Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry
After a few months in the basement of the ministry of truth he had finally learned to love Big Brother...
Iran Unveils Its Own Stealth Fighter Jet, the Qaher F-313
President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said it had 'almost all the positive features' of the world's most sophisticated jets.
Footage from state TV showed the jet in flight, but not its take-off or landing."
Well, those were not among the features that this aircraft has in common with its Western counterparts.
Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen
This is why proprietary software is a bad thing and we should avoid products like this.
Entangled Particles Break Classical Law of Thermodynamics, Say Physicists
No mention of hell in the Bible? Informative? Seriously?
But the fearful, and the unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, will have their part in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Swedish Supreme Court Refuses Appeal In Pirate Bay Case
They could just do something similar to what the movie industry pulled a long time ago (in order to nerf Edison's patents): move someplace where their actions are not illegal.
They did. They performed all their actions in Sweden where their actions were not illegal. This is also why there for a long time were no action taken against TPB, despite the site being far from unknown to the prosecutors of that country. Then after a few years the MAFIAA started pressing for US politicians to do something about this. They in turn put pressure on Swedish politicians (behind the scenes, since in Swden it's illegal for the politicians to tell the prosecutors what to do). Suddenly their servers are confiscated and they're put into a courtroom before a judge who conveniently happens to have close ties to the Swedish MAFIAA-equivalent...
Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering
Skype and their PR people are calling the project "malicious" and "nefarious", but it sounds like all it does is emulate Skype
Sony Introduces 'PSN Pass' To Fight Used Game Sales
Sony's explanation for the Pass will probably leave you wishing Google Translate supported marketing-speak: "This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio."
Let me do the honors: "Bend over suckers."
Apache Subversion To WANdisco, Inc: Get Real
This just in: due to negative publicity surrounding his comments, WANdisco CEO David Richards has announced plans to rename the company WANkers.
I recently had to assist implementing this software, and trust me, your suggestion would be a much more appropriate name. WANdisco is a horribly expensive solution to a problem that can be solved in much better and cheaper ways (the most obvious one being using something better than SVN in the first place). WANdisco essentially tries to do is turn the turd that is SVN into the turd that is ClearCase. Bleh!
Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...
It's not exactly a new phenomenon either...
There are those who act rich, yet have nothing; and those who act poor, yet have great riches.
AMD's New Flagship HD 6970 Tested
...and a 9xxx card is older than either of them. It's all perfectly logical. :-)
WikiLeaks Under Denial of Service Attack
Whatever happened to justice against people who commit (war) crimes?
That "justice" only ever existed for the war criminals on the losing side. Silly.
Bloom Laptop Designed For Easy Disassembly
Not necessarily. Apple's machines are generally very well designed but are generally a pain in the ass to dissemble and service.
That depends on what you mean by "well designed". Apple's offerings look good, and are decently sturdy, sure. They aren't designed with serviceability in mind, though. If anything they're designed to be a pain in the ass to service, so that noone besides Apple service points will want to touch them.
There should be no reason why a laptop couldn't be well designed like an Apple, and easy to service. These are in no way mutually exclusive, which was the GP's point.
Bloom Laptop Designed For Easy Disassembly
Not only that, but this might finally be a way to not being forced to pay the M$-tax on laptops. At least in this country it's currently - for all practical purposes - impossible.
Also, I used to work for a computer repair shop. We would have eaten these things up. We really hated the typical laptops which were a RPITA to work with, and almost impossible to fix even when you discovered the problem. I've really been looking forward to something like this.
Building the Zero-Fatality Car
Let's take the "Pedestrian detection with auto brake" feature for example:
Let's also hope it works better than their vehicle detection with auto brake... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ6z3IArINI
SugarCRM 6 Released, But Is It Open Source?
While that's what the purely semantic meaning of the phrase would imply, it's not what the OSI means by "Open Source". Their definition http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd is far more narrow. So is the FSF's definition of "Free Software" http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html and these are the definitions most people use...
iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use
Perhaps Finnish winters aren't as frigid as I was led to believe.
Hmmm... (looks at thermometer). A nice brisk -24 C. I think I'll defrost my freezer today. Just toss the stuff out on the balcony, and I'm set.
(Posting from Helsinki, Finland)
IBM Images a Single Molecule
The funny thing is that the first person to deduce this (Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz) realized the solution to the problem of structure, after having a dream in which a snake bit its own tail.
Periodic Table Gets a New, Unnamed Element
No problem: "half life" is just the period of time that an atom has a 0.5 probability of surviving.
I believe that the GP was referring to the fact that the word "atom" means "undividable". But that's just my guess, of course...
WHO Investigates Claims That Swine Flu Resulted From Human Error
But let's start spreading those conspiracy theories anyway!
Yes, let's. Business has been slow lately.
The Economist Suggests Linux For Netbooks
If you buy a netbook and the OEM Linux distro, customized by the manufacturer, doesn't run the hardware properly, please let us know.
Okay. I bought a HP2133 (model FU337EA#AK8) as a Christmas present for my sister. It came with Novell SLED 10. The out-of-the-box-installation was completely unusable. Besides choosing a distro that's a real PITA to get forum support about (and in cases like these, it's pretty much the only support you'll get), the hardware they included had linux support ranging from poor to horrible.
Here's a list of the worst problems:
-Graphics drivers. The laptop uses a VIA graphics card, and out of the box, it only runs in an awful looking 640x480-stretched-to-fit-the-screen-VESA-mode. There are some pre-compiled 3D VIA binaries for a few kernels of some distros. There's also some source code for 2D drivers that I couldn't get to compile. (Fortunately some kind soul did get them to compile, and was kind enough to make the binaries publicly available.) Of course getting it working it wasn't that easy. You see HP offers 2 different screen sizes on this laptop, and this model naturally carried the less common one. It took me three days and several forum posts to find the obscure lines to edit in xorg.conf (And I do mean obscure, not just tweaking the resolution or modlines.) Option "PanelID" "17" in combination with a few other tweaks, I believe was the key to success.
-Audio drivers. Well, they'll work out of the box it would seem, as long as you don't want to use the headphone jacks or a microphone. HP appears to be using a not-quite-supported ADI SoundMax AD1984A soundcard. If you want to use, say Skype, you need to download the latest nightly ALSA build and compile that. Then you'll get the mic and jacks working as well. The only problem remaining is that every once in a while artsd thinks that hogging all the CPU cycles is a really good idea, and the ordinary Skype package won't work. You'll want the one labelled static-oss.
-Wireless. So far I believe the community has identified 5 different WLAN-cards used in these laptops. All from Broadcom. If you follow the instructions in the wikis really, really carefully, you'll probably have it working in an hour or two. :-P
So to sum it up: The SLED system that came with the netbook was an unusable mess. I switched to Kubuntu that I somehow managed to get working through a lot of effort, patience, and community support. The HP netbooks look very nice, and have better keyboards that most comparable systems, but given the level of half-assedness to the default install it's hard to recommend them to anyone. (The other alternative is Vista which is much more expensive, and even harder to recommend.) It would seem that HP just assumes that people buying these things are just going to pirate XP anyway, so why bother with quality control?
Oh, and I've got an Asus EEE myself. No problems whatsoever, with that one. Didn't quite like the default install, so I installed Mandriva instead. Still no problems.