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Comment Re:noooooo! (Score 1) 158

I am also a T-Mobile customer. Wi-Fi calling, stupid cheap International voice roaming with free texting, caller ID with name - all on a no contract small business plan that costs $154 per month with 5 phones and a USB data modem. As other people mention, this isn't Sprint buying T-mobile. This is Softbank buying T-mobile to merge the two together. I hope they see how much more innovation is coming from T-Mobile than Sprint, and put the T-Mobile team in charge of the merged company.

Comment Re:Could be useful (Score 4, Interesting) 123

I like where you are going. The idea of an oven with Android isn't bad, but it should do a lot more than the oven in the article. I'd definitely add one thing to the wish list - a camera. At the very least it could give me a video feed of what is cooking that I could stream to my desktop or phone.

After the technology takes off, I then would like to get some photo recognition software going. My ideal oven will indicate when food is done by using color and pattern recognition that it downloaded from the Internet along with the recipe.

Comment Re:stupid observation... (Score 1) 909

I don't think some of these replies understand the post. Of course you can buy metric sockets, but the square hole on the opposite side of the socket(the "drive") that fits the ratchet is called out in inches. So a 13mm socket might have a 3/8" or 1/4" drive.

I believe the German tool company Hazet actually engraves their 1/4 drive sockets as 6.3mm. However their catalog lists drive sizes in inches and metric.

Comment Re:Another vote for unRAID (Score 1) 260

+1 For unRAID. Works perfectly with a mix of IDE and SATA (USB will mount and share as individual drives but will not be included in array). Mixing of drive sizes is OK, total space will be sum of all drives minus the biggest drive. Plenty of community plug-ins including various streaming apps. Also it powers down idle drives after a configurable timeout and only spins up drives as they are needed.

The White House Listed On Real Estate Website 123

Forget visiting the White House, if you have $10 million you can own it. At least that is the price for the president's home on the real estate website Redfin. From the article: "Obviously this is an error. It looks like Redfin software pulled an example listing from the website by mistake. That example listing was the White House. We have e-mailed Redfin for comment." I know it's historic but it still looks a bit on the high side according to the comparables in the area.

Comment Re:Games don't use multiple cores? (Score 1) 354

I would agree that there is still a large base of single core computers, but I think gamers generally upgrade much more frequently than business users. If your curious about the installed base of gaming computers, the best picture I have found is the monthly hardware survey built into Valve's Steam service. Take a look here to check it out. If I was a game developer, this would be the first place I would look.

Heavy Rain Previews Show Promise 84

As the February release date for Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain nears, several publications have gotten a chance for some hands-on time with the game and seem to be intrigued by what they saw. Quoting the Opposable Thumbs blog: "The game grabs you during the quiet moments where nothing 'happens.' When you look at a picture your child drew. When you're questioning someone about a crime. When you're trying to figure out how to react to a violent situation. The preview we were sent put me in different situations as I played a small handful of characters, and each one provided a few tiny moments that were surprising in terms of storytelling or subtlety." Eurogamer's previewer had a similar reaction: "To my great delight as well — Heavy Rain isn't a mature game because it has unhappy families and moody lighting, it's a mature game because it anticipates an adult response from the player and is prepared to receive it."

Comment Re:Two words (Score 1) 591

It's nice to be able to finally let my readers know AT&T is the only acceptable broadband in the Austin area.

Hold up there chief. People living in Austin actually have a choice of cable companies. Grande offers 12MB+burst cable for $50 unbundled. Check out their homepage, their position on bandwidth caps is pretty clearly stated.

I know that I personally have gone well over 44GB several times before and I have never heard a peep from them or observed any kind of throttling. I do try to start most large downloads after midnight, but more out of courtesy than fear of getting my account cut off.

Comment Re:ATT FiOS came knocking last week (Score 1) 165

FiOS is a registered trademark of Verizon. AT&T's competing triple play service is called U-Verse. In areas spun off by Verizon to FairPoint they rename former FiOS service FAST.

Of course I wouldn't be surprised if the guys that AT&T hires to go door to door mistakenly used the term FiOS as a generic term for fiber services. Verizon's service has been out longer and has better name recognition.

Submission + - Real-time raytracing for PC games almost a reality (

Vigile writes: "Real-time raytracing has often been called the pinnacle for computer rendering for games but only recently has it been getting traction in the field. A German student, and now Intel employee, has been working on raytraced versions of the Quake 3 and Quake 4 game engines for years and is now using the power of Intel's development teams to push the technology further. With antialiasing implemented and anisotropic filtering close behind, they speculate that within two years the hardware will exist on the desktop to make "game quality" raytracing graphics a reality."

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