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Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 684

iPhone 3GS in Australia on the 3 network, on a mobile broadband plan, tethering still works on 3.1. I don't know if 3 officially support the iPhone but I don't believe they offer it on any of their plans.

On an aside, I'm no smartphone expert but this iPhone beats the crap out of my Nokia N95. I could get something with more geek cred but I don't have the time any more to customise every single thing on all my tech devices. Happy to have something that works well and does everything I want it to do without much fuss.

Comment my 0.02 (Score 1) 1055

* for .NET development on windows, Visual Studio Express / SQL Server Express / SQL Server Management Studio Express
* dynamic typed languages, PHP/Perl/Javascript, Komodo Edit (Linux and Windows)
* MySQL - MySQL GUI tools (Linux/Windows)
* Lightweight Windows text editor with rudimentary highlighting - PSPad (HTML, Javascript, C#/ASP.NET)
* recently been getting into Qt/Linux and Qt Creator I am finding good for that - has its quirks but it's newish

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 317

Foundation and Earth, where Golan and his friends land on Solaria, and the Solarian robots' definition of "human" exclude the protagonists. The robots in this situation are quite willing to dispose of them.

You could just class the enemy as "not human". Pretty tricky to do I imagine, where do you draw the line - maybe a Bayesian spam filter :) I'm not going to volunteer to help train that one :)

Disclaimer: Thought experiment only.

Comment Re:Fuck your fucking spiders! (Score 2, Interesting) 373

My huntsman experience was not quite as bad... as a teen, I hadn't made my bed for a fair while. One night I lay down to sleep - put down my hand right on top of a huntsman. Instinctively picked up and threw.

Oh, the other fun thing is having a huntsman riding on the outside of a car. That's freaky enough, as they seem to be able to cling on despite the air flow, but one time it ended up right on top of the driver side door. After stopping the car I opened up the door and dived out as fast as I could, in one motion, the spider dropped onto the ground behind me and went on its way. Phew!

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Thieves Take the Cake 91

Two very hungry German couriers ate a fruit cake destined for a German newspaper and in its place mailed a box of credit card data. The data including names, addresses and card transactions ended up at the Frankfurter Rundschau daily. The mix-up triggered an alarm, and police advised credit card customers with Landesbank Berlin to check their accounts for inconsistencies. Fruitcake must be different in Germany for people to want to use it as something other than a paperweight.
Programming

Submission + - Linux "greener" than windows

GrapeSteinbeck writes: "SearchOpenSource.com reports a new study commisioned by the UK government of e-commerce:

A new report from the U.K. Office of Government Commerce about Open Source Software Trials in Government, has found that servers running Linux could combat the rising problem of e-waste because they last up to twice as long as machines running Windows.


The report said:

"One of the benefits frequently put forward for the use of open source software is the level of resources needed to support it. This means that for equivalent open source and Microsoft Windows systems, the open source will require less memory and a slower processor speed for the same functionality"
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Databases

Submission + - Freebase: a creative commons db of facts

yppiz writes: "My company, Metaweb, just announced Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed database of facts. The site is young, so for now, our alpha is by invitation, but Tim O'Reilly has posted his insights and some screenshots. There's also a writeup in the New York Times.

John Markoff, NYT:

A new company founded by a longtime technologist is setting out to create a vast public database intended to be read by computers rather than people, paving the way for a more automated Internet in which machines will routinely share information.
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