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Comment: Bitcoin to the rescue? (Score 0) 510

by zaaj (#36373630) Attached to: Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms
To address the privacy concerns, how about a system where you pay for eBooks via Bitcoin, and your private key for bitcoin transactions is what is used to unlock the eBook? You can always just generate a new Bitcoin ID per book if you wanted to... (oh wait, you could also transfer all funds out of the bitcoin ID you used to purchase the book, then share the book and the private key that no longer holds any value, so shhh - don't tell the publishers this part)
Hardware Hacking

iFixit Moves Into Console Repair 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the red-ring-of-rebirth dept.
sk8pmp writes with news that iFixit, a website known for Apple gadget teardowns and repair guides, is expanding into the game console market, launching a series of troubleshooting and repair guides to help gamers fix their own machines. They're also starting to sell replacement parts and the tools necessary to work on them. "Right now there are repair guides for 24 gaming consoles, including 206 repairs and upgrades. Some of these fixes deal with major issues, such as the infamous Red Ring of Death from the Xbox 360, but others are simpler. For instance, right now there is no easy way to clean out the fans inside your console. 'I think this is probably the number one cause of overheating these days now that manufacturers have mostly gotten their act together,' Wiens said. 'This is routine maintenance, and it's mind-boggling that the manufacturers don't provide people with an easy way to open the case up and blow it out.' You'll also learn how to replace broken LCD screens on your portables, replace the motherboard on your PlayStation 3, and do just about anything else you might want to do to these systems, from the simple to the harrowing."

Comment: Re:Physics... (Score 1) 226

by zaaj (#33067842) Attached to: The Physics of a Rolling Rubber Band
Yeah, that quote bothered me too - I'm thinking, why not just design it with the least friction with the air to start with - why have it be less efficient at slow speeds in other words?

Unless Clanet was referring to the design process itself - use an elastic model in a wind tunnel (or simulate the whole thing) and observe it's deformation to determine the shape with the least friction with the air (or call it coefficient of drag, like everyone else does :-)

At first I was thinking it might have been typical media-distorted science, but when they threw in that quote from Clanet, it seemed more that the science is hard to take seriously too.

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The White House Listed On Real Estate Website 123

Posted by samzenpus
from the been-for-sale-for-years dept.
Forget visiting the White House, if you have $10 million you can own it. At least that is the price for the president's home on the real estate website Redfin. From the article: "Obviously this is an error. It looks like Redfin software pulled an example listing from the website Owners.com by mistake. That example listing was the White House. We have e-mailed Redfin for comment." I know it's historic but it still looks a bit on the high side according to the comparables in the area.
Idle

Hand Written Clock 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Comment: Re: turn-by-turn directions? (Score 1) 371

by zaaj (#29616059) Attached to: Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones
My first thought too - My blackberry has a GPS reciever in it, but the feature is turned off by Verizon because they want to charge a monthly premium for their navigation service, which is unnecessary with GPS enabled and software installed on the handset itself. Irritatingly, it disables the GPS for other applications (GPS Trace logging for OpenStreetMap anyone?) and I don't need the navigation service enough to want to pay every month for it.

Why the patent, I couldn't guess, unless it is as others here are saying - patent it so you can sue carriers who want to implement the system to prevent them from crippling the iPhone.

Comment: Re:Not Science? (Score 3, Insightful) 330

by zaaj (#29186343) Attached to: Appeals Court Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision
You haven't read any of Asimov's non-fiction? From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov:

Isaac Asimov ... was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

I would have thought that most people would conside professors of biochemistry to be scientists...

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Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled 299

Posted by samzenpus
from the nerds-roll-out dept.
roelbj writes "Automotive stories are few and far between on Slashdot, but today's news from Chevrolet might just make a few readers' mouths water at the chance to own their own Bumblebee. Today at Comic-Con, General Motors officially announced the 2010 Chevy Camaro Transformers Special Edition. The $995 appearance package can be applied to LT (V6) and SS-trim Camaros in Rally Yellow with or without the optional RS package."

Comment: Re:I would go further than Linus on this one... (Score 1) 316

by zaaj (#27330075) Attached to: Kernel Hackers On Ext3/4 After 2.6.29 Release
Isn't the metadata where the filesystem would keep track of what blocks are available to be re-used? How could another process start using those data blocks if you haven't updated the meta-data to record them as avilable for re-use? For truncation, doesn't the truncation happen by writing the metadata?
Communications

+ - Estonia under DDOS attack

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bananaendian
bananaendian writes "According to F-Secure Security Labs the government websites of Estonia are still under relentless DDOS attack by unknown sources. The attacks have continued since Saturday and seem to originate from botnets all over the world. Estonian authorities have responded by replacing essential sites with text-only versions and by restricting traffic from abroad. Estonia has seen riots and pressure from Russian nationalists since the relocation of a disputed World War Two Red Army monument. A visiting Russian government delegation has demanded the resignation of Estonian parliament and PM. Since Putin stepped into power, Russian defence strategy has focussed on Asymmetric Warfare and placed a large budget for Electronic and Information Warfare."

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