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Comment Re:Summary not quite right... (Score 1) 477

What is an "HP Linux Environment" (Does HP have its own version of Linux? What distro is HP using?)

As I posted earlier in reply to another comment, in a lot of cases, HP will attempt to bundle its http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP-UX with large hardware solutions. However, if we can assume that the original article was correct that it is a Linux distro then it would most likely be RedHat Enterprise, as that is HPs preferred partner.

Comment Oh Dear Lord (Score 3, Insightful) 111

I wrote these apps for Windows Mobile, I've writtten a couple for Android, I've even written some into specialized devices using basic GPS Dongles and cellular network access for triangulation.

Now that Apple is doing it, suddenly it's going to CHANGE THE WORLD (tm). Location-based services/applications along with advertising have been looked at before, they failed then, they will fail now. People don't want adverts on their phones, they don't want bluetooth spam or to be bombarded with "Hey, come and enjoy a Pizza half-price at Hungry Joe's" everytime they walk past a pizza restaurant.

The article is poorly written, lacking in experience or significant research into previous implementations and sings the praises of Apple combining their award-winning expertise with this amazing new tech to change the marketplace forever.

Pass me a bucket, mine is full already.

Comment Re:Some information would be nice. (Score 5, Informative) 150

  • CPU: 533MHz Freescale i.MX31 ARM-based processor
  • Operating System: Google Android
  • Display: 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen (Sascha says it's not glossy, but you can see a fair bit of glare in the video)
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Storage: Up to 8GB SSD
  • I/O: 3 USB ports, mic, headphone, and 4-in-1 card reader
  • Weight: 680 grams, or about 1.5 pounds

See working video of it here

Comment Re:Wrong headline. (Score 3, Insightful) 500

I hope this isn't indicative of the general opinion that is being bred into today's society.

McDonalds are a business that relies on a appeal to families as well as adult customers. Restricting the service like this promotes their own policies as a kid-friendly establishment (ignoring for now their impact on the growth of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles), one of their major requirements as a business. If they are seen to be promoting the freedom to surf porn within their premises then they lose this reputation as kid-friendly. Gone are the families and in come the nerdverts.

Just because they restrict, monitor and flag material that they, or their customers may find offensive (before possibly even passing it onto local authorities) does not make them evildoers, stealing your freedom and liberty. If you are currently employed then don't you think that this is happening in your workplace? Don't you think if they wanted to, people could (and in some cases do) monitor your usage at home already? Ignorance is bliss.

The question that should be asked is: Are McDonalds making their patrons aware that they must adhere to these policies when using this service (ToS, T&Cs)?

Linux Business

Submission + - Linux game console ready to ship 3

unluckier writes: From linuxdevices.com : Envizions announced that it is taking orders for an open-source Linux gaming system, and will start shipping beta units to game developers, resellers, and software partners on April 10. The EVO Smart Console is based on a 2.4GHz Athlon, and includes a Fedora-based Linux distro. (...) EVO games from Envizions will be distributed on compact secure digital SD cards and be sold via its EVO online store, says Envizions. Most of the initial lineup of nine open-source games, three of which are pre-loaded on the system, cost $20 apiece.
Google

Submission + - The Five-Year Beta (blogspot.com)

TrekkieTechie writes: Though in fact the big day was April 1st, Google celebrated the five-year anniversary of the popular online email service Gmail with a post on the service's blog, saying "we want to give a big thank you to all of you who use Gmail every day, to those who've been around since the beginning, to those who were using an AJAX app before the term AJAX was popular, to those who started chatting right in your email ... we couldn't have gotten here without you." The milestone has also prompted speculation about when, if ever, Gmail will lose its beta status, and Ars Technica recently sat down with Todd Jackson, Gmail's Project Manager, to discuss the reasoning behind that nagging beta label.

Comment Re:Blackmail (Score 1) 547

If you read these articles regarding the matter then it seems that it may have been not as sinister as blackmail, but most definitely some sort of prank (and not an innocent security alert).

"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani [District spokeswoman] said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was."

The Media

Submission + - Canadian RCMP's abandon the Music piracy fight ! (ledevoir.com) 1

Laindraug writes: "The 'Le Devoir' French canadian Montreal Newspaper had a front page title today ( november 8) that said (once traduced) : 'Pirates can sleep well' : RCMP'S is abandoning the fight against music piracy because 'its just too big to fight against' ` The newspaper also shows the difference between Canada and USA, stating that in october, Jammie Thomas in USA was condemned to a 220 000$ dollar fine for having downloaded 24 mp3's..and in Canada, there will just be no more police to look at this kind of piracy. 'Today, its so simple to copy, everybody is clueless on how to fight this' , as stated by Canadian RCMP's. Canadian Pirates, rejoice."
Biotech

Submission + - Lobster Lament: Crustaceans Can Feel Pain (guardian.co.uk)

angryphase writes: "According to animal behaviour experts from Queens University (Belfast), the belief that crustaceans are incapable of feeling pain may be false. After various research groups have delved into the nervous systems of invertebrates, studies have shed light on what '[...] has become an unlikely obsession for some scientists.' Professor Robert Elwood and his colleagues '[...] set about finding an answer by daubing acetic acid on to the antennae of 144 prawns.' A thankless task, that has not convinced many in the field of pain research. As Richard Chapman from the University of Utah (Salt Lake City) commented, 'Even a single-cell organism can detect a threatening chemical gradient and retreat from it [...] But this is not sensing pain.'"

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