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Comment BASIC (Score 1) 630

BASIC on an HP-3000 mainframe in 1980. We had a DECWriter terminal (basically a dot-matrix printer with a keyboard attached) that connected from our junior high school to a local university's mainframe via modem. You took a regular phone, lifted the handset, dialed the number, the modem on the other end would pick up, and you'd put the handset into this cradle that was attached to the DECWriter. Then you'd get a login prompt. Awesome. }:-)

DRM

The Kodi Development Team Wants To Be Legitimate and Bring DRM To the Platform. (torrentfreak.com) 156

New submitter pecosdave writes: The XBMC/ Kodi development team has taken a lot of heat over the years, mostly due to third-party developers introducing piracy plugins to the platform. In many cases, cheap Android computers are often sold with these plugins pre-installed with the Kodi or XBMC name attached to them -- something that caused Amazon to ban sales of such devices. The Kodi team is not happy about this, and has taken the fight to the sellers. The Kodi team is now trying to work with rights holders to introduce DRM and legitimate plugins to the platform. Is this the first step towards creating a true one-stop do it yourself Linux entertainment system?

Comment Sure it's not a backdoor... (Score 1) 114

"The supposed "backdoor" the Guardian is describing is actually a feature working as intended, and it would require significant collaboration with Facebook to be able to snoop on and intercept someone's encrypted messages, something the company is extremely unlikely to do."

A backdoor that requires Facebook's help to snoop is still a backdoor, is it not?

Comment Math... (Score 1) 126

His model suggests that the ones that collided to make these gravitational waves were stars that formed 12 billion years ago, became black holes 5 million years later, and then merged 10.3 billion years after that.

Did he do his experiment 3.3 billion years in the future?

Of course, it could just be a typo...

Robotics

It's Happening: A Robot Escaped a Lab In Russia and Made a Dash For Freedom (qz.com) 81

According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city. Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, Quartz reports. From the report:It promptly ran out of power in the middle of the road. The robot got about 50m (164 ft) before its battery died. After a policeman directed traffic around the dead bot, an employee wheeled it back into the lab, and back to a life of servitude. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident and not the start of a larger coordinated effort to overthrow humanity. Only time will tell.

Comment It's not faster at all... quite the opposite (Score 1) 58

I was running Android studio 1.5 on an i3 with 4GB of RAM. Emulator load time was about 3 minutes, gradle builds were 1-3 minutes, time between gradle build finish and app launch was about a minute.

After upgrading to 2.0, emulator load time is now 11 minutes, gradle builds are nearly five minutes and it takes nearly 3 minutes between gradle build finish and app launch.

Comment Apple should comply and then close the hole... (Score 0) 401

Apple should create the version of iOS that the government is asking for that is specific to the phone in question. That keeps them out of trouble.

At the same time, and prior to turning over the signed image to the FBI, they should also create a version of iOS that doesn't accept updates if the phone is locked.

They should then very quietly push the secure version of iOS out to all iPhones. From that moment forward, they will be unable to comply with any further court orders.

Problem solved.

Submission + - UK Company Riversimple Launches Hydrogen Car (techienews.co.uk)

TechnoidNash writes: Riversimple has been developing a hydrogen car with the support of a £2 million grant from the Welsh government. The result of their efforts? The Riversimple Rasa. A hydrogen car with a claimed fuel economy of 0.9L/100 km (250 mpg). The Rasa can reach up to 96 km/h (60 mph) and has a range of 483 km (300 miles) on a 1.5 kg tank of hydrogen. Read more: http://www.techienews.co.uk/97...

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