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Notion Ink's Adam Android Tablet Said To Ship This Week

comm2k Bootloader locked or not? (78 comments)

The only thing I'm interested in is: will the bootloader only accept signed images? If yes I'll pass.
For a device to ship with such heavy customization I doubt anyone will care (or even have to resources) to keep it updated. Even the big names don't do it - since they rather you buy a new device next year. I also doubt people will line up to make extra versions of their apps for just this (Android) tablet (sorry but you do not have the Apple RDF).

more than 3 years ago
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How the Internet Is Changing Language

comm2k Re:Keyboards (295 comments)

Oh noes...

about 4 years ago
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Apple Lays Out Location Collection Policies

comm2k Er... what?! (281 comments)

Apple collects such data from customers who have approved the use of location-based capabilities on the phone and who actually use an application that requires GPS.

In other words anyone running an app from the app-store has already agreed to the use this data - see: http://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/06/22/0318202/Apple-Wants-To-Share-Your-Location-With-Others

When users attempt to download apps or media from the iTunes store, they are prompted to agree to the new terms and conditions. Until they agree, they cannot download anything through the store.

We'll for the time being I'll stick with my run-of-the-mill dumb-phone :)

more than 4 years ago
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Canonical Bringing an Instant-On Ubuntu

comm2k Re:Ubuntu Side By Side With OS X (251 comments)

it's just that they're more interested in performance and functionality

Neither of which seems to apply to Gnome et al.
One of my big complaints about Linux, the slow GUIs. I have several machines running linux and the most pleasant ones to work with are the ones I connect to by SSH only. The dual boot machines - I really dislike doing things in Xfce/Gnome/KDE. The same hardware runs circles in terms of UI responsiveness when I boot Windows (XP/SP2). I'm fine with the actual boot taking longer but then it should absolutely fly!

more than 4 years ago
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Crowdsourcing HIV Research

comm2k Re:Interesting approach. (52 comments)

Sure, there are enzymes which break up DNA - they're used all the time for sequencing, as you can't sequence long strands. But to identify a malign region in the DNA =and= have the enzyme only break the DNA at that point =and= have this done in a way that won't cause the end result to do strange and undesirable things -- that's going to be tough.

There are some approaches with modified/fine-tuned Zinc-fingers cleaving (your own) DNA - one example see this article: http://www.health.am/aids/more/proteins-put-personalized-hiv-therapy-within-reach/

more than 4 years ago
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Convert a SIM To a MicroSIM, With a Meat Cleaver

comm2k To everyone... (302 comments)

saying "You call this a knife/meat cleaver..." - there is only one tool to properly deal hack this SIM.
http://www.wengerna.com/giant-knife-16999
In case you break the SIM - just etch a new one with the integrated workbench :P

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Shows Off First Light Peak Laptop

comm2k Re:Contradictions... (271 comments)

You quoted it yourself yet somehow managed to miss the almost part?

more than 4 years ago
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WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide

comm2k Aha.. (56 comments)

I guess all measurements were done at the Large Harddisk Collider?

more than 4 years ago
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Lightworks Video Editor To Go Open Source

comm2k Re:Video editing with AviSynth (205 comments)

Using AviSynth for 'editing' is very very suboptimal. I love AviSynth for what it does (create wonderful stuff from crappy clips / clean up and other processing). However it is completely ill-suited as a 'editor'. Especially since everything (I know there was a plugin/fork to get directstreamcopy but it is not standard functionality) is recompressed. Lets compare that to something simple like VirtualDub. Load DV AVI clip, select in/out, select DirectStreamCopy for audio and video and save the clip. No quality loss, no recompression - 'rendering' time only limited by speed of your disk. Want to quickly insert titles? Start measuring pixels instead of just putting the title in there with a gui and your mouse.
Yes people have cut whole projects including fadei/o and dissolves with AviSynth but then again I can build a car completely out of engines too.
Why do people always recommend it for editing? It is a EXTREMELY cool piece of software for PROCESSING but I'd never torture myself for using it to edit a project.

more than 4 years ago
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Library of Congress To Archive All Public Tweets

comm2k The only time... (171 comments)

The only time I really actively used Twitter was during the recent LHC 3.5TeV event, because the webstream was completely overloaded. LoC preserving it? Future generations will look back and conclude that some people REALLY did have to TOO much time and trivial stuff to share.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Renames Itself "Topeka"

comm2k Anyone else noticed.... (84 comments)

The time units displayed when searching for something on Google. Planck times, nanocenturies, warp 9.62 etc. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Kills Dataset of Crawled Public Profiles

comm2k Haha! (158 comments)

The most boring of the clusters, the area around Seattle is disappointingly average.

more than 4 years ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.0 Released

comm2k You insensitice clod... (105 comments)

I'm running Debian stable so it'll be another 10 years until it hits the repos.

more than 4 years ago
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New Software For Employers To Monitor Facebook

comm2k Re:tunnel (342 comments)

Er... and hope your employee thinks that at 9am you were at home posting to Facebook and not sitting at your desk?!?

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Goes After Greasemonkey Script Developer

comm2k Re:Thank you Facebook (375 comments)

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703
Do not login into your account after that for at least 14 days, otherwise it will be re-activated. I do not know if this actually works since I do not have a facebook account. I remember that before this was available facbook would only 'de-activate' your account and you could always come back with all your contacts/infos/photos etc. - but this is supposedly the real deal.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest

comm2k Re:Linux community? Ha! (460 comments)

And that is exactly the angle this ad/video should be pushing IMHO.
"Linux is here..."
*pictures of android phones, wifi routers, server farms etc..."
Linux is there reliably doing what you need - no questions asked... whatever cue some catchy slogan.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Risky Tablet Announcement

comm2k Oblig. (338 comments)

"The Tablet takes cutting-edge PC technology and makes it available wherever you want it, which is why I'm already using a Tablet as my everyday computer. It's a PC that is virtually without limits -- and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America."

Bill Gates, 2001

more than 4 years ago

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Microsoft announces Windows for ARM

comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "Microsoft has announced that the next version of their OS — dubbed Windows 8 (scheduled for 2012) will also run on ARM. Microsoft demoed running a build that ran Powerpoint and Internet Explorer on a Qualcomm Snapdragon system. Steve Ballmer said "This announcement is really all about enabling a new class of hardware and new silicon partners for Windows, to bring the widest possible range of form factors to the market..."."
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Venezuela appeals approval of OOXML

comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "According to an article at PC World Venezuela has appealed against the approval of OOXML as an ISO Standard.

On Friday, IEC spokesman Jonathan Buck said: "By the deadline last night, we had received three appeals, from Brazil, India and South Africa." By Monday, though, the IEC had relaxed its interpretation of the directive: Venezuela's appeal, although filed after May 29, "was filed within the two months of the BRM [ballot resolution meeting] closing so that it is being accepted.
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More Docs from Microsoft regarding protocols

comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "
Microsoft has posted more documents covering protocols between SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office client applications, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Outlook and more. It wants to publish more finalized documents by the end of June also with details on patent licensing.
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Microsoft indemnifies Novell Moonlight users

comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "
Microsoft will provide codecs worth $1m to every user downloading Moonlight from Novell under a special patent covenant, separate to the companies' broader — and controversial — patent protection and interoperability deal of November 2005.
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Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Busine

comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "
TOKYO — Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.
See http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2008_02/pr1903.htm"

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comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "Purchasers of the iPhone will be required to register with iTunes in order to setup their new toy. So sayeth the "Get ready for iPhone"-Site ( http://www.apple.com/iphone/easysetup/getready.htm l ).

To set up your iPhone, you'll need an account with Apple's iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don't have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you're ready to go.
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comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "According to the BBC Apple has announced a windows version of its Safari browser.

Apple has launched a version of its web browser Safari for Windows, competing head to head with Microsoft's Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.
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comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "Yet another Linux distributor has partnered with Microsoft to promote their distro — Xandros — and work together on interoperability, a deal similar to the one Microsoft worked out with Novell last year. Microsoft and Xandros also agreed on a patent covenant for Xandros customers."
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comm2k comm2k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

comm2k (961394) writes "Hi,

if anyone is still in *doubt* of whether Microsoft has stopped using FUD tactics. Please go to www.microsoft.com and do a search for "FUD", whats the first hit? Funny, coincidence, easyness for internal use when one needs to lookup some facts? You decide!"

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