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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

hcs_$reboot Price difference? (92 comments)

Is there any price difference compared to the same hw with Windows?

9 hours ago
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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

hcs_$reboot Re:Possible reason (248 comments)

You and your generalizations... "My" days? What do you know about them? The younger people were bathed in information from early school. Internet, games, social network, tons of tv channels... Too much information kills the information. Now older people were watching the news or reading newspapers at their younger time, and are used to pay more attention to what happens in the country/world. It's not about "my" days, it's about two different generations with two very different approaches with regards to information and how to deal with it. When it comes to something as big as Snowden's revelations, there is clearly a problem if younger people are not aware of what they mean.

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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

hcs_$reboot Possible reason (248 comments)

Nowadays younger people - Internet generation - is less interested in news than older people. Or they just care less.

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Gmail is no longer acceptable - Slashdot, please opine on alternatives!

hcs_$reboot Your VPN (5 comments)

Your VPN IPs are probably blacklisted. Change your VPN provider?

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D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

hcs_$reboot Come on already (63 comments)

Put OpenWrt on it and problem over.

2 days ago
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

hcs_$reboot Re:What the Macbook 13" should be (116 comments)

Wrong. Latitude is Dell's business laptop brand. Supposed to be stronger/better than the home user laptop. Price, wrong again. With the same specs (SSD+8GB at the time), prices were similar. Yes, most of the Latitude product line was built on the same model. I wouldn't comment if that laptop wouldn't have been that deceitful. And I reply to an AC because I really feel Dell deserves that.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

hcs_$reboot Re:Naive to say the least. (255 comments)

er, last time I checked, 100,000 hours is 11 years.

Oh you check that a lot?

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

hcs_$reboot Re:"Broadband" is a stupid name (427 comments)

And in a few years, the "broadband" definition will change again? They should find a new word instead - or add some extension, like "+" or "2" ...

2 days ago
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

hcs_$reboot Re:What the Macbook 13" should be (116 comments)

I'd have a hard time to trust Dell re. specs & perfs. Couple of years ago, a not-so-tecky colleague bought a Dell Latitude 15" (roughly) at the time I bought the MBA 13" (and helped her to config etc...). The Dell battery was ~2h (5h MBA) while 5-7 h advertised - the Dell was already much heavier, much thicker compared to the MBA (ok, 13" vs 15" but look at the MBA 15"..) ... but the advertised battery life was valid "if you purchase the [ugly] battery extension" that makes the device even more thicker. The build quality of the Latitude was pretty bad - closing the lid makes some noise like the plastic threatens to crack. The keyboard design has been botched up (eg arrow keys near small pg up/dn) and the touchpad .... the touchpad works like hell. The guys still didn't figure in 2012 what a touchpad algo should be.
Don't know about this new model - but I'd be very cautious before purchasing a dell myself.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

hcs_$reboot Typical bait (251 comments)

Ouf of 130+ comments, how many are just to talk about what the heck that acronym is -a lot.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

hcs_$reboot Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (218 comments)

Indeed. During a Google Code Jam contest, one has to be fast and the prog has to be fast also! During the contest, a lot of devs 1. don't use the language they would normally use for other programs 2. use tons of Defines to accelerate typing 3. don't care at all about readability, maintenance, code-style and the like. That makes the whole program unique in a way, a kind of signature, but hard to read. That identification algo would have a much harder time to identify devs based on corporate programs.

3 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

hcs_$reboot Re:I'm 4 of 5 (251 comments)

Actually a bit newer than you, 244 precisely.

3 days ago
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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

hcs_$reboot Re:Adblock, FTW (201 comments)

Seriously, who even sees ads anymore?

People using iPhones and iPads.

3 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

hcs_$reboot Re:I'm 4 of 5 (251 comments)

I had to google IoT....

Well, you could also have clicked on the link in TFA, for a change!

3 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

hcs_$reboot Re:I'm 4 of 5 (251 comments)

To be fair, Slashdot titles cannot be longer than a few chars. Like we're in 1992

3 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

hcs_$reboot Re:Umm..and telnet is insecure. (374 comments)

Flashback from the 90's: Telnet and X11 are inherently insecure - where's the news in that?

We're still expecting X12 any time now.

3 days ago

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France's Hollande sees popularity jump after attacks

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about two weeks ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "French President Francois Hollande's popularity has surged to its highest level in nearly a year and a half after the deadly Islamist attacks in Paris. Hollande's ratings have leapt by a record 21 percentage points to 40 per cent, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. Hollande rushed to the site of the first attack, and then a few days later he led a march with other world leaders in Paris. Prior to the attacks, Mr Hollande's ratings had fallen to historic lows in the face of record French unemployment and sluggish growth."
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Pope Francis: there are Limits to Freedom of Expression

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about two weeks ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Pope Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good. But he added there were limits. While Francis insisted that it was an "aberration" to kill in the name of God and said religion can never be used to justify violence, he said there was a limit to free speech when it concerned offending someone's religious beliefs. By way of example, he referred to a friend: "if someone says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch". "There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They are provocateurs"."
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Extra Leap Second to be added to Clocks on June 30

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about three weeks ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "On June 30 this year, the day will last a tad longer — one second precisely — as a leap second is to be added to clocks worldwide. The time UTC will go from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 in order to cope with Earth slowing down, a bit. So, what do you intend to do during that extra second added to that day? Well, you may want to fix your systems. The last time a leap second was added, in 2012, a number of websites, Java and even Linux experienced some troubles. Leap seconds can be disruptive to precision systems used for navigation and communication. Has the time to get rid of leap seconds?"
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MH370 shot by US Navy in March

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a month ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Remember the lost Malaysia Airlines aircraft? No, not the one shot over Ukraine, that's MH17, in June. The other Malaysian plane lost in March is still being searched. But there's no need to keep searching for MH370 for ages as it it seems it was actually shot by US Navy, while the plane was hovering over the Indian Ocean. US military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. The claim comes from a serious source: Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, said the jumbo jet was shot down near a U.S. military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean after it was hacked. As long as the Chinese don't find the remains of the wreckage on the sea floor, and that may take a while, the plane will keep its more peaceful "lost in sea" status."
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MH370 was shot by US Navy in March

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a month ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Remember the lost Malaysia Airlines aircraft? No, not the one shot over Ukraine, that's MH17, in June. The other Malaysian plane lost in March is still being searched. But there's no need to keep searching for MH370 for ages as it it seems it was actually shot by US Navy, while the plane was hovering over the Indian Ocean. US military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. This claim comes from a serious source: Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, said the jumbo jet was shot down near a U.S. military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean after it was hacked. As long as the Chinese don't find the remains of the wreckage on the sea floor, and that may take a while, the plane will keep its "lost in sea" status."
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Microsoft and others behind EU breakup of Google

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In the eye of many Americans, the European Union call for the break-up of Google sounds like an aging Europe envious of some of the wealthiest young US tech giants. But American people should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but US competitors, such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor, whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of internet searches to push favored web sites.
"The American companies are using the European Commission as a battleground among themselves. They are the ones coming to us with complaints." a senior EU official told Reuters. European Union to vote on Google break-up on Thursday."
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Australia elaborates a new Drift model to find MH370

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. And 8 months later, after millions of dollars invested in a gigantic search operation, there is still no sign of the aircraft. Now, Australia is developing a new model to predict where the debris of the missing MH370 could wash up. Authorities had initially predicted that the plane’s wreckage could drift and come ashore on Indonesia’s West Sumatra island after about 4 months of Flight MH370’s disappearance. “We are currently working... to see if we can get an updated drift model for a much wider area where there might be possibilities of debris washing ashore,” search co-ordinator Peter Foley told reporters in Perth.
The teams initially agreed an area about 600 kilometres long by 90km wide west of Perth was most likely. A new report released last month specified two high-priority areas further to the south. All five groups (Boeing, France's Thales, US investigator, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation) agree that MH370's final resting place is near the “7th arc” — a curve that stretches from about 1 000km off Exmouth, Western Australia, to a point about 2 000km south-west of Perth."
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A Woman will lead CERN from 2016

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 3 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "From 2016 a woman, Fabiola Gianotti, will lead CERN, the largest particle accelerator currently in activity, near the French and Swiss border, in Europe. This is the first time a woman is appointed to such a prestigious role at CERN,

Fabiola Gianotti attracted worldwide attention in 2012 for her leading role in CERN’s discovery of the Higgs boson particle, and will take up the post in January 2016 as scientists aim to make further discoveries about the origin and makeup of the universe."
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Apple Pay glitch has some users charged twice

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 3 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Some Apple Pay users were charged twice by Bank of America for purchases they made. The problem is due to a bug in the processing between Bank of America and at least one of the payment networks involved with the Apple Pay service. “We apologize for the inconvenient and are correcting this issue immediately and all duplicates will be refunded” said Tara Burke, spokeswomen for Bank of America.

Some funny people might be asking if that isn't the norm to pay double for something Apple. But to be fair, the Apple Pay service, beside that glitch — which appears _not_ to be on Apple side — is working great so far."
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Microsoft Surface drowning?

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 6 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Again, no much good news for the MS Surface. Computerworld reports a Microsoft's losses on the tablet device at $US1.7 billion so far. But, still, Microsoft is serene

"It’s been exciting to see the response to the Surface Pro 3 from individuals and businesses alike. In fact, Surface Pro 3 sales are already outpacing prior versions of Surface Pro. The Surface business generated more than $2B in revenue for the fiscal year 2014 and $409 million in revenue during Q4 FY14 alone, the latter of which included just ten days of Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 3 sales in Canada and the US".

Should Microsoft pull the plug on the tablet? Or maybe it's just a matter of users getting used to the Surface?"
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Bill Gates: Snowden is No Hero!

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In a lengthy interview from Rolling Stone, Bill Gates, among many other subjects, is asked: "Do you consider [Snowden] a hero or a traitor?". The Microsoft founder answers: "I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero (...) You won't find much admiration from me".
What about Government Surveillance? "The government has such ability to do these things. (...) But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they're discussed in detail"
Rolling Stone retorts that Privacy can be an issue, "We want safety, but we also want privacy" says the journalist. Bill Gates's tells his main priority focuses on stopping the bad guys: "let's say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys.""
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How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Masatoshi Son, SoftBank CEO, remembers the early days when he tried to cut a deal with Steve Jobs in order to be the first to offer the -not even named iPhone yet- "new phone" from Apple, back in 2005. At the time, Son didn't even own a mobile carrier. He then purchased Vodafone, and was indeed the first to sell the iPhone in 2008 (then Au-Kddi in 2011, and DoCoMo in 2013). Today, 75% of smartphones sold in Japan are iPhones."
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China hits back on U.S. human rights record

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Xinhua news agency reports that the China's State Council, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012" issued by the U.S. State Department, published in turn his own report on "The Human Rights Record of the United States", arguing that "the U.S. turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation".
Notably, the report mentions "Closer surveillance of citizens", "More violent crimes involving guns", "Money wars in politics", "Growing gap between the rich and poor", "Violating human rights in other nations"."
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Fukushima power plant blackout II

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The well known Fukushima daiichi power plant suffers from a power black-out since yesterday Monday evening (local time), leading to stopping the flow of cooling water to four fuel storage pools. However, "No need to worry, temperatures will remain in the safe range for 4 days" said the also well known company in charge, Tepco. The cause of the blackout is still being investigated."
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is:

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "- heading towards an airport, as usual
— heading towards a hangar
— heading towards an airport, by road
— heading towards a sea (pick one)
— Much Ado About Nothing"
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Japan Grounds All Its Boeing 787s After Emergency Landing

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has already occupied some of Slashdot news space recently: FAA to investigate the 787 (Jan 11) or 787 catches fire in Boston (Jan 08). Today (Jan 16 JST) happened another incident that makes Japan grounds all of its 787s fleet until an internal investigation gives more information about the problem: a 787 from ANA had seemingly a battery problem and some smoke has been seen inside the cockpit. The plane had to proceed an emergency landing and passengers had to be evacuated.
This is the latest setback for Boeing and its problem-hit Dreamliner planes that takes another turn today with the grounding of the Japan 787s fleet."

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Google Maps finally available on iOS

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google made a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It's available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format). At least."
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Surface sales 'modest' so far said Ballmer

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer. Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see how soon Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone.
(Update originally from French Le Parisien)"

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Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. He gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident, describing a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

On Oct. 30, he filed a complaint with a labor standards office in Fukushima, asking authorities to confirm TEPCO's safety violations and issue improvement orders. He also is seeking penalties--up to six months in jail or fines of up to 500,000 yen ($6,250) under the Industrial Safety and Health Act--against the company that supervised him."

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Laser speed sensor promises safer air travel

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Airplanes use currently the (un)famous pitot tubes to get an estimate of their current speed. Unfortunately the tubes may suffer from the very low temperatures at high altitudes, and send wrong data to the captain — that may lead to a crash in the worst case scenario. Australian engineers offer a brand new technology to calculate the plane speed: two lasers beams are emitted in opposite direction, the difference in frequency gives the speed, thanks to the Doppler effect."
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