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Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 328

That's exactly what I was thinking. If they ask for a fingerprint to unlock the phone just ask them "which one?". If the device will fail back to a passcode after a few failures then you just have to hope they don't get lucky. Maybe pick a finger for unlocking the phone that's not obvious (i.e. not index or thumb) or "misunderstand" which one they asked for if they get lucky and use a different one instead. Oops!

Comment Re:The PC is Dying (Score 1) 622

A high end CAD workstation today is simply a PC with a powerful CPU and high-end gaming card + different firmware and extra graphics memory. Once the high-end PC gaming cards and the high-end PC CPU's disappear, CAD workstations will need to find something else to build on.

Or, they'll just go back to what they were before PCs became powerful enough to use -- specially-built workstations that cost an arm and a leg. If the aerospace industry needs them badly enough, they'll pay whatever it takes. I remember the days when graphics cards for CAD workstations cost well over $10k.

Comment Re:Maybe Apple should make a smaller one? (Score 2) 258

Yeah, so the military should stop using weapons because that's what the other guy knows they're going to do?

There will always be a market for a company that caters to the high end of the market as long as they have appropriate products for that market segment. Sometimes even when that market is very, very small (i.e. Rolex, Ferrari) but you can still be very profitable.

Comment Re:Understand academics and money (Score 5, Insightful) 695

On the other hand, if you *do* have tenure, you could make a huge reputation for yourself and could get a job anywhere you wanted if you could prove that climate change was false. And if you can't get a grant from one of the government sources, there are plenty of fossil fuel industry and conservative think tanks that would gladly fund your research.

Comment Re:What about non-widescreen laptops? (Score 1) 666

I realize that shiny sells, but I still don't understand why I can't buy a 4:3 laptop these days. Everyone I talk to says he'd prefer one to the current wide-screen offering. Do people really only use computers for watching movies?

I just bought a new HP ProBook with 1366x768 resolution, but at least it has a matte screen.

Probably because none of the LCD manufacturers aren't making very many 4:3 LCDs any more. Now that TVs and computers are using basically the same LCD panels we can get them pretty cheaply, but only as long as you have that enormous economy of scale that dual-purpose gets you. If you want 4:3, there isn't nearly as much demand so the unit costs will end up a lot higher.

Comment Re:Lets see: (Score 1) 750

Let's see:

In a year and a half, Obama/Pelosi/Reid have increased the deficit by more than what Bush/Hastert/Pelosi/Reid were able to do in 8 years.

Actually, it was the last Bush budget (FY 2009) that exploded the deficit. That year's budget deficit was 1.4 trillion. In the FY 2010 budget (Obama's first budget) it's down to 1.3 trillion.


Small Nuclear Power Plants To Dot the Arctic Circle 255

Vincent West writes with news of a Russian project currently underway to populate the Arctic Circle with 70-megawatt, floating nuclear power plants. Russia has been planning these nuclear plants for quite some time, with construction beginning on the prototype in 2007. It's due to be finished next year, and an agreement was reached in February to build four more. According to the Guardian: "The 70-megawatt plants, each of which would consist of two reactors on board giant steel platforms, would provide power to Gazprom, the oil firm which is also Russia's biggest company. It would allow Gazprom to power drills needed to exploit some of the remotest oil and gas fields in the world in the Barents and Kara seas. The self-propelled vessels would store their own waste and fuel and would need to be serviced only once every 12 to 14 years."

Submission + - Demonoid.com Down For 2 This Year (wired.com)

anon-e-mus writes: Well, it looks like Demonoid, one of the most popular torrent tracking sites, has gotten handed yet another bill of bad luck...now if you go to Demonoid.com there is a simple and to the point message: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding." I guess the question now is will demonoid be back ever again and, if not, what does this mean for the smaller torrent trackers?

Feed Science Daily: Seaweed Transformed Into Stem Cell Technology (sciencedaily.com)

Engineers have transformed a polymer found in common brown seaweed into a device that can support the growth and release of stem cells at the sight of a bodily injury or at the source of a disease. The findings mark an important step in efforts to develop new medical therapies using stem cells.

Feed Engadget: Zune round-up: unboxing gallery, leaked units locked 'till launch, and customiza (engadget.com)

Filed under: Portable Audio, Portable Video

Ahead of the official launch of the updated Zune range on Tuesday, there's been a deluge of new information about the device and its new features. First up we have the inevitable unboxing photos, although there's an interesting surprise in store if you manage to get one before the official availability date: Microsoft has required that you go to a website to "activate" your new Zune, and that website ain't up yet. Bummer. If you do manage to pick one up before Tuesday like these unboxers, you can look forward to a $25 gift card with your purchase at Target. We're getting to like this Zune + discount habit.

There's also rumors that Microsoft is planning to enable online purchasers of the Zune 80 to choose different case colors and four lines of text engraving. That's unconfirmed for now, but pretty good news if true. Microsoft kinda messed up the coloring deal last time around. Also, and straight from the horse's mouth, comes the news that the Zune's software won't require you to delete all your music if you want to sync to a second computer. How nice of them.

Read - Zune 80 customizable casing? (ZuneScene) [Thanks, Kevin P. and Michael]
Read - Zune v2 features rundown (ZuneBoards) [Thanks, Mike]
Read - $25 gift card with Zune purchase [Thanks, Ryan]

[Thanks to Ed S. for the unboxing photos]

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Comment Re:MAS90 made by MS? I think not. (Score 1) 353

MAS90, MAS200, and MAS500 are made by Best Software (formerly Sage Software, though originally Best Software).

Actually, it was originally made by State of the Art Software, who was bought by Sage software (a UK company), who then also bought Best Software and decided to use the Best name for their US operations.

Not that I expect anyone to care...

People are always available for work in the past tense.