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Comments: 81 +-   Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Like XP on Monday December 28, @01:27AM

Posted by timothy on Monday December 28, @01:27AM
from the day-late-6.83-yuan-short dept.
gui
An anonymous reader writes "Ylmf, famous for pirating Windows XP, have just released a version of Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP. Really, really similar. Apparently because Microsoft were cracking down on the actual Windows XP pirating — though I think they will still suffer for ripping off the GUI exactly." Of course, if that's the sort of look you like for your desktop, you need not risk any download cooties or language barriers; a reader in the Ubuntu Forums suggests this instructional video for giving Gnome the XP treatment.
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Comments: 80 +-   GNU Emacs Switches From CVS To Bazaar on Sunday December 27, @10:18PM

Posted by timothy on Sunday December 27, @10:18PM
from the surely-you-need-not-leave-emacs-to-use-bazaar dept.
gnu
kfogel writes "GNU Emacs, one of the oldest continuously developed free software projects around, has switched from CVS to Bazaar. Emacs's first recorded version-control commits date from August, 1985. Eight years later, in 1993, it moved to CVS. Sixteen years later, it is switching to Bazaar, its first time in a decentralized version control system. If this pattern holds, GNU Emacs will be in Bazaar for at least thirty-two years ..."
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Comments: 271 +-   Consumerist Says AT&T Site Won't Sell iPhone In NYC, Citing Network on Sunday December 27, @07:07PM

Posted by timothy on Sunday December 27, @07:07PM
from the sounds-a-bit-hinky dept.
cellphones
cowp writes "A Consumerist tipster couldn't get AT&T's website to sell him an iPhone when he shopped using an NYC ZIP code, but could when he tried other cities' ZIPs. Consumerist asked an AT&T CSR and seems to have gotten confirmation that this is carrier policy: 'Yes, this is correct the phone is not offered to you because New York is not ready for the iPhone. You don't have enough towers to handle the phone.' Considering Apple's gadget is currently the most popular handset in the U.S., its exclusive carrier's inability/unwillingness to support the device in the country's largest market is pretty huge news. If this proves true, I'd expect curtains for AT&T's exclusivity deal when it comes up for renewal." If you're in NYC, can you confirm or deny this outlandish-sounding claim? Updated 20091227 1:03 GMT by timothy: Headline, now corrected, inaccurately named Apple rather than AT&T. Mea culpa.
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Comments: 104 +-   What's Happened In Mobile Over the Past 10 Years on Sunday December 27, @05:39PM

Posted by timothy on Sunday December 27, @05:39PM
from the oh-nothing-much dept.
cellphones
andylim writes "recombu.com has an article examining what's happened in mobile over the past ten years, including BlackBerry launching its first smart phone in 2002, Motorola launching the Razr in 2004 and Apple launching the iPhone in 2007. As a commenter points out, the first camera phone (Sharp J-SH04), which was released in 2000, featured a 110,000-pixel (0.11MP) CMOS image sensor, and a 256-colour (8 bit) display."
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Comments: 78 +-   German Wikipedia Passes One Million Article Mark on Sunday December 27, @04:17PM

Posted by timothy on Sunday December 27, @04:17PM
from the but-now-they-use-euros dept.
media
saibot834 writes "The German Wikipedia, the second largest language edition behind the English Wikipedia, just reached its 1,000,000 article milestone. Combined with 3.1M English articles and 240 other language editions, this adds up to a total of 14 million Wikipedia articles. Interestingly, there is a request for deletion on the millionth article. German Wikipedia has been criticized for its rules on notability, which are stricter than on the English Wikipedia. Quality though, is often considered to be higher on the German Wikipedia."
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Comments: 577 +-   How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program? on Sunday December 27, @02:48PM

Posted by timothy on Sunday December 27, @02:48PM
from the hypnotherapy-might-work dept.
education
thelordx writes "I've got a much younger brother who I'd like to teach how to program. When I was younger, you'd often start off with something like BASIC or Apple BASIC, maybe move on to Pascal, and eventually get to C and Java. Is something like Pascal still a dominant teaching language? I'd love to get low-level with him, and I firmly believe that C is the best language to eventually learn, but I'm not sure how to get him there. Can anyone recommend a language I can start to teach him that is simple enough to learn quickly, but powerful enough to do interesting things and lead him down a path towards C/C++?"
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Comments: 127 +-   Fifth Anniversary of a Cosmic Onslaught on Sunday December 27, @01:31PM

Posted by Soulskill on Sunday December 27, @01:31PM
from the blast-from-the-past dept.
space
The Bad Astronomer writes "Five years ago today (December 27, 2004), a vast wave of high-energy gamma and X-rays washed over the Earth, blinding satellites and partially ionizing the Earth's atmosphere. The culprit was a superflare from the magnetar SGR 1806-20, located 50,000 light years away. The energy released was mind-numbing: in one-fifth of a second, this supercharged magnetic neutron star blasted out as much energy as the Sun does in 250,000 years!"
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Comments: 83 +-   Security In the Ether on Sunday December 27, @12:15PM

Posted by Soulskill on Sunday December 27, @12:15PM
from the less-likely-than-ether-in-the-security dept.
security
theodp writes "Technology Review's David Talbot says IT's next grand challenge will be to secure the cloud — and prove we can trust it. 'The focus of IT innovation has shifted from hardware to software applications,' says Harvard economist Dale Jorgenson. 'Many of these applications are going on at a blistering pace, and cloud computing is going to be a great facilitative technology for a lot of these people.' But there's one little catch. 'None of this can happen unless cloud services are kept secure,' notes Talbot. 'And they are not.' Fully ensuring the security of cloud computing, says Talbot, will inevitably fall to emerging encryption technologies."
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Comments: 260 +-   Critics Call For NASA TV To "Liven Up" on Sunday December 27, @10:52AM

Posted by Soulskill on Sunday December 27, @10:52AM
from the have-the-ISS-astronauts-vote-each-other-off-the-station dept.
nasa
An article in the LA Times calls NASA out for failing to make broadcasts on their dedicated television network as entertaining as they can be. The author, David Ferrell, complains that fascinating subject matter is often fraught with boring commentary and frequent, extended silences, making most people quickly lose interest. Quoting: "Witness one recent segment about the recovery of a Soyuz capsule upon its return to Earth. The dark, bullet-like object landed in the featureless steppes of Kazakhstan, about 50 miles outside the unheard-of town of Arkalyk. Coverage consisted of video shot from an all-terrain vehicle approaching it — mostly soundless footage of tall grass going by — with an occasional word by an unnamed commentator. 'You can see the antenna that deployed shortly after landing,' the commentator said in that deadpan tone shared by scientists and golf announcers. The camera chronicled the tedious extraction of three crew members weakened by spending six months in orbit; they were loaded one by one onto stretchers. 'Again, a rather methodical process,' the commentator noted, as if grasping for something — anything — to say. Later: 'The official landing time has been revised to 1:15 and 34 seconds a.m., Central Time. The official time was recorded at the Russian Mission Control Center . . . by the Russian flight-control team.' ... Where is Carl Sagan when you need him?"
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Comments: 102 +-   Amazon Sells More Ebooks On Christmas Than Real Books on Sunday December 27, @09:34AM

Posted by Soulskill on Sunday December 27, @09:34AM
from the takes-way-more-to-stuff-a-stocking-though dept.
books
ctmurray writes "Amazon reports for the first time ever they sold more ebooks on one day than real books. My wife is an ebook-only author and reported her largest single day sales on Christmas day, and December has been her best month ever as well. All those Kindles bought for this season are being seen in ebook sales." The battle with publishers over pricing seems to be coming to the fore as well.
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