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Comment: Agile at this late phase of project (Score 1) 96

by monopolarbear (#38645256) Attached to: FBI's Troubled Sentinel Project Delayed Again

the FBI said it would finish Sentinel within 12 months, using agile development strategies.

IMHO, this translates to: "We are going to duct-tape whatever we already have together and deliver a project which more or less fulfills initial (or revised) requirements, meanwhile being an unmanageable piece of s***. Heck, we are going to build it from scratch one decade later, anyways." On the other hand, I do not have any clue about the nature of problems encountered in this project, so above statement might or might not be a fair conclusion.


+ - Firm makes iPhone Geiger counter for worried Japan-> 1

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cuckundu (1934964) writes "A Japanese company Tuesday unveiled a cheap Geiger counter for the iPhone to enable people worried about the March Fukushima nuclear accident to check their environment for radiation. The probe, 14 centimeters long by five wide, connects to the iPhone and the screen displays radiation readings in combination with a special app such as the Geiger Bot."
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+ - China completes second space docking->

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wooferhound writes "China completed its second space docking on Monday, state media reported, as it moves closer towards fulfilling its ambition to set up a manned space station.

The move comes 12 days after the Asian nation successfully completed its first ever "kiss" in space, when the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft joined onto the Tiangong-1 experimental module 343 kilometres (213 miles) above the Earth."

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Comment: Re:Google Nexus One (Score 1) 254

by monopolarbear (#37969710) Attached to: My phone's battery lasts ...
I've same phone for some 1,5 years. Nowadays, a full charge allows either 3 hours of talk or some 4-5 hours of actual usage or up to 1,5-2 days of standby time. Your figures are kinda low. Current official O/S (Android 2.3.6) from Google seems the most battery friendly version. (read: if you have rooted & | using cyanogenmod, it might be using some additional power for extra bells and whistles). Automatic brightness will greatly help when the screen is on. If you do not need your phone to receive e-mail and updates while it's off, you can set wireless connection to automatically turn off while phone is in standby. I would also check About phone / Battery usage feature to see if any dumb application is unnecessarily leeching some juice.

+ - Cleverbot Passes Turing Test->

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kruhft writes "It seems that Cleverbot, the chatbot so ready to admit that it was a unicorn during a discussion with itself, has passed the Turing test. This past Sunday, the 1334 votes from a Turing test held at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India were released. They revealed that Cleverbot was voted to be human 59.3% of the time. Real humans did only slightly better and were assumed to be humans 63.3% of the time. That being the case, Cleverbot's success in conning people into thinking it was human is greater than chance, and therefore, one could argue that it has technically passed the Turning test."
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