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Submission + - NRA Practice Range for Four Year Olds (

An anonymous reader writes: The National Rifle Association has released a target practice range for ages four years and up. One of the ranges features targets in the shape of a coffin. The app is available for iphone and ipad. How tone deaf can one organization be?
Data Storage

Submission + - Toshiba claims to quintuple density of HDD (

blair1q writes: Today, at The Magnetic Recording Conference at UCSD, Toshiba is revealing bit-patterned media for hard drives that they claim raises the maximum bit density from 541 Gb/in^2 to 2.5 Tb/in^2. The technology reduces the number of magnetic grains needed to store a bit by prealigning the grains into stripes when manufacturing the platter, rather than leaving them in a random organization.
Hardware Hacking

Dutch Hackers Create Wi-Fi Sniffing Drone 81

An anonymous reader writes "The WASP, or Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, has been built out of a hobby-grade airframe and open source Ardupilot autopilot, reports sUASnews. In the words of the Rabbit-Hole website, it's a 'Small Scale, Open Source UAV using off the shelf components. Designed to provide a vehicle to project cyber-offensive and defensive capabilities, and visual / electronic surveillance over distance cheaply and with little risk.'" Want a drone of your own? The makers have some pointers to helpful resources.

Comment The issue for me is responsiveness (Score 5, Insightful) 646

I understand that over time software gets bloated, but the biggest deal to me is not allowing that bloat to impact the UI. Nothing frustrates me more than having an unresponsive UI while a page is loading. Some stupid flash script is loading, so it takes 5 seconds to switch tabs. That's unacceptable to me. The UI should be instant, no matter what's going on. Switching tabs should be instant, clicking buttons should be instant, typing text in textboxes should be instant, even when the page hasn't fully loaded.

Comment What the duck? (Score 5, Insightful) 220

I'm not sure if the author of the article is actually a moron who can't shop and also a complete racist, or smart enough to realize his article would have no readers without putting in a culturally ignorant title, but I'd like to know where the hell he has been shopping in SF.

First of all, you can get black duck eggs damn near everywhere. I can get them in Fremont, Sunnyvale, or Cupertino, California at a variety of locations (Lions, 99Ranch, etc.), and I'm PRETTY sure you'd be able to find it in one of the biggest Chinatowns this country has to offer.
Hell I live in Madison, Wisconsin now and I'm 10 minutes (walking distance) away from a run down Chinese grocery outlet the size of a 7-11 that sells black duck eggs, and two out of the three crappy fast-food only takeout restaurants here serve porridge with black duck eggs.

To use decades old "cultural insight" that black duck eggs are a "Chinese Delicacy" without realizing that within the last two decades foods and goods Chinese people have only heard about in stories have become commonplace items not only in China, but also internationally as exports, is just pathetic.

But I guess there really was no other way to emphasize the ridiculously commonplace adage--that the human link is the weakest in security--without resorting to making ridiculous and dated cultural assumptions.

It's alright that he's not too good with cultures and people I guess. I mean, he's Russian after all, they're only good at math and physics.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 340

As I understand copyright law (being a layman, and neither employed in nor pretending to offer advice in the legal realm), a work is truly copyrighted the moment you create it. The first tricky detail is proving that you created it if someone else attempts to distribute it or copy it. The second important detail is finding the legal muscle to represent you against someone attempting to distribute or copy your work if you didn't bother to register it, since AFAIK, the law only allows you to sue to recover damages you suffered when someone else began distributing and/or copying your work. If you create a work, then distribute it freely, it's kind of hard to claim that you suffered damages when someone else begins doing the same thing.

Comment Re:Industrial Last Gasp? (Score 2, Interesting) 157

where does that leave the future revenue source of the US?

Same as if it does; you assume such IPR wouldn't be made and owned by non-US interests as well. In reality there's little reason to expect such production wouldn't follow the pattern of other manufacturing.

Fundamentally, IPR is equivalent to any other taxation form; stronger protection and enforcement for IPR is equivalent to raising taxes. Depending on where the money goes taxes may or may not serve their purpose well, but they rarely make the economy more competitive.

Comment More like the right to serve a subpoena (Score 1) 244

This isn't even a warrant, it's civil discovery. The evidence the RIAA already has (that some IP downloaded some song, and that the university assigned this IP to a primary owner/user) would be more than enough to establish "probable cause" for a criminal warrant. It would be absolutely insane to assert a higher burden of proof than the criminal standard in these civil cases just because they "involve the internet."

Comment Re:Toasters (Score 1) 385

When the complexity of a system grows, it becomes more unstable. No shit.

The thing is, people don't want a toaster-like PC which can only do one thing; they want a machine that can do hundreds or thousands of things with the reliability of a machine that only does one. It's simply not possible.

Comment Re:Meat cows? (Score 1) 640

Many years ago my Dad took me to the Stockyards in Fort Worth Texas, he showed me some tall brick buildings where they used to slaughter cattle.

They would walk the cattle up stairs in a building eight stories tall, and then kill them, the parts of the cow would then be placed on an unpowered assembly line that ran in the opposite direction and was moved by the potential energy of the cow's weight pulling it down the sloped assembly line.

Comment Re:Because that first step is a doozy (Score 2, Informative) 694

It's a matter of logic, not language. isn't the issue. It's now so close to C#, that it might as well *be* that. It's certainly no easier, or harder, for that matter.

The most useful "programming" course I took, other than algorithms and data structures was symbolic logic. I'll bet that this course would be a fairly accurate predictor of who passes and who fails in programming.

Comment Re:Actually, I disagree (Score 1) 252

1. The notions that adventure games disappeared because people are dumb, was false all the time. The adventure games market was actually a growing market when it got dumped by the publishers. There never was as much as a dip in sales, it went up each year... then nearly went extinct.

Adventure games went extinct because they are, to put it bluntly, a horrible game format. At each and every point of the game you're trying to guess how the adventure maker wants this puzzle to be solved. You (usually) can't use common sense, you (usually) can't use real-world problem-solving, you (never) can't use creativity; you simply have to guess what to do in order for the game to process.

Ever played nethack?

One picture is worth 128K words.