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Comment OTA seems excessive...How about USB? (Score 1) 305

How about firmware updates that a user can just download off the manufacturer's website, save on a USB stick, and insert it into a USB port somewhere on the dash?

A little less convenient than OTA, but with lesser risks, and still a whole lot more convenient than going to the dealer's service department.

Comment Re:Also CF Card (Score 1) 465

2 + 2 = .... What? I can't read it anymore! 5? Yeah, must be 5, gonna write that in...

Back to flash memory cards, I really wasn't aware that the data could decay that quickly.

Hey, so does that mean that my Mario Kart 64 scores will actually fade away quicker than my Super Mario Kart ones (which are stored on battery-backed SRAM)? (Yeah, I know I'm really starting to go OT on this one)

Comment Re:I've thought about this (Score 1) 465

Speaking of punch cards, I do wish I could have somehow had the opportunity to see how those things were created and used. I mean, I see pictures and text on the Internet describing that, but it would be nice to have seen it actually happening, even if it were just in a video.

Now back to the OP's actual topic, somehow I think only "geek" type people (like me) would really care all that much about PC preservation.


Submission + - Couch Potato Gene Identified in Fruit Flies 1

Pickens writes: "University of Pennsylvania biologists have discovered a mutation in fruit flies aptly named the "couch potato" gene that allows them to simply chill out — entering a mild state of quasi-hibernation known as diapause, when winter arrives. "It's not like they're bears sleeping in a cave," says Paul Schmidt. "They just look like they're a little bit more sluggish." The couch potato gene, first discovered in the early 1990s, got its nickname because flies with mutations in the gene became really sluggish and behaved abnormally. Little is known about the underlying evolutionary genetic architecture but in diapause, the slacking off is far less severe, the flies' bodily functions slow down, and they are better able to tolerate stress. The fruit fly gene may have implications for human health, as it can help biologists study the function of the nervous system and diseases such as epilepsy refuring a recent statement by a political candidate that fruit fly research has "little or nothing to do with the public good.""

The Walking House 304

What is 10' tall, has six hydraulic legs, and is powered by the wind and solar panels? The prototype pod house built by art collective N55 in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the help of MIT, N55 built the pod over a two-year period at a cost of £30,000. Designers say it provides a solution to the problem of rising water levels as the house can simply walk away from floods. One of the designers says, "This house is not just for travellers but also for anyone interested in a more general way of nomadic living." It won't be long now until the Japanese make Howl's Moving Castle.

Dead Goldfish Offered The Vote In Illinois 216

Election officials in northern Chicago want to know why voter registration material was sent to Princess, a dead goldfish. "I am just stunned at the level of people compromising the integrity of the voting process," said Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, a Republican, who said she has spotted problems with nearly 1,000 voter registrations this year. Beth Nudelman, who owned Princess, said the fish may have got on a mailing list because the family once filled in her name when they got a second phone line for a computer. When will we recognize a goldfish's right to vote?

Submission + - Ultima series creator to be the 6th space tourist (

OzJuggler writes: "Richard Garriot, aka Lord British of Ultima fame, is officially to become the next space tourist. According to the press release from Space Adventures, he is scheduled to launch in October 2008. Its been rumoured on Slashdot many years ago that Garriot wanted to go into space. Now you'll be able to follow every step of the adevnture in new photos and posts on his single-minded blog . Is this the beginning of UO — Ultima Orbital?

Though not stated in the official release, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti these tourist flights are typically charged at US$20 milion per launch, and the price will probably go up by 5 million "in the future". Get a space flight while they're in the bargain bin!

Most astonishingly perhaps, this has not been Slashdotted yet despite the news being over 72 hours old. So it seems that other news from Friday was true. ;-)"

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Submission + - Acer condemned in France for bundling software

Guedon writes: "On July 23rd of this year, in the court of Puteaux (France), Acer was condemned ( in French) because it had bundled software with its hardware. More precisely, Acer had to reimburse various software and installations costs (311.85 Euros) and pay damage (650 Euros). The sums involved are small but the precedent bears huge consequences. Also, this is an important judgement for the French Free Software Association (AFUL) because, for years, it has tried to have the French law against bundled sales to apply. It now looks like the French are closer to being able to refuse pre-installed software and not pay for it."

Submission + - The Deterioration of a Grand Old Institution (

grrlscientist writes: "This country is spending billions of dollars to bomb the innocents in Iraq, but we can't even spare a fraction of that cost to fix our premier museum and zoo, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo??

From the story: Picture this: holding street corner bake sales to raise enough funds to protect this country's national treasures while we mortgage our future to bomb one country that is 6,000 miles away because we are afraid of the citizens in yet another, even more distant, country that we believe to be our friends."


Submission + - XP system previllage Vulnerability unpatched Yet (

devkhadka writes: "There is an boundary error in Windows XP, which can be exploited by malicious local users on a system to escalate their privileges.The vulnerability is caused by an unchecked buffer in the Windows schedular component used by Windows clients to schedule certain activity for future. A one or malicious code can exploit the vulnerability to cause a buffer overflow either resulting in a system crash or execution of arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. Here is the youtube video showing how to gain system previllage."

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