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Submission + - iOS 6: iPhone 4 & 4S Users Report Excessive Battery Drain (

SternisheFan writes: "Many iPhone 4 and 4S users are reporting huge amounts of battery drainage that never was the case before the system upgrade.
    An Apple Discussion board thread has more than 200 entries discussing this problem and some solutions that may provide a fix in rare cases, but it is no panacea for the great majority of users. Here are a few comments from the Apple Support Boards: Only1jb: "Used my 4S the same as every other work day. Usually come home with about 60 percent. Came home today with 17 percent." John Smith 1882: "100 percent at 8am this morning when I took it off the charger. 0 percent within four hours. No calls. No GPS, no Internet use, but battery was dropping one percent every few minutes. I turned off location services, no change."
    LocalBus: "Thinking of switching back to 5.1.1 now!! 9am to 10:30am the battery drain is 100 percent to 52 percent!!!!! Something is very wrong." There are scores of other complaints. Suggestions have been offered, such as turning off location services, Maps, Passbook etc. Nothing seems to work for more than one person. The problem is not limited to those on the Support Discussion. This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused."
    The problem is not limited to those on the Support Discussion. This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused." Others have reported no excessive battery drain, but enough have to make this a salient issue that needs to be addressed and quickly. I've gotten used to carrying my two battery back-up cases to just get through the day.""

Submission + - Symantec Source Code Released in Pirate Bay (

KristenNicole writes: "On Tuesday, Antisec posted Symantec’s Norton Utilities 2006 source code on Pirate Bay with an accompanying note stating:

“As you all see its fully 7z packed content, whats in it!? The loosely Source Code of Norton Utilities 2006 made by one of the worse security vendors on planet earth, Symantec! Also as many of you know this was planned back before Sabu was arrested. Yeah McAfee you suck too!

Anyhow with this release is nothing really to prove, just stop making shitty software in the name of god! Your are only killing our CPU’s!”

read full article here:"


Submission + - Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range by 300% (

LesterMoore writes: Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries have developed a new material that they believe can improve the range of EVs by an impressive 300%. The ‘super material’ is a form of porous aluminum called “Aluminum-Celmet.” It is a light-weight metal that SEI believes can be utilized in lithium ion batteries as its 3D structure can reportedly triple battery capacity.

Submission + - Officials Agree on Global Nuclear Stress Tests

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Bloomberg reports that government ministers and officials from the European Union countries who met to discuss atomic energy safety have agreed to carry out stress tests on reactors to test the capacity of nuclear reactors to withstand major incidents like the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the Fukushima plant in March. “The accident at Fukushima in Japan has affected us all,” says French Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko- Morizet. “It quickly became apparent there is a need to learn lessons from the accident and to improve and raise our standards and ways of cooperating on nuclear safety.” The stress tests will be performed on Europe’s 143 working reactors and other atomic installations. "You have to move the safety envelope," says Roger Mattson, former leader of the US task force that investigated the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, and an organizer of the group issuing the letter. "You have to take these severe accidents into account and do more to prevent the very low-probability events." Mattson added that the added safety measures likely to result from a more demanding look at nuclear plant vulnerabilities should not impose unreasonable costs on most plants. "I don't think it's breaking the bank," Mattson said in an interview. "A higher sea wall [at the Fukushima Daiichi plant] wouldn't have broken the bank compared to what Japan will have to pay without the sea wall."
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun Unleashes 'Spectacular' & Powerful Eruptio ( 1

Endoflow2010 writes: The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say.

The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.

"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down." [Video: See the sun's June 7 solar flare and eruption]


Submission + - Historic Pairing: Shuttle Docked to the ISS (

astroengine writes: "It's been imaged in artists' renderings, but never before in actual photos: the sight of a space shuttle berthed at the International Space Station. This view of shuttle Endeavour, taken by Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli from aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule on May 23, is the culmination of 36 space shuttle missions to build the outpost over the past 12 years. NASA wanted the shot before it retires the shuttle fleet after one final mission in July."

Submission + - AMD bringing back FX performance chips (

An anonymous reader writes: Recently AMD seems to have been focusing on its Fusion line and APUs that offer a lot of performance on a low power budget and price. At the same time Intel is offering up high-end Sandy Bridge Core processors and talking about Tri-Gate 3D transistors. But AMD has just been waiting for E3 to come around to announce it hasn’t forgotten about the high-end, performance-hungry end users out there--the FX brand is making a comeback. If you are after a gaming rig with AMD parts then the FX label is what you need to look for. The first FX product will be called "Scorpius" and combines an unlocked 8-core processor, 6000 series Radeon HD graphics card, and AMD 9-series chipset.

Submission + - An Even Deeper Dive Into the iPhone Location Data (

stonemirror writes: "I've produced several overlays onto Google Maps showing precisely the data the iPhone added to the consolidated.db file over the course of a three day period, without any modification, and the information's quite interesting, if not completely comprehensible. I've provided details on all the tools I used, as well as a link to a copy of the data I used in an Excel spreadsheet for those who'd like to take a look themselves."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Anonymous attacks PlayStation Network ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Truly a sad day for the joyous Gamers, especially for PS3 Enthusiasts, as their most admired PlayStation Network which is abbreviated as PSN is encountering gross problems and is inaccessible since yesterday.
Who did it?
The popular internet hacking force Anonymous once again attacks PSN, causing many hardcore gamers to experience unknown errors on their screens.

Comment Kindle? Locked? (Score 1) 684

I keep seeing this, and I do not understand where it comes from. The Kindle is locked in the same way that Windows is locked - you can only run Microsoft software on Windows unless you have a brain.

The Kindle can wirelessly download books from, Baen and many other sites. It does this for free with no interaction with Amazon. You can back these books up and copy them to other Kindles as well.

I don't think I would call that "locked".

Comment Re:Clap Clap... (Score 3, Informative) 316

Your attempt is to dehumanize the bosses make them seem sub human so you feel better that you are not a millionaire too.

I don't discuss my finances on the net, unlike another Open Source evangelist who once made a really big fool of himself this way, because he says he lost it all. However, I play or have played all of the roles I discussed.

Comment Re:Video at 11 (Score 2, Interesting) 128

Exercise does not defeat boredom, at least not in the broad strokes you paint. It might help some people, and it certainly has physiological and mental health benefits for most people, but it's absurd to say that exercise prevents or treats boredom as a general rule.

For one thing, if you make exercise an unvarying part of your daily routine it might actually be a part of your boredom, and stopping the excise might help relieve your boredom by virtue of changing your routine.

I also think you'd find a more than a few people who would find exercise itself boring, whether it's part of a routine or not. Riding an elliptical for 2 hours a day can be mind-numbingly dull; not that there aren't more interesting methods for exercise, but use of an elliptical is definitely a form of exercise, and not a terribly exciting activity for most people.

You're also missing the possibility the boredom is a symptom of already poor health -- it's possible that self-reported boredom is the result of some other factor (lifestyle or otherwise) that results in lower longevity, rather than being the cause of lower longevity. Or that boredom, as a self-reported mental state, might reflect knowledge of a lower-than-average lifespan based on genetic, economic, social, or other factors. Or that the link found in this one study is ephemeral and does not reflect a general link between boredom and longevity at all.

Comment This has to be the most idiotic thing ever (Score 1) 325

Apple has been EXTREMELY lucky with the iPod. Through it millions of people have become exposed NOT just to an Apple product but the idea that MS is NOT the end all of computers. Apple computer sales have soared thanks to the iPod effect and Apple is doing really really well at the moment.

The iPhone is "just" more of the same effect (and counting the iPod touch as the same). Showing people that far more then "just an MP3 player" can be not-windows.

Apple has gained HUGE sales because people are starting to accept that PC does NOT have to mean Windows... and then they are going to put Bing/MS on their own flagship products?

That would be like Shell putting a sticker on its F1 cars "runs on Exxon". McDonalds might as well advertise that chicken tastes better and flame grilled is the best for a burger.

The financial situation of the world is very understandable when you see the financial media produce this kind of shortsighted stuff.

Google and Apple compete on mobile phones, so Apple will run to MS, with which it competes on Operating System, productivity software, media codecs, MP3 players, browser oh and lets not forget MOBILE PHONES!

Surely Businessweek is aware MS is involved with mobile phones? I know they are not all that successful but surely someone in that office has heard of it?

So to screw google out of the data they get through search they give all that data to MS? That makes a LOT of sense.

Businessweek, read by the people that gave you the recession.

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