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Australians Set To Pay 50% More For Apps After Apple Price Spike (heraldsun.com.au) 117

SlappingOysters writes: Within 36-hours the price of Apple apps is set to increase in Australia, Sweden and Indonesia. It will bring the price of buying an app out of alignment with the value of the Australian dollar, and leave the country's Apple fans paying 50% more for their iOS software than their American counterparts. It's unfortunate timing, with the recent launch of the iPhone 6s and the upcoming fourth generation of Apple TV.

Comment ... that is, until Apple ads start showing (Score 1) 417

Just wait until the marketing department of Apple produces slick ads that show cool kids using their in-vehicle tech, and finds a way for people to easily advertise their car as “Apple-powered”. As long as Apple keeps on playing the conspicuous consumption card, they'll sell. The fact people won't use it is totally irrelevant.


Mice Brainpower Boosted With Alteration of a Single Gene 105

Zothecula writes: By altering a single gene to inhibit the activity of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase (PDE4B), researchers have given mice the opportunity to see what an increase in intelligence is like. "They tended to learn faster, remember events longer and solve complex exercises better than ordinary mice. For example, the “brainy mice” showed a better ability than ordinary mice to recognize another mouse that they had been introduced to the day before (abstract). They were also quicker at learning the location of a hidden escape platform in a test called the Morris water maze. However, the PDE4B-inhibited mice also showed less recall of a fearful event after several days than ordinary mice." While many people would welcome such a treatment, the scientists say their research could lead to new treatments for those with cognitive disorders and age-related cognitive decline.

Comment Re:How about this... (Score 5, Informative) 184

create a competing standard that is designed specifically to avoid patents, and license it royalty-free

That's exactly what Xiph does with the Daala project. They're trying to implement lapped transforms for video (more or less the same principle as Opus does for audio) and since it's not based on traditional block encoding, Daala should avoid most patents. Their demos are already pretty impressive.

Comment Re:Right ... (Score 1) 117

Did you miss the part where the games are not compatible with 5.1? Unless the author of the games feel like updating them, what is Nvidia supposed to do? Would you have them leave the games and waste storage space -- makes sense -- SMH.

This is not even in the same REALM as what Sony did with the PS3. Sony had absolutely no reason to remove the functionality, and it wasn't optional. I have the SHEILD tablet and I have deliberately kept it on 4.4 because I can't STAND 5.x, and I have yet to come across anything that said: "You need 5.0 or above to use this".

Or, wait, let me throw another possibility out there... You would have Nvidia replace the two games with two other games? Yea, that is fair...

You want the games, don't upgrade. You don't care, upgrade.


My United Airlines Website Hack Gets Snubbed 187

Bennett Haselton writes: United Airlines announced that they will offer up to 1 million air miles to users who can find security holes in their website. I demonstrated a way to brute-force a user's 4-digit PIN number and submitted it to them for review, emailing their Bugs Bounty contact address on three occasions, but I never heard back from them. Read on for the rest. If you've had a different experience with the program, please chime in below.

Comment Uhh durrrrrr (Score 1) 244

'ell I mus' ba dum az shit -- an' Ima keep gettin' stupider.

Really? Eat a BALANCED fucking diet and you will be just fucking fine. Food scare 2015... *sigh*

I love the morons that don't have Celiac disease, but OMG TH3 GLUTENS they are killing me!!!!

I have given up on not laughing my ass off if I am out and someone I am with asks for gluten free and I say: "Holy SHIT! You have Celiac disease?!? I didn't know" ... reply: "No, it just makes me feel bad". Whatever.....

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1, Interesting) 277

If this had been done with Windows 8, would it have been successful? Or is Windows 8 so bad Microsoft couldn't give it away. What's keeping people in Windows 7 doesn't really seem to be the cost...

You are wondering about Windows 8? I really don't think this is going to work with Windows 10 either. Yes, they have made a lot of changes, but those changes have only pissed off the tablet users. So now you have an OS that not only desktop users don't want to use, but tablet users don't want it either.

In the build 10147 release notes is states:

"When the user upgrades from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, they are now able to downgrade to the earlier operating system, as expected"

Maybe Microsoft already knows something....

Comment Re:Aftermath (Score 1) 546

After Snowden, what could previously be attributed to ignorance can now be attributed to stupidity as surveillance is now confirmed real, and not just a conspiracy theory for paranoid lunatics anymore. Which could've been a stop-and-think-for-a-minute moment for humanity, but I see no riots in the street nor any change in people's "convenient" privacy-leaking ways. Maybe if something like Snowden revelations had happened ten years earlier, it would've made a bigger impact. Maybe.

Comment Decrypted? (Score 2) 546

AFAIK, the encrypted versions weren't widely distributed; chances are that the documents weren't force-decrypted by RU/CN. I mean, if a cracker gets access to one of the few computers who holds the encrypted documents, he for sure can wait just a bit until the encryption key is entered into a keylogger. Snowden using weak keys? seems unlikely.

The Courts

Interviews: Ask Kim Dotcom a Question 205

He was the founder of Megaupload, its successor Mega, New Zealand's Internet Party, and is the world's greatest Modern Warfare 3 player. He was born Kim Schmitz, but you know him better as Kim Dotcom. While he's had a number of run-ins with the law over the years, The U.S. government is currently charging him with criminal copyright violation and racketeering in association with his Megaupload site. Dotcom has recently won a court battle in New Zealand blocking the U.S. from seizing $67 million in assets. Even though he has a lot on his plate, Kim has agreed to take some time to answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe