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Comment magnets, gibbs (Score 1) 435

don't magnets hold things on the fridge? what else is there to know? and it's great they don't kill flash media like they did floppies, right? Oh, and they still operate compasses, or did that change? I am getting old i guess

Comment As an old fart that misses this Calillac, I object (Score 1) 435

At some point in all our lives (men particularly) we move beyond sports cars (obligatory slash dot car analogy) in my case Alfa Romeos to a CAR THAT WORKS (mine has no AC currently in the US south). Wired and wireless are two parts of the same whole. Listen to CNN and they are talking about what the cost to the current generation is to their well-thought-out desires for wireless access at wired prices and the issue is clear. Ymmv

Comment Re:Do you really want to build your own? (Score 1) 825

Depending on where you live, Fry's or similar is a good place to start with components, the boxed systems at Sam's Club (or similar) used for convenience stores are pretty cheap (and you don't have to program anything). I agree with the parent, unless you just like hacking, a scratch build with Linux is overkill (but might be can do things like tell whether it's your wife or girlfriend walking to the door and warn you to hide the other).

Data Center Flood Captured By Security Cam 66

miller60 writes "Torrential rains last week in Istanbul led to a flood that overwhelmed a data center for Vodafone. The event was captured on the data center security cameras, which shows waters rising and then raging through the security area before flooding the raised-floor equipment area."

Judge Rules IP Addresses Not "Personally Identifiable" 436

yuna49 writes "Online Media Daily reports that a federal judge in Seattle has held that IP addresses are not personal information. 'In order for "personally identifiable information" to be personally identifiable, it must identify a person. But an IP address identifies a computer,' US District Court Judge Richard Jones said in a written decision. Jones issued the ruling in the context of a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers against Microsoft stemming from an update that automatically installed new anti-piracy software. In that case, which dates back to 2006, consumers alleged that Microsoft violated its user agreement by collecting IP addresses in the course of the updates. This ruling flatly contradicts a recent EU decision to the contrary, as well as other cases in the US. Its potential relevance to the RIAA suits should be obvious to anyone who reads Slashdot."

Submission + - Pickens calls off massive wind farm in Texas

schwit1 writes: AP the story that Pickens' Plans for the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle have been scrapped and he's looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines.

In Texas, the problem lies in getting power from the proposed site in the Panhandle to a distribution system, Pickens said in an interview with The Associated Press in New York. He'd hoped to build his own transmission lines but he said there were technical problems.

Portables Without Cameras? 442

crankyspice writes "I work routinely in environments where a camera cannot physically be present (e.g., federal court), which really limits what I can carry with me. For instance, I'm a Mac guy, but there's no way to order a MacBook without a built-in webcam (which I've never used on the machines I've owned that have had one). Ditto the iPhone. I'm left with a BlackBerry 8830 and the bottom rung of the [W|L]Intel portables. Even then, when I ordered a Dell Mini 9, I had to wait more than a month because I specified no webcam when I placed the order. This is a relatively common (government, law, sensitive corporate environments) requirement; what have other Slashdotters done? Disabling the camera with a script or somesuch won't convince the $12/hour security guard that there's no camera. How can one easily find portable devices without a built-in camera?"

Comment Re:Three indispensible tools for the geek of 1981 (Score 1) 170

I do not disagree, but I would add:

1 - a manual keypunch (looks like a 3-hole device but does 12-column)
2 - the binder we all carried before the internet with the tables of the instruction set of the computer at hand plus an ASCII/EBCDIC lookup
3 - an original TI (as in texas instruments) LED watch

am I on target?

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