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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast 244

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the side-of-bacon dept.
At a press conference dubbed "Breakfast With Sundar," Google announced two new pieces of hardware and a minor revision to Android. Complete stories and commentary are still coming in, but in the mean time you can skim a liveblog or two First is the new Nexus 7. The hardware is slightly improved (full HD screen, better graphics, etc.). The specs managed to "leak" hours before the event through Best Buy opening preordering too early. On the software side, they've announced a minor revision to Android, 4.3. It features improved Bluetooth support (including Bluetooth 4.0), OpenGL ES 3.0, enhanced internationalization, enhanced DRM, and multi-user support. The multi-user support looks most exciting: now you can share a tablet with more than one person. One of the features Google focused on was restricted profiles: a device owner can create accounts that e.g. cannot make in-app purchases (Junior won't rack up a $3000 bill again). Bad news: Google is implementing stricter DRM for books and video, locking down the entire video stack. The consolation prize is that Netflix will work on more devices and at 1080p. Also demoed were a new version of Chrome that brings the tablet experience closer to the desktop, improved hangouts, and improved maps. Google also appears to be making a push into gaming, emphasizing tablet-only games that integrate into Google+. In addition to gaming, they have secured deals with five major textbook publishers to sell students presumably DRMed electronic textbooks that can be purchased or rented, enhanced with better search and highlighting (because PDF readers don't support those features already). As usual lately, all of the really nice additions to Android are proprietary and tied to Google services, further eroding the open nature of Android. Finally, they announced a tiny $35 dongle named Chromecast that appears to be the successor of the Nexus Q. Running Chrome OS, it connects to any HDMI port, finds your Wi-Fi network, and Just Works (tm) for online video. The online and mobile Youtube and Netflix interfaces will allow you to hit a single button and forward the video to your television as well. Google Music streaming to the television is also supported. The Chromecast looks like a handy little device, hopefully it is turns out it can be reflashed. Of course, when using your browser as a remote, all of the commands go through The Cloud. An SDK and more details on the software side of things are slated for release later today, although conspiciously absent on their supported platforms list is GNU/Linux, listing only Chrome OS and Android. Update: 07/24 18:01 GMT by U L : The Chromecast SDK is out, but with an awfully restrictive license that requires written permission from Google to distribute any cast enabled applications, which appears to make it completely incompatible with Free/Open Source software.

Comment: Re:I don't want to be "that guy", however (Score 1) 319

Pretty much this. OSGi and Maven made me like Java. I used to say that C# was Java done right, but OSGi and Maven opened up an entirely new world for me.

I don't think in terms of Java programs or even packages anymore. They're Maven artifacts and OSGi bundles (if you're structuring your projects right, there should be a 1:1 correspondence between the two, not counting POM-only parent projects).

Wake me when C# gets something as cool as Maven and OSGi.

Comment: Re:the message is clear: MAKE IT !!! (Score -1, Flamebait) 632

by Xenkar (#41535027) Attached to: You Can't Print a Gun If You Have No 3D Printer

So, how do you plan to stamp out racism? Genetic modification so everyone has William's syndrome?

I've also heard that Australia has refugee camps where they house immigrants until they can be proven to not be a danger to society. How do you feel about aboriginals using up your social services funds? It isn't like Australia is actually a shining beacon of multiculturalism.

Every year there are more black-on-white murder victims in the United States than in the entire lynching history of the KKK. Excuses for the behavior or shifting blame doesn't mean much to the rotting victims of reverse racism.

I don't want to take away the rights of other cultures in America. I just want the one major right that the other cultures have: The right of association. As in if I want to go off and built a new city, fence it off, and only let in people who pass a genetic test as white, the Federal government will keep its nose out of it like they've kept their nose out of the increasing black-on-white violence going on in our cities.

Comment: Re:the message is clear: MAKE IT !!! (Score -1, Troll) 632

by Xenkar (#41529783) Attached to: You Can't Print a Gun If You Have No 3D Printer

It is sad that liberals believe that guns are cursed objects that take control of its helpless human "victim" and then forces them to go around and kill others. They refuse to admit that the problem is with those who hold the guns and commit murder.

But please, don't blame it on American culture. There is no such thing as American culture. There is white culture, hispanic culture, black culture, and various asian cultures all jammed into one nation. The only "melting pot" is that these cultures are being forced into the same areas which leads to conflict.

The idea was that people would move to this nation and they would take up the majority of our way of life while we take on some of theirs. I don't think it is working anymore.

The only real melting pot is cuisine, and most of it is presented in a way that will lead people to an early grave (huge portions, more than your recommended daily sodium intake in one meal, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup jammed into almost everything in amounts far beyond what the corn industry claims is safe in moderation).

The only real solution is to bring back restrictive covenants so each race can have their own towns. Now some might say "Oh but that's racist!", but we already have hispanic majority areas, black majority areas, asian majority areas, and rich white/jewish areas. But those of us whites that aren't rich aren't allowed to use the violence that the other races use to enforce their reign over an area, so we have to constantly perform white flight. The areas where my parents grew up are overrun. If I ever manage to have kids, I won't be able to safely show them the towns where I went for Easter, the Fourth of July fireworks, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years as a child.

I don't want my hypothetical kids to go through that. I want them to have a strong connection to an area and community which multiculturalism prevents.

I know some people will be pissed at me for daring to express my opinion, but when I have a tooth ache I don't go around saying I have a pain on my head. I'm specific about where the pain is. So to say America has a problem with Urban Youth is disingenuous. It has a problem with mainly black and hispanic males aged 10 through 30. Typically by 30 they either grow out of it or get shot by one of their own.

Whatever the cause, be it genetics, their culture, evil whitey oppression, or Sun spots, I don't want to live by it. I want to live in a white-only community where I don't have to earn $250,000 a year to afford the mortgage. I want to be able to build myself an wallet-friendly earthbag house with cash and not be attached to a usury contract with some bank for 15 to 30 years.

Whites only build these super expensive neighborhoods because there isn't another legal option to keep out "diversity here to culturally enrich us." We worship property values and do all we can to protect them because it is a matter of life and death to us. Eventually real estate agents plant some diversity into a neighborhood and the real estate agents get to profit again by selling the whites new houses in a new neighborhood and buying their old houses cheap which they then either sell or rent out as government subsidized housing. But this hurts the whites who can't afford to move on.

So please, let us white people create white-only communities. Send us "racist bigots" off to frigid lands with poor soil quality. We'll survive and thrive well if we don't have to constantly flee. We'll definitely have less gun violence.

Comment: Re:Grab your ankles... They're after freedom or mo (Score 1) 271

by Quattro Vezina (#36417456) Attached to: The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC

Except there's a huge difference.

With terrestrial TV and radio, every station in the area broadcasts at the same time, so there's a hard maximum on the amount of people who can send content to you at all. With the Internet, you can pick and choose who gets to send data through your line. You may only get X number of "channels" at once, but you can swap them out for other "channels" whenever you like.

Security

Shrinky Dinks As a Threat To National Security 257

Posted by timothy
from the silly-putty-now-public-enemy-No.-2 dept.
InflammatoryHeadlineGuy writes "What do Shrinky Dinks, credit cards and paperclips have in common? They can all be used to duplicate the keys to Medeco 'high-security' locks that protect the White House, the Pentagon, embassies, and many other sensitive locations. The attack was demonstrated at Defcon by Marc Weber Tobias and involves getting a picture of the key, then printing it out and cutting plastic to match — both credit cards and Shrinky Dinks plastic are recommended. The paperclip then pushes aside a slider deep in the keyway, while the plastic cut-out lifts the pins. They were able to open an example lock in about six seconds. The only solution seems to be to ensure that your security systems are layered, so that attackers are stopped by other means even if they manage to duplicate your keys."
Censorship

IOC Admits Internet Censorship Deal With China 380

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the shut-up-it's-patriotic dept.
Dave writes "BEIJING (Reuters) — Some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive websites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted on Wednesday. Persistent pollution fears and China's concerns about security in Tibet also remained problems for organizers nine days before the Games begin. China had committed to providing media with the same freedom to report on the Games as they enjoyed at previous Olympics, but journalists have this week complained of finding access to sites deemed sensitive to its communist leadership blocked. 'I regret that it now appears BOCOG has announced that there will be limitations on website access during Games time,' IOC press chief Kevan Gosper said, referring to Beijing's Olympic organizers. 'I also now understand that some IOC officials negotiated with the Chinese that some sensitive sites would be blocked on the basis they were not considered Games related,' he said." But yet somehow the mainstream media will ignore this because the Olympics are patriotic or something.
The Gimp

+ - The GIMP used to solve homicide

Submitted by b1ng0
b1ng0 (7449) writes "The acclaimed show "Forensic Files" on TruTV is airing an episode tonight that features The GIMP and how it was used in a homicide case. Has The GIMP gone mainstream now that it's been featured on TV? "Coming up July 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, we have another episode that might inspire some investigators. "About Face" tells the story of a Jane Doe skeleton and the steps detectives took to identify her. They had a skull and photos of missing women, and wondered if there was a way to do a comparison without paying a high-tech lab thousands of dollars for photo or video superimposition. A dedicated team at the University of North Carolina's Wilmington campus did some trial and error experimenting. They took photos of the skull tilted at the same angles as the women's heads in the missing persons photos, and compared them using a free program available online called The GNU Image Manipulation Program or "GIMP" for short. (Check out the GIMP here: www.gimp.org) I won't tell you how it turned out, but I will say bones can be used to identify someone — long after they're gone.""
Operating Systems

+ - Can Instant-on Linux Turn Off Windows?->

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buzzardsbay
buzzardsbay writes "Motherboard manufacturer Asustek Computer is ready to throw down the gauntlet when it comes to the instant-on PC. Frustrated with the boot times associated with today's operating systems, Asus is now embedding a Linux environment called Slashtop, that incorporates Firefox and Skype into its motherboards. The idea here is that in less than 10 seconds, a user can turn on the PC and be surfing the Web, checking e-mail or even making VOIP calls — simple tasks that are currently all but impossible with today's operating systems."
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Businesses

+ - More efficient IT?

Submitted by mooreBS
mooreBS (796555) writes "I'm currently employed as the CAD administrator at one of the few surviving machine tool manufacturers in the US. Recently I was told that the company wants me to take on even more responsibility and won't compensate me for doing so. I balked because I'm already putting in fifty hours a week and I'm underpaid. When I voiced my objection I was told that I simply need to be more efficient. I was at a loss for words.

How do you increase efficiency as an IT worker? Most of my job involves tracking down arcane bugs in the software we use, reporting them to the developers, and finding a workaround until a patch is issued. I'm also responsible for installing software, documenting and maintaining the system, as well as testing new releases of software. My company is on a lean kick right now which is all right for assembly lines, but I'm not sure how to apply lean principles to IT. Any suggestions?"
Data Storage

+ - SPAM: OCZ's Core Series SSD vs WD VelociRaptor

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Solid State Disks (SSDs) are all the rage as of late, as pricing continues a downward trend. In addition, performance has continued to improve with SSDs as the technology matures. Recently, announcements from major OEMs like Samsung have promised fairly impressive offerings with read/write performance that would rival most standard spinning disks and of course sub-1ms access times that literally no standard rotational media can come close to. HotHardware took a look at a fast, relatively cheap SSD, the OCZ Core Series 64GB, that retails for around $200 and put it up against the lightning fast WD VelociRaptor to see what it was made of. The results are interesting to be sure."
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+ - Ubisoft Steals 'No-CD Crack' to Fix Rainbox 6: Veg->

Submitted by Ariastis
Ariastis (797888) writes "UbiSoft has long been against No-CD patches. Referring to them on their forums would get you warned or banned. But now, they have just officially released a patch for Rainbox 6: Vegas 2 which, when opened in a HEX editor, can easily be identified as coming from the RELOADED scene group, not from UbiSoft programmers. Picture of hex analysis here. See? Piracy ain't that bad, saves you from having to code fixes from your own games! (Watch the drama on the Ubi Forums, before it gets scrubbed clean)"
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