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Comment: Re:Autism (Score 5, Informative) 1007

by pheede (#39658771) Attached to: Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

Read up on herd immunity. A large part of the effectiveness of vaccines is that beyond the individual protection they confer on most recipients, they also protect the unvaccinated and the ones that the vaccine wasn't effective for if the overall rate of vaccination is high enough.

That's why the people who choose not to vaccinate their kids are also increasing the risk for the kids that did get the vaccine but for whom it wasn't effective for some reason, the kids that haven't been vaccinated yet because they're too young, and the kids that for some reason - e.g. compromised immune system - can't get the vaccine at all.

Comment: AppHarbor (Score 1) 442

by pheede (#36210186) Attached to: Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?

Look at appharbor.com. Their slogan is Azure done right: you get ASP.NET 4.0 hosting, a Git repository, continuous integration and unit testing upon deployment, SQL Server instances, etc.. Basically everything you're asking for. Their backend is 'the cloud': Amazon EC2.

Their rates start at 'free', so there is no cost while you're busy getting your millions of accounts and hits. When that happens move to one of their paid tiers and go nuts.

Comment: Re:Power line networking (Score 2, Informative) 464

by pheede (#26978395) Attached to: $100 Linux Wall-Wart Now Available

YMMV.. I have a pair of Panasonic powerline network adapters. I get about 45 mbps sustained (indeed these adapters are also "up to 200 mbps"), but the latency is quite decent at less than 5 ms extra latency compared to an ordinary wire.

I'm very happy with this solution since my apartment is bombarded with competing WiFi networks from the neighbors as well as the super-crappy old microwaves my apartment complex uses that completely kill anything at 2.4 GHz.

Patents

+ - Rambus decision stands after FTC appeal dismissed

Submitted by pheede
pheede (37918) writes "Fresh from SCOTUSblog is news that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the hear the FTC's appeal from the Circuit Court ruling that immunized Rambus from an earlier FTC anti-trust ruling:

... the Court declined to hear an appeal by the Federal Trade Commission (not supported by the Solicitor General) testing whether a company's use of deception to gain a monopoly is a form of harm outlawed by antitrust law. The issue arose in a case involving alleged efforts to gain a monopoly by influencing the setting of a standard for memory components of computers and other electronic devices. The Court made no comment in denying review in FTC v. Rambus Inc. (08-694)

The case now goes back to district court to determine whether Rambus' conduct harmed consumers or not, instead of simply assuming that fact from the FTC's original ruling that Rambus lied and harmed competitors."

Comment: Re:Also: 32 and 64 bit (Score 1) 821

by pheede (#26634535) Attached to: Windows 7 To Come In Multiple Versions

I very much disagree.

My wife got a new Lenovo IdeaPad S10 a couple of weeks ago. Despite its pink exterior, I've taken the liberty of playing around with it a bit. It came with the standard Windows XP Home that most netbooks come with, and I installed Ubuntu 7.10 and the public Windows 7 beta.

The Windows 7 beta performs far better than the pre-installed Windows XP Home - even after removing the factory installed junk - and the user interface is much better suited for the small form factor than XP is. My favorite example is how they made the task bar better suited to being placed at the side of the screen instead of the top or bottom. On a device with a resolution of 1024x600, this is the kind of minor visual tweak that makes the system much nicer to use.

I've already decided to shell out hard-earned cash for the Windows 7 once it's released, which will be the first time I've bought a boxed version of Windows. My wife dual-booted between Ubuntu and Windows 7 for a couple of days (she's not technical at all, so I'm as shocked as you are that she even accepted my suggestion of dual-booting) and ended up sticking with Windows 7, because "it's faster and easier to use than the other one.. besides it's pretty!".

No, I don't have any relation to Microsoft. I just think Windows 7 is really looking quite good so far.

Google

+ - Clues to the Strategy Behind the gPhone 4

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The New York Times is running a story about Andy Rubin, Google's resident gadget guru, and one of the primary architects of the gPhone. You won't find any new technical details about the gPhone in the story, (Google is planning an announcement on Monday about it's future mobile plans.) but the story about Rubin gives some clues that indicate that Google plans to do more than merely develop an operating system for cellular phones. One clue to the gPhone is that after Rubin left Apple he joined General Magic, the company co-founded with Mac pioneers Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld, that developed Magic Cap in the 1990's, a PDA precursor years ahead of it's time that included a cell phone and email. The Times speculates that Google may also be planning to replay the strategy that Microsoft used to bulldoze Netscape in the mid-1990s by "cutting off" Microsoft's air supply by giving the gPhone away to hand-set makers and to put Microsoft Windows Mobile out of business. If the strategy works, it will be because Rubin and his team have successfully developed a vision of the smartphone of the future and a strategy for getting it accepted by the public and by the carriers."
Google

+ - Google Maps shows Chinese Nuclear Sub Prototype->

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mytrip
mytrip writes "An image of what could be one of China's new nuclear ballistic missile submarines is available on the Google Maps and Google Earth satellite-image site, a defense blogger claimed Tuesday. The satellite picture was discovered by Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, and announced Tuesday on his blog. Kristensen believes the picture, taken by the Quickbird satellite late last year, reveals China's new Jin-class, or Type 094, nuclear ballistic missile sub. The new sub class is approximately 35 feet longer than its predecessor, the Xia-class, also known as Type 092, according to two images Kristensen compares on the blog. The Jin-class sub has an extended midsection that houses 12 missile tubes and part of the reactor compartment, Kristensen explains."
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