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Comment Re:Linux (Score 2, Interesting) 105

If you're going to propose that Moblin is somehow better than Android for non-phone devices, it would be nice to have some backup information to prove your point.

The fact of the matter is that Linux is not designed to be an embedded OS, and the efforts that Moblin and Linux are making are significant but not wholly complete. When, as you say, the OS boots faster, is transparent, and exists invisibly to users (though clearly to developers), then we will have a true "mobile Linux" distribution.

Acer seems to be tempting fate here and begging Microsoft to raise their licensing costs. If they pass their costs onto consumers, will their cheap hardware keep prices low enough to attract customers, even with the higher-priced desktop OS? I don't know, but it seems very dangerous for them to be making such claims at this point.

Comment Re:What about the banks? (Score 1) 422

Won't work, because first you need to authorize the account number being added, and the challenge to adding that is by inputting the account number into your token. Thus the criminal can't transfer funds into his account.
The second part is a challenge with the amount you want to transfer. Again, making it hard to fiddle, although since there are limited amount of digits on the token you can fiddle a bit with the amount, however you still can't get it to your account unless that account# has been pre-authorized to receive transactions.

Comment Re:How do they do it? (Score 1) 145

You can, that's the good part about it, many times signals reflect when they hit an improperly terminated connection (impendance mismatch). This holds for both optical and electrical signals. Given the propagation time and speed, length is trivially calculated. There's special hardware to do this for you. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impedance_mismatch

Comment Re:Not the only choice (Score 1) 278

I did, the major reason when that I switched back was due to UTF-8 problems, and as far as I know the line editor is still blissfully unaware of multibyte characters.

There was also trivial stuff like coloring the prompt, which for me makes things easier to find on a terminal full of text and additionally highlight that you're root (in addition to the #-sign).

In all fairness, coloring (and probably everything else I was annoyed at) is doable and wouldn't have stopped me from trying it out a bit longer though.


Submission + - Wormholes Can Be Built, Scientists Say

An anonymous reader writes: According to Wired News' DANGER ROOM blog, scientists have theorized a way to build "Wormholes — those hypothetical short cuts in the space-time continuum — that have been theorized to allow everything from warp speed spacecraft to time travel. Now, researchers are suggesting we can actually create a type of wormhole using those fun metamaterials that everyone is all excited about lately."

Submission + - Google blocks academic

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that Google takes a very dim view of people "screen scraping" their content (slightly ironic, given that this is how Google gets the content in the first place). An academic, Associate Professor Michael Schwartzbach at the University of Aarhus, Denmark has been offering a service to other academics to enable them to find their h-index (a measure of how often their articles are referenced by others) from Google Scholar. Because this involves screen scraping Google Scholar, Google has blocked his website from accessing their servers. Google has apparently not replied to his requests to allow him to do this for academic and research purposes.

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