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Comment: Re:convenience over quality (Score 1) 360

by erko (#38293012) Attached to: Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions
I'm not going to claim the numbers for this are high, but here's what I do:

Plug monitor cable from linux (or windows or you're evil) into LCD TV.
Plug sound cable into TV
Watch computer on TV

Our home computer is a linux desktop that has two video outputs. We can use both the monitor and TV, but one mouse for now. We plug/unplug the audio wire (that goes to the TV) from the desktop speaker to change where the audio goes -- I suppose that part could be better.
It's not hard (same 2 cables) to connect laptops to the TV.
Businesses

Chase Bank May Drop Support of Chrome, Opera 398

Posted by kdawson
from the chasing-last-century's-technology dept.
mwandaw writes "Banking giant JPMorgan Chase may drop support of some popular browsers because they do not 'all offer the minimum levels of security that we require while others may not perform well with our site.' After July 18 you may not be able to access the website with a browser that they do not support. The list of browsers they currently support seems outdated: Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher, Firefox 2.0 and higher, and Safari 3.0 and higher (for Macs only). With usage of IE6 plummeting and concerns about its security well known, the inclusion of that browser seems suspect. On the other extreme, rising star Chrome appears to be left out, too. What does Google think of that?"
Medicine

Research Suggests Brain Has a 2-Task Limit for Multitasking 257

Posted by timothy
from the typing-sleeping-being-hungry-so-there dept.
suraj.sun writes with a story from LiveScience about just how much attention you can devote to each of the tasks on hand that scream for it: "The brain is set up to manage two tasks, but not more, a new study suggests. That's because, when faced with two tasks, a part of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex (MFC) divides so that half of the region focuses on one task and the other half on the other task. This division of labor allows a person to keep track of two tasks pretty readily, but if you throw in a third, things get a bit muddled. 'What really the results show is that we can readily divide tasking. We can cook, and at the same time talk on the phone, and switch back and forth between these two activities,' said study researcher Etienne Koechlin of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. 'However, we cannot multitask with more than two tasks.'"
Intel

Intel and Nokia Provide First MeeGo Release 115

Posted by kdawson
from the you-go-too dept.
wehe writes "The first fruit of the cooperation between Intel and Nokia is available: the first release of MeeGo. MeeGo is a merge of the former Maemo and Moblin Linux distros. What is available now is 'The MeeGo distribution infrastructure and the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The MeeGo architecture is based on a common core across the different usage models, such as netbooks, handheld, in-vehicle, and connected TV.' The images available now for download are suitable for Intel Atom-based netbooks, ARM-based Nokia N900, and Intel Atom-based handset (Moorestown). RPM repositories as well as git source repositories are there for download, too."
Handhelds

Apple iPad Reviewed 443

Posted by samzenpus
from the under-the-hood dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "Since the iPad's initial introduction back in January, many of us still wonder why we should drop hundreds of dollars for what is termed as a large iPod. Missing features like support for multitasking, a built-in camera for video chats, and Flash support in Safari only add to the dilemma. However, a recently published review of the iPad starts to clear up these doubts. To begin with, the iPad is packing some real quality gear under the hood. Even though the in-house-designed 1GHz A4 chip got little official comment from Apple, the touch screen's instantaneous responses prove that it is outstandingly fast. Furthermore, the iPad runs iPhone OS 3.2, and is currently the only device that runs this version of the operating system. iPad's graphics capabilities come from a PowerVR SGX GPU, similar to the one found in the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch. It can render about 28 million polygons/second, which is more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon found in devices like the HTC HD2. Also, iPad's extraordinary battery life is not just a myth. According to the lab tests, the battery netted a respectable 9 hours and 25 minutes, very close to Apple's claims of 10 hours."

Comment: Re:Not social networking... (Score 1) 294

by erko (#31449054) Attached to: William Shatner Takes On Social Networking

Myouterspace.com is, in the captain's own words, '... a Sci Fi Social Network for those with a passion for the arts.'

But that is exactly why it won't catch on. The reason why Facebook is so popular is because -everyone- can use it.

Originally not many people could use facebook -- it was only for people in college. There's no reason why Shatner's site couldn't include more people later, but honestly, (and as other people have already said) I don't think they needs to include everyone to be successful.

Communications

Why PyCon 2010's Conference Wi-Fi Didn't Melt Down 145

Posted by kdawson
from the five-point-two-is-where-it's-at dept.
jafo writes "There's been a lot of teeth gnashing going on recently about broken wireless at conferences. We just wrapped up PyCon 2010, with around 600 (out of 1,000) attendees simultaneously accessing the volunteer-run network, and response has been fairly positive. 2.4GHz (802.11b/g) continues to be problematic, but most users were on 5.2GHz (using 802.11n) and associating at 130mbps, with a 100mbps link to the net (though after the fact we found that 35mbps would have sufficed). My PyCon 2010 wrap-up reveals all the secrets of how we did it, including pretty bandwidth and user graphs."

There is no distinction between any AI program and some existent game.

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