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TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "So I accidentally clicked the "flag" icon on a submission, which immediately disappeared. I don't see any obvious way to undo this... I'm not sure how many accidental flaggings there are, but offering a way to un-flag a comment would reduce the load on moderators. Perhaps instead of making the entry disappear entirely, instead obscure the text and leave it there, so a second click on the icon would perform an undo?" top
Apple requires credit card information for "free" security updates
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "Apple recently updated OS X to version 10.10, "Yosemite", and is no longer providing security updates for older versions. Yosemite is "free", but to upgrade you have to sign in to their App Store — and provide credit card information. With all the security breaches recently, is it smart to provide financial information for no good reason?
Google Play isn't above offering free stuff in exchange for credit card info either." top
For $99 you can't expect much more than a toy, but I'm wondering how well it'd work for real-world use. 1GB is low, but you're swapping to a SSD, not a magnetic disk; if the swapping were intelligent enough, it might be workable. A friend wondered about "handling a bunch of tabs" in a browser; has anyone tried this?
Then there are longevity issues; doing a lot of swapping to a SSD will tend to kill its life span. Still, for $99, would you be okay with having to replace it after 3 years or so?" top
Voltage runs new art contest after ripping off submitters last year
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "SABAM, the Belgian Intellectual Property organization, is contacting public libraries in Belgium warning they will begin charging fees (250 euros per year, about US$325) for having volunteers who read stories to kids." Link to Original Source top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "So, what did we learn from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster? How can we modify existing reactors to mitigate or prevent such events? Would new reactor designs be more hardy in the face of an earthquake followed by a tsunami? And how much is this all going to cost?
My greatest question is, how much of the disaster was caused by the containment buildings exploding? Did that cause the reactor vessel to be breached, or was it inevitable? Venting the buildings to clear a build-up of hydrogen gas would have released radioactive materials to the environment, but probably not as much as having them detonate.
How would severe loss of coolant affect a pebble-bed reactor? Or a thorium-based reactor?" top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "A friend of mine has discovered the medicare.gov site is badly screwed up, mixing up peoples' data and potentially allowing identity theft. Their administration system is also unresponsive and seemingly uncaring. So hat else is new?" Link to Original Source top
TheSHAD0W writes "When a commercial entity is slandering your software, what's an open-source coder to do?
I received a report from a user that AVG firewall is warning people not to download BitTornado, an open-source project I administer. Attempts to contact AVG or Grisoft via email or their web page are futile; they aren't interested in talking to you unless you've purchased a copy of their software, or want to pay for phone support." top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "After cajoling everyone to visit the Windows 7 home page on Sunday afternoon, Microsoft's servers were so badly overwhelmed by requests that they withdrew the release. The website promises to reissue the beta once they've arranged for enough resources.
From the website: Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal--we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience." top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "A good antivirus program, AVG Free Edition is suffering from a broken software update. Users are receiving a "BIN file missing error". Don't panic, though; the next update should repair the problem.
For anyone who is newly installing AVG, or attempted to reinstall and now has out-of-date databases, Dubhy63 from Neoseeker Forums gives a way to update:
1 — Start up AVG,click Update Now.
2 — The list of updates is shown in Popup, click on the more information link.A list of updates will be shown.
3 — Click on and save all updates in a file except the last one — http://downloadfree.avg.com/update/u7iavi1616oo.bin — because this is causing the problem.
4 — Cancel the update and instead click on Tools > Update from Directory and go to the file where you saved the updates.Install these and AVG should be working properly again.
From the article: "The maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop on Thursday launched a basic version available for free online. San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc. says it hopes to boost its name recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share photos online. While Photoshop is designed for trained professionals, Adobe says Photoshop Express, which it launched in a "beta" test version, is easier to learn. User comments will be taken into account for future upgrades."
TheSHAD0W writes "After receiving server-breaking amounts of spam a week ago, this morning I was so surprised by how much the flow had ebbed I was concerned something was wrong w/ my email providers. Has anyone else noticed the drop? Anyone know why it happened? Please continue!;-)" top
TheSHAD0W writes "There's a new, insidious stock-touting spam being spread all over the internet. All the spam messages contain is a link to the Yahoo Finance page for the stock involved. (The exact link has been omitted to prevent the stock from being touted further.)
I wonder if whomever is sending these messages can even be prosecuted? After all, they aren't making any claims about the stock, merely directing people to a general news source..."