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Comment: Re:also battery life after 2-3 years will start to (Score 1) 285

by ericlondaits (#47503527) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Mi original iPad is having his 4th birthday in 4 weeks.

The bad:
- It's not compatible with iOS 6 or 7.
- It has problems with very JS-heavy websites (mostly those filled with Facebook and Twitter buttons that run in their own iframe and display number of likes and that kind of thing) which make it crash due to lack of RAM. Saner sites (such as Slashdot) work perfectly.

The good:
- It still works perfectly for reading books and comics, which I bought it for, music apps, playing videos, Facebook and Twitter etc. I haven't run across many non-compatible apps... mostly modern 3D games.
- I assume the battery life has gone down, but to me it's not noticeable.

And I believe the iPad 2 will last longer, because it was a big jump in terms of CPU and RAM and can still run the latest iOS.

Comment: Re:Time Management (Score 2) 198

by ericlondaits (#44597461) Attached to: The Decline of '20% Time' at Google

What time management methodology are you using? I use the Pomodoro Technique, but am willing to try something new. As a freelancer I fight against not being efficient with my time every day, and pay the consequences myself. Whenever I visit corporate clients I'm appalled at how they waste precious man hours.

Comment: Re:Of course... (Score 1) 361

by ericlondaits (#44380063) Attached to: Study Questions H-1B Policies

I'm from Argentina, a country that has a lot of developers working in the US for top tier companies, I live there as well.

Let me tell you... people stay or leave in my country depending on our own economic situation, future outlook, and willingness to expatriate. If the US lowered the number of visas people here would instead leave for Europe (most likely Spain, Germany or the UK for programmers), or Mexico, or Brazil, and the choice would depend more on cultural preferences than on anything else.

Also, many people working abroad eventually return and share their experience with locals. The mindset of someone willing to leave and never return is quite particular, and it's probably impossible to keep those in.

Comment: WI FI might be hard to find... (Score 1) 273

I've been around Europe last april (Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brugues) and had a much harder time than I expected finding WiFi. I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and there's WiFi almost everywhere here... most bars and cafes have it, shopping malls have it, etc. In Europe there were Wi Fi connections everywhere, but very very few of them were public. Some belonged to phone / internet providers and were available for their customers only. McDonald's and Starbucks are the places that most often guarantee connectivity and a socket to plug your laptop... however I once had a problem trying to work from a McD because they blocked all internet ports except 80 (no FTP, no SSH, I couldn't even access my hosting provider's control panel, which is HTTP but runs at a custom port). I promised myself to get some sort of prepaid data plan next time I'm in Europe because otherwise you have to search a lot for internet access.

... The problem is, I've been told, most europeans already have a phone with an internet connection, so they have little use for Wi Fi outside of their homes. So they're not getting better coverage, but probably less as time goes by.


+ - Sprint, SoftBank to U.S. Congress: "We won't use Chinese equipment for our netwo->

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An anonymous reader writes ""Sprint and Japanese-owned SoftBank are currently undergoing regulatory approval for the merger of the two telecom giants. However, amidst growing concerns in Washington over Chinese hacking of US information systems, the House intelligence committee has raised concerns over the use of network equipment manufactured by China based companies Huawei and ZTE. Currently Sprint’s Wi-Max network, operated by Clearwire, uses Huawei equipment which the House believes could pose a potential security threat if continued to be used for network expansion or operation. However, it appears that both Sprint and SoftBank are taking these concerns seriously, as according to a report by The Verge, both companies have vowed to not use any Chinese equipment in their network infrastructure. Furthermore, Sprint has gone on further to promise to replace existing Huawei equipment in an effort to show good faith to the regulatory bodies." ( zu)"
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+ - Microsoft Mulling Smaller Windows 8 Tablets->

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Microsoft might want a piece of the mini-tablet market. The company lowered the minimum screen resolution for Windows 8 tablets, from 1,366 x 768 pixels to 1024 x 768 pixels. “This doesn’t imply that we’re encouraging partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution,” it wrote in an accompanying newsletter. “We understand that partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful.” As pointed out by ZDNet’s Ed Bott—cited by other publications as the journalist who first noticed the altered guidelines—that lowered resolution “would allow manufacturers to introduce devices that are in line with the resolutions of the iPad Mini (1024 x 768) and the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 (both 1280 x 800).” Whatever the contours of the smaller-tablet market, it’s certainly popular enough to tantalize any potential competitor. But if Microsoft plunges in, it will face the same challenges that confronted it in the larger-tablet arena: lots of solid competitors, and not a whole lot of time to make a winning impression. There are also not-inconsiderable hardware challenges to overcome, including processor selection and engineering for optimal battery life."
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+ - A Computer Inside a Cell ->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "For the first time, synthetic biologists have created a genetic device that mimics one of the widgets on which all of modern electronics is based, the three-terminal transistor. Like standard electronic transistors, the new biological transistor is expected to work in many different biological circuit designs. Together with other advances in crafting genetic circuitry, that should make it easier for scientists to program cells to do everything from monitor pollutants and the progression of disease to turning on the output of medicines and biofuels."
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+ - PostgreSQL Repositories Locked Down as Security Vulnerability Gets Fixed->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "PostgreSQL database has a ‘sufficiently bad’ security vulnerability because of which its developers have announced that they have locked down access to database’s repositories while they are fixing the issue. Developers have also revealed that the lock down is only temporary and during this phase committers will have access to the repositories. The reason for the lockdown is to ensure that malicious users don’t work out an exploit by monitoring the changes to the source code while it is being implemented to fix the flaw. The lockdown is definitely an exceptional one and the core committee has announced that they "apologize in advance for any disruption" adding that "It seems necessary in this instance, however"."
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+ - Iran's Oil Industry Hit By Cyber Attacks->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Iran disconnected computer systems at a number of its oil facilities in response to a cyber attack that hit multiple industry targets during the weekend.

A source at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) reportedly told Reuters that a virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island oil terminal, which handles the majority of Iran’s crude oil exports. In addition, computer systems at Iran’s Oil Ministry and its national oil company were hit.

Oil Ministry spokesman Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar told Mehr News Agency on Monday that the attack had not caused significant damage and the worm had been detected before it could infect systems.

There has been no word on the details of the malware found, but computer systems controlling several of Iran's oil facilities were disconnected from the Internet as a precaution.

Oil Ministry spokesman Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar told Mehr News Agency on Monday that the attack had not caused significant damage and the worm had been detected before it could infect systems."

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+ - Google puts its Lobby Hat on->

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Fluffeh writes "Google has been spending big on lobbying this year, a 240% increase on last year in fact. From January to March of this year, Google spent over $5 million on lobbying, nearly matching its entire 2010 lobbying budget of $5.2 million. Comparing this same rate with 2011 figures, Google would outspend the entire tobacco industry ($17.07 million), the combined spending of JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup ($18.67 million), but would be just barely behind the combined budgets of pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck ($20.685 million). For comparison, Apple spent only $500,000 for the same 2012 quarter; Microsoft spent $1.79 million. While some of this has been to get out of trouble with things like that pesky wifi sniffing debarcle, a good part ($4 Million) has been to assist with quashing SOPA and PIPA."
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+ - American Airlines decides not to run antivaccination interview

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The Bad Astronomer writes "Over the weekend, news got out that American Airlines was going to run an interview with Meryl Dorey, the head the infamous antivaccination group Australian Vaccination Network. The interview was slated to be both printed in their in-flight magazine and an audio version run on their in-flight TVs. Twitter lit up, an online petition was organized, and within hours AA tweeted that the interview would be completely pulled. This once again shows that companies must be — and more importantly, can be — held accountable for what they do, and that the online community has substantial influence."

Comment: Re:What is the issue? (Score 1) 319

by ericlondaits (#33098896) Attached to: Broadway Musicians Replaced With Synthesizers

As an argentine actor (working in independent theater, not commercial) I'm surprised by your comments. Here in Argentina musical theater is a very popular form which goes far beyond "teatro de revista"... both through or own productions (Dracula, El Jorobado de Notre Damme, etc.) as well as excelent local adaptations of foreign plays (Les Miserables, Chicago, Hedwigg and the angry inch, etc.) performed by some of our most talented singer/actors... ... and just as well american and british have excelent "serious theater" actors, plays and playwrights. Heard of David Mamet? Tennessee Williams? Lee Strasberg's actors studio?

Also, I think you're too quick to dismiss wonderful musicals such as The Lion King, Mel Brooks' The Producers or Avenue Q... which might not rate as high as Moliere or Shakespeare... but what does?

Comment: Re:100,000 preregistered? (Score 1) 273

The content could be linked directly by IP or using an international domain... it doesn't need to be in a .com. And making a rule such as "no site hosted on a .com domain can link to adult/porn material unless said material is hosted in a .xxx domain" would be almost impossible, starting with the difficulty it would pose to Google/Bing Images and similar sites.

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