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Honeycomb To Require Dual-Core Processor 177

adeelarshad82 writes "According to managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, Google's new Android Honeycomb tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run properly. That means that many existing Android tablets will not be upgradeable to Honeycomb, as they lack the processor necessary to meet the spec. Currently, Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform is the only chipset in products on the market to include a Cortex-A9, although other manufacturers have said they're moving to the new processor architecture for 2011 products."

Snails On Methamphetamine 93

sciencehabit writes "Science answers the question: What happens when you put a snail on speed? From the article: 'The results suggest that meth improves memory, something that has been previously observed in creatures with large, complex brains like rats and humans. But since the snails store their memories in a simple, three-neuron network, the team hopes that studying the meth effect in these gastropods will help pinpoint how the drug's memory magnification powers work.'"

Websites That Don't Need to Be Made Anymore 161

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there is a finite number of social networking or selling websites that the world needs. Here is a collection of the eight kinds of websites that absolutely don't need to be made anymore. I'd add dating sites and anybody who uses pop-up ads myself, but I think that would eliminate half the Web.

Athena's Free Firewall Browser 23

athenasec writes "Firewall Browser is a free configuration analyzer (download here), released by Athena Security, which works on Cisco, Check Point, and Netscreen firewalls for searching rulebases based on address or service ranges — the way change requests are actually made. The tool is available as a free download with no limitations, user license restrictions, or registration hurdles. Users can slice and dice any firewall-related question about the network, service objects, and security rules for a multi-vendor environment from a single flexible interface. There is also this how-to guide for applying the tool to day-to-day operational tasks."

PA Laptop Spying Inspires FSF Crowdsourcing Effort 135

holmesfsf writes "Creeped out by the Lower Merion School District's remote monitoring of students? Check out the Free Software Foundation's response to the laptop spying scandal and help build a wiki listing of school districts that provide students with laptops, so that the FSF can campaign against mandatory, proprietary laptops."

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) 308

captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of EVE Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, 'Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded,' meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, EVE Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised 'large fleet battles' that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions."

Comment Re:If the Apollo Program would have continued . . (Score 1) 389

OK, let me break it down. The majority of the doctors in Taiwan DO participate in the national healthcare system. The majority of those doctors are incompetent. The public healthcare system did not cause that; low standards for licensing and poor quality medical schools did. Eliminating the public healthcare system won't improve the quality of care, it will just mean that fewer people will have access to even the crappy care they currently have. Increasing the payouts through the national insurance system might help somewhat, as it might encourage the good doctors to begin participating, and other good doctors who work elsewhere to come to Taiwan, but it would do little to improve the quality of care provided by the rest of the doctors. I am not arguing for or against free healthcare in any country, and I was trying not to get even farther off topic than the post I replied to already had. I am simply saying that in Taiwan, free healthcare can't be blamed for the poor quality of the medical care. Similarly, I would also agree that increasing the funding of the system there would do little to improve the situation.

Comment Re:If the Apollo Program would have continued . . (Score 1) 389

This is getting very off topic, but I just can't believe this post has been modded informative. I know little about the quality of health care in the UK, and nothing about the quality in Portugal and France, but I lived in Taiwan and still have Taiwanese friends. Blaming the low quality of public healthcare in Taiwan on the national health insurance system is ridiculous. The primary problem is that most of the doctors who participate in it are incompetent. The good doctors who actually went to quality medical schools do not participate in the national insurance program because the payments are much too small. None of my friends--mostly engineers--went to the public doctors for anything except routine matters. I tried it once, since expat workers are also covered, and quickly discovered why. A private Taiwanese doctor I later went to, who got his degree at Yale Medical School, commented that doctors who went to med school in Taiwan "can't diagnose their own ass."

Comment Re:Sorry, No. (Score 1) 799

Einstein did NOT believe in a god who is an omnipotent, conscious entity such as followers of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam worship. As he himself said in the essay The World As I See It, "I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts."
Input Devices

Best Mouse For Programming? 569

LosManos writes "Which is the best programming mouse? Mandatory musts are wireless, and that it doesn't clog up like old mechanical mice. Present personal preferences are for: lots of buttons, since if I have moved my hand away from the keyboard I can at least do something more than move the pointer; sturdy feeling; not too light, so it doesn't move around by me accidentally looking at it." What would you recommend?

Comment Re:You will have to know tech either way (Score 1) 592

Sorry, as a former developer turned project and then people manager, your idea of a good manager is my idea of one that is barely adequate. If a manager is even half way competent, he already knows when the projects he is in charge of are expected to be completed, and where they are in the development cycle at any given time. He also knows how to say no if extra work is assigned and the team does not have the capacity to handle it. (OK, if it is being assigned by his boss, he will not actually say no, he will ask which other work needs to be delayed in order to do the new work, which will usually result in it being assigned to another team.) In the case of unexpected unmovable deadlines--such as a trade show the company has suddenly decided to have a presence at, or a meeting with a really important potential client or investor--a good manager will try to shuffle priorities when possible in order to accommodate the request. This may mean transferring people from one project to another, or possibly accelerating work on the front end of a project in order to have a "working" demo, at the temporary expense of back end functionality. If he has a good team, they will accept the need for this even if it means working on something they have no interest in, or having to do more work in the long run. Of course, as a good manager, he will explain to them why the change is necessary and solicit opinions about how best to reach the new deadline.

Comment Re:iTunes The Real Problem (Score 1) 376

iTunes is required in order to download applications from Apple's App Store, and unless there has been a recent change, it is not possible to use another application to sync music and other files while using iTunes only to handle applications. This used to be possible with Media Monkey, but an iTunes update earlier this year broke that functionality, and I don't believe older versions of iTunes will work on iPhone OS 3.0.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 543

I also worked retail when I was younger, and to me it sounds as if the employees brought this on themselves by arguing with a customer for 2 hours. I assume that when the poster returned with his paperwork, he was dealing with the store manager. If not, that was the employees' first mistake. The manager should also not have let it go on for 2 hours. He/she should have contacted his supervisor, or whomever was the correct person to escalate problems to, as soon as it became clear that the customer was not going to accept the rejection and leave. Quite possibly, the person the poster was dealing with was a jerk who enjoyed screwing with people, or an insecure idiot who can't stand being argued with. I have run into both types more than once in retail settings. Thankfully, they are in the minority, but they do seem to be unusually prevalent in cellphone shops. (I'm happy to say that the guy that I recently dealt with at the AT&T store was not one of them.)

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