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Comment Re:Why are resistors needed in a cable? (Score 1) 206

That's why I consider the design faulty. Either require all usb cables to support max current or don't use the same physical connector. Different physical connectors can still fit in the same jack, just make the new jack detect an extra pin or protrusion. Trying to make an old 500ma cable forwards compatible with a 5000ma cable using the same exact jack is folly, but they managed to sort of do it.

BTW resistor detection is now deprecated in the USB spec. gee i wonder why?

Comment Why are resistors needed in a cable? (Score 3, Insightful) 206

Seems to me that it would be a faulty design that requires a 'cable' to need any electronics at all.

Just like anything with a jack, you can't really trust anything that may get plugged into it.

Wires, wrapping, and shielding, sure. Electronics (caps, resistors, etc.) should be in the devices themselves, and devices when encountering bad cables should always fail 'safe'.

Submission + - USB Killer 2.0: A Harmless-Looking USB Stick That Destroys Computers

An anonymous reader writes: Plugging in random USB sticks in your computer has never been more dangerous, as a researcher who goes by the name Dark Purple has demonstrated his new device: USB Killer 2.0. When plugged into a computer, the deadly USB draws power from the device itself. With the help of a voltage converter the device's capacitors are charged to 220V, and it releases a negative electric surge into the USB port. This surge "fries" the USB port and, in the researcher's demonstration, the motherboard — perhaps not always after the first surge, but the malicious USB device repeats the process until no more power can be drawn.

Submission + - Microsoft now uses Windows 10's Start menu to display ads ( 2

Mark Wilson writes: We've all become used to the idea of ads online — it's something that has become part and parcel of using the internet — but in Windows? If you've updated to build 10565 of Windows 10, you're in for something of a surprise: the Start menu is now being used to display ads.

We're not talking about ads for Viagra, porn, or anything like that, but ads for apps. Of course, Microsoft is not describing them as ads; 'Suggested apps' has a much more approachable and fluffy feel to it. Maybe. This is a 'feature' that's currently only being shown to Windows Insiders, but it could spread to everyone else. Will it be well-received?

Submission + - Walmart Open Sources Its Cloud Platform To Take On Amazon

Mickeycaskill writes: Walmart is effectively open sourcing its OneOps cloud platform, with the source code set to be uploaded to GitHub at the end of 2015.

By making the cloud platform open source, Walmart is taking the fight to Amazon Web Services by giving developers a chance to avoid vendor lock-in, a situation in which companies are stuck to contracts and technologies supplied by one cloud provider.
Walmart argues that OneOps has four main advantages: cloud portability, continuous lifecycle management, faster innovation, and great abstraction of cloud environtments. On the last, Walmart really hammers home its take on openness in the cloud.

It said that the move should increase competition between cloud service vendors. Reading between the lines, this is a swing at Amazon.

“We’re enabling any organisation to achieve the same cloud portability and developer benefits that Walmart has enjoyed,”said Jeremy King, CTO of Walmart Global eCommerce and head of WalmartLabs.

Shares in the US retail giant have fallen by 10 percent in the past week but those in Amazon have jumped by 75 percent this year. Walmart still has greater revenues, but income won't grow again until 2019.

Comment Yikes. Some quick observations. (Score 1, Insightful) 127

Standard blueprints can already be e-mailed.

I would say the majority of existing homeowners did not use a single power tool to build their house either.

Will this meet building codes.

I see dimensional lumber in some of those photos.

Surely every potential homeowner / builder will have a cnc machine.

My mail client does not have the receive plywood feature. Can i upgrade?

Submission + - All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Submission + - Ubuntu Plans To Make ZFS File-System Support Standard On Linux (

An anonymous reader writes: Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth revealed today that they're planning to make ZFS standard on Ubuntu. They are planning to include ZFS file-system as "standard in due course", but no details were revealed beyond that. However, ZFS On Linux contributor Richard Yao has said they do plan on including it in their kernel for 16.04 LTS and the GPL vs. CDDL license worries aren't actually a problem. Many Linux users have been wanting ZFS on Linux but aside from the out of tree module there hasn't been any luck in including it in the mainline kernel or with tier-one Linux distributions due to license differences.

Submission + - IBM develops silicon photonics chip to boost data transfer beyond 100Gb/s (

An anonymous reader writes: IBM has announced a new photonics technology which will allow silicon chips to use light as an alternative to wired electrical signals to transport data more rapidly over long distances. Scientists have developed and trialed the new fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip which Big Blue claims will allow the creation of 100Gb/s optical transceivers. The firm hopes that these speeds will enable data centers to reach greater data and bandwidth rates for the growing demand from the cloud computing and Big Data industries.Silicon photonics works by deploying minuscule optical units to transfer light pulses to send large volumes of data at very high speeds between server computer chips, data centers, supercomputers. The optical technology aims to tackle the limitations on transporting data such as congestion and expensive interconnects.

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