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Comment: Hmmm (Score 4, Interesting) 488

by thebra (#36739706) Attached to: Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs
Well I'm not to sure how I feel about this. I currently have the streaming + 1 dvd. I only watch a dvd every few months but the option was still nice to have. There is no way I would pay 8 bucks a month for the few dvds I would watch. But on the other hand the streaming selection is pretty poor so paying 8 bucks a month for just streaming doesn't seem like that great of a deal. I think they've shot themselves in the foot but without a great alternative they will probably get away with it.

Comment: Re:Dangerous mercury vapor does not belong near ki (Score 1) 990

by thebra (#36737854) Attached to: Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

... Either way it is unlikely to harm the kid unless the kid ingests the carpet...

So then it is a real concern as it is likely a child, especially under 3, would do something like eat the carpet or something that touched the carpet. I know my kids try and eat anything they can get their hands on.

Comment: Re:Dangerous mercury vapor does not belong near ki (Score 1) 990

by thebra (#36737800) Attached to: Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

Several months ago, a CFL broke right next to my 2-year old son. I had the sense to get him out of the room, but not for about 10 seconds. After much research, I discovered that a CFL has about 4 milligrams of Mercury that is released as a vapor (which is readily absorbed by the body unlike the solid form). The EPA website's cleanup instructions were vast. They even recommended that all clothing that came in contact with any of the CFL be destroyed. I assumed this also meant the wall-to-wall carpeting in my son's bedroom where he plays. Do I think the EPA is probably being a bit paranoid? Sure. But this is my son we are talking about during his key mental development years. A little paranoia is in order. Who knows how much mercury vapor he inhaled. Yes, I got rid of the carpet. I'm personally stocking up on incadescents until LED or Halogon alternatives become viable. BTW-- I vote Democratic ticket and am otherwise pretty liberal.

I've run in to the same issue. I was changing a CFL and it shattered in to tiny pieces. I have two young kids at home and based on what the EPA recommends you need to call in professionals to clean your house and remove any surface, specifically cloth or carpet, that could be contaminated. Also you should put the broken light bulb in a glass jar and properly dispose of it. Scary stuff. I'd much rather just have to clean up some broken pieces of glass.

Comment: Re:People need to get out more (Score 3, Insightful) 467

by thebra (#36721900) Attached to: When Software Offends

People will use all kinds of reasons to justify their behaviour. I imagine this name would make all kinds of people want to try out the software as well. Do you think the main purpose of the open source community is to provide tools for megacorporations?

I don't see how this naming would make anyone want to try out this software. But what it would do is make it difficult for a person in a business environment to search for and access this package, especially those with strict internet filtering.

Chrome

+ - IE Surrenders First Countries To Chrome->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It is no secret that Chrome’s market share varies dramatically in different geographic across the globe, but it has caught us by surprise that Chrome is now the most popular browser in at least four countries. Chrome appears to be especially strong in South America, where it now leads in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay."
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Education

+ - Stanford CS adopts JavaScript->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "If further proof were needed that JavaScript shall indeed inherit the earth we have the news that Stanford has adopted JavaScript to teach CS101 — Introduction to Computing Principles.
"the essential ideas of computing via little phrases of Javascript code."
You can even try it out for yourself at: CS101"

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Programming

+ - 10 Apps Pushing HTML5 To The Limit->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at 10 projects that are putting the potential of HTML5 on promising display, each of which shows how HTML5 breathes new life into Web applications, hinting at major shifts in programming to come. 'Smart designers see HTML5 as a way to create a single design out of basic tags and CSS directives that works well on many different machines and on many different screen real estates. It's never perfect, of course, but it's easier than writing Java for the Android phone, Objective-C for iOS, and an entirely different Objective-C for Mac desktops. Can HTML5 help the Web supplant native code? Only time will tell.'"
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Google

+ - How Google+ Measures Up On Privacy-> 1

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "The slow rollout of Google+ has led some to wonder whether Google was trying to create demand through scarcity, but it might just be that the company learned its lesson from the privacy fiasco that was the launch of Google Buzz. 'I think it is very smart of Google to restrict Plus to a 'limited field trial' — they aren't even calling it a beta. Google made a misstep with the roll out of Buzz. They've already avoided that mistake with Plus with this limited release. And because it's so exclusive, tech savvy individuals are fighting to get in — just the type of folks that you want as beta testers,' said Sean Sullivan, an F-Secure security adviser. Of course, fixing bugs doesn't necessarily mean that Google will have privacy issues buttoned up. 'Google Plus is clearly designed to give people better control over their privacy with respect to their family, co-workers and friends, [but] there are other types of privacy that it simply can't provide,' says Peter Eckersley, a senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 'If you want a communications tool where the information you're sharing can't be read by Google, or by governments or lawyers in western countries, Google Plus isn't the service to use. Nobody has succeeded in building a social network that can offer those kinds of privacy protections yet.'"
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Politics

+ - DHS Admits Knowledge Of Infected Technology->

Submitted by smitty777
smitty777 (1612557) writes "Deputy Undersecretary Schaffer of the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate confessed to being aware of foreign technology that had been imported with spyware, malware, and other security risks. According to the article, "More worryingly, the hearing specifically mentioned hardware components as possibly being compromised--which raises the questions of whether, perhaps, something as innocuous as Flash memory or embedded RFID chips could be used by interested foreign parties."

These hearings were held on July 7th to "examine the nature and extent of the current threat to America's infrastructure."

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