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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

RulerOf Re:Caution (117 comments)

But what system with dozens of hard drives in it would be entering and exiting S3 constantly anyway?

You might do power saving on hypervisor hosts, but on a SAN? I can't think of a scenario where it makes a lot of sense... but perhaps I'm just lacking the proper imagination :P

On topic: I think this is awesome. I want to be able to suspend my machine and wake it up whenever I feel like it, with VMs shuffling around waiting for me to pick up a different tablet, or sit at a different desk. x86 has a lot of catching up to do. After all, I've gotten pretty used to putting a device "to sleep" and "waking it up" instantly. It'd be nice if my computer could do the same thing... even if it's only in spirit. Of course, an S3/4/5 is a much deeper sleep than my phone or tablet ever enters while it's powered on, AFAIK.

about 7 months ago
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IE Zero-Day Exploit Used In Attack Targeting Military Intelligence

RulerOf Re: Its not soup yet (58 comments)

It's more of a problem with IE because Microsoft needs to grow a pair and start pushing patches for remote code execution vulnerabilities the way Google and Mozilla do.

They should still let administrators override them, but I say MS puts WSUS clients on a clock to decline the update centrally. But let's face it... too many shops slack in ensuring their Windows machines are up to date. When it comes to a patch being the difference between "browse the web" and "click this link to turn your computer into a mafia-controlled zombie," it should be downright difficult for a computer with an internet connection to facilitate the latter. Even in that regard, Google could stand to force the browser restart after a certain amount of time... I can't even recall how many times I've seen three beet-red lines in the top right corner of someone's Chrome windows.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

RulerOf Re:XBMC ftw (420 comments)

XBMC on a low end core duo throwaway PC and a mild out of date nvidia video card will blow away any device you can buy to play back media on your TV. utterly blow it away.

My two cents: used Mac Minis are *really* good for an HTPC application such as this. Low power consumption, quiet operation, tiny footprint, and decent mid-range hardware on even the baseline models of a given generation. They also have decent wifi chips too: I run Windows Media Center on mine (a mid-2008 model), and it connects wirelessly for everything, including to its network-based CableCARD tuner.

I wish they were a little cheaper, but Apple has done a great job of filling the "I want a very small, but capable x86 machine in THIS tiny spot..." market.

about 10 months ago
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New Home Automation?

RulerOf Re:conduit in anticipation (336 comments)

Did I mention having enough power near the conduits for the Christmas lights?

Heh. The best thing I ever read on a box of Christmas lights was this year, on the side of an LED strand: "connect up to 87 units end-to-end."

He shouldn't have to worry about this one :D

about 10 months ago
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China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

RulerOf Re:Microsoft is running out of milk cows (333 comments)

Wireless mice that take disposable batteries just plain suck... IMHO.

Mice of that category do everything they can to lower battery consumption: lower scanning speeds, lower transmit power, various sleep states, and so on. Every one of those compromises, however appropriate they may be for the application at hand, makes for a less enjoyable experience.

Rechargeable wireless mice.... they don't make those trade offs because they're not concerned with squeezing out every last possible second of battery life. You'll get better transmit distance, quicker response, and most importantly, an overall better experience that doesn't involve running out of fresh batteries.

For the absolute best coverage, Logitech has some models that come with an extra battery pack that you can pop out of the mouse and into a receptacle on the dock so you don't ever "run out" if you forget to charge the mouse. Personally speaking though, I bought a bunch of MX5000 desktop kits (Bluetooth mouse + keyboard) when they went on clearance, and just keep one on the dock and one on my desk, and switch them out when the one I'm using dies.

about a year ago
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

RulerOf Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

You can say what you like about Linus's attitude at times, but the fact that the Linux kernel is running on everything from supercomputers to be Nexus 7 tablet tells you that there is a way to successfully and productively organize multiple teams to produce a successful software product.

It seems to me that he's blunt frequently because he's probably one of the busiest developers alive.

If people were given awards for "keeping up" with email, he'd probably be in the hall of fame :P

1 year,22 days
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Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

RulerOf Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (568 comments)

So arguably, those who transfer lots of data cost the ISP's more money because there is a causal relationship between increased data volume and increased infrastructure costs.

I wouldn't dispute any of that, either, to be honest. Here's the crux of the problem: limits on data usage of periods larger than one second will destroy the evolutionary path that the internet has tread since its inception. There is a class of products and services that cannot exist today because bandwidth isn't high enough. If we set usage caps on today's connection based on today's bandwidth, by the time things catch up, we simply won't have the usage available to us to make these products and services viable once their existence becomes merely possible.

If we had set usage caps back in the 56k days, like Verizon Wireless did with their mobile data caps, then we would be in the asinine situation of having enough bandwidth to stream HD video all over the place while blowing through our usage plan on a 240p YouTube video.

AT&T is a good example. If I wanted to pay by the megabyte, it would cost me just shy of $19,000 per month to make 100% utilization of my HSPA+ connection. If I had LTE, that would be in the millions.

I'm disgusted by the fact that ISPs are trying to sell me on the bandwidth and then turning right back around and arguing that I'm merely paying for a connection, and actually using the thing costs extra. It's like they see underutilized switches as an asset that loses money.

1 year,30 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

RulerOf Re:My Favourite Question Of All Time (353 comments)

They have this 'burst' thing where the first 5MB of a http or https connection runs at max speed, then throttles. Well, you can use that to your advantage -- just send a reset packet after 5MB is exchanged, and enable http resume. With a few other tweaks to http pipelining and other things, you can easily get triple what your rated line speed is supposed to be... but it requires you setup your own dedicated gateway/firewall/router combo box and some really complicated ipchains and kernel magic.

I've often wondered if anyone's written up a guide on how to game that. I'm guessing that tunneling all of your traffic through an SSL VPN and then running the reset shenanigans might make that particularly easy...

about a year ago
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Photocopying Michelle Obama's Diary, Just In Case

RulerOf Re:Who cares? (218 comments)

Unfortunately, it's called "The American Way" and is steeped in a very long tradition.

I would have gone with "Campaigning for Public Office," but yours works too.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

RulerOf Re:but... (173 comments)

but where do I get power for my gadgets

Buy a couple of USB battery packs on Amazon. 10-12 AH should last you a couple days, so just swap them out from your vehicle once a day.

Or buy a deep cycle battery and take it with you, then charge it when you get home.

and where do I get 4G Internet connectivity out in the boondocks?

The Internet is in the air in much of the US, popular campgrounds included. Some of them even have WiFi.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

RulerOf A handy lat/long trick for you (173 comments)

Tell me, is a positive longitude east or west? I assume that positive latitude is north.

Go to Google Maps and zoom in on your location. The city itself should be enough. Click on the Link button and copy the link. Open that link in a new tab, and you should get the lat/long coords of your map's center to show up in the search field.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

RulerOf Re:Try having a child (173 comments)

...or drank a tad less.

Woah, woah, slow down there. We don't want to be too hasty.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

RulerOf Re:Why fix what ain't broken (173 comments)

Ok, cool, so camping helps circadian rhythms and the human health and all. What about teamkilling?

Camping shifts the circadian-health median of the entire team toward an objectively "better" state. It can be said that camping raises the overall health and quality of life for everyone.

Teamkilling on the other hand is a zero-sum game. The troll's erection grows proportionally to everyone else's level of discontent, with total hardness tipping the very edges of the Mohs scale when the voice chat explodes in rage.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?

RulerOf Re:TimeMachine (227 comments)

I wish there was something more like Time Machine for Windows and Linux - especially the part where there's dated directories with hard links back to the original revision of the files.

As far as I'm aware, the "File History" feature in Windows 8 will do this, and it's much more granular than what was sort of "built in" by the "Previous Versions" tab on a file or folder's properties. However with it set up properly, even the "Previous Versions" feature that dates back to at least Vista (if not XP SP3, I don't recall off hand) will provide you with exactly what you're asking for though: browseable point-in-time snapshots of your files/folders.

One of the things that piqued my interest in MS Data Protection Manager was that it would keep 15-minute snapshots of "covered" systems, both servers and workstations, and those snapshot backups snapped directly into the "previous versions" tab on the files. It allowed our users to recover old copies of things often enough at the site we deployed it at. It was still a pain in the ass product though... :P

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

RulerOf Re:Price Adjustment (330 comments)

I don't see any possibility of it become irrelevant that fast. There is nothing like Libre Office much less Dynamics or Sharepoint for tablets. There is nothing like Visual Studio. There isn't even anything like a complex web browser.

Tablets are very far behind.

You're absolutely right, but that's a difference in software. While it's definitely possible for Intel and Microsoft and others to bring the hardware around as a way of delivering that software into the tablet platform itself, cost-competitive hardware that makes this possible doesn't even exist yet. The gap can always be closed in the other direction. I think the iPad is proof of that!

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

RulerOf Re:Price Adjustment (330 comments)

But enterprise business is going to care about the out-of-band management, because at least the business I work for is looking to standardize on vPro hardware for the massive savings in power management and standardized remote control that is based in hardware, rather than an agent that can break, running on an OS that can break.

I have to admit that vPro feels more like a line item than a feature. By that, I mean that I've never encountered anything that's leveraged vPro to make my life easier as a SysAdmin. Now I've got a machine with vPro built in and I haven't the slightest clue what I could do to at least play with it.... I should get out more :D

vPro was ironically one of the features of this Helix that inched me closer to deciding to purchase it, though it wasn't vPro explicitly. Someone on the Xen-Users mailing list made a note that every machine he'd looked at recently that had VT-d capability also had vPro. The Helix's marketing materials certainly made a strong point about vPro capability, and a phone call to Lenovo helped me dig up the proper technical documentation to determine that the Helix does have VT-d support in its BIOS, Chipset, and Processor.

using vPro to remote control the bluescreen'd PC while the OS is halted, reboot it and go into the BIOS, and change the setting. All remotely, from 1000 miles away.

...really? Even on a Wi-Fi-only machine like the Helix? That's.... wow that's useful. I want that kind of stuff on my own machines... especially the fleet of immediate-family-owned computers that are more trouble to support than any enterprise machine I've been paid to lay my hands on :P

The reason I wanted VT-d support has to do with a bit of an epiphany that I had recently about the role of hypervisors in modern computing... I expect them to ultimately replace or supersede the role of firmware in pretty much every system we use. Xen, particularly with the existence of its XenARM branch, is moving this way. VT-d and AMD-Vi can facilitate this already---albeit not with the degree of reliability that enterprise standards require... yet---and more compliance with standards like SR- and MR-IOV will bring this to its full potential.

To illustrate, take the allure of VDI: Independent systems for each user, centrally managed with the ability to leverage datacenter-grade high availability and fault tolerance... but still subject to the same delivery restrictions of thin-client computing. Latency and bandwidth choke out the potential for true high-performance usage, and while server-grade processors pack extreme density per rack-unit of space, they lack the single-threaded performance of even modest desktop-grade chips. If instead of delivering only the video output, when a client connects we migrate the whole kit and caboodle directly to the machine in question and simply wholesale-expose the entire PCI bus to the guest OS. When the user shuts down or disconnects, we disconnect the PCI bus, and save state or migrate back into the datacenter instead.

Extending this to home computer use, I could migrate all of my machines off to my server instead of having to leave my desktop powered up all the time to get the functionality that I want. I could "lock" my desktop, "unlock" my Helix, and bam: I'm literally using the same computer. You or I might migrate to a local server, but one could see the average person migrating an OS into an AWS datacenter.

The allure is more grand for the case of ARM and Android. Lock your phone, throw it in a garbage disposal, whatever, then unlock your tablet: you're using the exact same OS that just "flew" over the WiFi, out of your pocket, and into the tablet.

I'm on a long tangent. Point is, it's a hell of a time to be a nerd :)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

RulerOf Re:Price Adjustment (330 comments)

Sorry... the point I'm making is that the real competition for Microsoft is the tablet itself. Excellent attempts to shoehorn the Windows on Intel platform into the tablet form factor have been done, and some of them such as the Surface Pro and the ThinkPad Helix have done a really good job at it given the constraints of the technology itself---the bound of which is mostly the Intel chips themselves.

The fact that my Helix has an Intel chip in it is enough for me to want it as the device that fits my needs as a tablet---aided greatly by the fact that it actually IS a tablet. With the catalogs of apps available on iOS and Android being so comprehensive, the benefit of the Helix's or Surface's pedigree doesn't shine as bright as it would have even a year ago. That benefit of course is that I can run damn near anything on it if I need to, "Full Windows" included. If that benefit itself becomes wholly irrelevant by the time Windows becomes cost-competitive in the tablet platform, then its market in that platform will cease to exist.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

RulerOf Re:Price Adjustment (330 comments)

I firmly believe that the Surface Pro has, at the very least, a decent niche with only two competitors

I'm typing this from a ThinkPad Helix, which I decided to purchase as I felt it offered me a little bit more of what I was looking for than the Surface Pro did. It's definitely got its faults, but it's worth pointing out that they're Lenovo's faults rather than anything to do with Windows.

It's the right product for me, but the thing holding it back is---of course---the price. Microsoft has a huge advantage with x86 being on their side, but unless they can get the platform down to a price that's competitive with other products in the same market, at the rate things are going that advantage provided by the platform itself will likely evaporate as other platforms' app catalogs close the gap and render the advantage of "being Wintel" completely moot.

That's not to say that we're not at least halfway there already. An iPad is a paradoxically capable device in a world that Microsoft has ruled for decades on compatibility and ubiquity alone, especially given the limitations of the hardware and form factor itself.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

RulerOf Re:Good advice for the OP, too. (241 comments)

I should probably add: I've been running the D-Link for 3 or 4 years now.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

RulerOf Good advice for the OP, too. (241 comments)

You might want to invest in a newer router anyway.

The thing that limits the old GL's aside from their pathetic RAM and flash space is that they simply don't have enough CPU power. NAT work on the number of connections today's computers and applications require is a lot of work for that aged ~200 MHz CPU. While it speeds up web browsing of course, it's more noticeable when you do more things. As my friend put it when I talked him into upgrading his router from a WRT54G v8 to a $50 dual band TP-Link unit, "I was gaming on my XBox for about an hour, and I came upstairs to find out that my wife had been watching Hulu the entire time. I had no idea..."

They'd never been able to do that before without his game lagging constantly. It wasn't a bandwidth thing either. They have 6 Mb/s DSL.

I recommend this model for the features. It'll run DD-WRT---you might want that too to ensure you have CoDeL support---but the stock firmware works great and has most of the same features.

Here's a screenshot of DD-WRT's system status on the unit. I'm convinced that the version I'm running isn't quite stable.... hence the high load. It's also serving as an AP for me instead of doing NAT work. My NAT is done by a similarly-spec'ed device, a D-Link DIR-825, runs much better and costs about the same, but it only does 300Mbps on the 5 GHz interface. The D-Link might be a better candidate for DD-WRT if you're dead set on using it.

about a year ago

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Building an assistive reading device?

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  about 3 years ago

RulerOf writes "A few years ago, my girlfriend's grandfather was diagnosed Macular Degeneration. Ever since, he has had progressively more trouble with daily activities. While his wife and family are able to help him with most things, at the age of 88 and without many living friends left, he dearly misses the ability to read printed text. He was able to get by for some time with magnifying glasses and other basic aids but now even those do not help.

Recently, a local clinic which specializes in treatment for low-sight and blind individuals made him aware of and showed him several assistive reading devices that successfully allowed him to read. He mentioned this to his family members, and when I was told about it, I thought that these devices sounded like they were not much more than a camera attached to an LCD monitor or television with a little bit of special software thrown into the mix. Some investigation online turns up products such as these, and their prices are so prohibitively high ($2400-$3000) that the manufacturer won't even list them on their website. Furthermore, the effects that these devices can apply to the picture they output look awfully similar to the effects filters built into many webcams, and the ability to zoom and pan a live view of the screen is something that I've done effortlessly for years on OS X, and that I know exists in many Linux desktop environments.

My current plan is to try to build something like this with a used Mac Mini, a Logitech HD Webcam with a full-screen view of the camera always up, and a Magic Trackpad to control zoom level and screen position, plugged into a huge LCD TV that he already owns.

Have any of you ever built something like this? Am I wrong in thinking that the ease of use would be comparable to the purpose built devices when configured correctly? Is this something that might work better with a newer nettop device, a digital camera or camcorder, and Windows (where I'm skilled at automating things) or Linux at the core instead?"
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Valve Announces DotA 2

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "Just over a year after hiring IceFrog, the lead developer of the wildly popular DotA Allstars mod for Warcraft III, and the speculation surrounding Valve's recent trademark filing for the "DotA" name, Valve has officially announced DotA 2.

Gameplay of DotA 2 is being ported exactly from the current DotA Allstars and includes every hero, but vast improvements are being made to the game including VoIP, a coaching system, in-game rewards, and AI that takes over for disconnected players. Lastly, it all runs on top of the Source engine.

GameInformer's website appears to be struggling right now though, as they had an exclusive on this story."

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J.D. Salinger, American Author, Dead at 91

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "J.D. Salinger, most notorious for his authorship of "The Catcher in the Rye," published in 1951, died yesterday, January 27th, 2010, at the age of 91.

Aside from his subsequent fame derived from "Catcher," Salinger was also ironically well known for his reclusive nature, living in seclusion in Cornish, N.H. for more than 50 years. In spite of an injury sustained early last year, it's stated that Salinger died of natural causes.

From the article: "Despite having broken his hip in May," the agency said, "his health had been excellent until a rather sudden decline after the new year. He was not in any pain before or at the time of his death.""

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Internet Brings Closure to Veteran 63 Years Later

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  about 6 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "Last week, CNN.com ran a story about U.S. Military field medic, Anthony Acevedo, a WWII veteran who was imprisoned in a Nazi slave camp, and was later forced to sign an affidavit saying it never happened. His story details many of the horrific events he and his fellow soldiers endured, and recalled a particularly emotional moment when a soldier named Vogel died in his arms, having lost the will to live after a failed escape attempt.

Martin Vogel, who joined the military during WWII after his brother, Bernard, was drafted in 1944, lost his brother during the war, but never knew any of the details of what happened or how he had died. The only information he had obtained was that his brother was imprisoned in a Nazi slave camp, and at some point attempted to escape, and was haunted ever since by the lack of closure he received from the U.S. Government.

Vogel, after reading Acevedo's story on CNN.com, contacted CNN, who in turn connected Vogel with Acevedo and another survivor from the same camp. Martin learned in a conference call with the other two veterans, that the man who died in Acevedo's arms was indeed his brother Bernard, finally giving him the closure he longed for after 63 years of uncertainty."

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Intel Stock Hits 5-year Low in Falling Market

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "Currently at $16.38 and dropping, shares of Intel stock have officially hit their lowest price since 2003, as reported by Business Week.

From the article:

"The stock, which is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, fell 59 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $16.72 in early afternoon trading. ...Intel's shares are down about 37 percent since the start of the year, a bigger drop than the Dow Jones industrials, which are down about 25.5 percent year-to-date.

While Intel is generally considered a relatively safe bet...it is not immune to a downturn and it[s] stock price has declined amid fears that declining PC demand will mean lower demand for its semiconductors.""

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Boot Camp Pulled for OS X 10.4 Users

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "In a not-so-surprising move amidst the anticipation surrounding the impending release of OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple has pulled the Boot Camp 1.4 Beta from their web site. It will from now on presumably only be usable as a fully released product, bundled with Leopard. Of course, this doesn't leave current Boot Camp users in the dust; from the article:

"Not to worry, though: if you've used Boot Camp [...] your Windows partition should continue to work just like it [used] to. Remember, however, that Apple will ignore any problems you might encounter, and the Boot Camp utility itself will stop working."

This comes on the heels of a previous announcement at the beginning of the month, where v1.2 of Boot Camp expired on October 1st."

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IP Phones and Exchange Support in a Modern PBX

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "I work for a small business as an IT manager, and we're currently orchestrating a move to a new location because we have more than outgrown our original office. With this move, we're (finally) investing in a proper business class PBX-based phone system, but due to my limited experience with various phone systems, I am having trouble making my own decisions on what particular features and technologies I should consider when I look at my boss and say "This is what we should get." The nerd in me wants to recommend an IP based phone system for the elegance and potential features they should offer, but the realist in me is having a hard time justifying the additional expenditure inherently associated with an IP based phone system and PBX.

In your experience, is there any phone system that can give the features I desire, such as full accounting with Active Directory and Exchange integration (big plus), web management with Windows Authentication, and all the features one would expect out of any PBX-based phone system? Would these features consequently only exist in an IP based phone system? Can I find what I'm looking for in a more traditional system and save money?"
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Google Maps Click-to-Call Discontinued

RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "I went to look up a local butcher this morning that I needed place a phone order with as I usually do, by finding them on Google Maps and utilizing the "Call" feature that Google added to thier maps service back in November of last year. I've found it to be an incredibly useful tool, but I was rife with disappointment this morning when I scoured the Google Maps page, only to find that the "Call" button had gone missing.

I later confirmed my fears, ironically through a Google News search, by finding an article detailing that Google has killed its click-to-call program."

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RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "Musicians recently unlocked a 600 year old mystery that had been encoded into the walls of the Rosslyn Chapel that was featured in "The Da Vinci Code." The song was carved into the walls of the chapel not using traditional notes, but in the form of geometric shapes known as cymatics, or Chladni patterns. After the entire song was decoded, it was set to traditional lyrics and recorded, and can be heard in a video featured here, at the musicians' website. The video also gives a visual representation of how the engravings match up to the cymatic patterns.

From the article:

"The music has been frozen in time by symbolism...They are of such exquisite detail and so beautiful that we thought there must be a message here." The two men matched each of the patterns on the carved cubes to a Chladni pitch, and were able finally to unlock the melody.

Lastly, a direct link to the video."
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RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "The AACS Decryption utility released this past December known as BackupHDDVD originally authored by Muslix64 of the Doom9 forums has received its first official DMCA Takedown Notice. It has been widely speculated that the utility itself was not an infringing piece of software due to the fact that it is merely "a textbook implementation of AACS," written with the help of documents publicly available at the AACS LA's website, and that the AACS Volume Unique Keys that the end user isn't supposed to have access to are in fact the infringing content, but it appears that such is not the case. From the thread:

"...you must input keys and then it will decrypt the encrypted content. If this is the case, than according to the language of the DMCA it does sound like it is infringing. Section 1201(a) says that it is an infringement to "circumvent a technological measure." The phrase, "circumvent a technological measure" is defined as "descramb(ling) a scrambled work or decrypt(ing) an encrypted work, ... without the authority of the copyright owner." If BackupHDDVD does in fact decrypt encrypted content than per the DMCA it needs a license to do that."
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RulerOf RulerOf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RulerOf (975607) writes "Three days ago a video was posted on YouTube called "How to Sign Up for GoogleTV Beta" along with four others as part of a series called "Infinite Solutions with Mark Erickson." The video was covered over at Gizmodo and after reading the article's comments, the joke becomes much more obvious. Follow the links for some very well done pranks from How to Unlock a Hidden Minesweeper Mode to Boosting your WiFi signal with a salad bowl.

It's all wonderfully wrapped up with a reassuring video that, among highlighting the jokes, gives a much better shot of the GoogleTV beta."

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