Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death
OK Sony have added +1 to their boycott level, bringing their Douchebag Boycott level to +5. I'm already boycotting them for:
+1 piss-poor customer service in their stores
+1 piss-poor service for their laptop repair
+1 CD rootkit issue
+1 removing the "Other OS" option on the PS3 (ok I never even bought a PS3 but it was a douche move)
Essentially, Sony's douchery have demanded I revise the scale for boycott actions. The +4 level they held previously caused me to
- live Phony free
- defriend on facebook or unfollow anyone with anything good to say about Phony in a status update.
- actively discourage friends/family from purchasing Sony products
- persuade a neighbour to purchase a new TV of brand other than Sony so I did not have to stare at the Phony logo when watching TV when visiting
Ideas for additional sanctions for this new +5 boycott? Currently under consideration: building Rube Goldberg like devices to cause "accidental damage" to any Phony device owned by friends, colleages and acquaintences.
Renaming the Very Large Array
OK I haven't thought of what the acronym means yet but you can bet that the Colbert Nation is hard at work submitting recommendations.
Completely "Oldstuff Left Behind" Enhanced Radio Telescope
Activision Trying To 'Reinvent' Guitar Hero
Getting tired of you younguns spoiling our franchises! So what's the dark gritty reboot of GH going to be like? Are they going to completely mess with the origin story? Instead of sequels are they just going to release prequel after prequel?
Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'
How can a drone attack not be hostile, but a hack / cyber-attack be defined as an act of war? (ref http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/pentagon_declares_cyberattack_an_act_of_war.php
Please order drone attack on the "lawyers" who are making this assertion, because after all, it's not hostile.
Big Drop In Solar Activity Could Cool Earth
This is what they said about the last solar cycle, especially since we went into a deep solar minimum, and now the sun is waking up and we have had some nice Geomagnetic storms and solar flares already.
Robots Enter Fukushima Reactor Building
iRobot has been building robots for years with no problems with the name.
It is substantially different from crApple products by the fact iRobot products are actually useful rather than shiny technology, and substantially different from Asimov's titicular story, 'I, Robot' in the fact that (a) iRobot's are not 3 laws safe, and (b) it doesn't use 'I, ' but rather 'i' and (c) the company in Asimov's stories is US Robotics which shares the name with another company that you may have used back in the dialup days www.usr.com
I have one of the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners and hope that there will be future technological advances that allow me to continue on my goal to the state of being a lazy fat c*nt.
PS WTF Japan, you're only NOW starting to use robots help fix the reactor???
1Gbps Fiber Optic Network For Rural Britain
Like the rollout to rural areas of the NBN in Australia, smart and powerful people are rolling out fast FTTH broadband so IT people can live the dream, move to the farm and give up on the city rat race. You don't need to live in the inner city to write code.
At least until the apocalypse.
Samsung Plants Keyloggers On Laptops
I don't work for Samsung but I am a fan of their products.
It seems this so called 'IT consultant' used a crap, rarely used AV product called VIPRE which caused a false-positive, mistaking a SLovenian language pack from Microsoft Live! with a keylogger called StarLogger (both use C:\windows\SL apparently.. jeez I'd hate to use such a poorly written AV package!)
Please refer to posts by Sophos NakedSecurity blog http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/03/30/samsung-intentionally-shipping-laptops-with-keyloggerspy-software/
and Samsung Tomorrow http://www.samsungtomorrow.com/1071
NOW, can we please restore the integrity of /. frontpage news with actual facts instead of fear and obsolete debunked information.
PS - where did this "IT Consultant" get his training from? back of a cereal carton???
DreamPlug ARM Box Brings Power To Plug Computing
This Dreamplug doesn't deserve it's top billing on slashdot - it's just a Guruplug in a new case.
5W you say?? I call BS.. The Guruplug said it was only 5W but when I plugged a wattmeter into it was pulling 7W when idle (old firewall P4 computer was pulling 70W constantly so that's a decent power save anyway). Running both ethernets at gigabit and having the wifi turned on was the major cause of heat problems in the guruplug (so they crippled it so only 1 could run gigabit. Now I see the Dreamplug has 2 gigabit ethernet ports again.
Then I had to install additional airflow elements (drilling holes in the case, replacing heatsinks, replace internal power supply with external one), to turn it into a decent box that could run as my firewall. Not that I mind doing it myself - I'm from the "if you can't open it you don't own it" crowd, but it means you can't recommend this device to other less technical people without voiding their warranty too.
There are no thermal sensors on the board so trying to use lm-sensors package on Linux to get things like CPU temp will fail. The Marvell ARM in the Guruplug is ARMv5 so no XN or No-Execute page protection - that comes with ARMv6. If they haven't been addressed in this new Dreamplug it could very easily turn into a Nightmareplug *groan* especially for it's price.
IAEA Forms Nuclear Fuel Bank
This has to be the best addition to the IKEA catalog yet! Grab my tape measure, allen key and let's go shopping!
UK Scientists Leave Labs To Protest Expected Cuts
For everyone not in the UK.
Our research and science in Australia will climb the rankings by default, making us look good, increasing investment and licensing opportunities. We'll be able to keep hiring local talent, as well as recruit from soon to be unemployed talent in the UK, at discount rates! Sure, we may have to be China's butt-buddy, but at least we won't be dumb, poor and stupid.
Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole in your head....
Twitter Suffers Web Interface Exploit
until they fix twitter.
EVERYONE! Grab a shovel.. dig a hole in the sand and instruct the person next to you to put their head in the hole, now bury their heads in the sand. Everyone do the same! Wait... one person will have to be left behind.
This is a well orchestrated attack by twitter to highlight the need to move to their own in-house url shortener t.co instead of all those other pesky untrustworthy other url shorteners. However, on a funny note it's amazing how people will, nay, must click things, especially since it's been shortened into something meaningless. No way those links could be suspect, someone tweeted that... to me! it's ok, i'll just move my mouse over here... and exert some pressure on the left mouse button... oh cr*p what have i done? LOLCATS!
Keep the fear alive!
Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed
I gave the developer preview code a run today, and all my hopes as to what Diaspora could be died. It took too long to produce so little that everyone's outrage at facebook's privacy has been compartmentalized into a hollywood movie on the subject, and thus rendered irrelevant.
To be a seed you are going to need a hosting provider that supports ruby on rails with a freakishly huge list of gem dependencies, that is also running the thin webserver - that's right it doesn't work on apache (parts of it worked, but most of the ajax stuff didn't because it requires the eventmachine interface). In fact, installing all the dependencies on an ubuntu server running a LAMP stack still required an extra 350+Mb of extra packages as all the ruby and mongodb dependencies, for a so far tiny web application. Talk about bloatware!
So although it may look good, it's been put together by crApple fanboys, aka morons. WTF were they smoking at burning man to make them think this was worth it? Gimme some of that sh*t!
Music Festival Producer Pre-Sues Bootleggers
I need to get my hands on the minority report, as I don't believe the fact that precogs don't make mistakes.
Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks
Can we get that guy who cried on youtube to leave Britney alone to reprise his role to send a message to the white house?
On the plus side, this keeps going, we get to find out what's inside that insurance file...
FBI Prioritizes Copyright Over Missing Persons
Some of these missing persons will be downloading movies or music, so they'll turn up. :)
Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Trading
The market has for the past century been government sanctioned gambling. There has been no real business conducted "on the market", and we all end up having to pay off these problem gamblers. These gambling/market robots are just another part of the game so that "the house always wins". The house are the well known and dodgy investment banks, and of course government eager to take their cut^H^H^Htax.
Equatorial Mounts For Budget Astrophotography?
Yeah, just what the title reads. I'm simply curious.
The Perseids are a meteor shower in the constellation of Perseus, leftover debris from the Comet Swift-Tutle that the earth plows through every year during it's wander about the sun.
Equatorial Mounts For Budget Astrophotography?
If you're on a tight budget, but want to capture the Perseids, put a DSLR on a standard tripod. Wide shots, say 18-55mm lens, you can expose for 30 seconds or so without noticing any earth rotation in your field. Take a bunch of exposures, and use a program like the free Deep Sky Stacker to align them into a final image with total exposure time equal to all the shots combines. I haven't taken any like this for meteor showers yet, but you can get some stunning shots of the Milky Way, and some of the bigger objects in the night sky. If you use a narrower field lens, like 100mm, then you might only get 10-15sec exposures, but just take several hundred and let the stacker program turn them into awesome.
If you want a motorized mount for astroimaging you get what you pay for.. A cheap one will have poor periodic error and vibration. I got a now discontinued LXD75, but due to the cheap plastic gears it's made with, I wish now I went with a more expensive EQ6 to get more accurate guiding.
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