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Comment: POV toys (Score 1) 256

by brownsteve (#29600325) Attached to: What To Cover In a Short "DIY Tech" Course?
Persistence-of-vision toys are fun and easy to make. They're a great way to learn how to solder. (You, the teacher, would need to download messages into them.) Kids quickly see the results of their work and it piques their interest for more technology.
POV Kits are available at many places online for $10-$20 each, probably less in bulk. One place I know is http://adafruit.com/

Comment: Follow the leader (Score 5, Funny) 228

by brownsteve (#29482599) Attached to: Google, Apple Joust Over Rejected Voice App
*sniff*
Oh, it's so cute. First they were just Baby Apple, playing nice with the other kiddies and corporations. Then they took their first steps - their first lock-in schemes, their first anticompetitive business practices. It was sooo adorable!

Now they just did the darndest thing - they're finally lying to government investigators. Awww. They're growing up to be just like their big brother Microsoft!
The Internet

+ - Unique Identifiers for Baby Geeks?

Submitted by brownsteve
brownsteve (673529) writes "My wife and I are expecting a new addition to our family soon. Perhaps the greatest impact we, as parents, can make is naming our baby. There are lots of things to consider, but I wondered how the Internet age might impact naming children. Is it better to have a common name, like John Smith, and retain the ability to disappear into the crowd? Or is it better to have a globally unique identifier, so that others can easily Google you? What have been your experiences with your name on the Web? If you could change something, what would you change and why?"

Comment: Use caution (Score 1) 468

by brownsteve (#26794041) Attached to: How To, When You Have To Encrypt Absolutely Everything?

Many corporate execs seem to think that whole-disk encryption alone will save their butts in case their laptop ever gets stolen. They use it as a kind of insurance against carelessness. Not quite.

It's worth noting that encryption by itself does not stop a data breach from happening. It only mitigates the short-term consequences. To truly protect your company, you still need a full-service security deployment, and all the inconveniences that come with it.

Once the data has left your hands, encrypted or not, the damage has been done and there's nothing you can do to stop it. A bad guy could copy it, keep it on the shelf, and wait 15 years until we have quantum computers that can break RSA. Then he knows all your old secrets which could still be very damaging 15 years later.

A few months ago, someone stole a local hospital's backup tapes from a courier van. Although the tapes were properly encrypted, the hospital still freaked out about it, with good reason. They even paid for credit monitoring for everyone on the tapes. Once the cops recovered the stolen tapes, they sent them to the FBI to assess whether the tapes had been accessed by the thief.

Media

+ - Kodak unveils brighter CMOS color filters->

Submitted by brownsteve
brownsteve (673529) writes "Eastman Kodak Co. unveiled what it says are "next-generation color filter patterns" designed to more than double the light sensitivity of CMOS or CCD image sensors used in camera phones or digital still cameras. The new color filter system is a departure from the widely used standard Bayer pattern — an arrangement of red, green and blue pixels — also created by Kodak. While building on the Bayer pattern, the new technology adds a "fourth pixel, which has no pigment on top," said Michael DeLuca, market segment manager responsible for image sensor solutions at Eastman Kodak. Such "transparent" pixels — sensitive to all visible wavelengths — are designed to absorb light. DeLuca claimed the invention is "the next milestone" in digital photography, likening its significance to ISO 400 color film introduced in the mid-1980's."
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Linux Business

+ - Dell offering Ubuntu XPS, featured on front page

Submitted by stoomart
stoomart (1092733) writes "When going to www.dell.com today, I was surprised to see their Ubuntu product line staring at me. After clicking on the link, another surprise was that they are now offering an XPS 410 N with Ubuntu.

This is very cool to me because it seems that they are actively trying to validate their other products to run Ubuntu. Hopefully this leads to a choice between MS Windows and Ubuntu when choosing any product."
Red Hat Software

+ - Fedora 7 Released!

Submitted by Vertana
Vertana (666) writes "After being developed for 6 months, the Fedora Project today has released the 7th release of Fedora (formerly Fedora Core). New in this release are Fast User Switching, the merging of the repositories (Core and Extras are now all in Core), faster package management, as well as more robust hardware detection. Read more about it here."
Red Hat Software

+ - Fedora 7 Released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Fedora 7 has been released and represents the culmination of several goals that Fedora has spent the last few releases (spanning the course of at least 2 years) working to achieve. This release includes significant new versions of many key components and technologies such as KDE 3.5.6, GNOME 2.18, Xorg 7.3 and Linux Kernel 2.6.21."
Red Hat Software

+ - Fedora 7 released

Submitted by Lt.Hawkins
Lt.Hawkins (17467) writes "Fedora 7 was released minutes ago. This new release combines Rawhide and Fedore Core, and makes custom spins much easier. There are now also Live CDs for various platforms."
Red Hat Software

+ - Fedora 7 released

Submitted by fedoraman
fedoraman (666) writes "Fedora 7 has been released! With Xorg 7.3, KDE 3.5.6, GNOME 2.18, and version 2.6.21 of the Linux kernel Fedora 7 comes with all the latest and greatest open source desktop software. Fedora 7 drops the traditional "Core" nomenclature, since it includes both the Core and Extra components by default. Fedora 7 is also the first release to be constructed with Fedora's revolutionary new build system, which is designed to improve the ease of developing derivatives and Fedora-based software appliances. As usual, extensive documentation and release notes are available. Torrents are also available and ISO images can be downloaded from mirrors around the world."
Mozilla

+ - Firefox 3 0.5a to be Released Tomorrow

Submitted by
dteichman2
dteichman2 writes "According to the Firefox 3 Schedule (page down at time of writing, Google cache), the code was frozen last night and the official release announcement for Gran Paradiso alpha 5 will take place tomorrow. Of course, since the code's frozen, it's all ready to go for you bleeding-edgers (Mozilla pub FTP). At first glance, it seems relatively stable... just don't click an extension link twice."
Biotech

+ - Merck to Halt Lobbying for Vaccine for Girls

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "Reacting to a furor from some parents, advocacy groups and public health experts, Merck said yesterday that it would stop lobbying state legislatures to require the use of its new cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, which acts against strains of the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus. The $400 3-shot regimen was approved by the FDA in June. Later that month, a federal advisory panel recommended that females 11-26 years old be vaccinated. The governor of Texas has already signed an executive order making its use mandatory for schoolgirls."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Is Coal (Yes, Coal) the Next Hot Technology?

Submitted by nlseaver
nlseaver (1066860) writes "From a greenhouse gas perspective, coal is one of our dirtiest sources of energy. It's also widely available and cheap, and so it will continue to be a critical source of energy in the twenty-first century. Despite hopes for "clean coal" technology, no clear solution has emerged. Furthermore, because no policy framework (like a carbon tax or incentives to invest in clean technology) yet exists, coal companies are putting into place long-lived "dirty" coal facilities. As the article states: "Within the next few years, power companies are planning to build about 150 coal plants to meet growing electricity demands. Despite expectations that global warming rules are coming, almost none of the plants will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide that burning coal spews into the atmosphere." http://select.nytimes.com/mem/tnt.html?emc=tnt&tnt get=2007/02/21/business/21coal.html&tntemail1=y"

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