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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2012Archive Listing

Sunday September 30, 2012

Mozilla's Persona Single Sign-On Service Enters Beta

How would you like to surf the web, go to all of your favorite sites and never have to enter a password? Mozilla agrees with you and has been working on what was originally called Browser ID back in 2011 to give you an email-based Internet identity sans passwords. A year later with many improvements, a new name and Persona is out for Beta testing.

Once a user has signed up for Persona and registered an email address, all it takes to login to a website that supports the service are two mouse clicks. No passwords are ever entered.


Iran's News Agency Portrays Satirical Onion Story as Its Own

I guess this explains a lot about Iran. Fars, a semi-official news agency in Iran, picked up a story published by the satirical website, The Onion, and ran it as its own publication. The story was published verbatim as it was written on The Onion, headline and all. The news agency has since apologized for the mistake to its readers. Do they have Gulags in Iran? big grin

A Fars news editor said Friday that the outlet took the item off its English-language website once editors realized that The Onion wasn't a legitimate news organization.


Students Break Land Speed Record with Cheese-Byproduct

Students at Utah State University have broken the land speed record for its class at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The biofuel used to set that record was created solely from yeast and cheese waste that yields a product that can be rendered into biofuel. The custom built racer hit 64.4 mph running on nothing but cheese fumes. Let the ‘who cut the cheese’ jokes commence. big grin


Minecraft Will Not be Certified for Windows 8

"Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft, has made it quite clear to Microsoft that he won’t be certifying Minecraft to qualify for inclusion in Windows 8 marketplace. His defiant attitude towards Microsoft is more symbolic than functional since the game will still be playable on Windows 8 operating system.

"I'd rather have Minecraft not run on Windows 8 at all than to play along," he continued. "Maybe we can convince a few people not to switch to Windows 8 that way."


Oops. Man Mistakenly Sexts Entire Contact List

Have you ever had that dream where you find yourself in a public place totally naked? Well, that must have been the feeling Craig Evans when he finally realized he had mistakenly sent lewd pictures to everyone on his phone’s contact list, including two under aged girls. Their parents were not amused eek!

The appeals court agreed that it couldn't conclude Evans had targeted any minor. For, indeed, he was targeting one person, who was entirely of age. It's just that those BlackBerrys are very hard to operate. Or something.


Maingear Announces Nomad 17 Gaming Laptop

Maingear has announced the arrival of its latest laptop release, the Nomad 17. The name fits the laptop perfectly since it’s a 17" portable gaming machine for serious gamers on the move. With impressive stats and a custom paint job, it’s a gamer’s dream machine.

The NOMAD 17 gaming laptop supports 3rd generation Intel® quad-core processors up to 3.8GHz for blazing performance and offers cool operation with maximum battery life, up to 32GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, and a full array of hard drive support including full size SSD and RAID 0 and 1 arrays.


ASUS Makes Offer to Buy ASRock?

The rumor mill is churning out yet another biggie this weekend and the rumor has it that the #1 ASUS and #3 ASRock motherboard manufacturers will join forces and sing Kumbayah together in harmony. big grin Of course, the rumor is unsubstantiated at this point in time, since they have a knack to do these deals late on Fridays.

If the deal does go through, there will be downstream effects to many of the other companies and suppliers to these companies - so it would cause quite the stir.


Adobe Reader Update on Windows Phone Faulty

If you own a Windows Phone and are prompted to update your Adobe Reader App, don’t do it. There is currently a glitch somewhere in the process that will actually downgrade your version to an earlier one.

In short, if you do this third "update" to Adobe, you will lose the fairly outstanding 10.1 and all of its features.


Japanese Scientists Developing Sugar-Based Batteries

Scientists at the Tokyo University of Science recently confirmed that they have been able to create a more powerful battery by using sugar as an alternative to lithium. The end result will be a more powerful, less expensive product with an almost endless supply of raw material at hand.


Apple Cites Improving Conditions in Foreign Factories

The recent events at China’s Foxconn factories, where Apple is one of the main recipients of Foxconn’s production, has facilitated Apple to take steps to bring its supplier into compliance with international labor laws. Apple is pledged to making the work environment more worker friendly in all of its supplier’s plants all across Asia.

The updates include the fact that they are now tracking over 800k workers — up from 700K in July — to gather the data, and that their compliance was ‘sustained’ in August — holding fast at 97%.


Microsoft Sued Over Rights to Kinect Tech

Microsoft is being sued by Intelligent Verification Systems, a Virginia based company that specializes in facial recognition technology. The company claims that Microsoft infringed on the company’s patent for the software, which dates back to 2006, to produce one of the company’s highest selling products, Kinect.

Intelligent Verification Systems claims they sent a letter to Microsoft in June 2011 to inform them of the patent infringement but it seems the two groups were unable to come to an agreement.


Slackware Linux Project Announces Version 14.0

After over a year of work, the stable version of Slackware 14.0 has been released. The new version has many improvements, updates and enhancements while maintaining its familiar feeling. The new release is also available in an ARM version which supports Trimslice Pro and Raspberry Pi devices. Slackware 14.0 is available for immediate download or pre-order the disk versions from the Slackware site.

Slackware is well known for its simplicity and the fact that we try to bring software to you in the condition that the authors intended.