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LightSquared Hires Lawyers To Prep For GPS Battle

Ice Wewe Waste of time (195 comments)

Alternately, Falcone is considering ways to appeal the FCC's decision or even swap spectrum with the Department of Defense.

Seriously? I know they're understandably upset that the satellite bands they purchased can't be used for terrestrial, but come on guys, this is just a waste of time.

You know what wouldn't be a waste of time? Creating the satellite based network their original proposal had.

more than 2 years ago

Bing To Become Default iPhone Search?

Ice Wewe Microsoft & Apple (463 comments)

If this is anything like their previous relationships, it won't end well.

Remember those early versions of OS X? The ones that shipped with IE 5 as the default (and only) web browser. Any self respecting person would immediately uninstall IE after downloading Mozilla/Opera/Netscape because IE 5 was horrible.

I think we should give Microsoft a chance to show that they've changed, but if history is any indication, this agreement will likely end up causing user frustration and resentment.

about 5 years ago

Good PDF Reader Device With Internet Browsing?

Ice Wewe Another in a list of unreleased products... (167 comments)

Have you considered the Crunch ?

I know, I know, it's billed as being a web-only tablet at this point in time, but I honestly can't see it being released without support for the PDF format, it's just too common to overlook. I know I'll be getting one when it becomes available.

more than 5 years ago

External Airbag Designed to Protect Pedestrians

Ice Wewe Re:Ok ? (253 comments)

The other problem is, does this truly cushion the blow, taking the energy into the crashbag and causing the pedestrian to be more likely to remain on the stopped vehicle, or is it more elastic, imparting acceleration back into the poor pedestrian in time for them to slide off the car

I'd be interested in hearing what the force threshold for such a device is. Right now I see this as yet another expensive thing to replace when you accidentally bump the front of your car while moving your trash can, a football hitting the front of your car, etc.

Realistically, I think that if they set it high enough so that an unintentional bump won't set it off, if you, as a pedestrian, get hit by said car, you're pretty much done for anyway.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Asks Fed For Bailout

Ice Wewe Re:wait a minute here... (346 comments)

Wait a minute here.... I read this story and I thought, well hey, a company tried to force on everyone a product that wasn't desirable for the consumer, waited a long time to deliver that product, and has a history of making some products that don't do so well, so is in deep trouble financially and might go under. Seemed pretty reasonable to me, isn't that how capitalism is supposed to work? If you don't make products that people want to buy, aren't you supposed to do poorly?

Gee, I was just thinking the same thing about GM and Chrysler, but of course they're a different story... somehow they're still in business. Capitalism at work, I suppose...

But then I remembered this is an April Fools joke.

Continually throwing money at companies that don't make products that consumers want or have the funds to purchase right now is no joke in my opinion. My children are going to be paying for our choices for many years to come, and they may not even have General Motors around to show for it.

Hypothetically, if we used Microsoft and Apple as an example for the car industry. What if Apple had a sudden upsurge in market share? Is that because they make a product that consumers want? Just because Apple's market share is increasing doesn't mean that they have a better product, it just means that consumers are choosing them more over the competition. Even though the Mac generally cost more than the average PC does, Apple still manages to make inroads in their market share.

Consider the automotive world. GM and Toyota, while the market shares are vastly more proportional, the same sort of logic applies. Why is GM doing so badly compared to other car manufacturers? I'd have to say that the reasons for Apple and Toyota's increased market share are the same, despite their completely different industries, and that reason is innovation. GM has this marvelous idea for a hybrid, the Volt. Oh, did I say marvelous? I meant horrible. The Volt will go a stunning 60 miles before the gas motor kicks in, and when it does, kiss your good gas mileage goodbye. Compare that to the Toyota Prius, already on the market, affordable, and it gets over 45MPG on average. Doesn't even seem like a comparison to me.

more than 5 years ago

Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB Barracudas

Ice Wewe Re:THE FACTS (559 comments)

maxtorman: Thank you for your insightful explanations into this matter. You've helped restore my faith in Seagate from a PR perspective and I'm still open to buying Seagate hard drives in the future.

Now, in saying that, I'd like to know something about a certain SMART reading I'm getting off my 7200.11 500GB drive.
Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 118 099 006 Pre-fail Always - 169917319

Now this drive has 6295 Power On Hours, and has been in my PC for 9 months now, no problems so far. It actually outperforms all my other drives, including a Western Digital Caviar 500GB drive by a wide margin, so kudos on that.

However, I am slightly worried by this value that smartctl is reporting, as NONE of my other drives have a Raw Read Error Rate higher than 0. Nine months in, nothings wrong, still I can't help but feel that this number is going to come back and haunt me. Luckily I have a 7200.10 that's free that I am now backing up my data to. Despite this value, the drive still passes SMART testing, so it obviously hasn't passed the threshold yet.

So, my question is this, is my drive on a road to premature failure? Should I contact Seagate support over this issue, or wait until the drive becomes unusable? Does this number have any significance, or is it a known issue that I can ignore?

about 6 years ago

Second Prototype of the $200 Open Source Tablet

Ice Wewe Re:Its VIA! (259 comments)

If you absolutely must have a Linux tablet PC get a Nokia N800. Fits in your pocket, runs Maemo, lots of online community support and they can be had for under $200.

As a Nokia N800 owner, I can tell you that it is without a doubt one of the worst mobile devices you can own. Having owned one since mid-2007, I can tell you that I would *not* have bought it had I known it was so bad.

It has MANY faults that place it well below the competition in terms of usefulness:

- The integrated media player is so bad it's astounding that Nokia doesn't feel bad for just including it. It doesn't support many formats, and it's horrid at playing any file with a decent bit-rate.

- Diablo, which is the update to OS2008 and was supposed to solve all problems is even more of a pain than 2008 and 2007 were. The horrible mozilla based browser on my N800 won't even START anymore, let alone go anywhere. WHAT was wrong with the Opera based browser that was available in 2007?! Nothing, that's what. Worst of all is that I can't even install it anymore!

- The only good media application for the N800 is Canola, and it's still in beta (and likes to corrupt it's database on a regular bases too)

- Nokia has licensed the PowerVR 3D technology that's in the N800, however they have not, and have made it clear that they will not release a driver to use this piece of silicon which is wasting away otherwise. Instead, the N800 uses frame-buffer graphics, which are not only hard on the ARM CPU, but brutal when it comes to watching video. The iPod Touch/iPhone use the EXACT SAME PowerVR chip, and guess what, I'd rather have an iPod right now because at least watching videos on it doesn't suck, that and I can play decent games!

- If you do find a bug in the OS, Nokia will deny it's existence until some kind member of the community fixes it or someone within the company finally realizes after weeks of inquiries and bug reports that the bug is actually their fault. IF you're lucky enough for them to even take a look at it, you'll have an even harder time getting them to care about you more than you care about Charon orbiting Pluto. That's not how a company should treat their customers.

- The N800 has many emulators for it, however only a select few of them work well (Garnet is one that is actually worth the disk space it consumes) and most of them aren't any good.

- If you happen to own a blue-tooth GPS and would like to use it with the N800, you're incredibly limited in the software you can choose (Maemo mapper or Nokia's WayFinder software) both having their downsides (Maemo mapper needs an Internet connection to download directions and Nokia's WayFinder app is heavy on the battery and costs way too much)

- The battery life sucks on the N800. I got, at most, 2 hours out of it a year after I bought it. A new battery for the N800 is prohibitively expensive, with Nokia asking $50 for a replacement. I don't know about others, but I'm not inclined to spend 1/3 of the cost of a full laptop battery on a replacement for the N800 that will be all but useless in a year anyway.


Perhaps the only good thing I can say about the N800 is that it makes a nice torrenting machine with two SDHC slots, but only if you're near a power outlet, otherwise, forget it.

about 6 years ago

Bush Administration's E-Mail Deluge May Overload Archive System

Ice Wewe Number of emails generated. (169 comments)

"The Clinton administration generated 32 million e-mails. Bush's administration has generated 50 times as much data -- 140TB, 20TB of which is email -- which soon will have to be archived through a new government-built records management system.

Well, to be fair, email wasn't quite as popular during Clinton's administration as it is now. Then again, the 400GB of e-mails that the Clinton administration must have generated (if it is 50 times less than 20TB) must have been rather hard to store when he left office.

more than 6 years ago



Ice Wewe Ice Wewe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ice Wewe (936718) writes "This CoolTech article explains why Apple may be looking at AMD as a possible acquisition in the future. From the article:

"...Apple could drop Intel altogether and adopt AMD for its Macintosh PCs. Sure, the transition is going to take sometime, and it would probably make Apple announce a brand new line of PCs. However, it will be well worth it. We know Steve Jobs is ruthless when it comes to making interesting deals with powerful companies. This makes AMD a perfect match."

"...Another benefit that Apple will reap out of this (other than adding another revenue stream) is to have complete control over its hardware from a cost standpoint. If it can convert Macs to AMD and ATI chips, all the key components are being developed in-house."

Ice Wewe Ice Wewe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ice Wewe (936718) writes "Terra Soft today released Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 for Apple G3, G4, and G5 computers. Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 adds greater than500 package updates to the next generation Linux operating system released last fall for the Sony Computer Entertainment PLAYSTATION(R)3 with support for the former Apple PowerPC product line.

Built upon Fedora Core 5/6, YDL v5.0.1 integrates the "E17" desktop to provide an unprecedented level of function and interface aesthetic. Designed for users of all ages and all levels of experience, Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 gives new life to displaced Power Macs.

Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 offers: — Support for Apple PowerPC G3, G4, G5 systems. — USB storage, USB camera, & FireWire auto-mount. — 802.11b Airport auto-configuration. — 802.11g Airport Extreme (requires configuration). — PCMCIA card wi-fi support (requires configuration). — Audio support for all tested machines. — E17 installed by default.

The 535 new or updated packages over v5.0 will this week be made available for existing v5.0 PS3 installations via the public mirrors.

The YDL installer enables anyone to install without instruction. Post-install, the default application set includes the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email client, OpenOffice, and a suite of personal accessories, development tools; sound & video, internet, and networking applications: http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/products/ydl/app s.shtml

The web browser home page offers a tutorial to E17 and Yellow Dog Linux: http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/support/configur ation/

Yellow Dog Linux v5.0.1 is immediately available via YDL.net Enhanced accounts which may be purchased on-line: http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/store/

The physical DVD sets will ship from Terra Soft in 2 weeks. The public mirrors will offer v5.0.1 downloads in one month."


Ice Wewe Ice Wewe writes  |  about 8 years ago

Ice Wewe (936718) writes "BBCNews has an article on how having penetrative intercourse can help with public speaking.

"New Scientist magazine reports that Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, found having sex can help keep stress at bay. However, only penetrative intercourse did the trick — other forms of sex had no impact on stress levels at all.

... Volunteers who had had penetrative intercourse were found to be the least stressed, and their blood pressure returned to normal faster than those who had engaged in other forms of sexual activity such as masturbation. "

Ice Wewe Ice Wewe writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Ice Wewe (936718) writes "The BBC is reporting that Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein was hung. Saddam was found guilty of the 1982 killings of 148 Shias.

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging at a secure facility in northern Baghdad for crimes against humanity. Iraqi TV said the execution took place just before 0600 local time (0300GMT). A representative of the prime minister and a Sunni Muslim cleric were present.

Read the whole story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6218485.stm "


Ice Wewe Ice Wewe writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Ice Wewe writes "From Apple Insider: "Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp's higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.

... The Mac maker last month was reported to have completed development of revisions to its entire notebook product family, including new 15- and 17-inch professional MacBook Pros as well as new 13-inch consumer MacBooks. The new models are expected to sport similar specifications to existing models, but exchange their Core Duo microprocessors for Intel's new Core 2 Duo chips, which run at speeds of up to 2.33GHz dual-core.""


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