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Comment ASUS Transformer (Score 2) 417

My girlfriend was in roughly the same boat a month ago. Her 8+ year old P4 desktop hasn't been turned on in many months. She planned to replace it soon.

I bought myself a Nexus 7 to take with me for my computing needs (video games, video watching, IRC, eBook reading, remote access to my home network, etc.) while at her place. She saw how much I could get done with it and quickly changed her mind about buying a new desktop/laptop.

She picked up an ASUS Transformer TF300T at a recent sale from Best Buy and has since used it more than she ever would have used a full blown PC. She previously used her iPhone to get her basic tasks done (tons of email, casual games, web surfing, YouTube, Pandora) but since having the tablet she only uses her iPhone as a phone (and no longer suffers with that tiny screen).

Posted laying in bed from my Nexus 7 with her playing Zen Pinball on her Transformer. :)

Data Storage

"Limited Edition" SSD Has Fastest Storage Speed 122

Vigile writes "The idea of having a 'Limited Edition' solid state drive might seem counter-intuitive, but regardless of the naming, the new OCZ Vertex LE is based on the new Sandforce SSD controller that promises significant increases in performance, along with improved ability to detect and correct errors in the data stored in flash. While the initial Sandforce drive was called the 'Vertex 2 Pro' and included a super-capacitor for data integrity, the Vertex LE drops that feature to improve cost efficiency. In PC Perspectives's performance tests, the drive was able to best the Intel X25-M line in file creation and copying duties, had minimal fragmentation or slow-down effects, and was very competitive in IOs per second as well. It seems that current SSD manufacturers are all targeting Intel and the new Sandforce controller is likely the first to be up to the challenge."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Modern Warfare 2 Surpasses $1 Billion Mark; Dedicated Servers What? 258

The Opposable Thumbs blog is running an interesting article contrasting everything Activision did "wrong" in creating and marketing Modern Warfare 2 with the game's unqualified success. Despite price hikes, somewhat shady review practices, exploit frustrations, and the dedicated server fiasco, the game has raked in over a billion dollars in sales. "There was only one way to review Modern Warfare 2: on the Xbox 360, in Santa Barbara, under the watchful eye of Activision. Accepting the paid trip, along with room and board, was the only way you were going to get a review before launch. Joystiq noted that this broke their ethics policy, but they went anyway. Who can say no to a review destined to bring in traffic? Shacknews refused to call their coverage a 'review' because of the ethical issues inherent in the situation, but that stance was unique. The vast majority of news outlets didn't disclose how the review was conducted, or added a disclaimer after the nature of the review was made public. This proved to Activision that if you're big enough, you can dictate the exact terms of any review, and no ethics policy will make news outlets turn you down."

Comment AT&T screwed us in Nov. Now Charter... (Score 1) 369

Two months ago I left AT&T because them implemented bandwidth caps. They capped their highest tier ("6.0Mb/s", never goes over 4.8Mb/s) at 80GB a month. They have a website up at that kindly shows you what APPEARS to be a 150GB/month limit (that is the limit for their "6.0Mbps" U-verse service) no matter what service you have. Delve deeper into the FAQ, and you will see the real caps. Very deceptive. The rate they charge per-GB for overages is $1.

I switched to Charter for my phone and internet, hoping to be counted by their bean-counters as a lost customer, thanks to their greed. However, it appears I have just traded one evil for another.

I called Charter three times today so far. I've spoken to two "account retention" employees and one "technical support" guy (thinking he may know his ass from a hole in the ground. I was wrong.), in addition to two supervisors.

They currently have no way for their customers to monitor their bandwidth. Even the tech support guy said he has no way to view my bandwidth.

And not one of them had heard today's news.

Not one of them could offer anything other than, "Uh, well, I dunno...".

However, I present to you the comic relief provided by Charter representatives :

When told about the story on Slashdot (Charter tech support guy): "What? On Slashnet you say?"

When told about the story on (Charter account retention employee): "Sir, we're cable, not DSL."


Way to hold the country back. Corporate greed will always win over progress.

United States

Submission + - Men fail in the bathroom: Public wash habits worse (

coondoggie writes: "When it comes to washing one's hands in public restrooms, women beat men hands down. An observational study of US public restroom habits out today says one-third of men don't wash hands in public restrooms while 88% of women do lather up. A follow up telephone survey of 1,001 adults ages 18 and over found that both lie about the activity though men fail more there too: 92% of adults say they wash their hands in public restrooms. The story is perhaps a little more disconcerting when you realize that almost one in five small business managers read work-related e-mails and other documents in the bathroom, presumably at work according to another study."
The Internet

Submission + - Phising Scheme uses Hacked page on eBay's servers

An anonymous reader writes: It appears a new Phishing scheme doesn't use email, but eBay's own web servers. A poster on found the hack and reported it. But just a few hours after eBay reomved the hacked page, it has returned. The page hidden on eBay's servers when accessed using a valid eBay server address quickly redirects the user to a fake eBay login page to steal account passwords. The hacker then puts the address in public questions to sellers, when people paste or type the URL into their address bar it takes them to the fake login. Inside Job?

Submission + - Meteorite Causes Illness in Peru (

eldavojohn writes: "A meteorite struck in Peru on Saturday leaving cinders, rock & water boiling out of the ground. Villagers nearby reported headaches & vomiting and attributed it to the event. From the article, "Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said. Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache." It's not yet clear whether this is from the meteorite, gas trapped underground that was released or a chemical reaction between the two."

University of Florida Student Tasered At Political Rally 1819

An anonymous reader writes "During a political rally at the University of Florida, an annoying student was tasered while attempting to ask Senator Kerry (D-MA) some questions regarding the 2004 election. Police are looking into whether excessive force was used to prevent the student from going over his alloted question period." There are also several YouTube videos available of the incident.

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