top TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
So everyone should start carrying external spare batteries.
I've seen a 22400 mAh portable Li-ion battery for less than $50. Imagine a whole plane full of those. And no, consumer grade Li-ion batteries never explode.
Up to two spare Li-ion batteries up to 300 Wh ("large batteries") are allowed
in the carry-on baggage. So external USB chargers/accumulators up to 60 mAh should be OK. about a month and a half ago
top Scribd Switches To HTML5
Works fine with NoScript if you allow both www.scribd.com and scribdassets.com. Without scripts only the first three pages are loaded and default fonts are used.
To read other documents in HTML5 one needs to enable it in his Scribd settings (http://www.scribd.com/account/edit).
top Estimating Game Piracy More Accurately
Add to this that when the same title officially arrives to the local market may lose some subtitles, or even an original audio track. If it's an audio, it may be digitally remastered (once again).
top The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture
Or just move some code offshore. Software patents is an awesome opportunity for software as a service.
I can imagine whole third world countries to make living from opening files in patent-encumbered formats.
top The Worst Apple Products of All Time
As far as I know no other monitor is even close now. Being able to see 57% more pixels matters. Especially if you are into editing photos. BTW, 2560×1440 is just enough to see 12 MP photos at crispy 50% zoom (assuming 3:2 format). 2048×1152 is not enough even for a nasty 2MP shot (assuming 4:3 format). For games and vi it does not really matter.
But $1600 is too much, IMO. As I don't make money on photos, I am not byuing that screen yet.
top Google To Challenge Facebook Again
> will be a somewhat open protocol, a federated social network.
You mean like identi.ca and openmicroblogging?
top What Tools Do FLOSS Developers Need?
hg-git is OK (to use hg as a client for remote git repositories).
hg-subversion interoperation is told to be less reliable (people say bazaar-subversion integration is better).
bzr clients seem to be more or less interoperable with all major VCSes via plugins (bzr-svn, bzr-hg, bzr-git).
darcs and git are not interoperable with anything.
top Newly-Found Windows Bug Affects All Versions Since NT
Switching to a new version of Linux is not nearly as big of an undertaking.
Clearly, you don't have an ATI video card, do you?
top Why Top Linux Distros Are For Different Users
top Google May Limit Free News Access
I wish there were a way to exclude pay-walled pages from the search results. What do you think about it, Google?
top Advice On Creating an Open Source Textbook?
Please check out such books as
Mercurial: The Definitive Guide and Real World Haskell. They were freely available when being written and remain such, but in the same time both books were published as usual (on paper) by O'Reilly: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596800673/ http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596514983/
The source code used to create the books is
also available. So you may use the same work flow.
top GPS Accuracy Could Start Dropping In 2010
> There have already been dual GPS/GLONASS systems for many years, so a triple GPS/GLONAS/Galileo system should be no problem.
Actually, such systems already exist. For example, see
Topcon GR-3. There are also GPS/GLONASS/Galileo single-chip receivers.
top Sun's Phipps Slams App Engine's Java Support
It's not different for Python on Google App Engine. Only a subset of its standard library is available (anything that requires disk access does not work).
So, also with Python one has to code specifically for GAE. The same applies for Java.
But GAE offers free-as-in-beer and ad-free application hosting. It's OK that it is somewhat limited and is not 100% compatible with everything else.
top Trick Used To Pass French "Three Strikes"
This had to happen sooner or later. We only didn't know when and where. Now, in France.
Looking forward to the rise of
anonymous (pseudonymous) P2P networks. They are almost there already, but only lack sufficient user base.
I bet on GNUnet.
top Shouldn't Every Developer Understand English?
There were some Russian programming languages from the USSR's aerospace community.
Please take a look at some
valid literate Haskell code which tells the common Russian fairy tale. It has nothing to do with aerospace, and it is standard modern Haskell. Copy-paste, compile and run.
Another modern example is
Chinese Python. Though it is a fork from the standard python.
top Questions Linger Over Google Book Rights Registry
Maybe it's just me, but the tech level required to read a book online is pretty high.
It's a matter of distribution of e-books being mostly illegal in the western world. When the means of distribution is not effectively suppressed, it is used by almost everybody. See, for example,
http://lib.rus.ec/ (Russian e-books' site).
Add to that the power consumption.
You need some light to read a paper book too.
But given the typical price of a paper book $15, you can consume as much as 150 kWh if you don't buy it. That's a lot of energy. It's enough to keep the laptop on for 100 days. I believe much longer with an e-Ink device. And all these money now is wasted on ineffective legacy distribution network. Eventually, these $15 will be consumed as energy or resources, emitted as CO2 and contribute to toxic land-dump in third-world countries, with an effect probably multiple of what you, personally, can do with 150 kWh (see
And the paranoia of knowing the ebook I read today can be changed tomorrow to reflect a different view.
That's why you should download it and keep forever. Forget online readers and DRM schemes, that let you see a page, but don't let you have a _copy_. Hard drives are cheap.
Respectful publishers will sign their e-books.
top Pirate Bay To Offer VPN For $7 a Month
Relakks offering just the same thing for P2P users?
It is in Sweden, btw.
Does anyone use it?
top JaikuEngine Gets Open Sourced
Right! This needs to be upvoted.
top Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format
You forgot about moka pots. They are affordable ($20) and easy to use. And given a good pot, good beans, and some attention to take it off the fire timely, the drink is rich and strong. Not as strong and oily as a true espresso, but it has its own goodness.
You also forgot about turkish coffee. A good cezve ($20) is not as overpriced as complicated espresso machines. And it can serve for ages (unlike moka pots).The good turkish coffee is really good, tasty and, IMHO, it has the best and the most natural aroma. But it requires more attention and devotion to cook it right.
top Which Distro For an Eee PC?
Happily running Debian eeePC flavour on 901 for three months. Satisfied.
What's not working out of the box:
* Intel HDA Audio plays audio well, but mic is not working right (requires newer ALSA or 2.6.28 kernel, not yet in repository)
* Bluetooth can be enabled only in the BIOS (requires reboot) * ACPI scripts switch WiFi off correctly, but fail to switch it on correctly if the laptop was put into sleep with WiFi turned off (a workaround: always enable WiFi before putting it into sleep mode, or reboot to restore it) * mouse driver is used instead of Elantech touchpad driver (requires kernel 2.6.28), so syndaemon cannot be used, multitouch is not working.
Most of this can be solved with a newer kernel, and everything has workarounds.