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A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

Joe The Dragon automated check out still needs some one to lookov (602 comments)

automated check out still needs some one to look over / help people out even a automated burger will need some one to give out refunds / reset / unjam / help people out. even the automated car washes have some there to help you drive into the track.

about 2 years ago

A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

Joe The Dragon the health system in the usa has been broke for ye (602 comments)

the health system in the usa has been broke for years.

IF ANY thing you should own your plan and it should be long term. Job based plans some time change each year and you get limited choice as well.

and no one should be cut off or locked out of having health care.

about 2 years ago

Apple Quietly Updates iPad 2's Processor

Joe The Dragon why can't the mac pro get a bump?? (127 comments)

come it's been at the same price and same hardware for a over a year??

At least up the ram, HDD, or video card.

more than 2 years ago

Ph.D Webcomic Gets Adapted Into Feature Film

Joe The Dragon they should cover lack of real skills in college (126 comments)

they should cover lack of real skills in college and people saying to long.

For most jobs 4 years is to long much less 6 or more. Even more so for most IT jobs you can learn a lot more on your or even in a 2 year tech school.

more than 2 years ago

Florida Thinks Their Students Are Too Stupid To Know the Right Answers

Joe The Dragon lot's of college is tech the test. In asia it's re (663 comments)

lot's of college is tech the test. In asia it's real bad.

Now what does knowing the test but not the skills needed to do the real work it's based on.

Or better yet why should I learn the tricks of the test over say real skills or a test based on real work.

It's like some of the MS tests where you can pass and have no clue on how to do the work.

more than 2 years ago

Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

Joe The Dragon 100Mbps with a 200gb cap (217 comments)

what is the point of a speed that fast with a download cap that small?

more than 2 years ago

Inventor of the Modern Pinball Machine Dies At 100

Joe The Dragon should be a SLAM TILT (89 comments)


not just the basic Tilt

more than 2 years ago

Lenovo Ordered To Refund 'Microsoft Tax'

Joe The Dragon What about apple? (475 comments)

Now let's say you want the hardware but not macos can you sue them for a refund of the price of macosx? and no the apple store box is the upgrade price as they clam from the prystar case.

more than 2 years ago

Tapeheads and the Quiet Return of VHS

Joe The Dragon I miss the old WOW Cable PPV ad makeing fun (446 comments)

I miss the old WOW Cable PPV ad makeing fun of the video rental store with the video store guy saying Dude You Hit The Jack POT!! A late fee and a rewind fee.

more than 2 years ago

Most Enterprises Plan To Be On IPv6 By 2013

Joe The Dragon The millenium bug was real and alot stuff did get (167 comments)

The millenium bug was real and alot stuff did get fixed but this yet again seem like a other lets keep useing the old code base issues.

more than 3 years ago

Most Enterprises Plan To Be On IPv6 By 2013

Joe The Dragon but will IPV6 give fixed IP form ISP or will that (167 comments)

but will IPV6 give fixed IP form ISP's or will that be higher cost like it is now? With you geting DHCP and With tivo they should tie in at least on comcast to that IP based back hall for VOD. Any ways comcast has a nice remote DRV system that works at the comcast.com web site.

more than 3 years ago



Apple Further Restricts Upgrade Options on New iMa

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "Since Late 2009, there’s been a well-documented issue with the iMac line. If you upgrade the hard drive, the fans can start spinning like crazy. The fans at high speed are loud, mainly unnecessary, and have caused a lot of headaches for DIYers everywhere.

The reason the fans spin this way has to do with the iMac’s method of hard drive temperature sensing. Prior to 2009, sensors were placed outside the hard drive to gauge how warm the drives were – if they got too hot, the fans turned on to keep everything nice and cool. This method was simple, effective and made changing, exchanging, or upgrading the main hard drive a relatively simple task.

With the release of the Late 2009 iMac, Apple changed the way the iMac communicates with the drive for that heat-sensing information. Each brand of hard drive Apple used had its own specific thermal sensor cable which connected to certain drives that featured internal temperature sensing. We found that you could still change the drive, albeit with a limited selection. Seagate drives could be swapped with larger capacity Seagate drives; Western Digital could be swapped with other Western Digital Drives; and so forth. There were also reports of other workarounds which included replacing the internal sensor with an external sensor (like the one from the optical drive bay), controlling the fans with software, or purchasing a replacement cable that matched your brand of new hard drive. In any event, there were perhaps a few convoluted ways to upgrade your iMac’s main drive outside of Apple’s offerings for greater speed, more capacity or to quickly restore a machine from a drive failure yourself.
This time around, Apple has changed the game again.

For the main 3.5 SATA hard drive bay in the new 2011 machines, Apple has altered the SATA power connector itself from a standard 4-wire power configuration to a 7-wire configuration. Hard drive temperature control is regulated by a combination of this cable and Apple proprietary firmware on the hard drive itself. From our testing, we’ve found that removing this drive from the system, or even from that bay itself, causes the machine’s hard drive fans to spin at maximum speed and replacing the drive with any non-Apple original drive will result in the iMac failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT).

In examining the 2011 27 iMac’s viability for our Turnkey Upgrade Service, every workaround we’ve tried thus far to allow us to upgrade the main bay factory hard drive still resulted in spinning fans and an Apple Hardware Test failure. We swapped the main drive out (in this case a Western Digital Black WD1001FALS) with the exact same model drive from our inventory which resulted in a failure. We’ve installed our Mercury Pro 6G SSD in that bay, it too results in ludicrous speed engaged fans and an AHT failure. In short, the Apple-branded main hard drive cannot be moved, removed or replaced.

To add insult to injury, the latest iMac EFI Update 1.6 unleashed 6Gb/s speeds on two internal ports – and naturally, one of them is the proprietary, firmware-limited, 7200RPM main drive that can’t take advantage of those speeds anyway.

Now this isn’t to say that our Turnkey Upgrade Program isn’t going to include the new model iMacs. The external eSATA port, or adding hard drives or SSDs in addition to the main hard drive are still perfectly viable and working options in our testing so far. But it isn’t looking good at the moment to have the option to upgrade or even replace the main 3.5 hard drive as shipped from Apple.

It really begins to raise questions: Is this planned obsolescence at work, or is the freedom promised in 1984 being revoked?

Hard drives fail. It is not a matter of “if” but rather a matter of “when” your hard drive is going to fail. We preach this all the time in regards to having a proper backup strategy in place to prepare from when that failure happens. But it seems now, that when that happens to the main drive on your iMac, you’re left with two options – buy a new drive from Apple and have them install it via one of their Authorized Service Centers, or enjoy the rather large Apple logoed paperweight on your desk. Want a 3.5 drive larger than 2TB? Too bad – Apple doesn’t offer them.

As die-hard Apple users, we tout all the time that its OK that Apple machines cost more initially, since they’re built better and last so much longer than their PC counterparts. Besides, there’s places like Other World Computing that help keep those aging Macs still powering along as viable machines with upgrades and accessories designed to give you the most out of your Mac investment.

I actually purchased a 27 2010 iMac Core i5 earlier this year. I was a bit nervous about Apple’s apparent push toward making OS X more iOS like and wanted the option to upgrade or opt to stay with Snow Leopard for my home machine. I was feeling the buyer’s remorse, just a little bit, when Apple added, not one, but two Thunderbolt ports to the back of the latest model. That kind of speed down the line would certainly allow for plenty of future storage expansion. Once Thunderbolt equipped enclosures finally come to market and all the bugs are worked out, of course. I’m just not the “early adopter” type.

I gotta be honest, I’m not feeling one bit of that remorse anymore. I have a machine that I’m certain I can keep maintained myself with products from OWC for many years to come. If my main hard drive does fail, I know I have options available to replace it. If I need an overall speed boost, I know I can get an OWC Mercury Extreme SSD and install that as my boot drive. If I find I need a faster connection than FireWire 800, I can always add a high-performance eSATA port through the TurnKey Upgrade Program. In short, I have multiple options available to me to configure my iMac to my particular needs.

New iMac envy? NahI’ll take the freedom of choice over limitations any day of the week."

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Furniture rental co. spies on PC users

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "By JOE MANDAK

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — A major furniture rental chain provides its customers with computers that allow the company to track keystrokes, take screenshots and even snap webcam pictures of renters using the devices at home, a Wyoming couple said in a lawsuit Tuesday.
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Computer privacy experts said the firm has the right to equip its computers with software it can use to shut off the devices remotely if customers stop paying their bills, but they must be told if they're being monitored.

"If I'm renting a computer ... then I have a right to know what the limitations are and I have a right to know if they're going to be collecting data from my computer," said Annie Anton, a professor and computer privacy expert with North Carolina State University.

But the couple who sued Atlanta-based Aaron's Inc. said they had no clue the computer they rented last year was equipped with a device that could spy on them.

Brian Byrd, 26, and his 24-year-old wife, Crystal, said they didn't even realize that was possible until a store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22.

The manager tried to repossess the computer because he mistakenly believed the Byrds hadn't paid off their rent-to-own agreement. When Brian Byrd showed the manager a signed receipt, the manager showed Byrd a picture of Byrd using the computer — taken by the computer's webcam.

Brian Byrd demanded to know where the picture came from, and the manager "responded that he was not supposed to disclose that Aaron's had the photograph," the lawsuit said.

Byrd told The Associated Press in an exclusive telephone interview, the day before the suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Erie, that he believes the store manager showed him the picture because he "was just trying to throw his weight around and get an easy repossession."

That's when the Byrds contacted police who, their attorney said, have determined the image was shot with the help of spying software, which the lawsuit contends is made by North East, Pa.-based Designerware LLC and is installed on all Aaron's rental computers. Designerware is also being sued.

"It feels like we were pretty much invaded, like somebody else was in our house," Byrd told the AP. "It's a weird feeling, I can't really describe it. I had to sit down for a minute after he showed me that picture."

David Katz, an attorney at Atlanta-based Aaron's, said he was not familiar with the lawsuit, but was hoping to issue a response after reviewing a copy. The company's website says it has more than 1,500 stores in the United States and Canada.

Tim Kelly, who said he is one of the owners of Designerware, also wasn't aware of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

Two attorneys who are experts on the relevant computer privacy laws, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, said it's difficult to tell if either was broken, though both agree the company went too far.

Peter Swire, an Ohio State professor, said using a software "kill switch" is legal because companies can protect themselves from fraud and other crimes.

"But this action sounds like it's stretching the self-defense exception pretty far," Swire said, because the software "was gathering lots of data that isn't needed for self-protection."

Further, Swire said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act "prohibits unauthorized access to my computer over the Internet. The renter here didn't authorize this kind of access."

Fred Cate, an information law professor at Indiana University agrees that consent is required but said the real question might be: "Whose consent?"

Courts have allowed employers to record employee phone calls because the employers own the phones. Similar questions arise as digital technology becomes more omnipresent, Cate said.

"Should Google let you know they store your search terms? Should Apple let you know they store your location? Should your employer let you know 'We store your e-mail?'" Cate said.

If the Byrds' claims are true, Cate said Aaron's made an error in not notifying customers.

"We always talk about deterrence value. Well it doesn't make sense to put (the software) on there" without telling people what it can do," Cate said. "That's why we all put alarm signs in front of our houses, even if we don't have alarms."

According to the lawsuit, the PC Rental Agent product includes components soldered into the computer's motherboard or otherwise physically attached to the PC's electronics. It therefore cannot be uninstalled and can only be deactivated using a wand, the suit said.

The couple's attorney, John Robinson, of Casper, said the computer is currently in police evidence. Prosecutors in Natrona County, Wyo., did not immediately return a call about the progress of any criminal investigation.

The Byrds want the court to declare their case a class-action, and are seeking unspecified damages and attorneys' fees. The privacy act allows for a penalty of $10,000 or $100 per day per violation, plus punitive damages and other costs, the lawsuit said.

"Crystal gets online before she gets a shower and checks her grades," Brian Byrd said. "Who knows? They could print that stuff off there and take it home with them."

He added: "I've got a 5-year-old boy who runs around all day and sometimes he gets out of the tub running around for 20, 30 seconds while we're on the computer. What if they took a picture of that? I wouldn't want that kind of garbage floating around out there.""

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Does College Make You Smarter

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes ""First there was the news that students in American universities study a lot less than they used to. Now we hear, in a recent book titled "Academically Adrift," that 45 percent of the nation's undergraduates learn very little in their first two years of college.

The study, by two sociologists, Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, also found that half of the students surveyed did not take any classes requiring 20 pages of writing in their prior semester, and one-third did not take any courses requiring 40 pages of reading a week.

The research has come in for some criticism. But a larger question is: Have colleges, in their efforts to keep graduation rates high and students happy, dumbed down their curriculums? If they have, who is to blame? What should parents and federal taxpayers do"

Part of this has to do with pushing to many people in to College and the lack of good tech schools / apprenticeships. For people who are not cut out for the old fashioned collage system.

community is good for some of basic stuff but alot of stuff in years 1-2 should be at the high school level.

also there to many filler classes that some are just blow off classes."

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Beavis and Butt-head Make A Comeback!

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "http://tv.rightcelebrity.com/?p=4834 says
"Rumors have been flying around for a couple of weeks now that MTV’s iconic couch-potatoes would be making a comeback. Well kids, it’s official: Beavis and Butt-head are back! For more info on the “new” show and what you can expect this time, keep on reading!

The 90s grunge and metal scene spawned a lot of music icons; Nirvana, Metallica, Headbangers Ball, just to name a few. But few were quite as popular than the minimalist late-night MTV cartoon Beavis & Butt-head. It followed the lives of two slacker teens whose favorite pastime was sitting on the couch criticizing the music videos of the day’s most popular bands. Sometimes they went to school. Sometimes they went to work. But most of the time they were, well, just idiots. But it was their stupidity is what made them so appealing.

Beavis & Butt-head made their series debut in 1993, and after a full-length movie, “Beavis & Butt-head Do America,” the show went off the MTV airwaves in 1997.

Creator of the phenom is Mike Judge, who has been plenty busy since Beavis & Butt-head left MTV. He is the mind behind many other cult classics including the film “Office Space” and the long-running Fox cartoon series “King of the Hill” which had its series finale last year.

Judge has been hinting for a while that he might bring back the (not so) dynamic duo, but now he has officially announced that he will be creating 30 all-new Beavis & Butt-head episodes set to air on MTV. Even though the format of MTV has changed drastically since the show went off the air in 1997, with more shows than music videos, Judge and MTV reps say that the show will stay pretty much the same: Simple animation with the pair commenting on videos. Except instead of ripping on 90s bands, they will take on today’s top artists including Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, and many others.

It's about time to days music sucks!"

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New Microsoft ad swipes at Apple

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows commercial today that takes the most direct swipe yet at rival Apple.


The commercial, which feels tuned for these tough economic times, follows a woman on a quest to find a laptop with "speed, comfortable keyboard and a 17-inch screen" for $1,000 or less. "Lauren" walks into an Apple store — she calls it "the Mac store" — and then walks out and tells the camera, "For $1,000 they only have one computer available and that's a 13-inch screen." She ends up buying an HP for about $700. Here's the spot, set to air during March Madness:

Also can you get laptop systems with real video cards at $600+ and good ones with 15" or bigger screens at $900 — $1500. High end gamer systems at $1600-$2000 unlike apple where all they have is 9600M GT with 256MB and 9600M GT with 512MB for about $500 more."

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Intel Delays Centrino 2 To July 14

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Centrino-Montevina-delay,news-1488.html
"Chicago (CA) — Sources close to Intel have confirmed to TG Daily earlier reports that Intel's Montevina notebook platform, referred to as Centrino 2, will see a substantial delay. Montevina will not make it to Computex next week and will miss its originally planned debut date later in June. Intel has decided to delay Centrino 2, providing AMD with an opportunity to pitch its Puma platform and Turion Ultra processor.

Intel's engineering and manufacturing engine has been running flawlessly over the past two years, taking away AMD's room to breathe. But, of course, mistakes are bound to happen at some point and Intel is now being confronted with an issue serious enough to officially delay the launch of Centrino 2. Our sources confirmed that information provided by American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman is accurate, claiming that the company had a "mis-step in the completion of FCC certification" for the next-generation Centrino processor with support for the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. Freedman said that 802.11n support may see a slower ramp as Montevina can only be shipped with support 802.11 a/b/g for now.

Freedman also noted that Intel faces problems with its integrated graphics chipset, which is causing failures in OEM notebooks. "We believe the potential impact is to lower-end systems as higher-end notebooks are designed with discrete graphics cards. In fact, the impact on [Intel] is a possible improvement in mix within the chipset business; however, it is offset by the yield loss related to the functional issues."

Our sources at Intel told us that Centrino 2 is no scheduled for a July 14 launch with "some chipsets". A "couple of weeks later" the company will be shipping the full line of chipsets, as the company needs "a few extra days" for tasks such as antenna testing.

Of course, that delay brings up the question of the state of the Echo Peak WiMax chipset. As we hear, this current problem is completely separate from the company's WiMax efforts. And realistically, as long as there is no solid foundation for a WiMax network in the U.S., it wouldn't make sense for Intel shipping a WiMax chipset anyway.

However, it will be interesting to see whether AMD will be able to take advantage of this situation and whether Intel's delay will be significant enough to allow AMD to capture a greater share of the H2 business. Puma, we heard, is ready to be rolled out and will aim mainly for the entry-level and mainstream segment of the market. It remains to be seen how Intel will be impacted, but there is no denying that the company needs its mobile platform to deliver: The mobile business brings in more than 40% of Intel's profits (57% if we count in the money-losing businesses such as flash)."

I think that Intel should give up there POS on board video and use nvdia or ati tech for on board video. Intel may have good cpus but there chipset's still are way behind. Why can't intel have on board side port ram like ati can in there new chipset?"

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Staples Tries To Charge Senior $390 for Basic work

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "Staples Tries To Charge Senior Citizen $390 For Basic Computer Repair

"Reader Michael watched incredulously as a Staples tech tried to convince a senior citizen that his computer wouldn't work properly without repairs costing almost $400.The senior, who had been lulled into Staples for a free tune up that suddenly cost $39.99, didn't understand why he needed to spend money on a "diagnostic screening ($49.99), virus removal services ($150), and more RAM (~$150)." Michael intervened and offered to look at the computer free of charge. He couldn't believe what he found when he popped open the computer."

That is what you get when you hire salesmen over real techs and you cut the hours of the people who know what they are doing and don't try to push unnecessary stuff.

Any ways Staples prices are a big ripoff in the first place.

Just look at this discussion about there prices best buy has better prices then staples.

And that also leads to people looking at that you worked for places like Geek Squad and just push over you thinking that you where just ripping people off and your where not a real tech."

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Late shift work is linked to cancer

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  about 7 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071129/ap_on_he_me/night_shift_cancer_2

  LONDON — It was once scientific heresy to suggest that smoking contributed to lung cancer. Now, another idea initially dismissed as nutty is gaining acceptance: the graveyard shift might increase your cancer risk.

Next month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, will classify shift work as a "probable" carcinogen.

That will put shift work in the same category as cancer-causing agents like anabolic steroids, ultraviolet radiation, and diesel engine exhaust.

If the shift work theory proves correct, millions of people worldwide could be affected. Experts estimate that nearly 20 percent of the working population in developed countries work night shifts.

It is a surprising twist for an idea that scientists first described as "wacky," said Richard Stevens, a cancer epidemiologist and professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center. In 1987, Stevens published a paper suggesting a link between light at night and breast cancer.

Back then, he was trying to figure out why breast cancer incidence suddenly shot up starting in the 1930s in industrialized societies, where nighttime work was considered a hallmark of progress. Most scientists were bewildered by his proposal.

But in recent years, several studies have found that women working at night for many years are indeed more prone to breast cancer, and that animals who have their light-dark schedules switched grow more cancerous tumors and die quicker.

Some research has also shown that men working at night may have a higher rate of prostate cancer.

Because these studies have been done mainly in nurses and airline crews, bigger studies in different populations are needed to confirm or disprove the findings.

The idea that shift work might increase your cancer risk is still viewed with skepticism by some, but many doubters will likely be won over when IARC publishes the results of its analysis, the result of an expert panel convened in October, in the December issue of The Lancet Oncology.

The American Cancer Society said it would most likely add shift work to its list of "known and probable carcinogens" when the IARC makes its reclassification. Up to now, the society has labeled it an "uncertain, controversial or unproven effect."

Experts acknowledge the evidence is limited, but the "probable" tag means that a link between shift work and cancer is plausible.

"The indications are positive," said Vincent Cogliano, director of the Monographs program at IARC, which decides on carcinogen classifications. "There was enough of a pattern in people who do shift work to recognize that there's an increase in cancer, but we can't rule out the possibility of other factors."

The research suggests a correlation between people who work at night and increased cancer rates. But the cause of the cancer might still be something else that people who work at night do that is unaccounted for in the research.

Scientists suspect that shift work is dangerous because it disrupts the circadian rhythm, the body's biological clock. The hormone melatonin, which can suppress tumor development, is normally produced at night.

Light shuts down melatonin production, so people working in artificial light at night may have lower melatonin levels, which scientists think can raise their chances of developing cancer.

Sleep deprivation may also be a factor. People who work at night are not usually able to completely reverse their day and night cycles. "Night shift people tend to be day shift people who are trying to stay awake at night," said Mark Rea, director of the Light Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, who is not connected to IARC or its expert panel.

Not getting enough sleep makes your immune system vulnerable to attack, and less able to fight off potentially cancerous cells.

Confusing your body's natural rhythm can also lead to a breakdown of other essential tasks. "Timing is very important," Rea said. Certain processes like cell division and DNA repair happen at regular times.

But if the body needs to do something at an unusual time — like produce insulin in the middle of the night to help digest food — that can set off a chain reaction of biological mistakes.

Even worse than working the night shift would be to frequently flip between day and night shifts.

"The problem is re-setting your body's clock," said Aaron Blair, of the United States' National Cancer Institute, who chaired IARC's recent meeting on shift work. "If you worked at night and stayed on it, that would be less disruptive than constantly changing shifts."

Anyone whose light and dark schedule was frequently disrupted — including frequent long-haul travelers or insomniacs — could theoretically face the same increased cancer risks, Stephens said.

Scientists are now trying to figure out what might be possible to reduce shift workers' risk of developing cancer. Melatonin can be taken as a supplement, but experts don't recommend taking it long-term, since that could ruin the body's ability to produce it naturally.

Some companies are also experimenting with different types of light, hoping to create one that doesn't affect melatonin production. So far, the color that seems to have the least impact on melatonin is one that few people would enjoy working under: red.

With no answers at the moment, experts say it's best to avoid shift work in the long-term. But if that is impossible, there may be a simpler solution.

"The balance between light and dark is very important for your body," Stevens said, advising workers to make sure they sleep in a darkened room when they get back from work.

"Just get a dark night's sleep," he said."

Moola Booster Blitz

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "Moola is having Booster Blitz right now!
" This upcoming Tuesday November 6th, from 6:00 pm to midnight (EASTERN), Moola will be holding its much anticipated fifth official Booster Blitz. More Game Boosters! Just like our previous events, you will be eligible for hundreds of bonuses in amounts of $2, $5 and $9 randomly. All players are eligible to receive these Game Boosters just for playing during the Blitz, regardless of whether you are on your first starting penny or if you already have a significant account balance. The more games you play during the Blitz, the greater your chances of receiving one of these Boosters."

Being Unhealthy Could Cost You -- Money

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "http://biz.yahoo.com/bizwk/070802/aug2007db2007081 804238.html?.v=1&.pf=insurance
By Jena McGregor

For employees at Clarian Health, feeling the burn of trying to lose weight will take on new meaning.

In late June, the Indianapolis-based hospital system announced that starting in 2009, it will fine employees $10 per paycheck if their body mass index (BMI, a ratio of height to weight that measures body fat) is over 30. If their cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels are too high, they'll be charged $5 for each standard they don't meet. Ditto if they smoke: Starting next year, they'll be charged another $5 in each check.

Clarian has been making headlines for its aggressive and unusual approach to covering escalating health-care costs. Rather than taking the more common step of giving employees incentives for merely participating in its wellness programs, such as joining a smoking cessation group or using a health coach, Clarian is actually measuring outcomes. And unlike most employers, it is penalizing workers for poor health instead of rewarding them for taking healthy steps.

This is yet another way that employers try to mistreat there works and some times the work environment can lead to people gaining weight like making them work 80/H + week with fast food working lunches + hours that don't give the works time to participate in wellness programs. In cases like that it is very unfair to change employees for poor health that sometimes comes from a poor working environment."

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Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "The I-phone may have blackberry level data rates at $40 a month with the lowest $40 voice plan.
that will make the I-phone over 2 years cost $1920 + taxes and fees for the 2 year plan alone.

I-phone + plan may be $2520 / $2620 + taxes and fees.

You can get a Samsung BlackJack (Refurb) for $50 after rebate with the same plan that had MicroSD slot and 3G
http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cel l-phone-details/?q_list=true&q_phoneName=Samsung+B lackJack+(Refurb)&q_sku=sku840013&source=ICD201001 10o4400
so other people who sign up for the same plan get $150 or more off the cost of the phone with the I-phone you get $0 off and you are locked into a high cost data + voice plan."

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Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2128061 ,00.asp

Live on the PC is nothing like that mock-up demo a year ago. It's Vista-only, which I guess I can understand. They want to move Vista as the gaming platform, not just Windows PCs in general. Perhaps Vista's networking security stuff is actually necessary for Live, I dunno. Okay, fine...we need to buy your expensive new OS to use Live. Fair enough. I can still sit there browsing the web and get a game invite or a message over Live, right? Or set up a Live voice or video chat? Nope. Live on the PC only runs while you're actually playing a Live-enabled game. So in order for my friends to see me online on my PC, I have to actually have Halo 2 or Shadowrun running. This sort of defeats the point, and it's not the way the 360 has worked for the last 18 months. I can sit at the dashboard, watch a movie, listen to music, or do whatever other non-game stuff on the 360 and still be fully connected to Live. So from a very core level, you get a second-tier experience on the PC, even though Live is coming to it much later."

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=5622# cmt95037

Intel makes 8-core processing the new playground

"At CES 2007 today, Intel announced a proof-of-concept PC designed specifically to counter AMD's 4x4 platform for gamers. Dubbed the "V8" system, Intel demonstrated a system running on a pair of quad-core Kentsfield Xeon processors for a total of eight physical cores.

The system runs at 2.4GHz utilizing a 1066MHz system bus and is loaded with FB-DIMM memory. The graphics card is supported by a single NVIDIA 8800GTX. According to Intel, the "V8" system dished out a score of 6089 on 3DMark CPU bench.

DailyTech previously reported on AMD's 4x4 platform, which was later given an official name called Quad FX. AMD broke news of its dedication to the gaming community early in 2006 and received good praise from the general enthusiast community. Dual-processor systems have not been as popular as they were several years ago due to the advent of multi-core processors and the cost and complexity of the systems in general.

Unlike AMD's Quad FX platform, Intel's "V8" system will require FB-DIMMs while Quad FX will work with regular unbuffered memory. The AMD Quad FX platform can also support multiple GeForce video cards in SLI configuration, while the "V8" is currently limited to a single graphics card.

Despite the enourmous amount of processing power packed into Intel's "V8" system, AMD is not far away from releasing something along the lines of an "8x8" system utilizing quad-core Opteron processors. AMD demonstrated its Barcelona in November of 2006 and mentioned that the new Opterons would be making a showing in mid-2007."

compared to myriad of workstation boards that are available for the Opteron and not the QuadFX special purpose board. There are even four socket boards available with multiple PCIe 16 sockets for the Opteron if you are inclined to count cores and the board for TYAN can be expanded to 8 sockets the intel chip sets suck next to nvidia ones

The duel Opteron workstation boards have x8 x16 x8 x16 pci-e, pci-x and some even have on board sas and they have SLI

http://www.tyan.com/products/html/thundern4250qe.h tml
http://www.tyan.com/products/html/thundern6650w.ht ml
http://www.nvidia.com/page/nforce_pro_workstation. html

what does intel have? x16 x4 pci-e and pci-x with some pci-e links used by the chipset link."

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Joe The Dragon (967727) writes "http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20061025A9047.html
Latest news
Monica Chen, Taipei; Steve Shen, DigiTimes.com [Wednesday 25 October 2006]

Microsoft will delay the release of the RTM (release to manufacturing) version, or build number 5824, of its Windows Vista operating system (OS) to the second week of November from the originally scheduled fourth week of October, according to sources at Taiwan PC makers who were informed by the software giant of the revised schedule.

The RTM build 5824 was originally set to be released this week after reducing the number of bugs found in the Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2) version from 1,450 to around 500, the sources noted.

However, additional bugs were found in the RTM build 5824 version, and together the bugs could paralyze an upgraded Vista-capable Windows XP OS, said the sources.

Microsoft has overcome the problems found in RTM build 5824, resulting in RTM build 5840, added the sources, noting that Microsoft will continue to test the new version until its release in November.

Despite the delayed launch of the RTM version, Microsoft assured PC makers that its plan to launch the business-use and home-use Vista OS in November 2006 and January 2007, respectively, remain unchanged, the sources stated."

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "UltraPin is a PC-based emulation of Williams/Bally games using a plasma screen in the cabinet to display the table, and an LCD display in the backbox to show the backglass and the score display. Although the backglass image is nice and bright, the dot matrix part of the display looked rather dim in comparison. The game includes a real plunger and is tilt/nudge sensitive which seemed to work very nicely. The production version which should be available to buy before Christmas this year

UltraPin will also be at the Pinball Expo in Chicago this year so if you want a close up look plan on being there. The expo occurs from Nov 2 — 5th
Brian Matthews The UltraPin Producer from Global VR
Will also be there to answer questions about the game.

more info
http://www.vpforums.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&th readid=37470/
http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/preview2007/index .html/"

Joe The Dragon Joe The Dragon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Joe The Dragon writes "http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2022118 ,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532
Hewlett-Packard has purchased specialty PC maker VoodooPC, according to a blog post made by Rahul Sood, the president and chief technical officer of the company.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. HP also confirmed the acquisition. Following the close of the transaction, HP will form a separate business unit within its Personal Systems Group focused on the gaming industry, HP said.

"The bottom line: On behalf of Ravi, Trevor, Paul, Desmond, Angela, and the rest of the Voodoo team we are happy to report that HP has acquired Voodoo — and together — not separately — we are going to rock your world," Sood wrote, referring to a "Project Vampire" that was "about to fly".

VoodooPC will remain in Calgary, Canada. Rahul Sood will assume the position of chief technologist of HP's Gaming Division. Rahul's brother Ravi will become the director of strategy for HP's gaming division, which will consist of HP and VoodooPC products.

VoodooPC is the latest high-profile boutique gaming company to move under the corporate wing of a top OEM; Dell acquired Alienware in March, and Alienware now operates as as an independent subsidiary. According to Sood, Michael Dell did in fact contact the company about an acquisition.

        * Q&A: Dell's Gruzen Talks Recalls, Vista, iTVs
        * Opinion: Alienware CEO Explains Dell Acquisition
        * It's Official: Dell Beams Up Alienware

Sood's blog implied that VoodooPC will be more closely tied to the rest of the HP product line, although Sood claimed that "past customers, current customers, and future customers will receive the same or better level of experience, quality, and service."

Rahul Sood will also sit on the R&D council of HP's Personal Systems Group, where "you can expect to see our fingerprints on many of the product lines in other areas of Hewlett-Packard," Sood wrote.

According to Sood, company founders had been in contact with HP for months, and cemented ties during the recent Tour de France bicycle race during the past summer. Sood specifically named Paul Campbell, who led a gaming initiatve within HP; Phil McKinney, HP's chief technical officer for the PSG; Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the PSG; Satjiv Chahil, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing for the HP PSG; and company chief executive Mark Hurd.

"Assuming that they didn't have much of a choice we speculated that Alienware would be acquired by Dell," Sood wrote. "After the speculation went public we thought it would make sense to get back in touch with HP. We figured Mark Hurd had almost a year to settle in and we were hoping for good things."

Sood's blog post also painted a picture of Hurd as someone who brought a fresh start to the aging HP, and who spent Thursday being grilled by lawmakers as part of a pretexting scandal that spied on reporters and HP's own employees.

"Much to our satisfaction, under Mark Hurd HP is a totally different company from a year ago," Sood wrote. "While there are mixed opinions, I believe Carly Fiona helped to create the groundwork for HP's success today — but from the outside the organization seemed to lack operational efficiency. Mark Hurd brought with him a tornado of new blood and new culture into the company. From my point of view, Mark Hurd has turned HP's corporate culture on its head and in the process transformed HP into an operationally excellent engine.""


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