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Comment: Food (Score 1) 390

by binaryhat (#46797361) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
I went to a small state college for two years that only had a dining hall. The food was horrible. I only had one other option which was delivery from a pizza/fast food joint. I could have gone out but the weather was either freezing cold or snow/ice was everywhere. Lukily I transfered to a bigger school out west where weather wasn't an issue and good food was accessible on/off campus.

Comment: ah-ha! (Score 2) 48

by binaryhat (#39159845) Attached to: Too Many Connections Weaken Networks
The Goldie Locks network:
"As a first theoretical step, it's very nice work," said Cris Moore, a professor in the computer science department at the University of New Mexico. Moore was not involved in the project. "They found a sweet spot in the middle," between too much connectivity and not enough, he said. "If you have some interconnection between clusters but not too much, then [the clusters] can help each other bear a load, without causing avalanches [of work] sloshing back and forth."
Android

+ - Is Android really open? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dear Slashdot,

A few months ago, I bought myself an Asus Transformer Android tablet. One of the reasons was the freedom iOS doesn't offer, but after using it a few months, I have yet to experience that freedom.

When I first got the device, I couldn't help but notice how nothing was open-source. The firmware was closed-source, the pre-installed applications were closed-source, the operating system was closed-source. I couldn't tweak the user-interface like how I am used to in Linux with config files. I couldn't view system files in the file browser. The market prohibited me to download applications that were not fully compatible with my device or region. It was also impossible to download Market applications on my desktop. I couldn't get root access on my device because it wasn't rootable (according to XDA developers), so I couldn't for instance create a full backup or use the Market enabler.

And one of the biggest frustrations was not being able to just plug in a USB stick loaded with a (ARM-based) Linux live image. The first obstacle being the proprietary dock-connector on the Transformer, the second obstacle being the unrootable Android, the third obstacle being the closed firmware.

So I am asking you, is Android really open?"

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