Borders Books, Dead At 40
The Borders shops in Australia have already closed down in the last few weeks.
I don't know how they lasted for so long. They were 25% more expensive then other book stores, and at least 50% more expensive than online book shops. Not to mention their huge shops in expensive shopping centers. Including American style in-store coffee shop (who wants to walk through a book store to get coffee? stupid people, thats who).
But hey, I got some cheap networking gear, a label printer and some cool comic-style posters for a pathetically low price.
Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands
$ rm -f /bin/laden
$ echo 1 > /proc/billOfRight/4
bash: /proc/billOfRight/4: Permission denied
$ echo 1 > /proc/billOfRight/5
bash: /proc/billOfRight/5: Permission denied
$ echo 1 > /proc/billOfRight/6
bash: /proc/billOfRight/6: Permission denied
France Outlaws Hashed Passwords
When will law makers stop trying to make laws on technical matters they do not understand and that affect technical users?
"No, your Honor. The passwords are not hashed. They are encrypted using public key encryption. It's just that I have lost the private key..."
An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!
Im convinced that the 30-day anti-virus trial software is the one of largest reason so many computers owned by average users get infected.
"But I have anti-virus!" "Technically, yes you do. It expired one and a half year ago. And you have ignored the pop-up notice ever since."
But its not only 3rd party trial software that should go away. My Dell laptop with 7 multimedia button had a tray app that took up 60MB of RAM and 3% of the CPU.
And then there is support clients, "Cool application launchers" and other crap that is branded with Dell logos.
Private Space Shuttle Flights
Why does NASA not build new shuttles of the old design? The material and the actual building cost must be only a fraction of the original development cost.
It can't be because of it being an "old outdated design" or "unsafe" as they have been using them all this time. And with the 20 years of lessons and experience gained there must be some minor changes that will improve them.
Yeah sure, a newly designed shuttle/rocket/whatever probably would probably meet today's needs better. But a newly built old space shuttle is still better then nothing at all
And it surely must have been many times cheaper than the Constellation program mess.
BT Content Connect May Impact Net Neutrality
A lot of the mobile phone subscription deals and some of the 3G internet-only subscriptions have severe limits but 'unlimited' access to sites like facebook and youtube.
You can also buy additional access to a selection of usual social-media sites for most subscriptions. Look here for some pricing examples.
With our restrictive data limits even on fixed ADSL lines i would not be surprised if we get so see some "unlimited access to facebook" deals in the near future.
Its already bad and it is only going to get worse.
Nintendo 3DS Early Impressions
Does the 3D screen make the images "pop" out like one of those double concave mirrors or does the image "sink in" so it feels like you look into a box?
And did anyone think to bring a stereo camera and take some photos?
EA Launches Ultima-Based Browser Game
I have been playing this game for a few weeks now since the closed beta.
I can safely say that the game at this stage is no where near release ready.
Its definitely forced out of beta by some bean counter.
Heaps of bugs, even more then your average EA game.
No trading system. You can send resources but you have to trust the other party to send back what he promised. And you can't trade gold at all.
Graphical glitches galore.
Buttons to buy "power items" with real money everywhere.
The artificial restraints put in place to encourage you to buy power-ups are way to strict.
The ranking system only takes the amount of buildings you have into account. Nothing about army size.
Poor graphics that are not much better then place holders.
Having said all that, the game is still quite fun to play if you are in to this sort of game.
After you have your cities set up, a 15min gaming session twice a day is enough to keep playing.
So its perfect game to play on your lunch break.
If you want to play, don't make the mistake of building a castle in your first city.
You will get ripped apart by a large army within a day if you do.
New Nintendo DSi Announced
Looks to me like there are two cameras.
one on the inside next to the microphone and a larger one on the outside.
I would think that the inner one is 0.3MP.
the outer one could be anything.