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Comment: Re:I dissent (Score 1) 193

by stobrd (#33884766) Attached to: NY Times Confident of 'First Click Free' Paywalls
Why is this modded funny? There are many examples like this. The NYT and the WSJ are among the best original sources out there. I believe if they disappear just because of this "I want everything on the internet for free" mentality, the overall quality of news on the internet - strike that - the quality of news everywhere would suffer greatly. They do the real work and don't just sit in their armchairs and watch some aggregator. The information these papers provide and the quality in which they write it up and present it to us is easily worth it. Take the price for the paper version, subtract paper, ink, delivery cost and whatnot and I'll pay it gladly if that enables them to maintain their overall quality of journalism. This mindset that something has to be free if it's digital is really annoying. Not all news are automatically put online and spread everywhere.

Comment: Sync Key (Score 1) 128

by stobrd (#33833956) Attached to: Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo
With the HTC Desire, when you enter the Sync Key the key is visible and what bothers me more, it get's stored in the keyboard dictionary as an unknown word. Why not handle it like a password as the desktop version does? And when visiting http://www.google.com/ I wasn't automatically redirected to http://www.google.com/m. I don't know if this works with other websites.

Comment: Re:Let's see how well it flies (Score 1) 161

by stobrd (#32850144) Attached to: Fan-Developed <em>Ultima VI</em> Remake Released
One reason for this may be, that just more people got computers and into gaming. I think it's not that nowadays there are more assholes out there than there were before, but today many (*sigh*) more of them are online and playing games. While in the 90s only people who were into tinkering with new technology, which requires having a at least moderate attention span and a certain amount of education, even knew about the existence of computer games, nowadays literally _everyone_ plays them. Add to that, that assholes tend to be very vocal, especially when they're online and anonymous, and you've got enough people to drag down the quality of multiplayer experiences overall.
Advertising

Tearing Apart a Hard-Sell Anti-Virus Ad 192

Posted by timothy
from the what-naive-users-face dept.
climenole writes "I came across an email sent by a security vendor, reminding me, no urging me with the liver-transplant sort of urgency, to renew my subscription to their product, lest my pixels perish. I spent a minute or two staring at the email, thinking about all the poor souls out there who do not have the comfort of being a geek and who may actually take the advertisement seriously." That led to this insightful deconstruction of these over-the-top ads, the kind that make it hard to keep straight the malware makers and the anti-malware makers.
Encryption

The Beginnings of Encrypted Computing In the Cloud 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the stormy-weather dept.
eldavojohn writes "A method of computing from a 2009 paper allows the computing of data without ever decrypting it. With cloud computing on the rise, this may be the holy grail of keeping private data private in the cloud. It's called Fully Homomorphic Encryption, and if you've got the computer science/mathematics chops you can read the thesis (PDF). After reworking it and simplifying it, researchers have moved it away from being true, fully homomorphic encryption, but it is now a little closer to being ready for cloud usage. The problem is that the more operations performed on your encrypted data, the more likely it has become 'dirty' or corrupted. To combat this, Gentry developed a way to periodically clean the data by making it self-correcting. The article notes that although this isn't prepared for use in reliable systems, it is a quick jump to implementation just one year after the paper was published — earlier encryption papers would take as much as half a decade until they were implemented at all."
Space

Why Some Supermassive Black Holes Have Big Jets 111

Posted by Soulskill
from the too-many-stellar-burritos dept.
astroengine writes "Some of the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies have powerful jets blasting from their poles, and others have weak jets, but many don't have jets at all. Why is this the case? In new simulations carried out by astronomers at NASA and MIT, it would appear that the way in which the black hole spins relative to its accretion disk may be a contributing factor. Strangely enough, the results indicate that if the black hole rotates in the opposite direction to its accretion disk, the most powerful jets form. The region between the black hole event horizon and the accretion disk still baffles scientists, so these simulations are very speculative, but the results seem to match what radio astronomers are seeing in the cores of active galaxies. Perhaps it's time to fire up that event horizon telescope!"
Biotech

A Genetically Engineered Fly That Can Smell Light 111

Posted by timothy
from the lsd-way-cheaper dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It sounds like a cool — if somewhat pointless — super-powered insect: a fly that can smell light! Researchers added a light-sensitive protein to a fruit fly's olfactory neurons, which caused the neurons to fire when the fly was exposed to a certain wavelength of blue light. Adding the protein specifically to neurons that respond to good smells, like bananas, makes for a light-seeking fly."

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