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Comment In Europe (Score 5, Insightful) 395

In particular in Belgium, there are just a few ISP's that do not have any capping. The major ISP's make BIG profit of the users who want to download lets say, more than the 40GB they offer. It's NOT a DRM, it's just another way to squeeze more money from their customers.

Comment Re:Upgrading (Score 3, Funny) 858

Who has the time to read so much text to get convinced a Mac could be cheaper??
Personally, I don't have the time tu submit to this kind of convincing.
If I was an average Joe, I would be convinced enough by M$'s simple ad. Deal with it.

Comment Re:Saw on ubuntu forums and other sites (Score 1) 303

What if we sent the captcha to them by e-mail as a two megabyte image attachment?

Anyone trying to do things with bots would need an e-mail server that can handle tens of thousands of 2 MB e-mails, and ALL e-mail service providers would be able to insta-ban them based on bandwidth usage. Heck we can even make it easy for e-mail service providers to recognize our 2MB capcha e-mail images, by naming them capcha.jpg. Any account that gets more than 10 captcha e-mails in a single day is banned by gmail/yahoo/etc.

I swear, I'm a fucking genius. This only took me 30 seconds to think of.

please give me your email to send you several hundred emails every day. Your 7Gig at google will vanish quite quickly, besides you getting banned for being a spammer... oh wait..


Submission + - Speed of light exceeded by German physicists? (

Tibore Escalante writes: Two physicists in Germany claim that they've exceeded "c":

"'We have broken speed of light'";

Quote: "The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.

Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of.""


Submission + - Are the current operating systems IPv6 ready? 3

__NR_kill writes: While there is much hype about many of the advantages of Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux and which one is better for what, are they actually IPv6 ready? It seems not. The newly installed Ubuntu 7.04 loads automatically the ipv6 kernel module, which in my case (IPv4 only network), dropped the network throughput from 100mbps to about 10mbps. I wondered why for about a week, until I came across this funny thread, explaining it all. Then I remembered having a client running Windows Vista and complaining about p2p programmes killing completely his network to the point that Firefox failed loading the homepage (google). I gave it a try — I disabled IPv6 for the network interfaces of his Vista box, rebooted and the p2p programs were not affecting in any way the overall network performance. Two different operating systems — same problem — same solution.

My questions to the slashdot community are whether you've experienced similar problems and what are the criteria an operating system is IPv6 ready when two of the most popular systems fail on such simple tasks even when IPv6 is not used? How are ISP's expected to roll out IPv6 when such breakage occurs?

Submission + - Man with tiny brain shocks doctors

mernil writes: "New Scientist reports: "A man with an unusually tiny brain manages to live an entirely normal life despite his condition, which was caused by a fluid build-up in his skull /.../ Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled. "- What I find amazing to this day is how the brain can deal with something which you think should not be compatible with life," comments Max Muenke, a paediatric brain defect specialist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, US."

Submission + - Zune 2.0 hitting stores before holiday season ( 1

fdmendez writes: "With the Zune reaching it's goal of 1million units soldthis week, Microsoft plans to take its digital audio player to the next step by introducing Zune 2.0 and other models.

Microsoftreports that the Zune has officiallypassed the1 million unitlandmark this week with 1.2 million Zunes officially sold. Not satisfied with leaving the player where its at, Microsoft has confirmed the existence andimpendinglaunch of the long rumored Zune 2.0 or 2nd generation Zune.

A MicrosoftPR representative had the following to say regarding the release date of Zune 2.0:

"We have seen the rumors floating around, but we haven't announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service. That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season."

The PR rep continued into vague details aboutfuture Zune products. "There are three predictable paths along which we'll expand Zune."

Microsoft will expand the Zune family with new styles, sizes, and price points. Future Zune products will featurepodcasting support and expanded video support. The Zune will also move into othergeographic marketswhenMicrosoft feels ithas an appealing product to offer those demographics.

Perhaps most importantly of all, the representative mentioned that Microsoft will build on the wireless support. Maybe we'll finally have the freedom of synching our digital audio players via wi-fi.

The rep didn't mention anything specific about Microsoft's rumored answer to the iPod Shuffle. But interestingrumorsfromsources considered "reliable"point to a very innovative product.

The product is essentially a music playingSD card thatwillplug into any SD slot. The second part of the playeris what makes theSDcard usable as a digital audio player. That part is a type of sleeve that'll allowthe user to control the music andplug in headphones forputting that music playing goodness to work. The player can't be turned on or off as it is always in the same state.

Sounds like good things are comingto the anti-Apple DAP crowd (which includes me)."


Submission + - HIV vaccine ready for clinical trials (

amigoro writes: "A vaccine that is capable of delivering a double whammy against AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus by both providing immunity against the infection while at the same time destroying cells infected by the virus is ready for clinical trials, a group of Russian researchers announced today."

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