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Mozilla Location Service: Geolocation Lookups From Cell Towers and WiFi Data

Freggy Yet another? (46 comments)

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?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program

Freggy Fail... (201 comments)

We basically try to stay below the radar at all time

Then posing it to slashdot was not your smartest move

about a year ago

KDE's Calligra Office Suite For Android Released

Freggy Coffice? (61 comments)

And finally we got rid of this terrible KOffice name, and now they call this Coffice? What was wrong with Calligra Mobile?

about a year and a half ago

The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't

Freggy Beware of more of this stuff on XDA (226 comments)

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,...

about 2 years ago

MediaSentry Hired By People's Republic of China

Freggy How could they know? (267 comments)

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.

more than 6 years ago

KDE Responds To Misconceptions About KDE 4

Freggy KDE4.1 great for geeks, not ready for simple users (279 comments)

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.

more than 6 years ago



LG is spying on their Smart TV users

Freggy Freggy writes  |  1 year,29 days

Freggy (825249) writes "An anonymous blogger found out that his new LG Smart tv was spying on him. Using a packet sniffer on his router, he discovered that the television sends the channels being wachted every time when switching channels. Also when watching movies stored on a USB disk connected to the television set, the complete file name being watched and sometimes all file names in the directory, were transferred to LG servers. When asked about this, LG just referred to the T&Cs of the device and did not give any other comment."
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Belgian telecom operator victim of "state-sponsored cyber espionage"

Freggy Freggy writes  |  about a year ago

Freggy (825249) writes "The Belgian telecom operator Belgacom has been a victim of "international state-sponsored cyber espionage". A complex unknown virus capable of intercepting international calls from Belgacom subsidiary BICS was found on computers. It is being suggested that the NSA is behind the virus. Belgacom has filed a complaint and the Belgian government, Belgacom's largest shareholder, has condemned the espionage."
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Activists destroy scientific GMO experiment

Freggy Freggy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Freggy writes "In Belgium, a group of activists calling themselves the Field Liberation Movement has destroyed a field which was being used for a scientific experiment with genetically modified potatoes. In spite of the presence of 60 police officers protecting the field, activists succeeded pulling out the plants and sprayed insecticides over them, ruining the experiment. The goal of the experiment was to test potato plants which are genetically modified to be resistant to potato blight. It's a sad day for the freedom of scientific research."
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Mandriva 2009 Spring released

Freggy Freggy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Frederik writes "Mandriva just released the 2009 Spring version of its distribution. Highlights of this new version include vastly improved boot times thanks to Speedboot, KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26.1, XFCE 4.6 and LXDE desktop environments, a completely rewritten Mandriva Security Centre and improved firewall and network configuration tools, OLPC Sugar environment, QT Creator development environment, Songbird audio player, ext4 support and many more. Check out the release tour and release notes for more information or immediately start downloading it."
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Mandriva: An open letter to Steve Ballmer

Freggy Freggy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Freggy writes "The Nigerian government recently chose the Intel Classmate PC and Mandriva for an educational project. The PC will be used in local Nigerian schools by teachers, parents and students all over the country. The Classmate PC was selected by the Nigerian government in spite of a competitive offer by Microsoft, because of its openness and customization possibilities. Now it seems the Nigerian government is replacing Linux by Windows on the Classmate PC, although they payed for the Mandriva software. Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon has written an open letter to Steve Ballmer complaining of Microsoft's "unethical" behaviour. The letter remains pretty vague though, so we can only guess what really happened."
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