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Comment: What is it about the Nook? (Score 0) 132

by Predathar (#44664391) Attached to: Barnes & Noble Won't Give Up On the Nook
I have an older Kindle, and 2 Kobo's. I've never tried a Nook (can't recall ever seeing one in a store up here in Canada but the Kobo's can be found in lots of stores) so I can't tell if it's better or not. I don't tend to judge by features only, I like trying them out. A big selling point with me is there needs to be a button to turn the page and it has to be comfortable to hold with 1 hand while turning pages, something you can't really do with touch gestures to turn pages. Basically when I'm asking is, what does Nook bring to the table that the others do not?

Comment: Meanwhile in Quebec... (Score 1) 230

by Predathar (#43780785) Attached to: Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority
The government is trying to eradicate everything English and have everyone just talk French. The optimist in me says Quebec should learn from this, but the realist in me knows they won't. Pretty bad when children can't use any language but French during recess and during their lunch breaks, we have language cops going around offices making sure microwave buttons are in French and that Italian pasta names are in French, can't have people ordering RIGATONI now can we....

Comment: Once a week. (Score 1) 150

by Predathar (#42362025) Attached to: I measure my weight ...
I've been obese all my life, the heaviest I have been on record is 347lbs. Once I smartened up and decided to get in shape I dropped down to 205 weighing myself every week to measure my progress (lost 90 lbs in 7 months with a healthy diet and some weight training). I then made a terrible mistake...I stopped weighing myself and put back on 35 lbs which I've started to lose again. Do it once a week to make sure you are maintaining the weight, sucks when it's your clothes that start telling you that you put on a few pounds.
The Internet

+ - How AT&T Totally Flubbed 4G 1

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "Turns out that AT&T may be lying about 4G. The company's two "4G" phones and its "4G" modem don't deliver 4G even by AT&T's own standards. Infact test results show that the company is delivering "4G" devices that are actually slower than the carrier's own 3G devices. So how can they get away with this? Well initially the International Telecommunications Union defined 4G as a bunch of super-fast technologies nobody has yet, but the ITU crumbled under pressure from various cell phone companies and now defines 4G as any cellular Internet network that's faster than what was considered the fastest technology in 2009. Between the revised 4G standards and little fine print in its ads, AT&T is able to legally indemnify itself against the fact that its current 4G claim is totally worthless. While other carriers also claim that they have 4G networks, Verizon's LTE is the only technology which comes close to real 4G."
Patents

8-Year-Old Receives Patent 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the young-inventor-society dept.
Knile writes "While not the youngest patent recipient ever (that would be a four year old in Texas), Bryce Gunderman has received a patent at age 8 for a space-saver that combines an outlet cover plate with a shelf. From the article: '"I thought how I was going to make a lot of money," Bryce said about what raced through his brain when he received the patent.'"
Image

TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident 352

Posted by samzenpus
from the checking-out-your-package dept.
A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after he attacked a co-worker for making fun of the size of his genitals. Rolando Negrin walked through one of the new body scanners during a recent training session and a supervisor started making fun of his manhood. From the article: "According to the police report, Negrin confronted one of his co-workers in an employee parking lot, where he hit him with a police baton on the arm and back."

Comment: The systems suck (Score 1) 243

by Predathar (#30939954) Attached to: Why "Verified By Visa" System Is Insecure
I switched from VISA to MASTERCARD because the system sucked, it pissed me off having to jump through hoops to buy something. Then MASTERCARD came out with the same system, just not used as much so I'm still staying with them. Actually pretty funny story... I made a purchase last Fall on a website that had the MASTERCARD security thingy, I hit cancel cause my account got locked out, and the purchase STILL WENT THROUGH.... ya... nice security there.
Databases

First MySQL 5.5 Beta Released 95

Posted by kdawson
from the taking-care-of-business dept.
joabj writes "While MySQL is the subject of much high-profile wrangling between the EU and Oracle (and the MySQL creator himself), the MySQL developers have been quietly moving the widely-used database software forward. The new beta version of MySQL, the first publicly available, features such improvements as near-asynchronous replication and more options for partitioning. A new release model has been enacted as well, bequeathing this version the title of 'MySQL Server 5.5.0-m2.' Downloads here."
The Internet

OnLive Begins Beta Testing 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the fact-or-fiction dept.
Steve Perlman, CEO of OnLive, has announced that beta testing is now underway for the cloud gaming service that aims to take the processing burden for cutting-edge games off a player's computer and use remote servers instead. Reaction to this service and competitor GaiKai has been interest tempered with skepticism, but users can now sign up to test it themselves and see if the reality matches the hype. There will be hardware and connectivity restrictions to start: "When you sign up for OnLive Beta, you tell us some general information about your ISP, your computer configuration and your location. We use this information to organize Beta testers into test groups so that our engineering team can focus at different times on testing different situations. If you are a potential fit for a particular test group, we'll send you an invitation email, asking you to run a detailed Performance Test on your network connection and your computer configuration."
The Internet

+ - Pirate Bay Pirated->

Submitted by
Mehall
Mehall writes "Torrentfreak reports that after a Pirate Bay user created a 21GB torrent of the entire site, there is now a working backup of the site, using the OpenTorrentTracker, and soon to have search working also. In related news, The Pirate Bay seems to be offline. Might this be the GGF updating the servers for their new implementation? Further, once TPB is back, you can now torrent the archive of user comments from TPB."
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Software

+ - Best AV for 150 computer network 3

Submitted by DirtyFly
DirtyFly (765689) writes "Hi,

After googling a lot about this subject , I still cant make up my mind between Kasperski or AVG or NOD32.

We use CA etrust and pest patrol and they are very bad detecting and removing threats, so im searching for an alternative. from your experience what would you recommend ?

Jorge"
Government

+ - Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession 4

Submitted by Professor_Quail
Professor_Quail (610443) writes "Mexico enacted a controversial law Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging free government treatment for drug dependency. The law sets out maximum "personal use" amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution when the law goes into effect Friday."

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