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Comment: Re:Hypothetically, what would happen if.... (Score 1) 129

by pilybaby (#39641719) Attached to: AOL Patent Deal Means Microsoft Now Holds Vestiges of Netscape

What would happen is the same as what happened after cigarette adversising started to be banned: their profits would increase. Because they were no longer in an arms race with other companies over who could advertise the most (or hoard the most patents and lawyers in this case) they could save the money and make more profit.

Supercomputing

Homebrew Cray-1 140

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the when-i-was-a-child dept.
egil writes "Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software."

Comment: Re:The most secure place (Score 1) 1007

by pilybaby (#30057762) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?
The most secure thing to do is to use passwords that you don't even know yourself, by using something like KeePass to generate and manage the passwords for you. No matter how hard someone beats you up for your passwords you wont be able to tell them because you've never seen or typed them in yourself. You'll also be able to easily have a completely different and secure password for each site that needs one and not have to worry about your memory.

Comment: Re:Truecrypt (Score 1) 1007

by pilybaby (#30057744) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?
I keep my keePass file in a truecrypt file and use a password and file for the KeePass unlocking method. That way I have to uncrypt the truecrypt file, open the KeePass file, know my KeePass password and point KeePass to a file that exists on a removable USB stick. Then I can get in. For a lot of sites I let KeePass generate massive complicated passwords so I really cannot type them in accidentally.

I like how you can copy the usernames and passwords to the clipboard and have them automatically removed from the clipboard after a few seconds.
The Internet

How Apple Rumors Became Reality 86

Posted by Zonk
from the go-bloggers-go-blogging-inferno dept.
Lucas123 writes "Computerworld has a story on how bloggers, rumormongers and Web sleuths pulled together the story of the MacBook Air several days before Steve Jobs unveiled the laptop on stage on Tuesday, something that is nearly unprecedented in the annals of Apple announcements. 'Remember the sturm und drang that erupted after Think Secret revealed the coming of the Mac Mini, prompting Apple to take legal action to silence Think Secret? Is Apple off its game on keeping secrets now? Why was this year's secret leak different? In a word: teamwork.' This seems to be good case study on how to use information from sites like AppleInsider, 9to5mac.com and Ars Technica get a peek under the covers on future talks."
Security

Home Secretary Requests Fingerprint-Activated iPods 262

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the losing-battles-to-fight dept.
John Reid, Home Secretary, has called upon tech manufacturers to improve the security on their gadgets to help with his recent push to frustrate criminals. Inviting Apple, Sony, and several others to his crime fighting summit Reid hopes to attack the rising robbery numbers in the most recent Home Office figures.
Enlightenment

+ - Humans hardwired to believe in supernatural deity?

Submitted by dohcrx
dohcrx (979568) writes "According to a New York Times article published March 4, 2007 6 in 10 Americans believe in the devil and hell, 7 in 10 believe in angels, heaven and the existence of miracles and life after death while 92% believe in a personal God.

"When a trait is universal, evolutionary biologists look for a genetic explanation and wonder how that gene or genes might enhance survival or reproductive success."

"Which is the better biological explanation for a belief in God — evolutionary adaptation or neurological accident? Is there something about the cognitive functioning of humans that makes us receptive to belief in a supernatural deity?"

"Religion made incursions into the traditional domain of science with attempts to bring intelligent design into the biology classroom and to choke off human embryonic stem-cell research on religious grounds. Scientists responded with counterincursions. Experts from the hard sciences, like evolutionary biology and cognitive neuroscience, joined anthropologists and psychologists in the study of religion, making God an object of scientific inquiry.""

Copyright Axe To Fall On YouTube? 295

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the calm-before-the-storm dept.
theoddball writes "In what should come as no great surprise, Universal Music Group is preparing to file suit against YouTube for copyright infringement, the AP reports. Discussions with the site's owners have broken down (although talks are apparently still progressing with Myspace / News Corp over similar issues). From the article: 'We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars,' Universal Music CEO Doug Morris told investors Wednesday at a conference in Pasadena. This development follows last month's announcement that YouTube is negotiating with labels to legally host videos. While the primary complaint is against music videos, one cannot help but wonder if this will also impact the many, many homemade videos using copyrighted UMG songs as a soundtrack (or — *shudder* — a lipsync.)"

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