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Comment Re:Way too much coincidence (Score 1) 549

So are you really implying that the idea of wireless syncing never crossed the minds of any Apple engineers or managers until this guy's app was submitted? Or that he figured out some magical trick to make wireless syncing work that Apple's own engineers just hadn't been able to crack yet? Seriously?

The GP post is spot-on. This is all much ado about nothing.

Comment Better than the Roku... (Score 1) 212

I went with one of these:

It not only does Netflix, but will also play anything from USB drives and network file shares. It also has access to online stuff like Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, and a handful of others. The only (minor) drawback is no built-in WiFi (though it does support various USB-based WiFi devices).

For the extra geek factor, it's based on Linux, so there are plenty of custom firmwares and add-ons out there to customize it.


Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

Comment Stylish shmylish (Score 1) 366

While I wouldn't argue that some people buy Apple machines because they're "stylish", the vast majority of people I know buy them because they are simply more productive using them. My mom and aunts like them because of the iLife apps (iPhoto and iMovie in particular), and me and most of my developer friends like them because of their versatility (what other brand of machine can easily run Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux?).

Not that it really matters, I suppose, but the claims on /. that Apple machines are about style only are getting a bit old by now.

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