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Comment: Re:The real crime is... (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by SwellJoe (#26541369) Attached to: Unboxing a 1984 Atari Peripheral, 25 Years Later

I've been shopping for old computer crap on eBay lately (for nostalgia rather than collectibility), and I suspect your 1983 NIB Atari 5200 trackball would bring ten, maybe fifteen bucks (but I haven't been shopping for Atari game gear, so I'm really guessing). If ten or fifteen bucks, and reclaiming the space it takes up in your house, is worth more than the trackball to you, you should sell it. Part of the fun of these old machines and things is that they are dramatically cheaper than when we were kids. We couldn't have every cool peripheral and game back then, because it would have been cost prohibitive. Today, with stuff going for tens of dollars, even things that were very expensive back then, we can pick up just about anything we like and satisfy those old lingering curiosities. And, then, when we get bored with it...pass it on to someone else at about the same low price.

Comment: Re:I loved mine! (Score 1) 154

by SwellJoe (#26541331) Attached to: Unboxing a 1984 Atari Peripheral, 25 Years Later

I just bought a Koala and a Commodore 64 on eBay this week. I've been feeling nostalgic of late, and started making chiptunes using VICE and GoatTracker (a SID composition tool for Linux and Windows), and got to thinking that I'd enjoy tinkering with the real thing. Saw the Koala going for like eight bucks on eBay and couldn't resist.

Comment: Re:Enough already with this "the cloud" BS (Score 1) 153

by SwellJoe (#25202927) Attached to: Sending Excess Load To the Cloud?

Sorry the term pisses you off so. I view it as nothing more than a convenient term to cover a set of concepts. I don't think we're in agreement on what it means, however, and I can see how you'd find it irritating to use a new term for something that seems like an old concept to you.

I promise I'll never force you to use the term "cloud computing". But, to say that it's the same as "remote computing" is to say, "I don't know what one of these two terms means". Cloud computing (or whatever you want to call it) brings along with it certain expectations that never existed with "remote computing" of old--things like ssh, VNC, remote desktop, X11, provide none of the qualities that make something a "cloud" service...except possibly, "available everywhere", by some very limited definitions of "available" and "everywhere".

Software

+ - Slashdot isn't the only bratty ten year old around

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SwellJoe
SwellJoe writes "October 3rd, 2007, is the tenth birthday of another Linux/OSS/IT staple: Webmin.

Clocking in at over 400,000 lines of code, 9 million downloads, and a list of standard and third party modules too long to count in a lazy afternoon, Webmin has slowly but steadily grown to become the world's most popular web-based system administration tool. To celebrate, the developers are holding a logo contest (it's the most popular contest running at SitePoint right now, by far), as well as launching a new blog. The first article is an interview with Webmin's lead developer, Jamie Cameron, about the history of the project and its future."

Engadget: Hitachi's 100GB Blu-ray disc drive->

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Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Storage

Sure, it's just a prototype for now, but we can't help but feel a bit smitten with any drive capable of playing 100GB of data off a single 4-layer optical disc. The BD camp was also touting 200GB, 8-layer discs as they have since 2004 (at least) while showing off the components that will usher in 8x performance (double-that of existing commercial gear) in a more realistic timeframe. When that might be exactly, no one's willing to say.

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Operating Systems

+ - My Story: Why I Switched to Linux->

Submitted by tomyLNX
tomyLNX (666) writes "MadPenguin.org's Matt Hartley entails his story on why he chose to switch over to Linux completely. He writes, "It was shortly before Vista's release that I had found myself falling in love with Ubuntu, because it offered me the best of the beginner and advanced worlds in one single distribution. My skills with Linux were such that I could have very well have stuck it out with Debian, but I instead felt that Ubuntu better reflected my own choice for a Linux distro."
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Engadget: Panasonic could beat Intel on 45nm chip release->

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Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Storage

Intel has been touting its 45-nanometer chips for what seems like ages, but if all goes as planned, Panasonic will actually beat the chip giant to the punch by releasing products to the commercial market over a week earlier. Apparently, the six new Blu-ray recorders we spotted at CEATEC will utilize the firm's new generation "UniPhier system LSI based on the 45-nanometer process technology," and sure enough, those units are slated to hit Japan on November 1st -- a full ten days before Intel will reportedly get its Yorkfield crew out to the mainstream. Bet you didn't see that coming, now did you?

[Via RegHardware]

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Apple Sues Over iGasm Ads 342

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the too-hot-to-rock dept.
funkeymonkeyman writes "Apple is less than pleased with an interesting new peripheral for the iPod which promises to 'take your appreciation of music to a whole new level.' Legal action has been taken against Ann Summers, the manufacturers of the new device, specifically for the similarity of the iGasm advertisements to the iconic iPod silhouette ads. The CEO of the adult retail chain replied to the threat cheerily, 'Perhaps I can send them an iGasm to put a smile back on their faces.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Have Pictures of French Fries? You're a Terrorist!

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Complain Here
Complain Here writes "What would've been an innocent story about how someone's nephews loved the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry's "Ferry Fries" turned bizarre when the ship's crew threatened a passenger with arrest for taking pictures of their food. Frederick A. Hall, vice president and general manager of the ferry company was unrepentant, however, and said that the threat of arrest over three pictures showing children with fries and the food counter was justified because "there have been past incidents where possible acts of terrorism have been threatened." Clearly, this can only mean that terrorists are working on Weapons of Fat Destruction, which pose a grave threat to the American Way."

FireScout robot deathcopter passes engine testing->

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Filed under: Robots

The Army's FireScout robotic helicopter passed its engine tests today, marking another step on the road for the US armed forces to move away from the sort-of-cute "RC car with a big gun" school of military robotics to the sort-of-terrifying "Skynet becomes self-aware at 2:14 A.M., August 29th" school of deathbots. The robochopper, based on the commercially-available Schweizer 333 helicopter, can stay in the air for eight hours autonomously (five with a weapons payload) and has successfully landed itself on warships at sea. The Navy is considering deploying up to 200 of these things beginning in 2008, and the Army is interested in variants for work in Iraq -- the bird can be towed behind a Humvee and used to scout for explosives. No mention of who gets authority to fire the optional Hellfire missiles, but let's hope that decision stays with the humans for a while longer.

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Books

+ - Researchers Enlist Humanity to Digitize Books

Submitted by Crazy Taco
Crazy Taco (1083423) writes "Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have discovered a way to use the popular CAPTCHA puzzles as a method to digitize books. While books are ordinarilly digitized using scanners and then turned into readable text using optical character recognition, some books are too old or faded for this technique to work. In that case, humans are needed to help decipher the text so that it can be digitized. This particular method can harness many humans to help in this time consuming process.

"Humanity is wasting 150,000 hours every day on these [CAPTCHAs]," said Luis von Ahn, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon. He helped develop the CAPTCHAs about seven years ago. "Is there any way in which we can use this human time for something good for humanity, do 10 seconds of useful work for humanity?"


Apparently he found the answer to his own question."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun pledges patents to defend Linux

Submitted by netdur
netdur (816698) writes "From TFA

In a surprise move this week Sun Microsystems CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, said the company was ready to use the company's extensive patent portfolio to help defend Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux against Microsoft's patent threat.
Thank you Sun"
Privacy

+ - Snooping Smartphones

Submitted by
AlHunt
AlHunt writes "According to CNN, your smartphone could be spying on you!

The top of the article says it all:

You go to the Web site, decide it's just another piece of spam, and move on through your normal daily routine. There's the check-by-phone payment of your credit card bill, a high-level confidential business teleconference discussing sensitive company information, and finally arranging a dinner with that cute co-worker you don't want your boyfriend to know about.

Little do you know that all the while, someone else has been watching — and listening.

Welcome to the brave new world of smartphone spying
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