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Comment Re:Microsoft using Linux? (Score 1) 188

"Researchers at Microsoft"..."have developed"..."running embedded Linux"

Um, was that a misprint or did hell just freeze over? Hasn't MS referred to Linux as a "virus", a "cancer", "un-American", a "patent violator", and "communistic"?

Microsoft Research helped create Xen virtualization for Linux ...

Hell they even *ported* Windows XP to Xen 1.0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen#MS_Windows_systems_as_guests

Comment So whats new ? (Score -1, Troll) 314

Do any devices burst into flames ? You bet

Will crApple cover up anything and everything even if that means tampering with the law and/or (American) constitution ? You bet

Will crApple's fanboyz rush to its defense needlessly, dangerously, and even willing to give up personal freedoms for Steve Jobs ? You bet

The real issue is why a tax-payer funded gov't entitity can be meddled around with a company like crApple in the first place. Anyone who has ever read the Consumerist knows that the CPSC has no teeth nor balls, but this is unacceptable and ridiculous.

Comment Russia and the US have already done this before... (Score 4, Informative) 413

Its called Nunn-Lugar/CTR.

Basically the United States gave Russia a billion or so and tactical/technical/administrative support every year to reduce their weapons stock pile.

So even when Bush and Putin had their panties bunched up, great work was being done cooperatively by both sides. The program considered pretty successful by government standards.

I know, I know, the idea of good news from government is a scary one!

Comment In other words ... (Score 3, Insightful) 228

The military will spend a few hundred million with clearly efficient and excellent vendors like Lockheed Martin, and all of their spam problems will be fixed!!

NOT!

Here goes another few hundred million .... *sigh*

If we really believe in taxation without representation then my unborn baby should be able to vote already ...

Comment Re:Channel 14 (Score 5, Informative) 348

Channel 14 is entirely illegal to use in the USA (and many many many other countries) because it exists outside of the 2.4Ghz spectrum that is allocated for consumers to go nuts on. So yes, you're Wifi will be awesome because nobody is using that spectrum .... but you'll really piss off the FCC, ask your local HAM why this is a bbbaaaddd idea.

That being said ...

Using channel 14 in the USA (and other non-channel 14 countries) can be done via a DD-WRT compatible router, and Wireless cards where you can change the CRDA to Japan (like Atheros cards that work with ath5k and ath9k on linux.)

The linux command to change your regulatory domain is:

bash# iw reg set JP

The issue with channel 14 is that it is reduced power, meaning in most cases you'll only get 802.11b speeds with it.

Now why something is critical as wifi has to exist with stupid consumer shit is the real crux of the issue ...

Comment While most here are going to rag on Geocities ... (Score 5, Insightful) 427

I'd like to thank 'em giving even the tiniest bit of free webspace when nobody else did.

The reason we cann all remember Geocities was because there was neat stuff on it!!! Geocities was home to all the quirky people who had all sorts of goodies to post on the web, and no other means to do so.
Displays

Submission + - AMD releases register specs for R5xx and R6xx (arstechnica.com) 2

ianare writes: AMD has recently released register specifications for the ATI Radeon R5xx and R6xx graphic devices. This allows the OSS community to develop 2D (and theoretically 3D) drivers, given time. In fact, engineers from Novell have released a first alpha quality Open Source driver which currently supports initial mode settings. Although current work is focused on 2D, rather than 3D acceleration, this type of information sharing could conceivably lead to an OSS 3D driver.
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Submission + - NYT & Economist articles on Algorithms (nytimes.com)

Soylent Mauve writes: The trend toward data- and algorithm-driven tuning of business operations has gotten a lot of attention recently — check out the recent articles in the New York Times and the Economist. It looks like computer scientists, especially those with machine learning training, are getting their day in the sun.

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