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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

otuz How about the other way around? (216 comments)

Shouldn't maintainers of compromised systems be held liable for skimping on security?

about 3 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

otuz Re:Can't directly compare PC and phone sales ... (511 comments)

iPhone 4 and newer iPhone battery replacement is fairly trivial:

1: Buy a battery and a pentalobe driver or bit from dealextreme or ebay for about $10
2: Uscrew the two case screws
3: Slide the back cover off
4: Unscrew the battery connector screw
5: Replace the battery and reassemble the back cover

I've done it about once a year on my iPhone 4, once the average recharge interval goes from about five days to about three days.

about 7 months ago
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

otuz Re:Springing Back (234 comments)

Hint: mainstream.

about 8 months ago
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

otuz Re:Springing Back (234 comments)

No, you must be thinking of 1970's stuff. Integrated circuits and surface-mounted components were mainstream by late 1980's.

about 8 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

otuz Re:First astronauts to land in 2025 (216 comments)

We've sent more spacecraft to Mars than any other planet. We've had space stations with sustained life-support environments for quite a while. The Apollo stuff on the other hand started pretty much from scratch as far as space-faring goes.

about 8 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

otuz Re:First astronauts to land in 2025 (216 comments)

Yes, but it was all-new tech back then. It's not so much about science and research anymore, just about finance and engineering to pull this off.

about 8 months ago
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GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

otuz Re:Stalling... (206 comments)

Because there's already an awesome open-source Mach kernel out there: XNU, and it ships with most Apple devices.

about a year ago
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Monogamy May Have Evolved To Prevent Infanticide

otuz Incorrect assumption (256 comments)

If anything humans are polygamous. A third cheat and the reason the other two thirds don't is because of social, financial and other consequences or just aren't attractive enough to get someone to cheat with.

1 year,23 days
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Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

otuz Samdroid (223 comments)

I wouldn't count out the possibility of Samsung's Android diverging from the other Android. That'd leave the rest with whatever Google releases and Samsung providing their own, separate stuff and exclusive third-party apps.

1 year,27 days
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Apple Powering Nevada Datacenter With Solar Farm

otuz Re:"43.5 million kilowatt hours" (104 comments)

Probably 43.5 GWh over its lifetime. The article is badly written, and so is the summary: classic Slashdot style.

about a year ago
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Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

otuz Re:Misses the point (419 comments)

And that's a 2007 device, isn't it?

about a year ago
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iPhone Apparently Open To Old Wi-Fi Attack

otuz The article didn't make sense and has been updated (90 comments)

UPDATE: Vodafone has told TechWeek why it believes its users are safe: “The embedded configuration that is applied for our iOS devices ‘1WiFiVodafone1x’ and ‘Auto-BTWiFi’ are locked to ‘EAP-SIM’ authentication which is a bi-directional authentication protocol.

“Man-in-the-middle attacks rely upon a hacker setting up an access point pretending to be the configured AP [access point].

“With EAP-SIM configured, the device will send the AP a challenge to make sure that it is Vodafone that it is connecting to. This transaction is resolved with our network, which sends back the response to the challenge and its own challenge. The handset then responds to the network challenge and providing all of these challenge response pairs work then the user gets access. If the initial test for it being Vodafone fails, the device doesn’t connect.”

about a year ago
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Sony Touts 25 Hour Battery Life For Haswell-Equipped Vaio Pro

otuz Re:So? (154 comments)

If you need to constantly charge it with the crank, it has no battery life at all.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Portable High-Resolution External Displays?

otuz iPad with AirDisplay (141 comments)

I've been using an iPad (2048x1536) with AirDisplay. It works just fine for your scenario. The frame rate is dependant on the connection speed, so it's not suitable for games and video, but there are other solutions for that.

about a year ago
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

otuz Re:Why? (286 comments)

Actually you could push 4k resolutions out of really old video cards, including something like HDMI 1.0 and single-link DVI. You'd just have to scale down the refresh rate. The video card limits are mostly a function of bandwidth and they don't really care about the display geometry, all they do is send a stream of bytes from their frame buffer along with some sync bits to tell the monitor where the line or frame ends.

about a year ago
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

otuz Re:50" 4k costs 1/4 the price of the 32" (286 comments)

30Hz is fine for a monitor, when you do productivity. It's even fine for most video. The most common issue I have with it is losing the mouse cursor sometimes, because motion tracking of such fast-moving items is where a faster frame rate would be useful.

about a year ago
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

otuz Re:50" 4k costs 1/4 the price of the 32" (286 comments)

I actually run mine at 34Hz :P It's more of a function of how much over the specs your display adapter can supply bandwidth.
It's also awesome for civilization-like strategy games, where you want to see as much of the map at once as possible. If I wanted bigger refreshes out of it, I could perform the almost-60Hz (56Hz-ish seems to be stable for most) mod on it by overclocking its fpga's. That'd mean driving it with four single-link dvi heads, each at 1920x1200.

about a year ago
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

otuz Re:Weak! (286 comments)

I've had a 22" 3840x2400 IPS monitor for years in daily use. Still waiting for "modern technology" to catch up.

about a year ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

otuz Re:mnbzcn already? (1145 comments)

Back from the future, eh? cso93veo in legacy datetime is 33747-01-13 14:40:00 UTC assuming no new leap stuff was invented since mnd8qv.

about a year ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

otuz Re:Start here (1145 comments)

I'd suggest just base36-formatting the epoch (unix) time. It's about mnbzcn when I'm writing this.

about a year ago

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