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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Facepalm

RedHat will save them

I do not know why but RedHat really loves the desktop. I don't but I value diversity so I see the positives.

However, it would be nice if this made RedHat switch the default desktop to KDE.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Holmes

"Undead Windows XP"

Let's not panic. It is only one week since the final update batch. Windows XP (or any other Windows) are more exposed 3/4 of the time.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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Re: Who Knew?

NSA already works like an institution from Russia.

And it was a 19th Russian diplomat who said "I don't believe in news that has not been denied".

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Re: Time to fess up

>>There is a programmer out there that made the first commit with the bug in it. Who is it? <<

This isn't rocket science to find that out in an open source project. The author of the commit was Robin Seggelmann and its reviewer Dr. Stephen Henson of OpenSSL.

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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Childcatcher

A man with a red flag should walk in front of each Street View car.

If only The Locomotive Act of 1865 was still on the book, we all would be much safer.

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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>>Call me an Old Fart.<<

Your wish is my command, Old Fart.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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Re: REDACTED

This reply never existed.

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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FAIL

If Microsoft ran the Post Office, you could be infected by cholera just by reading a postcard.

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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Boffin

It looks looks like a classical thought experiment about one twin flying on a relativistic spaceship and the other staying home.

In fact in this case the effect would be inverse to what most people expect. The free falling astronaut in the Earth orbit will age slightly more than the one staying on the earth. Remember that gravity and acceleration is the same in General Relativity. Of course precise clocks are better than identical twins if you really want to measure time. And yes, the effect has been measured. The software used in the GPS system takes a correction for this.

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

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I believe the reason he has access only to games for children is that the psychologists believe his emotional development stopped at that level.

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Black Helicopters

The UFO sightings during the Apollo flights were all real.

But the Apollo flights were faked.

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Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

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And I thought I come from the IT sector

This is the first IT related article I do not even want to understand.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Re: On wonders ...

You must have your sense of humor switch stuck in the off position.

But seriously the paper cost nothing. A few hours of fun discussion, Internet search and then writing it up. Even publishing on axiv if free. They also do not list any research projects in the acknowledgement section so they did not use the paper on their time sheets .

No, they have not done this on your money. With the possible exception of the professor salary. You never did silly web searches while in work? So throw the first stone. But they at least did their time to produce something funny.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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Re: Here's a suggestion...

What exactly do you mean by "Eastern Bloc" in context of the 21th century? Are you sure your Tardis is well calibrated?

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

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Actually Win 8 is a decent OS

especially after you replace it with your favourite Linux distribution.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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I have better idea

Could we have a free downgrade to Windows 7?

This could create some actual goodwill.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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Black Helicopters

OMG

The Internet version of MS Checkers will never be the same after this piece of news.

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

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Re: Bah

I don't care which IE version is installed as long as I do not need to use it. I've let IE11 install to stop it nagging me and never bothered even to check how it looks.

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FAIL

And the company which hoisted the idea of "capable browsers" on the world is...

The very reason web servers try to guess whether they deal with a 'capable' browser is Microsoft. Namely its long history of standard non-compliant browsers. I'm glad they now have to eat their own dog food.

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China's Jade Rabbit takes great hop for mankind

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God speed Jade Rabbit!

This crystal member of the the Leporidae is the most interesting Lunar mission in decades.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: I liked...

She waked up just before he started to yell "Developers, developers, developers".

Makes sense. This reminded her she had work to do. Even if it was only her homework.

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

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Re: a simple thought experiment

I also believed the convection explanation. However if the paper is right that the surface is warmer than the bottom (Fig. 1c) then convection in the vessel is impossible.

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FAIL

"The hypothesis should, The Register supposes, be relatively easy to test: different initial states could be calculated for different temperatures, and used to predict the degree of the Mpemba effect"

Well, if The Register looked at the original paper it would notice that this is exactly the point of its Figure 1.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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Holmes

A simple explanation of the result

The reason we cannot discover dark matter is that its particles are like Schrodinger's cats.

They have not yet decided if they exist or not.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Facepalm

I'm shocked

I lived two years in San Diego and I had no idea there's a courthouse on Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

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Black Helicopters

Where is Bond when we need him?

Google generally looks like a 007 movie front for a world takeover plot.

It seems they are now commencing the implementation phase.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Pint

It is so simple

Friends don't let friends use MS Office.

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Expert chat: The end of Windows XP and IE6

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Some advice for the post-update era

0. Put your PC behind a router (most people already have this)

1. Stop using IE and install Firefox (not Chrome, see below)

2. Set the proxy configuration of IE to a nonexistent server (like your own computer meaning 127.0.0.1). Firefox will ignore this and continue but Google Chrome will not. This way no software using the IE engine will connect to the Internet which will make you much safer. If something stops working look for a safer and upgradable alternative.

3. Uninstall Silverware, any .NET frameworks and other MIcrosoft crap which will stop being upgraded anyway. You will be surprised how few things stop working.

4. Do remember to upgrade the non-Microsoft software you use including Firefox, Java (if you must use it), Adobe Reader and Flash player etc.

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

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Pint

Good!

I'll wait for the episodes to be aired on my sofa of reasonable comfort.

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Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

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FAIL

A great idea

Next, they should co-opt Elop. Preferably as both the next CEO and a board member.

Then, the fun will begin. I'm already stockpiling popcorn in anticipation.

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BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

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Nowhere Man by Lennon and McCartney

He's a real nowhere Man,

Sitting in his Nowhere Land,

Making all his nowhere plans

For nobody.

Doesn't have a point of view,

Knows not where he's going to,

Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man, please listen,

You don't know what you're missing,

Nowhere Man, the world is at your command.

He's as blind as he can be,

Just sees what he wants to see,

Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

Doesn't have a point of view,

Knows not where he's going to,

Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man, don't worry,

Take your time, don't hurry,

Leave it all 'till somebody else

Lends you a hand.

He's a real Nowhere Man,

Sitting in his Nowhere Land,

Making all his nowhere plans

For nobody.

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PC sales shrank less than expected during back-to-school 2013

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The "entry level" PCs did especially well.

Aren't they the last category where you still can buy a computer with Windows 7 installed?

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Angel

The Holy SIM Card of Antiochia?

How many SIM cards has Vatican City issued?

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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"With a name like that, Id be interested to know wether this head master was a member of the Stazi at some time in the past "

With a a first name like this he is most probable French or Belgian with some Polish roots. Most probably his father or grandfather was an immigrant coal miner.

However, I would not mix his nationality or ethnicity into this. The headmaster is a disgrace regardless of where he comes from.

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Researcher bags $12,500 after showing how to hack Zuck's pics

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Advice for the Supreme Leader

It seems the Facebook security team should be fired ASAP to the last man (and woman).

In case they do not care enough for their jobs, their Facebook accounts should be deleted as an additional penalty.

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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"It's nuts for Ballmer to have announced his pending resignation at this time."

Didn't he clearly state in his farewell letter that this timing was not his choice?

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: How many re-releases this time round?

"how on Earth will they ever make a profit?"

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Re: Elop to take over from Ballmer when Microsoft buy Nokia

I believe this was Elop's plan from the very beginning of his Nokia stint. This is why he was constantly trying to outballmer Ballmer, that is committing the same follies but only more so. The RT tablet is a good example.

This plan may have backfired because Ballmer does not retire in the glory of his achievements. It seems he was pushed by Bill Gates and the rest of the board to allow a change of course. If this is true, Elop would be the last candidate to choose from.

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Top 10 Steve Ballmer quotes: '%#&@!!' and so much more

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FAIL

Re: 2005: The Kodak Moment

If Microsoft was not so ideology driven they would dump the NT kernel after the Vista debacle and put the Windows GUI on a BSD or even Linux kernel. Just like Apple did. They would have a leaner and easier to maintain OS and still be able to milk the PC users for the "Windows experience".

Another thing they should have avoided is to innovate the OS to the degree of pulling the rug from under software makers and even end users. They forgot an OS is only a platform to run software. They could have milked the industry taking the Windows tax for every PC produced for years to come if only they kept Windows "innovation" to covering new technologies and making cosmetic changes to the GUI every few years. By Jove, why change the GUI that every competitor more or less copied?

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Linux

Re: I realise this is totally childish, but ....

No. Not really.

You can choose whatever version you want when you release the code. You may even choose more than one (GPL and LGPL or for example).

But when the code is already released under a GPL version, only the copyright owners (the original authors0 may re-license it. This is why Linux is still under GPL v2. Linus refused to re-license it to GPL v3.

http://www.infoworld.com/t/platforms/linus-torvalds-still-sticking-gpl-2-361

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

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Happy

Nice results generally

This shows what a healthy competition can achieve.

Internet Explorer 6 is a fossil from the (luckily short) time of Microsoft browser dominance and the tests show what a monopoly leads to.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

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Re: "Enable JavaScript" preference checkbox has been removed

Limi will soon turn off the Exit options so you cannot spoil your Internet experience by switching off the browser.

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Who's who: 12th Doctor has been chosen, will meet you on Sunday night

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Rowan Atkinson

He was so good in the Comic Relief spoof that I believe he should become Dr. Who for real.

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Bloke raises hand in vid, claims: I sparked Apple dev site hack panic

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Facepalm

We should follow the example of the physicists

If you find a bug in the laws of the Universe you may start with contacting the Boss (that is to pray).

However, you'll end up publishing your discovery in a scientific journal, anyway.

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Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

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FAIL

PhD and working for corporations

I do believe that being a PhD correlates with inventiveness. But I do not believe the real smart people apply for jobs with corporations. They either go for the freedom of the academy or start their own start ups.

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Apache devs: 'We'll ship no OpenOffice before its time'

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Re: And the winner is?

LibreOffice is removing Java step by step. Every major version release has some Java functions rewritten. For example 4.0 achieved this:

"Reduce Java code: Port Fax and Letter Wizard to Python (Xisco Faulí)".

The next version (4.1) will be even better:

"Reduce java code: Port Agenda Wizard to python. Remove 11 files, 5345 lines of java code (Xisco Faulí)

Port Web Wizard to python. 140 files changed, 5076 (+), 11416 (-). Removed 55 files, 10426 lines of java code (Javier Fernandez)"

However it is not easy the amount of Java dependence Sun have been introducing for years.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

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Happy

Re: World - 1 million, Luddites - 0

XP is working fine for me. Thank you.

I believe it will work fine for the next 10 years (unless MS stops making every Windows worse than the last one).

The secret is not to touch the Internet with anything made in Redmont. Use a hardware firewall (like a router). When OS updates stop coming, configure IE to look for a nonexistent Web proxy. Get online with Firefox or Chrome. You'll be all right.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Stop

Racist factor?

Only one person noticed the girl race (black). But I disagree with Daggersedge to the meaning of this factoid.

Somehow I have this sneaking suspicion that she would not be expelled if she were white.

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

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Happy

Good news

I feel much better knowing that the stuff we all are build from is 4.9%, not 4.6% of the Universe.

We are a minority, but a growing one!

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Libre office not good for big presentation?

Define your big.

I've been lecturing since using OpenOffice and later LibreOffice since 2005 and never had a problem. I became so sure of its stability I sometimes did not save for hours while working on the lectures and never had to regret it.

I especially like the possibility of using the projector as my second screen while on the first I see the hour, time since I started and the next slide.

The possibility of making your document or presentation as a PDF file was there in 2005, years before Microsoft copied it.

I absolutely see no reason to pay for MS Office. I uninstalled it from my work PC about 2007 even as I had a license and never looked back.

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