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Comment I use mine every day (Score 1) 321

I have it on the coffee table. Pick it up to surf while watching tv, or to look up a recipe, or address, or whatever. Recently, I started using it with my chromecast.

It's light, inexpensive, boots very fast, lasts all day on a single charge, and does not require a lot of fuss with updating, or applications, or whatever.

I bought it from Amazon warehouse for $145. It's the Samsung that usually retails for $249.

I couldn't be happier with it. I find it much more useful than a tablet.

Submission + - Hot water does not clean hands any better than cold water ( 1

walterbyrd writes: Multiple government and health organizations recommend the use of warm or hot water in publications designed to educate the public on best practices for washing one's hands. This is despite research suggesting that the use of an elevated water temperature does not improve handwashing efficacy, but can cause hand irritation. There is reason to believe that the perception that warm or hot water is more effective at cleaning one's hands is pervasive, and may be one factor that is driving up unnecessary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Comment Re:Remember TEMPEST? (Score 2, Insightful) 264

The "audio" in question is most likely all below 24 kHz, that being the Nyquist limit for the 48 kHz sampling hardware, unless it happens that some phones can actually sample faster, and have microphones that can respond to higher frequencies.

The instruction rate of the CPUs in question is many times that frequency.

It doesn't sound likely.

Comment Remember TEMPEST? (Score 5, Interesting) 264

TEMPEST was a details-secret government requirement meant to defeat means of eavesdropping on classified computer data from its electromagnetic emissions. I guess they need to include audio too.

My impression is that the noise comes from the power supply, not the CPU. I can certainly hear it with some computers, and it is related to work on the video card in my experience. I'm astonished that you can actually pull data from that, and in fact I'd like to see independent confirmation before I believe it.

Comment Re:First (Score 4, Interesting) 250

Curiously, in my youth in the 60's, we referred to Luna-9 as a "hard landing", and the first "soft landing" was Surveyor 1 three months later. Now, it's clear that the Luna 9 lander really was a soft landing (similar to the landings of the Mars Pathfinder and Spirit/Opportunity rovers) and we were just ragging on the Soviets.

Submission + - Google calls a malware distributer (

walterbyrd writes: The following is the message I get when I try to access ibiblio with my chrome browser:

Danger: Malware Ahead! Chromium has blocked access to this page on Content from, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware. Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion

Submission + - Oracle Wants $1 Billion From Google (

walterbyrd writes: Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) is suing Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for more than $1 billion in damages. Oracle claims that Google has infringed on its patent and has used code developed by it to develop the Android operating system. Android operating system is used in a majority of smartphones and tablets with estimates of its market share putting the figure at 70+% and above. The earlier claim of $6 billion was not found sustainable. The courts will now decide whether the case should be pursued further.

In other news, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) has announced that it will integrate OpenStack capabilities in its own products.

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