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Comment: DB-9 versus DE-9 (Score 1) 412

by thpdg (#40678471) Attached to: The Web Is Not the Internet

Isn't this a lot like the DB-9 versus DE-9 debate?
You've probably never actually seen a DB-9 sub mini connector, yet that's what we call the connector commonly used for serial port connections. Except that's really a DE-9.
The tech world allowed them to become synonymous so long ago, that today no one can even recall that there is a difference.

Handhelds

+ - RIM CEO Heins: We're not in a a Death Spiral-> 1

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alphatel writes ""There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," said CEO Thorsten Heins when he spoke to Canada's CBC Radio Tuesday morning.
"I'm not talking about the company I took over six months ago. I'm talking about the company [in the] state it's in right now."

RIM just had one of its worst quarters in years, delayed its next-generation smartphone platform, and announced layoffs that will affect nearly one-third of the smartphone maker's employees. What's important to keep in mind that these results paint a picture of decisions made months, if not years, ago."

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Advertising

+ - Microsoft Admits It Wasted $6 Billion On Ad Business->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Microsoft has written off $6.2 billion of the $6.3 billion it spent on aQuantive, an online advertising company. The acquisition was supposed to make Bing competitive against Google in online ads. Instead, by Microsoft's admission, it's been a complete waste of money — and it was the largest acquisition the company has made apart from Skype."
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Google

+ - Google Proposes Fighting Piracy By Blocking Ad Money->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Google has published a report, written by the Performing Rights Society and BAE Detica, which says the way to fight piracy is not to chase the sharers, but to cut off the money in the system. Card companies should not give payments to pirate sites, and online ad firms should not place ads on the sites. But is Google absolutely sure it isn't doing that with AdSense?"
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Privacy

+ - Searls: 'We do not need Do Not Track legislation'->

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colinneagle (2544914) writes "You don't expect someone to stick something to your car and track where you're going, and yet that's normative now, because there's a kind of no-harm, no-foul orientation to that," Doc Searls, author of the new book The Intention Economy, says. "It's not that we in any genuine sense think that's OK. It's that 99.99% of people have no idea what's going on because it's out of sight, out of mind."

Of course, this is nothing new, and efforts at protecting consumer privacy have culminated in the Do Not Track protocol that has drawn support from Microsoft, Mozilla and Apple and is currently being standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium. Congress has also made an effort, introducing the Do Not Track Online Act of 2011 last May.

However, standards and legislation created to govern the use of technology to gather user data are unnecessary, Searls says. That's because alternative approaches to e-commerce can help businesses use data more effectively without having to monitor their activity and hoard their information.

"I don't think we need Do Not Track legislation," Searls says. "I think it's a bad idea at this stage, because we don't have the technical solutions to the problem, the problem basically being that we got stuck at client/server in 1995 with the first Web servers and especially with the invention of the cookie, and we have this normative system in which almost all the power resides on the server side and not on the client side.""

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Software

+ - Ford predicts self-driving, traffic-reducing cars by 2017->

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An anonymous reader writes "“Never gonna happen” just got a lot closer. According to Ford the self-driving car will be here within five years, using technologies available today. The smart car will take over your morning commute on clogged freeways, improving your speed and reducing fuel consumption. The technology concept, known as Traffic Jam Assist, uses adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and the sensors from its active park assist."
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Comment: Stick With RPI (Score 1) 283

by thpdg (#37813122) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Enter Private Space Industry As an Engineer?

Your RPI medal will get you a half price discount at a great school and a degree that will easily unlock many doors just on the name alone.

RPI is where so many key technologies have originated (including Ethernet!) and that will continue to be true going forward. It's also a school that encourages undergraduate participation in such projects. You'll never regret the opportunity.

Technology

+ - cyberwar in Syria->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Syrian police have cracked down on protesters in the streets, and pro-regime hackers are cracking down on protesters on Facebook. A hacker group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army has been coordinating attacks via its own Facebook page, has instructed followers on how to carry out attacks, and told them which dissident groups to target. They claim to be civilian volunteers — and to be honest, their efforts do seem pretty amateur. It's interesting stuff, though."
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Android

+ - Honeycomb Has Hidden Gingerbread Interface->

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mukt77 (1795808) writes "Honeycomb users might wonder how will honeycomb look like on smartphones. Well, it appears that even if the code-base is same different devices will have different interfaces optimised for the screen size and devices. No one would want a smart-phone-targeted Gingerbread interface on Xoom.

If you have a rooted tablet you can change the LCD density from 160 to 170 and you will be greeted by the Gingerbread interface on your tablet."

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China

+ - 'Glorious Mission,' Chinese Video Game Targets U.S->

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ShadowFoxx (2015582) writes "Its graphics are on par with Call of Duty, but Glorious Mission has a whole different perspective than what even the most experienced gamer might be used to.

It targets U.S. troops.

That's right, developed by China’s Giant Network Technology Co. and backed by the People's Liberation Army (P.L.A.) this first-person shooter paints U.S. soldiers as the enemy, according to WIred."

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