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Submission + - Amazon to restore encryption to Fire OS tablets (

kriston writes: Inc said it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticized the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system.

Submission + - MapQuest Discover shutting down February 15 (

kriston writes: MapQuest Discover, the feature that in 2013 the media fawned over for keeping the long-dying AOL MapQuest brand relevant, is no more. Since not many people used it, I'm quoting the email sent to those of us who tried MapQuest Discover.

Thanks for the adventures.

You are receiving this email because you currently have a MapQuest Discover account. We wanted to let you know that on February 15, 2016, we will be closing the doors to Discover and your account will no longer be accessible.

When we created Discover, we set out with one goal: To inspire travel and exploration. It’s been a great journey and we hope we inspired you to get out and explore new places, meet new people, and experience new things. As we look to the future, we will be focusing our energy on improving our core product, MapQuest, while taking on new adventures at Parachute, a contributor-fueled site providing authentic and informative local content.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us by contacting our Support team. You can also learn more about this decision by visiting our FAQs.

We are eternally grateful for your continued support. And we hope to see you again at Parachute and MapQuest.


The MapQuest Team

Submission + - Co-founder of Plaxo charged with first-degree murder (

kriston writes: The co-founder of social networking company Plaxo, 38-year-old Minh Nguyen, has been charged with murdering his ex-wife’s new husband in Ashburn, Virginia. Plaxo was also co-founded by Napster's Sean Parker. Plaxo was acquired by Comcast Interactive in June 2008

Submission + - Static analysis of the Linux kernel (

kriston writes: From the web site: "This problem is interesting by its difficulty. Linux kernel source code was checked and is checked by everything and anything. That is why it is difficult task — finding something new. However, that would be an excellent advertising note about PVS-Studio analyzer possibilities."

Sections have interesting titles like "Dangerous memcmp() usage," "Eternal wait," "Copy-Paste error," and "Rip out eyes."

Submission + - myOpenID to shut down in February ( 1

kriston writes: This is an email sent to users this afternoon.


I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, I’m confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise – that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.


Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc.

Submission + - Will France quit nuclear? (

kriston writes: Reuters is reporting that France is considering cutting back on nuclear power. France went so big on nuclear they are a net exporter of nuclear-generated electricity which has caused severe economic and logistical problems. That's part of the reason they are cutting back. Is the other premise of this article that considers a nuclear engineering career crisis somewhat overblown?

Submission + - Amazon issues 9-day credit for AWS outage (

kriston writes: "Dear AWS Customer,

Starting at 12:47AM PDT on April 21st, there was a service disruption (for a period of a few hours up to a few days) for Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS that primarily involved a subset of the Amazon Elastic Block Store (“EBS”) volumes in a single Availability Zone within our US East Region. You can read our detailed summary of the event here:

We’ve identified that you had an attached EBS volume or a running RDS database instance in the affected Availability Zone at the time of the disruption. Regardless of whether your resources and application were impacted, we are going to provide a 10 day credit (for the
period 4/18-4/27) equal to 100% of your usage of EBS Volumes, EC2 Instances and RDS database instances that were running in the affected Availability Zone. This credit will be automatically applied to your April bill, and you don’t need to do anything to receive it.
You can see your service credit by logging into your AWS Account Activity page after you receive your upcoming billing statement.

Last, but certainly not least, we want to apologize. We know how critical the services we provide are to our customers’ businesses and we will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to drive improvement across our services.

The Amazon Web Services Team

This message was produced and distributed by Amazon Web Services, LLC, 410 Terry Avenue
North, Seattle, Washington 98109-5210"


Submission + - Cherrypal mini-laptop now runs Android ( 1

kriston writes: The Cherrypal Asia laptop at is now shipping with Google Android installed. This replaces the older Cherrypal Asia mini laptops that were running Windows CE and Linux based. Both laptops run the ARM9-based VIA 8505 SoIC platform at 533 MHz with 256 megabytes of RAM and 2 gigabytes of NAND flash. The $148 version has a 1024x600 screen while the sub-$100 model runs 800x480. I'm looking forward to seeing how Android can squeeze more throughput out of the VIA 8505 since Windows CE didn't do such a great job on the original Cherrypal Asia.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Why do some devices refuse to charge via USB? (no)

kriston writes: I have lots of MP3 players, mobile phones, video devices, and game controllers. All of them can plug into USB sockets, but a curious few simply refuse to charge. The chief offenders are Motorola phones, Creative MP3 players, and most annoyingly, the Sony PlayStation 3 controllerss. Simply putting +5V at 500 mA on the port is not getting these things to charge. What is the magic secret ingredient these chargers have that make these USB devices start charging?

Submission + - What desktop search engine for a shared volume? 1

kriston writes: Searching data on a shared volume is tedious. If I try to use a Windows desktop search engine on a volume with hundreds of gigabytes the indexing process takes days and the search results are slow and unsatisfying. I'm thinking of an agent that runs on the server that regularly indexes and talks to the desktop machines running the search interface. How do you integrate your desktop search application with your remote file server without forcing each desktop to index the hundred gigabyte volume on its own?

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