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Comment: Terahertz radar (Score 3, Interesting) 46

Low-cost terahertz radar imaging is going to be very useful in handheld devices. You really can see a short distance into many materials. Great for seeing pipes and electrical wiring in walls. The day will come when that's a standard tool one buys at Home Depot.

Until that's working, a cooled IR imager would be useful. Those are great for finding heat leaks in houses, but currently cost too much.

Comment: Re:What about baseball? (Score 1) 125

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48031523) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Uh, perhaps because the two parties in question here are the FCC and the NFL?
If I read about a lawsuit surrounding Toyota recalls, I don't expect to find Chevrolet in the discussion just because they are also an automaker.

But in your hypothetical case you also wouldn't expect the story to refer to all "automotive" recalls - you'd expect it to say "Toyota".

The lede from this story says "Today the Federal Communications Commission eliminated its sport blackout rules, which prevented cable and satellite television providers from showing sporting events that were blacked out on a local station". But the FCC hasn't eliminated all blackout rules... only the ones specifically pertinent to the NFL.

Comment: What about baseball? (Score 4, Interesting) 125

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48029829) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Major League Baseball has one of the most draconian and bizarre blackout policies even conceived - and it's not mentioned in that document at all. So I am wondering how a ruling about the NFL's policies is being interpreted as "FCC rejects blackout rules".

Oh, and MLB also has an exemption from the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Comment: Re:Will it run Linux? (Score 5, Informative) 178

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48029035) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
That's not the issue: Since virtually all (x86) systems built later than 2010 are 64-bit, the expected case is 64 bit UEFI. Contemporary linux distributions don't even bat an eye at booting on a 64-bit system with 64-bit UEFI (well, there are a lot of ugly details under the surface, probably enough to keep several devs more or less permanently alcoholic; but the user doesn't need to see that).

However, there are a few edge cases that really haven't gotten enough attention and/or love to smooth them over: Apple has some older models with 32-bit EFI, and 64-bit CPUs, that are a bit weird, and there was a period where MS/Intel was using 32-bit Atom processors, with UEFI and no BIOS fallback, in order to hit aggressive price points for 'win-tablet' systems. These are a huge pain to boot to anything except the OS they were designed for; because distributions with good UEFI support almost always expect 64-bit CPUs, and 32-bit distros almost always expect BIOS booting.

There may be others; but the 'clover trail' based hardware that uses Z2760 or similar atom processors is what I'm talking about.

Comment: Re:How does it handle Pinterest? (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48028413) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
The laptops are based on the Celeron N2840, with 2GB of RAM. I can't seem to find much in the way of benchmarks; but I suspect that they are surprisingly adequate. What is a bit surprising is that the the N2840 has a quoted tray price of $107, so either Intel is cutting HP one hell of a deal, or I don't even want to know what HP cobbled the rest of the system together from...

Comment: Re:Will it run Linux? (Score 5, Informative) 178

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48028271) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I would be interested, if I didn't have to run Windows on it.

You might want to be a bit careful, some of the ultra-cheap Windows devices are UEFI only; but 32 bit, which freaks most Linux installers out; but these are not Windows RT machines, so they will not be cryptographically locked out.

Time, and experimentation, will tell how good compatibility actually is; but it should be markedly easier than any Windows RT device, and honestly quite probably easier than doing a Linux port to a lot of common Android devices(yes, bodging a headless debian userland or something onto an Android system is easy; but getting X, using a mainline kernel, or not using bionic, less so...)

Communications

LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers 149

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-yell-really-loud dept.
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from MIT's Technology Review: A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to "talk" directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. ... Researchers are, for example, testing LTE Direct as a way to allow smartphones to automatically discover nearby people, businesses, and other information.

Comment: The illusion of security (Score 2) 66

by Animats (#48024919) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

OK, so now you're encrypted from user to Cloudflare, in plaintext within Clouflare, and possibly in plaintext from Cloudflare to the destination site. That's more an illusion of security than real security. Even worse, if they have an SSL cert for your domain, they can impersonate you. Worst case, they have some cheezy cert with a huge number of unrelated domains, all of which can now impersonate each other.

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