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Comment: Re:And DRM in the fucking *headphones*. (Score 1) 379

by jthorpe (#27196181) Attached to: iPod Shuffle Finds Its Voice
I agree. Looking at this picture, there are no "DRM chips" in the remote: http://s2.guide-images.ifixit.com/igi/kFbNaWbE3NBPWbew.large It's probably just a few resistors between the buttons and ground connection to signal which button has been pressed. This is no different to the fact that my Nokia phone, which works as an audio player has a 2.5mm socket rather than a 3.5mm socket. Just like with my phone, it's only a matter of time before attachments become available that have the same set of buttons on a small attachment that then allows connectivity from standard earphones.
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MagLev, Ruby VM on Gemstone OODB, Wows RailsConf 132

Posted by kdawson
from the rails-oh-i-get-it dept.
murphee ends along a report from InfoQ: "Gemstone demoed [MagLev,] their Ruby VM built on their GemStone S64 VM, to an ecstatic audience. Gemstone's Smalltalk VM allows OODBs of up to 17 PetaBytes, with none of the old ActiveRecord nonsense: the data is persisted transparently. The Gemstone OODB also takes care of any distribution, allowing the Ruby VM and data to scale across many servers (Cheerio, memcached!). There's also an earlier quite technical interview with Gemstone's Bob Walker and Avi Bryant about MagLev."

Comment: Re:Oh, and proof of this. (Score 1) 149

by jthorpe (#21828460) Attached to: Australia Scraps National ID Plan

I do hope Rudd's a better PM. He's a politician,
Rudd has very little experience as a politician - strictly speaking, he's spent most of his life as a diplomat. Had you asked about Kevin Rudd two years ago, people would be saying "Kevin who?".

With regards to the sale of public assets, I'd say the state governments (which have been Labor run for years in every state) are the worst and not for the better of the state, but merely to increase the coffers. Bob Carr, the recent former premier in NSW was a great example - he established a number of projects funded by public-private partnerships and now works on a part-time basis (paid $$$) for the investment bank (Macquarie) which funded these projects.

Not to mention all the propaganda advertising being played on the radio at the moment trying to re-assure us that it's ok that they're selling off the electricity services....

I think people had become bored of John Howard more than anything. They saw him as nearing retirement and decided to vote for the opposition simply to remove the incumbent for the sake of doing so, blind to the inexperience of Rudd and lack of policies from his party (for example, Kyoto is still no closer to being implemented than it was under a Howard government, despite the common misconception of otherwise). Kevin Rudd has offered a lot of spin and has done well in "keeping up appearances", but I don't invisage any positive change to this country as a result.

On the topic of an "Access Card" equivalent, I wouldn't write it off yet - the only thing that's for sure is that it won't be called an "Access Card", it will most likely be named with a more subtle name.
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+ - Comedy Group Almost Defeats APEC Security->

Submitted by ajdlinux
ajdlinux (913987) writes "Members of the Australian comedy group The Chaser were arrested today after attempting to breach security at the APEC Leaders Conference in Sydney. Chas Licciardello and Julian Morrow were arrested, along with nine crew members, just a short distance away from the InterContinental Hotel where President Bush is staying, having already cleared one police checkpoint disguised as a Canadian motorcade. ""No particular reason we chose Canada," said Taylor. "We just thought they'd be a country who the cops wouldn't scrutinise too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade — as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him."" More coverage at the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC."
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Nine Reasons To Skip Firefox 2.0 606

Posted by kdawson
from the rough-around-the-edges dept.
grandgator writes, "Hyped by a good deal of fanfare, outfitted with some new features, and now available for download, Firefox 2.0 has already passed 2 million downloads in less than 24 hours. However, a growing number of users are reporting bugs, widening memory leaks, unexpected instability, poor compatibility, and an overall experience that is inferior to that offered by prior versions of the browser. Expanding on these ideas, this list compiles nine reasons why it might be a good idea to stick with 1.5 until the debut of 3.0, skipping the "poorly badged" 2.0 release completely." OK, maybe it's 10 reasons. An anonymous reader writes, "SecurityFocus reports an unpatched highly critical vulnerability in Firefox 2.0. This defect has been known since June 2006 but no patch has yet been made available. The developers claimed to have fixed the problem in 1.5.0.5 according to Secunia, but the problem still exists in 2.0 according to SecurityFocus (and I have witnessed the crash personally). If security is the main reason users should switch to Firefox, how do we explain known vulnerabilities remaining unpatched across major releases?"
Update: 10/30 12:57 GMT by KD : Jesse Ruderman wrote in with this correction. "The article claims that Firefox 2 shipped with a known security hole This is incorrect; the hole is fixed in both Firefox 1.5.0.7 and Firefox 2. The source of the confusion is that the original version of this report demonstrated two crash bugs, one of which was a security hole and the other of which was just a too-much-recursion crash. The security hole has been fixed but we're still trying to figure out the best way to fix the too-much-recursion crash. The report has been updated to clear up the confusion."

cPanel Exploit Used to Circulate IE Exploit 95

Posted by Zonk
from the ouroboros dept.
miller60 writes "In a dangerous combination of unpatched exploits, hackers have used a previously undiscovered security hole in cPanel to hack the servers of a hosting company and use hundreds of hijacked sites to infect Internet Explorer users with malware using the unpatched VML exploit. cPanel, whose hosting automation software is used by many large hosting companies, has issued a fix. It's a local exploit, meaning the attacker must control a cPanel account on the target hosting provider."

Microsoft to Supply Electronics to Formula 1 433

Posted by samzenpus
from the blue-car-of-death dept.
Yooden_Vranx writes "speedtv.com reports that beginning in 2008, Microsoft will be the sole supplier of Engine Control Units to Formula 1. Apparently, moving to a single supplier is part of the FIA's (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) attempts to cut costs. The article does not clarify whether this cost reduction is enabled by cutting back on tech support, what percentage of the engine's power will be required to run all the 'features' embedded in the device, or whether 'crash' will now refer primarily to software behavior rather than driving incidents."

MacSaber Turns Your Macbook into a Lightsaber 223

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the macs-and-other-jedi-mind-tricks dept.
Petey_Alchemist writes "SomethingAwful.com forum goon isnoop has developed a useless but fun app that takes advantage of the new sudden motion sensor available in Macbooks. The MacSaber 1.0 causes your Macbook or Macbook Pro to whoosh and crash like a lightsaber depending on how you swing it around. The reviews from those who have installed it say it is quite fun--although there is some concern about whether or not 'lightsaber battles' fall under warranty."

CUTEST WEB SITE EVER DISCOVERED!!! 341

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the danger-cute-alert-omg-lol dept.
ToeSocks06 writes "The cutest site i've ever or youve ever seen is this one CLICK IT NOW LOL!!! because they have the cutest pictures you will ever see :) :) :) Like hamsters wearing SO CUTE hats and so many kittens zomg i love kitties especially that brown one i hope they show him with hats to LOLOLOLOLOL!!! Ok I gottta go now bye!!!"

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