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Comment: Re:Finally! An interesting question. (Score 1) 153

by chelberg (#40072281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Temporary Backup Pouch?

bzip is better than gzip if space is at a premium. There are even multi-core versions of bzip2 that are very efficient. You could also look at p7zip. If you want a really efficient compressor, try nanozip as well, although its page says it is still experimental, but it seems to be at the top of several compression benchmarks.

Businesses

+ - An open alternative to Kickstarter->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Crowd-funding website Crowdtilt officially launched last week, expanding upon the collective fundraising model pioneered by Kickstarter to enable raising money for any project — even a beer blitz. Like Kickstarter, Crowdtilt allows users to create a fundraising campaign with a tipping point. If the effort falls short of the set amount, would-be donors are not charged. However, unlike Kickstarter, the platform allows users to "group fund anything." Users can initiate campaigns without first getting the approval of service administrators, which they must do on Kickstarter."
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+ - Making a tablet run only one application. 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm working for a medical centre who want to make a tablet with various videos and webpages about smoking cessation available in their waiting room. The tablet can't access the internet because of security policies. I'm planning to use a local server with copies of the (creative commons) videos and pages accessed through local webpages using the tablet's browser. How can I make only the browser be available to the tablet users? Ideas? Suggestions?"

+ - Researchers Discover Serious Flaw in Android's App->

Submitted by Pierre Bezukhov
Pierre Bezukhov (1866830) writes "Researchers led by North Carolina State associate professor Xuxian Jiang have discovered a serious flaw in the Android OS's approach to app security.

They found that some pre-loaded apps and features from Android device manufacturers could be exploited by hackers.

Jiang's study characterize the vulnerability as a "classic confused deputy attack," in which one app (virus) tricks another (legitimate) app or feature into leaking information or capabilities it has permission to access.

The breach of some of these permissions could allow hackers to "wipe out the user data on the phones, send out SMS messages (e.g., to premium numbers), record user conversation, or obtain user geo-locations," the study stated."

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+ - Watch The Darkest Hour Online->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Darkest Hour is an upcoming 3D science-fiction film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov. The American-based production depicts an alien invasion in Russia"
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Microsoft

+ - LoveFilm Switches to Silverlight only->

Submitted by FyRE666
FyRE666 (263011) writes "I've just received an email telling me my LoveFilm streaming service is switching to Silverlight only in the next few weeks. (LoveFilm is the Equivalent of Netflix in the US.) This means no more streaming on Linux, or any device that is not compatible with Silverlight. LoveFilm claims they require the extra security that Silverlight offers, over the current Flash system that works everywhere, oh, and that the movie studios demanded it. It'll be interesting to see how popular this change is, especially since Silverlight is even less stable than Flash on my PCs, and uses more CPU. So it's goodbye to LoveFilm from me!"
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Robotics

+ - Romotive Turns Your Smartphone Into A Robot->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "How awesome is Romo the Smartphone Robot? Without knowing anything about it, you simply have to look at the robot’s Kickstarter page. The pledge goal was $32,000. The robot has raised $114,796.
I’d say these guys are on to something. They’ve built a robotics platform that uses a smartphone for a brain to control a mobile, two-track base. Just attach your smartphone to the base, plug a cord into the earphone jack, download the apps, and using another smartphone, iPad, or computer to control it – you’ve got a robot!"

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Microsoft

+ - Is Microsoft Office coming to Apple's iPad?->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "According to some unnamed sources of the Daily writer Matt Hickey, Microsoft is prepping iPad-versions of its Office suite of software. "With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash.," Hickey wrote in his report. "In addition to an iPad-ready version, a new edition of Office is expected for OS X Lion sometime next year." Currently, Apple has a few Office-like productivity apps of its own, with its iWork suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) on the Mac, iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. If Microsoft were to challenge iWork on the iPad (and maybe even iPhone) with Office, apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint could go head-to-head with Apple's own productivity apps."
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Youtube

+ - My Videos On The Internet->

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melkitcedek
melkitcedek writes "YouTube is trying a new formula in order to attract potential new payable videos. To do so, there is a new process called; MONETISE YOUR VIVDEOS. This is new but the catch is; IF YOU APPLY YOUR VIDEOS TO MONETISE AND THE VIDEO IS REJECTED FOR SUCH, YOU MAY LOOSE YOUR VIDEO IN THE PROCESS FOR COPYRIGHT REASON.

IN MY VIEW, IT IS HYPOCRITE AND LOW FOR YouTube to make a buck out of people's videos and cleaning their systems in the process.

Also, YouTube is doing what I call; THE PRE CHRISTMAS cleanup time by copyright and deleting videos that otherwise were accepted by them and making money with advertising and accusing users to infringe copyrights. Even with videos that has been accumulating over a million viewers. That is really not fare for people and their is nothing people can do about it."

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+ - Permafrost loss greater threat than deforestation?->

Submitted by Pierre Bezukhov
Pierre Bezukhov (1866830) writes "Emissions from thawing permafrost may contribute more to global warming than deforestation this century, according to a commentary in the journal Nature.

Arctic warming of 7.5 degrees Celsius (13.5 degrees Fahrenheit) this century may unlock the equivalent of 380 billion tons of carbon dioxide as soils thaw, allowing carbon to escape as CO2 and methane, University of Florida and University of Alaska biologists wrote today in Nature. Two degrees of warming would release a third of that, they said.

The Arctic is an important harbinger of climate change because the United Nations calculates it’s warming at almost twice the average rate for the planet. The study adds to pressure on United Nations climate treaty negotiators from more than 190 countries attending two weeks of talks in Durban, South Africa that began Nov. 28."

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