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Submission + - Next-gen ION chip combats Intel in netbooks (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: The first iteration of NVIDIA's ION chipset was made for Atom-processor based netbooks and nettop computers in an attempt to improve the computing power systems offered in some specific cases like gaming, GPU computing and of course HD video playback. Unfortunately, due to technical changes and legal issues regarding the most recent version of Intel's Atom platform and bus licensing, NVIDIA was forced to update the ION product to continue having any kind of offering in this market. ION 2 doesn't change much in terms of performance but does add support for Optimus technology that allows for seamless switching between integrated and discrete graphics while moving to a standard PCI Express bus interface to the rest of the system, hopefully preventing Intel from finding another way of locking out the competition.

Comment Police is corrupt. Piracy is the norm. (Score 1) 194

I live in Sao Paulo, in a middle class neighborhood where the law sort of works, work in a cyber cafe. I have had policemen, who can barely double click an icon, walk in insinuating they will confiscate everything because there is pirate software.

I live in Sao Paulo, you insensitive clod!

If the cops were in ur coffeeshops, stealing ur puterz, then the law sort of doesn't work. AFAIK there's only a small task force authorized to do that, provided they have a warrant from the ABES (Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Software) and even that was only after larger companies and those major bootleggers.

Yeah, cops here can be an ass if you let them bully you. I'd get their names and badges, ask for a warrant and file a serious report on their asses if they tried that on me.

Fuck those dirty cops.

And it's true, when I lived in Jabaquara, most Lan houses were all about piracy. Cable jacking and counter-strike galore. Truth is, in general you don't see anyone buying legal software unless they run a business that gets audited. We have so much more serious stuff going on, legal software is extremely overpriced and you find people selling pirate CDs on every street, the notion of copyright infringement is slim at best. You have people hijacking cable modems, open Wi-Fis everywhere.

On the bright side, our government loves Linux, thanks to our *nix zealots in the south and our leftist president. They're doing a bunch of cool stuff like putting linux boxes in public schools, computers with Internet at subways and such. There's a serious Digital Inclusion program going on, wouldn't be a bad place to get a job in IT right now.

Telefonica is such a crappy, old and monopolist ISP, can't even keep their backbone running right, let alone implement any sort of verification or throttling. They are so bad they were actually banned from selling ADSL by Anatel for almost a year. But they virtually own the entire state, cable being available only in São Paulo and adjacent cities.

NET and Ajato are a little better, though both throttle P2P (unless you encrypt) and have a monthly cap (that can be circumvented by changing your MAC address).

And they are all heavily overpriced. I pay around U$70/mo for a sloppy 2Mb Telefonica ADSL that rarely reaches 200kbps. Their boxes are saturated and their tech support is a joke.

Compared to those fellas, we are the Pirate Party. Yarr!

Comment I know we love sensationalist headlines, but (Score 3, Insightful) 374

Remember, this is only what a model predicts, unlike what the headline suggests. And anyway, I think even if the quake had effects on day length and/or axis, another quake somewhere else on Earth sets it back a little. It averages out to what we witness. Earth is a dynamic place.

Comment Re:Dear Contractors... (Score 1) 283

You missed my point: Although I'm a firm believer in Hanlon's razor (Never ascribe to malice what you can to incompetence), I find it extraordinarily difficult to believe that the same nation that put a man on the moon cannot figure out how to reliably or profitably run a train service between DC and Boston.

One can only conclude, then, that governmental regulation of the railroads was designed with the intent of strangling the rail industry. It's no secret that the government was in cahoots with the auto industry for a great many years (particularly when much of this regulation was put in place).

I do not believe that government regulation is intrinsically corrupt, although I do believe that it can be prone to poisoning, as was the case here. Virtually every rail network on the planet is nationalized, and all of America's peers (with the exception of Canada) have absolutely no problem making the trains run quickly and on time.

Comment An ASP site with a querystring for id? C'mon (Score 1) 267

Hmm I wonder how one could prevent this kind of mischief? Let's see... using Rails, you could:

In your Controller:

Student.find(:first, :conditions => params[:student])

In your View:

<%= h @student.html_summary %>

TFA shows an ASP site with some clear querystring id tied to a WHERE clause? Ack! You lost experience!

Comment Re:Saints Row 2 (Score 1) 398

Oh, Saints Row 2 had some serious co-op potential. Except it didn't. That was the most absurdly terrible port I've ever actually tried to play.

Freezing every 5 seconds at 5fps on my über PC on lowest settings is just unacceptable. By the third time you explode in horribly low graphics in a teleporting car crash and fail some mission - with another player, you just give up. How is someone capable of selling such a terrible, unplayable port and getting away with it is beyond me.

I'd say SR2 is on the top list there.

Security

Aurora Attack — Resistance Is Futile, Pretty Much 268

eldavojohn writes "Do you have branch offices in China? iSec has published a new report (PDF) outlining the severity of the attacks on Google.cn, allegedly by the Chinese government, dubbed 'Aurora' attacks. Up to 100 companies were victims, and some are speculating that resistance to such attacks is futile. The report lays out the shape of the attacks — which were customized per-company based on installed vulnerable software and antivirus protection: '1. The attacker socially engineers a victim, often in an overseas office, to visit a malicious website. 2. This website uses a browser vulnerability to load custom malware on the initial victim's machine. 3. The malware calls out to a control server, likely identified by a dynamic DNS address. 4. The attacker escalates his privilege on the corporate Windows network, using cached or local administrator credentials. 5. The attacker attempts to access an Active Directory server to obtain the password database, which can be cracked onsite or offsite. 6. The attacker uses cracked credentials to obtain VPN access, or creates a fake user in the VPN access server. 7. At this point, the attack varies based upon the victim. The attacker may steal administrator credentials to access production systems, obtain source code from a source repository, access data hosted at the victim, or explore Intranet sites for valuable intellectual property.' The report also has pages of recommendations as well as lessons learned, which any systems administrator — even those inside the US — should read and take note of."
Hardware

Submission + - 8 Brightest Hopes for Keeping Up With Moore's Law (discovermagazine.com)

audiovideodisco writes: For years, engineers have warned that our ever more powerful microchips are drawing closer to their physical limits; even Gordon Moore himself says the chips will soon fail to keep up with his eponymous law. But many researchers are hard at work on various technologies that could keep us on this pleasant exponential ascent awhile longer. This gallery presents some of the most promising, from improved photolithography to optical electronics to quantum computers.
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Man Defends His Right To Flip Off the Police 44

46-year-old Robert J. Ekas has filed a federal lawsuit to defend his First Amendment right to express himself by flipping off police officers. The trouble started in July 2007 when Ekas opened his sunroof and extended a middle finger to a deputy. The deputy turned on his flashing lights and pulled Ekas over. He was cited for an illegal lane change and improper display of license plates. He was acquitted of the charges. “I did it because I have the right to do it. We all have that right, and we all need to test it. Otherwise we’ll lose it," Ekas said. He claims the police have been harassing him ever since.

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