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Comment: FInally...hope (Score 1) 101

by MrClever (#41320619) Attached to: Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On

I have a degenerative hearing condition called cochlear otosclerosis which wasn't diagnosed until after I had established myself as a successful airline pilot; a career I loved and was deeply invested in both professionally and personally. I have since retrained and I'm now a certified (degree-carrying) computer science nerd. Unfortunately, not a career path that was even vaguely close to first choice, but it pays the bills.

Having this condition also means there is a not insignificant risk I can pass the genes onto my children. This treatment could provide a cure for myself and a "get out of jail" for my children. I cannot describe how delightfully excited I am about the possibilities in medical science right now!

Comment: Re:Make the technology scale down... (Score 1) 237

by MrClever (#38940017) Attached to: The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains

One sentence got munged...it should've read:

GPS is good, so is the altimeter, but neither are perfect all the time - if they were, ground proximity warning systems (GPWS...aka "WHOOP WHOOP, PULL UP!!") wouldn't be needed. Unfortunately GPWS are prohibitive for small aircraft operators.

Sorry

Comment: Make the technology scale down... (Score 5, Interesting) 237

by MrClever (#38940007) Attached to: The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains
Now all we need is to make the technology down-scale in both size/weight and cost. It would be great to see these systems adapted and installed in smaller, lighter aircraft. There are still far too many CFIT fatalities in the private and small aircraft world. They have synthetic terrain warning (superimposing the aircraft's position from GPS and altimeter over a topographic data to determine horizontal and vertical proximity to terrain) but no active warning systems. GPS is good, so is the altimeter, but neither are perfect all the time - if they were, ground proximity warning systems (GPWS...aka "WHOOP WHOOP, PULL UP!!") still are prohibitive for small aircraft operators. Kudos to the GPWS team though - they saved my ass on at least one occasion in a previous life when I was professional pilot!

+ - New computer memory uses 100 times less power->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "By using carbon nanotubes instead of metal wires, researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed a new low-power digital memory which uses much less power and is faster than other solutions currently available. The breakthrough could give future consumer devices like smartphones and laptops a much longer battery life, but might also benefit equipment used in telecommunications, science or by the military."
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Microsoft

+ - MS Releases IE 9 - 9PM PDT-> 1

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "ABC News is reporting that Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can download IE 9 starting at 9 p.m. Pacific, Monday night. IE 9 is not compatible with Windows XP. Microsoft had planned to launch the software in 40 languages, but is postponing the launch in Japan to avoid bogging down networks already affected by the earthquake there.

As of this submission IE 8 is still being featured prominently at the MS Download Center though I did get a notice that I wasn't using IE 8 displaying the IE 9 moniker."

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Android

+ - Sprint sued for "Premium Data" charges->

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wizkid057
wizkid057 writes "Sprint is once again being targeted by a class action lawsuit for overcharging it's customers.

Since the release of the HTC EVO 4G and, subsequently, the Samsung Epic 4G (Galaxy S) phone, Sprint has been forcing users of these devices to pay an additional $10 per month "Premium Data" fee on top of paying for a plan that already includes unlimited data.

As of January 31st they took this one step further and now require that all new smartphone activations (Android, Blackberry, Palm, etc) include additional $10 fee for unlimited data access on top of their existing unlimited data plan.

Some people, myself included, are obviously taking some offense to this double dipping and have submitted a class action lawsuit against the overcharges.

No one at Sprint can define what "Premium Data" I am getting by paying this fee."

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Data Storage

+ - 3TB hard drives square off aginst everything else->

Submitted by crookedvulture
crookedvulture (1866146) writes "Last week, Western Digital announced its intention to buy rival drive maker Hitachi. Interestingly, those are the only two companies with 3TB hard drives available for sale. The Tech Report takes a closer look at how the two models compare with each other and over 30 different hard drives and SSDs. The resulting data paints a detailed picture of the storage landscape and is worth skimming for anyone curious about how spindle speeds and flash memory impact performance, power consumption, and noise."
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Businesses

+ - Angry Birds Exec: Console Games Are Dying-> 3

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Angry Birds marketing lead Peter Vesterbacka went on the offensive today against his console counterparts, arguing that the model pursued by companies like Nintendo is "dying."

In a panel discussion at the South by Southwest Interact vice conference in Austin, Texas Vesterbacka said that innovation wasn't coming from large development firms like EA and Ubisoft, but from smaller, more nimble developers like his own.

Vesterbacka also pointed to the major concern over the price model for console games. Compared to mobile titles like Angry Birds that run for 99 cents, games on large consoles hover around fifty dollars. Still, the executive did admit that the business model for mobile games had yet to be completely figured out."

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+ - GlassFish 3.1 Overview->

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nazrul
nazrul writes "GlassFish 3.1 shipped today! It brings together the benefits of GlassFish v3 and GlassFish v2.x with lots of net new features. It is based on world’s first implementation of Java EE 6 with an OSGi based flexible, lightweight, extensible platform. It requires a small memory footprint. It is fully featured with production-ready features such as clustering and high availability, provides optimized runtime performance and ready for enterprise deployments."
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Security

+ - Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Computerworld reports that a rogue Android app is hijacking smartphones and running up big texting bills to premium rate numbers before the owner knows it. Chinese hackers grabbed a copy of Steamy Windows, a free program, added a backdoor Trojan horse to the app's code, then placed the reworked app on unsanctioned third-party "app stores" where unsuspecting or careless Android smartphones find it, download it and install it. "This one stands out," says Vikram Thakur, a principle security response manager at Symantec. "It's pretty comprehensive in what it's doing." The app also has a built-in filter that blocks incoming texts from the user's carrier, a trick it uses to keep victims in the dark about the invisible texting. "It monitors inbound SMS texts, and blocks alerts telling you that you've already exceeded your quota," says Thakur adding that smartphone owners won't be aware of the charges they've racked up texting premium services until they receive their next statement. "If you're hell-bent on using [unauthorized app stores], look at the permissions the app requests when it installs. A [rogue] app will request more permissions than the legitimate version.""
Businesses

+ - Intel completes McAfee acquisition-> 2

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Intel has completed its US$7.68 billion acquisition of security vendor McAfee, the chip maker has announced. The all-cash deal makes Intel a security industry powerhouse, giving it a broad range of consumer and enterprise security products. Intel had been working to get the deal approved by U.S. and European Union regulators since it was announced last August. The European Commission, in particular, had expressed concerns that Intel would give McAfee special treatment when it came to its processors and chipsets, locking other security vendors out of the technology."
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