top US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone
Sadly already happening in Texas.
top Ask Slashdot: Exploiting 'Engineering And
...' On a Resume?
about a year and a half ago
top Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles
now what you have to hope is those indian doctors/engineers didnt do the same on their exams
Sadly as somebody who is a CS graduate student at a university whose CS graduate program is dominated by Indian students, I can tell you that this is absolutely the case. They see no problem with cheating, even after the professor has told them that he knows they are cheating and explains the consequences. Doesn't matter if it was homework, projects or tests they always cheat.
top Micron Lands Broad "Slide To Unlock" Patent
I'll just leave these here:
top "Self-Healing" NAND Flash Memory That Can Survive Over 100 Million Cycles
He was probably reflowing the solder. Crappy solder / soldering jobs (such as those in the Xbox 360) are often fixed by heating up the solder to the reflow temperature. This liquifies the solder allowing it flow back into its proper place.
top Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance
Where I live, I can only get Suddenlink (which involves paying for cable)...
I don't know where you live, but I know that Suddenlink does offer internet without bundled cable here in West Texas. A buddy of mine just canceled his cable tv while keeping his 10 Mb internet.
top Hackers Increasingly Using Twitter For Botnets
Twitter and social networks are more likely to be used by the average person. Whereas IRC has been getting a (undeserved) bad rap for nefarious things.
top OpenSolaris Governing Board Closing Shop?
That is I thank you for making my morning.
top OpenSolaris Governing Board Closing Shop?
And as a Red Raider I thank you.
top Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names
never mind that if he actually understood that underlying database, he'd know that a VARCHAR is not padded to that max length. If someone just entered "Alex", the same 4 bytes will be actually used in the database, regardless if the field is a defined as maximum 4, 32, 256 or 2000 characters.
That is not entirely true. While you are correct VARCHAR does not pad the string (char does), older versions of MySQL and other RDMS had/have an upper limit of 255 characters. Newer versions do allow for varchar of a larger length, however the storage size of each value increases.
top Telcos Waking Up To the Value of Your Location
I pay $30 per month to AT&T. For that insanely high price, my wife, our two kids, and I can all send unlimited text messages, including MMS messages with attached pics. Each of us sends an average of about 1000 messages per month; that works out to 0.75
cents per message. Not 75 cents, 0.75 cents. I honestly don't get where the hate on SMS charges comes from.
FTFY, units are always helpful.
top Does HP + Palm = Facepalm?
I don't think anyone here is going to argue that Dell makes a better server, workstation, or laptop of various styles than HP.
Umm, I will. At least when it comes to laptop I have had horrible experiences with Dell. Of the three laptops that my company has from Dell each has had serious problems. 2 laptops of the same model failed at roughly the same time with a bad motherboard / graphics card. The third has had to be repaired by Dell on no less than 4 occasions in the past 2 years. Again for motherboard and other card failures. About the only good thing about Dell is their on-site repair and support (which does not come cheap mind you.) On the other hand my HP laptop has had next to no problems in the same time frame, other that a crappy AC adapter that is starting to fall apart.
top H.264 vs. Theora — Fightin' Words About Patentability
That said, I definitely think something like the RSA algorithm was as worthy of a patent as most anything else out there.
You do the realize that at the heart of the RSA algorithm (and most if not all cyptography algorthims for that matter) is a series of mathematical equations (See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSA#Operation). Therefore under US law it should not be patentable, yet for some reason because it relates to computing it is was granted a patent.
top When the Power Goes Out At Google
Dude RTFA (I know, I know, shame on me). The backup generators kicked in, but 25% of the machines in data center did not receive power before crashing.
top SFLC Says Microsoft Violated the GPL
No if it floats like duck, then it's GPL compliant.....or a witch, I am not sure.
top Seattle Data Center Outage Disrupts E-Commerce
...except it failed as well. From their twitter:
"@gotwww The backup data center was impacted too. Don't have info as to why. The team is solely focused on getting us back up for now."
top Microsoft Will Ship Windows 7 in Europe With IE Unbundled
Updates in Vista uses a seperate contral panel applet, presumably its the same in 7.
You are correct updates appear in a "Windows Update" control panel.
top New CyberSecurity Bill Raises Privacy Questions
...it's just a piece of paper anyways.
top Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI
How do we know that CADIE is not Conflicker? Maybe she is like Skynet, and is the virius.
top Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax
Ever priced a srick or two of RAM from HP?
Their part store prices a stick of 1 GB "Genuine" SODIMM RAM at $264.86.