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Comment The true Desktop PC will live forever (Score 0) 625

The Desktop PCs that our parents bought from Dell that cost around $300 and are mainly used to check e-mail and surf the web (basically all it can do anyway) are dead. It just no longer makes sense for the average consumer to own such a large device to do such simple computing. My step-dad recently told me he uses his Galaxy S3 in place of his desktop...

Comment A little late? (Score 0) 361

This article would have made sense to me ten years ago but today I feel like Spotify and Grooveshark (streaming audio) is the new radio.

Spotify only streams at 160kbps for non-subscribers using the Ogg Vorbis format:

q3 (~96 kbps) mobile
q5 (~160 kbps) desktop non-paid
q9 (~320 kbps) desktop pay service

And you never know what Grooveshark is going to give you.

I personally can't detect a huge difference above 160kbps and for the sake of my own collection, I used to rip at 190kbps and only 320kbps if it was an artist I absolutely loved to blow my speakers out too. Even then, my ears and sound system couldn't capture the difference.

I don't really see the problem, as bandwidth and memory costs continually drop it only seems natural that we'll migrate to higher bit-rates, especially with the prevalence of so many high-end headphones lately. I would be surprised if Spotify free fully utilizes Beats headphones and don't get me started about people using Beats to stream Pandora at 96kbps...

Comment Re:Batshit Crazy! (Score 0) 680

I can't believe that Islamic attempts are this inconsistent and will always contend that 9/11 was not purely initiated by outside Islamic forces.

Also, nothing has changed in regard to the Cold War threat of nuclear war except a direct confrontation with Soviet Russia is much less likely at this time. The threat of nuclear fallout destroying the planet is still here plus we have the added benefit of religious radicals in third world countries blowing shit up at every chance they get.

Comment Overgeneralized (Score 0) 1

You cannot keep people from being stupid.

A more useful statistic would be the increase in collateral deaths i.e. drivers going the speed limit or under being hit by speeding drivers.

If you're goal is to risk death and you end up dying in the process, I don't see why anyone should stop you, that's just survival of the fittest, but we should limit collateral damage.

Comment Why such controversy over a non-empirical topic? (Score 0) 1

Why not tell students the whole story:

1. Here are some examples of evolution, i.e. whale, horse etc. Scientists believe these to be explanations for the origin and progression of biological life.

2. Here is the concept of creationism from a generic religious perspective

Note: There are numerous hybrid theories that fall all along the lines between these two theories.

None of the above can be empirically confirmed. Believe whatever suites you the best.

Happy Occam's Razor.

Submission + - NASA Mars Exploration Rover Team to be Honored (

littlesparkvt writes: The mission team for NASA’s long-lived Mars
Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be awarded the Haley
Space Flight Award. The team will receive the award Sept. 12 during
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space
2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, Calif.


Submission + - TEPCO can't afford to develop renewable energy: disasters cost (

mdsolar writes: ""The head of the Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant says last year’s meltdowns sapped away money it might have used to switch to alternative energy, making it all the more important for the company to stick with nuclear.

Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday it is “quite troubling” that the government, responding to public opinion, is moving toward eliminating nuclear power, but he said TEPCO would follow whatever energy policy Japan adopts.""

Submission + - Kindle Fire v iPad: The unintended consequences at work (

InfoWorld_Pete writes: This week's Kindle Fire announcement shows Amazon is serious about displacing Apple's iPad/iTunes combination in the home, with major improvements in its hardware and Amazon's huge book and growing video and music libraries. But, as InfoWorld's Galen Gruman writes, the Kindle Fire could also diminish the iPad in the office, should the Fire displace it at home. Why? At its core, the iPad's ability to serve both business and personal uses means it's the perfect vehicle for BYOD; the Fire isn't so suited. So, that could favor corporate-issued iPad deployments, not user-driven ones, and thus constrain the iPad to being just another type of work PC. The odds remain in the iPad's favor, but the even possibility of such a shift is surprising.

Submission + - FBI launches $1 billion nationwide facial recognition system (

MrSeb writes: "The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun rolling out its new $1 billion biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) system. In essence, NGI is a nationwide database of mugshots, iris scans, DNA records, voice samples, and other biometrics, that will help the FBI identify and catch criminals — but it is how this biometric data is captured, through a nationwide network of cameras and photo databases, that is raising the eyebrows of privacy advocates. Until now, the FBI relied on IAFIS, a national fingerprint database that has long been due an overhaul. Over the last few months, the FBI has been pilot testing a facial recognition system, which will soon be scaled up until it's nationwide. In theory, this should result in much faster positive identifications of criminals and fewer unsolved cases. The problem is, the FBI hasn't guaranteed that the NGI will only use photos of known criminals. There may come a time when the NGI is filled with as many photos as possible, from as many sources as possible, of as many people as possible — criminal or otherwise. Imagine if the NGI had full access to every driving license and passport photo in the country — and DNA records kept by doctors, and iris scans kept by businesses. The FBI’s NGI, if the right checks and balances aren’t in place, could very easily become a tool that decimates civilian privacy and freedom."

Submission + - Samsung: Android's Multitouch Not as Good as Apple's (

itwbennett writes: "Hoping to avoid a sales ban in the Netherlands, Samsung has said that Android's multitouch software doesn't work as well as Apple's. Samsung lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman said that while Apple's technology is a 'very nice invention,' the Android system is harder for developers to use. Arguing the bizarre counterpoint, Apple's lawyer Theo Blomme told judge Peter Blok, that the Android multitouch isn't inferior and does so infringe on Apple's patent: 'They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true,' said Blomme."

Submission + - British funeral director puts QR codes on grave stones (

sweetpea86 writes: Visitors to graveyards in the UK may soon be able to learn much more about the people buried there, with the introduction of quick response (QR) codes on headstones. Chester Pearce in Poole is the first funeral director to offer families the option of interactive gravestones with embedded QR codes. The £300 QR codes are etched on to small granite or metal squares before being embedded or glued on to the gravestones. When scanned using a smartphone or tablet, the code launches a personalised web page dedicated to the deceased, complete with pictures, videos and contributions from family and friends.

Submission + - Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card schematics completed (

lkcl writes: "Rhombus Tech's first CPU Card is nearing completion and availability: the schematics have been completed by Wits-Tech. Although it appears strange to be using a 1ghz Cortex A8 for the first CPU Card, not only is the mass-volume price of the A10 lower than other offerings; not only does the A10 classify as "good enough" (in combination with 1gb of RAM); but Allwinner Tech is one of the very rare China-based SoC companies willing to collaborate with Software (Libre) developers without an enforced (GPL-violating) NDA in place. Overall, it's the very first step in the right direction for collaboration between Software (Libre) developers and mass-volume PRC Factories. There will be more (faster, better) EOMA-68 CPU Cards: this one is just the first."

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