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

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.


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

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

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.

Comment: You can't be serious (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by ZxCv (#27351553) Attached to: What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean For Java, MySQL, Developers

... Visual Studio sucks compared to Eclipse when it comes to how user-friendly the tool is.

Do you actually use both on a regular basis?

I've honestly never met someone that does that prefers Eclipse.

I use Visual Studio, XCode, and Eclipse, on a daily basis, and as far as I'm concerned, Visual Studio is just about the only thing Microsoft has ever done right, and beats the hell out of any other IDE I've ever used.


The Last Will and Testament of Circuit City 600

Posted by timothy
from the oh-the-huge-manatee dept.
Harry writes "Sunday is the final day of business for Circuit City, the once-dominant national consumer electronics chain done in by the rise of Best Buy, the crummy economy, and multiple failings of its own. I paid a final visit of respect to my local store, and found that they'd gotten rid of just about all the unopened electronics products, and were therefore selling off stuff like broken computers and the toilet-paper dispenser from the restroom. Whether or not you were ever a fan, it was a sad scene." NPR has a segment on the end of the Circuit City era as well.

It is not well to be thought of as one who meekly submits to insolence and intimidation.