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Comment: Too many. (Score 1) 480

by Brian Recchia (#33475210) Attached to: I can see X LEDs as I fall asleep. X = __

My MacBook Pro's bright green charger LED, its bright white blinking sleep LED, my Mac Pro's power LED, and if I don't turn my audio rack off then you can easily add at least 10 more, many of which are that dreadful blue. My Nexus One has an orange or green LED to say it's charging/charged, but I just put it face down so I don't see it.

I need to buy a roll of electrical tape...

Comment: The only reason this doesn't exist today... (Score 1) 365

by Brian Recchia (#32820098) Attached to: Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

...is because companies can sell extra chargers at inflated prices. Just about all laptops charge via the same spec'd power brick, they just all use different plugs.

When was the last time you saw a laptop charger that didn't output somewhere around 16.5-19 volts at 5 or less amps? In fact, since Apple's probably one of the worst offenders when it comes to having proprietary designs, I pulled the charger for my 17-inch MacBook Pro out of the wall and looked at it: "16.5-18.5V 4.6A max," it says.

The same thing has gone on with cell phones forever and has only begun to be fixed in the last two or so. Pretty much all charge via 4.5-5 volts and draw less than 2 amps, usually 0.5-1.

Comment: Guitar/bass (Score 1) 5

by Brian Recchia (#31809918) Attached to: Where to start in DIY electronics?

If you play electric guitar or bass, these are things that really helped me get going when it comes to electronics. Modifying effects, changing pickups or pots, etc. all require at the very least soldering knowledge, and they're great ways to start. Also, this is a GREAT thing to start with. I have one and I still use it.

+ - Why broadband in North America is NOT slow-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "An article written in response to that study regarding how far behind the rest of the word the US and Canada are with regards to broadband internet. It basically tears it apart and shows why the US and Canada are actually far ahead of most of the european countries. It has a canadian slant, but is interesting!"
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Comment: Re:Privacy for what? (Score 1) 213

by Brian Recchia (#30326806) Attached to: A Look At the Safety of Google Public DNS
Yes, and if Google actually said they were going to store your DNS requests for any amount of time useful for doing more than simply cacheing them to make them faster, and/or they said they were going to otherwise tie them to any other information they have on us, I wouldn't use their DNS service.

Comment: Re:Privacy for what? (Score 3, Informative) 213

by Brian Recchia (#30326538) Attached to: A Look At the Safety of Google Public DNS

Now read chapter 1 of their Terms of Service and see how it takes precedence over EVERYTHING else.

Actually, this is quite the opposite.

1.5 If there is any contradiction between what the Additional Terms say and what the Universal Terms say, then the Additional Terms shall take precedence in relation to that Service.

In the document, "Additional Terms" refers to additional ToS documents and Privacy Policy documents, etc., and "Universal Terms" refers to this. I think this is pretty much the most straightforward legalese I've ever seen, and it very clearly states that if the privacy policy of their DNS solution says they're not going to keep your data more than 48 hours, they are not going to, regardless of what the Universal Terms document states.

Security

Researchers Work To Perfect Computerized Lip Reading 117

Posted by Zonk
from the eee-aye-eee-aye-oh dept.
Iddo Genuth writes "Researchers at the University of East Anglia are working to develop computerized lip-reading systems. Lip-reading is extremely hard for humans to master, but a software-based system has several benefits over even the most highly trained expert. The ultimate goal of the project is to convert lip-read speech into text. 'Apart from being extremely helpful to hearing-disabled individuals, researchers say that such a system could be used to noiselessly dictate commands to electronic devices equipped with a simple camera - like mobile phones, microwaves or even a car's dashboard. England's Home Office Scientific Development Branch ... is currently investigating the feasibility of using lip-reading software as an additional tool for gathering information about criminals or for collecting evidence.'"

Sperm Could Power Nanobots 259

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the make-sure-you-pick-the-best-swimmers dept.
Lucas123 writes "According to MSNBC, scientists are experimenting with using a sperm's flagellum to overcome the problem of supplying energy to nanobots that could be implanted in the body as smart probes that would release disease-fighting drugs, monitor enzymes and perform other medical roles within a patient's body. Powered by a compound called adenosine triphosphate or ATP, a sperm's flagellum can propel it at about 7 inches an hour. Energy from ATP could also power the pumps charged with dispensing the medication at a certain rate from the nanobots."

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