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Comment Re:Once again RIM leads the way (Score 1) 116

My issue with the Good approach (apart from the fact that they sue companies they can't effectively compete against...) is that it takes you out of the native user experience which is the reason the owner chose that device in the first place. Using either an MDM SDK or app wrapping technology to secure the corporate apps and data preserves the native UX, secures the data, and doesn't have the overhead of a virtual OS approach.

The Internet

Submission + - DARPA exploring mini, atomic sensor systems as alternative to GPS (

coondoggie writes: "The scientists at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want to develop a sophisticated miniature system of atomic sensors that could help military personnel with positioning, targeting, navigation, and guidance without relying on current GPS technology. Specifically DARPA wants to build what it calls a "miniature Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)" that integrates atomic and solid-state inertial sensors in a single microsystem, with a volume of no more than 20 cubic centimeters and power consumption of no more than 1 Watt (1 W)."

Submission + - Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5 (

mdsolar writes: ""Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years, after the trade minister said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently operating is shut down.

Trade Minister Yukio Edano signalled it would take at least several weeks before the government, keen to avoid a power crunch, can give a final go-ahead to restarts, meaning Japan is set on May 6 to mark its first nuclear power-free day since 1970.

"If we thoroughly go through the procedure, it would be (on or) after May 6 even if we could restart them," Edano told a news conference, adding that whether they can actually be brought back online is still up to ongoing discussions.

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 triggered radiation leaks, has hammered public faith in nuclear power and prevented the restart of reactors shut down for regular maintenance checks, with all but one of 54 reactors now offline.""


Submission + - Robots will outnumber humans by 2035 (

Remus Shepherd writes: "From the Early Warning blog comes an interesting extrapolation — the global population of robots is rising exponentially, and will overtake the global human population in the 2030s. The article mentions some consequences of this, including an anti-robot backlash, the potential Singularity, and/or 'all hell breaking loose'."

Submission + - Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba team up on mobile displays (

scibri writes: In a bid to turn around their ailing market share in mobile display technology, Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba have have merged their mobile-display subsidiaries to form Japan Display Incorporated. The company will focus in particular on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), as well as embedding touch-screen sensors into the display itself.

The new company is mainly financed by a government-backed investment fund, the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

Comment Re:As a blackberry user, I don't need a crystal ba (Score 1) 262

That's funny, when I googled 'CES 2007 Android', I couldn't find any related hits. So then I check wikipedia:

The unveiling of the Android distribution on November 5, 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 84 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.[10][11][12][13] Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software license.[14] The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.[15]

Which I interpret as 5 months after Apple sold their first iPhone and 10 months after they announced it.

The Courts

Usenet Group Sues Dutch RIAA 90

eldavojohn writes "With the Pirate Bay trial, it's been easy to overlook similar struggles in other nations. A Dutch Usenet community named FTD is going on the offensive and suing BREIN (Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland). You may remember BREIN (along with the IFPI & BPI) as the people who raided and cut out the heart of eDonkey. This is turning into a pretty familiar scenario; the FTD group makes software that allows its 450k members to easily find copyrighted content for free on Usenet. The shocking part is that FTD isn't waiting for BREIN to sue them. FTD is refusing to take down their file location reports, and is actually suing BREIN. Why the preemptive attack? FTD wants the courts to show that the act of downloading is not illegal in the Netherlands. (Both articles have the five points in English that FTD wants the courts to settle.) OSNews has a few more details on the story."

Comment Re:TI-85 (Score 1) 776

You can also use spotlight (apple-space) and just type an equation, ie 2*pi + 5 and it will give you the answer (and if you press enter then, open the calculator app)

And then there's google...

That covers both my most frequently used options...

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