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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

guruevi Re:Not completely redundant (123 comments)

As was IDE vs. SCSI and FireWire vs. USB and now Thunderbolt vs. USB3. In the end, the professionals and geeks are always going to want the best and know what they need to work efficiently, home users will always get sold the cheapest and worst option (and they won't even know).

yesterday
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

guruevi Re:Snow Leopard (81 comments)

There is no such thing as a 2008 Mac Mini, you probably got a Mid 2007 Mac Mini which runs up to Mac OS X 10.7.5 which is still supported and can actually take up to 3GB of memory (2GB was the maximum configuration by Apple).

If you want to, you can install Linux on the machine. I don't know why NewEgg would crap out on the browser because that Safari supports common versions of ECMAScript and HTML5, try Firefox otherwise.

yesterday
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

guruevi So? (396 comments)

There is very little US-brewed beer that is drinkable. Maybe Sam Adams and some microbreweries but most of the decent ones are imported regardless where these rules don't apply.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

guruevi Re:Militia, then vs now (1608 comments)

The wording is pretty clear. Back then they were starting to get some 'machine guns' and they've had cannons and explosives for a while, any futurist was talking about such weaponry and machines that fought wars. They knew governments and other rich entities were going to have the first and most access to new weaponry and were going to use it to suppress any uprisings. They also knew any government, even their own, was going to become corrupt and heavy handed and eventually degrade into something akin to their monarchy with heavy taxation without representation (it only took 200 years for their own government to do that).

The right for the people to have a "well regulated militia" is pretty clear to me, it's a militia (which doesn't have to be controlled by any particular government) that is well-regulated (they have a purpose to exist and are under a command) shall not be infringed upon.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed either. There is no statement there that clarifies what type of weaponry or when someone can bear arms because then an oppressive government could rule out eg. all automatic weapons or anyone who's not a leftie.

And does that mean that anyone can have a shotgun: yes, an ak-47: yes, an atomic or biological weapon: yes. The old government has it, why wouldn't a new government need it? And if an individual becomes a problem, the 'well regulated militia' can take care of it. If a group of individuals becomes a problem, we're talking about throwing over the old government, that was it's intended purpose.

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

guruevi Re:Nuclear is obvious, an energy surplus is desire (432 comments)

Nuclear reactors aren't nuclear bombs. You need to refine the fission material very well in said reactors and then re-refine it in more specialized reactors to get a material that has the potential of wiping a large area. Even then, the offensive material degrades very quickly to manageable levels, Hiroshima or even the Nevada desert is far from uninhabitable, Chernobyl even continued generating electricity in it's other reactors for 20 years after the disaster. Even Three Mile Island, which was in a relatively densely populated area of the world is only expected to maybe cause ~300 cancers, far less than the average coal plant in it's life time.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

guruevi Playing into Microsoft's playbook (322 comments)

For years, Microsoft has been attempting to rent out their software instead of selling it outright. Having a yearly cost for an OS or Office suite is what they've been attempting to do for years.

It started with their Enterprise licensing where they started charging "Software Update Assurance", basically for a yearly cost per computer you 'rent' any version of their software (usually a Windows/Office/CAL combo). Then they went to Office365 where you paid for both storage, server and the desktop software on a yearly basis outright, no more buying the Office suite, no more buying Exchange and also, you're locked in because you can't get your data out anymore. Now they've come full circle where you rent their OS suite. Since they've tested the waters over the last 2 decades and know that large companies rather remain locked in because it's a cheaper solution for the next quarter, they can now keep raising their prices as they're doing with Software Update Assurance (it went up 30% last year), Office365 and now Windows ($200/year). Expect the next Windows to cost a pretty penny on a yearly basis as well.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

guruevi Re:Training instead of H-1Bs (226 comments)

Entry level Indian/Pakistani are still cheaper. What needs to happen is that H1B's should by law have 150% of the median income for the area for that type of job and an additional 50% invested in local education programs

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

guruevi IPTables FTW (187 comments)

Most distros will have the rules in a single script, they are really easy to read, modify and understand. I don't understand what good a GUI would do for something as simple and important as a rule-based firewall, GUIs only hides things.

Of the top of my head:
iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p 22 -j ACCEPT
iptables -P INPUT -j DROP
iptables -P OUTPUT -j ACCEPT
iptables -P FORWARD -j DROP

To get a detailed overview of the rules:
iptables -nLv

If you need any simpler, just go with the defaults your distro has to offer, they'll be secure.

about two weeks ago
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Under Revised Quake Estimates, Dozens of Nuclear Reactors Face Problems

guruevi Re:This is the problem with all aging infrastructu (152 comments)

Fukushima is not a hot spot. There is a lot of media surrounding it and sure, there may be some "bad things" there but there isn't life threatening Chernobyl-level activity (and even Chernobyl wasn't all that bad). I also wouldn't be concerned about Buchanan, NY getting hit by a tsunami, Long Island and NYC are among a few of the things that have to be passed by (and those would dissipate most/all of the energy). And if a tsunami hit there, well, then, we'd have more serious things to be concerned about like your survival among the remaining 10% of the species on earth.

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

guruevi Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

This however does not set one free from tort. The liability claims, regardless whether it's an employee on the job or a customer getting hurt on your premises or using your products, will most likely be paid out by the insurance or your company but if it can be proven that it was through your action or inaction, you can still be held accountable for it.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

guruevi Re:14th Amendment (284 comments)

So can you find Area 51 or a number of 'secret' bases on US maps?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

guruevi Re:You're Wrong (284 comments)

Well, THEN the Founding Fathers should be spinning in their graves. Heck, I think we can install a turbine on Jefferson's grave alone and get power for the entire northeast.

I find it kind of funny (and I find it kind of sad) that US-ians will go all 'free speech' on China while they themselves can barely get on public transportation without the US gov breaching several other aspects of their constitutional rights in some sort

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

guruevi Re:The Founding Fathers are crying.. (284 comments)

Why? The constitution only regulates the US government. It doesn't regulate neither the Chinese government nor private entities inside or outside the US.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

guruevi Re: Fuck boy racers (262 comments)

Scientific studies have shown the opposite though. People slowing down unnecessarily below average speeds is what causes traffic jams. Generally those that stand on the brakes the second someone in front taps off their cruise control with the brakes are the causes of the ripple effect.

Look at any section where lanes are reduced or split - people slow down (ok) but then there are those that slow down so much as to either fit in last minute that they slow down the entire side of the split that has less traffic or they always leave 2 18 wheelers of space between each other or practically come to a stop because of someone fitting themselves into that space (especially if they're on the phone).

about a month ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

guruevi Re:Sorry, what? (490 comments)

a) You should definitely get a better ISP then. (I know the US sucks etc but it should be unacceptable that you have to pay more for simply pumping a few more bits on an unmetered medium)
b) If you've ever popped in a Blu-Ray film, you know that ain't true unless you're breaking the law. There are a number of previews, a number of unskippable notices that you're a criminal, sometimes you'll even need an update before all of that and THEN it starts. If you're breaking the DMCA (even with a legally owned disc), you circumvent all of those but that's illegal.
c) If *I* want to watch a movie on a plane, I bring my laptop... disks are too clunky and heavy. Media is available on non-disc formats these days (even legally).
d) If *I* want to loan a movie to a friend, I simply point his media center software to my shared disk.

There is currently no legal way to watch a movie in a convenient way (in the US), you, the consumer lost.

about a month ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

guruevi Re: History Lesson:German occupation of Czechoslov (551 comments)

Several decades ago you would also not imagine any circumstances where Congress would hamper the government's ability to pay it's own workers (Government shutdowns), hamper it's ability to get and give credit (raising the debt ceiling), hamper laws that protect the equal rights of all it's citizens (recognizing non-traditional unions), create laws that take away a women's right to choose (anti-abortion legislation), create laws that hamper science education (considering creationism) in school or hamper laws against large companies effectively buying out both law enforcement (DMCA) and democratic elections (Citizens United).

Our government has been co-opted by religious zealots with the end goal of creating the Christian version of Sharia/feudal law where the rich and religious leaders have and maintain all the power (you keep them dumb, we'll keep them poor).

about a month ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

guruevi Re:OMG! (551 comments)

The problem with any of those countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, ...) and most countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa is that they aren't a singular country. They may be in theory but in practice, Afghanistan is a collection of mountain-roaming war tribes, Iraq is a collection of separate ethnic groups and that is the case in most of those countries.

They kill each other off because they've done so for millennia, the Bible and Koran being some of the more well known histories/mythologies surrounding some of those wars. Going in to fight one of these tiny groups (and most groups are only a few 1000 in size) just pisses off the other groups because you're not "on their side".

about a month ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

guruevi Re: History Lesson:German occupation of Czechoslov (551 comments)

Although the US military may be superior in fire power, I think the US military in such situation would be inferior due to bureaucracy and partisan politics. In Russia, there is no split Congress that would block such expenditure or anyone that would bother with politics and image, Putin is the boss and if you're a non-compliant member of the Kremlin, you'll be shipped off to Siberia.

about a month ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

guruevi Re:Makes perfect sense (142 comments)

Not necessarily. I know at least one institution where day-to-day purchase orders have to be submitted in writing, signed off by two or three people, in triplicate, sent by inter-office mail, typed up into a minicomputer, printed out (using a daily batch print job), sent back by inter-office mail for verification, sent back again by inter-office mail with confirmation after which they'll create a purchase order send it back by inter-office mail after which you can send it to the vendor. Then once you got the product, the vendor sends an invoice where it has to be processed again in the minicomputer, printed out, sent out for verification, sent back with confirmation after which they'll write a check, send it back to you for sending to the vendor. Then once the vendor cashes the check, there is a final verification sent out and sent back.

Oh and none of these processes are connected with a database. If you send them anything at any step, you have to include the entire purchase order because they won't know what you actually ordered when you simply say Purchase Order Request 135595. This process is supposed to take 2 weeks however they currently have a 3 week backlog.

Replacing the system hasn't been done because (back in the day) they decided to go with a closed source solution and all that data is forever locked in a binary system. They're attempting to replace it with a closed source cloud-based system from an Australian vendor (this is in the US) which will take 2 years and 7 Aussie developers on-site (at ~$250/h each + room and board) just to implement the business processes, data extraction is done by another vendor to the tune of ~$1M. Your tax dollars at work!

about a month ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

guruevi Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

You could've sued and gotten your rent back for every day that something was claimed to be out of order (if your furnace doesn't work for 3 days, you technically don't have to pay rent for 3 days).

about 1 month ago

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What is the best starter guide/book for beginning with OOP

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guruevi writes "A (girl)friend of mine just started a CS course and has been dumped head first into programming with Java.

The textbook sucks in my not-so-humble opinion, the teacher just glossed over the theory, didn't really explain anything other than "just do this and it will work" (until yesterday she had no idea as to what String[] args means in the main and why it should or shouldn't be there) and has given them only a few class methods to implement, feeding them the main and tester classes so far then skipped straight ahead to "now implement the main, this class and the tester" leaving (at least one of) his pupils bewildered as to what it actually all means.

Yes, she can parrot what an object is and a string or an integer and how to write it up but she has no idea how it fits together. Constructor methods same problem, parrot the theory but no idea what it actually means and how object oriented programming makes things look different than the methodical sequential programming people are geared towards thinking.

Since I am an already somewhat seasoned programmer I can explain what everything means and it feels very natural after years of experience but I'm not a great teacher. I also like to introduce what is and isn't good practice (and where her teacher goes horribly wrong is teaching good practice such as commenting, variable naming etc.) but it all gets overwhelming for her.

Since I am not really familiar with Java (more of a P*/C/ObjC/C++ guy) I am looking for either a good guide on Java or any objective oriented programming for beginners, something where people can understand how methods/functions work, how variables are passed and what scoping means (things the textbook doesn't explain until a few chapters later, it just assumes the pupil to copy the examples)"
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BREIN removes data from seized hard drives

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

guruevi writes "In January BREIN (the Dutch counterpart to the RIAA) illegally seized 8 servers from a hosting provider. In order to get the servers back, BREIN and the hosting provider reached a settlement where all servers would be returned but 4 servers BREIN claims hosted illegal websites would be completely erased. The other 4 hosted administrative data of the hosting company.

According to BREIN, the servers hosted illegal top sites (sites where data is shared among releasers, not end-users) but the owner of the servers and the hosting provider denies the allegation, the company that owned the websites that were hosted on the servers went into bankruptcy in the mean time.

BREIN settled before a judge could review the case and in return for the servers and in order not to prolong the impact on his business made the owner agree to a gag order as well. According to Tim Kuik, proprietor of BREIN, "we got exactly what we wanted" and calls the opponents lawyers a "bad loser"."

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SABAM wants truckers to pay for listening to radio

guruevi guruevi writes  |  about 3 years ago

guruevi writes "SABAM, the Belgian RIAA wants truckers to start paying for the copyrights to listen to the radio in their cabin. SABAM already has a system in place to extract fees from businesses for having radio's in the work area for businesses with more than 9 employees and they find that truckers' cabins are areas of work and thus infringe on their copyrights. The local politicians think this is going too far, they believe truckers need a radio for safety reasons and view a truck cabin as 'an intimate place'.

Can you come up with other places to extract music copyright remittances? Maybe you may want to pay taxes every time you take a dump as your gas may form a tune."

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SourceForge password sniffing or is it phishing?

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

guruevi (827432) writes "I just received this e-mail apparently from SourceForge asking me to change the password on their site. Off course since there were password sniffing attempts I can't be too sure that this is a legitimate e-mail or whether or not the code behind it is safe to use. Maybe I'm getting phished based on my account data?

This is their e-mail:

Hello,

We recently experienced a directed attack on SourceForge infrastructure (http://sourceforge.net/blog/sourceforge-net-attack/) and so we are resetting all passwords in the sf.net database — just in case. We're e-mailing all sf.net registered account holders to let you know about this change to your account.

Our investigation uncovered evidence of password sniffing attempts. We have no evidence to suggest that your password has been compromised. But, what we definitely don't want is to find out in 2 months that passwords were compromised and we didn't take action.

So, as a proactive measure we've invalidated your SourceForge.net account password. To access the site again, you'll need to go through the email
recovery process and choose a shiny new password:

https://sourceforge.net/account/registration/recover.php

If you need help with this, feel free to e-mail us:

sfnet_ops@geek.net

We appreciate your patience with us as we work to respond to this attack. We'll be working through the weekend to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Watch for updates on the service outages on our blog:

http://sourceforge.net/blog/

Thank you,

The SourceForge Team"

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First known binary star is a sextuplet system

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

guruevi writes "The two stars named Alcor and Mizar, sometimes also called "Horse and Rider" can be seen with the naked eye and has been thought to be a binary system since ancient times. Using his telescope, Galileo documented Mizar to be itself a pair of binaries with later discoveries in spectroscopy showing it was actually four stars orbiting each other. However an astronomer at the University of Rochester made the discovery that Alcor is actually two stars and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the Mizar system making the whole group a sextuplet.

The discovery is surprising since Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. Eric Mamajek, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, and leader of the team that found the star says "We were trying a new method of planet hunting and instead of finding a planet orbiting Alcor, we found a star." The star seems to be a cool and dim M-class dwarf star."

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Brain Separates Living and Non-Living Objects

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

guruevi writes "For unknown reasons, the human brain distinctly separates the handling of images of living things from images of non-living things, processing each image type in a different area of the brain. For years, many scientists have assumed the brain segregated visual information in this manner to optimize processing the images themselves, but new research shows that even in people who have been blind since birth the brain still separates the concepts of living and non-living objects.

The research, published in today's issue of Neuron, implies that the brain categorizes objects based on the different types of subsequent consideration they demand — such as whether an object is edible, or is a landmark on the way home, or is a predator to run from. They are not categorized entirely by their appearance.
"If both sighted people and people with blindness process the same ideas in the same parts of the brain, then it follows that visual experience is not necessary in order for those aspects of brain organization to develop," says Bradford Mahon, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and lead author of the study. "We think this means significant parts of the brain are innately structured around a few domains of knowledge that were critical in humans' evolutionary history."

Previous studies have shown that the sight of certain objects, such as a table or mountain, activate regions of the brain other than does the sight of living objects, such as an animal or face — but why the brain would choose to process these two categories differently has remained a mystery, says Mahon. Since the regions were known to activate when the objects were seen, scientists wondered if something about the visual appearance of the objects determined how the brain would process them. For instance, says Mahon, most living things have curved forms, and so many scientists thought the brain prefers to processes images of living things in an area that is optimized for curved forms.

I just wonder where zombies and the undead would appear on your fMRI."

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Regular Light Bulbs Made Super-Efficient

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

guruevi writes "An ultra-powerful laser can turn regular incandescent light bulbs into power-sippers, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester. The process could make a light as bright as a 100-watt bulb consume less electricity than a 60-watt bulb while remaining far cheaper and radiating a more pleasant light than a fluorescent bulb can.

The key to creating the super-filament is an ultra-brief, ultra-intense beam of light called a femtosecond laser pulse. The laser burst lasts only a few quadrillionths of a second. During its brief burst, Guo's laser unleashes as much power as the entire grid of North America onto a spot the size of a needle point. That intense blast forces the surface of the metal to form nanostructures and microstructures that dramatically alter how efficiently can radiate from the filament.

In 2006, Guo and his assistant, Anatoliy Vorobeyv, used a similar laser process to turn any metal pitch black as reported on Slashdot. The surface structures created on the metal were incredibly effective at capturing incoming radiation, such as light.

Guo's team has even been able to make a filament radiate partially polarized light, which until now has been impossible to do without special filters that reduce the bulb's efficiency. By creating nanostructures in tight, parallel rows, some light that emits from the filament becomes polarized. Guo is also announcing this month in Applied Physics Letters a technique using a similar femtosecond laser process to make a piece of metal automatically move liquid around its surface, even lifting a liquid up against gravity."

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Pure IPTV providers in the US

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

guruevi writes "We currently have Time Warner Cable in our area but no viable competitors. We have no FiOS, we have no decent DSL (unless you call 512/128 good, we have no U-Verse. We only have TWC for Cable and High-Speed Internet or DirectTV for Sattelite. TWC knows this and thus can charge anything for no service. Currently we were forced in their All-In-One package since it is cheaper than buying just cable and internet from them. Recently the quality of the basic cable (analog) offer has been degrading to the point that there is visible pixelation and the color has been degraded to something that looks like 256 color VGA (looks like a 90's era compressed DivX) especially during peak hours. This is (I think) done to save on bandwidth since they are offering more HD and On-Demand channels and a whopping 10MBps Internet (Turbo Boost).

So I wanted to switch to digital and HD since it's supposed to be better, we payed for HD service and were forced to rent their DVR with it (they don't offer HD service without). Not a problem, the channels are decent. Now we want a second television so I have an HD television but you can't receive their HD channels without a DVR since they are all encrypted. No problem I think, I plug into the Firewire plugs on the back of the DVR which are supposed to be able to tune the box and stream it over the network using MythTV however these plugs have been (illegally or intentionally) disabled. Calling TWC doesn't help, they don't want to ship me a DVR with the plugs enabled nor do they want to ship me a cable box that can decode the HD service I'm paying for. The only solution they have is to pay for another DVR box ($120 for the box + $120 installation) and rental (~$20/month for the box + $4/month for the remote (no kidding) + taxes and fees). CableCard has recently been discontinued on the network so I can't buy a TiVo.

I think the best solution in my situation would be to dump TWC all together for cable and switch to a pure IPTV provider. The problem is however, I found a few IPTV providers outside the US (Israel, China, India, Europe, ...) that offer some type of TV channel offer (either with or without a set top box) but I can't find any that offer the US. I don't need local channels however I would like to have at least NBC (although I can get that over antenna), ABC, A&E, Discovery, Comedy Channel etc. Ideally I would be able to integrate an IPTV offer in my MythTV setup but it's not a requirement. I am more than happy to pay for a set top box rental or pre-paid as long as I can get some decent service for a decent price. My bandwidth is good and stable enough for certain HD channels (they are currently already compressed with TWC and I can stream 720p QuickTime) and I can always upgrade my bandwidth from the current 3 Mbps. Anybody that tried out some good providers or content distributors and had good results?"
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Scientist forced to remove prediction was right

guruevi guruevi writes  |  about 5 years ago

guruevi writes "It seems that the scientist that was forced to remove his prediction about earthquakes in the L'Aquilla region was right after all. According to CNN up to 150 people have lost their life in that region because of a powerful earthquake. No word yet from the news tickers on what became of the bully that censored this scientist because of the 'panic' he started."
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Apple silently introduces new iPod Touch

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "Apparently Apple has really stopped introducing stuff at big events and are silently introducing products on their website without much fanfare as seen with Safari 4 Beta.

The new iPod Touch (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipod/) has a shiny metal backplate (compared to the previous all-plastic one) and comes into it's previous 8GB and 16GB versions as well as a (new) 32GB version and seems to be marketed towards handheld gaming."

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DRM-free iTunes also means increase in pricing

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "Apple just announced that all iTunes songs will soon be available in DRM-free format. The concession for this will be the 3-tier pricing structure. Now the media generators finally got it's much wanted price increase. Songs will now be available for USD 0.69, USD 0.99 or USD 1.29. Other announcements from the company were a new (expected) MacBook 17" and new versions of iWork and iLife. Online versions of iWork are also going to become fee-based and Keynote Remote is going to cost money as well. Does giving up Steve Jobs as Apple's main man also mean giving up the set, relatively low prices of it's services?"
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Controversial wiretap law passed through the House

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "The controversial wiretap law which has had quite some coverage here on Slashdot and created an outcry with people concerned about their privacy has finally been passed through the House and is now going to the Senate. The law will grant retroactive immunity to the telecom industry which has aided the Bush Administration and 3-letter agencies with illegal wiretaps and will legalize such wiretaps.

For future wiretaps, the new measure would require a special court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to approve any effort to spy on Americans. Authorities could act for up to seven days before seeking a warrant — more than twice the three-day emergency period under the current secret laws and courts.

The House vote was 293-129, with 188 Republicans and 105 Democrats voting for it. One Republican voted against the measure.

Bush said the legislation will "allow our intelligence professionals to quickly and effectively monitor the plans of terrorists abroad while protecting the liberties of Americans here at home." He's also fearmongering by saying that 'the enemy' that attacked us at 9/11 will attack again and this legislation will allow

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, said the bill would prevent administration officials from conducting any new warrantless surveillance. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said the new plan is "not perfect" but "strikes a sound balance" between intelligence-gathering and civil liberties.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the intelligence community depends on "the backing of patriotic private companies."

"The telecom companies simply have to produce a piece of paper we already know exists, resulting in immediate dismissal," said Caroline Fredrickson, the head of the ACLU's Washington legislative office. She said the bill "does nothing to keep Americans safe and is a constitutional farce.""

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Anonymous Coward steals data of 6m Chili's

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

guruevi writes "Slashdot's most favorite poster, the one and only with uid 666, Anonymous Coward stole personal data of 6 million Chileans — reportedly including a daughter of the president — and posted it briefly on the Internet, authorities said Sunday. The hacker said he intended "to demonstrate how poorly protected the data in Chile is, and how nobody works to protect it."

Police Chief Jaime Jara confirmed that authorities were investigating the theft of the leaked data, which he said included identity card numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mails and academic background. The data is currently offline but it could have been downloaded by some visitors. Torrent anyone?"

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Researchers compress 20s of music onto 1kb

guruevi guruevi writes  |  about 6 years ago

guruevi writes "Researchers at the University of Rochester have digitally reproduced music in a file nearly 1,000 times smaller than a regular MP3 file. The music, a 20-second clarinet solo, is encoded in less than a single kilobyte, and is made possible by two innovations: recreating in a computer both the real-world physics of a clarinet and the physics of a clarinet player.

A comparison of samples of both reproductions (MP3 and this new algorithm) can be heard on the site.

Apparently they sample all physics that interact with the clarinet at speeds a human can produce (as opposed to sampling the sound it produces thousands of times per second) and then reproduce the sound. I don't know if this would be similar to MIDI but according to the researchers, even the human voice could be synthesized this way."

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The 'Planet' in Planetary Nebulae

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "Astronomers at the University of Rochester, have announced that low-mass stars and possibly even super-Jupiter-sized planets may be responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking objects in the sky.

The news is ironic because the name "planetary" nebula has always been a misnomer. When these objects were discovered 300 years ago, astronomers couldn't tell what they were and named them for their resemblance to the planet Uranus. But as early as the mid-19th century, astronomers realized these objects are really great clouds of dust emitted by dying stars.

Now, researchers have found that planets or low-mass stars orbiting these aged stars may indeed be pivotal to the creation of the nebulae's fantastic appearance. Pretty pictures and more information in the link."

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Is Apple becoming shy of the spotlight?

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "We've all come to know the big releases of Apple through Steve Jobs' typical keynote in black turtleneck and jeans. Lately however, more and more products have come to the daylight without the big announcements, without the keynote, without Steve? Recent releases include the new XServe and the replacement of the XServe RAID with Promise gear, the 2GB iPod Shuffle, Pink iPods, Aperture 2 and today the new Macbook models featuring faster processors, multi-touch touchpads and NVIDIA chipsets. Is Steve on his way out? Is this a change in future direction for Apple? Or is Apple working on something so much better for their next keynote?"
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Apple drops XServe RAID, continues with Promise

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "When I went to configure a server today on the Apple Store, I couldn't find their XServe RAID systems anymore. Apple released Xsan 2 today but silently they also replaced the XServe RAID, Apple's in-house PATA-based RAID solution with a Promise VTrak E-Class RAID Subsystem which can seat up to sixteen 750GB 7200-rpm SATA or 300GB 15,000-rpm SAS drives for up to 12TB of raw capacity. These solutions come in at $11999 for 8x 750G SATA drives, $14999 for 12TB and $18999 for 4,8TB of SAS drives spinning at 15,000 rpm So no more nicely brushed aluminum storage enclosures, hopefully they are just as simple to maintain."
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TSA testers slip fake bombs through security

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "But apparently it's not all that difficult. According to the CNN writeup, about 60%-75% of tests fail (as in, the investigators successfully slip through security successfully with a potential bomb. This doesn't inspire much confidence in the TSA security systems which have become more of an annoyance ever since 9/11 to any Slashdot and non-Slashdot reading traveller. This particular investigator actually has a bomb strapped to his back, gets a pat down because of a metal leg and gets away with telling it's a back support. Scary or common knowledge?"
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Hip-Hop and Cell Phones Attract Girls to Science

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "In order to attract girls to Science, seventh and eighth grade girls from Wilson Foundation Academy will be searching for real scientific answers to questions on topics that interest them most. As part of Science STARS (Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science), an after-school program at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, middle school girls will investigate how hip-hop dance affects balance coordination and reaction time, what the impact of hairstyling products on hair is and how cell phones distract us through everyday usage. So is this just going to be a fad or will girls really be attracted and make the 'science choice' later in life by these type of programs?"
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"Electromagnetic Wormhole" with Invisibili

guruevi guruevi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

guruevi writes "Allan Greenleaf, professor of mathematics, and others at the University of Rochester first created the mathematics behind the "invisibility cloak" announced last October. In a study in the Oct. 12 Physical Review Letters, the team has now shown that the same technology could be used to generate an "electromagnetic wormhole".

"Imagine wrapping Harry Potter's invisibility cloak around a tube," says Greenleaf. "If the material is designed according to our specifications, you could pass an object into one end, watch it disappear as it traveled the length of the tunnel, and then see it reappear out the other end."

More information and pictures can be found here: http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3012 The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities."

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