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+ - Motorola is listening

Submitted by pbritt
pbritt (2970809) writes "Ben Lincoln was hooking up to Microsoft ActiveSync at work when
"... I made an interesting discovery about the "Android phone (a Motorola Droid X2) which I was using at the time: it was silently sending a considerable amount of sensitive information to Motorola, and to compound the problem, a great deal of it was over an unencrypted HTTP channel......"

To see what Moto thought they should know about Ben, see:
    http://www.beneaththewaves.net/Projects/Motorola_Is_Listening.html"

+ - Neuroscientist: First-ever Human Head Transplant is now possible-> 2

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Technical barriers to grafting one person’s head onto another person’s body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. In a recent paper, Canavero outlines a procedure modeled on successful head transplants which have been carried out in animals since 1970. The one problem with these transplants was that scientists were unable to connect the animals’ spinal cords to their donor bodies, leaving them paralyzed below the point of transplant. But, says Canavero, recent advances in re-connecting spinal cords that are surgically severed mean that it should be technically feasible to do it in humans. (This is not the same as restoring nervous system function to quadriplegics or other victims of traumatic spinal cord injury.)"
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+ - Steve Ballmer replaces Don Mattrick as Xbox One chief-> 1

Submitted by Edsj
Edsj (1972476) writes "While Don Mattrick leaves Microsoft to work at Zynga, Steve Ballmer announces that, from now on, he will be directly in charge of the Xbox One division as quoted: “Don’s directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.”"
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Comment: Re:Forgotten (Score 1) 295

by Nightjed (#43767491) Attached to: Charge Your Cellphone In 20 Seconds (Eventually)

Yes i was thinking the same thing, the same problem is always ignored for electric cars, the way our electric grid is designed just does not support this kind of use

im guessing one possible solution would be to precharge a secondary battery in the charger slowly and then charge the battery though that not the grid, however that would be expensive and not every efficient

also you dont really need 30 seconds, 5 minutes would be good enough

Comment: Re:Not a huge surprise... (Score 1) 303

by Nightjed (#43174089) Attached to: Hacker Skips <em>SimCity</em> Full-Time Network Requirement

agreed, however the 9.5 still sits proudly on the second place in metacritic, just check out the quote :

"A near-perfect fusion of the classic simulation game with modern social and online play elements. It is in every way the fully realized evolution of the franchise and a much welcome iteration, perfectly engineered to dispense the maximum amount of fun in the most efficient way possible. "

i want to give them credit for coming out and taking it back (regardless of the stupidity of numerical scores) but im having such a hard time doing it after reading that quote "perfectly engineered to dispense the maximum amount of fun in the most efficient way possible" ... jeez

Comment: fine, fix permisions while you are at it (Score 1) 337

by Nightjed (#43171965) Attached to: Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play

I dont mind this move, its perfectly understandable, what i'd like them to fix is the stupid way permissions work, now everything asks for access to everything, enough is enough if they want to keep growing as a platform they need to give the user more control by default or theyll keep forcing us to take root further to reclaim our ownership over our own freaking device

Comment: Re:RTFA (Score 2) 853

by Nightjed (#43106863) Attached to: EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

Last time i checked i could turn the TV off, in fact i barely even watch TV these days these days because watching though the net, playing a game or doing anything else is a much better use of my time

I'm as tired of these sort of commercials as the next guy but i would not ban them, i feel its a personal choice and not a place for government enforcement, it opens a dangerous door for them to start telling us what we can and cannot watch, listen or read in the name of psychological health

Comment: Re:What about paper bags? (Score 1) 533

by Nightjed (#42946217) Attached to: Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

Even when products are prepackaged its not always easy to open them without contaminating the interior with the exterior, like when you open cans and the liquid spills over the half removed top or when you crack an egg and some of the outer shell gets inside

you could wash the package before opening (which i do, specially for eggs, milk cartons and cans) but most ppl just dont bother or they do it only when they are visibly very dirty

also the hands that are touching the dirty packages are also going to touch the unprotected food, most ppl dont stop and go wash their hands after opening one, they do it after they finish preparing the food

Comment: the big crash (Score 1) 119

by Nightjed (#38761068) Attached to: Launch Your Own Nanosatellite Into Space

I wonder what will governments say when one of these 300 bucks satellites cause a 100 thousand million satellite to get out of orbit or even an accident during a future space mission

im completely for freedom to tinker but we need to be aware of the harmful consequences of things we do might have, the trash already in space will eventually come bite us in the ass, if we are going to make more it should at least be for a good reason and not just for epen purposes

Comment: so you cant opt out of Presidential alerts eh ? (Score 1) 374

by Nightjed (#36092866) Attached to: Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

i dont know about you guys but i live in Argentina and our president LOVES... LOOOOOVEEEEEES to use official communication hijacking to talk about nonsense and personal political agendas (as an example she used one to say that "Pork improves sex life" ... yeah wtf), last thing we need is to lose the ability to shut her up

Comment: conflicting ideas (Score 1) 192

by Nightjed (#32936890) Attached to: BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal

sooooo making expensive blockbuster games that need to be in the top 10 to break even causing them to play it safe remaking the same game again and again *cough* NWN * cough* is making the industry stagnate and might not be a good idea... no objection here, i agree completely

but then "BioWare is experimenting with smaller scale MMO development", really ? adding the 12309742377th MMO to the ones in the making is not causing stagnation ?
how many mmos can a gamer play at the same time ? i doubt its more than 1, development
are they really any different from each other ? they are all the freaking same game
server maintenance and troubleshooting staff for that are cheap ?
the constant postrelease development required to stop players from running away to a new game (and many will leave anyway) is cheap ?

a few stupid mistakes coupled with arrogance and your investment is down the drain just look at APB, it seems to me this path will erode the consumer base much faster than the older one.

Bioware, what the hell ?

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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