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Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone 117

Posted by timothy
from the hello-operator dept.
New submitter JoSch1337 writes: After a year and a half of development, the Neo900 project now opened its web shop for the down payments of binding pre-orders for either a full Neo900 phone or the bare circuit board to upgrade an existing Nokia N900. The up-front down payment is necessary to now secure expensive "risk parts" like the modem, 1GB RAM and N900 cases. Thus, without pre-ordering now, there might not be enough parts left after the first batch.

The Neo900 is the spritual successor of the Nokia N900. The new circuit board can be placed into an existing N900 for better specs (faster CPU, more RAM, LTE modem) than the original device while still maintaining fremantle (maemo 5) backwards compatibility. Alternatively, a fully assembled phone can be purchased as well. The Neo900 will be fully operational without any binary blob running on the main CPU. While the modem still requires a non-free firmware, it is completely decoupled from the rest of the device (think of a LTE usb stick you put in your laptop) and can reliably be monitored or switched off by the operating system.

You can follow the development of the project in the maemo forum, read about the specs of the device or consult the FAQ

Comment: Re:dupe dupe dupe... (Score 1) 463

by SEE (#49740337) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

Of course, that's why it's at least theoretically a useful interview question. The North Pole answer takes just enough cognitive work to reach that upon arriving at it you can feel clever and stop. So the question filters for the people who don't stop.

(The major problem with it is that it's a reasonably famous such question; I remember reading it and learning the existence of the infinite number of South Pole answers in grade school.)

Comment: Re:is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 1) 25

by SuperBanana (#49723589) Attached to: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Responds In Nepal

So there's eight or ten clients for android that support some sort of editing, which is precisely why I asked. Which of them actually has a usable interface for simply and quickly adding POI's?

I'm not going to go through the trouble of installing almost a dozen clients just to answer this question.

Comment: is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 3, Insightful) 25

by SuperBanana (#49722677) Attached to: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Responds In Nepal

On a slightly related note: I wanted to add minor resources like bike repair stations and water fountains in my city, and figured there MUST be an android app that would make this about as simple as "hold your phone over it for a bit to get an averaged position, now click this and then "water fountain".

Nothing that I could see was remotely this simple? Even the web editor is a nightmare of trying to figure out exactly how to do things...and the wiki didn't help much, either, with poor documentation on the various properties one can assign to an object.

Comment: A large load of sheets from BB&B (Score 1) 147

by sphealey (#49707975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Payloads For Asteroid Diverter/Killer Mission?

NASA's current plan it to cover a sufficient amount of the object with a different colored cloth (white or black as the case may be) and let the solar sail effect do the work. So a 30% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond would do the trick; even with the discount the manager and staff should get a nice bonus for selling 250,000 white sheets in one day.


Comment: it's about taking control of the story/keywords (Score 2) 54

by SuperBanana (#49694947) Attached to: United Airlines Invites Hackers To Find Security Vulnerabilities

> Translation: We can't afford (read: won't pay) for real security personnel,

Eh, not really. I guarantee you they have a lot of "real" security personnel.

This is about taking over control of the story; it's a sort of "pay no attention to the thing we don't want you to hear about" (ie the fact that their onboard infotainment/networking and satellite uplink systems are ludicrously insecure) and "pay attention to this other thing."

Now when you search for "united hacking", you'll get a billion stories about the bug bounty, and few about the original problem - that a passenger was able to walk all over stuff he shouldn't have been able to. It's already starting to work, a few hours in:

It also helps them look, to shareholders/the market/the public, like they're "responding" and making an effort to "improve security."

Comment: Re:Not yet statistically significant (Score 1) 408

Well it is interesting in so far as knowing when the companies think they need to have human operators still.

Actually, having a licensed human operator ready to take over is a legal precondition for putting an autonomous car on the road (in all US states where they're legal at all).

Comment: After my Transformer Infinity, never again (Score 1) 48

After the incredible piece of shit that my TF700T was, never will I buy an Asus tablet again.

Nice screen (it was one of the first android tablets to have a really high-res screen), the graphics processor and CPU are fast...but they completely screwed the pooch on the flash architecture, making the thing crippled; any sort of disk IO causes it to slow to a crawl. There are all sorts of hacks to make just web browsing bearable, by using a ram disk to completely avoid the flash. People also put in the fastest SD cards they can find.

Didn't the Nexus 7, which they OEM'd, have similar issues?

+ - DEA steals life savings of innocent man

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: In another example of civil forfeiture, DEA agents confiscated the life savings of a man heading to California based on no evidence.

There was no evidence of a crime, the man was never charged, but three weeks later he still has not gotten his money back.

Sean Waite, the agent in charge for the DEA in Albuquerque, said he could not comment on the Rivers case because it is ongoing. He disputed allegations that Rivers was targeted because of his race. Waite said that in general DEA agents look for "indicators" such as whether the person bought an expensive one-way ticket with cash, if the person is traveling from or to a city known as a hot spot for drug activity, if the person's story has inconsistencies or if the large sums of money found could have been transported by more conventional means.

"We don't have to prove that the person is guilty," Waite said. "It's that the money is presumed to be guilty."

Read the whole article. This is entirely unconstitutional. The fifth amendment to the Bill of Rights expressly forbids the taking of private property "without just compensation."

Comment: Re:Very unlikely to be triggered in the field (Score 1) 250

by sphealey (#49600345) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

The entire world isn't the US/Japan/EU. While most airlines outside that region who operate 787s run tight operations (Ethiopian for example is often mentioned as very well-run with a strong safety culture), there are a few who do not.

That said, in the few instances where less organized airlines have managed to acquired 787s they are probably being shut down 2-3 times/week much less every 9 months.


Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 540

by cduffy (#49598791) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

Prepare for another culture-shock, my dear passport-less American. Tokyo has competing privately-owned subway lines. Japan's wonderful highspeed trains are privately-owned too.

Which shock would this be, exactly? Major American cities used to have competing privately-owned commuter rail lines as well -- mostly torn down in the first half of the 1900s in favor of the highway model. This is by no means a surprise to anyone who knows even local transportation history.

If a government is doing it, it can not be smart...

You lecture me about fallacies, and then pull out that?! I find it hard to believe that you're actually interested in making a good-faith attempt at a meeting of the minds.

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