny or at least greatly minimize the impact of these kind of problems. A little bit more understanding from both sides (developers and users) and a bit less technology hyping, would be a nice thing.