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Piracy

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns 80

Posted by timothy
from the there-and-back-again dept.
First time accepted submitter AudioEfex (637163) writes "Demonoid has emailed all registered users that it is back online — at its original site — in a new "cloud based" back-end. There have been various attempts in the past (including one accused of simply being malware), but so far this appears to be the original site admins and a legitimate resurrection. User registrations are also open at this time, but as a semi-private tracker, it's unknown how long that will continue."
Data Storage

Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs 261

Posted by Soulskill
from the mourn-the-spinning-platters dept.
jones_supa writes "'We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,' said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during a conversation with X-bit labs. The mainstream market demand is expected shift to different products, such as hybrid drives. Users who need maximum performance and care about battery life have been choosing notebooks with SSDs for years now, whereas those who required capacity and moderate price do not really care about actual performance. With the introduction of third-generation solid-state hybrid drives later this year, Seagate will position them for performance- and capacity-demanding end-users. The company will also continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks."

Comment: Re:fujitsu scansnap (Score 1) 371

by dimension6 (#35995268) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?
Wow...I thought I was the only one who did this. I follow the exact same method, with the ScanSnap, and have probably scanned in 2000-3000 pages by now. The only annoyances are having to remove staples and scanning in irregularly-shaped receipts (like the 5-page long ones from Radio Shack). I scan in everything that I don't have a digital copy of, and then trash it. As for the digitization, I just throw everything into a .pdf and OCR it using Acrobat Standard (the ClearScan OCR feature works better than anything else I've found, and works with multiple languages). Two full years of hi-res scanned documents take up around 200MB.
Networking

Internet Routing, Looming Disaster? 109

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the fear-the-packets dept.
wiredmikey writes "The Internet's leading architects have considered the rapid growth and fragmentation of core routing tables one of the most significant threats to the long-term stability and scalability of the Internet. In April 2010, about 15% of the world's Internet traffic was hijacked by a set of servers owned by China Telecom. In the technical world, this is typically called a prefix hijack, and it happened due to a couple of wrong tweaks made at China Telecom. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown, but such routing accidents are all too common online. While BGP is the de-facto protocol for inter-domain routing on the Internet, actual routing occurs without checking whether the originator of the route is authorized to do so. The global routing system itself is made up of autonomous systems (AS) which are simply loosely interconnected routing domains. Each autonomous system decides, unilaterally, and even arbitrarily, to trust everything it hears from any other AS, to use that information without validation, and to further transmit that information to its other peers..."

Comment: Try Japan (Score 1) 240

by dimension6 (#32266474) Attached to: iPhone 4 Beta Shows AT&T Tethering
Softbank over here has absolutely no tethering plans and has no plans to ever enable tethering on the iPhone. I'm surprised that Japanese are so willing to pour money into mobile data devices, as the iPhone is the "second phone" for most people (everyone still keeps their original Japanese flip-phone and data plan because the iPhone lacks nearly all standard Japanese features). Furthermore, Softbank actively disallows all non-Softbank iPhones from being used on the iPhone data plan by keeping track of each unit's IMEI.

On Apple's side, why is it so difficult to switch between countries in the App Store? It can only be done on the PC, and requires me to enter a credit card for each country every single time I switch the iTunes country. This makes keeping Apps updated from the Japan and US stores incredibly difficult.

As soon as the new Android models are released here (or possibly WinMo 7), I'll be switching away from the iPhone mess.

Comment: Re:Sanyo Fail (Score 1) 494

by dimension6 (#30819092) Attached to: The Year of the E-Bicycle
The Sanyo Eneloop bike is an exception. Nearly all electric hybrid bikes here in Japan indeed drive through the chain, with pedal assist (no throttle). I've been heavily riding my folding Panasonic hybrid electric bike for over two years now, and it's worked almost flawlessly. I replaced the battery once, which was around $300 (though the old battery still holds a decent charge). One issue with the electric assist bikes here in Japan is the fact that the law prohibits any assistance over 20kph. The assistance fades out over this point. For most city riding, it's fine, but for some open areas, I wanted more speed so I had the rear wheel rebuilt with the SRAM DualDrive internally-geared hub. This simple (or complex!) re-gearing increased the assisted top speed to just under 30kph, which is about as fast as I would want to go with the thing. It's still not as fast as my non-electric Dahon Jetstream XP, but it sure is great for hauling stuff (I have no car, so nearly all shopping is done via bike).

Comment: Re:iTunes + Airport Express (Score 1) 438

by dimension6 (#30019178) Attached to: Simple, Cost-Effective, Multiroom Audio?
I've been doing this at home for a couple years, and it works quite well (the audio stream is also lossless, I believe). I want to mention a couple things.

I know the OP wanted to avoid buying separate amps for each room. I use a pair of compact Fostex powered studio monitors in the bedroom that sound great and plug directly into the Airport Express. This might be an option (although each speaker needs to be individually switched on).

One other consideration relates to interference in the 2.4Ghz wireless band. If you have things like cordless phones and microwave ovens operating, the sound can and will cut out occasionally. Therefore, you may want to look into using the 5.0Ghz A/N band for streaming audio to get the most reliability. However, the 5Ghz band doesn't offer the same range as the 2.4Ghz band, so you'll have to make a decision there.

Comment: Re:Did Tokyo lose because of this as well? (Score 3, Informative) 1040

by dimension6 (#29628391) Attached to: Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?
Really? I've been living in Japan for two years now (I'm a US citizen), and I absolutely dread going back to the States. Arriving in the US feels like a madhouse by comparison. As a Japanese multiple-exit visa holder (most long-term residents have this), I have a separate line at immigration that usually has no line. There is the fingerprinting and photo (which was a point of contention with the American Chamber of Commerce, I remember), but I've never been asked any background questions on any of my 10+ entries into the country. The entire process takes no more than 5 minutes as opposed to the hour-plus ordeal that I face at any US international entry point. You don't have to remove your shoes, and at least for domestic flights, it's no problem to bring a bottle of liquid (tea, etc.) right through security).
Communications

Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, But Noisy 336

Posted by timothy
from the here's-yer-firehose dept.
bonch writes "Reviews of Google Wave are out, and opinions are that it has potential as a development platform but is noisy to use for real-time communication. Robert Scoble calls it overhyped, claiming it's useful for little more than personal IM or small-scale project collaboration. He complains about the noisiness of tracking dozens of people chatting him at once in real-time and calls trying to use it a 'productivity killer' compared to simpler mediums like email and Twitter."
Displays

The World's First Four-Screen Laptop 134

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the four-is-better-right dept.
Barence writes "Intel has stunned visitors at IDF by showing off the world's first four-screen laptop. The oddly-named 'Tangent Bay' has three miniature touchscreens set horizontally into the case below the main, full-sized panel. It is a fully functional prototype: delegates were able to scroll photos around the touchscreens by swiping with a finger. The idea smacked a little too much of the ill-fated Vista SideShow." Seems strange that they would put the screens above the keyboard. I think embedding an iPhone type touchscreen in place of the trackpad would be a far more useful thing.

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