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Submission + - Cyber Monday: Comcast DNS Servers Tank

An anonymous reader writes: Comcast DNS Servers tank the night before Cyber Monday. Service has been increasingly slower over the past few weeks until tonight when there is no DNS service at all. Calls to 1-800-COMCAST receive a busy tone. Be sure to memorize those addresses of your favorite DNS server. You may never know when you might need it. Now my service is blazing fast... maybe because I'm the only one who can use it in my area. New Years resolution: Memorize two IPV6 DNS server addresses.

Submission + - Aging Reversed in Mice after Telomerase Treatment 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Guardian reports that scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the aging process after experimental treatment developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies. "What we saw in these animals was not a slowing down or stabilization of the aging process. We saw a dramatic reversal – and that was unexpected," says Ronald DePinho, who led the study. The Harvard group focused on a process called telomere shortening where each time a cell divides, the telomeres are snipped shorter, until eventually they stop working and the cell dies or goes into a suspended state called "senescence". Researchers bred genetically manipulated mice that lacked an enzyme called telomerase that stops telomeres getting shorter causing the mice to age prematurely and suffer ailments, including a poor sense of smell, smaller brain size, infertility and damaged intestines and spleens. When the mice were given injections to reactivate the enzyme, it repaired the damaged tissues and reversed the signs of aging raising hope among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the aging process. "This could lead to strategies that enhance the regenerative potential of organs as individuals age and so increase their quality of life," added DePinho cautioning that "whether it serves to increase longevity is a question we are not yet in a position to answer.""

Submission + - Put an end to rebooting Microsoft Windows (givemicrosofttheboot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Here's a website that plans to make rebooting Microsoft Windows a thing of the past.
The only reason we have to reboot Microsoft Windows when we install/uninstall/update something is because it's easier for Microsoft to have the user do it that it is for them to do something about it! Let's face it, if Microsoft truly wanted to do something about it, then they would have done something about it by now.
Microsoft have television adverts saying "I am Windows 7 — and this is my idea." Well, how about this idea, stop making us reboot Microsoft Windows?
Go to http://givemicrosofttheboot.com/ and sign their petition, and let's making rebooting Microsoft Windows something we can tell our grandchildren we used to have to do.

Submission + - The best Starcraft 2 Guide ever... (shokzstarcraftguide.net)

tonyshokz3 writes: Its an in-depth mastery guide that will help you gain mastery over the game and its different aspects and as the result you will be having an advantage point over your opponent, Isn’t this a smart thing to do? Yes it is isn’t it? Shokz Starcraft 2 Strategy Guide tells you on how to strategize on

Submission + - Gamers rack up 8000 years of CoD: Black Ops online (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "In less than three weeks, gamers have cumulatively spent more than 8,000 years playing "Call of Duty: Black Ops" online. The cumulative number of kills in the game has surpassed the planet's real-world population, which stands at about 6.9 billion, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate. An amazing 138 billion shots have been fired in the game, and a disturbing — or successful, depending on your point of view — 561 million have been instant-killing headshots. If all the crossbows fired in the game were lined up end-to-end they'd stretch 144,501 miles, which is more than half of the way to the moon."
Open Source

Submission + - Super Mario played using the Kinect (gamepron.com)

UgLyPuNk writes: with a little help from open source software, a NES emulator, and a little ingenuity. The same guy who created the Kinect lightsaber has now set up the motion-controlled peripheral with a copy of Super Mario Bros., and the results are pretty awesome, if a little clumsy.

TSA Saw My Junk, Missed Razor Blades, Says Adam Savage 609

An anonymous reader writes "The TSA isn't the most respected of governmental agencies right now, but at least it comes by the poor reputation honestly. The lack of standards, inconsistent application of searches and policies, and occasional rude agent all combine to make flying an unpleasant experience. It's often derided as 'security theater,' which describes the experience of Mythbuster Adam Savage before a recent flight. Savage was put through the full-body scanner, and while he joked that it made his penis feel small, no one seemed to notice the items he was carrying on his person. The video tells the rest of the story."

Comment Re:NOT Hunting down FIOS USERS! (Score 1) 738

You are correct people should read the article, but i have a motorola droid and the data plan i was literally forced into buying ( i was going to get it without and only use data when in range of wifi) was sold to me as unlimited. So if i try to use the product i was forced into buying to the full extent i'm penalized? that makes no sense. Sure i could have gotten a dumb phone and then i wouldn't be forced to buy the plan but then there is no wifi, and i can't switch off of verizon because i am on a family plan owned by my parents(i'm in high school)

Comment Re:Psystar is 100% wrong (Score 1) 865

Well, OK, they are... definitely wrong according to my moral code of "stupid douchebags who want to make a quick buck without doing anything original."

How can you argue they are doing nothing original? They build computers using a set-up they designed all by themselves, in a manner that they believe is more cost-effective and/or powerful than Apple's set up. Under your argument innovators are really just, "stupid douchebags who want to make a quick buck without doing anything original." That's like saying that selling a non-honda car with a Honda engine is morally wrong. In that example the designer still had to make the chassis, the steering assembly, the transmission etc. just as Psystar has to pick the parts for their computers and assemble them.

Comment Re:Apple's activity is criminal here, Palm's is le (Score 1) 656

Why don't you list a couple of non-iPod devices and explain exactly why they are so much better?

Well i'm not too familiar with other devices; i do however own a Cowon S9 and love it. I've owned it for probably 7 or 8 months at this point. The S9 has an OLED screen with a near 180 degree viewing angle, a solid state drive available in 8, 16, and 32 gigabyte version. It supports flac, it can view Dvix files. it can play flash games,it has a touch screen that is unnoticeably smaller(less than a quarter of an inch). in addition to volume, play/pause track skip, and hold controls on the outer edges. It can play 8 hours of video on a single charge, or 55 hours of music. It has user customisable themes. And it is about $100 dollars cheaper than an ipod touch of the same size

The Internet

Submission + - Pigeon vs. S. African 'Net: Pigeon Wins, by a lot (yahoo.com) 2

inject_hotmail.com writes: Hi, I'm a pigeon, and I'm faster than South Africa, at doing the Internet.
The results are in: it's faster to send your data via an airborne carrier than it is through the pipes.
As discussed yesterday, I just read over on Yahoo news that a company in South Africa called Unlimited IT, frustrated by terribly slow Internet speeds, decided to prove their point by sending an actual homing pigeon with a "data card" strapped to its leg from one of their offices to another while at the same time uploading the same amount of data to the same destination via their ISPs data lines. The media outlet reporting this triumph said that it took the pigeon just over 1 hour to make the 80km/50mile flight, whereas it took over 2 hours to transfer just 4% of that data.


Submission + - Simple file transformation tools, where are they? 2

cs668 writes: "There is a part of our business that does one time loads of data. It comes from the customers in varying formats and can be anywhere from 5,000 to 500,000 records. Our import processes use XML. Currently we are using Excel to transform the data from the customers format to our XML. It's the wrong tool for the job.

We are looking for a good data transformation tool that makes it easy to graphically define the transformation, allowing the input format to be easily defined and constraining the output to the XSD for our XML. Here is the problem, every tool we can find is geared at writing code, or the part of some massive ETL architecture intended to be the MOM of your entire enterprise. It seems like 10 years ago you could find nice tools for this, but all of the good ones have turned into massive piles of Enterprise level over complexity.

Can anyone recommend a simple tool that is suited for this type of one time data transformation?"

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