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Comment Re:Farce royale (Score 1) 524

What really bothers me here is that the constitution would only protect Americans as far as I understand it. Even if the NSA ceased their unconstitutional mode of operation, how exactly am I -- as someone living in EU -- protected from warrantless surveillance by three-letter organizations? If I don't err here (and I can't say I'm overly confident in my ability to interpret laws), fixing this "fantasy" at the other side of the pond only fixes it for the US.

Submission + - Intel Launches Core i5 Ivy Bridge For Ultrabooks and Desktops (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Today Intel is lifting the embargo veil off of a number of Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors for both the desktop and mobile segments. In the mobile arena, a new 17 Watt variant of Ivy Bridge has shipped offering solid performance for Ultrabooks, along with a lower price point. The new Core i5-3427U has a base frequency of 1.8GHz with a Turbo Boost speed of 2.6GHz, 3MB of L3 shared cache and integreated Intel HD 4000 graphics. On the desktop, the new Core i5-3470 is a quad-core processor, but it lacks HyperThreading support. The Core i5-3470’s base clock speed is 3.2GHz, it has a max Turbo frequency of 3.6GHz, and there is 6MB of L3 cache. The Core i5-3470’s TDP is 77W and it’s outfitted with an Intel HD 2500 series graphics engine. Although it is still DX11-capable and has the same feature set as the higher-end HD 4000 series, the HD 2500 series graphics engine has only 6 execution units, though it can scale up to 1.1GHz."

Submission + - Sky Broadband blocks access to The Pirate Bay ahead of 1 June deadline (techworld.com) 1

concertina226 writes: Internet service provider Sky Broadband has blocked access to The Pirate Bay, following similar moves by Virgin Media and Everything Everywhere.

High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold ruled in April that UK internet service providers (ISPs) must block access to the file-sharing website, on the basis that it “infringes copyright on a massive scale” by providing magnet links to movies, music and other media content.

ISPs were reportedly given different time limits for complying with the order. Sky has acted ahead of its 1 June deadline. O2 and TalkTalk said they are still working to implement the ban and BT, which asked for extra time to make the necessary arrangements, is expected to act within the next fortnight, according to BBC News.

Comment Re:Worked for the PC game market (Score 1) 351

I would like to submit exhibit A: The PC game industry.

Unfortunately, the consumer suffers. But what's new, huh?

...which - according to some - is dead. (I don't agree with that though, quite on the contrary. But it may show what there isn't really a consensus here and arguing logically is tricky because of that.)

Comment Re:Preaching to the choir (Score 1) 80

I agree with you there 101%. Also, I think you should file a patent for the derpaderp-method as described above. There seems to be no prior art for this. ;-)

Anywho. What shocks me here is that most of the patents are actually similar to the point of being almost equal, except someone used Search & Replace to replace one circumstance/media/younameit with another. Granted, I only read the tl;dr versions, but most of these seem to read "personalize content based on user profile." Apparently, this idea is so good, you have to patent it thrice (and then some more, for good measure).

Comment Re:Windows Mobile? (Score 1) 154

While I agree with your vendor filth statement, I can only agree to disagree on the UI part. Granted, my Samsung Galaxy S2 could look better. It's not that bad though, and the experience could be easily enhanced with the several launchers available on the Android market for you.

On the other hand, I just recently got my Kindle Fire and decided to throw one of the several Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4) ROMs on it. I am very pleased with the new UI, maybe you should give it a try. No need to buy a device though, the Android emulator that comes with the SDK illustrates this perfectly well.

Comment Re:Been there, done that. (Score 4, Insightful) 282

I wholeheartedly agree. I believe the merits of these new table devices are their simplicity and, well, lack of thunder underneath their case. That's not to say they are inferior; they are well capable to fulfill their users' needs. But they probably pale if I compare their hardware to my full-featured convertible I bought four or five years ago. I should point out that it was heavy as hell, and its batteries barely survived the three hours mark.

I've also skimmed through what the article proposes. Well, actually, it doesn't propose that much. It's rather vague and I think, the author is oversimplifying many aspects. The devil in the detail might come to bite the author's ass if he ever tried to build such a system. For instance, what's up with the Triple UI approach he described? I don't know how he envisioned the details here, he's a bit light on that, but if it's anywhere near where I suspect he's trying to go (and I'm really guessing here): It may sound good on paper to empower the user with everything, but overconfidence may lead to people breaking stuff.

Comment These things can happen (Score 3, Interesting) 123

To be honest, I don't think this is really *that* big of a deal. This can happen. Worse has happened, not only at Microsoft but by other AV products as well. I recall Avast crying out loud over Steam less than a month ago, moving its service into containment. And if I recall correctly, Avast even flagged notepad.exe as a virus once. I specifically mention Avast, because a.) I use it, and b.) it actually scored rather well last time I bothered to look it up in comparative studies.

As long as there are probabilities involved, false positives and false negatives are bound to happen. When it comes to AV, I don't mind if it errs on the side of caution as long as it doesn't happen too often.

Mod me down or call me fanboy as much as you want, but I really don't consider this too problematic, regardless of Microsoft being the "aggressor" here.


Submission + - Milky Way Humming with Microwave Mystery (discovery.com) 2

astroengine writes: "The European space observatory Planck has discovered something peculiar about our galaxy: it's humming in microwaves and, for the moment, the source of the "hard" radiation surrounding the galaxy's core is a complete mystery. Also, the Milky Way is home to previously unknown "islands" of cold carbon monoxide gas, helping astronomers uncover the distribution of star-forming regions."

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