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Comment: Secret to Google's continued success... (Score 1) 92

by hbr (#41093655) Attached to: Google Building Privacy Red Team

... ensuring security and privacy of customer data is.

I always thought that the stupidest things that Eric Schmidt ever did were all those blase comments about how we had to learn to live without privacy, etc. (check google for eric schmidt quotes).

I'm not saying that they don't care about these issues, but in the past they have sounded like they don't care.

I reckon that they should instead make security and privacy of data their top priority, and let their customers know about it too (instead of the opposite) - so this "red team" sounds like a good idea.
They should write it into their company constitution and make it clear in their contract with their users.
We all know that google will track our internet use to improve our search results/target their ads, so we need to trust them that this data is not misused, right?
I'm surprised they don't push more that concept of "data untouched by human hand", as I think a lot of people are quite comfortable with that.

So I reckon they need to make sure that we know we can trust them, and people won't fully embrace their range of products unless there is trust there, but once you commit (yourself and your data) to the google product range you are likely to remain a loyal user/customer.

Comment: Re:The more reason to use something else. (Score 1) 286

by hbr (#34639362) Attached to: NX Compression Technology To Go Closed Source

Above post is informative.

When I installed nx the reason for the nx user is the wierdest thing about the installation - I still don't think I understand the rationale here. It doesn't seem like good design to me.

Added to that you have the necessity to do a full xdm login session - that also seems overkill as usually I just want a single xclient running remotely. I think you maybe can do a single client at a time, but I don't understand how to do it.

Otherwise, though, I have to say, though, that NX is fantastic - it does the job it is designed for amazingly well. It seems much better than VNC to me because it deals with the X protocol itself, rather than just redrawing patches of screen. I qualify this with the fact I am only interested in *nix.

I wonder what constraints there would be on developing the open-source version of nx - e.g. to throw out the nx user and make it simple to launch xclients a client at a time? I don't know how much better version 4 is than version 3, but version 3 is still 2-orders of magnitude better than doing x "directly" over ssh for slow connections.

Patents

8-Year-Old Receives Patent 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the young-inventor-society dept.
Knile writes "While not the youngest patent recipient ever (that would be a four year old in Texas), Bryce Gunderman has received a patent at age 8 for a space-saver that combines an outlet cover plate with a shelf. From the article: '"I thought how I was going to make a lot of money," Bryce said about what raced through his brain when he received the patent.'"
Graphics

Company Seeks To Boost Linux Game Development With 3D Engine Giveaway 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-services-rendered dept.
binstream writes "To support Linux game development, Unigine Corp. announced a competition: it will give a free license for its Unigine engine to a seasoned team willing to work on a native Linux game. The company has been Linux-friendly from the very start; it released advanced GPU benchmarks (Heaven, Tropics, Sanctuary) for Linux before and is working on the OilRush strategy game that supports Linux as well."

Comment: Re:Tetris flashbacks (Score 1) 65

by hbr (#34211910) Attached to: <em>Tetris</em> May Reduce PTSD, But <em>Pub Quiz</em> Makes It Worse

This is not so surprising. If you've ever played Tetris for any amount of time, you'll know that for hours afterward you'll have flashbacks of falling shapes. That leaves no time for traumatic flashbacks.

Fur sure - there was a time back at college when I was playing a lot, and I kept getting recurring tetris dreams.

That is not healthy!

Cellphones

Motorola Planning 2GHz Android Phone For Later This Year 183

Posted by Soulskill
from the soon-we-can-expand-crysis-jokes-to-phones dept.
rocket97 writes "On Wednesday, at the Executives Club of Chicago, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha reportedly decided to chat about the relatively near future of the mobile landscape as he sees it — which, in part, includes the ultimate demise of mobile computers in favor of highly-capable smartphones. This being his vision, Jha discussed Motorola's plans for a smartphone with a 2GHz processor — by the end of this year. While Jha did not want to divulge any further information, Conceivably Tech cites another anonymous Motorola executive who was a little more chatty, talking up a device intended to 'incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today.'"

Comment: Re:Believe it or not, Microsoft is a pretty tolera (Score 1) 366

by hbr (#31481702) Attached to: Microsoft Employees Love Their iPhones

Therefore, ACPI suspend features are really not as important to Linux users as maybe they are to Windows users

I don't think that's true.

I would be most upset if I couldn't suspend this linux laptop. It only takes a few seconds to return from suspend, but quite a few minutes to boot and start apps.

Comment: Re:Enforcement? (Score 1) 664

by hbr (#30174330) Attached to: Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

Maybe it will be a bit like the RedHat/CentOS relationship - if you want to redistribute it (modified or otherwise) then you have to remove all the trademarks/graphics, etc.

I.e. only google will get to call what they distribute "chromeOS", and everyone else will have to call their compilation "slightlyshineyOS" or somesuch. "chromeOS" will enforce the no hard-drive rule, and "slightlyshineyOS" will not have to.

Education

Bill Gates Puts Classic Feynman Lectures Online 338

Posted by Soulskill
from the surely-you're-joking dept.
theodp writes "Okay Tux fans, let's see how badly you want to see Feynman's Messenger Lectures on Physics. Bill Gates has the goods over at Microsoft Research's Project Tuva site. Also, CNET's Ina Fried has an interesting interview with Gates. He goes into why he spent his own money to make a series of classic physics lectures available free on the Web, talks about the possibility of Project Natal bringing gesture recognition to Windows, gives his thoughts on Google's Chrome OS, and discusses plans to patent 'cows that don't fart.' The last is a joke. I think."

Comment: Re:100 Years, My Ass (Score 2, Interesting) 173

by hbr (#28367229) Attached to: EU Fusion Experiment's Financial Woes Get More Concrete

To me 100 years sounds like a precursor argument to cutting funding.

As fusion seems to be the only single approach that is capable of solving the energy/climate/etc crisis by itself, we should be doubling the funding.

For the promised benefits, nuclear fusion research funding seems disproportionately small to me.

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