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Comment That's cool, but my one grip still (Score 0) 309 309

is the miserable battery life. My droid Incredible goes barely a day and a half with little to no good smartphone usage. If I use the internet or video at all the battery is gone in less than a day. I even have all the default auto-running programs deleted. I will probably go back to iphone after this just because of its incredible battery life. I had the 3g and it was amazing.

Comment Re:Its justified price (Score 3, Interesting) 536 536

The thing I hate most is that for xbox360 (sure it's the same for PS3 but I don't own one so I don't know) every game is $60. Some games definitely deserve it like the huge RPG games with fantastic stories and voice acting and emersive worlds, the great multiplayer FPS games, and so on. Then there's the other games, which probably spent a quarter as much time in development than the much better games, and all of a sudden the developer is like "hurr hurr it's in high def and on the 360 it's worth $60" Games based off movies come to mind first-- usually terrible mock ups hashed together for insta-profit from the movie's success. Some cartoon graphic puzzle games next. And some blatantly terrible games.
Robotics

Submission + - Robot warriors will get a guide to ethics-> 1 1

thinker writes: MSNBC reports:

Smart missiles, rolling robots, and flying drones currently controlled by humans, are being used on the battlefield more every day. But what happens when humans are taken out of the loop, and robots are left to make decisions, like who to kill or what to bomb, on their own?

Ronald Arkin, a professor of computer science at Georgia Tech, is in the first stages of developing an "ethical governor," a package of software and hardware that tells robots when and what to fire. His book on the subject, "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots," comes out this month.


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Power

Submission + - Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Prize->

Mike writes: "Here's a brilliant idea to boost our ailing energy infrastructure: install wind turbines within existing electricity transmission towers! Dubbed Wind-It, the practical design uses existing infrastructure to negate the need for new transmission cables, and it was recently announced as the winner of the 2009 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition. According to the winning team, if a third of France's electrical towers were outfitted with turbines, they could rival the energy production of two nuclear reactors-that's 5% of the country's total electrical demand."
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Microsoft

Submission + - Gates was visionary with .NET and Windows Azure

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has been planning its escape from x86 ties for years with .NET. When Microsoft began developing its .NET framework at the start of this decade, many developers and users thought it made no practical sense. On machines of the day, the .NET framework was enormous, clunky, and its huge quantity of (often buggy) code operated internally on a virtual machine. This meant even slower performance (until just-in-time compilers came along which re-wrote .NET code into machine-native code). This allowed applications developers write code for that virtual environment as if they were writing for a real machine. But the question remained: Why would developers have any interest in writing code for the slow, clunky, often buggy, .NET virtual machine? The answer: Microsoft wasn't looking at the here-and-now, but rather to the future.
Earth

Submission + - Scientists create RNA from primordial soup->

Kristina at Science News writes: "The RNA world hypothesis proposed 40 years ago suggested that life on Earth started not with DNA but with RNA. Now a team of scientists bolsters this hypothesis, having assembled RNA in the lab from a mixture that resembles what was likely the primordial soup. "Until now," Science News reports, "scientists couldn't figure out the chemical reactions that created the earliest RNA molecules." The new work started the RNA assembly chemistry from a different angle than what earlier work had tried."
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Comment pandemic preparation (Score 1) 249 249

Well, I guess all our years of preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse will finally pay off with all these scientists sitting in labs creating viruses it's only a matter of time.

/gets out zombie apocalypse survival gear
/puts on cape and sword
/equips shotgun
/prepares to finally be loved

User Journal

Journal Journal: spring - blazeds integration suite

Changed my flex/javaserver application to use the new spring flex integration suite from http://www.springsource.org/spring-flex as well as the spring-security package. It is a real treat to use. Very easy to use, much easier to configure and secure remote destinations than the standard flex config files.

Comment it's a trick (Score 5, Funny) 240 240

Everyone confirming or denying the presence of MS-DEBUG on their windows machine, is confirming their use of windows, and getting their precious slashdot ID number increased by 50% and a free copy of Windows 7 because MS is tired of having to keep hosting Windows 98 SP 2 updates for every time you reformat

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