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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

jones_supa Re:You need to create the tutorial (132 comments)

He could still release it as open source to allow for a "kit" which could be assembled over a weekend without properly understanding how it works internally.

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Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

jones_supa Re:Assembla (33 comments)

There is also the Finnish demoscene event Assembly.

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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

jones_supa Re:In the words of Linus Torvalds (167 comments)

A big amount of software these days would do just fine with a date code as the version number.

2 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

jones_supa Re:really? (167 comments)

They didn't rewrite the kernel from scratch so that puts it into 6.4 - 6.99999 range.

Just a minor nitpick... Software version numbers are not decimal numbers but separate units (major.minor).

After 6.9 comes 6.10. After 6.99999 comes 6.100000.

2 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

jones_supa Re:missing option (139 comments)

Does he still work for Slashdot, BTW? I haven't heard about the guy in a long time.

2 days ago
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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

jones_supa Re:Will it ever be the year of Linux on the Deskto (61 comments)

Ubuntu 6.06 was my favorite. These days it's quite buggy distro. For example, on most laptops the brightness adjustment in Unity desktop goes in multiple steps as the backlight event has multiple listeners. Why don't they take care of such a simple and obvious thing?

2 days ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

jones_supa Re:the problem with this (54 comments)

Do we know that the Jolla tablet is open? No fancy unlocking or cracking required? Open source drivers?

4 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

jones_supa Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (534 comments)

Doesn't seem much different when anyone brings up X11 vs Wayland, etc. It all boils down to 'I DON'T LIKE CHANGE!!11'

It's funny. Is there a single Linux component that people are eagerly waiting for in Slashdot?

Like "can't wait for this, it's going to make the Linux ecosystem so much nicer"?

I expect the next round of silly whining to start when distros begin to adopt KDE5. Will stock some popcorn for that one.

4 days ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

jones_supa Re:As long as it fully supports Flash (65 comments)

but by now I assume most of the YouTube content plays through HTML 5 if one want to?

True. All clips can be watched in HTML5 now in YouTube, including live broadcasts.

I think there's still many local TV broadcast services which require Flash. For example in Finland I still need Flash to use YLE Areena, the public TV/radio broadcaster's online clip hive.

4 days ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

jones_supa Re:As long as it fully supports Flash (65 comments)

As long as the 64-bit version fully supports Flash on all platforms, I'm all for it. Like it or not, you need to support Flash, 64-bit or not.

Umm...Chrome comes always with the integrated PPAPI Flash plugin. Actually it's the only way to use a modern Flash plugin under Linux. As far as I know, the crusty NPAPI Flash plugin on Linux (package flashplugin-installer in Ubuntu, for example) still gets security updates, but is otherwise stuck on some ancient version number.

4 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

jones_supa Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

Yep, that's true. NSN has been doing that stuff for a long time, although it was kind of a separate company to Nokia. In the recent times (especially when the name change from Nokia Siemens Networks to Nokia Solutions and Networks happened) NSN has become part of the core Nokia.

4 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

jones_supa Re:It's an Intel cpu (107 comments)

Plus this is somewhere that a desktop environment like unity would shine unlike a more conventional desktop.

Unity is a conventional desktop, not a mobile UI.

4 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

jones_supa Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (107 comments)

All that remains at Nokia is a skeleton of upper management

Nokia is now a network solutions company, and they are doing pretty well.

(and not even that really, most of those work for Microsoft now too. Including Nokia's CEO).

Nokia's current CEO Rajeev Suri certainly does not work for Microsoft.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

jones_supa Re:Out of band? (176 comments)

That's just one interpretation, but yes, you are correct.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

jones_supa Re:Out of band? (176 comments)

Ah yes, that's true. :)

4 days ago
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Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

jones_supa Re:PDF? PDF??? (62 comments)

ASCII and UTF-8 are both text encoding schemes, not document formats.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

jones_supa Re:Out of band? (176 comments)

But Patch Tuesday is a channel which frequency is about 30 days.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

jones_supa Re:Seems to be a mistake... apk (176 comments)

You seem to be right, Alex. If one reads the MS bulletin carefully, one can see that this patch applies only to Windows Server editions.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

jones_supa Re:Out of band? (176 comments)

Well, Patch Tuesday is the main channel, simple as that.

5 days ago

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Eizo Brings Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Eizo has introduced an interesting new PC monitor with a square aspect ratio: the Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch screen with 1:1 aspect ratio and an IPS panel with resolution of 1920 x 1920 pixels. "The extended vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, reducing the need for excess scrolling and providing a more efficient view of data", the firm writes. Therefore, this should be the perfect monitor for those who have wished for more vertical screen estate. The monitor also offers flicker-free (non-PWM) backlight and reduced blue light features to avoid scorching users' eyes. Additionally, a presence sensor is included, which allows to automatically lock the workstation when the user leaves."
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Google Break-up Plan Emerges From Brussels

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power. The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach. A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services" should be considered as a potential solution to Google's dominance. It has the backing of the parliament's two main political blocs, the European People's Party and the Socialists."
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped to 10.0

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 days ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In Windows, the kernel version number is once again in sync with the product version. Build 9888 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is making the rounds in a private channel and the kernel version has indeed been bumped from 6.4 to 10.0. Version 6.x has been in use since Windows Vista. Neowin speculates that this large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of the OS to make it the core for all of Microsoft's products. The company is working to consolidate all of its platforms into what the company calls OneCore, which, as the name implies, will be the one core for all of the company's operating systems. We will be curious to see if this causes any software comparability issues with legacy applications."
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GTK+ Developers Call for Help to Finish OpenGL Support

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "OpenGL support under GTK is getting into good shape for providing a nice, out-of-the-box experience by default on key platforms for the GTK+ 3.16 / GNOME 3.16 release in March. For a few weeks now within mainline GTK+ has been native OpenGL support and as part of that a new GtkGLArea widget for allowing OpenGL drawing within GTK applications. Since that initial work landed, there's been more GTK+ OpenGL code progressing that right now primarily benefits Linux X11 and Wayland users. While good progress is being made and improvements still ongoing to the GNOME toolkit, GNOME developers are requesting help in ensuring other GTK+ backends can benefit from this OpenGL support. If you are using or planning to use GTK+ 3 on Windows or OS X, and you know how to use OpenGL on those two platforms, please consider helping out the GTK+ developers by implementing the GdkGLContext API using WGL and AppleGL."
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An Applied Investigation to Graphics Card Coil Whine

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "We all are aware of various chirping and whining sounds that electronics can produce. Modern graphics cards often suffer from these kind of problems in form of coil whine. But how widespread is it really? Hardware Canucks put 50 new graphics cards side-by-side to compare them solely from the perspective of subjective acoustic disturbance. NVIDIA's reference platforms tended to be quite well behaved, just like their board partners' custom designs. The same can't be said about AMD since their reference R9 290X and R9 290 should be avoided if you're at all concerned about squealing or any other odd noise a GPU can make. However the custom Radeon-branded SKUs should usually be a safe choice. While the amount and intensity of coil whine largely seems to boil down to luck of the draw, at least most board partners are quite friendly regarding their return policies concerning it."
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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 Released

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Build 9879 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is being pushed out. One feature that is likely to be popular in 9879 is the ability to hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar. Other improvements include new smooth window animations, in response to feedback that the previous animations were "a bit jarring". The "3 dots" — a stable of Modern UI design — are no more, and are replaced with 3 horizontal lines. A lot of issues with system hangs and app crashes have been fixed. A bunch of new touchpad gestures were introduced, too. OneDrive got a "selective sync" feature, allowing users to choose exactly what files and content they want synced to their PC. There are big improvements for Internet Explorer, with the introduction of new Edge rendering engine, focusing on interoperability. Edge will only be available in IE for 10% of testers. As the icing of the cake, Matroska Videos can now be directly watched in Media Player."
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Windows Gets Patch for Ancient Flaw

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Via last Patch Tuesday, Microsoft patched a critical flaw in Windows that has existed in every version since the introduction of Windows 95 more than 19 years ago. IBM security researchers discovered the flaw earlier this year and notified the software giant privately in May. The rare bug allows attackers to remotely execute code on an affected system. Internet Explorer 3.0 onwards can be used as an attack vector by convincing users to visit an URL. The actual vulnerability lies in the OLE Automation library (OLEAUT32.DLL)."
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Microsoft Debuts Visual Studio 2015

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In addition to announcing that .NET is going open source and cross-platform, Microsoft today also unleashed a massive amount of Visual Studio news at its Connect() developer event in New York City. The company released Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview, a new free Visual Studio Community 2013 offering, Visual Studio 2013 Update 4, a Visual Studio Online expansion, and a slew of smaller related updates. The Visual Studio 2015 Preview is freely available for trying it out."
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Geeky Trade Deal Could Boost Global Tech

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Technology products look likely to gain more access to international markets as a result of upgrade between the U.S. and China on a 1996 tariff-eliminating trade agreement that President Obama announced Tuesday in Beijing. The agreement is expected to lower prices on a raft of new technology products by eliminating border tariffs — a price impact that's expected to be larger outside the United States, since U.S. tariffs on high-tech goods are generally lower than those overseas. "This is a win-win-win agreement for information and communication technology industries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China, for businesses and consumers who purchase IT products and for the global economy", said Stephen Ezell, an analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that has estimated expanding the agreement could help create 60,000 American jobs by boosting exports."
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Adobe's Open Source Web Coding Tool 'Brackets' Reaches 1.0

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Adobe has this week released version 1.0 of Brackets, its free and open source code editor for web designers and front-end developers. Web developer Ryan Stewart has written an extensive description of the new features in his blog. The Brackets project is described by Adobe as "a community sandbox where everyone is invited to experiment with new ideas for web tooling." Slashdot readers interested in contributing to the open source project should visit the contribute page for more information."
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Rich Geldreich is Worried About Some Aspects of Linux Gaming

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Former Valve engineer Rich Geldreich has written up a blog post about the state of Linux Gaming. It's an interesting read, that's for sure. When talking about recent bigger game ports, his take is that the developers doing these ports just aren't doing their best to optimize these releases for Linux and/or OpenGL. He points out how it took significant resources from Valve to properly optimize Source engine for Linux, but that other game studios are not walking the last mile. About drivers, he asks "Valve is still paying LunarG to find and fix silly perf bugs in Intel's slow open source driver. Surely this can't be a sustainable way of developing a working driver?" He ends his post by agreeing with a Slashdot comment where someone is basically saying that SteamOS is done, and that we will never get our hands on the Steam Controller."
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Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde was released from prison this morning. Peter is expected to take some time off to spend with family and loved ones before returning to normal grind. He was arrested in late May this year. Despite being accused of non-violent crimes, Peter was transferred to a high-security unit. His time in prison is described being tough. There was no concern for high values such as vegan diet or even proper treatment of depression. Peter also lost 15 kg of weight. After the experience he tweeted "My body just got re-united with my soul and mind, the parts of me that matters and that never can be held hostage.""
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Microsoft Prepares for Mega Patch Tuesday

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The dentist is in the house. Next week will see Microsoft's biggest Patch Tuesday in years, with 16 bulletins scheduled including 5 critical updates. The previous record of 17 patches is from 2011. All of the upcoming patches fix serious security problems under topics of remote code execution, elevation of privilege, security feature bypass, information disclosure, and denial of service. The affected products are Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Office and Exchange. Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave, explained that one of the critical bulletins may also address the Windows OLE remote code execution flaw."
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Power of Positive Thinking, Finnish Style

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Negativity is contagious, especially during the current economic downturn when it seems that bad news such as confirmed and planned job cuts are a daily occurrence. An unpleasant trend appears to be emerging in the workplace, as senior management vents its anxieties on employees, says Finland's leading motivational psychologist Makke Leppänen. When one person feels really bad, it's easy to get others to commiserate. But what if it goes one step further and instead of commiseration, the negativity and anxiety spread to others? "It's easy to find the things that have gone badly. But at the end of the day, try to think about three things that have gone well," he suggests. "It's also important to show gratitude towards people when they done something that merits it. When you pay gratitude forward, you also feel good yourself." Just like negativity, positivity is contagious."
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Ubisoft's Upcoming Titles Removed From Steam

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Windows PC versions of Ubisoft's new Assassin's Creed Unity, The Crew and Far Cry 4 are no longer being sold through Valve's Steam game distribution service. PCGamesN reported earlier that the trio of upcoming Ubisoft games had been pulled from Steam in the U.K., but the removal of the PC versions from Steam now appears to be global. Ubisoft told PCGamesN that it was "in discussions with Valve about Assassin's Creed Unity" on Steam, but it is still unknown why exactly the titles disappeared. Other Ubisoft-published titles that have already been released, remain on the store."
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Why The Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "If you have looked carefully, the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements. You could see it across various commercials, print ads, and even on Apple's website. The explanation is simple: That's the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007. Around 42 minutes into his keynote address he said "Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone." The picture of the phone was carefully scheduled to pop up at that moment. "We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation", Apple's Scott Forstall confirms. The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010, when the very first iPad was released, so that when it was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41."
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American Eagle's Non-Photoshopped Catalogue is Doing Well

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In January, the clothing and accessories retailer American Eagle ditched photoshopping for lingerie ads. "We left beauty marks, we left tattoos, what you see is really what you get with our campaign," brand representative Jenny Altman told Good Morning America earlier this year. The results can now be observed: sales of Aerie lingerie soared 9% last quarter, executives said on a conference call with investors. The company's strategy stands in contrast to Victoria's Secret, which recently faced backlash for an ad of its lingerie models with the caption "The Perfect 'Body.'" American Eagle executives say the company wants to promote more realistic standards for its teenage customers. While the models are still very thin, imperfections are visible."
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Gates Donates $500M+ to Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans, Bill Gates announced that he will donate over $500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world. Gates described the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 4,900 people in West Africa since the beginning of the year as a "critical moment in the history of global health", and said it underscores the need for stronger efforts to stay ahead of disease threats such as drug-resistant malaria and dengue fever. The more than $500 million announced Sunday includes over $150 million to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to advance development of next-generation malaria vaccines, and $29 million to the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support malaria elimination efforts in Southern Africa and the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia."
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YouTube Opens Up 60fps To Everyone

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Four months ago YouTube promised support for 60 frames per second videos. Back then, the feature was limited to some selected demonstration clips. Now the capability to upload 60fps videos has been opened to everyone. By searching YouTube, a lot of interesting high-FPS material can already be found. For now, some caveats apply though. To watch the clips at 60fps you currently need to use Chrome (further browser support is on the way) and be sure to select 720p60 or 1080p60 from the settings menu of the video player. A fair amount of decoding power is also required, so you will need good hardware. In addition, YouTube says that the content format will be only available on "motion-intense" videos, and the average cat video may not be detected as such. Of course gaming will be the most obvious genre that can take advantage of the higher frame rate."
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"Funniest Person in the World" Has Been Named

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Laugh Factory club in Los Angeles organised a Funniest Person in the World competition for the first time this year, inviting comics from around the globe to compete for the title in a series of shows. Finland's Ismo Leikola took the first prize, officially becoming the world's funniest person. Leikola beat Pakistan's Saad Haroon and France's Mustapha El Atrassi in the final, winning the public vote by a margin of more than a hundred thousand votes. One of Leikola's most popular jokes touched on the Eurozone debt crisis, with a somewhat different take to Finland's austerity-focused government. "Countries don't owe money to each other, countries owe money to banks," said Leikola. "If the countries owe money to banks how stupid are the countries to pay. Like the country has an army. The bank has four cashiers and a cleaning lady." Leikola's winning performance featuring his signature clumsy style can be watched in YouTube."

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