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Comment Re:Application usage logs and restrictions (Score 1) 196

It's not a perfect solution, but Android Gingerbread did implement an option to log (or notify/crash/dialog/etc) particular actions (such as network access) within the StrictMode API. The best part is that you can enable this through reflection, even on older apps - in theory you could push this back to everything running on the phone if you so desired.

Comment Include all the costs (Score 1) 765

The laptop hardware might be worth $1000. But if you start including the cost of the software and documents on it the prices start going up rapidly.

I write software for a living, and if my laptop was stolen there's a good chance for it to contain 1000's of hours of my work on it (so even at a paltry $/hr that adds up quickly). If you start including the value of trade secrets for clients that goes up even more.

Yes, things are encrypted, backed up and a thief may be unlikely to gain access (or even know what to do with it) but that doesn't negate the fact that the docs are still on the laptop and very much worth something.

Heck, even if you only used the laptop to listening to music and watch cat videos on Youtube, you could use RIAA pricing for your mp3s.


Submission + - Google Publicizes Government Requests (google.com)

D H NG writes: In the aftermath of Google's exit from mainland China, it had sought to be more open about what it sensors. Google has launched a new tool to track the number of government request targeted at Google and YouTube. These include both requests for data and removal requests. A quick look at the tool shows that Brazil is the top country for both categories and information for China can not be disclosed because "Chinese officials consider censorship demands as state secrets". As part of its four-part plan, Google hopes to "change the behavior of repressive governments", "establish guiding principles for dealing with issues of free expression", "build support online to protest repression", and "better provide resources and support for developing technology designed to combat and circumvent Internet censorship".

Comment Re:key (Score 1) 496

I understand the constant eating just to keep from wasting away, but as one skinny guy (6'0", 135lbs here) to another introduce some more fruits and whole grains into your diet.

I never felt "bad", but about two years ago I started doing steel cut oats for breakfast (follow Alton Brown's recipe) and doing almost all my own cooking; now I feel great. The pipes are all flowing and the body's working better since I gave up that old (similar to yours) diet.

Comment Re:Queue . . . (Score 1) 542

My brother is highly allergic to corn products (more precisely starches) - the trace amounts that can remain in HFCS sends him into severe gastro-intestinal stress. He's been going without HFCS (and corn, rice, soy, barley, oats, wheat, tapioca, quinoa, etc, etc) for nearly 3 years now. While I'm not saying it's an easy thing to do, it's not nearly as difficult as you're making it out to be. HFCS is fairly pervasive and to avoid it does mean that you'll be doing some more of your own cooking - but that's a good thing.

Comment Mbone & VIC (Score 5, Interesting) 170

A few years back, my multi-site development group set up a web cam on just a regular PC running windows. Then we just set up Mbone and VIC to run the actual conferencing part. It worked really well and supported as many clients as we needed it to. I'm not sure if it's still around or under any development - but you can't beat the price ($0). And they have clients for most OSes.

Submission + - 'Detective' draws gun at Washington snowball fight (bbc.co.uk)

JynxMe writes: Video taken at the scene shows people pelting a man with snowballs after his car, a Hummer, gets stuck in the snow. The man — not in uniform at the time — then appears to pull out a gun while an angry crowd gathers and chants: "Don't freak out to a snowball fight." At one point in the video the man identifies himself as a "detective", but refuses to give his full name or badge number. Then he proceeds to admit to pulling his gun. BBC has an article on the incident.

Submission + - Prosecutors Want "Open Source" AIG Investigation (nytimes.com)

VValdo writes: As you may recall, the citizens of the US shelled out about $85 billion to bail out AIG and its creditors (Goldman Sachs in particular) last year. But as 80% owners of AIG, we still don't know what happened exactly. That may change. In an NYTimes Op-Ed, former prosecutors (including former NY governor Eliot Spitzer) are calling for the US Treasury to force to AIG release its treasure-trove of emails to the public before allowing AIG to "break free" of our control. As the prosecutors put it, "By putting the evidence online, the government could establish a new form of "open source" investigation. Once the documents are available for everyone to inspect, a thousand journalistic flowers can bloom, as reporters, victims and angry citizens have a chance to piece together the story." Good idea?

Submission + - Symbian MicroKernel finally goes Open Source (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: Symbian announced over a year ago that they were going to Open Source their code, and the industry has been patiently waiting for that to happen. Well, it finally has. According to news on Wednesday, "Symbian has released its platform microkernel, and software development kit (SDK), as open source under the Eclipse Public License. The Symbian Foundation claims that it is moving quickly toward an open source model, which is questionable, but the release of the EKA2 kernel is a signal that Symbian still means business about adopting an open source model. Accenture, ARM, Nokia and Texas Instruments contributed software to the microkernel, Symbian officials said. "

Submission + - Imports of Toyota Prius May Be Banned (bloomberg.com) 1

JynxMe writes: Paice, a tiny Florida company that has patented a way to apply force to a car's wheels from the electric motor or the internal combustion engine.

Paice thinks that Toyota (TM) is infringing on its technology, and is going after the automaker in court. The legal spat became much more serious for Toyota this week, when the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to investigate the matter. In the worst-case scenario for Toyota, the commission could ban the hybrid Camry, third-generation Prius, Lexus HS250h sedan and Lexus RX450h SUV.

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