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Comment Re:Speed penalty of encryption (Score 1) 124

Still fast enough for me.

Sure, I agree -- it's probably fast enough for most people, myself included. It's just the extra 1.5 sec of awake time (in your benchmark -- probably a lot less for real-world workflows, but if it happens on every mail sync, podcast download, it could multiply out to minutes of additional wake time per day) that bugs me because it will likely have an effect on battery life.

As hardware gets faster and (hopefully) less power-hungry, this should become less of an issue, so I expect I'll be happy to turn it on in a generation or two. I'm not there yet though. YMMV.

Comment Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 1) 124

Whether in hardware or software, it's still a fair amount of computation, which means battery usage and latency. It has to affect the max IOPS, which means when the phone wakes up to do something, it'll stay awake for longer.

My N5's battery life is already barely acceptable; I'm not going to enable FDE on the chance it takes even a 5% or 10% hit.

Comment Re:Another Pebble Owner here (Score 1) 120

My experience with mine is that it's smaller than my last watch (not big), the faces are quite attractive (not ugly), and tethering to a phone isn't a bug, it's the #1 feature. I keep my phone on silent all the time now and just route the notifications to my watch. Quick glance at it during meetings to see if the email/text/whatever is important, and the phone stays in my pocket.


Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25 Screenshot-sm 825

If Nevada gubernatorial candidate Eugene "Gino" DiSimone gets his way, $25 will buy you the right to drive up to 90mph for a day. DiSimone estimates his "free limit plan" will raise $1 billion a year for Nevada. From the article: "First, vehicles would have to pass a safety inspection. Then vehicle information would be loaded into a database, and motorists would purchase a transponder. After setting up an account, anyone in a hurry could dial in, and for $25 charged to a credit card, be free to speed for 24 hours."

Comment Geotagging isn't the problem (Score 1) 175

The real problem is that people are uploading their private photos to public places in the first place. It's already an invitation to crime, stalking, and government and business interference in private affairs. Why have people abandoned one of our most cherished rights so easily?

Sure, if you must upload pictures of you getting drunk or your new gadget at least strip the tags, but how about only sharing it with your friends using a more private method instead?

Social Networks

Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media? 451

rueger writes "Over a couple of years I have actually found Facebook pretty useful and/or entertaining. It has certainly allowed me to stay connected with a lot of people with whom I otherwise would have lost track, and for all its weaknesses it was handy for sharing links and such. This week, though, the privacy escapades have pushed me (and a lot of other people) over the edge. If Twitter's 140 characters aren't enough, LinkedIn is too business-oriented, MySpace too ugly, and Buzz — does anyone even use Buzz? What social media options are out there for all of those non-uber-techy folks?"
Wireless Networking

A Wireless Hotspot For Your Car — Why Not? 135

nk497 writes "UK mobile operator 3 has unveiled a wireless hotspot for cars. It's essentially a repackaged version of their MiFi wireless router, which lets users create their own wireless hotspot using the 3G network. While drivers will hopefully steer away from using the web at the wheel, 3 predicts the mobile hotspot will let passengers entertain themselves as well as offer a hookup to email, music and traffic data."

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows? 896

Techman83 writes "After years of changing between AVG Free + Avast, it's coming time to find a new free alternative for friends/relatives who run Windows. AVG and Avast have been quite good, but are starting to bloat out in size, and also becoming very misleading. Avast recently auto updated from 4.8 to 5 and now requires you to register (even for the free version) and both are making it harder to actually find the free version. Is this the end of reasonable free antivirus, or is there another product I can entrust to keep the 'my computer's doing weird things' calls to a minimum?"

The Arctic Is Leaking Methane 303

registerShift and other readers sent in news that the Arctic Ocean seabed is leaking methane. "...climate experts familiar with the new research reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science that even though it does not suggest imminent climate catastrophe, it is important because of methane's role as a greenhouse gas. Although carbon dioxide is far more abundant and persistent in the atmosphere, ton for ton atmospheric methane traps at least 25 times as much heat. ... [One scientist] estimated that annual methane emissions from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf total about seven teragrams. (A teragram is 1.1 million tons.) By some estimates, global methane emissions total about 500 teragrams a year. ...about 40 percent is natural, including the decomposition of organic materials in wetlands and frozen wetlands like permafrost."

Comment SCons (Score 1) 310

Come help work on SCons!

SCons is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool. Think of SCons as an improved, cross-platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache. In short, SCons is an easier, more reliable and faster way to build software.

It's under active development, and it's the best way to build C, C++, LaTeX, and lots of other types of projects. Build scripts are 100% python so you have the full power of a real language in your build. And... we need new developers to get to the next level! We have lots of ideas for ways to improve it. Come and take a few Easy-tagged tickets and implement them, you'll be amazed how easy it is to contribute. Plus we're friendly.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau