Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices
You guys still have CDMA?
KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software
TLDR: Was hippy, got better.
Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages
Did Microsoft ever say they didn't read your messages? You're pretty silly if you believe any service that doesn't explicitly enter into a binding contract wouldn't be reading your data - particularly if it's free.
Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer
Efficiency? If that what you think the big difference is, you might as well be using Windows.
Redditors (and Popehat) Versus a Bus Company
Because the average age of a Redditor is probably 14.
Fermi and Swift Observe Record-setting Gamma Ray Burst
If it were pointed right at us, my understanding is our ozone would be ionised pretty quickly. Clearly that would not be a good thing.
Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"
I am a programmer in Sydney, Australia, and for a few years I have had a contract management company handling all my sourcing and negotiations. They get 2% and I make the final decisions on accepting the work. The demand for non permanent programmers to tackle one-off projects is huge here, especially from the financial sector. Conversely the supply of decent people to fill it is low.
How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?
It's because there are too many kids on the /. lawn these days.
Although I recall there were a couple of years I felt the same and left altogether. Perhaps this is a cyclical thing.
Engineers Build "Self-Healing" Chips Capable of Repairing Themselves
Not to be too pedantic about it, but I'm very touchy about biological metaphors being inappropriately applied to technology (lets we forget how amazingly complex evolved biology really is compared to even our most advanced tech). FTFA, it sounds like they don't really "heal," they just reroute around the damage. But the damage is still there. It's more analogous to network packets being rerouted around a bad server than a biological entity actually replacing damaged cells.
The brain is known to reroute signals in order to restore lost functionality in stroke victims, so (without having read TFA) I would group this under healing.
World's First Bitcoin ATM
I agree it is a matter only a matter of time, but it appears that most people have given up (at least anecdotally) on FPGA systems simply on a rumour and maybe a prohibitively expensive prototype someone once threw together.
Or perhaps I just haven't been reading the right scriptures.
World's First Bitcoin ATM
Has anyone actually laid their hands on one of these purported ASIC miners? I see a lot of hyperbole, pictures and hand waving on videos - but to me they appear to be vapourware with nothing other than pre-order status.
Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes
I sure wouldn't want other countries which buy our imports to say to us "wait that's not fair; it only costs you guys $40/tonne to export iron ore and we're paying $150/tonne. We're going to get the government involved to try and fight that somehow".
They did, it was called the "Free Trade Agreement".
Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit
I think this was intended to be a joke, but actually kanga meat is available in most supermarkets here.
You're Being DDOSed — What Do You Do? Name and Shame?
How about the service provider connecting those home computers to the net?
Bee Venom Has "Botox-Like Effect," Is Worth 7 Times As Much As Gold
Actually the bee only dies because the stinger is barbed and it rips it's guts out when it pulls away.
US Nuclear Industry Plans "Rescue Wagon" To Avert Meltdowns
And where would you consider to be a "safe" area in the US that has no storms, no earthquakes, etc? And is also somewhat accessible and relatively close to a large population center?
It's not wirelessly transmitted, with appropriate infrastructure and interstate collaboration then it could be anywhere!
DOE Wants 5X Improvement In Batteries In 5 Years
Industry has been pouring billions into research. How is $120 million over five years going to do anything?
Anyone who invents a technology ( and production process to keep it cheap ) to get a 5x improvement will be a billionaire over night. If you are going to do this, do it right and spend some real money. How about 250 million a year over 5 years? btw. The if the US government pays for it, the US government should patent everything and get a 5x return for the taxpayers.
While I agree more money would be awesome (and surely if they're doing good things it will come), you don't seem to get the premise.
The industry isn't pouring all of their "billions" into a collective research environment with the aim of brand new tech. It is fragmented with the majority of players focused on iterative improvements to the existing technology which they're already heavily invested in. It's not easy to sell R&D costs to shareholders when there is nothing other than a goal, investors want to see a real plan and predicted returns from day one.
World Governments Object To New gTLDs
In this case I (being Australian) believe that it is more the church influence (morality and all that jazz) on senator Conroy (communications minister). He has been very supportive of content filtering and the content producers crazy plans to halt piracy.
Occasionally he does good things, but I think his strong religious links (I mean that more in terms of people than faith I guess) unfortunately have a lot of his ear on these matters.
French Company Building a Mobile Internet Just For Things
Must be great for finding exploitable home appliances. When is the last time you updated the firmware on your TV or your fridge? Wouldn't it be great if it were on an open network?
I updated the firmware on my Panasonic plasma not long ago, every now and again it asks me just as every other computing device these days does.
Bank Puts a Billion Transaction Records Behind Analytics Site
I do live in Australia, and when truthfully answering there are "less than 10" people like me. That's not all that surprising because I'm only 25 however.
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