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Sleeper: LG G2 One of the Fastest Android Smartphones On the Market

Nrbelex Sleeper? (108 comments)

How is it a sleeper? It's not made by Apple or Samsung, but it is being heavily marketed on TV and has solid reviews (aside from the atrocious Android skin) all over the Web...

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Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

Nrbelex Why!? (665 comments)

Hmmm... but according to my research, it's just a harmless religion based on love and understanding of others. Why would Wikipedia ban such a group?

more than 5 years ago
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Putting On a Show For the Google Streetview Camera

Nrbelex Re:Slashdotted (109 comments)

It's not Slashdotted, but here's a link anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

Nrbelex Expect to see... (1235 comments)

Expect to see a lot more ads for: "UPSKIRT SHOTS OF DEAF CHIKZ!1one." They should really require a strobe light to go off at the same time as the shutter sound.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Claim Infrared Helmet Could Reverse Alzheimer's Symptoms

Nrbelex What's up with Alzheimer's and helmets? (201 comments)

Interesting... similarly... "New technology developed by Emory and Georgia Tech researchers could aid the early identification of people susceptible to Alzheimer's disease. A portable device called Detect may provide an easier, less expensive way to test for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often leads to Alzheimer's. The test could provide potential Alzheimer's patients the chance to slow the disease's progress with medication before serious symptoms set in." Check out the nearly identical picture.

more than 6 years ago

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Mobile Carriers Impose Handicaps on Smartphones

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nrbelex writes "A team at the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research has uncovered, for the first time, the frequently suboptimal network practices of more than 100 cellular carriers.

By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."

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Google and Verizon in Talks to Prioritize Traffic

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nrbelex writes "Google and Verizon are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege... Any agreement between Verizon and Google could also upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service, which was severely restricted by a federal appeals court decision in April.... People close to the negotiations who were not authorized to speak publicly about them said an agreement could be reached as soon as next week. If completed, Google, whose Android operating system powers many Verizon wireless phones, would agree not to challenge Verizon’s ability to manage its broadband Internet network as it pleased."
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Cute Baby Video Wins Battle Against Music Label

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nrbelex writes "Reuters is reporting that a California district court judge has rejected Universal Music Group's 2007 claim that a YouTube video of her toddler dancing to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" violated their intellectual property rights. With Lenz using fair use as her argument, the judge granted a partial summary judgment in her favor, paving the way for Lenz to collect attorneys fees."
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Intellectual Ventures, King among Patent Trolls

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nrbelex writes "The New York Times is running a profile of Intellectual Ventures, the largest company within the category of firms that hold patents, but do not make products. Nathan Myhrvold, leader of Microsoft's technology development in the 1990s and current chief of the company claims the patent world is a vastly underdeveloped market, starved for private capital and too dependent on federal financing for universities and government agencies, which is mainly aimed at scientific discovery anyway. Eventually, he foresees patents being valued as a separate asset class, like real estate or securities. Yet while Mr. Myhrvold is saying one thing, his company’s main activity is quite another, according to Mark Bohannon, general counsel and senior vice president for public policy for the Software and Information Industry Association."
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10% of U.S. Energy from Old U.S.S.R. Nukes

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "The New York Times reports that about 10 percent of electricity generated in the United States, comes from fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, mostly Russian. 'It's a great, easy source' of fuel, said Marina V. Alekseyenkova, an analyst at Renaissance Bank and an expert in the Russian nuclear industry that has profited from the arrangement since the end of the cold war. But if more diluted weapons-grade uranium isn't secured soon, the pipeline could run dry, with ramifications for consumers, as well as some American utilities and their Russian suppliers.'"
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Trojan Kill Switches & the Israeli Attack on S

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "The New York Times reports in this week's Science section that hardware and software trojan kill switches are an increasing concern, and may have already been used. 'A 2007 Israeli Air Force attack on a suspected partly constructed Syrian nuclear reactor led to speculation about why the Syrian air defense system did not respond to the Israeli aircraft. Accounts of the event initially indicated that sophisticated jamming technology was used to blind the radars. Last December, however, a report in an American technical publication, IEEE Spectrum, cited a European industry source in raising the possibility that the Israelis might have used a built-in kill switch to shut down the radars. Separately, an American semiconductor industry executive said in an interview that he had direct knowledge of the operation and that the technology for disabling the radars was supplied by Americans to the Israeli electronic intelligence agency, Unit 8200.'"
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Unabomber Ted Kaczynsk's Items to be Auctioned

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nrbelex writes "The writings, books and other possessions of Theodore Kaczynski, the serial killer known as the Unabomber, will be sold in an Internet auction to pay restitution to several of his victims. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected Kaczynski's arguments, filed from federal prison, that the government's sale of his writings violates his freedom of expression. Copies will be given to the University of Michigan, per his wishes."
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Songbird 1.0 Released

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nrbelex writes "Songbird, the open-source competitor to iTunes built on Mozilla's XULRunner platform, was released today for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Features include MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and WMA support, a skinnable interface, Last.fm integration, Microsoft MTP compatible device support and tons more through myriad extensions."
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Thieves Are Stealing Solar Panels and Selling them

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  about 6 years ago

Nrbelex writes ""Solar power, with its promise of emissions-free renewable energy, boasts a growing number of fans. Some of them, it turns out, are thieves.... Police departments in California — the biggest market for solar power, with more than 33,000 installations — are seeing a rash of such burglaries, though nobody compiles overall statistics.""
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Wikipedia first with news of Tim Russert's death

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nrbelex writes "Wikipedia beat The Associated Press and all other major media outlets on the news of Tim Russert's death by about half an hour. The post was made from an IP belonging to Internet Broadcasting Systems, the same company which operates NBC's website. Wikipedia had the scoop at 3:01pm EST, whereas other reports started coming in around 3:30pm EST. The first post was made to Wikinews at 3:59pm EST."
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F.C.C. to Act on Delaying of Broadband Traffic

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from discriminating against content providers as the broadband companies go about managing heavy Internet traffic that they say is clogging their networks. The Commission has been considering complaints made by Vuze (formerly Azureus), BitTorent and several consumer groups. Gilles BianRosa, chief executive of Vuze stated, "We complete with Comcast with delivery of content over the Internet," Mr. BianRosa said. 'What we have here is a horse race and in this contest, Comcast owns the race track, in fact, the only track in town. They also own a horse. We are being told they are only slowing down our horse by a few seconds.'"
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Glitch Gave F.B.I. Access to Entire Network

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "A technical glitch gave the F.B.I. access to the e-mail messages from an entire computer network — perhaps hundreds of accounts or more — instead of simply the lone e-mail address that was approved by a secret intelligence court as part of a national security investigation, according to an internal report of the 2006 episode. F.B.I. officials blamed an "apparent miscommunication" with the unnamed Internet provider, which mistakenly turned over all the e-mail from a small e-mail domain for which it served as host. The records were ultimately destroyed, officials said."
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U.S. to Shoot Down Broken Spy Satellite

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nrbelex writes "The Pentagon plans to shoot down a disabled 5,000-pound spy satellite before it enters the atmosphere in early March, a Pentagon official said. A Navy cruiser that would fire a missile specially fitted for the mission. This will be only the second time this has happened since the United States shot down a satellite in September 1985, as a test of an antisatellite system under development. In that experiment, an F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft fired a missile armed with a "kill" vehicle that collided with the U.S. Solwind satellite."
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Facebook Retreats on Online Tracking

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nrbelex writes "Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program .... Late yesterday the company made an important change, saying that it would not send messages about users' Internet activities without getting explicit approval each time."
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Microsoft to Pay 240 Million for Stake in Facebook

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "The New York Times is reporting that "Microsoft has won a high-profile technology industry battle with Google and Yahoo to invest in the social networking upstart Facebook. Microsoft will invest $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in the company, said Adam Sohn, a director in Microsoft's online services group. The investment values the three-year-old Facebook, which will bring in about $150 million in revenue this year, at $15 billion. ""
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The New York Times: The Next Leap for Linux

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  about 7 years ago

Nrbelex writes "The New York Times is taking a look at the state of Linux. "Linux has always had a reputation of being difficult to install and daunting to use. Most of the popular Windows and Macintosh programs cannot be used on it, and hand-holding — not that you get that much of it with Windows — is rare. But those reasons for rejecting Linux are disappearing." The article discusses major PC makers' newest offers and compares them to their Windows counterparts. "Thanks to open source developers, there are thousands more free programs. An Add/Remove function actually makes finding programs easier with Linux than it is for Mac and Windows." The article concludes stating, "After using the operating system for writing, Web surfing, graphic editing, movie watching and a few other tasks, it is easy to conclude that Linux can be an alternative to the major operating systems. But since common tasks like watching a movie or syncing an iPod require hunting for and installing extra software, Linux is best for technically savvy users or for people whose needs are so basic that they will never need anything other than the bundled software.""
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Reshaping the Architecture of Memory

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "Stuart S. P. Parkin, an I.B.M. research fellow largely unknown outside a small fraternity of physicists, thinks he is poised to bring about a breakthrough that could increase the amount of data stored on a chip or a hard drive by a factor of a hundred. If he proves successful in his quest, he will create a "universal" computer memory, one that can potentially replace dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, and flash memory chips, and even make a "disk drive on a chip" possible. It could begin to replace flash memory in three to five years, scientists say."
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F.C.C. Hands Google Partial Win in Wireless Rules

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "The Federal Communications Commission moved cautiously Tuesday toward creating a more open national wireless broadband network , handing a partial victory to Google, which was pushing for more competition in cellphone services. The agency approved rules for an auction of broadcast spectrum that its chairman, Kevin J. Martin, said would promote new consumer services. The rules will let customers use any phone and software they want on networks using about one-third of the spectrum to be auctioned."
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Google Set to Bid $4.6 Billion for Airwaves

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "The Associated Press (via the New York Times) is reporting that "Google said today that it would bid at least $4.6 billion on wireless airwaves being auctioned off by the federal government — if certain conditions are met. The Internet search company wants the Federal Communications Commission to mandate that any winners lease a certain portion of the airwaves to other companies seeking to offer high-speed Internet and other services. Such a provision, Google argues, will give consumers — who traditionally get high-speed Internet access via cable or telephone lines — a third option for service.""
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Google Purchases GrandCentral: Web Phone Service

Nrbelex Nrbelex writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nrbelex (917694) writes "Bloomberg News via the New York Times is reporting that Google has purchased GrandCentral. 'Google said yesterday that it had bought GrandCentral Communications, acquiring a service that lets people use a single number for all their phones.... GrandCentral users can.. create a single mailbox, accessible over the Internet, for all their phone messages, Google said on its Web site.... GrandCentral, based in Fremont, Calif., was founded in 2005 by Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet, two executives who worked for Dialpad Communications, a Web phone company that was acquired by Yahoo in 2005.'"
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