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Comment Re:Holy AI, Batman (Score 1) 279

It's funny you guys bitch and bitch about apple locking down there phones. When was the last problem like this with iOS devices. I know jailbroken iphones/ipods with ssh enabled an the default alpine pass at one time got caught in a worm that would simply rickroll your iphone basicly. Open platform means you are hoping the people who made your software are nice. What the last ios problem was a developer hacking in a script to let your volume buttons take pictures. ;) Alot better then a 3000 dollar cellphone bill

Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 211

Jailbreak the iphone
add to cydia
Install "MyWi" in the Xapps group
1. Turn on
2. Make network
3. Open/WEP encrypted wifi network which shares your internet. It's perfect. Not only can you tether to one device you can tether to anyone around you with the key (or keep the network open) great for roadtrips if someone has an ipod touch or a netbook.

Comment Re:Microsoft's done itself a lot of damage lately (Score 1) 332

This comment makes it sound to me like you never used PCs before the mid-90s. Before PnP, you had to set jumpers on your ISA/EISA cards. Then you had to manually configure all the I/O base addresses, IRQs, DMA channels, etc. for the hardware in your system, based on what each device was capable of using, and you had to make sure devices didn't conflict with each other.

So no, PnP is not a marketing buzzword at all. It was a completely new way of setting up hardware, and having it detected and configured automatically.

Having to install drivers has nothing to do with whether or not something is PnP. All hardware needs drivers, whether they are built into the kernel, shipped with the OS, on a disc, or online. This applies to Windows as well as Linux.

Comment Re:Iridium? (Score 1) 438

The only issue with that is after like 10km or so away from the tower it will actually REJECT your data packets. Even if you have like a -90 or -80 signal. GSM won't allow you to have data. CDMA on the other hand I believe will. Keep that in mind if you plan on using a large antenna/booster.

Comment Re:Lifespan... (Score 1) 239

One day walking into the local Futureshop (Best Buy for Canadians) I saw a cool deal on a "Readyboost" enabled 2gb Flash drive. The drive had a big readyboost logo and boasted on how good it was for such task. Setting up vista I put the drive in and enabled it for readyboost. In one day that thing will transfer about 250-300gb (that's combined) so about 100-200gb write in 24 hours.

This thing has been working for 3 months. Every time I come into the room all I see is the flash drive blinking away. So lets put out some rough math. (Oh the drive is at full capacity with the readyboost stuff) so the ablity to just keep writing to unused places doesn't work.

I'll use write for fun ... and a nice low number 150gb of write
150x31=4650 ... so give or take 4650gb of write to that flash in one month. It's on month 3 of operation. Hammer some torrents or other I/O intensive stuff and the thing writes even more. I used a cool readyboost monitor I found on the internet to monitor all this. Check it out ... I also found that the readyboost kinda slowed things down cause once in awhile you have to wait for it to do it's thing before it does what you want. Maybe it's just my machine being slow but I noticed no improvement.

British MoD Stunned By Massive Data Loss 166

Master of Transhuman writes "Seems like nobody can keep their data under wraps these days. On the heels of the World Bank piece about massive penetrations of their servers, the British Ministry of Defense has lost a hard drive with the personal details of 100,000 serving personnel in the British armed forces, and perhaps another 600,000 applicants. This comes on the heels of the MoD losing 658 of its laptops over the past four years and 26 flash drives holding confidential information. Apparently the MoD outsources this stuff to EDS, which is under fire for not being able to confirm that the data was or was not encrypted."

Submission + - Graphics cards face Crysis (

me24 writes: Something's wrong with DirectX 10 gaming when even top end cards are struggling with the latest games. The latest disappointment is ATi's new Radeon HD 3870, which struggled to post decent frame rates in PC Authority's tests under DirectX 10. With Crysis delivering a beating to everything ATi and nVidia can throw at it, it seems like today's top-end games might be out of reach for casual players.

Submission + - Programming as Art: 13 of the best code demos ever ( 1

cranberryzero writes: "The demo scene has been around for 20-some years now and it's grown and leaps and bounds since then. From programmers pushing the limits of Ataris and Amigas to creating beautiful and haunting landscapes with full lighting, mapping and motion capture, demo groups have done it all and done it under 100k. And here's 13 of the best of recent years... Flash video links included, but most of the fun is downloading them and giving your processor something fun to chew on."

Journal Journal: Who was Asimov's Ghostwriter? 10

I started reading Isaac Asimov's science fiction stories as a kid. Later, I also started reading his fact books, which were mostly interesting.

Feed Science Daily: New Technique Quickly Detects Cancer (

Researchers have developed a new way to detect protein movements inside cells, which signal a variety of cellular changes such as those in cancer cell development. The method could help diagnose cancer in the future. By combining two distinct techniques, the technology can examine large numbers of cells individually, a feat not previously possible.

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