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+ - Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets with Wrong, Slower Processor

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2 tablet in October 2013 with several hardware upgrades, like the new 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor specifically optimized for longer battery life and increased performance. Three months later, Microsoft decided to upgrade the CPU with a 1.9GHz Core i5-4300U unit that would be capable of taking these improvements even further. Albeit Redmond has kept a low profile for the somewhat significant improvement, tech savvy buyers were aware of the change. Now, according to some new reports, it seems that the company is still shipping the old models to buyers, despite the fact that Microsoft has promised to deliver only upgraded models featuring the new CPU. The new processor is said to come with 20% higher clock speed and 15% to 20% better overclocked clock speed."

+ - Microsoft will give you $100 to buy a new PC->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "If you're still using Windows XP, you just won $100 from Microsoft.

Those who are eligible for the promotion can redeem the credit at Microsoft's online store or their retail shops — and the fact that you still use the 13-year old Windows XP is subject to verification by Microsoft. The offer is good for PCs ranging in price from $599 and $2,299 and will run until June 15.

The promotion is part of Microsoft's plan to get the last remaining Windows XP users off the operating system before the April 8 end of life date. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates to address viruses and exploits to the operating system."

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+ - DEA PowerPoint shows how agency hides investigative methods from trial review->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "CJ Ciaramella stumbled upon some recently interesting documents with a recent FOIA request: The DEA's training materials regarding parallel construction, the practice of reverse engineering the evidence chain to keep how the government actually knows something happened away from prosecutors, the defense, and the public.

  “Americans don’t like it," the materials note, when the government relies heavily on classified sources, so agents are encouraged to find ways to get the same information through tactics like "routine" traffic stops that coincidentally find the information agents are after.

Public blowback, along with greater criminal awareness, are cited among the reasons for keeping the actual methodologies beyond the reach of even the prosecutors working with the DEA on the cases."

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Comment: Re:How about Ceramic Engines ? (Score 1) 368

by CapeDoryBob (#45887315) Attached to: Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

I'm not an engineer.... but.....

Ceramics have much higher melting temperatures than metals. This could lead to an engine with a much higher operating temp and therefore higher thermal efficiency., i.e. much better mileage.

What I'd like to see is someone build an engine with all the bells and whistles: Ceramic block, ringless pistons, high temp coolant ( no water )..and lubricant.

What would the mileage be? And could it be manufactured in the millions?

Comment: Snowden vs Pollard? (Score 1) 354

by CapeDoryBob (#45847863) Attached to: The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

If Jonathan Pollard was right, does that make Snowden right?

If Pollard was wrong, isn't Snowden wrong too?

Does Snowden's "service to humanity" compare to Pollard's "service to Israeli intelligence"?

Now, Pollard was an officer in the US military. Snowden was a mere "contractor" for the NSA. What were their obligations?

I'd like to see a debate on these questions.

+ - 'Spooky action' builds a wormhole between 'entangled' quantum particles->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "Quantum entanglement, a perplexing phenomenon of quantum mechanics that Albert Einstein once referred to as “spooky action at a distance,” could be even spookier than Einstein perceived. Now, some physicists believe the phenomenon might be intrinsically linked with wormholes, hypothetical features of space-time that in popular science fiction can provide a much-faster-than-light shortcut from one part of the universe to another. But here’s the catch: One couldn’t actually travel, or even communicate, through these wormholes, said Andreas Karch, a University of Washington physics professor who is co-author of a paper on the research in Physical Review Letters. Quantum entanglement occurs when a pair or a group of particles interact in ways that dictate that each particle’s behavior is relative to the behavior of the others. In a pair of entangled particles, if one particle is observed to have a specific spin, for example, the other particle observed at the same time will have the opposite spin. The “spooky” part is that, as previous research has confirmed, the relationship holds true no matter how far apart the particles are – across the room or across several galaxies. If the behavior of one particle changes, the behavior of both entangled particles changes simultaneously, no matter how far away they are. Recent findings indicate that the characteristics of a wormhole are the same as if two black holes were entangled, then pulled apart. Even if the black holes were on opposite sides of the universe, the wormhole would connect them."
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Comment: Why not share data? (Score 0) 232

by CapeDoryBob (#45456035) Attached to: US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

We have monitoring stations in the US, They have monitoring stations in Russia. Why don't we arrange to exchange data? That way nobody has to worry about "spying". Each will know what data the other has.

That way, our Trident subs lurking under the polar icecap will be able to use the improved GLONASS data to improve their targeting.. The Russian boomers in the sea of Okhotsk will do likewise.

And the world's economy will benefit from improved combined GPS / GLONASS accuracy.

+ - eBay Exact Launches On iOS, Lets You Buy 3D-Printed Products

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "eBay has announced a new iOS app called eBay Exact that lets you buy customizable 3D-printed merchandise on the go. You can download the new addition now directly from Apple's App Store. The products in question are available from three leading 3D printing companies, according to eBay: Brooklyn-based MakerBot, France-based Sculpteo, and Toronto, Canada-based Hot Pop Factory. Currently, customers can choose from only about 20 items, ranging from technology accessories to jewelry, but that number is likely to grow fairly quickly."

+ - FED backdoor in Outlook.com ..->

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An anonymous reader writes "There are red faces in Redmond after Edward Snowden released a new batch of documents from the NSA's Special Source Operations (SSO) division covering Microsoft's involvement in allowing backdoor access to its software to the NSA and others. .. In five months Microsoft and the FBI created a workaround that gives the NSA access to encrypted chats on Outlook.com"
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