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Sony Ericsson Develops Contact Headphones 173

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the sounds-like-another-point-of-failure dept.
TechnologyResource writes "Sony Ericsson has just introduced the MH907 headphones. The headphones will pause or play your music based on contact; eliminating the use of a pause or stop button. Removing one ear bud will pause the music. Removing both ear buds will stop the music. Both ear buds have to be in your ear to play the music. According to Sony Ericsson, this will allow you to 'play your music and answer phone calls just by inserting the buds into your ear or taking them out.'"

Comment: Re:Not enough (Score 0, Offtopic) 134

by rite_m (#26400519) Attached to: Mumbai Police To Enforce Wi-Fi Security

3 hour bus ride? That's a lot of time taken out of a terrorist plot. Do you have any idea how much evil can HAPPEN in three hours? Hot dang. That's a whole 8th of a season. Just ask Jack Bauer.

3 hours is a lot if this was going to be a hit and run attack like done recently in Taj hotel and elsewhere. But you have the understand the complete context here. India has had attacks which were done much differently. There have been cases when the terrorists were *in* India for days and sometimes months. Some of those attacks have cost more lives (mumbai train blasts come to my mind) than the recent one. And these attacks are much more common.

So, yes, you are right if the cops are only targeting Taj Mahal sort of attacks. But thats 'not enough', as I said.

Comment: Not enough (Score 5, Interesting) 134

by rite_m (#26400037) Attached to: Mumbai Police To Enforce Wi-Fi Security

Unless this policy is applied throughout the country, the city of Mumbai getting rid of unsecured wifi access points will not solve much. A terrorist can take a 3 hour bus ride to Pune to get unsecured wifi access. Mumbai itself is too big, are they talking about only the city or the whole suburbia included? Thane? New Mumbai?

Sounds like a scare tactic to me. A publicity stunt to make people more aware of consequences of unsecured wifi.

Comment: Re:India (Score 4, Informative) 386

by rite_m (#26245721) Attached to: Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?
Just to add, the famed IITs (Indian Institute of Technologies) do have exchange programs. But the living conditions in most IITs will not suit (you might call them appalling by US college standards) most americans. So choose the institute properly (IIT delhi, e.g., might be a better choice than IIT Kharagpur). But, yes, India will be a good economical choice. And almost all institutes in India have english as their medium of teaching, so language won't be a problem at all.

PS: I am from IIT Kharagpur.

Comment: Other (non-algorithmic and programming) stuff (Score 1) 517

by rite_m (#26216789) Attached to: Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?
Computer Science is not just algorithms and programming :). So a list of other important books:

* Introduction to Graph Theory - Douglas B West

* Computer Architecture - John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson

* Switching and Finite Automata Theory - Zvi Kohavi

* Compilers - Aho Ullman and Sethi (the dragon book)

* An Engineering Approach to Computer Networking - Keshav

And if you are going to be writing papers, don't forget to read "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk.
Wireless Networking

+ - SPAM: Why Clearwire's 4G network plan is no slam dunk

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Clearwire recently announced the completion of its Sprint Nextel transaction and the formation of the new Clearwire Corp. In addition, it received $3.2 billion from Comcast, Intel, Time Warner Cable, Google and Bright House Networks. As expected, Clearwire's conference call emphasized all the positive aspects of the deal. Namely, it owns lots of spectrum, is building an all-IP network that is "open," and will use fourth-generation (4G) mobile WiMAX technology (IEEE 802.16e). I'd love to see a nationwide 4G mobile network, but let's be clear about some of the challenges facing Clearwire, including cost, device and competitive ones."
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Rocketman Crosses Colorado Gorge 71

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-up-and-away dept.
nandemoari writes "Remember the 1991 film, 'The Rocketeer,' where a young pilot uses a jetpack prototype to become a masked vigilante and win the heart of Jennifer Connelly? That scenario isn't as far-fetched as it once was, given that an American stuntman recently used a jetpack to soar over Colorado's Royal Gorge. The stuntman in question is one Eric Scott, who recently appeared on CBS' Early Show and a variety of local cable channels after making his daring leap. Scott has been testing jetpack devices for 16 years, and was confident that he wouldn't plummet to his untimely death when he straddled the Gorge above the Arkansas River earlier this week. Despite an enormous gulf between the two sides — 1,500 feet across and 1,000 feet down — Scott made the trip safely."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun to cut up to 6,000 Jobs

Submitted by no-more-HB1s-needed
no-more-HB1s-needed (28156) writes "Looks like the IT jobs market might be getting harder real soon. According to an article over at Bloomberg:

Sun plans to cut as many as 6,000 jobs as the company tries to cope with plunging sales of server computers to financial firms, market-share losses to bigger competitors and a spiraling stock price. ... Sun is the third company in Santa Clara, at the heart of California's Silicon Valley, to cut jobs this week as technology companies cope with the worst sales slump since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. Applied Materials Inc., the largest maker of chip-production machinery, announced plans to cut 1,800 jobs, and mobile-phone chip builder National Semiconductor Corp. said it will shed about 5 percent of the staff.

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