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Comment Re:Post your battery life (Score 1) 454

2.5 to 3 year old Gateway E-100m type laptop.

12" screen size, Core Solo U1300, 1GB of RAM, Intel 945GM graphics, Intel 3945 b/g WiFi, and the 9 cell battery...

$ acpi -i
Battery 0: Discharging, 49%, 02:02:08 remaining
Battery 0: design capacity 86580 mAh, last full capacity 69930 mAh = 80%

I'm assuming that it has an extra zero on the end, I don't see how it could hold 10x the charge of any other 7000mAh battery people are posting and still only get 4 hours...


Intel Targets AMD With Affordable Unlocked CPUs 207

EconolineCrush writes "For years, AMD has catered to gamers and enthusiasts with mid-range Black Edition processors whose unlocked multipliers make overclocking easy. Intel has traditionally reserved unlocked multipliers for its ultra-expensive Extreme CPUs, but it has now brought the feature to affordable models that compete directly with AMD's most popular processors. The Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K have two and four cores, respectively, and they're priced at just $216 and $342. It appears that both will easily hit speeds in excess of 4GHz with air cooling. Surprisingly, even at stock speeds, the i7-875K offers better performance and power efficiency per dollar than just about any other desktop CPU out there."

Comment Re:Improved driver support (Score 1) 121

Even then, at least Nvidia is getting slightly easier on Ubuntu with their newer hardware - https://launchpad.net/~nvidia-vdpau/+archive/ppa allows you to install the Nvidia binaries and then have them update with the rest of the system.

Yes, it is Ubuntu/Deb only, and it would be better if it were hosted by Nvidia with proper regression testing. Or to just have an open driver to begin with that could be included in the main kernel. But you know what? It's a step (maybe a half a step) in the right direction...

Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Protein ... and Now Fat 210

ral writes "The human tongue can taste more than sweet, sour, salty, bitter and protein. Researchers have added fat to that list. Dr. Russell Keast, an exercise and nutrition sciences professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, told Slashfood, 'This makes logical sense. We have sweet to identify carbohydrate/sugars, and umami to identify protein/amino acids, so we could expect a taste to identify the other macronutrient: fat.' In the Deakin study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, Dr. Keast and his team gave a group of 33 people fatty acids found in common foods, mixed in with nonfat milk to disguise the telltale fat texture. All 33 could detect the fatty acids to at least a small degree."

Comment Every reason to get fansubs (Score 1) 69

There is currently every reason to just get the fansub instead of buying it...

I started with fansubs because when you were in high school and early college, you don't really have the money - especially not when a box set cost $90 to $120 USD. Yeah, the prices have come down considerably now, but even at 40 to 50 USD, you've got to realize those shows are 5 to 10 years old now.

That brings up another point - delay in releases. I'll watch the fansub, for example Burst Angel / AKA Bakuretsu Tenshi - it came out in 2004, I watched it at least 2 or 3 years ago on fansub - and only about 6 months to a year ago did I see it in the anime magazines "Burst Angel the next big anime?!?" That'd be like for all the people that somehow enjoy watching 24 and American Idol having to wait a year to find out what happens. "Hey guys, did you know Jack Bauer is in exile?" "Dude, that episode was like 2 years ago."

The 3rd big issue is quality. Fansubs are generally made from ripping the show from over the air TV that it airs on in Japan and add the subs. Every time I've tried "doing the right thing" and going and buying the DVD box-set, the DVD version looks like shit compared to what I downloaded a year or 2 ago. And I mean recently, within the past 3 months, where HDTV's are more common than ever. Also, as many other people have said, the English voice actors on dubbed DVD's tend to have retarded voice pitch, no emotion, and FUBAR the timing on the lines

I'll end my rant now, being as my lunch is over and I've gotta get back to work...

Comcast Shoots For New Image, Rebranding As Xfinity 356

artemis writes "Comcast is making efforts to repair and restore its 'former glory' by the act of transformation, rebranding itself as Xfinity. Hopefully step 2 is an actual change in quality and customer service. 'Comcast will use the Xfinity rebranding to talk up its improved customer service as well as its technical upgrades. “There’s a lot to be proud of,’’ said Steve Hackley, Comcast’s senior vice president for the Greater Boston region. “We want to take credit for it.’’ W2 Group’s Weber said such a rebranding is “a bit old-fashioned’’ and a new name is unlikely to impress consumers. “I think the public is smarter than that now,’’ he said.'"

Hiding From Google 228

penguinrecorder writes "Google offers Web users a simple trade-off: Let the search giant track a substantial portion of your comings and goings around the Web, and it will offer you a free, superior online experience. Now independent security researcher Moxie Marlinspike is making Web users a counter-offer: take Google's giveaways and keep your privacy too. On Tuesday, Marlinspike launched a service he calls GoogleSharing, a plug-in for Firefox designed to give users access to Google's online offerings while cloaking their identity from the company's data collection tools. By hosting a proxy server with a collection of Google 'identities,' the privacy software will allow users temporarily to route their traffic through another computer that masks their identity by mixing their online actions with those of other users. The system is totally transparent, with no special 'alternative' websites to visit. Your normal work flow should be exactly the same." GoogleSharing only works for those services not requiring a Google login; for the latter, no proxying is done.

Rudolph the Cadmium-Nosed Reindeer 454

theodp writes "Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the US, an AP investigation shows. Charms from 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' bracelets were measured at between 82 and 91 percent cadmium, and leached so much cadmium that they would have to be specially handled and disposed of under US environmental law if they were waste from manufacturing. Cadmium, a known carcinogen, can hinder brain development in the very young. 'There's nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It's a poison,' said the CDC's Bruce Fowler. On the CDC's priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7. Jewelry industry veterans in China say cadmium has been used in domestic products there for years. Hey, at least it doesn't metabolize into GHB when the little tykes ingest it."

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