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Comment Re:Signal isn't chaning, the noise floor is (Score 1) 615

Cliffs of Insanity applies to my workplace, I'll have to remember that one! (Nice reference to The Princess Bride, too.)
I like Castle Aaarghh and Caerbannog.

I haven't noticed any loss in range or throughput yet on my Cisco/Linksys E3000 AP, but now I will be watching for it to happen. It is already a few years old and re-placed by newer models. I currently have it catching some air from the power supply fan on my computer, but that's not on 24/7.

Comment Re:3d is annoying (Score 3, Informative) 404

I totally agree. Too many movies are spending the entire budget on gratuitous special effects and the story line is merely an afterthought. This is made painfully obvious if you watch an old Alfred Hitchcock movie and then any of the recent blockbusters. Old black and white movie >> new 3D color movie.

Other ways to wreck a film:
comic-book colorizing (Casablanca)
"updating" (Star Wars)


Submission + - Your location 'extremely valuable' to Google

An anonymous reader writes: Google recently wrote off concerns about its mobile devices sending precise user location data back to its servers, but recently uncovered emails illustrate that user location is instrumental in its strategy. Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google wrote to Larry Page, founder and now CEO, explaining that location data from mobile phones was "extremely valuable to Google," especially given the privacy blow-up concerning its Street View cars at the time.


Cell Phone Interception At Def Con 95

ChrisPaget writes "I'm planning a pretty significant demonstration of GSM insecurity at Defcon next week, where I'll intercept and record cellular calls made by my attendees, live on-stage, no user-input required. As you can imagine, intercepting cellphones is a Very Big Deal in the eyes of the law; this blog post is an attempt to reassure everyone that their privacy is being taken seriously despite the nature of the demo. I'm not just making it up either — the EFF have helped significantly with the details."

Astronomers Discover 33 Pairs of Waltzing Black Holes 101

Astronomers from UC Berkeley have identified 33 pairs of waltzing black holes, closing the gap somewhat between the observed population of super-massive black hole pairs and what had been predicted by theory. "Astronomical observations have shown that 1) nearly every galaxy has a central super-massive black hole (with a mass of a million to a billion times the mass of the Sun), and 2) galaxies commonly collide and merge to form new, more massive galaxies. As a consequence of these two observations, a merger between two galaxies should bring two super-massive black holes to the new, more massive galaxy formed from the merger. The two black holes gradually in-spiral toward the center of this galaxy, engaging in a gravitational tug-of-war with the surrounding stars. The result is a black hole dance, choreographed by Newton himself. Such a dance is expected to occur in our own Milky Way Galaxy in about 3 billion years, when it collides with the Andromeda Galaxy."

Comment Audiophile sheeple (Score 1) 2

That's like those pricey replacement power cables that marketers say improve your audio ... without also changing the in-wall wiring, the drop from the pole pig, and so on. Now, a good UPS with filtering will actually do some good things for you, for a lot less that 7 thousand clams.

I used monster cable (or similar) for my audio setup because the conductors are thick (14 or 12 guage) and flexible, and it looks nice. The flat cable is easy to route.

One time I used RG62 coaxial cable for my speakers because it was cheap and shielded. It was useful for curing RFI* from my ham radio setup. (RFI = Radio Frequency Interference)

Submission + - James Randi $1Million Award on Speaker Cables 2

elrond amandil writes: James Randi offered $1 million USD to anyone who can prove that a pair of $7,250 Pear Anjou speaker cables is any better than ordinary (and also overpriced) Monster Cables. Pointing out the absurd review by audiophile Dave Clark, who called the cables "danceable," Randi called it "hilarious and preposterous." He added that if the cables could do what their makers claimed, "they would be paranormal."

Submission + - International Public Toilets Database

William S. writes: "Press Release: 10 March 2007

A publicly accessible database has been set up at . You can search for public toilets in 19 countries and find out information that includes the address and detailed information about the facility as well as geographic coordinates. A user can submit comments and enter new locations. There is a wiki, forum and mailing list linked from the main page of the database with information related to public toilets. It is hoped that public exposure to this resource will add to it's content and help expand coverage.

For more information contact:

or go to:"

Submission + - 1000 to 10000 e-books with help from /.

seeit writes: On November 8, 2002 slashdot mentioned Distributed Proofreaders. A few months later, DP completed its 1000th e-book.

Today, with the help of many volunteers who work on books and software, DP completed its 10,000th title.

Distributed Proofreaders, a wholly volunteer organization, was established for the purpose of producing quality transcriptions of machine-readable texts from public domain sources. Once a unique title has been completed the result is made freely available in widely used text and graphic formats via the Internet. The complete library of "DP texts" accessible from file servers throughout the world under the governance of Project Gutenberg, the founding ancestor of online archives.

True to its international nature, Distributed Proofreaders, while respecting U.S. copyright laws, does not limit itself to preserving solely English language content. Nearly 15% of completed titles, to date, represent over 20 languages beyond English. A look to DPs 10,000th title set reveals the diversity of world cultural content in the public domain. Among this commemorative collection are a French translation of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice; the chronicle of Portuguese explorer Serpa Pinto's African expeditions; a pair of illustrated children stories from Germany; the first part of 'Species Plantarum', a 17th century Latin botanical reference work and a translation of a 17th century Guatemalan Maya manuscript.

The fifteen titles released today are not a cheer towards the past accomplishments of Distributed Proofreaders, nor are they pat on the back for deeds fulfilled on this day. What these titles so clearly represent, of their own merits, is the future and what awaits within the world's public domain yet to be rescued from obscurity and re-presented to an audience hungry to rediscover the cultural treasures of previous ages.

Submission + - SCO says IBM hurt profits

AlanS2002 writes: "In its ongoing litigation against International Business Machines Corp., the SCO Group Inc. on Monday said IBM hurt SCO's relationship with several high-tech powerhouses, causing SCO's market share and revenues to plummet. In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball, an attorney for Lindon-based SCO said IBM "pressured" companies to cut off their relationships with SCO. And "the effect on SCO was devastating and it was immediate," Mark James said. IBM on Monday argued for summary judgment on the matters of unfair competition and business interference, but SCO contends that a jury trial is needed."

Submission + - Square-Enix scans processes, fails to disclose

TinyTim writes: "This is 100% verifiable. POL.exe calls Process32First and Process32Next in order to enumerate all processes running on your system. Then, for each process it attempts to use ReadProcessMemory in order to scan the memory being used by each application. I found this out because I use ProcessGuard, and have all of my services set up with protected memory, and set all applications I use to the bare minimum permissions. I noted that after the update, POL.exe was attempting to gain access to Apache, Ventrilo, MySQL, Oracle, ProcessGuard, Explorer, Norton AntiVirus, and teatimer (The Spybot S&D Resident).

Yet square-Enix says:
There has been no change in the PlayOnline software that would allow it to report on a user's active programs, or cause it to send the data back to Square Enix. We want to make this official announcement so that our members will not be alarmed or confused by a rumor that has no basis in fact.
Link(it's the sticky at the top):

Since just running ProcessGuard proves otherwise, the company just lied.

Under California state law, the company has to disclose that it is scanning in it's privacy policy, or it's entire Terms of Service agreement in null and void."

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