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Comment Re:A $25 cpu is not a $25 computer (Score 1) 194

Since it's supposed to boot and run from an SD card which can also be written to from another machine, it's effectively impossible to brick the thing. If you bork your boot sector, just rewrite the boot image from your other computer (in the classroom scenario, the teacher can do this) and you're ready to go again.


Submission + - Google may shut down its Chinese operations (

Soruk writes: Google is considering its position after a sophisticated hack from within China penetrated their systems there, seemingly in an teempt to attack their Gmail platform. According to a blog post referenced by the BBC article, the attackers were specifically after the details of Chinese human rights activists.

Comment Re:That'd make the new company simply... Orabile! (Score 1) 74

3 is not an MVNO. They may have recently set up a network sharing agreement with T-Mobile, but that doesn't make them a virtual network. The basic idea is that all existing T-Mobile 3G towers now transmit both T-Mobile and 3 identifiers, and same goes for the existing 3 ones.

However, their network is a bit patchy, but their data plans aren't too bad - but watch their out-of-bundle rates of 10p/MB on contract or £1/MB on PAYG.

Compare to Orange's "mobile broadband" offering where their bundles might not be quite as generous but out-of-bundle is 1.5p/MB.


Submission + - AMD R6xx Image Quality Analyzed (

Steve Kerrison writes: "The most recent graphics chips to come off of AMD and Nvidia's production lines have added performance boosts and support for DirectX 10. But what about image quality? Beyond3D looks at the image quality features of the R6xx family of GPUs, where AMD has been adding a few tricks:

What follows is our look at AMD R6-series image quality as it stands, and it's one that focuses on the AA down-filter more than anything else. It's where AMD have changed the game the most, introducing forward-looking custom filters...

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