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+ - Choosing a USB Hard Drive

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PunkOfLinux
PunkOfLinux writes "I'm looking at getting an external hard drive (USB) for use with my laptop. When I look online, I see so many options that I have no idea where to start. Does anyone here on slashdot have experience with any particular models, or any recommendations?"
Math

Journal: The math behind "beer goggles" 2

Journal by tomhudson

Researchers at Manchester University, among others, have discovered a mathematical formula for calculating the "beer goggles effect" (where people look more attractive after a few beers).

The factors are: how drunk you are, how dark the room is, your eye-sight, the amount of smoke in the air, and how far you are from your "target" (which also explains all those "good from far but far from good" sightings).

Music

+ - Jobs Recommends Ditching DRM

Submitted by bizard
bizard (691544) writes "As more and more european companies have piled on the anti-ITunes bandwagon in the past few months, people have been wondering what Apple's strategy would be. Many assumed that Apple was enjoying too much of a benefit from the DRM and that they would never get rid of it. Well, today Steve Jobs said that getting rid of DRM would be the best option for consumers and that if the record labels can do it for CDs then why not downloads."
Privacy

Your House Is About To Be Photographed 491

Posted by kdawson
from the little-brother dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Photographers from a Canadian company are going house to house, shooting pictures of every house in America, in hopes of building a giant database that can be sold to banks, insurance companies, and appraisal firms. While this activity is legal (as long as the photographers don't trespass on private property to get their shots), there are obviously concerns about security and privacy. Considering that an individual can be detained and questioned by the FBI for photographing a bridge in this country, why should this Canadian company get a free pass? Tinfoil hat aside, something seems very, very fishy here." From the Arizona Star article about the photographing of Tucson: "'The [handout given to people who complain] made it sound like they're doing it for law enforcement, when in reality they're doing it for sales and marketing,' said [a City Council aide], who received several calls about the company."

New 25x Data Compression? 438

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the make-sure-to-give-it-to-more-than-just-the-corporate-monkies dept.
modapi writes "StorageMojo is reporting that a company at Storage Networking World in San Diego has made a startling claim of 25x data compression for digital data storage. A combination of de-duplication and calculating and storing only the changes between similar byte streams is apparently the key. Imagine storing a terabyte of data on a single disk, and it all runs on Linux." Obviously nothing concrete or released yet so take with the requisite grain of salt.

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