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Comment: Does it? (Score 3, Informative) 167

by phobafiliac (#39001087) Attached to: Smart Camera Tells Tobacco From Marijuana
Perhaps I missed it in the article, but it mentions nothing about marijuana or hand rolled cigarettes. It talks about real roses and silk roses. I suppose, in theory, it could do this, but I think it would tell what kinda of paper they used to roll the joint before it tells us whats inside the joint.

Comment: the power of 5k words... (Score 0) 158

by phobafiliac (#38128662) Attached to: Are Maker Spaces the Future of Public Libraries?
From the article: "People say that's a lot. Well, no, it isn't. English is a language with a million and a half words in it, an extra five thousand new ones isn't world-shattering news. So yes, there has been change as a result of technology as you'd expect, but it hasn't been... ...as great as people think." I think they underestimate the magnitude of 5k new words. People typically know around 20k words. if they picked up 5k or even 2k of these new words, they either increased their vocabulary by 10% or replaced words they used previously.

Comment: Re:green tech (Score 0) 54

by phobafiliac (#30255310) Attached to: Algae Could Be the Key To Ultra-Thin Batteries
I agree with your post for the most part, but the bit about the fast food industry making false claims with their billboards is a bit a of a stretch, At one point in my life I worked in fast food and I can tell you it is entirely possible to make the food look as good as the menu pictures and advertisements. It all depends on who is cooking. I for one made the food look like the pictures (it wasn't that difficult). What separates fast food from, say, politicians is that highschool kids don't care what they are doing. Politicians tend to tell out right lies.
Businesses

+ - Apple's $15 billion cash hoard

Submitted by schmaustech
schmaustech (766915) writes "Pop quiz: Which tech company has the most cash?

(A) IBM (IBM)
(B) Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)
(C) Intel (INTC)
(D) Google (GOOG)
(E) Apple (AAPL)

If you picked E, congratulations. Apple's $15.4 billion stash is indeed the biggest of the group, putting the iPod maker in the elite ranks of well-heeled Fortune 500 tech companies. (Only Microsoft (MSFT) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) stockpile more.) And lately the stacks have been rising fast; Apple has added $5 billion to its coffers in the past year alone, according to regulatory filings.

Unlike Microsoft and Cisco though, Apple (AAPL) doesn't pay a dividend, doesn't make big acquisitions, and doesn't buy back many shares. Last month the company reported that since 1999, it has spent a relatively paltry $217 million to repurchase stock, though its board has authorized $500 million for that purpose.

So what does CEO Steve Jobs have in mind for all those greenbacks?

http://bigtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2007/12/07/apples-15-billion-cash-hoard/"
Privacy

+ - Porn sites hold users hostage->

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Technical Writing Geek
Technical Writing Geek writes "Now comes a scheme some researchers say amounts to extortion: One site's threat to disable visitors' computers with relentless pop-up ads if they don't pay for a subscription they were automatically signed up for after a free trial.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071128/ap_on_hi_te/tech_bits_porn_site_extortion;_ylt="

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Wine

+ - OS X Leopard now can natively load Windows Files.

Submitted by
Steven Edwards
Steven Edwards writes "PE Files were rejected on Tiger but now can be loaded natively on Leopard, which is interesting to me because I don't think that this is just a hold over from EFI support because the behavior is new. I think it may be a sign of future addition of a Win32 subsystem to OS X. Check the following URLs for the detailed technical information.

http://www.winehq.org/pipermail/wine-devel/2007-November/060846.html
http://www.winehq.org/pipermail/wine-devel/2007-November/060851.html

I think this behavior may be a sign of a future addition of a Win32 subsystem to OS X. I think the powers that be at apple have decided that they are missing the pie that Parallels, VMware and CodeWeavers are getting. If you combine the value of all three products, I expect its adding up to a good chunk of change they view as "lost" every month. Having a system like Wine that runs in a clunky Classic like mode would mean better user tie-in than having to reboot with BootCamp."

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