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Leaked Manual Reveals Details On Google's Nexus 5

It's the tripnaut! Screen quality? (177 comments)

The Nexus 4 had inferior color rendering to the LG Optimus G, even if the screen and GPUs of both phones are exactly the same. You had to root the N4 and recalibrate the colors just to get close to the rendering quality of the G2.

I hope Kitkat gives users the capability to calibrate color settings in the same manner that LG flat panel TV's can be calibrated.

about a year ago

Philippine Cybercrime Law Put On Indefinite Hold

It's the tripnaut! Re:Too bad (70 comments)

Anyway, this Bill, however bad it may be; would have helped put a stop to this.

At the cost of putting a stop to free speech. Under this law, every negative comment online (e.g. twitter, facebook) can be loosely interpreted as slander by an aggrieved party.

about a year and a half ago

German Laser Destroys Targets More Than 1Km Away

It's the tripnaut! Re:Shoot down? (338 comments)

How do you shoot down something that is already nosediving?

With a laser.

about a year and a half ago

Giant Squid Filmed In Natural Habitat For the First Time

It's the tripnaut! Colossal Squid (98 comments)

An even bigger invertebrate inhabits the deep. I hope they get to film the Colossal Squid next.

about a year and a half ago

Caltech and UVic Set 339Gbps Internet Speed Record

It's the tripnaut! "Or around 200,000 Blu-ray movie rips..." (79 comments)

This assumes a blu-ray movie is 20GB, which it is not. From Wikipedia:

"Conventional (pre-BD-XL) Blu-ray Discs contain 25 GB per layer, with dual layer discs (50 GB) being the industry standard for feature-length video discs."

Hyperbole is good but should not be at the expense of the truth.

about 2 years ago

Sharp Warns That It Might Collapse

It's the tripnaut! Re:Japan's Big 3 TV Makers Struggling (284 comments)

Korea owns the top end -with Pioneer in for honorable mention on the high end.

Pioneer ceased manufacturing its vaunted "Kuro" TV's in 2009. The company fully exited the tv business in March 2010.

about 2 years ago

A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

It's the tripnaut! Hippy Motors (331 comments)

There are others who do this as a business. One of their celebrity customers is Anthony Kiedis, of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, who had his 67 Camaro converted to run on electric power only.

about 2 years ago

Penis Size Study in 113 Countries Shows Who Comes Out on Top

It's the tripnaut! Hyperbole (1 comments)

In other news, a recent study shows Ecuadorians and Colombians as countries where men are most prone to exagerration.

about 2 years ago

12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

It's the tripnaut! Re:Get ready (1706 comments)

Pat downs and body scanners are coming to the movie theaters.

This happens all the time in the Philippines, from office buildings to shopping malls to theme parks. Typically, any commercial establishment also has a security guard armed with at least a shotgun and a handgun; banks get to have guards with assault rifles.

And no, we don't get shooter incidents like what happens every so often in the West.

about 2 years ago

Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

It's the tripnaut! Re:Industry clusters are also important. (326 comments)

"low cost Chinese labor and looser environmental regulations"

Those aren't the only factors. The fact of the matter is that pretty much everything is clustered in SE Asia nowadays, and that the labor market is a lot more dynamic.

China is not in SE Asia.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make My Own Hardware Multimedia Player?

It's the tripnaut! HD Audio? (140 comments)

There are many comments regarding procs with HD video with 1080p support. Unfortunately, most of these do not come with DTS-MA or Dolby TrueHD capability. A true multimedia box should have these capabilities and more. Take a good look at Sigma proc based multimedia players like the Popcorn Hour and you'll know what I mean.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

It's the tripnaut! Samsung's Bada (291 comments)

I'm not sure if this is available in the States, but Samsung's Bada would probably be one of the most secure mobile OS at the moment. There are no exploits out in the wild and no way to root it unless you actually flash the firmware.

More information on security is available via this developer link.

more than 2 years ago

Hard Drive Shortage Relief Coming In Q1 2012

It's the tripnaut! Relief? (205 comments)

What's so relieving about:

Due to increased costs of components and materials, HDD prices are likely to rise 30-40% from the level before the floods by the end of 2012, the sources indicated.


more than 2 years ago

The Best Streaming Media Player

It's the tripnaut! None of the above! (217 comments)

I wonder why Sigma-based network media tanks like the Popcorn Hour C-300 are not included. Is it because it supports [gasp!] "pirate-friendly" codecs and region-free coding? Or is it because these types of media players have far better picture and audio quality?

more than 2 years ago

Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?

It's the tripnaut! Samsung Bada (478 comments)

Try Samsung's Bada (also linux-based), it can be found on the Samsung Wave line-up of phones. Nothing stored in the cloud at all and has a great UI (looks like a bastard son of iOS and Android).

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

It's the tripnaut! Cyanogenmod? (521 comments)

I fully expect a Cyanogenmod port for this within the coming weeks. I'll buy one as soon as a stable release is out.

more than 2 years ago

Japanese Team Finds New Source of Rare Earth Elements

It's the tripnaut! Environmental Concerns? (215 comments)

Given the fact that they would need to dredge deep oceans to mine rare earths, the potential environmental damage to marine ecosystems (that are not even fully understood) will probably be not worth any amount of mineral yield.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

It's the tripnaut! Re:Sounds like a big risk to me (605 comments)

Microsoft is heavily invested into Facebook, so we can't expect Zuck and the gang to join any joint ventures to provide a Skype alternative.

more than 3 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter

It's the tripnaut! Any ideas? (307 comments)

Remove any and all security and privacy settings on social networks. Only then will you get the desired coverage and not limit users to "within their existing friend groups."

more than 3 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

It's the tripnaut! Re:An even split between bluray and dvd (1162 comments)

what are worldwide figures? What are figures by country? Just because the US doesn't adopt something doesn't mean it's not getting adopted. The US has access to web streaming in HD of many shows and movies that the rest of the world does not - could that have anything to do with it?

In Asia (with the exception of Japan and South Korea), Blu-ray is way behind DVD's for the simple reason that there are no pirated blu-ray discs for sale out on every street corner. Pirated DVD's are quite ubiquitous and have been improving substantially in quality, due mainly to the various leaked screeners prior to a film's release.

DVD9's that contain HD content are starting to gain traction, however.

In the case of online media, there is also hardly any access to good streaming HD content in Asia due to region-specific policies.

more than 3 years ago



Philippines Passes a Cybercrime Act worse than SOPA/PIPA

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  about 2 years ago

It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "The dark days of SOPA and PIPA are behind the US, at least temporarily as copyright tycoons reground and restrategize, attempting to come up with measures that don’t cause the entire internet to shut down in protest.

But one country has already moved ahead with similar legislation. The government of the Philippines has passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which on the surface, as usual, sounds perfectly well-intentioned. But when you read the actual contents of what’s been deemed “cybercrime,” SOPA’s proposed censorship sounds downright lax by comparison."

Link to Original Source

Richard Branson Announces Virgin Oceanic Submarine

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  more than 3 years ago

It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "Richard Branson has just revealed that he intends to build a vessel capable of exploring some of the deepest parts of the oceans around the world. The article further states: "The sub, which was designed by Graham Hawkes, weighs 8,000 lbs and is made of carbon fiber and titanium. It has an operating depth of 37,000 ft and can operate for 24 hours 'unaided.'""
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Aliens are likely to look and behave like us

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  more than 4 years ago

It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "The Daily Telegraph has posted an article stating that 'Professor Simon Conway Morris at Cambridge University will tell a conference on alien life that extraterrestrials will most likely have evolved just like "earthlings" and so resemble us to a degree with heads, limbs and bodies.' They also add a cautionary note that 'Unfortunately they will have also evolved our foibles and faults which could make them dangerous if they ever did visit us on Earth.'"
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'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It's the tripnaut! writes "The BBC reports that Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around 'as high as a kite', a government official has said. 'The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,' says Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania. 'Then they crash,' she added."
Link to Original Source

Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "Information Week has posted prices for Windows 7. From the article: 'The full version of Windows 7 Home Premium is priced at $199, with an upgrade from Vista or XP costing $119. The full version of Windows 7 Professional is $299, with upgrades going for $199. Windows 7 Ultimate is priced at $319, with the upgrade version at $219.' In a nod to the global economic downturn, it is interesting to note that prices are 10% lower than Vista."

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

It's the tripnaut! writes "Taiwan's China Post reports 'A strong earthquake off Taiwan's southern coast damaged undersea cables, cutting off phone and Internet service Wednesday to parts of China, South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and the United States, companies said. The temblor killed two people.

Repairing the cables harmed by Tuesday's 6.7-magnitude quake could take three weeks but 'quality will improve day by day,' said Lin Jen-hung, vice general manager of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest phone company.'"

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "The BBC reports that 'A private US space rocket which blasted off from a site in New Mexico malfunctioned before it reached space, organisers have said.' With the previous successes gained through privately-funded space programs, it should be noted that failures are to be expected, although it is hoped that these are limited to the unmanned variety."

It's the tripnaut! It's the tripnaut! writes  |  about 8 years ago

It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "BBC News reports that Papyrus is under the opinion that 'The (UK) government should make it illegal for internet sites to incite or advise people on how to commit suicide.' The article already states that the UK government is thinking of ways to address this problem, although it is not entirely specific on how it will enforce any law other than through the cooperation of local ISP's."


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