Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3
If MS were serious they'd say ANY Apple laptop. After all, what are they going to do with the trade-ins, open a store? No, they'll destroy them.
AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Or they could just phone you.
Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?
Try finding a Windows or Linux computer with a Thunderbolt connector.
Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister
It's the best I can do!
British Spy Chiefs Secretly Begged To Play In NSA's Data Pools
Very insightful. Wish I had some mod points...
"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator
I'd like a really slow, large elevator containing a restaurant or a bar. Have dinner or get pissed on the way home! Perfect.
Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System
From desk models to Petasite. It uses cartridges of blu-ray discs, UDF.
Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban
So China is banning the currency because it wants to protect the United States?
Not for that reason only, but China has massive investment in the US in the form of US debts. China wouldn't want anyone defaulting. Nor would they like seeing the US$ fall in value.
Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use
No no no, only the stupid criminals get caught. The clever ones just carry on milking us. Some of these are called "bankers"; "politicians"; The already rich...
Standardized Laptop Charger Approved By IEC
Electrocution = Electro + execution = dead! There's nothing mild about dead!
JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi
Latency will be affected by the return channel path (satellite or ground) and to a lesser extent, how far from the equator the flight path is.
Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?
If you're noticing data corruption on only 2TB it's probably not what we normally call bit-rot. A bit that changes state for no apparent reason within a very large set of data can be described as bit-rot, otherwise it's general data corruption which has many causes which all are understood: Poor media, poor transmission of data, overwriting of data etc. Once you've got the system sorted out so you don't get data corruption, start thinking about the nature of your data. How much redundancy is in it? If it's jpegs the almost none, so a single bit error could be serious to a file. If uncompressed TIFFs then there is a lot of data redundancy and the single bit error might only be an error of a single pixel, which you might not even notice.
And finally, don't expect optical media to be safe from errors. Only use it as part of a DR plan.
UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs
Sites that disagree with the government line?
But facebook beheadings are presumably not extremist enough..
A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones
This whole clock switching thing is utter bollocks:
First it was: "Our farmers need more daylight" - well just let them change THEIR hours!
Next it was: "Our kids mustn't go to school in the dark" (but it's ok for them to come home in darkness) - - well just let them change THEIR hours!
Next it was: "We'll save energy" - which is doubtful and unproven, but if you want to try - just change YOUR hours!
There are only a given number of daylight hours in a day - you just can't have more!
Since we all have biological clocks, it's difficult argue with the article that shifting hours screws with people's well being and efficiency.
Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7
I take it you don't use Safari. It has a Reader button which cuts out the chaff. I'll link to an equally annoying Cnet page that explains it ;-)
I wish that option was available on other browsers.
Humans Choose Friends With Similar DNA
Amusingly I found that in Tokyo bars (in friendship terms) I had more in common with the locals than with caucasian Americans with whom I share the same European ancestry.
Nevertheless I am broadly drawn towards females who are similar to me. Those who look most dissimilar do not rate on my "wish to procreate with" list.
For the article's hypothesis to work, it's the second point that matters most. It means that the people who are born around you will be more like you and so are there for available friendship.
Not everyone is like me, and I'm glad of that. The more diverse the gene pool, the stronger the specie.
Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)
Oh for some mod points - they never seem to come when you need them.
MS: Windows Phone 8 Wi-Fi Vulnerable, Cannot Be Patched
They all use iPhones...
Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony
Put the index atom at the start of the mp4 file and then you can claim it was intended for streaming even if they download it...;-)
Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive
Google had a similar problem with Gmail in the UK, so called it Googlemail in that territory. After a while they came to some kind of agreement with the name owner and were able to use Gmail.
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