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  • And What About Windows XP Service Pack 3?(microsoft is advertising for linux again)

    04/07/2007 6:51:09 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 96 replies · 1,020+ views
    Windows IT Pro ^ | April 9th | Paul Thurrott
    If you were looking for any glimpse into the mind of Microsoft, this is it: The company has completely abandoned Windows XP, and it has absolutely no plans to ever ship an XP SP3. My guess is that Microsoft will do what it did with the final Windows 2000 Service Pack: Claim years later that it's no longer needed and just ship a final security patch roll-up. This is the worst kiss-off to any Microsoft product I've ever seen, and you'd think the company would show a little more respect to its best-selling OS of all time. But the reality...
  • Open Source, the only weapon against "planned obsolescence"

    03/28/2007 6:51:38 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 64 replies · 314+ views
    Volesoft ^ | March 28th | Fernando Cassia
    FIRMS WOULD LOVE to have you dump your computer every year, and your accesories, and your MP3 player, and your DVD, and your entire movie collection, and replace it with new ones. The software world is getting closer. I think that "Planned Obsolescence" is sadly here to stay; but there's hope, only one: open source. Microsoft has lately perfected the planned obsolescence game with its decision to make flagship products like Internet Explorer 7 not available for previous OS versions like Windows 2000. Cutting updates and no longer releasing patches for insecure products is not enough.
  • Novell Launches "Get a Mac" Spoof ads

    03/23/2007 5:46:43 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 44 replies · 668+ views
    Novell ^ | March 21st | Pete Mortensen
    Youtube links below. Novell's website is very slow
  • Torvalds Talks About GPLv3

    03/18/2007 7:52:24 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 64 replies · 546+ views
    Information Week ^ | March 17th | Charles Babcock
    That Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, prefers the current version of the General Public License, GPLv2, over the version in development, GPLv3, is no secret. But in a lengthy E-mail response to questions from InformationWeek, he offers a full explanation of what he thinks is superior about GPLv2. Torvalds says he regrets that the authors of GPLv3 have decided to take aim at political opponents. He has little patience for statements about the "evil and immoral" nature of proprietary code or the "TiVo-ization" of Linux (a reference to set-top box producer TiVo producing a device that runs...
  • Is Linux What Dell Needs?

    03/15/2007 1:20:27 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies · 241+ views
    Arghyle ^ | March 13th | Sal Cangeloso
    Despite years of success Dell has fallen on hard times. The company who practically reinvented the way people buy computers has been under-performing and investors are worried. The company has been losing market share and no longer has the edge it once had over competitors like HP and Gateway. There has been much talk about Dell taking steps to make up lost ground by selling computers that use Linux for their operating system. This is something many people are interested in but unfortunately not something that will turn around the company. As a Linux user (on a few but not...
  • Dell polls PC users on favorite Linux varieties

    03/13/2007 6:54:28 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 85 replies · 646+ views ^ | March 13th | Ben Ames
    Dell Inc. began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows. Dell posted the survey on a company blog, asking PC users to choose between Linux flavors such as Fedora and Ubuntu, and to pick more general choices such as notebooks versus desktops, high-end models versus value models and telephone-based support versus community-based support.
  • Mac, Windows QuickTime Flaw Opens 'Month Of Apple Bugs'

    01/03/2007 11:04:31 AM PST · by newgeezer · 556 replies · 5,994+ views
    Information Week ^ | Jan 2, 2007 03:04 PM | Gregg Keizer
    The exploit could be used by attackers to compromise, hijack, or infect computers running either Windows or Mac OS X. The Month of Apple Bugs project kicked off Monday by posting a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's QuickTime media player. It also posted an exploit that could be used by attackers to compromise, hijack, or infect computers running either Windows or Mac OS X. The Month of Apple Bugs (MoAB), which will announce a new security vulnerability in Apple's operating system or other Mac OS X software each day in January, is a follow-on to November's "Month of Kernel Bugs"...
  • A FR Photo Album (vanity)

    01/02/2007 2:42:36 PM PST · by rzeznikj at stout · 743 replies · 15,047+ views
    (around teh internets) | 1/2/2007 | (various)
    With the dashing success of "Worst Album Art Ever," I'm proud to present: The Best of Teh Internets: A FR Photo Album... Feel free to share strange, or funny pictures (including, but not limited to anything found on FR, ZOT! graphics, o rly/ya rly, Photoshopped images, bad album covers, etc.)
  • Microsoft Linux!

    11/06/2006 8:04:56 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 100 replies · 850+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11.02.06 | Daniel Lions
    Microsoft has announced a partnership with Novell and will help promote Linux. This is stunning. This is like Red Sox fans announcing they're going to root for the Yankees. Microsoft has spent ten years bashing the free-of-charge open-source Linux operating system and trying to kill it. Now Microsoft is making nice.
  • Does Clinton do Linux?

    09/29/2006 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 499 replies · 3,180+ views
    Guardian ^ | September 28 2006 | Bobbie Johnson
    When Bill Clinton made his speech to the Labour Party conference, he bamboozled a few by finishing with the word "Ubuntu".
  • Sex on a Plane: Only $299

    09/12/2006 7:59:56 AM PDT · by Millee · 67 replies · 1,029+ views
    ABC News ^ | 9/12/06 | JESSICA GOLDEN
    If you've ever fantasized about joining the infamous mile high club, fantasy could become reality much faster than you think. An Atlanta-based company called Mile High Atlanta now offers couples the opportunity to travel into the skies for a romantic getaway — complete with a custom-fit bed, brand new sheets and a complimentary bottle of Champagne. The founder, corporate pilot Bob Smith, says he and his business partner conceived the idea five years ago as a way to make some extra money on weekends. He has piloted more than 75 flights, with couples from all parts of the country paying...
  • Penis-pump driver crashes into bus

    09/12/2006 8:52:57 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 64 replies · 874+ views
    The Register ^ | 12 September 2006 | Lester Haines
    A Slovak driver who ignored a give way sign and crashed into a bus was subsequently extracted from his car unconscious, half naked, and "with a vacuum pump on his penis", Channel 4 reports. The unnamed 42-year-old was driving his old Citroen in the Slovak town of Levice when the accident occurred. Police officer Peter Polak told Reuters: "It's very likely he had auto-sex while driving: it is a matter of investigation. After the accident he was found lying in the seat, his pants were off and it [the pump] was placed on his penis." Unsurprisingly, Polak added: "I've never...
  • Open source project adds "no military use" clause to the GPL

    08/14/2006 7:13:01 PM PDT · by nycoem · 194 replies · 2,661+ views
    newsforge ^ | Monday August 14, 2006 | Tina Gasperson
    Legal Open source project adds "no military use" clause to the GPL Monday August 14, 2006 (04:01 PM GMT) By: Tina Gasperson Printer-friendly Email story GPU is a Gnutella client that creates ad-hoc supercomputers by allowing individual PCs on the network to share CPU resources with each other. That's intriguing enough, but the really interesting thing about GPU is the license its developers have given it. They call it a "no military use" modified version of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Tiziano Mengotti and Rene Tegel are the lead developers on the GPU project. Mengotti is the driving force...

    08/16/2006 10:54:15 PM PDT · by iknowthetruh · 237 replies · 4,612+ views
  • What is a "ping" list and how does one get on it?

    08/11/2006 9:16:40 PM PDT · by silentknight · 95 replies · 2,010+ views
  • Desktop Linux breakthrough: Lenovo preloads SUSE on ThinkPad

    08/04/2006 8:27:36 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 278 replies · 1,806+ views
    Desktop Linux ^ | Aug. 04, 2006 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    On August 4th, we found out that Lenovo Group, the company that has taken over IBM's Personal Computing Division, had made a deal with Novell Inc. to preload SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) on its ThinkPad T60p mobile workstation. For the first time, a major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) has committed to preloading a Linux desktop.
  • users) continue the trend of mac-to-linux conversions

    07/25/2006 4:24:30 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 41 replies · 460+ views
    Resexcellence ^ | July 24, 2006 | Bryan O'Bryan
    The great experiment I was going to write up a big thing to post here. I was going to be all crazy eloquent and whatnot… then Chris wrote this as a draft of what he’d like to say. And his words cut to the point incredibly nicely. So here is what Chris has to say (and he speaks for both of us): You have ruined this for us.
  • Top 10 pick-up lines? Don't get too excited. (just trying to help us singles)

    07/11/2006 12:35:15 PM PDT · by Paddlefish · 158 replies · 5,299+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/11/06
    Was your father a thief? Because he stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes. Equipped with that pick-up line, you can be certain to score in the universal language of love. So say the authors of a new top 10 list of pick-up lines which have been translated from English into Czech, French, Italian, Spanish and German by the publishers Chambers. Taking inspiration from its new range of pocket-sized phrasebooks, Chambers compiled its own list of the definitive top 10 pick-up lines. The UK publisher picked the lines from the assorted phrase books and compiled...
  • IRA murdered mother 'not an informer'

    07/07/2006 3:56:37 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 33 replies · 715+ views
    Ireland OnLIne ^ | 07/07/2006 | Not stated
    IRA murdered mother 'not an informer' 07/07/2006 - 12:34:40 A mother of 10 who was abducted and shot dead by the IRA nearly 34 years ago was officially cleared today of allegations that she was an informer. Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan said her investigators had found no evidence Jean McConville passed information to the security services. The IRA claimed Mrs McConville, who was seized as she went to the aid of a fatally wounded British soldier outside her front door in December 1972, worked for the intelligence’s agencies. Public pressure forced them into making an apology for the...
  • Sun to sink in the west?

    07/06/2006 8:21:34 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 64 replies · 1,537+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 06 July 2006 | Manek Dubash
    Sun Microsystems is in deep trouble. So say a number of analysts, most recently Brian Richardson from Meta Group who says the company has got it all wrong, with its hardware seen as proprietary and expensive. Richardson said that it was hard to see any upside for Sun -- and he's not alone. Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Milunovich wrote last month to CEO Scott McNealy and the board: "The company has gone from being pure in vision and predictable in financial performance to an underachieving, bloated, unfocused reflection of its former self." Sun has lost money consistently ever since...
  • Putin kissed boy 'like a kitten'

    07/06/2006 11:55:22 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 89 replies · 2,168+ views
    CNN ^ | 07/06/2006 | Reuters
    MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- Vladimir Putin's decision to stop a small boy as he walked through the Kremlin and kiss his stomach was prompted by a desire to "touch him like a kitten," the Russian president said on Thursday. The five-year-old boy, identified as Nikita Konkin by the press, was clearly stunned by the kiss and speculation over Putin's motivation has run wild in the week since it happened. Curious Internet users propelled the issue to the top of a list of questions put to Putin in an interactive Web cast. "People came up and I began talking to them,...
  • What does "Ping" mean?

    07/02/2006 7:57:20 AM PDT · by maineman · 405 replies · 15,758+ views
    I see so many people asking to be put on the 'ping list', what does that mean? I also see that you can be 'pinged' if something you are interested in is posted. Are you notified someway? Thanks
  • SCO v. IBM: Major IBM Victory

    06/28/2006 5:29:59 PM PDT · by WL-law · 47 replies · 644+ views
    Groklaw ^ | Wednesday, June 28 2006 @ 05:52 PM EDT | PJ
    Judge Wells Grants in Part IBM's Motion to Limit SCO's Claims! In *Large* Part Feast your eyes on this, my friends! Judge Brooke Wells' Order Granting in Part IBM's Motion to Limit SCO's Claims [PDF]. Finally, SCO's refusal to offer specificity has cost them, as it should. There is almost nothing left in the case as far as the challenged items are concerned. Items in dispute were numbers 3-112, 143-149, 165-182, 186-193, 232-271, and 279-293 on SCO's list of allegedly misused materials. That list was sealed, naturally, SCO being SCO, but those are the numbers the judge lists. Footnote 65...
  • Man jailed for five years for IRA membership

    06/28/2006 11:47:50 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 17 replies · 528+ views
    Ireland OnLine ^ | 28/06/2006 | Not stated
    Man jailed for five years for IRA membership 28/06/2006 - 13:50:34 A Dublin man who a top garda said had been a member of the IRA since he was 15 years old, has been jailed for five years at the Special Criminal Court. Vincent Kelly, who was arrested wearing an Oglaigh na hEireann t-shirt, was found guilty by the three-judge court earlier this month of being a member of the IRA on June 7 last year. Kelly, who is now 21, of Empress Place, Ballybough, Dublin was arrested when gardaí found a handgun hidden inside a van on the Malahide...
  • (vanity) Two more irresistable entries for "Worst Album Art Ever"

    04/23/2006 6:13:43 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 1,142 replies · 12,966+ views
    Around teh Intarweb
    Dan Betzer and Louie - "Tell The Bible Classics Volume 3"
  • IRA were behind 58pc of Troubles

    05/30/2006 1:19:49 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 116 replies · 1,478+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | 30 May 2006 | Not stated
    IRA were behind 48pc of Troubles murders A UNIVERSITY of Ulster academic yesterday blamed the IRA for the overwhelming majority of murders during the Troubles. Henry Patterson, Professor of History at Jordanstown, challenged the view that the Northern Ireland conflict was a simple "war of liberation" by republicans against colonial interests and said there were key differences between the Troubles in Northern Ireland and struggles in Africa and Latin America. He told the sixth International Conference of The Spanish Association for Irish Studies at the University of Valladolid in Spain that the Provisional IRA was responsible for 48 per cent...
  • Windows Vista vs. Linux: Why Vista Might Lose the Battle

    05/30/2006 11:51:59 AM PDT · by N3WBI3 · 168 replies · 1,583+ views ^ | 05/29/2006 | Cyberlord
    The opening of Beta 2 testing at WinHEC for Windows Vista has once again raised serious questions about Microsoft's ability to keep its promises. We have witnessed up until now the inexhaustible reservoir of excuses coming from MS's officials, who have continuously fed us with plenty of reasons for Vista's delay: they're working on security, they're trying to make it more reliable for business, etc. Although it was initially destined to make its public debut way back in 2002, following years haven't shown us more than small bits of what was to become Microsoft's best product in more than 10...
  • Google releases Picasa for Linux -- and 100+ Wine patches

    05/26/2006 7:54:42 AM PDT · by N3WBI3 · 89 replies · 789+ views
    NewsForge ^ | Thursday May 25, 2006 (03:00 AM GMT) | By: Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
    Picasa is a photo organizing and editing tool from Google that does most of what most people need to do with their digital pictures. Now Picasa, previously a Windows-only program, has binaries available for most popular GNU/Linux distributions. The Linux version of Picasa is still a beta release, but it's ready to handle photo storage, organizing, and light photo editing on your Linux computer. Even if you don't want to use Picasa, Google's creation of the Linux version may help make your Linux computer more versatile. The Picasa Linux port is being made with Wine, and in the process more...
  • WinHEC: Microsoft moving to 64 bit only, says Gates(yet another Vista delay)

    05/25/2006 7:28:29 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 83 replies · 659+ views
    IT World Canada ^ | 24 May 2006 | Jeff Jedras and Martyn Williams
    While the beta 2 of Windows Vista is available, the consumer version of the new OS could be pushed back past the stated January launch date, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at a news conference in Tokyo.
  • The Curious Incident of Sun in the Night-Time ~~ Stallman's comments on Sun Micro & JAVA release

    05/24/2006 9:32:43 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies · 408+ views
    Groklaw ^ | Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 11:22 AM EDT | Richard Stallman
    The Curious Incident of Sun in the Night-Time ~ by Richard Stallman Our community has been abuzz with the rumor that Sun has made its implementation Java free software (or "open source"). Community leaders even publicly thanked Sun for its contribution. What is Sun's new contribution to the FLOSS community? Nothing. Absolutely nothing--and that's what makes the response to this non-incident so curious. Sun's Java implementation remains proprietary software, just as before. It doesn't come close to meeting the criteria for free software, or the similar but slightly looser criteria for open source. Its source code is available only under...
  • Sun puts its weight behind Ubuntu Linux

    05/17/2006 9:19:50 PM PDT · by AllmanBrosFan · 295 replies · 1,863+ views
    IT WEEK ^ | 17 May 2006 | Tom Sanders
    Sun Microsystems plans to offer support for the Ubuntu server Linux distribution on its T1 server line, the company said at the JavaOne industry conference in San Francisco. "We will be aggressively supporting the fork that Ubuntu has been doing," Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the conference. "The ideals of that community are relatively familiar to us." The Ubuntu Linux distribution is based on Debian. The operating system currently provides only a desktop version that has a strong following among software developers. A first server system is scheduled for release on 1 June. The distribution is sponsored by...