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Comment Flash/No Flash (Score 3, Interesting) 750

I recently tried to convert my main work laptop to Ubuntu, I spent a good 2 months using it before going back to Windows 7. My laptop is designed somewhat poorly in that it's heat sinks are in the armrest before the keyboard. One thing I noticed about the Linux version of flash is how CPU hungry it is, simple sites like Youtube, or any site with flash video playback would consume an entire core on my laptop. I spent some time researching why and everything I've seen so far indicates that Adobe has just implemented it poorly on Linux. Some posts indicate its implemented just as poorly on OSX, using WAY more CPU than it does on Windows. So while in Linux not only would my laptop get hot, but it would kill it's battery in a heartbeat. Considering these poor implementations I can understand why Apple has taken the stance it has against flash. Using flash or not isn't a deal breaker when it comes to the web for me, but I found it EXTREMELY annoying under Linux. I think it's actually a good thing that Apple is pushing more for alternatives away from flash.

Comment Imagination (Score 1) 809

While I can understand trying to make things "scientific" and being as accurate as possible, but at the same time it doesn't have to be accurate to inspire imagination. I know I grew up watching Star Trek, both the original series and later TNG. While later I became aware of a lot of the inaccuracies and "techno babble" that was spouted on the show, it did a whole lot to inspire my imagination and get me interested in a lot of areas. I think that was Gene Roddenberry's original plan/goal with the show anyway, to inspire the imagination and reach for the stars. Sometimes us as geeks forget that.

Submission + - Are banks handing corporations your account info?

Krystlih writes: In an age where cash is becoming less and less used, and electronic payments such as credit or debit cards are becoming more and more prevelent I've stumbled across something that has me very concerned. Last year my grandmother wanted to have internet access in order to keep in touch with the family and me being the only computer guy in the family I set her up with an AOL dial up account because it fit her needs. I offered to pay for it and put in my account information on the account. I used a debit card that was linked to my checking account for the transaction. Later in the year my grandmother passed away. She happened to pass away a month prior to my debit card expiring. So instead of cancelling the AOL account I let it lapse figuring the account would be deactivated once my debit card would be denied. Come to find out when I was issued a new debit card somehow AOL got my new card information and continued to charge me the monthly fee. I contacted AOL complaining but nobody could answer how my information was obtained. Now this year I've had the same problem with Netflix, again I cancelled a card that was lost and I was expecting my Netflix account to expire. Nope, they got my most current card information somehow and updated my account. How is this legal? How can a company get debit/credit card information without your permission? I did some google searches and came up blank, does anyone know?

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