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Comment Re:How timely... (Score 1) 90 90

x86 is probably going the same way as Sparc. x86 is powerful but too powerful to be used on mobile devices and doesn't scale very well on desktops when it comes to parallel processing.

Intel continues to work on reducing power consumption of x86 while retaining performance.
ARM continues to work on increasing performance while retaining low power consumption.
I'm hoping for everybody to win.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 2) 312 312

You are more likely to get struck by lightning than shot by a gun.

NOAA gives an average of 33 lightning deaths and 297 injuries per year in the US for the years 2004-2013. gives a minimum of 11,068 gun homicides and 64,389 non-fatal gun injuries in any one year over the same time span.

Statistically, a random person in the US is much more likely to be killed or injured by gunfire than struck by lightning.

Submission + - Judge Calls Malibu Media "Troll", Denies Subpoena

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In what could be the beginning of the end of the Malibu Media litigation wave involving alleged BitTorrent downloads of porn films, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in Manhattan federal court has denied Malibu Media's request for a subpoena to get the subscriber's name and address from his or her internet service provider. In his 11-page decision (PDF), Judge Hellerstein discussed "copyright trolls" and noted that (a) it is not clear that Malibu Media's porn products are entitled to copyright protection, (b) discussed some of its questionable litigation practices, (c) Malibu's "investigation" leads at best to an IP address rather than to an individual infringer, (d) there is a major risk of misidentification, (e) Malibu has no evidence that the individual John Doe committed any act of infringement, and (f) Malibu's claim that there is no other practical way for it to target infringement was not supported by adequate evidence.

Submission + - Office of Personnel Management. Not a hack: a Giveaway!

bbsguru writes: According to ArsTechnica The OPM loss of personal info on 14 million-and-counting US Federal empolyees and contractors wasn't so much a theft as a sharing...

From the article...
Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments direct access to data long before the recent reported breaches. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project "was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports. I know that because I challenged them personally and revoked their privileges. From my perspective, OPM compromised this information more than three years ago and my take on the current breach is 'so what's new?'

Comment Re:Guys, you're losing it (Score 2) 126 126

The web is hardly usable anymore. Even the simplest web sites are slow as molasses, thanks to heaps of "active" content alongside the actual information. Now you're going to bestow your own runtime on us? Now that we've finally ditched Java and Flash?

JavaScript and the DOM is a runtime that has replaced Java applets (almost completely) and Flash (mostly). There's room for improvement in performance.The problem with asm.js is that it's a Mozilla thing, even though asm.js runs quite well on Chrome. The problem with Dart is that it's a Google thing, even though it can be transpiled to JavaScript.

WebAssembly has all four of the key players involved (Mozilla, Google, Apple, Microsoft). Maybe, just maybe, we'll be able to write code in a language that suits the task and have it run fast in any browser. I'm crossing my fingers but definitely not holding my breath

Comment Re:Math (Score 1) 236 236

Even if the world rallied around the cause instantly and everyone didn't panic (HUGE ifs), do we have the technology to alter the course of a mile wide asteroid in 2 months?

No, but I would not rule out the chance to preserve a nucleus of human specimens. It would be quite easy, at the bottom of some of our deeper mineshafts.

Comment Re:raises hand (Score 1) 66 66

Is the Maker Bot water-soluble filament safe to digest? I'd google it to find out, but I prefer the human contact of a question answered.

I had the same question and I don't mind googling: It appears water-soluble filament is poly vinyl alcohol, which is reasonably safe to ingest in small amounts. From the linked abstract: " A critical evaluation of the existing information on PVA supports its safety for use as a coating agent for pharmaceutical and dietary supplement products."

Comment Re:$9 Computer is BLAH Android Sticks are Better (Score 1) 180 180

For the use case you have set forth, an Android stick would be a better deal.

If you crack one open though, how easy would it be to wire up additional hardware? The CHIP has 8 GPIOs, SPI, TWI, and UART on headers.

What about using one to create a portable device? The CHIP has a battery power and charging circuit already on board.

OS's that aren't as full featured.

The CHIP runs Debian.


Sorority Files Lawsuit After Sacred Secrets Posted On Penny Arcade Forums 257 257

Limekiller42 writes: Lawyers for the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority have filed suit in Seattle's King County Superior Court against an unidentified person for "publicizing the sorority's secret handshake, robe colors and other practices." The well-written article is by Levi Pulkkinen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and states that the sorority is seeking a restraining order and financial compensation for damages.

Submission + - Mystery of Ceres' bright spots grows

schwit1 writes: New data from NASA mission suggest varied origins for tantalizing gleams on dwarf planet's surface.

The Dawn science team has released the first global map of Ceres, based on the preliminary images produced during the spacecraft's approach in March.

This map is very preliminary. The global survey produced during Dawn's year long visit will be far more detailed.

Submission + - Tracking the weather on an exoplanet

schwit1 writes: Scientists have begun gathering increasingly detailed information about the atmosphere and weather on the exoplanet HD189733B, 63 light years away with an orbit that produces a transit every 2.2 days.

It appears that the temperature rises with increasing altitude, reaching 3,000 degrees at the top of the atmosphere. There are also strong winds blowing from the cold to the hot side of the planet.

Submission + - Acetaminophen reduces both pain and pleasure, study finds->

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in the over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol, has been in use for more than 70 years in the United States, but this is the first time that this side effect has been documented.
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