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Comment: Re:What's the First Amendment? (Score 2) 230

by twiddlingbits (#43360665) Attached to: New CFAA Could Subject Teens To Jail For Reading Online News
The GOP isnt in control of the Senate or the Executive Branch..have you been under a rock the last 5 yrs? Regardless, its Computer "stuff" something Congress as a whole (bioth partied) has no clue about so they'll probably passs it as the "good" in it outweighs the "evil" in it according to them. Educate your elected officials about this part of the bill and urge them to strike it out. I wonder what other easter eggs are buried in the fine print..:(

Comment: Re:"Demonstrates..." (Score 1) 91

by twiddlingbits (#33087054) Attached to: Dell and HP To Sell Oracle Operating Systems
Craigslist is neither large nor busy. Try a stock brokerage for example or Wal-Mart inventory management systems that runs off POS data if you want large and fast. Oracle is an Enterprise class database and it's massive overkill and a waste of money to use it for small environments. Plus it doesn't HAVE to be a web site to need Oracle. Products like SAP and other systems that do a lot of data manipulation and/or calculations but are not used to drive a website also use Oracle. You can buy one copy of Oracle and set up as many different schemas that are essentially desperate databases as you want which makes it nice to "share" among different organizations. Yes, using Oracle can be PITA dealing with corporate Sales, the CEO, pricing models and to get it tuned but it does a very good job.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 764

by twiddlingbits (#33086682) Attached to: To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'
All of those killed by a monopolist called Microsoft who COPIED the features, then made the packages dependent on the OS called Windows and just made it all available for cheap as part of a Suite called MS-Office. It didn't help that IBM bought Lotus and pretty much conceded the spreadsheet market to MS. Netscape never really went away, the original code base became the starting point for Mozilla when gave us Firefox which is faring pretty good vs IE.
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Woman's Nude Pics End Up Online After Call To Tech Support 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-was-your-service-today? dept.
Tara Fitzgerald couldn't find the nude pictures she planned on sending to her boyfriend, but instead of just taking more, she decided to see if a Dell tech support call could fix her problem. Apparently the tech support guy found them. Unfortunately, he then put them up on a site called "bitchtara."
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The Science of Caddyshack 55

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-in-the-hole dept.
astroengine writes "Thirty years after the release of the cult classic comedy Caddyshack, Discovery News has geeked out and gone on the hunt for any trace amount of science they can find in the movie (video). From gopher territoriality to seismic deformation, from pool poop bacteria to the color of lightning, it turns out there's quite a lot of science to talk about..."

Comment: Re:It took this long? (Score 0, Redundant) 122

by twiddlingbits (#33075456) Attached to: Stieg Larsson Is First Author To Sell 1M E-Books
Not any more...Top 50 downloads from Project Guttenberg...(note how many are "classics" published long ago where no one gets a cut) Top 100 EBooks yesterday 1. How to Analyze People on Sight by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict (819) 2. The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana (802) 3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (605) 4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (468) 5. The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete by Leonardo da Vinci (389) 6. The Art of War by Sunzi 6th cent. B.C. (384) 7. Ulysses by James Joyce (371) 8. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (370) 9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (303) 10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père (282) 11. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (270) 12. Dracula by Bram Stoker (266) 13. Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by E.M. Berens (248) 14. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (233) 15. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (232) 16. The Bible, Old and New Testaments, King James Version (232) 17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (226) 18. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (223) 19. Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (221) 20. The Black Watch by Joe Cassells (218) 21. War and Peace by graf Leo Tolstoy (218) 22. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (216) 23. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (211) 24. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (207) 25. Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases by Peter Mark Roget (201) 26. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (199) 27. The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel by Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew (197) 28. Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (193) 29. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (191) 30. The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated by Dante Alighieri (183) 31. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (182) 32. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (178) 33. Moby Dick, or, the whale by Herman Melville (177) 34. Emma by Jane Austen (169) 35. Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (167) 36. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (166) 37. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (166) 38. Cathedral Cities of Spain by W. W. Collins (164) 39. The Apricot Tree by Unknown (164) 40. The Riddle of the Night by Thomas W. Hanshew (162) 41. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (161) 42. The Republic by Plato (160) 43. Doctrina Christiana by Anonymous (159) 44. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (157) 45. Paradise Lost by John Milton (150) 46. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (150) 47. Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont (148) 48. The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (148) 49. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (145) 50. Knots, Splices and Rope Work by A. Hyatt Verrill (143)

Comment: Re:No "ideologies" to hold him back (Score 1) 122

by twiddlingbits (#33075404) Attached to: Stieg Larsson Is First Author To Sell 1M E-Books
If he was smart and planned well his "estate" which has been set aside for his kids, charity, etc. can certainly hold the rights and if there were instructions given as to what could/couldnt be done with his works they would follow them. JRR Tolkien has been dead a LONG time but his estate (managed by his son) negotiates all the rights for his works. That would subvert the "rape" you talk about (without giving any facts to back it up). It's a well know fact that SOME authors get very large fees for writing books. The Clintons come to mind as well as JK Rowling, they got millions. Of course I don't know if those $$$ were an advance against Sales Royalties or just a fee to produce the book. That's all super-secret.

Comment: Re:Noble but useless. (Score 1) 167

by twiddlingbits (#33075292) Attached to: A $20 8-Bit Wikipedia Reader For Your TV
Even if it is $60 or 60 rupees, for double the cost you get one hell of a lot more utility!!! Plus the laptops can also access the Internet where it is available. IIRC, this thing you hook to the TV you need a PC to download then xfer to an SD card, unless of course they catch on and someone starts selling books on SD cards. With Kindles at $139 now, and laptops under $100 the cost vs utility of this device is poor.

Comment: Re:Noble but useless. (Score 1, Insightful) 167

by twiddlingbits (#33074666) Attached to: A $20 8-Bit Wikipedia Reader For Your TV
I seriously doubt that $35 claim on his device. If he sells it in the USA the requirements to make it "safe" will drive up the cost. Who even makes 8-bit microcontrollers? The last time I played with them was the Intel 8051 and 8031 in the early 1990s and they were hard to get then. The $35 laptop made in India for use in India..yea they can do that.

Comment: Re:Noble but useless. (Score 3, Insightful) 167

by twiddlingbits (#33074470) Attached to: A $20 8-Bit Wikipedia Reader For Your TV
Considering India just announced a $35 Linux laptop INCLUDING screen, memory and hard drive this product is overpriced and under capable. In the longer run the Linux laptop should be under $20. IThe laptop also allows the user to learn anywhere not just where the TV is located. I think most people would be OK carrying a laptop versus a TV. I would also think it takes less power for an LCD laptop than for a TV. Nice invention, only 10 yrs too late.

Comment: Re:Is this really a problem? (Score 1) 103

by twiddlingbits (#33074274) Attached to: NASA's Top 10 Space Junk Missions
Approx. 8km/sec is the speed to keep something in LEO. It varies with the eccentricity of the orbit and the mass in relation to the body it is orbiting. 8km/sec is about .6mph/sec. With 3600 secs in 1 hr it's about 2100 mph. Objects in LEO have one hell of a lot of kinetic energy, a 1/10 kg object at 8km/sec would impart 3.2MJ of energy.which is about equal to about 1.5 sticks of dynamite energy displaced onto a stationary object. That much energy will tear up anything not armored against it and even then you need some seriously thick armor. Since weight is the enemy of spacecraft there is very little of that weight devoted to protection from impact. Even small objects like a nut or bolt will cause serious impact as It's not the mass it's the velocity that ramps up the impact. Don't forget that spacecraft are also moving in LEO so the velocity would double sending energy up by 4X. . In simpler terms if you put your McDs' quarter pounder into orbit you got a hell of a weapon of you can smash it into something.

Comment: Re:Final report (Score 1) 299

by twiddlingbits (#33047242) Attached to: Heat Ray Gun Fails Final Test; Nixed From War
I don't think distance was the deal beaker. The vehicle based one I saw the other night on Discover/NatGeo/Science (I forgot which one) works at quite a distance up to several hundred meters (yards). But it does require a big vehicle with a large flat rotating vertical antenna and a good sized generator to reach that range. That makes it kind of hard to deploy in places like Afghanistan where the terrain can be very rough and enemies are hiding (someone has to be in the open for it to work). I also would wonder if rain/snow/dust would attenuate the beam or spread it reducing effectiveness. I could see a police department finding a use for controlling an unruly crowd but I can't see them being able to find the several millions needed to buy one.. Until it can be made man-portable or on something smaller (like a HUMVEE ) can be fired up quick and doesn't have a huge antenna it's just an interesting toy for the military.
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Playboy Launches Safe For Work Website 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the porn-now-without-nudity dept.
If you're one of the three people in the world who actually reads Playboy for the articles, today is your lucky day. Every young boy's favorite magazine to find in their uncle's closet has launched a "safe for work" website. From the article: "TheSmokingJacket.com will contain none of the nudity that makes Playboy.com NSFW — not suitable for work. Instead, it'll rely on humor to reach Playboy's target audience, men 25 to 34 years old, when they are most likely to be in front of a computer screen."

Comment: Re:Government is the problem, not the solution (Score 1) 565

by twiddlingbits (#32778448) Attached to: Intel Co-Founder Calls For Tax On Offshored Labor
Of course you like Obama's Socialist direction. Everyone of your responses is anti-capitalism and anti-free market. Unions broke the back of the old GM, or course now that the Gov't owns them and the unions love the Govt' who protects their excesses. And we the taxpayers get shafted picking up the benefits and bloated labor costs that can't be passed on to the consumer since that would price GM products out of the market. Healthcare is working pretty good like it is now. It's not perfect but no system ever is. You think costs are high now and your selections limited to doctors and procedures your insurer will pay for, wait till it gets under the Government Corporations pay a LOT of taxes. I guess you don't realize that your taxes taken from your paycheck are matched by the corporation before they are sent in, and corps pay tax on profits, property and on things they use like electricity? Sure they get to deduct them as expenses to offset sales but they are still taxes they paid. So even IF a company paid no Corporate Income Tax they still paid Taxes I think you BADLY mistake the Tea Party movement or else are taking the Democrat talking points. Tea Party is after restoring the BASIC foundations of the USA not some personal agenda that Candidate X has. (no I'm not a member). Any strong challenge that's a reasonable option to the two idiot parties in charge now is worth consdering.

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