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Comment: Re:Terminal Velocity (Score 1) 233

by SirCyn (#36815100) Attached to: iPhone 4 Survives Fall From Skydiver's Pocket
Size has no bearing, except that it helps to determine the friction coefficient of moving through another material. Almost anything dropped from that height would reach terminal velocity quickly, and I would imagine an iPhone's is quite high. Also, as others have pointed out, the rate of deceleration upon impact determines the damage to the phone (as the saying goes: speed doesn't kill; acceleration does). Various substances provide different deceleration times. Hitting a rubber roof would be significantly less damaging than a cement sidewalk.

Comment: Re:Druggie generation (Score 1) 550

by SirCyn (#36810152) Attached to: Re. medication requiring a prescription:
Presently the poll shows that 61% take nothing at all. Additionally the question lumps everything from anti-psychotics, powerful hormone therapies, and oxycontin in with 'prescription grade' Ibuprofen and some antihistamines. I'd be more interesting of the poll options focuses on some sort of relative strength scale instead of simple quantity.

Comment: Re:Cloud Computing (Score 2) 639

by SirCyn (#35752834) Attached to: Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

Is my old data on a cloud based system considered abandoned if I continue to actively use the system but don't touch some items?

This is one of the problems the ISPs want clarified; the law doesn't specify if the whole account has to be inactive, or just certain items. The law has many other problems because of changes in modern technology.

Comment: Re:The world just got a bit nicer. :) (Score 1) 350

by SirCyn (#33530448) Attached to: Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers
1. Someone already did; products don't just come into being, someone wrote a spec, a developer implemented it, ya ya.
2. Don't even pretend like you don't understand how your competitors products work without seeing their drivers' source code.
3. The idiots are idiots already, and still will be, nothing will change.
4. If you don't tell the C*O, see #5.
5. You just lost $3 from that other guy; and $30 from me and my whole family that I buy for; and who knows how many other people. Explain *that* to your C*O.

Comment: Re:An honest question: (Score 1) 77

by SirCyn (#19084853) Attached to: FF XII Re-make, New RPG Announced By Square/Enix
It's the combination of flexible game play, long and detailed story lines, and a general theme of blending modern world technology with old world magic. FF7 and FF8 were the epitomes of the FF series IMHO.

FF7 had breakthrough graphics (which look kind of clunk these days) and still holds the title for plot/storyline, I think. FF8 has the title in terms of character development and interaction, the story suffered a bit due to that but it's still one of the greats.

Microsoft Will Allow Vista Reinstalls 349

Posted by Zonk
from the yay-for-logic dept.
Claus Valca writes "I just spotted over on the Windows Vista Team Blog the news that the Windows Vista retail licensing terms are being revised. Looks like PC home-brew system builders have been let back into the Vista party!" From the article: "Our intention behind the original terms was genuinely geared toward combating piracy; however, it's become clear to us that those original terms were perceived as adversely affecting an important group of customers: PC and hardware enthusiasts. You who comprise the enthusiast market are vital to us for several reasons, not least of all because of the support you've provided us throughout the development of Windows Vista. We respect the time and expense you go to in customizing, building and rebuilding your hardware and we heard you that the previous terms were seen as an impediment to that — it's for that reason we've made this change."

Surprises in Microsoft Vista's EULA 385

Posted by Zonk
from the oh-look-a-sheep dept.
androthi writes "Scott Granneman takes a look at some surprises in Microsoft Vista's EULA that limit what security professionals and others can do with the new operating system. You want to post benchmarking results? Well, Microsoft may now have a say in it. Vista's EULA no longer shows up on Microsoft's software licensing page, but does still exist — also take note of Windows DRM deciding what you can and can not listen to, and Defender deciding and removing what it considers spyware automatically (by default)."

Vista to Create 50,000 Jobs in Europe 270

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the working-for-the-man dept.
prostoalex writes "A Microsoft-sponsored study found that Vista will be a boon to European economy, as it 'will create more than 50,000 technology jobs in six large European countries and will lead to a flood of economic benefits for companies there,' reports. Europe will see a total of 1.2 mln paychecks thanks to the new operating system: 'In the six countries studied, more than 150,000 IT companies will produce, sell or distribute products or services running on Windows Vista in 2007 and will employ 400,000 people, IDC said. Another 650,000 will be employed in the IT departments of businesses that rely on Vista.'"

Understanding OS X Kernel Internals 199

Posted by Hemos
from the knowing-more-about-the-insides dept.
jglidell writes "The OS X kernel has been in the news alot this past year, whether it's why its slow, Mach/micro-kernel makes it bad, it's going closed source and what not. Amit Singh has put up a new presentation on the innards of OS X. It does a pretty good job of summing up the OS X kernel architecture, and has some pretty detailed diagrams... for instance they show that there are so many process/threads layers in OS X. So if you are in the mood for doing some OS studying then head over."

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