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Submission $50 Fire tablet with high-capacity SDXC slot doesn't see e-books on the SD card 1

Robotech_Master writes: For all that the $50 Fire has a 128 GB capable SDXC card slot that outclasses every other tablet in its price range, and it evolved out of Amazon's flagship e-book reader, it strangely lacks the ability to index e-books on that card. This seems like a strange oversight, given that every other media app on the tablet uses that card for downloading and storage, and its 5 GB usable internal memory isn't a lot for people who have a large library of picture-heavy e-books—especially if they want to install other apps, too.

Submission UK videogamers can now get their money back for publishers' broken promises->

An anonymous reader writes: An amendment to the UK Consumer Rights Act regarding digital-only purchases seems to give British videogamers redress towards publishing houses which deliver buggy code or inveigle consumers to pre-order games based on trailers or betas that demonstrate features, characters or quality not delivered in the RTM release. But the legislation is so loosely worded as to be an invitation to litigation and interpretation, and does not address mis-delivery issues for consumer models such as cloud subscriptions.
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Submission Rogue biohacking is not a problem->

Lasrick writes: Although biosecurity experts have long warned that biohackers will eventually engineer pathogens in the same way that computer enthusiasts in the 1970s developed viruses and adware, UC Berkeley's Zian Liu thinks fears about "rogue biohackers" are overblown. He lists the five barriers that make it much more difficult to bioengineer in your garage than people think, but also suggests some important chokeholds regulators can take to prevent a would-be bioweaponeer from getting lucky. Great read.
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Submission Another Pharma Company Recaptures a Generic Medication->

Applehu Akbar writes: Daraprim, currently used as a niche AIDS medication, was developed and patented by Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKlein) decades ago. Though Glaxo's patent has long since expired, a startup called Turing Pharmaceuticals has been the latest pharma company to 'recapture' a generic by using legal trickery to gain exclusive rights to sell it in the US.
Though Turing has just marketing rights, not a patent, on Daraprim, it takes advantage of pharma-pushed laws that forbid Americans from shopping around on the world market for prescriptions. Not long ago, Google was fined half a billion dollars by the FDA for allowing perfectly legal Canadian pharmacies to advertise on its site. So now that Turing has a lock on Daraprim, it has raised the price from $13.50 a pill to $750.

In 2009 another small pharma company inveigled an exclusive on the longstanding generic gout medication colchicine from the FDA, effectively rebranding the unmodified generic so they could raise its price by a similar percentage.

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Submission Samsung Unwraps 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSDs Clocked At 2.5GB/s

Deathspawner writes: It wasn't that long ago that Samsung unveiled its super-fast SM951 M.2-based SSD, capable of delivering read speeds of 2GB/s. Today, the company one-upped itself with its 950 Pro. Taking advantage of an x4 PCIe 3.0 lane and brand-new V-NAND MLC chips, this drive is able to deliver read performance of 2.5GB/s, and a staggering IOPS performance of 270,000.

Submission Alienware's X51 R3, Revamped With Skylake And Maxwell, Tested And Torn Down->

MojoKid writes: Alienware has been relatively quiet for the past 18 months or so with respect to their X51 small form factor gaming systems. However, Intel's recent Skylake processor launch and NVIDIA's further optimizations in their Maxwell GPU architecture have given the company a fresh suite of technology to work with to enhance performance and reduce power consumption. As such, the Alienware X51 was given a complete overhaul of the lastest technologies, all of which play very well with the tighter power budgets and thermal constraints of this class of machine. Alienware calls their new machine simply the X51 R3, as it's the third revision of the product. One of the more unique design changes that Alienware made was to the graphics riser card which plugs into a X20 PCI Express slot on the motherboard. This is a rather unique approach to design efficiency which allows the Samsung NVMe M.2 gumstick Solid State Drive in this machine to ride along shotgun with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, on the side of a custom riser card. Performance-wise the machine is capable of strong standard compute performance on the desktop and in the latest game titles it's able to offer up playable frame rates up through 1440p resolution with high image quality settings. Not bad for a console-sized small form factor PC, actually.
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Submission Which Is Better: Fuses or Circuit Breakers?->

asuna_strikes writes: Look at the advantages you’ll get by switching to a breaker box:
Breakers are easier. Fuses and breakers are a lot alike. They both protect your electrical circuits—and the appliances attached to them—from overloading. While a fuse contains a small metal wire which melts and shuts the circuit down, a breaker flips to shut things down. Instead of finding a new fuse and replacing it, all you have to do is flip a switch.
Fuses can be dangerous. Using the wrong type of fuse can lead to disaster, but most often, it just won’t allow you to turn the electricity back on. Breakers make electrical outages fast and easy to manage, which is why they add to the value of your home and remain a popular home improvement.

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Submission MS continues to resist US warrant for Irish data->

Bruce66423 writes: Microsoft is back in court over the claim by the US authorities that because it is a US based company, it can be ordered to ignore the rules of the countries it's operating in. Actually the US firms may be missing a trick here; because the US government charges a far higher rate of corporation tax than others do, US companies are at a disadvantage. So it seems to make sense for the tech firms in the firing line to use this harassment as an excuse to move their domicile overseas... nothing to do with the tax advantages, honest! We're making a principled stand to resist government encroachment.
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Submission Egyptian researchers develop low-cost method for turning saltwater into fresh->

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt have developed a promising new method that can turn salt water into fresh water in just a few minutes. The new technique could be the cost-effective and quick breakthrough we've been looking for to help battle the global water crisis.
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Submission Why The Black Hole Information Paradox Is Such A Problem->

TheAlexKnapp writes: Really nice explanation of the Information Paradox for those who are unfamiliar with it. Lays out the basic gist — that right now if you take two black holes, one made from the collapse of one type of star, and the second from the collapse of a different type, you can't tell which is which. Rightly points out that Hawking's big announcement was really just a small step heading towards a possible solution, and highlights that the paradox highlights the incompleteness of our understanding of some types of Physics.
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Submission Pirate movie bootlegger gets 24 months probation

Solandri writes: Ricardo Taylor, a former supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor ran a bootleg DVD operation for 7 years, copying DVDs and selling them to other employees via the Department's internal email system. You know — exactly the sort of thing our draconian Copyright fines were meant to prevent. He made more than $19,000 from these pirated movie sales in 2013 alone. His punishment? 24 months probation. So apparently, using the Internet to share Copyrighted materials at no personal profit is a more serious crime than selling Copyrighted works for profit on physical media. More details on this site with auto-playing video.

Submission "The Politics of Star Trek" Is Unlikely Trigger Much Discussion On Slashdot

smitty_one_each writes: Timothy Sandefur, a lawyer at the Pacific Legal Foundation has written a breezy overview of the politics of the little-known show Star Trek. His thesis:

the key to Star Trek’s longevity and cultural penetration was its seriousness of purpose, originally inspired by creator Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction vision. Modeled on Gulliver’s Travels, the series was meant as an opportunity for social commentary, and it succeeded ingeniously, with episodes scripted by some of the era’s finest science fiction writers. Yet the development of Star Trek’s moral and political tone over 50 years also traces the strange decline of American liberalism since the Kennedy era.

The article traces through episodes at each phase of the franchise, exploring literary allusions and lamenting that

"Star Trek's latest iterations--the 'reboot' films directed by J.J. Abrams--shrug at the franchise's former philosophical depth"

I mean, if we're going to call it a franchise, why should it not be to thought what fast food is to nutrition?

Submission The black hole information paradox really is a problem

StartsWithABang writes: When something falls into a black hole, it contains its own set of quantum properties, entanglements, and connections to everything else in the Universe. But eventually, the entire black hole system will decay, resulting in a bath of thermal, blackbody radiation and nothing else, missing almost all of that information that went into it. So what's going on? Are we violating a fundamental conservation law? Or is there some way to preserve that information after all? Despite what you may have heard, the black hole information paradox really is a paradox, and this is why it's still a problem.

Comment Re:Is there a POTS that can do OTA? (Score 1) 74

Well done, those are the definitions of VHF and UHF, but I guarantee no phone service ever ran on the entire VHF or UHF band.

for what it's worth, from wikipedia:
"The Improved Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS) is a pre-cellular VHF/UHF radio system that links to the PSTN. IMTS was the radiotelephone equivalent of land dial phone service."


Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. - Kahlil Gibran