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Comment Disruptive Technologies (Score 1) 717

Guns may be the hot button, but it got the conversation started. These printers have been around for a while. The bigger picture is that anyone can get and use a 3-d printer, cost permitting (which will drop eventually), and 'print' pretty much anything that can be made from these types of plastics. In the future, will the 'copyright/trademark police' come after you for printing copies for profit, rather than pay the manufacturers prices, or 'making available' the files to do so?
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Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment Re:There are sockets for this package style (Score 1) 1009

Let us hope that they have better QC and design than was used on the X-Box 360. If I recall, the key reason for the RROD (Red Ring of Death) was fractures in the Ball-Grid array soldering due to board flexing, which will occur when memory, PCI cards, cables, etc. are installed or removed.

Comment Re:Kill XP? (Score 1) 405

We have many older applications on our systems, that either are not compatible with Win7, even in 'compatibility mode', or would require re-activation with the vendor, which would require either new licenses (send money, please), or is not possible due to the licensing servers no longer being available (Vendor stopped supporting the app). There are no replacement apps for these, either. Also, some of these same older apps that 'shell' out to Internet Explorer will not work with anything above IE6. We fall in the 'not broken, does the job, leave it alone' category.

Comment I have to wonder... (Score 5, Interesting) 462

... just how strong the magnetic field is, for it to affect the hard drive of a computer at any likely distance. It seems like metal objects would be flying through the air and sticking to the floor. Also, I have to wonder how a static magnetic field would affect most phones. Seems there would have to be an alternating field of some sort to do so. Finally, any links to the 'numbers' (field strength, gauss, whatever the proper term is)?
Privacy

Submission + - Aaron Bros rental computers spy on you!->

Kiralan writes: Aaron Brothers installs tracking hardware and software on it's rented computers.
PITTSBURGH – A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes, screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

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