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Submission + - US Air Force to suffer from PS3 update ( 1

tlhIngan writes: "The US Air Force, having purchased PS3s for supercomputing research is now the latest victim of Sony's Non-April-Fools Prank.

It turns out that while their PS3s don't need the firmware update, it will be impossible to replace PS3s that fail. As PS3s with the OtherOS feature are no longer produced since the Slim was introduced, replacements will have to come from the existing stock of used PS3s. However, as most gamers have probably updated their PS3s, that used stock is no longer suitable for the USAF's research. In addition, smaller educational clusters using PS3s also have the same fate — unable to replace machines that die in their clusters.

(Personal note: My PS3 does have the OtherOS feature — seeing as all my PS3 games are single player only, I don't need the Playstation Network. So USAF — I'm willing to trade...)"


Submission + - HTC fires back at Apple requests halt iPhone sales (

An anonymous reader writes: After Apple filed its suite against HTC, HTC has retaliated claiming that Apple has violated 5 of their patents and has moved to reqest the Internal Trade Commission block all imports.

Comment Re:Eastern Orthodox (Score 1) 1131

We arrive at meanings through the words we use, and choice of words is very important. That our vocabularies don't line up points to a difference in understanding what in reality is going on.

Orthodox will reject that icon veneration is idolatry, or that icons are gods to be worshipped, not just out of choice of words, but out of a difference in theological stance and orientation. We don't think it's just semantics.

BTW, I wasn't trying to say that everyone talks to their grandmothers through photos. But it's an example that people can relate to. When you say, "I miss you grandma" looking at her photo, you're definitely not talking to the photo itself.

Comment Re:Why so surprise? (Score 1) 539

I do have a friend live Fresno, I can understand how US media and work smoothly with the large corps or "powerful guys". US is not much better than China, but if you know how the court in China rules, and how bad the prisoner treated in prison, you may wish to enjoy the "lesser evil" in US. At least you have a limited "speech of freedom" in US, some TV shows such as 60 mins+ still expose some absurd behavior, but in China the government did strongly suppress people try to review these kind of truth, more than 50% food and cheap products did contain harmful substance hurting people all over the world, of course Chinese themselves, and the government just agree and help to do so, those missed paying to their Boss or failed in power struggle will be shoot, no one can keep themselves free from misbehavior. The politicians did steal money from US, but the China officials simply kills, I wish you can understand US is a frying pan but China is pure fire. Not much we can do, but in Hong Kong we're fighting for unofficial referendum, and the last hope of US is you can cast your vote, it's still better than pick up guns to fight.

Comment Re:Sudden Outbreak of Common Sense (Score 5, Insightful) 352

I totally agree. If people just start looking at each others data instead of verifying it, a lot of mistakes (or fraudulent data) will never be caught.

Also, I have to wonder what the timeline for releasing data is. My research is funded with government money (NIH and NSF) but it can take years to get enough data to make a worthwhile paper. If I have to release my data before then it will hurt my ability to publish papers without getting scooped. You could end up with a whole closet industry of people just data mining the data others have had to disclose. And, here's the main catch, if you don't have to release results you haven't yet reported on, the problem isn't solved at all because I could just choose to "not yet publish" any results that don't agree with what I want to say. Nothing says I ever have to publish results I get, so why wouldn't I just sit on them?

Not that sitting on data just because it doesn't agree is a good thing, but it happens. And plenty of good data goes unpublished (experiments fail, uninteresting results happen, journals don't publish negative results very often etc) so what about that data? Overall this law isn't going to help anything, and will just cause issues.

Comment Re:Viacom - the verb (Score 1) 307

" ... So many made up words, so little meaning. The term 'fraud' has been around since the dawn of the English language.

How is "payola" fraud? It is no different than paying to have advertisements run on the radio. It is paying for an advertising service. ..."

It's a fraud perpetuated on the public. And it is quite clearly different than paid advertising on the radio, because paid advertising is legal while payola was made a crime 50 years ago.

Comment Re:False analogy. (Score 1) 664

from a grading point of view iv'e never seen how anyone could get anything over 100% in anything unless there is extra credit involved and its being used for individual assignments. maybe you meant that but just saying that iv'e never heard of anyone with 105%+ ESPECIALLY when they only do "pretty good" on the tests.

Comment Usability. (Score 1) 1051

I don't use ad blockers, but I don't usually have javascript turned on and flash is not installed. If your ad doesn't work without scripting or flash, then your ad has usability problem, it is your ad that is inaccessible rather than me trying to cut your revenue.

Comment Re:What's a Paypal? (Score 1) 253

Thanks, but no thanks. "Gunpal" just doesn't sound all that professional, and I don't think I want to give my money to an organisation affiliated with the National Rifle Association. Worse, the CEO is a gun distributor.

At least PayPal doesn't pretend to have ethics and morals.

Personally, I use FastSpring because although they charge 9%, they also eat the chargeback risk of the transactions so long as my business is on the straight and level.

Comment Re:No sympathy (Score 1) 634

> I might even have failed to notice the small print which said that an Internet connection was needed in order to play it. I certainly wouldn't have expected that to be a requirement.

Without knowing how obvious the technology makes it, I wonder if some people didn't even realise it had this sort of DRM until the servers went down...

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.