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Comment: Re:Legendary... (Score 5, Informative) 232

"Michael Abrash is a game programmer and technical writer specializing in optimization and 80x86 assembly language, game programming, a reputation cemented by his 1990 book Zen of Assembly Language Volume 1: Knowledge. Related issues were covered in his later book Zen of Graphics Programming. [...] After working at Microsoft on graphics and assembly code for Windows NT 3.1, he returned to the game industry in the mid-1990s to work on Quake for id Software. "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Comment: Re: why? (Score 1) 192

by OnceWas (#45742547) Attached to: Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

This would be hugely useful for remotely deployed ship-based (operating near shore) sensors which use cell networks to send back readings. For security and environmental reasons, the sensors are sealed boxes with no physical access to what's inside, including the SIM. What happens if the device is moved to another carrier's coverage area, or another country? What happens if the current carrier goes under, or they jack up their rates, or change their roaming policies? Right now, a carrier going under would brick the device.

Additionally, think beyond phones, as TFA implies. Physical access to a SIM is a security risk in itself. I would rather restrict phyical access to the SIM, and have password restricted access to a reprogrammable SIM than have my sensor drop off the air, or start sending readings somewhere else altogether.

Comment: Re:Can we get a kiosk? (Score 1) 137

by OnceWas (#38692438) Attached to: Geek Tool: Slashdot Video of Award Winning 3D Printer From CES

Why should I make the individual investment when I can just go to Menards with an AutoCAD or Unigraphics file and say, "print me a plastic part" for $2.99 and I'll stop by when its done?

Few people thought they needed home laser printers at first either. And you can bet that there will be a Kinko's model coming around the bend quite quickly.

The Almighty Buck

Device Protects Day Traders From Emotional Trading 260

Posted by samzenpus
from the never-again dept.
Philips Electronics, a Netherlands-based company, has come up with a device designed to protect day traders from emotionally based trading decisions. The Rationalizer measures your galvanic skin response and lets you know when you are under stress. An online trader can then take a "time-out, wind down and re-consider their actions," according to the company. This may have come too late for us, but at least future generations won't have to live through the horror of angry day trading.
The Courts

+ - SCO blames Linux for bankruptcy filing 4

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "SCO Group CEO Darl McBride says competition from the open source Linux operating system was a major reason why the company was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday.

In a court filing in support of SCO's bankruptcy petition, McBride noted that SCO's sales of Unix-based products "have been declining over the past several years." The slump, McBride said, "has been primarily attributable to significant competition from alternative operating systems, including Linux."

McBride listed IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems as distributors of Linux or other software that is "aggressively taking market share away from Unix.""
Windows

+ - The Greatest Game You Never Played

Submitted by Alan
Alan (666) writes "FiringSquad has been running their "American Idol wannabe" contest for a little over a month now. Now that they've weeded out the dredge, there are actually some awesome entries now. One of the best from this round is an article on The Greatest Game You've Never Played: Allegiance R3 Release. Apparently, it's a game Microsoft released several years ago and *gasp* ultimately made open source. It's since been developed further into an incredibly user-centric game. Good read."
Spam

+ - Can spam be reduced by checking domain maturity?

Submitted by gmHumfrey
gmHumfrey (130972) writes "It seems to me that most of the URLs in spam email contain domains that were registered in less than 90 days. If the whois databases could be snapshotted, and released as a bulk download + incremental updates for anti-spam software, then a lot of spam (including the picture-spam that is becoming more frequent,where they still try to provide something for you to click on) could be eliminated before reaching the person's inbox. Not a solution, but it would help significantly reduce the amount of spam that is able to be sent. There would be workaround's for this eventually, such as using a redirector url which the antispam engine would have to fetch the url to see where it actually resolves to. What does the slashdot community think about this?"
Television

+ - Gumby on YouTube

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In celebration of the 50th birthday of the first Gumby television serries, YouTube is airing the very first episode. From the article:

"The original TV episodes from the '50s and '60s have been digitally remastered by Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The '50s episodes have also been restored to their original eleven-minute format, having been previously re-edited to create two six-minute shorts. All 223 installments, complete with restored soundtracks, will roll out over the digital channels during the next few months."
Viewers can find the first episode on the DMGI YouTube Channel."
Operating Systems

+ - US university dumps Windows to go all Mac

Submitted by MacKeyser
MacKeyser (666) writes "Wilkes University announced on Wednesday that it has pulled the plug on PCs in favour of Macs, saying the move — which actually began last year — will save the Pennsylvania liberal arts college more than $150,000 while letting students and faculty continue to run Windows applications. http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/index.cfm?newsi d=17512"
Space

+ - Enormous amount of water ice found on Mars

Submitted by schweini
schweini (607711) writes "Space.com is reporting that the Mars Express probe's MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment has detected and measured an enormous amount of water ice near mars' south pole, which would be sufficient to submerge the whole planet's surface underneath aprox. 10m of water on average."

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