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  • Apple's Safari will fall first at hacker contest, past winner predicts

    03/07/2009 3:51:48 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 137 replies · 1,666+ views
    Computer World ^ | March 3rd | Gregg Keizer
    Apple Inc.'s Safari is the juiciest target in the upcoming PWN2OWN hacking contest, last year's winner predicted today. "It's an easy target," said Charlie Miller, the vulnerability researcher who last year walked off with a $10,000 cash prize for breaking into an Apple laptop just a few minutes into the contest. PWNOWN is slated for its third appearance at the CanSecWest security conference later this month in Vancouver, British Columbia. "It might be because I'm biased about the things I'm good at, but it's the easiest browser [to hack]," Miller said. PWN2OWN's sponsor, 3Com Inc.'s TippingPoint unit, will pay $5,000...
  • Obama Administration Appoints Top CIO

    03/05/2009 7:54:35 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 128 replies · 1,367+ views
    Technologizer ^ | 5:32 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2009 | David Worthington
    The White House press office announced today that Vivek Kundra, the current chief technology officer of Washington DC, will be assuming the position of Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the White House. The appointment of a top CIO is another first: the position did not exist in any previous administrations. Kundra will also have final say on government technology purchases , and will have the authority to overrule his peers at subordinate agencies.
  • How Can Steve Jobs Be a Liberal?

    07/03/2007 7:08:20 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 1,016+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | July 2nd | Rush Limbaugh
    CALLER: Hey, I'm a huge fan of Apple and Steve Jobs, and I'm just so fascinated by this new phone. I went and tried one out, and they're fantastic. But I think what baffles me the most is to see how he aligns himself more often than not with his good buddy Algore. I just don't get that. I mean, for one, he's really a representative, the perfect example of what entrepreneurship in America and greatness is all about. RUSH: You know, it's one of the mysteries of life. It's like Warren Buffett. How can Warren Buffett be sidling up...
  • 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
    open.itworld.com ^ | 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.
  • (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"
  • 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".
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...