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Comment Re:Playstation, ask the Xbox how this one turned o (Score 1) 171

But it's Sony, one of the most anti-consumer companies ever to exist.

I won't argue there, but Sony hasn't been so bad with the PS3. Yeah, the install other OS option was attractive to me, but I never used it. I play games on the PS3, I run linux on my PCs.

Also, the PS3 supports quite a bit of standard hardware. Standard power cable, no expensive proprietary external brick. Bluetooth for headset connection. USB storage/charging. 2.5" SATA Hard Disk. Included 802.11g, as well as wired ethernet.

It's not like consumers have been totally shafted by Sony on this device.


Submission + - Another New AES Attack 1

Jeremy A. Hansen writes: "Bruce Schneier gives us an update on some ongoing cryptanalysis of AES:

Over the past couple of months, there have been two new cryptanalysis papers on AES. The attacks presented in the paper are not practical — they're far too complex, they're related-key attacks, and they're against larger-key versions and not the 128-bit version that most implementations use — but they are impressive pieces of work all the same.

This new attack, by Alex Biryukov, Orr Dunkelman, Nathan Keller, Dmitry Khovratovich, and Adi Shamir, is much more devastating. It is a completely practical attack against ten-round AES-256.

While ten-round AES-256 is not actually used anywhere, Schneier goes on to explain why this shakes some of the cryptology community's assumptions about the security margins of AES."


Submission + - Healthcare data centers can't spend stimulus funds (

mstansberry writes: "IT shops in the healthcare sector need to spend $19 billion, making sure each American has electronic health records (EHR) by 2014 thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But data center managers say they'll need to double or triple their data center footprints to meet the demands, and the capital just isn't there."

Submission + - National Ban Sought on Texting While Driving

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that states that do not ban texting by drivers could forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in federal highway funds under legislation introduced in the Senate. Under the measure, states would have two years to outlaw the sending of text and e-mail messages by drivers or lose 25 percent of their highway money each year until the money was depleted. "Studies show this is far more dangerous than talking on a phone while driving or driving while drunk, which is astounding," said New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, one of four Democratic senators to introduce the proposal. Currently, texting while driving is banned in 14 states, including Alaska, California and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia. However the Governors Highway Safety Association, a group that represents state highway safety agencies in every state, opposes texting while driving but does not support the proposed legislation. "We oppose sanctioning states since there is not yet a proven effective method for enforcing a texting or cellphone ban," says association spokesman, Jonathan Adkins. Safety advocates respond that such concerns about enforcement were raised about seat belt laws but argued that the value of such laws — even if they could not be enforced all the time — created awareness about the issue and set societal guidelines for the behavior."

Submission + - HS Student Isolates Polystyrene-eating Microbe (

cmholm writes: "Although I had for years assumed that plastics eventually biodegrade, my recent reading of Weisman's The World Without Us reminded me that just because garbage has broken down into pieces that I can't see doesn't mean it isn't still polluting the biosphere. Weisman's book suggests that we're pretty much stuck with most plastics until something evolves to eat them. Perhaps we just need to introduce the diner to the dinner. A Waterloo, Ontario teen's 2008 science fair experiment found polystyrene's match in the team of the relatively uncommon Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas bacterias. At 37 degrees and optimal bacterial concentration, with a bit of sodium acetate thrown in, Burd achieved 43 per cent degradation within six weeks, rather than thousands of years."

Submission + - The 11 Biggest Frauds in Gaming (

Ssquared22 writes: From its inception — [robotic voice] "WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF COMPUTER GAMES!" — this industry has always promised to deliver the future. In the never-ending quest to be the first to deliver a day-after-tomorrow experience, it's no surprise that more than a few of these promises turned out to be as hollow as a stuffed animal you won at a state fair.

Submission + - NASA's New "Asteroid Watch" Website (

Matt_dk writes: "NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is introducing a new Web site that will provide a centralized resource for information on near-Earth objects — those asteroids and comets that can approach Earth. The "Asteroid Watch" site also contains links for the interested public to sign up for NASA's new asteroid widget and Twitter account. The new Asteroid Watch site is online here."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - emacs 23 has been released (

djcb writes: After only 2 years since the previous version, now emacs 23 (.1) is available. It brings many new features, of which the support for anti-aliased fonts on X may be the most visible. Also, there is support for starting emacs in the background, so you can pop up new emacs windows in the blink of an eye. There are many other bigger and smaller improvements, including support for D-Bus, Xembed, and viewing PDFs inside emacs. And not to forget, M-x butterfly. You can get emacs 23 from or one of its mirrors; alternatively, there are binary packages available, for example from Ubuntu PPA.

Comment Re:Prosecute them. (Score 1) 643

Side note: You (in a general sense), are racist when you talk about the death of a few thousand american soldiers, but neglect to mention or even less, acknowledge the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.)
I'm not excusing ignorance, but the average guy on the average American street has no idea that Iraqi civilians are suffering and dying as a result of the invasion. Our mainstream media places no value on those lives, which frankly, doesn't shock me, given the amount of airtime they devote to our own fallen soldiers.
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Submission + - Did iPhone Kill Mobile Wesites? (

penciling_in writes: Some have argued that iPhone's very capable browser eliminates the need for creating mobile version of websites. VP of the company that manges the .mobi domain which is aimed at making websites more mobile friendly explains why recent suggestions about iPhone effecting their business is not a concern. What do you think? Will light mobile versions of websites still be preferred if mobile devices have iPhone-type browsers?

Submission + - University boffins squeeze 500GB onto a DVD ( 1

JagsLive writes: theRegister reports, "The University of Berlin, with partners Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Italy, has managed to work out how to store 500GB of data on a regular HD DVD or Blu-ray disc. By applying wavelength multiplexing techniques to multi-layer disc structures, very high storage densities can be achieved, Professor Susanna Orlic told German site Pressetext. The 500GB prototype has 50 data-storage layers. Orl said the technology has the potential to store one terabyte (1TB) of data."

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