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Comment: Re:Change the road signs (Score 1) 1387

I agree. The speedo sticky label was a nuisance, but eventually everyone here in oz "got" metric measurements. I still think in feet and inches, but measure in metric, especially those metric volts and amps on my DMM! Lots of things and info from the US are marked in both imperial and metric anyway.
My kids (eldest nearly 40) know nearly nothing of the old imperial system...

Comment: Re:To the author of the summary: (Score 1) 64

by David at Eeyore (#42086297) Attached to: Another Player In the World of Free, Open Online CS Courseware

you're a bit late to the the party! AS has already been explained, UNSW is University of New South Wales (one of the older universities in Australia). Maybe Slashdot editors should insist the ALL acronyms, esp. the US ones, be explained at least once per article.

+ - SPAM: If Keyboards Could Talk

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This subject includes the different situations and circumstances that brought about the creation of the Universe, as well as the origins of where the basic life forms came from. Therefore, quantum physics has a lot to do with our existence, which makes it critical in our quest for self-discovery. This science has a close relationship to our thoughts, ideas, emotions, feelings, and even our own spirituality."
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Firefox

+ - Microsoft bans Firefox on Windows ARM-> 1

Submitted by Kjella
Kjella (173770) writes "In another case of "if you can't beat them, exclude them" Microsoft has decided to not allow third party browsers on Windows ARM. The reasons cited by Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel David Heiner are: "
  • ARM processors, which power virtually all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets today, are different from the x86 chips that power PCs. The chips have new requirements for security and power management, and Microsoft is the only one who can meet those needs.
  • Windows RT — the version of Windows 8 geared for ARM devices — "isn't Windows anymore."
"

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Firefox

+ - Microsoft bans third-party browsers from Windows on ARM-> 1

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "In a twist that's very reminiscent of Microsoft's naughty nineties, Mozilla has revealed that Windows RT — aka Windows 8 on ARM — will only support one web browser: Internet Explorer. While Firefox will technically be able to run in Metro mode on Windows RT, it will be so crippled as to be unusable; in "classic," Desktop mode, third-party browsers such as Firefox won't be allowed to run at all. This restriction seems to stem from Microsoft locking down some vital APIs in Windows RT, so that it's impossible to build a browser that competes with Internet Explorer. At first blush this sounds like a classic ploy to stymy the opposition and regain market share — and for all I know, maybe it is — but there are also a few logical reasons for Microsoft's decision. From the get-go, Microsoft has been leery of developers porting x86 code to ARM, in case these ported apps don't have the efficiency and stability that a low-power (and battery-powered) ARM tablet requires. It's for this reason that Microsoft didn't offer some kind of OS- or hardware-level x86>ARM translation. For users, however, the implications are extensive: Windows RT won't have browser add-ons, or web apps, or the ability to use WebGL sites. In the long term, if Windows on ARM is a big success, we could even return to the mid-'90s digital dark age, where more than 90% of web surfers used Internet Explorer — a fate worse than death itself."
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Comment: Re:See? CSIRO is no troll (Score 1) 121

by David at Eeyore (#39617295) Attached to: CSIRO Develops 10 Gbps Microwave Backhaul

Since you mentioned that you come from the land of the free (ride for bankers and other folk who produce no tangible works..). Australia is not the only country where the idea that research organizations funded by the community via the elected government helps defray the considerable costs of doing the research by patenting and licensing new innovations is customary - try the UK or France..
I can't speak for your form of government, but the last time I filled in a Tax Return, there weren't armed soldiers at the door to collect the money...

Comment: Re:Sick of pi (Score 2) 55

by David at Eeyore (#39258771) Attached to: MIT App Inventor Back Online

Funny, I got the impression that Raspberry Pi was yet another extension of the BASIC Stamp/PICAxe/Arduino idea; a neat hardware wrapper around a microcontroller, but in Pi's case a processor with enough grunt to run Linux.
Maybe not a robotics platform particularly, but who knows what crazy repurposing of the board is just around the corner?
(Disclaimer: I haven't got a Raspberry Pi, but a motley collection of Arduini and friends, steppers and techo stuff!)

Security

+ - The naming of the "Ice IX" banking trojan->

Submitted by AlexDomo
AlexDomo (2443650) writes "The naming of the new Ice IX banking trojan is quite interesting; there are a number of sources from which the developer could have been inspired to name the new trojan Ice IX. I've listed these in order from "most likely" to "least likely" to have been the inspiration.

1. Ice 9 is a fictional computer virus from the film "The Recruit" (2003) which could erase hard drives and travel through unprotected power sources; possibly erasing data from every computer on Earth.
2. Ice 9 is an album by Russian rock band Smyslovye Gallyutsinatsii, two songs from which won the Russian Golden Gramophone award twice. The band's name loosley translated means "glitches in your brain".
3. ICE is a well known cyberpunk reference to "Intrusion Countermeasures Electonics" — software which works to prevent hackers getting access to sensitive data.
4. In cryptography, ICE (Information Concealment Engine) is a block cipher published by Kwan in 1997. The ICE algorithm is not subject to patents, and the source code is in the public domain.

These are just the top four... eight additional references are listed in the original article here."

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ISS

+ - Will the Space Station be Abandoned in November?->

Submitted by
astroengine
astroengine writes "In the wake of the Russian Progress vehicle crash shortly after launch on Aug. 24, a chain of events has been set into motion that could result in the decision not to fly astronauts into orbit. If this happens, the ISS will be temporarily mothballed before the end of the year to avoid landing astronauts during the harsh Kazakh winter."
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Google

+ - Schmidt: G+ "identity service", not social network->

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Eric Schmidt has revealed that Google+ is an identity service, and the "social network" bit is just bait. Schmidt says "G+ is completely optional," not mentioning that Google has admitted that deleting a G+ account will seriously downgrade your other Google services. As others have noted, Somewhere, there are two kids in a garage building a company whose motto will be "Don't be Google"."
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