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Comment: Re:Washington DC has a chronic crime problem (Score 1) 268

by hustlebird (#38125592) Attached to: Plate Readers Abound in DC Area, With Little Regard For Privacy
Really? You walk through one of the two most affluent suburbs of DC and act shocked that you were safe? A place where 150 year old row houses sell for 800000? You're being deliberately obtuse, go walk around south east at midnight and you'll be thinking differently. Also, realize that Arlington and Alexandria are both cities in Virginia, Alexandria being a part of Fairfax county, a county with one of the largest median incomes in the country. The key point being that they're in Virginia though, not in DC.
IOS

Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen 298

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the evil-or-oops dept.
SF Polack writes "On Apple's iOS 4.3, HTML5 and JavaScript apps are running significantly slower when they're run from the iPhone or iPad home screen rather than Safari, and the OS is hindering the performance of these apps in other ways. The end result is that it's harder for web apps to compete with native iOS app sold through the App Store, where Apple takes a 30 per cent of sales."
Science

+ - Atomic disguise makes helium look like hydrogen ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a feat of modern-day alchemy, atom tinkerers have fooled hydrogen atoms into accepting a helium atom as one of their own, reports New Scientist. Donald Fleming of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues managed to disguise a helium atom as a hydrogen atom by replacing one of its orbiting electrons with a muon, which is far heavier than an electron. The camouflaged atom behaves chemically like hydrogen, but has four times the mass of normal hydrogen, allowing predictions for how atomic mass affects reaction rates to be put to the test."
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Censorship

+ - Egyptian spam vanishes after internet shutdown->

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An anonymous reader writes "Is there a silver lining to the shutdown of internet services in Egypt?

Security boffins at Sophos would like you to think so, reporting that spam received from Egyptian IP addresses has dropped more than 85% in the last 48 hours.

However, the firm does not believe that internet users are likely to spot a drop in the spam levels seen in their email inbox."

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The Military

+ - Did Chinese TV pass off Top Gun footage as a milit-> 1

Submitted by heidaro
heidaro (1392977) writes ""As part of its ongoing expansion, has the People's Liberation Army signed up Goose and Maverick? Chinese bloggers are accusing state broadcaster CCTV of using repurposed footage from the 1986 film Top Gun for a story on a recent air force drill."
Is it just me or are communist nations very skilled an embarrassing themselves?"

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Comment: Re:Bad consequences (Score 1) 758

by hustlebird (#33542312) Attached to: Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software
I don't understand how this is any different. Surely AutoDesk doesn't sell directly to consumers. Which would mean, instead of publishers dealing with retailers with a wholesaler middle man, we have publishers dealing with consumers with the retailers as middle men. Right?

Comment: Re:Call me a fanboi or whatever but... (Score 1) 563

by hustlebird (#32373742) Attached to: Blizzard Boss Says Restrictive DRM Is a Waste of Time
When did half life two come out? I remember my machine at the time didn't have internet (no modem, and I was living at my parents without broadband) and I was irate that my brand new single player game needed to get on the internet before I could even install it!

So anyway, Wikipedia says Nov 2004 is when HL2 was released, and while it might not have been the first, thats still 5.5 years ago they were implementing what blizzard seems to be implementing here.

It really has been a while since we had un-restrictive drm in games. Funny how we just get used to it after a while...

Comment: Re:The iPhone virtual keyboard? Not a chance! (Score 1) 203

by jo_ham (#30861932) Attached to: Pen vs. Keyboard vs. Touch vs. Everything Else

Perhaps it is mainly in the web forms where it really slows down, but I tend not to use it for that - in the SMS interface and the facebook app it is very responsive.

It would be nice to be able to go back and correct the autocorrect if it picks the wrong word if you are going too fast - a double tap or something that could pop up a list of options, or the ability to just type the word you meant and replace it without having to delete.

As far as I know, you can't "officially" add words to the database - it just seems to learn based on the times you correct it and is more likely in future to offer words that you use when you overrule it. It also learns words and terms that you frequently capitalise, and looks up people's names from your address book as a spelling source so I guess you could use an ugly hack of adding a list of words as a contact to your address book that it would then use as a source.

I don't type in web forms very much with it at all, so I am not seeing the super slowdown - I do notice that the phone generally struggles with performance in the web browser, so I guess it is not surprising and would make the keyboard a pain to use.

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