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Comment Re:HD Capable (Score 2, Informative) 370

From what I can tell online, that only runs at 1680x1050 even though they advertise "Full HD" support. They must be downscaling. Also, I couldn't seem to find an english language page for that product and a search on samsung's website for Canada and US turned up nothing.

Submission + - iRobot Announces Paperback Sized Military Robot (

knothead99 writes: Introducing the iRobot Ember.

"iRobot has built over 2,000 machines for the military. Most of 'em are 50 pounds plus, and more than three feet long. But, lately, the company has been working on an itty-bitty version of its Packbot reconnaissance machine — one that weighs less than a pound, and is about the size of a paperback book."

Video included of the robot in action.


How 10 Iconic Tech Products Got Their Names 247

lgmac writes "Think Windows Azure is a stupid name? Ever wonder how iPod, BlackBerry and Twitter got their names? Author Tom Wailgum goes inside the process of creating tech product names that are cool but not exclusionary, marketable, and most of all, free of copyright and trademark gotchas. Here's the scoop on ten iconic tech products and how they got their monikers, plus a chat with the man responsible for naming Azure, BlackBerry, and more. (What's the one he wishes he'd named but didn't? Google.)"

Schneier Mulls Psychology of Security 101

bednarz writes "Cryptography expert Bruce Schneier says security decisions often are much less rational than one would prefer. He spoke at the RSA conference about the battle that goes on in the brain when responding to security issues. Schneier explains 'The primitive portion of the brain, called the amygdala, feels fear and incites a fear-or-flight response, he pointed out. "It's very fast, faster than consciousness. But it can be overridden by higher parts of the brain." The neocortex, which in a mammalian brain is associated with consciousness, is slower but "adaptive and flexible,"'"

Submission + - post-it pixel art at Microsoft's Mac division

An anonymous reader writes: Some folks from Microsoft's MacBU created large versions of their applications' icons on the windows of their building using post-it notes to celebrate the group's 10 year anniversary. Pictures and interviews with the creators are up on the MacBU's Mac Mojo blog
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Submission + - PS3 Oblivion Approaching PC Quality Visuals

fistfullast33l writes: "After taking a beating in Gamespot's side by side Comparison of Xbox 360 and PS3 graphics, Playstation 3 owners may finally have something to hold over the 360 fans. Both Gamespot and IGN have previews posted yesterday that talk up the graphics and performance improvements over the 360 version. Load times and texture quality and draw distance have been improved, as well as "new shaders dedicated to rendering the foreground cleanly with sharper details, so rocky landscapes now have craggy appearances instead of smooth, non-distinct surfaces," according to IGN. They end with the ultimate hype, "screens from the PS3 version should approach those from high end PCs running Oblivion, which is an impressive feat." How is this possible? Gamespot reports that "Oblivion will make extensive use of the PS3's hard drive by caching multiple gigabytes of data, which seemed to help with load times from what we saw." While there are no official reports of this making it into the new 360/PC expansion Shivering Isles, a rumor on the Gamespot preview says that 1up might have the scoop."

Submission + - QEMU accelerator released under GPL

kebes writes: According to the official QEMU site, the QEMU accelerator module, KQEMU, has just been released under the open-source GPL license. QEMU is a cross-platform processor emulator, allowing you to virtualize an entire PC. The KQEMU module allows significatn virtualization speedup when emulating an x86 processor on x86 hardware. The module was previously available as a binary-only add-on to the open-source QEMU. This recent relicensing makes QEMU a fully open-source, high-speed virtualization tool available to all.

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