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The Great Meteor Grab

AlienIntelligence Re:What? Asteroid mining now? (152 comments)

Lol, you have no idea how much they are worth. I bought a tiny 1in piece by half an inch, shaved from a large specimen, nearly $100. An actual verifiable asteroid meteorite. Like the one found of Vesta, would be alot more.

more than 2 years ago

Nebraska Sheriff Wardriving, Sending Letters About Unsecured Wi-Fi

AlienIntelligence Or... (248 comments)


You can leave it open so your neighbors with kids who are broke
and living month to month can have internet so the kids can do
their homework and everyone else in the family can enjoy something
that should be free anyway.


more than 2 years ago

Newly Spotted Comet May Shine Among Brightest In History

AlienIntelligence Apocalypse (100 comments)

Something about the Mayans and December 21st, etc.


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

AlienIntelligence Re:FREE! (383 comments)

Amen bother. To Poster: Don't explain how much it will cost. Go get SVN, which is free and simple. GIT is more powerful, but sort of overkill if you are just two people within shouting distance.

iPhone user?


more than 2 years ago

Global Bacon Shortage 'Unavoidable'

AlienIntelligence Re:HOLY SHIT! (293 comments)

the doctor told him "Bacon should come with a skull and crossbones on the label..."

Then his doctor is a retarded monkey.

Too much water will kill you, too much oxygen will kill you, too much sugar will kill you.

Anyone with more than half a brain knows that TOO MUCH (of anything) is enough to kill you.

Or perhaps the good doctor somehow believes that for millions of years the ancestors of mankind ate only fish and lean white meat?

We NEED Water
We NEED Oxygen

Bacon, not so much.


more than 2 years ago

Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending)

AlienIntelligence Phoenix? (146 comments)

No party in Phoenix yet?

Grishnakh? Time to meet up bud.


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?

AlienIntelligence Health... (263 comments)

You must be one lucky individual to have never had a health
care, scare or had a friend or family member that has had one.

Breast Cancer
Cystic Fibrosis

the list goes on, but gets more depressing.

I have Alzheimer's in my family. 95% my donations go to that,
5% goes to dog specific non-profits.

And on top of that, I run a non-profit for disadvantaged families.


more than 2 years ago

Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?

AlienIntelligence Re:Yes. (405 comments)

Provided you're using them for your OS and software, and not storage of large quantities of data.

And games (yes, I know... "software") but I'm just sayin... Skyrim load screens take like less than 10s now.


more than 2 years ago

Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?

AlienIntelligence FWIW (405 comments)

I got into SSD's when they just barely hit $1/gig on special as they came up on Techbargains.

I would do it again at that price. The speed up was ridiculous. 3x on my old laptop, 6-8x on my
gaming computer.

Needless to say... I had a sniiif when I started seeing them @ .50c/gig on Techbargains.... ;(

But I've been doing this a while, I've payed plenty of early-adopter tax.

I was buying $600 smartphones while 98% of people were carrying stick/flip/feature phones.

It'd be nice to have all that money back now... but meh. Yolo.


more than 2 years ago

MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

AlienIntelligence Just to prove how correct he is... (454 comments)

Look at all the people copying other types of accounts of wars and slavery and homicidal killing sprees...
oh wait they aren't...

I'm not voting FOR the ability to do it... I'm just saying... reducing our rights further, blah, blah, it's not
even in the US, so yay for fascism. George Orwell.


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Rescuing a PC That's Been Hit By Scammers?

AlienIntelligence Re:Wipe and reinstall. (320 comments)

Generally XP* and older versions of windows did not rewrite the boot sector. People would install linux on a machine and then try to go back to windows and LILO would still come up. There are ways to force it to do so of course.

Ideally operating systems would ask so you could re-install a partition and not have to mess with getting everything setup.

*for Vista and Windows 7 I think you may have to as well I have not had the issue of lately

Vista and Win7 completely EFFs up a linux install.

Always try to do the linux install last.

Recovering what they do to the grub takes a bit of Live CD finagling to get back.


about 2 years ago

Sedo Halts Demonoid Domain Name Sale Citing "Legal Issues"

AlienIntelligence Re:Shifted to Brazil... (32 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised. Sedo always gave me the impression they are a seedy operation to begin with. Rumored domain frontrunning via sister division 1&1's whois search is one of them.

I always heard Sedo was GoDaddy's way of selling off domains. Have some kinda proof about the 1and1 before I cancel my 100 domains and hosting with them?

more than 2 years ago

Obama Finally Beats Bieber Fever According To Klout

AlienIntelligence Will not live... (67 comments)

I will not live in a country where the president has more moxy than a random mop-headed stage performer.

Oh wait, no... never mind.


more than 2 years ago

Verizon Bases $5 Fee To Not Publish Your Phone Number On 'Systems and IT' Costs

AlienIntelligence Re:Revenue Stream (331 comments)

You'll pay it and like it! Now, whose your daddy? I ASKED, WHOSE YOUR DADDY?!?!?!

I rarely see that grammar mistake. Thanks.
Even a bad example is a good example to someone.


more than 2 years ago

Hacked BitCoin Exchange Sued By Customers

AlienIntelligence Scooped (361 comments)

By every other tech site on the web days ago.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?

AlienIntelligence The hell? (262 comments)

What the fuck man.

Ridiculous question.

At no point in our evolution was it designed for us to sit a long time. Your question has no answer.
ie, the answer is, what ever position works for you and doesn't kill you.

I'm sure others have mentioned standing. But... once again... we weren't designed to stand either.
We are an animal that was expected to be on the move at all times.

Standing will give you:
Varicose Veins
Popped capillaries
and still even the chance of DVT

Only thing that can be added, take daily aspirin, 80mg or so, to prevent the stroke you are going to get one day.

(My wife died from too much sitting. Literally. DVT behind her knee, broke off, went into lung, Pulmonary embolism
was a result. Upon surgery, part of the clot made its way to her brain. 3 blockages... coma. Few weeks later, and
I'm a widow. Extenuating circumstance? None that Dr would ever admit to. My consolation prize? Nearly 100 grand
in stuff the insurance wouldn't cover. )


more than 2 years ago

Patient Just Wants To See Data From His Implanted Medical Device

AlienIntelligence Great! (262 comments)

Fucking DRM on our tickers now!


more than 2 years ago

July Heat Set U.S. Record

AlienIntelligence Re:Choose, denialists (422 comments)

It's not just that this year was incredibly hot, it's not even that the last year was also very warm. It's that the top 10 hottest years are all since 1998 with 2012 looking like it will be the hottest.

Obviously that's not true if we beat a record from 1936.


more than 2 years ago

July Heat Set U.S. Record

AlienIntelligence Whew! Thank goodness! (422 comments)

I sure am glad global warming doesn't exist, this could have been SO much worse.


more than 2 years ago

July Heat Set U.S. Record

AlienIntelligence Re:Hopefully it's an outlier (422 comments)

I love it.... "Take the 1936 Texas below normal temperature out of the mix and there goes your 0.2F record making difference with July 2012." Of course, if you randomly take out data points you don't like, you're going to get the result you're looking for. Not to mention that their entire post focuses on the fact that not all states all linearly increased in temperatures, which betrays a complete lack of understanding of how temperatures are come about.

FWIW, a graph tends to be of more value if you evaluate and potentially take out outlier points.
If you are looking for trends. Also, some toss lowest and highest as well.

Just saying.


more than 2 years ago



Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S3 has a locked Bootloader!

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Well, I'm sure there are a number of you that have preordered your S3's like I did. And you may have seen the bad news today as well. A number of people that preordered their S3's started receiving them. And much like opening a package on Christmas I'm sure they ripped open their new toy and started trying to get root and load a custom ROM.

Only to find out, none of the other carrier's methods for flashing ROMs didn't work."

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Google pays respects to Moog, now live on Google AU. Moogle?

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Google's tribute to Robert Moog's 78th birthday has gone live on the Australia search site.

It's an AWESOME doodle. For an ol timer like me, that remembers the first doodle, celebrating the Burning Man Festival and then the decline of doodledom as they stopped being rare and became a marketing/draw tool, I really appreciate the complexity of this one. All knobs work, dials, and the recorder.

I can't wait to hear some music made by this doodle.

The Les Paul tribute was recordable as well and appears to still be playable."

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Live action Skyrim trailer created

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Watch it... if you love Skyrim, you'll enjoy this (spoof?). I don't want to call it that, cause it's pretty good and if you've played it enough, you'll recognize the map areas.

Article from DailyMail, yeah gossip pages, a weakness I developed dating vapid females.



Almost 4 million views."

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Laptop in Colorado Bank Fraud Case Decrypted!

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "The laptop that was at the center of a bank fraud case based in Colorado, has now been decrypted.

Dailytech has the story although it is mostly a rehash of the original information.

"They must have used or found successful one of the passwords the co-defendant provided them," said Philip Dubois, Fricosu's attorney.

So, that basically reads as, it wasn't 'cracked' as much as social engineering caused yet another security measure to fall."

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Where did all the spectrum go?

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "CNN Money has an article on how we are running out of spectrum with the crush of new digital devices seeking constant connectivity.
They say as early as 2013 we will be in a deficit and will start experiencing more dropped calls and slower connectivity.

What was not mentioned was whether this was affecting 3G primarily or was it going to affect the "4G"/LTE flavors as well.

Think our comments are funny? You should read the non-techy ones at the bottom of that story, lol. "Why do people need to stream video
to their phones?" lol... Why do we need cars, and planes...? Gotta luv a lud."

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Siri... can you hear me now?

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence writes "

Siri... can you hear me now?

Strangely absent from the Slashdot posts is anything about Siri being out on Thursday and Friday, from PC World:


<em>“For the moment, at least, Apple’s new Siri feature is back online and cheerfully responding to instructions, but it’s hard to say how long that’s going to last. I had trouble getting Siri to respond to my requests from 10am to 2pm Pacific time on Friday and that’s in addition to the long block of downtime the service experienced on Thursday.”</em>

<em>iPhone 4S users across the country discovered that Siri was no longer able to connect to the network--even though they had 3G or Wi-Fi connections--starting around 11 a.m. PDT Wednesday. According toVenture Beat, contacting Apple customer service resulted in the typical, "Have you tried restarting your device?"

When restarting devices did not fix the problem, Apple suggested that it was "entirely possible" that there was a network outage. Note that Apple, as usual, was careful to avoid admitting there was a problem.</em>

It was entirely possible there was a network outage.

Look guys, I don’t want to stir anything, but honestly... the way Apple handles its’ customers with customer service, really makes you think that they don’t respect your intelligence. You know darn well that when people were calling in, first people to know were Tech Support. [If they didn’t, they really aren’t tech support, they are just another off-shore phone answering company,] so let’s say they knew about the outage. Is it REALLY necessary to make someone reboot a phone? Can’t just say, “We noticed some server issues, please try it again in 30 minutes, or an hour.] Is that too hard? Or is denying anything EVER goes wrong with Apple products... one of the primary defences of the Reality Distortion Field.

{Don’t worry, I don’t expect this one to make it to the front page either}


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Are you ready for a neighborhood social site?

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence writes "Are you ready for a neighborhood level social site?

San Francisco area start-up, NextDoor.com thinks you are.

At the height of the housing boom here in the U.S., I was very active in my community of over 2400 homes. As an upscale neighborhood, we of course were enjoying watching the “free money meter” that was our home’s [value] tick upward daily.

But being such a large community, there was no homogeneity. I wanted to do something about that. Due to an illness, the block watch captain had to step down for our neighborhood and I took over. I was hoping to bring a life to it and get everyone connected, email, text, have a community center where people could trade stuff or sell their junk. At that point I had been working with computers for nearly 30 years. I had an email address at the beginning of the 90’s and was buying domains before people had heard of the Internet. So, this concept was natch for me. Get the Town Hall, back at the center of the town, easily accessible to anyone. I built it... but would they come?

Not in droves, because there was just one problem. Facebook wasn’t really on the radar... and it sure wasn’t a verb or adverb. MySpace was reaching it’s golden age of life, looking for a place to curl up and die. Only smart people had SmartPhones, everyone else was like... “a SmartWut?” and believe it or not, even in my prominent community that had doctors, lawyers, business owners... educated business folk, barely 10% had ‘active’ email addresses.

My last push, was on Halloween. I sat out, gave out candy to the kids, and a small goodie bag of truffles to the parents, with a note about our town hall and the blockwatch. It was as much a success as I could have hoped. I broke well over the 10% line but still short of at least a quarter of the homes as I had hoped, in order to derive influence.

I carried the project on as long as I lived there... it worked great for the size of our online population, we still had good influence and we created a tighter community but it never catalyzed into the vision I had dreamt.

Most of what held my work back has changed now. Plus my fellow techies on here are older and more influential as well, I think NextDoor has a GREAT chance to succeed.

The idea is simple, a closed network for social interaction at the neighborhood level. You have to prove you live there to be a member. First person to sign up to each community, becomes an elder of sorts. The first dozen or so to join after that, get to be aldermen of the online community, granted with powers of removing junk posts/bad posts, even up to removing ‘homes’ from the site for abuse.

Sharing is the key to this site...
“Hey I lost my dog, anyone seen a fluffy white 3lb knucklehead running around? Answers to the smell of food. Anyone seen him?”
“Garage sale, this Saturday... awesome things, clothes, electronics, car parts! Starts at 10am!”
“Need a sitter for tonight, mine is sick... any recommendations? Any of your teens need $20?”
“Is my Immanuel at someone’s house? Can u send him home for dinner?”

I think my fellow friends on here can see, we... probably should be the first to sign up in our communities to make sure the technological aspect of it, doesn’t get lost on those less savvy.

Let’s make this site a success... I have talked in depth with the people that answer their emails... they seem bright and enthused, this is supposedly launch week, so that’s good. But it also seems to be an open ecosphere so far and responses have all been positive and motivating as opposed to the closed-off wall that some places put up to interacting with users.

And best yet... their business model currently does not include shoving ads in your face. Yep, flashy ad free! Get it while it's hot!"

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The + operator has been replaced? WTF?!?!

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "OH MY GOD... Google has gotten rid of the + to do searches? SERIOUSLY? Is someone off their meds??

You now have to put double quotes around SINGLE WORDS to guarantee that they show as-is in the search.
ftws: The + operator has been replaced. To search for an exact word or phrase, use double quotation marks.

Ok, for people that rarely search for stuff on Google, or just aren't Google savvy, this is a complete, "Who cares?".
But for someone that puts in dozens sometimes hundreds of searches a day... they are actually decreasing my productivity by:

1) Making me think of the new way every damn time I search. 10ms

I've been 'deeply programmed' since before Google times, just like everyone else, that + is boolean, "leave it in there".

2) "Going back" >1s

That, right there... takes at the minimum, an extra second to hop to the beginning. Worse if you are on different keyboards all the time.

3) I didn't have to hit the shift key before, now I gotta, TWICE! >25ms

Times, 50 searches (easily) per day [that require the boolean]

More than ONE EXTRA MINUTE PER DAY! Just because they didn't want my search query to interfere with their "purification" [1.35s] of GOOGLE PLUS in their system.
Oh yeah... I know WHY they did it... how the fuck are stupid people going to search for Google+ ? lol

I SUGGEST MASSIVE PROTEST! Or an opt out (oh where, oh where is Google Labs when you need them?)

Talk amongst yourselves

{For the editors, this is half snark / half serious... I think we should fight this, I hope you publish this, I would like to hear ./ commentary. If you don't get the Chris rock reference, 2:53}"

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The reward for pointing out a security flaw? Cops

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Ahh for the ye olde days of white hat hacking... I'm sure many of you, in a time very far in the past, beyond statute of limitations — have accidentally come across a security vulnerability at a site you visited. And because you don't have a criminal bone in your body and wanted to do a good deed, decided to contact the company who had the security vulnerability and give them a heads up... help them out... serve your fellow man.

Problem is, sometimes, like in "To Serve Man", the intent of the other party might not be clear.

That is what customer of Pillar's First State Superannuation Fund and security researcher, Patrick Webster found out the hard way. Apparently via a sql injection (from the article), merely changing one character in the URL, allowed access to subsequent accounts and personal information.

Whilst you have indicated that your actions were motivated by an attempt to show that it is possible for a wrongdoer to obtain unauthorised access to Pillar's systems, you actions may themselves be considered a breach of section 308H of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and section 478.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). You should be aware that due to the serious nature of your actions, this matter has been
reported to the NSW Police.

Further, as a member of the Fund, your online access is subject to the terms and conditions of use which are outlined on the Fund's website. Your unauthorised access also constitutes a breach of those terms and has caused the Trustee to expend member funds in dealing with this matter. Please note the Trustee has the right to seek recovery from you for the costs incurred in accordance with those terms.

And... they continued with, Patrick must allow their IT staff access to his computer(s) to "verify all data has been deleted" {or to give them access to plant evidence}. Wow, I don't know what the laws are in Australia but here in the we shall bear arms country... that attempt would potentially be met with 'resistance'.

Bullshit like this makes the much derided campaigns by notorious hacking groups seem so much more necessary.


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HTC Buys Patents from Google, Sues Apple with Them

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Apparently to stay viable in the IP wars, HTC secured some patents from Google (who purchased them originally from Palm Inc., Motorola Inc. and Openwave Systems Inc.) on the 1st of September.

The patents were used to fire a new salvo of shots across Apple's bow today, September 7th.

HTC filed infringement claims against Apple in federal court in Delaware, suing based on four of those patents that originally were issued to Motorola. Additional complaints were filed with the US ITC based on the other patents."

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College dropout cites Ubuntu install as reason

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "A woman by the name of Abbie Schubert enrolled in the Madison Area Technical College (MATC). Her intention was to take a number of classes online and therefore she needed a laptop on which to view the course material and do her course work.

When it arrived Abbie expected to boot the machine up and see the Microsoft Windows logo, but to her surprise instead she saw the Ubuntu logo.

Abbie decided to stick with Ubuntu, but then started running into problems.

Totally frustrated she contacted Dell again, but this time she was told swapping to Windows was no longer an option. After that the only option in her eyes was to then drop out of her courses as she could not access the content or produce the work as they required it."

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World's first Content Addressable Memory (CAM)

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "NEC announces new memory type and with it we hopefully move closer to "instant-on" devices that will have memory state saved or suspended without the drain on battery life.

FTA, so you don't have to be bothered to clicky clicky:

NEC touts two key features of the new technology: the CAM is nonvolatile while maintaining a high speed, and it uses approximately half the circuit area in comparison to existing technologies. The new CAM is a part of spintronics logic integrated circuit technologies that utilize the negative properties of electrons together with the spin magnetic moment. It leverages the vertical magnetization of vertical domain wall elements in reaction to magnetic substances in order to enable data that is processing within the CAM to be stored on a circuit without using power.

If that jargon really messed with your head, here's what you have to remember: data can be saved on circuits even when power is cut from the CAM."

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Apple Orders 12 PetaBytes plans Internet Backup?

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AlienIntelligence writes "Apple Insider has a story that Apple has ordered as much as 12 Petabytes of storage, destination unknown. Potential uses? Cloud storage to play catchup with Amazon? Or maybe plans to expand iTunes?

I wish I could find my old Computer Shoppers from a little over a decade ago, that had the 1, 2, and 5 Terabyte "Solutions", starting at $12,000. And now Petabyte rolls off the tongue like no big deal."

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3G iPhone cases "spontaneously" cracking!

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlienIntelligence writes "it seems Apple's 3G iPhone is cracking under the pressure...

Engadget has a short but compelling article about
how the new Apple iPhone 3G is developing cracks
most noticeably in the white cases. Owners of said
cracked phones are swearing under oath (not really
under oath) that they haven't dropped, stepped on,
sat on, played hockey with, used as fido toy, etc
their cracked phones.

Initial attempts by early crackees to have a genius
replace their no-longer-new-looking phones were
claimed to have been met with dubious glares and

It seems as tho the dubious glares are subsiding
and are now transformed into brilliant smiles of
"Hi, sorry you are having troubles, take this new
phone instead."

Posts on MacRumors number many, many pages
of iPhone 3G owners posting images of their new
phones riddled with cracks.

Theories abound about the construction of the
newest phones cases.

Such as this mention of ceramics in an Apple patent :
[ http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=20060268528.PGNR.&OS=DN/20060268528RS=DN/20060268528 ]

[0072] In another embodiment, the main body 54 with or without the internal rails 80 is formed from an extruded ceramic tube. In one implementation, the ceramic material is alumina. In another implementation, the ceramic material is zirconia. Some of the reasons for using ceramics over other materials is that it is structurally strong, stiff and radio transparent. This is especially important for wireless hand held devices that include antennas internal to the enclosure. Radio transparency allows the wireless signals to pass through the enclosure and in some cases enhances these transmissions. Other reasons for using ceramics is that they are highly scratch resistant, have color embedded in it (no paint or coatings), can be made into a wide variety of colors, and provides a variety of surface finishes including smooth and rough. Furthermore, the density of ceramics is typically higher than other materials therefore their weight is higher for the same sized part. This additional weight makes the handheld device feel more robust and it makes the device exude greater quality.

[0073] It should be noted that ceramics have been used in a wide variety of products including electronic devices such as watches, phones, and medical instruments. In all of these cases, however, the ceramic material have not been used as structural components. In most of these cases they have been used as cosmetic accoutrements. It is believed up till now ceramic materials have never been used as a structural element including structural frames, walls or main body of a consumer electronic device, and more particularly an enclosure of a portable electronic device such as a media player or cell phone.

Very, Interesting...




AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Really...

So you're going to reject SIX of my
submissions... about:

* Largest hi def flat screen / Times Square
* New FF extension for mobile browsing
* FCC and Comcast
* Carbon Nanotubes have Mesothelioma
* Torrentspy ruling
* And news about a new media player...

And put thru the fucking "Laptop Drive of Shame?"



One of my damn submissions was on
the same fucking day as that lame
ass article. Jesus christ.

And you're wrong... grousing did help a little."

Toshiba goes large!

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Toshiba outshines its' competition

Engadget has a short story about my new monitor!

I wish.

So, Toshiba has installed a whoppin HUGE LED monitor in Times Square.

51.2-foot by 52.5-foot consisting of 1280 x 1248 LEDs
The LEDs are purportedly able to reproduce over one billion colors.

If you want to compare that to your TV, it is a 73.3 ft./880-inch diagonal screen

Can't wait to see this display hacked with some really
neat visualization plug-in. Like Geiss or Milkdrop =)


Extension trims the fat for phones

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "IBM Software claims to make cell phone surfing smoother

PC World has a story about how IBM has developed
software that will allow you to strip the unnecessary
stuff from a website to allow you to surf quicker on
your cell phones.

Called Highlight, the software is an extension to the Firefox browser
and was built by researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center.

It sounds like a proxy/server/scripting solution?

Scripts and extension are here.

Video of usage here

I know I'm intrigued enough to try it out.


Head of FCC recommends Comcast be punished

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlienIntelligence (1184493) writes "Down with Comcast!

There is an AP story (via Yahoo) that
has the head of the FCC weighing in on
his opinion about Comcast blocking,
throttling and otherwise denying users
unfettered access to the internet. He
recommends punishment for their very
sneaky ways.

An excerpted quote:
"The commission has adopted a set of principles that protects consumers access to the Internet," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told The Associated Press late Thursday. "We found that Comcast's actions in this instance violated our principles."

Martin said Comcast has "arbitrarily" blocked Internet access, regardless of the level of traffic, and failed to disclose to consumers that it was doing so."

Comcast isn't being quiet on the subject
and Sena Fitzmaurice a company tool I mean
spokesperson denied Thursday that Comcast
blocks Internet content or services and that the
"carefully limited measures that Comcast takes
to manage traffic on its broadband network
are a reasonable part" of the company's strategy
to ensure all customers receive quality service.

Uh... so do you or don't you block spokestool?

Martin is one of 5 members of the commission
who only need a majority vote to start throwing
the thumbscrews to anyone including Comcast
that will try to decide what and how we use the
internet. Supposedly he has a couple pals that
have his back.


Carbon Nanotubes have Mesothelioma potential

AlienIntelligence AlienIntelligence writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AlienIntelligence writes "Nature has an article
detailing research with mice and nanotubes that
shows long, straight, multi-walled carbon nanotubes
will cause damage similar to asbestos, producing
granulomas and potentially the cancer mesothelioma.

They have not determined if this will have the same
effect on humans.

It was indicated that if the structures were short or curly
their effect could be negated or lessened. Other remediation
paths may be embedding the particles in a substrate or glue.

Here are a couple of images from Nature of the potential killer
straight, multi-walled carbon nanotubes and it's older cousin,

This just in, Nano is no longer a popular prefix. "


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