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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

J 3

Re: Shoddy

They were quite late with the email, but it did come. I (non-paying subscriber) got it yesterday (07 Apr).

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Mushroom

Re: Microsoft security

<blink>CONGRATULATIONS!</blink>

You are commentard number 1,000,000 to make that witty comment!

Go to http://fun.drno.de/flash/ButtonRedBig.swf to win something! Maybe! Just follow the instructions!

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J 3
Coat

Re: INFANT?

...and in Westeros and surrounding localities you are a (wo)man grown by sixteen and can even be an unsupervised Monarch! Hell, they frequently kill their first victim by age 10 there.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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harks back to the days of cheap printers with overpriced ink

What do you mean, "harks back"? It is still going strong.

Anyway, reading this review gives me a measure of relief. On our visit to the US over the holidays, my wife was contemplating buying either the Chromecast or the AppleTV to play the media she has on her Mac.

Since the AppleTV was just $80, and she being sort of a fangirl, she bought the Apple thing. I don't like Apple much, but I have to say the thing works over our humble WiFi without any problems (apart from sometimes needing to restart iTunes, for some reason), streaming high-def video like it was connected through a cable, be it from her local collection or from YouTube, Netflix, whatever we have tested. Sure, the two devices have slightly different features (I'm pretty sure you can't cast website tabs on the stock AppleTV), but still. Seeing how difficult it is to play local media from a computer using the Chromecast is quite surprising to me.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

Well, I'm sure glad these people found a good way to stay productive/happy/whatever and all that... but I suspect that's not that big of a market, is it?

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

J 3
Devil

Hell?

He doesn't know torture and hell in such a situation until he's been in a regular Brazilian prison -- overcrowded, commanded by drug lords, killings to lower population, corrupt and violent guards/staff, whatever you imagine. He's actually in prisoner paradise and does not know...

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Facepalm

Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"

Yup, caught my attention too: "a whopping 80 per cent of crashes that killed or seriously injured pedestrians involved male drivers"

You'd expect The Reg, being such a tech oriented place, to be better at this statistics business, instead of just parroting any old number without thinking about it first, providing context, etc. Oh, well, who am I kidding? Media is media.

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Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

J 3

Patents

This is a bit off topic, maybe, but the patent is supposed to be a mechanism to reward inventors, or so I understand it.

Then, I think patents should be allowed to be sold at most once: when the inventor wants to sell it to someone who will then use the process patented -- if they do not use the process, they should not be able to charge for royalties on it either. That way, inventors would make more money. And patent trolls would pretty much cease to exist. And let's face it, patent trolling is all that this article is about, deep down.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Productivity?

Who cares!? Microsoft always makes me cringe with this (sometimes misplaced) obsession on "productivity". People want to buy the cool thing, not the productive thing -- even if the typical Reg reader is not like that, most people still are, deal with it.

Sure, a tiny few will want to run Office or some specialized Windows-only software on a tablet, and will buy the specific machine to do that. But most everyone else buys these things as glorified toys, even if they later end up finding some interesting apps that are actually useful for something productive. Typical people want to play with a tablet, not work with (or on) it. Closest they will want to get to "work" here is usually email or conference calls. Otherwise, it's mostly web, social stuff, videos, reading, games. Playing. Stupid Microsoft does not get it, and will stay niche on this until they get tired of burning money and pull the plug. Except for the XBox (apparently, I don't know, not a gamer), MS is not good at fun.

Now, it's obvious that the iPad has by now got some cool apps and accessory ecosystem that make it be very useful in many areas (e.g. music). People buy it, but not due to that potential usefulness though. Same for other tablets -- small, works for web surfing, (sometimes) cheap.

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"an attempt to give you a desktop experience on a tablet and that's what you are paying for"

...and not getting, if the reviews are to be believed.

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Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users

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Joke

E6430u

E6430u, eh? So we now know what the "u" in the name stands for...

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San Fran tech hub wants hookers and hackers for Halloween

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Joke

There is no hacker on the flyer.

What do you mean, she is NOT a hacker!?

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Yup, and I used to have a CRT at home that needed a strong slap on the right side every once in a while to get the image to show correctly.

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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

J 3
Alert

Vendor agnostic?

I am actually much more worried about file formats that the specific application used. That to me is the more serious issue.

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J 3
Paris Hilton

"must have licensed Office for all of its employees"

Janitors? Cafeteria people? Security?

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J 3

Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life

"The reality is that if they land a desk job they will be using Microsoft Office."

The reality also is that when these kids are hitting the market in 5 to 10 years the software will be so different that whatever they were monkey-trained to do now will be irrelevant and they will need to learn the new ways anyway.

I mean, I had last seen MS Office in 2006 or so. When I saw the "new" interface recently, I had no keep digging to find the functions I had used in Office 2003 or so. LibreOffice is much more similar in operation to the MS Office I used to use 10 years ago than current Office is, it looks like to me.

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'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

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Re: What the scanner does do well

And it didn't take long, apparently:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/22/iphone_5_touchid_broken_by_chaos_computer_club/

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J 3
Gimp

Re: What the scanner does do well

...and when someone easily copies one's fingerprints, hilarity ensues.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

J 3

Yeah, but...

Have they finally learned to properly (pseudo)randomize the list of songs in the "shuffle" feature of the music player? My iOS 6 running iPod Touch sure sucks in that respect. Always getting in what I call "song ruts", frequently starting from the same song, etc.. I wonder if they'll ever be bothered to get that working.

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Huawei CTO insists: 'We are not a threat to UK and US national security'

J 3

Funnily enough...

I read the subtitle as "We're just a box and packet sniffer like everyone else". Oh, well, I guess I still haven't woken up enough.

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Apple ships new iPods in 'SPAAAAACE ... Gray'

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Space Grey

Whatever the reason for the name, still much better colour than those of the new iPhone 5C, natch.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

J 3
Big Brother

Good point

As a friend commented this morning: iPhone fingerprint scanner = free NSA fingerprint / location / name database.

Cliché icon, I know.

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Beware the ad-punting crapware-laden Firefox, warn infosec bods

J 3
Holmes

Re: Firefox WTF?

"Is it any wonder punters haven't a clue what version they should be using?"

The latest?

Would a version number like 6.1.298a be any better to give a people clue? We like it or not, them things will be updated continuously if we are to be kept (relatively) safe(ish).

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Happy

Re: Get a proper job!

There is ALWAYS a post like this one above, how predictable...

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

J 3
Happy

Yes, but...

Yes, but the "more savvy than the average Linux installing person" will create a restricted account for mom to use, so she cannot install anything -- even if she knew what "install" means, which I'm pretty sure my mom doesn't.

I'm sure it's not 100% tight, but better than leaving administrator access open. Now, the question is: how many friendly Linux installing people are doing this, specially at the risk of being even more in support duty over the phone later? :-)

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Highway from HELL: Volcano tears through 35km of crust in WEEKS

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Eyjafjallajökull, which caused so much flight disruption

That and the eye/tongue disruption for all non-Icelandic speaking people trying to read or say that name...

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Sexbomb pop minstrel Taylor Swift PORN FIB used to lure fanbois

J 3
Joke

Re: Should I know

I don't know about existence, but your happiness will be much obliged if go on not hearing her music. Pictures are fine though.

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I told you I'd be back: Arnie set for another career revival

J 3
Mushroom

Don't worry, voters...

(notice the correction there, the little comma you missed... And by the laws of universal irony I'll probably commit an even worse mistake in this post)

I suspect that subtitle was meant as a joke, but... I sure think that the US would be in better shape if even only half of the elected Republicans were like Schwarzenegger, really, instead of trying to be like the extremist fanatics who took control of their party in the past 20-30 years. He is definitely far from great, but that just underscores the gravity of the situation.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Holmes

Re: Inheritance

Why would they? Well, obviously they wouldn't do it out of the goodness of their little black hearts. But that's what laws are for. If there was one that said that DRM that can't be validated (due to the provider disappearing, for example) becomes null and void, immediately freeing the file in question, you can be sure they would be implementing the "inheritance scheme" very quickly indeed.

The tech aspects of this (namely, how to determine if the DRM is now dead) are of course open for debate. A non-profit or gov server to check whether the DRM in question is dead (as a fall back when the provider's server disappears) would be a possibility, I think.

Real solution would be the end of this silliness called DRM, but I guess it is a tough one to get.

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Microsoft splashes big bucks to blast Google Apps

J 3
Facepalm

Oh my...

Why is it that Microsoft adds suck so much!? I mean, there is no lack of funds to hire the best marketing bods available to mankind, surely. It must be congenital bad taste, I don't know...

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

J 3

Re: Oops About Neanderthal DNA! Change this quick Lester

Not necessarily. The original Africans did not go to meet the Neanderthals (nor vice versa), but do you think no one else has come back to Africa bringing those genes? Do you think all Africans have been sealed off genetically from the rest of humanity since some of them went to Europe? They sure haven't, and it's not due to modern transportation...

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Chinese firm deluged with applications for e-smut appraising job

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Paris Hilton

Before you start polishing your...

Sorry, got distracted there for a moment.

Anyway, I strongly suspect looking at that would get rather boring after the first few hours.

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Malwarebytes declares Windows 'malicious', nukes 1,000s of PCs

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Mushroom

Malwarebytes declares Windows 'malicious', nukes 1,000s of PCs

They took the jokes way too seriously, methinks...

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Linux in 2013: 'Freakishly awesome' – and who needs a fork?

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Joke

Re: And yet, and yet ...

If you need that kind of power, you are a crappy photographer. The icon should be a half-joke one, actually.

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At LAST, scientists tackle the problems faced by alcoholic rats

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Thumb Up

Re: Several points

"Although I'm not sure if rats, like humans only have 1 liver & 2 kidneys"

Yup, rodents have one liver and two kidneys. Actually, most vertebrates are the same way. Snakes are more modified, given the constraints of space.

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Tech titans team up to push immigration reform

J 3
Alien

More radical

I myself am for a much more radical solution, one that I will never see happen (will anyone? probably not). I mean the end of all borders. Damn things are just results of historical accidents that only exist in people's minds, and are just a mentality leftover from kingdoms. If money can go wherever it pleases nowadays, why shouldn't people be allowed to do the same? As a good side-effect, conditions should improve a bit everywhere, I believe. Because, let's be honest, people will only care about what affects them. If millions of Africans living in misery were able to go wherever they wanted, people in the "rich" world would try really hard to actually improve things in Africa for once, and corrupt Africans would try to be less parasitic of their neighbors.

Anyway, nothing I said has anything to do with H1Bs (I used to have one, in science, which is not restricted by the limits given to corporate use) but that was on purpose.

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British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul

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WTF?

I know...

I know it's his money, yadda yadda... But that's just plain stupid. How boring must someone's life be to be interested in something like that, really? Don't take me wrong, I sure like the good things in life that money can buy. But a phone like that isn't it. It's kind of sad. Only thing sadder than that is that I don't have even 1% of the wealth he has, heh.

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Childcatcher

The smart ones jumping ship already

"Whitman, Californians and others might remember, supported the implementation of Proposition 8 when she ran for governor of that state in 2010 – but she has now changed her mind."

Ah, what a whipping at the polls does not do for one's conscience... First, Republicans for immigration reform, now this?

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Facepalm

Re: Equality?

To say in a much less nice way that Rampant Spaniel... AC, are you really that stupid or do you just play one on Internet forums? Gee...

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Crooks, think your Trojan looks legit? This one has a DIGITAL CERTIFICATE

J 3
Devil

Buster

So, both companies that were mentioned had names beginning with Buster. Which isn't a world in Portuguese. So, the same guys creating the companies. It is very easy to start a "company" in Brazil, any person can do that. Just because it's registered with the government, it does not mean it is legit.

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Climate watch: 2012 figures confirm global warming still stalled

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Joke

much comment in climate-sceptic circles

Gee, people nowadays even doubt that climate exists!? What have we come to...

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Ubuntu trouble

The latest version of Ubuntu, 12.10, has been a disaster for me. Crashes like there is no tomorrow -- and soon there won't be for Ubuntu in my machines if it goes on like this. The interface? I actually got to like Unity after I learned its workings. A few hours work and I got really efficient in it. A "traditional desktop" (like the CentOS running KDE at work) slows me down now. But they broke the stuff under the hood, apparently, and if I wanted pretty shiny things that are crappy I would have stayed with another OS (ahem....).

Now, I know the .10 releases are usually supposed to be more bleeding edge, experimental, prone to problems. But I've been using Ubuntu for many years (at least since 2007), and have never seen such an unstable Ubuntu -- and that in two completely different computers of mine which had never had problems before running previous versions of Ubuntu.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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WTF?

I agree he is right that what Canonical did was bad, etc., but as someone mentioned above, he does not need to be a condescending paternalistic douche about it.

"Even if the feature were disabled by default, he says, allowing users to opt in still puts them at risk, because most won't fully understand what they're getting themselves into."

Don't take me wrong, I'm a fan of RMS and his work, but even if he's right that most people are too stupid to be discerning about this, no one has appointed him or anyone else the guardian of the innocent of the world, last I looked. If grown ups are not allowed to take responsibility for their own choices, then the world RMS wants (and I do too) will never come.

And, anyway, I suspect that whomever is too thick to understand what opting in to the Amazon search means is also very unlikely to come across it to even start wondering if it's a good idea, so opting in would not be that much of a big deal. Too bad it's still opt out.

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APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE

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Joke

Yay!

8% discount on Apple gear? Yay, that savings will be enough to pay rent this month!

(sorry about that)

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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Go

Re: RE.What a load of bollocks!

...and they keep using economic ideas from the 1700s, with ideal little villages where there are 10 cobblers and you (the customer or worker) can just as easily go to another one if your regular one is misbehaving. Kind of hard to believe that type of thinking is still applied to another planet. I'm sure much else has been added to it, but still.

Also, corporations and capital can move around freely and much more easily than physical people. Might seem counterintuitive, but think about it.

And finally, if the EU corporations are not burdened by the costs of the corporate tax described, I imagine their workers must be better off there and the corporations' products must have a lower price (before sales tax, VAT, whatever) than in the UK. I don't know if that is the case, but I seriously doubt so.

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: All OTT.

Yep, pretty much my conclusions in another comment.

I also tried generating pages (with the www.facebook.com/user1?and=user2 kind of link) of "relationships" between friends of mine who are not themselves "friended" on FB. It generates a mostly blank page. The most specific thing that appeared was "Living in city, state", since they live in the same city. So yes, generated on the fly, and visible by anyone, it seems.

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J 3
Paris Hilton

Re: What's the big deal?

That's what I was asking myself too. It's not like typing the /us will allow me to see other couple's pages. Silly, yes; stalker-enabling? Hardly. But then...

But then I tried something else, which I do not know whether it was available before this. I went to a married friend's page. I've never met his wife, and she's not a "friend" on FB either. The word married in "Married to ..." was a link. When I clicked on it, it created a page showing the relationship. A URL of the form www.facebook.com/user_name1?and=user_name2

Of course then I tried to replace user2 with my user tag or whatever it's called. Voi là, a page showing my FB relationship to my friend. It's the same as clicking on the "see friendship" link on a friend's page. So, it's not couple specific, and nothing new I assume. Just a new, teenage-ish URL, to do something that was already possible. Or did I miss something.

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NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

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Alien

Re: It's life, we're not that special...

Funnily enough, this reminds me of a "talk" I saw in 2003 or 2004, which was supposed to be about life on Mars. It was at around a table at a restaurant during quiet hours, with this engineering (as he described himself, although I doubt) guy speaking and some 6 or 7 people there to watch, and discuss afterwards. The title, which I don't remember, was intriguing. So I went.

Getting there, I found out it was arranged by some ministry. OK, that does not mean it will be bad. The guy started, and it soon became clear it was a creationist propaganda event, and all kinds of (the same old and discredited) attacks on the feasibility of evolution. The Mars thing? Well, the speaker's conclusion was that there could not be life, specially intelligent life, on Mars (or elsewhere) because such life would have to be "saved" (in the Christian way). And to be saved, there would have to be sacrifice of Christ over and over again. And apparently god "can't afford" (I remember those were his words) to do that. How about that, this guy knows god personally! Who'd have thought.

Of course this happened in America. The capital of Virginia, to be precise.

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The Z-Factor: Meet the Simon Cowell of Linux

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Linux

Re: How about actually making Ubuntu work?

Just because you don't know how to use it it does not mean it doesn't work. If you don't know/remember what the image editor is called, write "image editor", or even just "ima", and you get a list of image related programs with pretty obvious descriptions. But yeah, categories are gone, and that sure is not to everyone's taste. I say good riddance, because back then the struggle many times was to remember, or hunt down, in which category some more obscure program you needed would be. At least with Linux we have options for every taste -- which some will promptly say is Linux's limiting factor, but that's another can of penguins.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Alert

Re: It didn't.

Apple didn't decide my desktop should be a sterile wasteland without shortcuts, and without files.

I don't believe people are still talking about that. I am running the latest Ubuntu with Unity, and I have a bunch of files on my desktop area. Have no clue whether Gnome 3 also allows it though.

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