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Comment Re:Buy better (Score 1) 415

RIM seems to be able to keep stricter control over the Blackberry, probably partly because they develop both the hardware and the OS and due to their tendency to be more "business oriented".

Not really. I just counted 22 junk icons on my Blackberry 9700. The BIS servers (carrier controlled I believe) that run the consumer devices are capable of pushing down a service book with new bloatware at any moment. On BES there is an IT policy to prevent the bloatware service books from being pushed down.

Comment Re:This applies to most phones (Score 1) 415

Well, you could "hide" them on a Blackberry, but they were still there. Was easy to uninstall them, though you had to go into the "modules" options instead of "applications" to uninstall the T-Mobile installed crap. Never quite figured that out... why does MySpace _need_ to be on my Blackberry, T-Mobile?

I'm not sure what Blackberry OS your referring to, but since at least OS 4.5 the bloatware is actually service books that are pushed down to the device every single time it boots up. They are simple pre-configured browser shortcuts with home screen icons. If you remove the revelant service books from your device when, the next time it boots they are right back on your desktop. My solution is to make one folder called "Garbage" and put all 22 icons in it and then hide the folder. Let's be honest, whether we are talking about Android, Blackberry, or whatever this is simple greed on the part of the wireless carriers. Simply paying your bill isn't enough to make them happy, they have to partner up with everyone who is willing to give them $1 to put an icon on your phone.

Comment ban china (Score 1) 497

I think everyone that has a SSH server must have the exact same issues. I have a CentOS server behind my firewall that I use for a little web development (personal projects, nothing major or really interesting) and just testing out different things but for some reason the chinese army seems hell bent on breaking in. I just set iptables to block every /8 IP range that I could find that was even loosely related to china. Personally, I don't understand why anyone would allow their network/machine to communicate with chinese IP ranges, there just seems to be no real need. Honestly, this cut invalid login attempts from thousands to a handful. As said before make use of your authorized_keys file and I'd also recomend that you double check that login by root is disabled.

Comment Not Again (Score 1) 766

Come on, throw Ubuntu on and put Mac4Lin on it and tell them its a Mac. Ubuntu is definitely easy enough to use. Its what I use and I've switched several family members over to Ubuntu because they were worried about keylogger spyware and internet banking. Songbird is a wonderful Firefox based music player that is very close to iTunes (minus the store) that syncs with many portable devices including iPods. If you already converted them to Firefox and/or OpenOffice on Windows then the experience isn't much different on Ubuntu and makes the transition much easier.

Comment Here's and Idea... (Score 1) 175

How about the FTC just convinces the rest of the Government that we really need to change the third party doctrine to keep up with the growing use of the cloud? Oh wait, that would mean that law enforcement investigators would once again have to do real investigating instead of having their work handed to them on a silver platter without even needing a warrant.

Comment NFL2k (Score 1) 157

The first thing that I though of was how EA effectively ruined the fantastic Sega NFL2k franchise by licensing the exclusive rights to player and team names from the NFL. Does this ruling effectively invalidate these exclusivity arrangements?

Comment Re:Vaporware (Score 1) 1006

GM has had their best and brightest working on this car for some time now and since this is a sort of "halo" car for them I'm sure that they are doing their best to mitigate any potential problems. They also have more experience than any automaker with plug-ins, and they have decided to back it with a 10 year/150,000 mile warranty. What more could you ask for? Before everyone gets down on GM just remember that they produce some of the finest cars on the planet (Yea, I said it! ;-) ). Their C6.R race cars have dominated GT1 racing for the past 5 years at least, enough to drive the likes of Ferrari and Porsche out of the game. The Corvette ZR-1 is faster than cars 3x its price and the current record holder at the Nurburgring. Their focus for the last 10 years has just been on the trucks, and before you and everyone else faults them for that just remember that it was the most profitable segment since early to mid 90s. Shame on them for chasing profits! Its proven that Americans don't want small cars until gas gets around $3.50 - $4 so unless you outlaw trucks (what obama did) or artificially increase gas prices, there is no way to sell the smaller cars. Now we can argue the merits of tinkering with free market and required CAFE numbers, but that's for another discussion.

Comment Re:Vaporware (Score 2, Informative) 1006

This isn't the first plug-in the General has produced, remember the EV-1? I'm sure there's lots of lessons they learned from that endeavor that have been applied to the Volt. As far as plug-ins go, GM is the first and only only large automaker I know of that has produced one in the past (large = excludes tesla's 1,000 or so cars they want to produce per year).

And if I had some moderator points you'd be getting marked as -1 Troll for saying

assuming that a GM car will last for 10 years

Comment Re:Vaporware (Score 5, Informative) 1006

Factor in battery replacements. Unless GM has also made a lifespan breakthrough in Li-Ion battery technology, so that you can use the same battery pack for 10 years of harsh all-conditions charging and discharging.

Actually, you don't have to factor in battery replacements because GM is supplying the Volt with a 10 year 150,000 mile warranty on the Li batteries.

The Courts

Pirate Bay Day 5 — Prosecution Tries To Sneak In Evidence 341

Hodejo1 writes "On the old Perry Mason TV shows, it was a common sight to see someone burst into the crowded courtroom at a dire moment and confess aloud that they, not the defendant, killed so-and-so. In reality, courts do not allow evidence to enter trial without a chance for the opposing council to view it and for a judge to rule on their admissibility. Yet, in the fifth day of the Pirate Bay trial, lawyers for the prosecution again tried to sneak in surprise evidence while questioning defendants. The judge put his foot down this time, telling lawyers for the state, 'If you have documents which you eventually plan to use, you need to hand them over now.' The prosecution continues to struggle in court. In one humorous moment, prosecutor Håkan Roswall tried to show how 'hip' he was with technology when he questioned defendant Peter Sunde. 'When did you meet [Gottfrid] for the first time IRL?' asked the Prosecutor. 'We do not use the expression IRL,' said Peter, 'We use AFK.' The defendants are not out of the woods yet. Lawyer and technology writer Richard Koman wonders aloud if the Pirate Bay's 'I-dunno' defense is all that much better."

How To Build a Short Foucault Pendulum 79

KentuckyFC writes "Set a pendulum in motion and you'll inevitably give it an ellipsoidal motion, which naturally tends to precess. That's bad news if you want to build a Foucault Pendulum, a bob attached to a long wire swinging in a vertical plane that appears to rotate as the Earth spins beneath it. The natural precession always tends to swamp the rotation due to the Earth's motion. There is a solution, however: the behavior of the ellipsoidal motion is inversely proportional to the pendulum's length. So the traditional answer has been to use a very long pendulum (Foucalt's original in Paris is 67 meters long). Now scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have another solution (abstract). They've created a motor that drives a pendulum in a way that always cancels out the precession. That means the effect of Earth's rotation can be seen on much shorter pendulums such as the 3-meter pendulum on which they've tested their motor. That's just the start though. They say there is no limit to how short the new generation of Foucault Pendulums can be, and even talk about the possibility of tabletop devices."

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