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Submission + - Yahoo Sued For Password Breach (

twoheadedboy writes: "Yahoo is being sued by one of its users, who has claimed the US Internet company was guilty of negligence when 450,000 passwords of the members of the Yahoo Voices blogging community were posted online. Jeff Allan from New Hampshire has turned to a federal court in San Jose, California, after his eBay account, which used the same password as his Voices account, was compromised. The breach at Yahoo followed similar hits on LinkedIn and Nvidia, which together saw millions of passwords leaked."

Comment Industry (Score 2) 220

Working in industry is great for that. In my previous job, I used to work on industrial tightening systems, and I was sent abroad to a client based on the fact that I was one who could actually lift and install the system (50kg). When testing the system, you have to lift it, use it, install it, abuse it, etc. Getting back to the desk actually feels good! Right now I'm doing geoexploration systems, I'm a little less active, but when the systems are deployed onto 20km x 30km sites, you have to have a minimal test site to imitate what the end client will do, so I get to walk a lot between the different systems and test beds. All of this being a C/ASM developer.

Submission + - LG To Show World’s First 3D Smartphone Next (

jhernik writes: LG will introduce the world’s first smartphone with a glasses-free 3D display at Mobile World Congress

LG has announced it will introduce what it calls the first smartphone with a glasses-free 3D display at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week.

The move follows on from LG’s announcement of the Optimus 2X, the first dual-core smartphone, and the Optimus Black, which includes a super-bright LCD screen. Both devices run Google’s Linux-based Android operating system.

Dual-lens camera
The Optimus 3D will include a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a LCD panel capable of displaying 3D images that can be viewed without special eyewear, and connectivity options including HDMI and DLNA for sharing 3D content, according to LG.

Rumours published on the website Mobile Smug said the smartphone will use a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor and an eight-megapixel camera with autofocus, stereoscopic support and geo-tagging.

The device will run Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”, according to the same report. LG also distributed a video of the 3D device.

The device will debut on the networks 3 and Vodafone in the UK, according to rumours.

LG is also planning to display a 3D-capable, Android-based tablet at Mobile World Congress, according to widely circulated rumours.

Comment Re:EU planes still don't allow. (Score 1) 532

My information comes from a pilot, but it was his personal stand on the situation. However, there are quite a few sites on Internet that state my claim as correct, but I'm pretty sure that it is a mix of both. I don't claim to be correct on everything, and I will not contradict you since I do not work in the industry, or at least not directly.

Comment Re:EU planes still don't allow. (Score 1) 532

Probably because flight attendants have a hard enough time getting passengers to turn off electronics, so forbidding people to read would probably just really piss everyone off. Also, and this applies to me personally, probably not for everyone, but when I read a book I am still a litle bit attentive to what is going on around me, but put me infront of an electronic device, and I'm in my own little universe, isolated from the outside world.

Comment Re:No direct link found (Score 2) 532

One of the reasons that electronics are banned is because it distracts people, and airline companies (and federal directives) want passengers to be at peak concentration during takeoff and landing, just incase anything goes wrong and they need to evacuate the plane. I also flew Delta a while ago, and they had an onboard Wifi system that I could use to get my emails, so wireless can't be that dangerous; I'm still alive.

Comment Re:EU planes still don't allow. (Score 5, Informative) 532

Don't confuse this. Electronics are banned on take off and landing for different reasons, not just for interference. Electronics are banned for radio interference, because that is the easy explanation, but one of the multiple reasons is passenger attention. Take off and landing are, statistically, the most dangerous times, where all passengers are required to be attentive to what goes on. When you take off at night and they dim the cabin lights, some people say that it is for electrical considerations, but it also gets your eyes used to the outside light in case you need to evacuate. Airplanes and procedures are carefully planned so that you can evacuate quickly in case of an emergency, and people being distracted form electronics isn't really a good idea.

Submission + - University of Bergen, Norway, scraps Solaris (

Christoffer777 writes: The University of Bergen, Norway, has decided to phase out and replace their Solaris based file servers after lack of support from Oracle.
According to Thomas Evensen, head of IT, they do not trust that Oracle has the capacity to figure out what is wrong and give them proper support. He claims that Oracle does not have the technical expertise to diagnose the problem, that it probably has to do with all the Sun employees that have left since Oracle took over, and that escalating the problem within Oracle has taken a long time. It seems that their plan is to move to some form of Linux.

For those who do not understand Norwegian, they do not have an English version, so you will have to try your luck with a translator.

Comment Re:Maybe they did it wrong... (Score 5, Interesting) 395

I was fired from a job because of Agile... I'm a C developper, and one part of the server had Java development. Well, guess who had to take the post-it, because "that is the way things are done". So here I was doing Java, on a ticket that was supposed to take a day, I did it in 4. I had to take the ticket, because that is what Agile is about. During the scrum meetings, I said I had problems with it, but I couldn't ask for help, because I took the ticket, and "that is the way things are done". I was a 6-month trial period, so they sacked me with no warning, because I was crap at my job. Since then I've been working with multinationals, and the previous company has made one single iPhone App that has a rating of 1-star, their previous flagship application is now one-star too (and on the verge of a lawsuit because of a dodgy change of contract for the application). Since then, I've had real Agile training, and the trainer explained the way things were really done, and at least I know I wasn't in the wrong. Still, my first Agile experience cost me my job. That's what I remember.

Comment Re:Heard of a Fake iPhone yesterday (Score 1) 124

I've seen something like that, in Asia. It was the same dimensions as an iPhone, same layout, different screen and different OS/icons/layout, but you couldn't see that inside its box. They weren't advertising it as an Apple phone, but there again, they weren't advertising it as anything else. I was an iPhone dev at the time, and you had to look closely at the box in order to figure out that it wasn't a real iPhone. However, on this particular one, if you had used an iPhone before, you would have seen the difference by just turning it on and looking at the screen; the icons were different, the layout wasn't exactly the same, and the screen quality had nothing to do with the original.

Comment Re:Great idea. (Score 1) 215

I'm in France, and I have 2 options. One is, as said above, create a temporary credit card number that is good for only one transaction for a specified amount, but the other option allows me to buy on most sites in France, and on the authorization screen, my bank sends me a text message that I have to enter in on the site. No password, no payment. These codes are one-shot codes, and I don't have to enter any personal information. I love this system, it doesn't add a lot of complication for me, except for having a cell phone next to me 24 hours a day (which I have anyway), and no personal information is sent.

Submission + - Xmarks closing down (

JLangbridge writes: After years of service, 2 million users and 5 million browsers synchronised, Xmarks will be closing down, unable to gain the money necessary to keep surviving, and being squeezed out of business by other synchronisation software. Automated emails have been sent out saying goodbye, giving a service termination date (Jan 10) and providing a few links to other synchronisation software.

Comment Not surprised (Score 5, Insightful) 253

I'm not surprised, not at all. The A320 ELAC uses 3 68k chips, and the A320 SEC uses an 80186 and even an 8086 chip. Why? For lots of reasons. Basically, it doesn't require billions of instructions per second, it doesn't need to access gigabytes of memory, and most importantly, they are proven chips that have gone through years of testing, and they are relatively simple. At the time they were complicated, granted, but they were still within reach of severe quality control. Remember the problems Intel had with the Pentium and floating point calculations? Nothing serious, but still... The chip was so complex that problems crept into the design phase, and at 38000 feet, you do not want problems. To cite a fellow Slashdotter above, (thanks tekrat), Critical systems require reliable, proven, hardened hardware, not flakey netbooks. Enough design faults have crept into aeronautical design, so I can only imagine the space sector. NASA used to program everything in 68k because they were reliable, simple, fast enough, and because they had lots of really, really good engineers that knew every single aspect of the chips. Don't get me wrong, I love todays chips, and i7s look sexy, but with a TDP of 130W for the Extreme Edition chips, they just add problems. Running at 3.2GHz, with over a billion transistors, you are just asking for trouble. At those speeds and heat, problems do happen, the system will crash. Ok, not often, but with mission critical systems, just once is enough. Did anyone seriously expect the shuttle to run quad-cores with terabytes of RAM?

Comment Re:Charge for support (Score 1) 635

This is France, the government pays for just about anything, and then they end up with a huge hole in their budget. They very fact that people pay nothing makes them irresponsible, since they don't even thing about what they do. Oh, yeah, just shove those pills on the bill, maybe I'll need them, maybe I won't. They see the doctor as much as they want, since 99.5% gets paid back, and it clogs the system up. Getting an "urgent" appointment can be hard form some people, depending on the amount of people around, and the amount of doctors available. France is beginning to change, as in now you have to pay a Euro every time you go to a doctor, and if you go to a specialist without a doctor's consent, you pay about 70% of the end bill. It does make a few people think, but IMHO, a lot of people still abuse the system, because it is just to damned easy to do.

Comment Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (Score 1) 520

Very good point. I'm an open source guy myself, and the "techie" of the crowd (as in Hey! Will you fix my computer?). I've worked with Linux, Windows, Mac and even others, like Solaris, HPUX and a few others I can't even remember off hand. IMHO, what kills discussion are the evangelists, and the computing world is full of them. We like to bash around Mac users because of their "Mac is better than anything else" attitude, and for some domains, they are. I used to work for NEC Computers, and every single desktop and server was a NEC, except for the marketing and graphics departments, where they used Macs, naturally. Graphics et al. Everything depends on your use, and need. I'm a Linux fan, but I've suggested that people use Windows or Mac instead of Linux. Yes, you can do it with Linux, but in your case, it makes sense using something else. Everyone has a particular need, a particular configuration. The computer evangelists are doing more harm than good, and they are also a reason why I quit my job as an iPhone developer. The iPhone is sweet and sexy, but the people I worked for could have 4-hour arguments as to why Mac was better than anything else, no matter what. Parent is right, and that comes from a Linux user, one who thinks that other platforms have their place. No system is perfect, no strategy is ideal, otherwise we'd all be using the same thing by now. The very fact that we aren't just shows that there are huge differences.

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