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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best Android Tablet (

PerlJedi writes: "I am planing a long trip (to Ireland), and want to buy an android tablet to take along for the trip. I am a software engineer (I actually work for slashdot), a linux geek, and an android fan. I would like to get a tablet primarily to use for entertainment (when I'm not working or building robots in my workshop, I'm usually playing with my phone), but something I could get some work done from in a pinch would be a major plus (all I need to be able to work is a web browser, and an ssh terminal, preferably with a keyboard). My current cell phone is the Samsung Charge, rooted running GummyCharge 2.1, and it is a good bet I'll want to root whatever tablet I get, if not right away, soon after getting it. From an entertainment standpoint I want something that is large enough to watch high definition videos on, with a battery life that will make it pratical for use on a long flight. Having a decent camera would be a nice plus, but is not an absolute nessicity. Having a forward facing camera for video chat would also be good, but is also not a nicessity. My brief initial search has yielded the following initial conteders:
  • Asus Transformer Prime
    This is currently my favorite, for a few reasons: Tegra 3 quad core processor (that's just plane cool); Its designed with a docking station in mind, making it perfect for using for work; Sleek thin design; light weight; available with up to 64 GB. It is on the pricey side though.
  • Toshiba Thrive
    I must admit, I know very little about this one. Unlike the others, I have not heard much hype around it. From what I've read thus far, pros include: full size SD slot; full USB support; Full HDMI support. Cons: Bulkier and heavier than its opponents.
  • Motorola XOOM
    This one has been available for some time, which can be both good and bad. Its problems should be known, and understood by now, but its lost some of the sex appeal of the new product.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
    The Galaxy tab line has also been on the market for a while. It does have some added appeal to me because my phone is also from samsung, so the rooting processes, and available ROM's will be more familiar to me.
  • Sony Tablet S
    Like the Toshiba, I have heard less hype about this tablet. Its feature set also seems similar to the toshiba. I must admit here, I may be a bit biased against sony over some of their recent treatment of the hacker/maker community.

Comment Possibly beneficial (Score 1) 298

I actually wrote one of these trackers myself for a company I telecommute with. I've actually found it slightly beneficial. As a C developer some things tend to take me a bit longer than my manager might expect. However I still get the time I billed because I can show my work, and that I wasn't slacking off via the snapshots. It also shows that at certain times I was doing research or something of the sort. I find it a lot better than the usual line counting and what not that would probably go on otherwise.

Comment Faster? (Score 1) 332

The 360 may be easier to call, but I'd hesitate to say from those specs alone that it's outright faster than a PS3. When you compare an x86 to a cell... which is almost apples to oranges you have to take a lot more into account than simple clock speed, cache, memory, etc. SPE's aren't like cores. They're not even similar. Benchmarking will be necessary surely. Without it I don't think it's fair to say one way or the other.

New Declassification Process To Open 400 Million Pages of Records 135

linzeal writes "The newly minted National Declassification Center has been tasked by President Obama with eliminating the backlog of more than 400 million pages of classified records that are more than 25 years old by the end of 2013. The National Archives has prepared a draft prioritization plan to guide its declassification activities, and has invited public input on the plan. A public forum on the subject will be held on June 23. This may be a bonanza for the community of historians and intelligence buffs who have been left without significant source material to work with, in some cases since WWII, especially in terms of any information on cryptography, image analysis, and espionage."

Comment Apples and oranges anyone? (Score 1) 668

Android is an operating system / mobile platform. An iphone is... a phone. This reeks of fanboyism to me. A slew of phones outsold a single phone, but that's really exciting because they all have the same OS! That's like saying IOS outsold a specific series of Juniper, or Redhat outsold a Dell 2950.

Submission + - Celestial Steed a WoW windfall for Blizzard ( 2

Dexter Herbivore writes: With the first "useful" object for WoW players for less than a week, over 140,000 players have shelled out US$25 for a pretty picture. Does this signify a shift to Real Money Transactions in conjunction with a subscription model? Has Activision-Blizzard found a winning formula for squeezing even more money out of their users?

Submission + - Former nurse charged with aiding suicides via web

mernil writes: A former US nurse has been charged with two counts of aiding suicides on the internet, US officials say. William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, is accused of encouraging the suicides of Mark Drybrough from Coventry, UK in 2005 and Canada's Nadia Kajouji in 2008. Mr Melchert-Dinkel from Minnesota allegedly posed as a female nurse, instructing people in suicide chatrooms how to take their lives. He reportedly admitted helping five or fewer people kill themselves. Some legal experts say it could be difficult to prosecute Mr Melchert-Dinkel under a rarely used law because he allegedly only encouraged the victims to kill themselves, without physically helping them to take their lives.

Submission + - eyeDriver Lets Drivers Steer Car With Their Eyes

Hugh Pickens writes: "NPR reports that German researchers have tested a new technology called eyeDriver that tracks a driver's eye movement and, in turn, steers the car in whatever direction they're looking at speeds up to 31 mph. "The next step will be to get it to drive 60 miles per hour," says Raul Rojas, an artificial intelligence researcher at Berlin's Free University. A Dodge Caravan fitted with eyeDriver has been tested on the tarmac at an abandoned airport at Tempelhof Airport, However, it remains unclear when — or if — the technology will be commercialized as questions about safety and practicability abound: What about looking at a cute girl next to the road for a few seconds? Not to mention taking phone calls or typing a text while driving. But the researchers have an answer to distracted drivers: "The Spirit of Berlin" is also an autonomous car equipped with GPS navigation, scores of cameras, lasers and scanners that enable it to drive by itself. And should the technology-packed vehicle have a major bug, there's still an old fashioned way of stopping it. Two big external emergency buttons at the rear of the car allow people outside to shut down all systems."

Comment Re:Legitimate Scrutiny (Score 1) 372

While I think constant vigilance is needed with Google, this looks like nothing more than Microsoft once again using other groups to legitimize it's attacks on a competitor that has with consistent success kicked it in the ass at every turn.

Agreed on both points. This fails to mention the 'two rival companies' these lawyers represent. I'd be willing to bet one of them was from Microsoft.

I did a little digging to see if there was any affiliation between Microsoft and Consumer Watchdog, (ironically using google)... and came up with this link

Here's a quick summary:
A look beneath the surface reveals that is “the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights”, which is affiliated with/derived from Grassroots Enterprise, a Washington/SF-based AstroTurfer for hire.

If you do even a little digging you can find countless incidences of Microsoft and friends doing this exact same thing. I suppose if you can't beat your competitors in a given market... lobby them into oblivion!

Comment Is this even possible? (Score 2, Insightful) 275

The article says that each workshop lasts approximately five-and-a-half hours. It's taken me a half-hour just to explain how to properly navigate a website to some of my more elderly firewall. I'm not sure if the allotted time is enough to teach the various concepts and methods of VPN/ssh tunnels and proxies. I've worked with computer science graduates that didn't even properly grasp these concepts after a semester long course. I wish them the best of luck either way.
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F.E.A.R. 3 Announced For This Fall 53

Warner Bros. has announced that the third game in the F.E.A.R. saga is in production and planned for release this fall. Unlike the first two games, F.E.A.R. 3 will not be developed by Monolith Productions, but by Day 1 Studios, who ported the original F.E.A.R. to the Xbox 360 and PS3. The new game is being developed for those two consoles and for Windows. "Day One is the studio behind MechAssault, MechAssault 2, and Fracture, so they've got all the mech and shooter experience one could hope for, but what about horror? Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has that covered as well, with famed horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) and 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles acting as consultants to enhance the game's scary bits. Alma returns for the third game, but her sons, Point Man and Paxton Fettel, are the stars, both featuring unique powers to help create what the developer is calling divergent co-op, where the characters' powers affect each player's game, and not just their own."

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