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Comment Re:Modem noise (Score 1) 453

Yah. And Perl still looks like modem noise.

If you think that's bad, you should check out some BrainFuck program source!

In BF, there are only 8 commands, each represented by a single character.
Those commands are < > + - . , [ ]
Any other characters are ignored as comments.

For example, this is The Game of Life in .bf: http://pastebin.com/xCUhv9e8
This is the de-css dvd decryption: http://pastebin.com/R75ruPRe

Handhelds

When You Really, Really Want to Upgrade a Tiny Notebook 104

Benz145 writes "The famous Sony VAIO UX UMPC may have been cancelled a few years back by Sony, but the community at Micro PC Talk won't let it die. Modder Anh has carefully removed the relatively slow 1.33Ghz Core Solo CPU and installed a much faster Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 (a process which involves reballing the entire CPU). On top of this, he managed to install an incredibly small 4-port USB hub into the unit which allowed for the further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G data/voice/SMS, a GPS receiver, and a Pinnacle HD TV receiver. All of this was done without modifying the device's tiny external case. Great high-res pictures of the motherboard with the modded hardware can be seen through the link."
Data Storage

Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage? 609

i_ate_god writes "I download a lot of 720/1080p videos, and I also produce a lot of raw uncompressed video. I have run out of slots to put in hard drives across two computers. I need (read: want) access to my files at all times (over a network is fine), especially since I maintain a library of what I've got on the TV computer. I don't want to have swappable USB drives, I want all hard drives available all the time on my network. I'm assuming that, since it's on a network, I won't need 16,000 RPM drives and thus I'm hoping a solution exists that can be moderately quiet and/or hidden away somewhere and still keep somewhat cool. So Slashdot, what have you done?"

Comment Re:Games too (Score 1) 595

Modify, replace with a new API, add functionality to an API, close an API completely, yes, and they have already done it a few times, and it has already caused developers to adapt. For Apple, they give most devs a good few weeks seeing it in Beta, and that gives good devs the abiltiy to react quick and be ready on revision launch, for others they're not far behind. If they have to rely on Adobe to act first, then and only then react to adobe, their apps will be broken for MUCH longer.

This more applies to new APIs than fixing existing ones, granted, but it's a serious disadvantage to devs to be behind the ball EVEN ONE DAY in this marketplace.

Privacy

Hacking Big Brother With Help From Revlon 71

skids writes "All those futuristic full-face eyeliner jobs in dystopian cyberpunk fiction might not be that far off the mark. A New York University student spent his thesis time exploring computer vision technology (OpenCV) for ways in which one could confound first-stage algorithms that initially lock onto faces. Then he mixed in a bit of fashion sense to predict future geek chic. Now, whether you want to go for the coal-miner look just to stay out of the data mine, that's up to you."
Space

Geomagnetic Storm In Progress 110

shogun writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a strong geomagnetic storm is in progress. The shuttle, ISS and GPS systems may be affected." They think this storm was caused by a weak solar flare on April 3rd. As you may expect, this has caused some unusually impressive northern lights since it started. What you may not expect is a photograph from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the International Space Station showing the aurora from orbit. He apparently tweets a lot of pictures from space. He and his crewmates have taken over 100,000 pictures since coming aboard the ISS.

Comment Re:DRM is unnecessary. (Score 1) 282

You have the right not to run DRM content and they have the right to put out DRMed content.

Quite right. I don't oppose their right to put out DRM content for the fools who sacrifice control of the equipment they bought for the ability to play it. It's a bad bargain, but fools are common. It's not for me, and it's not for anybody who's got a clue. There's no DRM that can't be broken and there's no content that can be had that's not free of it - if not by cracking the DRM then by catching the content before it's encrypted or through the analog hole.

The market for DRM'd content is the pool of idiots, and that pool gets shallower each day for video. At least in audio content we've drained that swamp.

I actually have a secret DRM system that actually works and that customers will accept that I'm hoping they'll bid at least $10m for. Until then they'll have to muddle along with charlatans who say they can deliver that but can't. It's almost magical in its simplicity.

Comment DRM is unnecessary. (Score 1) 282

If you have some content that needs DRM protection, by all means knock yourself out. I'm not your target market. My equipment belongs to me, and it obeys me - not you. There is no possible method of DRM that doesn't reverse that situation. There is no possible content you might have that would change my mind about this basic primitive. In my book DRM equipment's not just substandard - it's broken. I'll fix it or it hits the bin.
Earth

Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste 344

separsons writes "A group of French scientists are developing a nuclear reactor that burns up actinides — highly radioactive uranium isotopes. They estimate that 'the volume of high-level nuclear waste produced by all of France’s 58 reactors over the past 40 years could fit in one Olympic-size swimming pool.' And they're not the only ones trying to eliminate atomic waste: Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are working on a fusion-fission reactor. The reactor destroys waste by firing streams of neutrons at it, reducing atomic waste by up to 99 percent!"

Comment Re:Was I suckered into doing someone's homework? (Score 1) 256

Another article had a link waiting for a contribution, and I filled it in. Afterwards, I wondered if that link was created by some enterprising students trying to do their homework the easy way. Sucker a Wikipedia contributor into doing it for them!

You should apply for a Business Model Patent before your post is seen by Jeff Bezos.

Math

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"
Games

The Murky Origins of Zork's Name 70

mjn writes "Computational media researcher Nick Montfort traces the murky origins of Zork's name. It's well known that the word was used in MIT hacker jargon around that time, but how did it get there? Candidates are the term 'zorch' from late 1950s DIY electronics slang, the use of the term as a placeholder in some early 1970s textbooks, the typo a QWERTY user would get if he typed 'work' on an AZERTY keyboard, and several uses in obscure sci-fi. No solid answers so far, though, as there are problems with many of the possible explanations that would have made MIT hackers unlikely to have run across them at the right time."

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