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Comment Re:IE6 (Score 2) 365

As I can tell so far, using IE 3.0 doesn't (I just tried). The "BUY NOW" button doesn't work, though.
Same stuff for Mosaic 1.0 and 3.0 (crash). The site seems to work in Lynx but I was unable to find the shopping cart in the 23 pages of rubbish.

The fancy JavaScript doesn't work in SeaMonkey 2.13a1 nightly (build 20120613003002) for some reason. Too bad, I won't buy anything then (here in Europe)...

Submission + - Google found guilty of deceptive advertising (

solanum writes: The Australian Federal Court have found Google guilty of providing misleading links in its search results. They have been found responsible for Adwords based around four companies names, purchased by rival companies to take their search results. A Google statement said "Google AdWords is an ads hosting platform and we believe that advertisers should be responsible for the ads they create on the AdWords platform." But the court disagreed. The origin of this case goes back some time and was covered in 2007.
Data Storage

Submission + - First 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive (

Orome1 writes: HGST introduced the first 4TB enterprise-class hard drive family, the Ultrastar 7K4000. The Ultrastar 7K4000 family features a 6Gb/s SATA interface and a 64MB cache buffer. It is an Advanced Format drive, using 4096-byte sector size, and is backward compatible with legacy 512-byte sector size by offering built-in 512-byte emulation through the SATA interface. Now IT managers can get 2.4 PBs in the footprint of a standard 19-inch storage rack by stacking ten 4U, 60-bay enclosures. The Ultrastar 7K4000 achieves a 59 percent reduction in watts from peak usage during low RPM idle mode, and uses less than 1W during standby/sleep modes.

Submission + - UK plan to monitor all email, phone and and web use (

dredwerker writes: The government is considering including a bill in the Queen's Speech next month to extend the ability to monitor all phone calls, email and internet use in the UK. The Sunday Times reported that the idea is to allow GCHQ — the government's listening agency — to be able to access this information in "real time" and "on demand".

What do internet service providers say?

Trefor Davies, a board member at the UK's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), told the BBC that the technological challenge of collating and storing such vast levels of data would be huge. Although a large amount of data about us is already collected for billing and other purposes — such as who we call and when — ISPs do not currently store detailed data on what websites we visit, or details about the emails we send. Mr Davies said: "The email stuff isn't straight forward, and neither is the web. Those aren't bits of information that traditionally we keep. We don't keep backups of deleted emails. Think of all the spam people get," Mr Davies added. "We delete it, but under the new rules would we be allowed to?"


Submission + - A researcher at the University of Toronto wins prize for artificial brain (

Oldcynic writes: Geoffrey Hilton has won the 2012 Killam Prize for his work in artificial intelligence that is designed to mimic the human brain.
    From TFA
"Microsoft, Google, IBM and other tech giants have used Hinton’s ideas to improve onscreen character recognition, data compression, search engine speeds and other pattern-dependent tasks. His work also raises questions that were once the purview of science fiction. "
    I'll believe that it is human when it starts to whine about something.


Submission + - Printed circuits -- on your skin (

derGoldstein writes: Ars has a story up on printing electronic circuits onto the skin, allowing for extremely sensitive sensors: "New research published in Science describes technology that allows electrical measurements (and other measurements, such as temperature and strain) using ultra-thin polymers with embedded circuit elements. These devices connect to skin without adhesives, are practically unnoticeable, and can even be attached via temporary tattoo. All of the necessary components of the devices, including electrodes, electronic components, sensors, radio frequency communication components, and power supplies, are set within an extremely thin (about 30 m) elastic polyester sheet. The sheet has a low elastic modulus (that is, it's flexible) and no noticeable mass (about 0.09 g), so you have a lightweight, stretchable membrane."

Submission + - IBM Celebrates the PC's 30th Birthday - and Demise (

Blacklaw writes: Computing giant IBM is today celebrating the 30th anniversary of its seminal PC — launched today in 1981 as the IBM PC 5150 and costing $1,565 for a 4.77MHz Intel 8088 with 16KB of RAM and a 160KB floppy drive — at a time when the company has been out of the market for nearly seven years and its leaders are increasingly looking toward the 'post-PC' era.

Submission + - Had Enough of IT?

ob0101011101 writes: I've been working as a software engineer now for almost 20 years, theoretically I have another 20 to go. But you know what, I'm bored to death with it all. I used to pick through hardware catalogues, eagerly embraced java when it first came out, even spent university holidays coding for fun. I used to L-O-V-E programming, but now it's just drudgery, and I find myself completely uninterested. Did you ever lose your programming mojo? How did you get it back? Should I give it up and open a micro-brewery?

Comment Re:Europlug sockets is the best (Score 1) 1174

The europlug is only for Class II (double-insulation) devices up to 2.5 A. It's perfect for things like bedside lamps or wall warts.
If you need more than 2.5 A and still have a Class II device, you may use the CEE 7/17 plug. Fits both Schuko and type E sockets. A rectangular variation of this type (usually found on power tools like drills) is still quite small and durable.
For the rest of appliances, there's this CEE 7/7 E/F hybrid plug.

I'm glad all this plugs fit both Schuko and type E sockets so you can use your gadgets around Europe (okay, *central* Europe) easily.

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