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Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 447

by rat_herder (#41961449) Attached to: Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase
I've browsed Apple maps extensively in Australia and while the results are not perfect, it's close enough to be an excellent mapping service. Just to be clear it's not as good as Google Maps but is that unexpected?. I have spotted 4-5 errors in total and yes one of them was a town name in the wrong location. These issues did not cause me any problems because i was instinctively aware that Mildura is not in the middle of a salt lake. The exaggeration of the problems is lame. I'm not defending Apple, but the mapping service is actually pretty good.

Comment: Re:Retina Displays? (Score 1) 377

by rat_herder (#41735781) Attached to: Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple
Really? That's a fairly elitist and condescending. I'm ok with Apple popularising the need for higher resolution screens for the masses. I bet there are tonnes of things you use everyday and haven't bothered to understand... For example, can you explain to me the function of a cam shaft? How is it fabricated and to what tolerances? Don't know without googling it? You use one every time you drive a car, Ignoramus! :)

Comment: Re:"Witchunt" (Score 1) 915

by rat_herder (#41076791) Attached to: Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"
That's quite a lot of rubbish stuffed into one short post. If he won't get a 'normal' trail, what type of trial do expect Assange to get? And are you ok with him being treated differently just because he embarrassed the US government? Which of the laws of the USA he has violated? You would be the first person anywhere to be able answer that.

You should know that Wikileaks releases have irrefutably shown vast amounts of corruption and illegal action by many governments. One of the most prominent was the US military accidentally killing a journalist. More concerning than the accident, is the fact that the US military/gov tried to hide it.

Comment: Re:Oracle vs Google (Score 1) 330

by rat_herder (#40840633) Attached to: How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury
The first statement i agree with. Unfortunately it isn't anywhere near representing what they are actually disputing. The second statement is pure speculation and fairly obviously wrong. Do really think if Apple hadn't entered the phone market Samsung would have released something that changed the industry like the iPhone?

Comment: Nanny State (Score 3, Insightful) 32

by rat_herder (#36843668) Attached to: Australian Attys General Agree in Principle on R18+
Australians are such a contradiction, relaxed and uptight at same time. It's a weird attitude we seem to inherited have inherited from the Brits. This insanity serves as an example of the unbearably slow pace of reform in this country, in a social environment that is changing quicker than most people realize.
Printer

Office Printers May Pose Health Risks 227

Posted by Zonk
from the like-the-one-to-my-immediate-right dept.
drewmoney writes "The BBC reports on new findings which may have implications for the way offices are laid out. According to an Australian study, around a third of modern printer models release 'potentially dangerous levels of toner into the air' as they are completing a job. 'Almost one-third were found to emit ultra-tiny particles of toner-like material, so small that they can infiltrate the lungs and cause a range of health problems from respiratory irritation to more chronic illnesses. Conducted in an open-plan office, the test revealed that particle levels increased five-fold during working hours, a rise blamed on printer use. '"
Censorship

+ - UK teachers want to ban Youtube

Submitted by WombatDeath
WombatDeath (681651) writes "The UK's Professional Association of Teachers is demanding that Youtube be shut down in order to remove threatening and bullying video footage from the internet. Following cases in which teachers have struggled to have individual clips removed, a spokeswoman for the PAT said that "Being exposed to ridicule, whether as an adult or young person, is a humiliating and frightening experience," adding "In the short term confronting this problem must be the closure of sites encouraging the cyber-bullying." Are new measures necessary to counter online bullying or, as Youtube asserts, are its existing processes able to deal with such situations?"
Media

+ - BBC Corrupted->

Submitted by
eneville
eneville writes "
Today the BBC made it official — they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating system to view BBC programming on the web.
— Matt Lee."

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Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Sample Preview 146

Posted by Zonk
from the core-tastic dept.
MojoKid writes "Intel took the wraps off a new Core 2 Duo desktop chip today, dubbed the E6750. Though this chip shares the same basic clock speed as the Core 2 Duo E6700 at 2.66GHz, this new processor also runs on a faster 1,333MHz Front Side Bus. The new chip's additional bus bandwidth affords it up to a 5% performance advantage over standard 1066MHz FSB-based Core 2 chips. However, what's perhaps more promising is this new chip's overclocking head-room of up to 3.92GH and beyond on standard air cooling."
Google

+ - Google Joins Forces w/Linux to Develop Google OS->

Submitted by
techie
techie writes "Google is working with Linux on a variety of fronts to continue to develop Google OS. Matt Hartley of OSWeekly.com comments, "How would it go down specifically? Probably something like this: As previously mentioned earlier, Google unfolds their plans with the help of Mozilla, Linspire and Canonical (Ubuntu sponsor). Using these three forces, Google begins working with a PC manufacturer, such as HP, to get an OEM deal out the door. Because Google is willing to take an initial cut in profits to start off with, they are willing to offer the low-end PCs for nothing, so long as the user understands that they will be exposed to Google advertising in exchange. In addition to this, I could even see bundled extras, should the user allow their efforts to be heavily tracked. Because of privacy concerns, however, this extra feature would be turned off by default."
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