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+ - ExpressCard Format To Be Discontinued->

Submitted by siliconbits
siliconbits (943161) writes "Sources located in Taiwan's tech manufacturing community have told us that some top tier manufacturers are considering yanking the ExpressCard port on all laptops altogether in an attempt to reduce the sheer thickness of their products and bill of materials as the usage of the standard has been disappointing to say the least.
Major ODM/OEMs have confirmed that continued market research has shown that ExpressCard, which has been available since 2006, has failed to replicate the success of PCMCIA as almost all new laptops now feature onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and up to five USB ports.
Data collected over the past two years within the industry shows that less than half a per cent of laptops with an ExpressCard slot are equipped with an ExpressCard device and the (now obsolete) ExpressCard resource directory lists a grand total of 55 ExpressCard modules and 64 ExpressCard components."

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+ - TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program 1

Submitted by countertrolling
countertrolling (1585477) writes "In a compromise measure that attempts to balance calls for increased security in GA operations against the individual liberties of GA pilots, Pistole announced that new self-administered pat-down program would be mandatory in the very near future. Acceptance has been (at best) mixed within the GA community. While most pilots knew that enhanced steps were going to be forthcoming from TSA, as a 'necessary counter' to security threats, most complain that the new procedures go too far.
*GA =General Aviation"

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 2) 56

by EXMSFT (#34666482) Attached to: Google Discontinues On2 Flix Engine Video Encoder
First, as the other comment said - On2 wasn't bought for products. It was bought for technology and people. Google's motives should be clear with the WebM open source version of On2's VP8 codec. Second, you're trivializing the cost and complexity required to keep a product alive and supported. It's not just leaving a product in the channel to blossom. It has to be supported, patched, and updated - and the products sold by On2 were not logical for Google to continue selling as they were - but the technology and people from On2 are hardly going to waste at Google.

Comment: Re:64-Bit (Score 1) 1213

by EXMSFT (#32512316) Attached to: Time To Dump XP?
ISV uptake for XP x64 was ridiculously low. Very few companies wrote apps that can run well on it and still take advantage of it, and it has a pretty significant driver gap. If you're migrating to XP x64 right now, you might as well go to Win7 x64. At least there you will have apps and drivers.

Comment: If you're depending on users to read error dialogs (Score 1) 951

by EXMSFT (#31316064) Attached to: How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?
You're dead in the water already. Users don't read dialogs. End of story. Where else in life besides the computer do humans get interstitial errors that pop up and disrupt what they're doing? Not in the car. Not on the phone. Not reading a book. Error dialogs shouldn't be treated as a problem you have with end users. They should be treated as a problem you have with developers. An inordinate amount of the time, users are presented with dialogs for problems that the software itself could and should resolve, and more importantly, the user can't resolve.

Comment: Re:The iPhone metadata was already known I thought (Score 1) 175

by EXMSFT (#31116196) Attached to: Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones
Yes - iPhoto features "Places", which tags them in a similar manner to what the article has done. As some have noted, the GPS data can be way wrong on an iPhone. Unlike the 5 blocks some have seen, in more rural states I've seen it be off by more than 20 miles (another city away).

Comment: Seriously? (Score 1) 660

by EXMSFT (#30808932) Attached to: What's Holding Back Encryption?
Weeks after Google, a technology leader gets hacked by having ancient versions of IE 6 on their desktops, and you're asking why encryption isn't everywhere? Same reason IPv6 isn't everywhere, VOIP isn't everywhere, the current spam-friendly email protocols we've been living with for decades haven't been replaced with authenticated sender-based protocols, and why blacklist-based antivirus hasn't been replaced by a less "lossy" model of security. Why? Because doing nothing costs nothing. Doing something costs something - and if you can't explicitly explain why doing something more than the current "bare minimum" MUST be done, quantify the costs of doing vs. not doing it (and have the latter exceed the former) and/or end-of-life the current methodologies, then things just don't happen in the low-cost/low-budget world of IT.

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.