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Comment Re:But WHY? (Score 1) 72

The best reason for building a machine with humanoid characteristics is that it can use already existing technology that is made for human beings. Generally, almost everything people come in contact with was made to fit together in some way with the human body. You can save a lot of time and money by making a robot that is "backward compatible".

Submission + - Hacking Firefox: The secrets of about:config

jcatcw writes: While Firefox is very customizable, many of its settings aren't in the Options. Each setting is named and stored as a string, integer or Boolean in a file called prefs.js, accessed via about:config from the nav bar. Computerworld provides instructions on 20 tweaks for speeding up page loads, making tabs behave, reducing memory drain and making the interface behave the way you want. Customization also comes through the must-have FF extensions, but be sure to skip these.

Submission + - Grab Contacts of Orkut, MySpace, Rediff, etc.

magnettech writes: "Contact Grabber is a package that can be used to fetch contacts from several e-mail and social networking sites on the behalf of a given user. It can currently retrieve user contacts from Yahoo!, Gmail, MSN Messenger, Rediff, Orkut, and MySpace.

You can download it from:

http://nchc.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/contact grabber/contactgrabber_0.2.zip

Magnet Technologies"

Hardware Firewall On a USB Key 203

An anonymous reader writes "An Israeli startup has squeezed a complete hardware firewall into a USB key. The 'Yoggie Pico' from Yoggie Systems runs Linux 2.6 along with 13 security applications on a 520MHz PXA270, an Intel processor typically used in high-end smartphones. The Pico works in conjunction with Windows XP or Vista drivers that hijack traffic at network layers 2-3, below the TCP/IP stack, and route it to USB, where the Yoggie analyzes and filters traffic at close-to-100Mbps wireline speeds. The device will hit big-box retailers in the US this month at a price of $180." Linux and Mac drivers are planned, according to the article.

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