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Comment And next week... (Score 2) 146

[Apple] is only providing information on how to create fixed layout ebooks for it's store to a select group of publishers and ebook producers."

And a week from now when that information finds its way to the internet the headline will be "All Authors Able to Publish Fixed-Width iBooks"

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 349

What a way to start the morning then with a crazy sensationalist headline. A guy that used to work at Google tweeted that in his opinion it's silly for Google to be working on 2 OSs. But then the anonymous reader that submitted this turns this into some kind of doomsday prediction from the Google Gods or whatever.

(The bold text is the AC putting words into Paul Buchheit's mouth)

Former Google employee, Gmail creator, and FriendFeed founder Paul Buchheit has come right out and said what many people are thinking (or hoping for). On his FriendFeed page, Buchheit made a post titled Prediction: ChromeOS will be killed next year (or "merged" with Android). In it, he bluntly says that Google's netbook-centric Chrome OS is as good as dead. Yeah, I was thinking, "is this too obvious to even state?"

To sum up: Man has opinion about ChromeOS, /. headline predicts earthquakes and fire, film at eleven.

Submission + - Live Human Birth Captured by MRI-> 2

DIplomatic writes: Doctors at a Berlin hospital have made a medical breakthrough after capturing live MRI images of the miracle of birth.
The pictures, taken after a German mother agreed to give birth inside a magnetic-resonance imaging machine, could provide valuable new insights into the birthing process and allow future lives to be saved.
The creation of the live MRI images of a birth could prove vital in understanding complications during the birthing process and the need for around 15 per cent of women to have a Caesarian section due to the baby not moving sufficiently into the birth canal.

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Submission + - A Nude Awakening — TSA and privacy->

DIplomatic writes: The Oklahoma Daily has a terrific, well-written editorial about the current state of airport security. Though the subject has overly-commented on, this article is well worth the read.

          The risk of a terrorist attack is so infinitesimal and its impact so relatively insignificant that it doesn’t make rational sense to accept the suspension of liberty for the sake of avoiding a statistical anomaly.
          There's no purpose in security if it debases the very life it intends to protect, yet the forced choice one has to make between privacy and travel does just that. If you want to travel, you have a choice between low-tech fondling or high-tech pornography; the choice, therefore, to relegate your fundamental rights in exchange for a plane ticket. Not only does this paradigm presume that one'(TM)s right to privacy is variable contingent on the government's discretion and only respected in places that the government doesn't care to look — but it also ignores that the fundamental right to travel has consistently been upheld by the Supreme Court.
          If we have both the right to privacy and the right to travel, then TSA's newest procedures cannot conceivably be considered legal. The TSAâ½Â's regulations blatantly compromise the former at the expense of the latter, and as time goes on we will soon forget what it meant to have those rights.

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Comment Re:Always fascinating. (Score 5, Insightful) 194

A 30-year-old game featured AI more sophisticated than what you'll find in most games today.

I'm not sure "deciding whether to turn right or left at the fork in a 2D maze" can really compare to the ridiculously complex AI behavior in many games today. Team combat, terrain navigation, etc. Advance-to-cover squad-based tactical combat is hardly If PAC_MAN_INVINCIBLE == FALSE; Chase().

Comment GOOD! (Score 3, Informative) 324

Good! I personally love Microsoft Security Essentials. It does exactly what you want in a Virus Protection Program: 1) Keep an icon in the system tray indicating that "You Are Protected" 2) Stay out of your way and use very few system resources.
In all seriousness, I am a corporate IT technician and I prefer MSE over any other memory-hogging, system-crippling, scaring-you-with-false-warnings virus program out there.
Plus it's FREE. FREE!

Comment Re:Is it not time to give up yet? (Score 2, Interesting) 764

A reasonable fine would be on the order of $50 to $100 per song.

I see where you're getting at but in what world is $50-$100 a reasonable amount to pay for creating more of an infinite resource? Let's say you sell joke books. Now let's say I pick up one of your books in the store and read a joke. Later I repeat the joke to some of my friends and we all laugh. Have I stolen something? Am I a thief? Of course not.
The real issue is that computers and the internet have created a truly unlimited resource. When you think about it, copying an MP3 is similar to matter replication in Star Trek: At your command you can create an exact duplicate of something at no cost! Now many companies stand to lose their entire business if people realize the infinity in computer information replication. The only way they know how to survive is to perpetuate a fake sense of scarcity for their product. This is a comedy article that illustrates what I mean by fake scarcity.

Comment Re:If there only was ... (Score 2, Funny) 122

A device that allowed you to listen to music without disturbing others. Some kind of very small speakers that you can put very close to your eardrums. Oh well, we'll have to do with freaking cones of silence.

The old micro-sized-speakers-in-close-proximity-to-the-eardrums ploy. That's the third time I've fallen for that this month!

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