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m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "Hi, it seems Google did not change its mind on closing iGoogle, a homepage that has always been very useful to me, and I think to many other people. Now, this is only my personal opinion, but the "do no evil" company here seems to have no valid reasons to close it other than forcing you to use their browser, that, how you may have noticed, they try to install to your computer every time you close your eyes. So there is that warning "iGoogle will close in xx days, be sure to backup your data"... Instead I will be sure to replace my homepage, thank you. I already found some good replacements, but what are your other options?" top
m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I've been using Debian for a life, and I'm not a novice at all; I install system updates almost daily, I avoid risky behaviors on Internet, and like all linux users I always felt safe. Yesterday my webcam suddenly turned on, and turned off after several minutes. I'm pretty sure it was nothing serious, but I started thinking about malware... At work I use noscript and other tools, but at home I have a more relaxed browser to be used by other family members too. Here I'm not talking about rootkits or privilege escalation (I trust Debian), I think more of normal user compromission. For example, these days many malwares come from malicious scripts in sites, even in advertising banners inside trusted sites, and this is more "cross-platform" than normal viruses. So, what about non-root user malwares? How much could this be real? And how can you diagnose it? Be assured that I will NOT install anti-virus programs or similar on my linux." top
m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I'm a bit disappointed by the last Google moves. One example, they're closing iGoogle, even if millions users are protesting, to force you to use their products (chrome, android). Another case, I recently signed on Youtube to be able to write comments or other marginal uses, and I had to create a Google+ account. I didn't want it, but now I must be there if I want to use another (unrelated) service. Doesn't this remind of Microsoft's antitrust trials, when they were accused of forcing people to use their products?" top
m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "I recently saw a notebook with a 3D display (with glasses). Suddenly a big question arose in my mind: apart from movies and games, which programs can currently exploit such a feature? Obvious candidate would be 3D modeling software (Autocad, Blender, etc, etc), but I think the third dimension could add productivity to a lot of other fields, by dramatically expanding the desktop space. Who knows some? And what about GNU/Linux?" top
m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "When Wolfram Alpha came to light, after much debate, I went and played with it a little, like most of you I think.
Now, maybe it's me who's not good at making questions or not intelligent enough, but my impression was: embarrassing to say least. It was not able to understand my most basic questions, only single-word queries like search engines do from decades. Results too were no exception.
Now, I was expecting tons of flames and criticism, but I can't see anyone speaking about it (in both good or bad terms).
What's up? Is it for respect to Mr. Wolfram's great contributions to Science? Or again is it me?"