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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels? 1140

An anonymous reader writes "Switching from 1600x1200 to wide 1680x1050 to HD 1600x900, we are losing more and more vertical space, thus it is becoming less and less simple to read a full A4 page or a web page or a function call. What's the solution for retaining the screen height we need to be productive?"
Image

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee Screenshot-sm 2058

Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"
Government

'The Laws Are Written By Lobbyists,' Says Google's Schmidt 484

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from The Atlantic: "'The average American doesn't realize how much of the laws are written by lobbyists' to protect incumbent interests, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Atlantic editor James Bennet at the Washington Ideas Forum. 'It's shocking how the system actually works.' In a wide-ranging interview that spanned human nature, the future of machines, and how Google could have helped the stimulus, Schmidt said technology could 'completely change the way government works.' 'Washington is an incumbent protection machine,' Schmidt said. 'Technology is fundamentally disruptive.' Mobile phones and personal technology, for example, could be used to record the bills that members of Congress actually read and then determine what stimulus funds were successfully spent." We discussed a specific example of this from the cable industry back in August.

Comment Re:KeyesLab app? (Score 1) 510

I would also like to point at the convoluted/cumbersume checkout function of the android market. If I could buy a pre-paid card with cash at a retail outlet like Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Lowes or any other major retailer like I can for apple, I would feel a lot better about buying that $1 fart app (not really but just go with me on this). The problem that I have to whip out my credit card and go through that hassle means I may as well just whip out my uTorrent and head over to the Pirate Bay. The problem lies in the ease of integration as well as the quality of apps, DRM and other factors. Further, there aren't many more closed systems than that of Apple, and some stats have their piracy rate very high as well too.

Comment Re:Alright! (Score 5, Insightful) 485

The problem however remains that the judge did not sanction the DA or AG who decided that this obvious abuse of the law was a good idea. This is easily rule 11 territory as any first year law student can tell you there is no privacy expectation in a public place. The fact remains is that this guy had to fight to get his rights vindicated and too often, fighting is too expensive.
Businesses

Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy 390

Dallas-based Blockbuster Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, calling into question the futures of over 5,600 stores worldwide. The company will be evaluating each location on a case-by-case basis, and seeks to cut costs after reporting a $558 million net loss last year. Newsweek credits the company's slow adoption of new media distribution methods as a big reason for the company's decline. "... while Blockbuster discussed creating its own subscription service to rival Netflix, it wasn't until August 2004 that its online DVD rental program actually started in the US. And when, in 2004, Coinstar entered the market with its Redbox DVD kiosks, Blockbuster didn't begin installing similar devices until 2008." CNET suggests that "Leaders of pay TV services might be wise to start doing the business equivalent of digging foxholes and manning the battlements or the same thing could happen to them."
Data Storage

IBM Demos Single-Atom DRAM 150

An anonymous reader writes "A single-atom DRAM was demonstrated by IBM recently with a slow-mo movie of the atomic process of setting and erasing a bit on a single atom. Videos of atomic processes inside chips were not possible until now, leading to IBM's claim that its pulsed-STM (used to make the movie) will lead to a new atomic-scale semiconductor industry, and not just for memory chips, according to this EETimes story: 'The ultimate memory chips of the future will encode bits on individual atoms, a capability recently demonstrated for iron atoms by IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., which unveiled a new pulsed technique for scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs). Pulsed-STMs yield nanosecond time-resolution, a requirement for designing the atomic-scale memory chips, solar panels and quantum computers of the future, but also for making super efficient organic solar cells by controlling photovoltaic reactions on the atomic level.'"

Comment Double standard (Score 5, Insightful) 378

Oh you mean how apple buys up startups to produce their products or how the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad were really just incremental innovations of other services and products that people were already offering?! Yea, I agree. Apple is the greatest tech company, but lets be honest; they are more polisher than innovator.

For those of you who are new to the tubes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Nomad, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PressPlay, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_pc
Yes, Apple's products did improve upon all these ideas, but they weren't earth shattering. They just used Apple's "size and distribution channels to scale up the innovations" and bring it to the masses.

Comment Committed to their current strategy (Score 2, Funny) 148

About 15 years ago they made a long term investment to running their image into the ground so people would hate them so much that they would be willing to find the bugs for free. It's been working well for a long time, and at this point they have already written the check, why switch.

Microsoft sucks! I'll prove it, look at this random arbitrary glitch in the way they handle SMTP requests.

Thank you very much, fixed. Next!

Crazy like a fox (news anchor).
Idle

The World's Strongest, Most Expensive Beer Served Inside a Squirrel Screenshot-sm 228

If you have $765 burning a hole in your pocket, and a penchant for drinking alcohol out of a taxidermied animal, the good folks at BrewDog have just the drink for you. Their latest creation, called The End of History, is a 110 proof beer that comes packaged in a variety of small stuffed animals.

Submission + - Author drops copyright case against Scribd filter. (wired.com)

natehoy writes: Apparently, monitoring for copyright violations is not in itself a copyright violation, lawyers for Elaine Scott decided. As a result, they have dropped the lawsuit against Scribd, who was being simultaneously sued for allowing copies of Scott's work to be published, and retaining an unlicensed copy of the work in their filtering software to try and prevent future copyright violations.
Google

Google Up Ante For Disclosure Rules, Increases Bug Bounty 134

An anonymous reader writes "In a recent post by seven members of their security team, Google lashed out against the current standards of responsible disclosure, and implicitly backed the recent actions of Tavis Ormandy (who is listed as one of the authors). The company said it believed 60 days should be an 'upper bound' for fixing critical vulnerabilities, and asked to to be held to the same standard by external researchers. In another, nearly simultaneous post to the Chromium blog, Google also announced they are raising the security reward for Chrome vulnerabilities to $3133.7, apparently in response to Mozilla's recent action."
Security

Can Drones Really Get National Airspace Access? 107

coondoggie writes "There is a push by a variety of proponents to give unmanned aircraft more free rein in US airspace, but safety is a major hitch in that effort. The Federal Aviation Administration said this week that data from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which flies unmanned systems on border patrols, shows a total of 5,688 flight hours from Fiscal Year 2006 to July 13, 2010. The CBP accident rate is 52.7 accidents per 100,000 flight hours. This accident rate is more than seven times the general aviation accident rate (7.11 accidents/100,000 flight hours) and 353 times the commercial aviation accident rate (0.149 accidents/100,000 flight hours)." An FAA executive noted that an "accident" refers to a situation in which "the aircraft has done something unplanned or unexpected and violates an airspace regulation."
Apple

Submission + - How the iPhone 4 Could Be Apple's Waterloo (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman questions whether Apple's return to blind arrogance over the iPhone 4 may in fact pose a greater threat than Android or Windows Phone 7. 'Apple has been here before. In the mid-1980s, the Mac was a cult product, despite several issues, and its aficionados lapped up whatever Apple dished them. But by the mid-1990s, Apple had gotten drunk on its own Kool-Aid, believing its customers would accept whatever it delivered. For a variety of reasons, Apple began producing shlocky products, epitomized by the Performa family. The Mac faithful became a dead-end cult, attracting no new members, and the company soon found itself at the edge of death by 1997.' And the issue goes deeper than just deleting Consumer Reports references in support forums and circling the wagons with a cone of silence. 'Not even a year ago, Apple pulled the same stunt — twice,' Gruman writes. First, by quietly fixing a flaw in the iPhone OS that had, for over a year, left business users Exchange data at risk, and then over iMac screen-flicker issues. 'What Apple needs to do is simple, even if it goes against company culture: Stop stonewalling. If Apple is lucky, it might be able to fix the problem by offering the $29 iPhone bumper enclosures to all customers at no charge. And if a recall is warranted, Apple should be proactive.' Otherwise, this time around, arrogance could prove a fatal flaw."
Networking

Submission + - IANA IPv4 Exhaustion Predicted in less than a Year (potaroo.net)

dw writes: IANA IPv4 exhaustion, which refers to the day in which ICANN distributes its last 5 large chucks of addresses to the regional registries, is now anticipated to occur within the next 12 months. Year to date, it has already distributed 10 of its 26 /8s, with 16 remaining, and there are signs depletion may be accelerating. Despite IANA exhaustion in about a year, most consumers should not notice immediate impacts, as each regional registry and each ISP will have their own dwindling pools of addresses to utilize. Appropriate or not, the press will likely find IANA exhaustion as a convenient Y2K-like date to doom and gloom about, which should have a much more direct impact on IPv6 (or alternative) implementations, as Executives decide that action is urgent.

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