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Comment Re:Hell no. (Score 1) 605

You make a good point about developers having admin power on production machines; which could be extended to showing (one reason) why dev boxes should not be running production code (there was an article a while ago about testing on production boxes that would be relevant.)

Do you feel the same way about developers having admin rights on their development workstations (which I think is what others are commenting about)?

Comment MY pet (Score 1) 218

My pet might notice a collar on it's neck, are there any that might attach with a magnet? So I can stick it underneath my pet without it knowing.

It's also important that I can track it in real time, because it tends to run away. It also runs fast, like a golf cart.

Cellphones

Submission + - Rogers to be charging for incoming texts (www.cbc.ca)

iSzabo writes: In my inbox I see that +4768 sent me the following:
Rogers svc msg: As of July 7/09 received txt msgs will be $0.15/msg. 2enjoy free rec'd texts get a Text Pack at or 4 more info see rogers.com/recdtxt

From CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/05/05/rogers-text.html):
Rogers Wireless said Tuesday it would begin charging 15 cents for each incoming text message for customers without message plans, beginning on July 7.
The move comes about nine months after rival carriers Bell and Telus made similar changes in their policies.
Rogers spokesperson Liz Hamilton said the decision is in keeping with changes in pricing policies among wireless carriers in both Canada and in the United States.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Tribes 1 Returns In-Browser At GDC Next Week 55

An anonymous reader writes "GarageGames purchased the IP rights to the entire Starsiege Tribes universe, and next week at GDC they'll be showing off their updated version of Tribes 1 running in a browser, using all the original artwork. Afterwards, it will be available to play standalone or via the Instant Action website. While you wait, you can play Fallen Empire Legions in your browser, which is based on the Tribes 2 engine. Their blog entry about the Tribes 1 preview at GDC has further details."
Hardware Hacking

Building Your Own Solar Panel In the Garage 235

jeroen8 writes "A Dutch guy was able to build his own solar panel in his garage using materials that were a third as expensive as the mass produced solar panels currently available on the European market. He bought his solar cells on eBay and used them to create his own panel. His output price is only 1.20 Euro per Watt Peak (Wp). This makes you wonder if we are paying too much for mass-produced solar panels, which should, in theory, be a lot less expensive than something you create in your garage."

Comment Furthur "Edition" Separation (Score 2, Informative) 237

It looks like they're using the "Opal" standard as a way of selling essentially the same hard drive slightly crippled since if you don't have the key for the thing you "can't even sell it on eBay", whereas admins can "cryptographically erase" their data with ease. Does this mean that the well priced one has a one-key no-reselling system, and the artificially inflated "server" class one can be rotated? I'm going to ere on the side of "companies get together in order to hurt us all" and fear the worst.

Portables

Lenovo's New ThinkPad Has 2 LCD Screens, Weighs 11 Pounds 194

ericatcw writes "With many users now used to having multiple monitors at home or work, you had to figure someone would try to offer a 'desktop replacement' laptop that offered the same. Lenovo is the first. Its new W700ds laptop will offer a 10.6 inch LCD screen in addition to the 17-inch primary display. The W700ds also sports a quad-core Intel Core 2 CPU, up to almost 1 TB of storage, and an Nvidia Quadro mobile chip with up to 128 cores. A Lenovo exec called this souped-up version of the normally buttoned-down-for-business ThinkPads the 'nitro-burning drag racer of ThinkPads.' There is even a Wacom digitizer pad and pen for graphic artists, who are expected to be the target market, along with photographers and other creative types who are willing to trade shoulder-aching bulk (11 pounds) and price (minimum of $3,600) for productivity enhancements." At the other end of the laptop size spectrum, Dell recently announced plans to launch a rival to the MacBook Air. Called "Adamo," it is supposedly "thinner than the MacBook Air," though further details will have to wait for the Computer Electronics Show in early January.

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