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Submission + - Microsoft's BSOD May Be Getting More Descriptive With QR Codes (cio.com)

itwbennett writes: Reddit user javelinnl posted a picture last week showing a new dreaded blue screen of death featuring a QR code and a link that may appear in a future version of Windows 10. 'Right now, the code and the link take users to a webpage that discusses generic fixes for errors that might cause a crash,' writes Blair Frank. 'In the future, though, Microsoft could provide a QR code that leads to more specific information about what caused the computer freeze up.' As of this writing, Microsoft had no responded to Frank's request for comment, but when he forced a blue screen of death on his Surface Pro 3 he was unable to get a QR code to appear, though a link to the help page did.

Submission + - Physicists discover flaws in superconductor theory

XopherMV writes: University of Houston physicists report finding major theoretical flaws in the generally accepted understanding of how a superconductor traps and holds a magnetic field. In the Journal of Applied Physics, the researchers describe experiments whose results exhibited "significant deviations" from those of the Critical State Model. They revealed unexpected new behavior favorable to practical applications, including the possibility of using TFMs ("trapped field magnets") in myriad new ways.

Submission + - Google Developers Create API for Direct USB Access via Web Pages (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Two Google developers have uploaded an unofficial (for now) draft to the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Incubator Community Group (W3C WICG) that describes a method of interconnecting USB-capable devices to Web pages. The API, called WebUSB, allows device manufacturers to provide special "registry and landing pages" where they can host JavaScript SDKs for their USB-capable devices.

Site owners can load these SDKs as iframes inside their websites, and allow a site to access and relay commands (via the iframe to the browser's WebUSB API) to the actual device. To protect privacy and security, the WebUSB API also comes with a CORS-like system that prompts users for access to their devices to avoid abuse and Web-based fingerprinting. The system is also backward compatible with devices created before the standard's approval (if it gets approved).

Comment Re:Terminology problems (Score 1) 99

There is splashes of little ironies through out the comedy that this incident has caused. Most of the bitcoin wallets were indeed held off line, so had the attack been an outside intruder only so much currency would have been there to steal. Following the physical layout of a 'real' bank is wise, as long as nobody lets the bank manager run off with the contents of the vault in an armored truck.

Comment Good thing, yes? (Score 1) 96

One of the reasons why computer security has turned in to a cat and mouse game - that quite frankly we are losing, is the computer architecture model we use for everything hasn't really changed. A physical separation of user space and kernel space in to two systems, then ideas like this become rather useful.

Comment Re:People have to be careful (Score 2) 138

Excuse but US trade embargo will have not much at all to do with Cuba. It is all about US tourist going to Cuba (legalising Cannabis will promote that faster than anything else) and some Cuban products going to the US. Why the hell would Cuba import anything from the US when the US imports it all from China. Let's be honest Cuba just wants US dollars (for as long as they last) to buy stuff from Russia and China.

Let's be honest, US has only brought Cuba back in to the peace because of the current geo-political situation.

Comment Re:Comparing it to the Asus Zenfone 2... (Score 1) 154

You get the same memory, a faster processor (by raw GHz - the Zenfone is Intel), for $299.

Why would I go with this phone instead?

Surely the people of /. at clever enough not to compare by raw GHz when two processors have the same architecture. Oh wait, they don't even have that.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 39

Sure seems likely. Cataracts and even aging cells, too, one day.

It's an exciting time to be alive; with quality of life extension, space exploration, and artificial intelligence on the very real scientific horizon.

If only we can resolve our speciescidal tendencies.

"speciescidal" - unfortunately, that's a word made up out of thin air.

Comment Re: 20,000 hands against each player? (Score 1) 65

the reason people can multi-table so much is because you rarely have to do anything. mostly you are just folding until you find hands or positions you want to play from, multi tabling reduces the boredom and stops you from playing in hands you shouldn't. It is not uncommon to go 10-20 hands in a row on a table where all you are doing is folding. multi tabling is not hard.

Yeah sure, you are right and multi-tabling works great if you are a level above your competition. Where multi-tabling falls down though is studying your opponents style and play. Necessary to give you an edge against players who are of a similar skill to you.

Comment Re:Netflix has Game of Thrones? (Score 1) 170

I have Netflix and there is no streaming option, only DVD discs.

No idea where you are in the world but Netflix has different content licenses for different regions (based on your DNS server location so it's very easy to fool). Spotify and I imagine the rest of streaming services are the same.

Comment Re:Dialects != Language (Score 1) 667

ah doesn't reckon yer thesis is necessarily co'reck, an' thet th' article is cornfusin' dialeck wif language.

I don't fink yor thesis is necessarily correct, right, and that the article is confusin' dialect wiv 'am sandwich.

Or maybe you reckon the above is "English"?

Nicely done. Al' run intae the corner wae ma Scots.

Comment Use cases? Use cases??? (Score 1) 108

I get why many people will probably see this as a gimick but as someone who loses fucking everything, I think this is _really_really_ cool and after reading in to it, seems like the guys behind it know their shit. It is certainly a well thought out design. Sure I can wear a truckers chain, as other people have mentioned but I'm in my 20's - I could never imagine wearing one of those. While practical, they are clunky and would only serve to annoy.

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