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+ - Object seen in skydiver's helmetcam unlikely to be a meteorite 3

Submitted by The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer (563217) writes "The viral video showing what looked like a meteorite falling past a skydiver made quite a splash, with many people assuming it was true. However, further analysis shows that it's also perfectly consistent with being a small (1-3 cm) rock that fell out of the parachute itself, which is a far more likely explanation."

Comment: Re:I am for more content. Quality content. (Score 1) 143

by PowerBook2k (#43447383) Attached to: Apple Near Deal For Radio Service

Not even DRM- Stallman would get mad because the artists were releasing their music under the heretically un-Freeâ Creative Commons license, instead of GPL, the One True License Forever And Ever Amen.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/06/02/07/1733220/rms-says-creative-commons-unacceptable

Comment: Re:How about they.... (Score 1) 321

by PowerBook2k (#42138211) Attached to: Virus Eats School District's Homework

Anybody who's in private sector IT who thinks public school district IT is an endless field of dollar bills needs to come and work it for a month or two.

We're non-union, so the administration likes to treat us differently for raises each year- one year we're considered with this union group that gets screwed, next year we're considered like administrators so we get screwed, and so on.

We've had a number of people in important jobs leave for greener pastures recently (email guy/programmer, DBA, jr. server admin) who we haven't replaced. We look better on budget but it also looks easier to outsource us.

Comment: Re:Big Difference though between..... (Score 1) 424

by PowerBook2k (#40841679) Attached to: OS X Mountain Lion Review

Removal of scroll bars on OSX is not a big deal, Apple hardware had scrolling devices (magic mouse and multitouch pad) for a long time. so scrolling is not affected on that platform. Removal of scroll bars on Ubuntu was the stupidest move ever. I dont have a multitouch device to scroll with, so now I have to hit a 2 pixel bar on a window. WTF is that??!?!?! ROWARRGH!

So you don't have a mouse with a wheel?

Dumbification of the UI needs to be optional. Let me have a "professional mode" to switch to a power users multiple window setup.

Full screen is most definitely off by default- you need to explicitly click the widget in the upper right corner of the window to make it full screen.

Apple

+ - External Thunderbolt graphics card on its way->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, as the result of a straw poll on Facebook, Village Instruments agreed to begin development of an external Thunderbolt-connected graphics card enclosure. Village Instruments already has experience with its ExpressCard-connected ViDock graphics card chassis, which provides extra GPU juice for Windows and Mac laptops, and the Thunderbolt version is expected to be the same kind of thing — but faster. The only problem is, Thunderbolt is only 4x PCIe 2.0, so you won't be using this to connect modern, desktop-class GPUs to your laptop — and more importantly you need to carry around a second monitor to actually use a ViDock. So why not just buy a proper gaming laptop...?"
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Comment: Re:Just give up. (Score 1) 250

by PowerBook2k (#32402706) Attached to: What Microsoft Must Do To Save Its Mobile Business

Ever since I was assigned a HTC Touch Pro on Verizon for work (awful, awful, *AWFUL* phone, it is.) I've looked around at the state of Windows Mobile devices. One thing in particular struck me: a large part of the competition between devices is in different ways to cover up or hide WindowsMobile underneath the manufacturer's own interface. HTC has TouchFlo 3D, Samsung has TouchWiz, and there are others.

But isn't Android doing the same thing with HTC's Sense, Motorola's MOTOBLUR? No. Those are relatively slight augmentations to the base Android interface. When you use a smartphone with Sense or BLUR, it's still obvious you're using an Android device. TouchFlo 3D and TouchWiz are all about insulating the user from the nasty, stylus-required interface of Windows Mobile.

Microsoft, listen closely:
When companies are competing to see how much of your interface they can hide/replace/cover up, You're Doing Something Wrong.

Comment: Re:Great. :( (Score 1) 484

by PowerBook2k (#32335090) Attached to: Steve Jobs To Keynote WWDC iPhone Announcement

I just want flash to work

On what handheld platform does Flash just "work"? Even Android 2.2 doesn't have Flash out of the box.

I just want apps that have been rejected for adult content.

Fair point.

I just want tethering.

Apple wants you to have tethering- the software has supported it since 3.0. Carriers around the world do it- AT&T won't.

Comment: Re:What happens when the laser is turned off? (Score 5, Interesting) 72

by amorsen (#30256820) Attached to: Tapering Waveguide Captures a Rainbow

Interesting theory, but where does this energy go ? Is it converted to sound, heat, mass, or some other form ?

Heat.

And if we could completely "sap all the energy" away from the beam, wouldn't this imply we could create 100% effecient solar cells ?

As long as you're happy with heat as output, 100% efficient solar cells are quite trivial.

Comment: Re:Oh really? (Score 2, Interesting) 227

by speed of lightx2 (#30250692) Attached to: In AU, Film Studios Issue Ultimatum To ISPs
In Canada there is a blanket tax for all Cd-R's that goes to the record companies. If you guy a blank CD in Canada, your automatically considered to be copyright thief (at least probabilistically), or as some other people prefer to think about it, you already paid for your right to pirate.

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