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Comment Re:MBP (Score 1) 349

My friend bought the 17 inch model back then and ended up returning it because of that issue. I think it was resolved on those models but I'm not sure. He and I both bought the April model and are enjoying them. The two of us had previously had the original core duo (not core 2) version so the upgrade has been worth it. I recently put in 8 gigs of ram (much cheaper after market) and the thing flies even while running a couple vms. The only things I don't like is that I opted for the 7200 RPM drive which seems to eat the battery. The other thing is that the dumbest programs will kick the nvidia chipset on while on battery causing battery life to dwindle even faster. Why does Evernote need high end rendering?

The Internet

Submission + - Internet is Killing Blockbuster (bloomberg.com)

Samus writes: Blockbuster Inc., the world’s biggest movie-rental company, filed for bankruptcy after failing to adapt its storefront model to online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc.

The company listed assets of $1.02 billion against debt of $1.46 billion on a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The company said it reached a deal with a group of bondholders on a plan of reorganization and secured a $125 million loan to finance operations.

Comment Re:It's a nice framework (Score 1) 110

Just curious, if Ruby is fading what do you see taking its place? My opinion is that it is just coming into its own. YARV and other proper vms are maturing at a rapid rate and Rails 3 seems to be a pretty nice framework. The testability with Cucumber and/or the other types of frameworks is beyond most anything I've seen lately. This is all coming from one who has been exploring Ruby and Rails for the last couple months.

Comment Re:The Rules of Security (Score 1) 539

A good compromise is to make sure your sudo setup is good, and disable root logins via ssh completely. You can combine ssh with a utility that will drop in temporary (or permanent) ipchains rules denying IPs or an IP block access to the ssh port after a number of bad password guesses. This way, you won't need your private key if logging on from another host, but still have good resistance against people trying to crack root from remote.

Comment Re:Mexico? (Score 2, Funny) 249

So this is for people to view and observe the border and report any activity right....well I guess this plan is already in the toilet now that people IN MEXICO can view the cameras and see exactly where they are pointed.

Ok yes, we see you. We will mark that crossing off our list of possibilities. Ok, a little further...there I can see you...keep going....now I can't, mark that with a flag or something.

Well played Border Control, well played.

I heard one simple idea that probably would solve the illegal border crossing problem: landmines. Line our side of the border with antipersonnel landmines, everywhere except the legitimate entrances/checkpoints. Post highly visible signs in English and Spanish, and also with graphics in case the person is illiterate, warning that it is a minefield. The purpose of this is to establish a deterrent, not to actually hurt anyone (though if that happens, they can't say they weren't warned). Maybe those signs can include some contact information at the bottom, useful for obtaining information on how to go through the process of coming here legally.

Comment Re:No antibiotics for me (Score 1) 260

The reason why staph infections can be worse now then in the past is two fold. The first is because hospitals are pushed to be super-clean environments. This first part allows very hardy bacteria to thrive where they normally wouldn't. The second is when antibiotics are given, a lot of people don't take them to the full duration. This second part causes a lot of issues as people are building on top of the chain.

As well the prevelence of anti-bacterial hand washes/wipes/dish soaps/etc are highly damaging to a safe environment. If you goto a hospital or doctors office you won't find antibacterial washes, you'll find microbicide. Let me say this first, thanks a lot flapping heads(I mean sales guys) you're fuckin' us all.

Oh allergies? Yeah. Get yourself outside and eat some dirt. It does a body good.

Comment Re:Long Distance Rail (Score 1) 809

The train from Wuhan to Guangzhou in China takes 3 hours to cover 1068km (that's scheduled service not a test run). When you want a point to point high speed train it isn't hard to build one. (It replaced a pre-existing line that took 10.5 hours to complete the same route).

Trains can be fast and competitive if you build them right. Most system in the world are a hodgepodge of different systems that have evolved from different systems and standards over the years. As such the top speeds are impressive, but the average speeds suck royally (the route you indicated above Dusseldorf to Vienna is almost completely un-upgraded with a top speed of about 75km\h for most of the route). The only countries with unified, completely upgraded systems to support higher speeds are France and Japan. Everyone else is playing catch up.

Comment Virtualization (Score 1) 73

How well does it work under virtualization? I've tried it in the past with various versions of virtual box and didn't have a lot of success. I know part of it was due to vbox not being complete enough but that was because DragonFly was using some older not well supported "chips".

Music

Submission + - Eight corporate anthems to die for...well (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "As corporate anthems go, it's not a splash but we are always surprised to see companies come out with new ones. Here we have a recent song from SalesForce.com: "Dev Life". It contains the lyrics:" I'm coding Unix Windows Linux; I've got the dev life going mama; I'm like the coding Dalai Lama." Coding like the Dalai Lama? ! Yikes. But IBM isn't alone in these off beaters. Fujitsu, Checkpoint Symantec, Texas Instruments and many others have entered the rarified air of corporate songbirds. Here are links to eight of our favorite ditties. I know there are tons more out there, send them along if you get the chance. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1750 4"
Microsoft

Submission + - Zune users to be paid for sharing "pirated (last100.com)

DRM watch writes: A recent patent application by Microsoft describes a mechanism whereby Zune users are paid for sharing songs. Currently the company's digital audio player has the capability to wirelessly swap music with other Zune owners, with the restriction that any shared song can only be played a maximum of three times. After which you're given the option to buy the track from Microsoft's Zune Marketplace. In a move designed to encourage sharing — and in turn, sell more music — Microsoft proposes paying users a percentage of revenue from sales generated through tracks they've shared. From last100: "But perhaps what's most interesting is that the system works even if shared songs weren't originally purchased from Zune Marketplace and, therefore, don't use Microsoft's DRM. In other words, DRM-free music that's been downloaded from elsewhere — including pirated songs — still have the potential to be monetized through Zune to Zune sharing."

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