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Comment Re:Lets look at this (Score 1) 398

I think your criteria for deciding it is "inferior" may be a little unclear. When the plane crashed into the Hudson river recently, Twitter and TwitPic had some of the first information about the event. With the recent political unrest in Iran, Twitter is the most common tool to get information out.

Millions of people could be using something else.

Like what? Facebook? The Internet is what gives the average person a voice, and Twitter is what collects those voices together.

I guess you don't use Twitter, but that doesn't mean nothing good can come of it. Sure, there will be people who post drivel (and probably a LOT of these people), but there are legitimate uses, and because of that, I think it deserves its place in world communications.

Comment Re:Price? (Score 1) 185

Hi there. Could you direct me towards where I can buy a barcode scanner for $4.99? Cheers.

Alas, but you have eyes. Barcodes have the numbers written below them, and, if the barcode lines are somehow mutilated, I've seen cashiers type in the numbers. I'd say that's a free barcode scanner. As for QR codes, some cell phones can read them (for free).

The GP has a point, if you can't easily read what's inside the bokode, it isn't going to replace the barcode. The MIT students are smart, though, so I'm sure they'll figure out that problem.

Comment Re:Standard Practices (Score 5, Informative) 225

Basically, I would NEVER allow remote web management of a device if it's on the internet.

Good idea, but this is a critical exploit because hackers can make an img tag load the malformed URL. If they can trick you into viewing that image, then your router will be compromised from your computer on the network. Disabling the external management will prevent internet users from compromising your router, but it is still vulnerable to local threats, as executed through the CSRF method.

Comment Re: brilliant and dangerous? (Score 1) 1134

Having Asperger's isn't a good excuse to do a poor job or to be anti-social, or unprofessional. [snip] I don't take the idea, that I have a disability so you need to deal with my Crap mentality, it is basically reinforcing that they can behave badly, without having them work on improving themselves.

With all due respect, Asperger's is not a choice for those who have it - it's them. They can't control who they are or what they do any more than the severely autistic can see their own situation or you can drastically change who you are (even though your personality may be a little more socially acceptable). If you were arguing against hiring autistic adults, perhaps there is an objective argument there. But, please, do not expect miracles from people with untreatable medical conditions.


Submission + - Combining BitTorrent with darknets for P2P privacy (washington.edu) 3

CSEMike writes: "Currently popular peer-to-peer networks suffer from a lack of privacy. For applications like BitTorrent or Gnutella, sharing a file means exposing your behavior to anyone interested in monitoring it. OneSwarm is a new file sharing application developed by researchers at the University of Washington that improves privacy in peer-to-peer networks. Instead of communicating directly, sharing in OneSwarm is friend-to-friend; senders and receivers exchange data using multiple intermediaries in an overlay mesh. OneSwarm is built on (and backwards compatible with) BitTorrent, but includes numerous extensions to improve privacy while providing good performance: point-to-point encryption using SSL, source-address rewriting, and multi-path and multi-source downloading. Clients and source are available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows."

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 663

What about bouncing between Dvorak and QWERTY? I assume that you've had to type on a keyboard other than your own on more than one occasion.

I've used the Dvorak layout for about 6 months now (this post is being typed with it) and I can say that this is basically a moot point.

I haven't typed with it for nearly as long as with Qwerty, but I am fast enough at typing to not feel burdened by my slow speed. The worst part is during the initial period when you're learning Dvorak and you can't type fast in either.

Honestly, now, I don't even think about which keymap I'm using... sometimes I'll be typing with Qwerty without noticing. The biggest problem is punctuation and keyboard shortcuts, for me, at least.


Submission + - Pirated XP superior to the real thing (apcmag.com)

KrispyXP writes: "One of the annoyances with installing a fresh copy of Windows XP these days is that the driver set is six years out of date, and there's been a LOT of new hardware emerge since then. It's one thing to install the latest graphics driver, but it's another to have to set up everything from the chipset to the storage drivers. Now, a pirated distribution of XP has done what Microsoft hasn't: it has brought XP's driver base completely up-to-date, as well as cutting out all the crap Microsoft ships with XP that nobody wants."

Submission + - PDF imports spyware (heise-security.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: PDF files named like BILL.pdf, INVOICE.pdf and STATEMENT.pdf are using the Windows URI problem to shut down the Windows firewall and download spyware onto the computer reports heise Security. The commands are executed if the files are opened in Adobe Reader. At the beginning of this week Adobe published a fixed version 8.1.1 for the problem. A more general patch from Microsoft for Windows is still not available.

Submission + - NASA to build largest Supercomputer ever (linuxworld.com.au) 1

Onlyodin writes: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given the green light to a project that will build the largest ever supercomputer based on Silicon Graphics' (SGI) 512-processor Altix computers.

Called Project Columbia and costing around $160-million, the 10,240-processor system will be used by researchers at the Advanced Supercomputing Facility at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

What makes Project Columbia unique is the size of the multiprocessor Linux systems, or nodes, that it clusters together. It is common for supercomputers to be built of thousands of two-processor nodes, but the Ames system uses SGI's NUMAlink switching technology and ProPack Linux operating system enhancements to connect 512-processor nodes, each of which will have more than 1,000G bytes of memory.

Full Story at Linuxworld

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