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Comment Re:I'm usually behind the EFF on everything (Score 1) 232

One thing that has been a major point is in the the Transgender/Drag community. Legal name changes take time and Transgendered people have to jump through hoops to get their name and gender changed legally. And in the case of the drag community, those names tend to be stage names.


Software Defined Smart Battery Arrays Extend Laptop Life 40

An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft research paper, titled 'Software Defined Batteries', outlines a radical charging alternative which uses a smart battery system to keep consumer-grade gadgets going for much longer than the current norm, by monitoring user habits. Making use of existing technologies, the engineers place multiple battery control under the duties of the operating system to create a software-defined approach optimized for different scenarios, such as word processing, email or video streaming.

Firefox 38 Arrives With DRM Required To Watch Netflix 371

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 38 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include Digital Rights Management (DRM) tech for playing protected content in the HTML5 video tag on Windows, Ruby annotation support, and improved user interfaces on Android. Firefox 38 for the desktop is available for download now on, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. As always, the Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play. Note that there is a separate download for Firefox 38 without the DRM support. Our anonymous reader adds links to the release notes for desktop and Android.

Comment voicemail to email (Score 1) 237

My Cell transcribes all voicemail to text, my work and home voicemail forward a wav to my email... This is imo a much more efficient way to handle voicemail, rather than seeing the 100 "as a valued westjet customer you are awarded 1000 reward points please press 1" and having to listen to each one and delete each one, I can see oh yeah, skip, skip, skip, oh I was waiting to hear from that guy, lets see what he has to say.

I log into my work voicemail once every 3-6 months to change the outgoing message to say i'm away... I usually have to change my voicemail password at that time too...

Email is a much better way to get a hold of people these days.

Comment Re:When the rocket is standing on the pad (Score 2) 67

in a word... Fairings -

The seagull poops on the fairings (if it's even able to get that far, i'm sure they have cannons, falcons, and a lot of other usual bird removal methods at a launchpad, probably more than your average airport), the bugs splatter against the fairings, the actual probe/vessel that was sterilized before putting it into the sealed fairing, will remain sterilized as long as the seals hold. they are removed long before they get to the destination and become space junk...

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 529

This also comes the very day we send fighters to Kuwait to fight ISIS... which has been known publicly for several weeks that this was coming today...

I'm not saying it's ISIS, but it could easily be some nutjob who supports them.

Comment Re:performance never measured in MHz (Score 1) 151

Actually, back in the 386/486 days... YES you did compare amd and intel by MHz... in FACT that was one of AMDs big sellers... Intel's fastest 386 ran at 33MHz, AMDs? 40 MHz..
486- Intel had 33Ghz, (66 and 100Mhz for DX2/DX4)
AMD had 40Ghz (80 and 120Mhz respectively)

they were famous for exploiting the MHz = speed myth... that was the first fall of AMD from grace following that, with the K5 and K6 processors, they wouldn't get back into the mainstream until the Athlon, which also competed on the MHz scale... (an Athlon 450 was roughly comparable to a P3 450...) with the added overclocking ability...

Comment Re:3D printing has too many problems (Score 3, Insightful) 32

That's actually my biggest complaint about 3d printing...

It's never going to replace injection molding for manufacturing. That will always be cheaper. where this comes in handy, is prototyping. which is what they were intended for from the beginning. you need to make a part, a one-off... it's great for that. if you need to make more than one... then other options are available. but to be honest making a SINGLE one-off part through injection molding? that'll take you more than 50-100 times more electricity of the 3d printer, because you'll need to make the mold, and then you get to throw it away because its not needed anymore.

but for prototyping and one-offs... thats where 3d printing's niche is. prove it can work with a 3d printer, then mass produce it.

now since this article is about METAL 3d printing, that's an entirely different beast altogether... injection molding (Casting) of metal components of course will be cheaper, but can you cast multiple alloys together like this? that's kinda cool... even you gotta admit that.

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