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Comment: Being Pedantic About It (Score 1) 217

by Villageidiot9390 (#42802735) Attached to: Dell Going Private In $24.4 Billion Agreement

that weakness has affected its bottom line: for its fiscal 2013 third quarter, the company reported an 11 percent decrease in revenue from the previous year; while it enjoyed an increase in revenue from its servers and services businesses, revenue from its Consumer division dipped 23 percent

When one talks about affecting the bottom line, it is usually proper to quote Net Income, as it is the bottom line of the Income Statement. Revenue is the at the top, and while it may affect profit, if you have gains in your cost efficiencies, you might still be neutral on your Net Profit.

Security

Backdoor Malware Targets Apple iPad 196

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that-didn't-take-long dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Apple iPad users are being warned of an email-borne threat which could give hackers unauthorised access to the device. The threat arrives via an unsolicited email urging the recipient to download the latest version of iTunes as a prelude to updating their iPad software. Apart from opening up a backdoor, it also tries to read the keys and serial numbers of the software installed on the device, and logs the passwords to any webmail, IM or protected storage accounts."

Comment: Re:Iron Man's Suit Defies Physics -- Mostly (Score 2, Interesting) 279

by John Carmack (#23266718) Attached to: The Science of Iron Man
Hydrogen peroxide powered rocket packs fly for around 30 seconds, because they have a specific impulse of around 125, meaning that one pound of propellant can make 125 pound-seconds of thrust, meaning that it takes about two pounds of propellant for every second you are in the air. Mass ratios are low for anything strapped to a human, so the exponential nature of the rocket equation can be safely ignored.

A pretty hot (both literally and figuratively) bipropellant rocket could manage about twice the specific impulse, and you could carry somewhat heavier tanks, but two minutes of flight on a rocket pack is probably about the upper limit with conventional propellants.

However, an actual jet pack that used atmospheric oxygen could have an Isp ten times higher, allowing theoretical flights of fifteen minutes or so. Here, it really is a matter of technical development, since jet engines have thrust to weight ratios too low to make it practical. There is movement on this technical front, but it will still take a while.

John Carmack
Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple Updates 15" MacBook Pro

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Villageidiot9390
Villageidiot9390 writes "Apple has just updated their professional laptop offering. Amongst the updates Apple will now utilize the Santa Rosa chipset and now has processor speeds at up to 2.4GHz. In addition to these changes, Apple has updated the screens on both the 15" and 17" versions of their MacBook Pros. The 15" screen now features a mercury free LED backlit display. The 17" screen now has a native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels."
Media (Apple)

+ - iPhone available on June 29th

Submitted by bobbybobber
bobbybobber (806828) writes "AppleInsider has the good word on iPhone availability. The Apple news site is reporting that a just-aired AT&T Wireless commercial advertises the Apple handset will be available beginning June 29th. The spot aired on CBS at approximately 7:00 p.m. eastern time. It included a brief demonstration of some iPhone functions, ending with Apple-branded splash screen and the June 29th availability date."
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MPAA Goes After Home Entertainment Systems 402

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get dept.
philba writes to tell us that home theaters may become the new jurisdiction of our MPAA overlords. The MPAA is lobbying to make sure that home users authorize their entertainment systems before any in-home viewings. From the article: "The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29" with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown."

Bug Pushes Vista Out to November 8th 285

Posted by Zonk
from the keep-the-ant-hill-under-glass dept.
IntelliAdmin writes "Microsoft originally targeted October 25th for Vista's release to manufacturing, but a last-minute bug that 'took most of the Vista team by surprise' has caused an unexpected delay, said Ethan Allen, a quality assurance lead at a Seattle high-tech company that tests its products for Vista. Allen said the Vista team discovered the bug, which 'would totally crash the system, requiring a complete reinstall'. Vista now has a new RTM date of November 8th" A reader wrote in to point out this story originated with Paul Thurrott.

Details On IE7 CSS Changes 203

Posted by Hemos
from the maybe-slashdot-will-work-better dept.
writes "IE development team has released a list of CSS changes for IE7. Some of the notable new features are enabling :hover for all elements, and implementing position:fixed, and PNG transparency support. In addition, there is a long list of fixed bugs that plagued previous IE browsers for years. These changes (except for PNG transparency) only work under the <!DOCTYPE> switch to preserve compatibility with previous versions of IE."

So You Want To Be A Game Journalist? 28

Posted by Zonk
from the simon-tells-me-it-gets-you-chicks dept.
simoniker writes "Over at Game Career Guide, they're looking at how to become a video game journalist, and exactly what that 'infamous' job entails. An extract: 'An [apparently simple] task roster belies the complexity of the role of games journalist. For example, playing a game with an eye towards reviewing it differs from playing it purely for fun and, if it happens to be a terrible game (which you will see more than your fair share of in time), it may not be such an enjoyable experience. Dealing with PR people ... can be tiresome to degrees depending on the nature of the PR person (some are more tiresome than others, let's just say).'"

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