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Comment: Re:Way too much coincidence (Score 1) 549 549

by ZxCv (#36409390) Attached to: Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

So are you really implying that the idea of wireless syncing never crossed the minds of any Apple engineers or managers until this guy's app was submitted? Or that he figured out some magical trick to make wireless syncing work that Apple's own engineers just hadn't been able to crack yet? Seriously?

The GP post is spot-on. This is all much ado about nothing.

Comment: Better than the Roku... (Score 1) 212 212

by ZxCv (#34508806) Attached to: Netflix Signs Deal With Disney-ABC

I went with one of these: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-media-receivers/wd-tv-live-plus/4505-6739_7-34117510.html

It not only does Netflix, but will also play anything from USB drives and network file shares. It also has access to online stuff like Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, and a handful of others. The only (minor) drawback is no built-in WiFi (though it does support various USB-based WiFi devices).

For the extra geek factor, it's based on Linux, so there are plenty of custom firmwares and add-ons out there to customize it.

Comment: Re:What's the point of this script? (Score 5, Informative) 375 375

by ZxCv (#31623004) Attached to: Facebook Goes After Greasemonkey Script Developer

FB Purity blocks entire categories of posts: all application posts, 'x became a fan of y' posts, and others.

Facebook's built-in hiding is done on a app-by-app and person-by-person basis. So every stupid new app that comes out has to be hidden individually.


Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687 687

Posted by samzenpus
from the duck-and-cover dept.
garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the drop-the-cloud-anchor dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

Comment: Stylish shmylish (Score 1) 366 366

by ZxCv (#28102433) Attached to: Mac Clone Maker Psystar Files For Bankruptcy

While I wouldn't argue that some people buy Apple machines because they're "stylish", the vast majority of people I know buy them because they are simply more productive using them. My mom and aunts like them because of the iLife apps (iPhoto and iMovie in particular), and me and most of my developer friends like them because of their versatility (what other brand of machine can easily run Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux?).

Not that it really matters, I suppose, but the claims on /. that Apple machines are about style only are getting a bit old by now.

Gravity brings me down.