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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

jones_supa Re:reborn? (142 comments)

This is true. The Microsoft deal was an emergency move when Nokia was already in deep troubles. Their biggest problem was that they really insisted to stick too long with the crusty Symbian stuff, an operating system which offered a laggy user experience, crashed all the time, and was pain for developers. It was just too easy for the competitors to stomp over them.

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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

jones_supa Re:reborn? (142 comments)

I invented the word "reborn" there, not Slashdot editor. What comes to new Nokia, the networking business is doing OK and is feasible. Sure, it's quite different to the magnitude of the phone business, but the company is not just a dead stub which pretends to exist. And, if you take a look at the history of the company, Nokia has done very different things over the years and shapeshifted multiple times.

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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

jones_supa Re:WONDERFUL (202 comments)

And stop shiny monitors as well. Literally the worst thing to happen to screens.

The low-frequency 200Hz backlight is the worst thing that has happened to screens. The glossy finish is a nice runner-up though.

yesterday
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Ubuntu Turns 10

jones_supa Re:before unbuntu (110 comments)

I still don't understand why we would even need fast chips and premium OpenGL drivers just to run the desktop acceptably. Compositing some simple application bitmaps shouldn't require everything tuned up to the maximum. Windows is super smooth even on GMA950 and there's plenty of eye candy.

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

jones_supa Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

Yes, there was no end to the whine, there where bugs, badly designed UI, etc.

Well, to recap, the basic arguments against GNOME2 were that it significantly reduced configurability over GNOME1, that it was bloated, and that the "Applications / Places / System" menu structure felt uncomfortable. I guess one could relatively easily dig up the large Slashdot discussions where all the complaining takes place.

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

jones_supa Re:before unbuntu (110 comments)

I hardly would call Unity "optimized". The animations are laggy as hell and it takes ages for Dash to pop up. And this comes from a guy who otherwise actually likes the user experience and graphics of Unity.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

jones_supa Re:Behold the bluescreen watch! (168 comments)

Now available with the new RandomFunctionEx32! It is random 7.9999 times in 8!

Ah, you mean the DWORD WINAPI RandomFunctionEx32( LPVOID lpParam ).

2 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

jones_supa Re:no, its not good thou (311 comments)

microsoft decided to log all your key strokes.

I don't think it was never proven that they specifically log keystrokes. For the W10TP they only wrote an EULA that says "all your data belongs to us".

Well, that can mean anything, but in practice, I suspect they will probably just log things like hardware profiles, performance values, app usage statistics, crash logs, things like that.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

jones_supa Define trolling (483 comments)

I hope they have defined properly what they mean with "trolling". By definition, trolling means writing inflammatory comments that excite people to write indignant responses. Thus, for example, bullying or threats do not technically count as trolling.

2 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

jones_supa Re:They are all going down the toilet (368 comments)

Suits me perfectly, as I wasn't trolling. Unity is the only one that offers a nice amount of eye candy and hasn't gone with a simplified flat look.

2 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

jones_supa Re:Missing the point (128 comments)

I would say that it's the opposite: B.Sc. is the new high school diploma. Highly recommended.

3 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

jones_supa Re:Mac Mini (106 comments)

That's true. I have been experimenting a bit with setting up a Hackintosh, and it really lives up to its name: hacks after hacks. A complete nightmare, and even if you get it working, you wind up with an unstable system. Hunting third party drivers for Windows, or the little tweaks you need in Linux, start to look like child's play after that.

If you happen to find compatible hardware, setting up a Hackintosh can be a fun thing to screw around with for one weekend, but other than that, it doesn't provide much value, and is not a realistic shortcut for "a cheap Mac".

3 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

jones_supa Mac Mini sidenote (106 comments)

BTW the new Mac Mini comes with fixed onboard RAM. I wish I could see a more detailed teardown soon, would like to see how hard it is to replace the HDD.

3 days ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

jones_supa Re:Glide = Fixed pipe (53 comments)

since from what I have heard, modern video drivers emulate OpenGL 1/2

Where did you hear this?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

jones_supa Re:Yeah, OSS was nice (282 comments)

OSS is not one-process-at-a time.

3 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

jones_supa There is no "I'm not safe" button (130 comments)

The options are only "I'm safe" and "I'm not in the area". Other people can't now distinguish between the situations that you are not safe or that you have just not got around to click a button.

4 days ago

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The Classic Control Panel in Windows May Be Gone

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 hours ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In Windows 8, there was an arrangement of two settings applications: the Control Panel for the desktop and the PC Settings app in the Modern UI side. With Windows 10, having the two different applications has started to look even more awkward, which has been voiced loud and clear in the feedback too. Thus, the work at Microsoft to unify the settings programs has begun. The traditional Control Panel is being transformed to something temporarily called "zPC Settings" (sic), which is a Modern UI app that melts together the current two settings applications."
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  yesterday

jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft has just released Windows 10 TP build 9860, and if you do not have the update yet, here is how you can get it via Windows Update. Along with the new release, Microsoft is introducing an interesting cadence option for how quickly you will receive new builds. The ring model goes from development, to testing, to release. By being in the slow cadence, you will get more stable builds but they will arrive less often. By choosing the fast option, it allows you to receive the build on the same day that it is released. As a quick stats update, to date Microsoft has received over 250,000 pieces of feedback through the Windows Feedback tool, 25,381 community forum posts, and 641 suggestions in the Windows Suggestion Box."
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  yesterday

jones_supa (887896) writes "The last emblems of Nokia are being removed from Microsoft products. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt Microsoft Lumia for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks. Nokia itself continues as a reborn company focusing on mapping and network infrastructure services."
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More Eye Candy Coming to Windows 10

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the icon on the taskbar. It is a slick animation and if you have used OS X, it is similar to the one used to collapse windows back in to the dock."
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Shenzhen Apec Electronics Brings x86 Stick PC

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  3 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "We have seen plenty of Android-based "stick computers" equipped with an ARM CPU, but a Chinese vendor called Shenzhen Apec Electronics has now started offering a honest-to-goodness x86-64 computer harnessing the same form factor. The APM-D01 is built around the Intel Bay Trail platform providing a low-power quad core Atom CPU and 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Inside can also be found 16GB or 32GB of internal flash storage, HDMI video, MicroSD slot, two USB 2.0 ports, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The miniature PC can run Android, Windows 8.1, and Linux. Some further arrangements are needed for the supply chain, as for now the device has been spotted only on Alibaba in 500-unit quantities targeted for resellers."
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Mixing Agile with Waterfall for Code Quality

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  5 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The 2014 CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report states that enterprise software built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods will result in more robust and secure applications than those built using either agile or waterfall methods alone. Data from CAST's Appmarq benchmarking repository was analyzed to discover global trends in the structural quality of business application software. The report explores the impact of factors such as development method, CMMI maturity level, outsourcing, and other practices on software quality characteristics that are based upon good architectural and coding practices. InfoQ interviewed Bill Curtis, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at CAST, about the research done by CAST, structural quality factors, and mixing agile and waterfall methods."
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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Internet Explorer team at Microsoft recently detailed changes to the JavaScript engine coming in Windows 10. A significant change is the addition of a new tier in the Just-in-Time (JIT) compiler. In Windows 10, the Chakra JS engine now includes a second JIT compiler that bridges the gap between slow, interpreted code and fast, optimized code. It uses this middle-tier compiler, called Simple JIT, as a "good enough" layer that can move execution away from the interpreter quicker than the Full JIT can. Microsoft claims that the changes will allow certain workloads to "run up to 30% faster". The move to a two-tiered JIT compiler structure mirrors what other browsers have done. SpiderMonkey, the JavaScript engine in Firefox, has an interpreter and two compilers: Baseline and IonMonkey. In Google Chrome, the V8 JavaScript engine is also a two-tiered system. It does not use an interpreter, but compiles on a discrete background thread."
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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Firefox and Thunderbird Patched

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Mozilla Foundation has released security updates to address multiple serious vulnerabilities in Firefox and Thunderbird. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information, bypass same-origin policy and key pinning, cause an exploitable crash, conduct a man-in-the-middle attack, or execute arbitrary code. MS-ISAC provides a detailed list of the bugs. The fixed versions are Firefox 33, Firefox ESR 31.2 and Thunderbird 31.2."
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Two weeks in, and already 1 million people have tried out Windows 10 Technical Preview, reports Microsoft, along with a nice stack of other stats and feedback. Only 36% of installations are occurring inside a virtual machine. 68% of Windows 10 Technical Preview users are launching more than 7 apps per day, with somewhere around 25% of testers using Windows 10 as their daily driver (26 app launches or more per day). With the help of Windows 10's built-in feedback tool, thousands of testers have made it very clear that Microsoft's new OS still has lots of irksome bugs and misses many much-needed features. ExtremeTech has posted an interesting list of the most popular gripes received, them mostly being various GUI endurances. What has your experience been with the Technical Preview?"
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Finnish Police Suggests Big Euro Notes to Be Taken Out of Circulation

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Finnish Police is concerned that larger banknotes, namely the 200 euro and 500 euro banknotes, encourage criminal activity and should therefore be removed from the Finnish cash circulation. Head of the Money Laundering Clearing House of Finland, Markku Ranta-aho, says criminals prefer cash because it is harder for police to track. In contrast, a record of electronic money transfers remains in the banking system, which makes the police's job considerably easier. Ranta-aho also says that citizens rarely use the larger banknotes anyway, with which The Bank of Finland's advisor Kari Takala agrees. However, The Bank of Finland is sceptical about the ability of a ban on 500 euro banknotes to eliminate underground labour and trade in Finland. Takala suggests that criminals would just switch to smaller bills. More illegal transactions take place via bank transfers, he says."
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Since 1960s, we have been seeing the oil company Shell logo being featured in some Lego sets, and Legos being distributed at petrol stations in 26 countries. This marketing partnership is coming to an end, after coming under sustained pressure from Greenpeace. The environmental campaign, protesting about the oil giant's plans to drill in the Arctic, came with a YouTube video that depicted pristine Arctic, built from 120 kg of Lego, being covered in oil. CEO of Lego, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, wants to leave the dispute between Greenpeace and Shell, and the toy company is getting out of the way."
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Close-Up Photos Show Russia Trolling Nordic Airspace

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A Russian fighter jet has passed within feet of a Swedish plane over the Baltic Sea in an "unusually provocative" move. Sweden's signals intelligence agency, the FRA, released a statement on Thursday saying Russian fighter jets had approached Swedish surveillance aircraft "on several occasions" over the past six months. The article includes a photograph of a Russian SU-27 fighter mid-air, showing it within just feet of the Swedish plane and rotated to show its armoury of missiles. The news follows revelations last month that two Russian SU-24 fighters had been detected flying in Swedish airspace to the south of Öland. A few weeks ago, Russia violated the Finnish airspace three times in a week, leading to the other Nordic country to step up its level of air surveillance. The Finnish Air Force also got a chance to capture a close photograph of an An-72 transport aircraft."
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "As part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Internet Explorer will introduce HTTP/2 support, along with performance improvements to the Chakra JavaScript engine, and a top-level domains parsing algorithm based on publicsuffix.org. HTTP/2 is a new standard by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Unlike HTTP/1.1, the new standard communicates metadata in binary format to significantly reduce parsing complexity. While binary is usually more efficient than text, the real performance gains are expected to come from multiplexing. This is where multiple requests can be share the same TCP connection. With this, one stalled request won’t block other requests from being honored. Header compression is another important performance concern for HTTP."
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Angry Birds Company Rovio Mulls Axing 130 Jobs

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Finland's storied gaming company Rovio has announced that it will be clipping the wings of some 130 workers as the company contends with slower than expected growth in the gaming sector. Rovio has joined the ranks of Finnish companies cutting jobs to try and surf through difficult economic times. "It is never easy to consider changes like this, but it is better to do them sooner rather than later", CEO Mikael Hed writes in his blog. Rovio made headlines when the kinematic game Angry Birds captured the imagination of gamers across the globe to dominate game download charts. The game's success spawned a number of lucrative spin-offs including themed play parks, candies, clothing, drinks and other consumer merchandise. A film, Angry Birds: The Movie, is also said to be in the works. The company has also continued creating new games, such as Bad Piggies and Amazing Alex, which however have failed to achieve the cult status of the original roll-out. The bubble could be popping."
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Samsung to Launch Massive Production Plant in Vietnam

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Yonhap reports that the South Korean tech giant Samsung will spend USD 1.4 billion to build a consumer electronics production plant in Vietnam to meet global demand for home appliances. A complex will be built in Ho Chi Minh City on a plot of 700,000 square meters. It will cover production of TVs, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators and other home electronics as well as working capital. The Vietnamese government is said to have exempted the plant from paying corporate tax for six years, after which it will impose a 5 percent tax. Samsung Electronics posted 13 trillion won in sales in the consumer electronics division in the second quarter of this year, up 15 percent from the previous quarter, with the division's operating profit up fourfold to 770 billion won (USD 724.2 million)."
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Apple Fixes Shellshock in OS X

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later."
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Billionaire Agarwal Gets Inspired By Gates' Philantrophy

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Anil Agarwal, the billionaire founder of Vedanta Resources Plc, said he and his family decided to donate 75 percent of their wealth to charity after meeting Bill Gates. Agarwal said Gates and his wife, Melinda, discussed their philanthropic causes with him in Seattle last summer. "What we earn must be returned for the greater good of society," the 62-year-old said at an event yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vedanta's (VED) listing on the London Stock Exchange. "Life is not only about wealth." Agarwal has a fortune of $3.3 billion that includes an almost 70 percent stake in his company."
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DHL Goes Live With "Parcelcopter" Drone Delivery Service

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In December, Amazon announced that it intended to deliver packages to customers using drones. But its initiative was widely ridiculed for being an over-hyped announcement with little to show for it. This summer, Google demonstrated its own drone-based delivery service, using a fixed-wing aircraft to deliver little packages to farmers in the Australian outback. But now, German delivery firm DHL has beaten the tech firms to the post, announcing a regular drone delivery service for the first time, nine months after it launched its "parcelcopter" research project in December 2013. The service will use an quadcopter to deliver small parcels to the German island of Juist, a sandbar island 12km into the North Sea from the German coast, inhabited by 2,000 people. Deliveries will include medication and other urgently needed goods. Flying under 50 meters to avoid entering regulated air traffic corridors, the drone takes a fully automated route, carrying a special air-transport container that is extremely lightweight as well as weatherproof."
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Kim Jong-un Missing From Public View

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not made a public appearance for weeks, according to South Korean officials and analysts — a situation that has fueled speculation among outside observers over his whereabouts. The young strongman attended a concert by the Moranbong Band with his wife on Sept. 3, North Korean media reported, though since then, none of his activities have been publicized. North Korea analysts said it is rare for the North to keep silent about his personal affairs for so long. Observers said it is also unusual that Kim seems to have disappeared during the Incheon Asian Games, particularly because he invested so much in sending the country's national team to the event. Analysts believe it's possible that the young leader may have a health issue. Footage from a North Korean television broadcast last month showed that Kim had been walking with a slight limp in July and August. There is also unconfirmed information that he might have been wounded during sports activity."
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X."

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