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Comment Re:Stop using GNU TLS (Score 1) 144

OpenSSL is far far from great (the API, my eyes, they burn! don't get me started on openssl error codes/messages), but it's not quite the steaming pile of something smelly GnuTLS is.

Although it has improved somewhat over the past few years, at least on the "other SSL clients will actually interoperate" side of things.

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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse 459

FuzzNugget writes "Peter Bright brings the hammer down on the increasing absurdities of laptop keyboard design, from the frustrating to the downright asinine, like the 'adaptive keyboard' of the new Lenovo X1 Carbon. He says, 'The X1's Adaptive Keyboard may have a superior layout to a regular keyboard (I don't think that it does, but for the sake of argument, let's pretend that it does), but that doesn't matter. As long as I have to use regular keyboard layouts too, the Adaptive Keyboard will be at a huge disadvantage. Every time I use another computer, I'll have to switch to the conventional layout. The standard layout has tremendous momentum behind it, and unless purveyors of new designs are able to engineer widespread industry support—as Microsoft did with the Windows keys, for example—then their innovations are doomed to being annoyances rather than improvements.' When will laptop manufacturers focus on perfecting a standardized design rather than trying to reinvent the wheel with every new generation?"

Comment Re:congrats guys and gals (Score 1) 293

I would also be wary of taking some of these articles at face value.

You're a big company. You're obliged to comply with stupid asshat law that some ${CITIZENS} approved by proxy through their representative. In an effort to discourage such requests, you do your best to inflate "costs" which you are permitted to recover from the requesting organization....

Suddenly some reporters with slightly less than two brain cells to rub together equate this to "selling customer data".

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 663

Because the phone manufacturers who use standard usb connectors are having so much trouble...

Do micro-USB cables stream audio and video? (Remember, Lightning does essentially what HDMI does, also.) Can they be used to transmit device control instructions? (Remember, Lightning handles "dock" functionality, too.) Does the micro-USB spec provide for 2.1A (10W @ 5V) charging? (Remember, Lightning is the new standard mobile Apple connector, for 10" iPads as well as phones and iPods.) Etc.

You mean like a micro-USB MHL port that supports the USB charging spec? That my past three phones have had?

Though you'll only get 900mA@5V with data transfer or MHL active, unless you have MHL 3.0 (which is unikely at this point).

(Okay, not a microusb cable, but it can use the same physical port, provides charging and remote instructions, and adapters start at about $5)

As a bonus it will probably actually work directly with your TV if you dig the cable thing.

Comment Commodore 16 (Score 1) 623

I think I spent more time copying out BASIC programs from the manual than playing games on it ;-) (I was six or seven at the time).

My parents noticed my interest and convinced some local guy running a class to take me (normally he only took older kids). He had a room full of Plus4's (going for slightly esoteric Commodore models here...)

Comment Not cheap... (Score 2) 141

But you could look and see if Jet is within your budget.

At the very least a base install will give you some billing software and hooks for other automation. It wouldn't hurt to drop them a line, at any rate.

disclaimer: I used to work for obsidian ~6 years ago. they're a small company, but full of bright people and they have a lot of experience in the area. if jet isn't for you i have no doubts they can at least give you some honest advice on what to look at instead that's within your budget, fits your needs.

Comment Re:Try Australia (Score 2) 188

Drifting from the point of the article, but just for reference a 3 bedroom house in Sydney costs $600,000 easily, and in many suburbs well over a million. And at present the 1 Australian dollar is trading for $1.07 US dollars. They haven't had their property crash in Australia. Yet.

$600k for a 3br house? You're talking like 90+ minutes from the city, right? ;-)

$400k+ for a decent 1br+study apartment in the inner suburbs.


iPhone Opens Up Bluetooth For Data 129

WildNahviss writes "Apple has loosened its tight grip on the iPhone and allowed a third party to develop a health device that exchanges data with the iPhone and their hardware. Is this the start of a trend for Apple that will relax constraints on non-audio Bluetooth use, or is this an exception? Does anyone know of any other devices for the iPhone that allows non-audio Bluetooth transmission of data?" Reader climenole points out an article about another health-sensor system, dubbed a "body area network," that is built to work with Android devices, but not via Bluetooth.

Highly Directional Terahertz Laser Demonstrated 125

eldavojohn writes "A new paper published this week in the journal Nature Materials announces a successful demonstration of highly directional terahertz semiconductor lasers. You might not think it's a big deal that some Harvard and University of Leeds researchers (funded partially by the US Air Force) figured out how to better direct lasers; but this means the ability to see what's in someone's pockets and clothing, at a distance of possibly hundreds of meters, or farther. The big benefit is that they are lower in energy than X-Rays and are less invasive, since they cannot pass through water or metal. Coming soon to an airport near you or buzzing around on board a drone in civilian airspace?"

Google Voice Opens To All 185

An anonymous reader writes "Google Voice is now open to anyone in the US, removing the need to search for an invite. At the Google Voice site, anyone with a US IP address and a US phone number can sign up for an account. Non-US IPs are blocked, and non-US-based phone numbers are prevented from attaching to Google Voice (with the single odd exception of the 403 area code of southern Alberta)." Good timing on the part of Frontier Communications Corp., which just filed a lawsuit claiming that the Google Voice feature connecting a user's home, work, and cell phone numbers to another number infringes one of their patents.

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