* Posts by Sarah Baucom

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Adobe apologizes for festering Flash crash bug

Sarah Baucom

Re: Nasty!

Safari (at least 4.0) runs Flash as a separate process, so it was not brought down either (though Flash did crash). I believe Chrome runs each tab as a separate instance, so I wouldn't expect it to crash either. It's odd that in this case, Firefox seems to be the only browser that will crash. While I prefer Safari, I've always considered Firefox to be the more secure/stable browser.

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Damages slashed for US freetard

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She did

Originally, she was ordered to pay $222,000. There was a retrial, and the jury then found her guilty of willful copyright infringement, and upped the damages to $1.92 million. The $54,000 amount came from the motion she filed that the damage award was disproportionate to actual damages, and unconstitutional.

Personally, I think even the $750 minimum statutory fine per work is too high. The rationale is that it's impossible to know how much money the copyright holder actually lost due to the defendant infringing, but the range of $750 to $150,000 per work is almost certainly way more than actual losses. The $2250 per song they eventually decided on assumes thousands of downloads per song from Ms. Thomas, and that's again assuming each download was actually a lost sale.

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Full-body scanner blind to bomb parts

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Grenade

Not the same type of scanner

That scanner seemed to use infrared or something, not the millimeter wave scan systems airports are using (at least the ones in the US). The millimeter wave scanners can see way more detail, and I'm pretty sure would have detected the items in his pockets (though maybe not the one in his mouth). http://notesfromthebartender.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/rapi_scan_lg.jpg

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Apple (finally) boot camps Windows 7

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Jobs Halo

Required?

"As we reported earlier this month, Apple missed its self-imposed deadline of the end of 2009 to release the software update required to dual-boot Mac OS X 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard) and Windows 7."

I've been using Windows 7 and 10.6 on my Mac Pro for months now without problems. Boot Camp 3.1 is definitely not required to dual boot. I believe it's just the first officially supported version. I just checked, and I have 3.0.1.

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Apple preps touchy-feely iMac

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Point?

Other than specialized systems, like kiosks, I can't see a multi-touch desktop being that useful. iPhones and tablets can be held in a natural way for touching with your fingers, but desktop monitors are vertical, and typically greater than arms-length away. Even if the user moved the monitor closer, or leaned forward, how long could anyone use a vertical multi-touch screen before their arms got tired?

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PS3 hardware still losing Sony money, claims analyst

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Re: lol ouch

Seriously? Sony are being "obliterated" by Microsoft? The XBox 360 has been out a full year longer than the PS3, and only managed to sell 5 million more units (~27 million vs ~32 million), with nearly all of that difference being in the US. Why would they get out of the console business because of a slightly lackluster 7th gen console after being by far the top seller for 5th and 6th gen consoles (PS and PS2)?

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Apple passes Nokia, scares Nintendo

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Re: Yeah, right

Number of units aren't as important as profits to a business. I doubt Boeing or Airbus board meetings go anything like, "you know, we make $3 billion in profit a year, but we're only delivering 300 units. If we got out of the jumbo jet business and started selling RC planes, we might only make a million in profit, but we'll have might higher unit sales."

The argument about "real gamers" sounds a lot like the argument Sony and MS fans were saying about the Wii - "real gamers won't care about a gimmicky controller. It can't even do 1080p and doesn't have a hard drive." Who's leading the console wars though? The console that "real gamers" didn't want. People often forget that not everyone is the same type of gamer. Not everyone who plays games even considers themselves to be gamers. Most iPhone games are played as a diversion, rather than a hobby. While no one is going to be comparing a PSP or DS to an iPhone when they want a gaming system, lots of people will get an iPhone or iPod Touch for its versatility, and then not see the need to get a portable gaming system. That's Nintendo's real threat.

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Cambridge Uni cheerleaders in naming FAIL

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IT Angle

The cat, maybe?

First of all - IT angle? Second - there are plenty of teams/groups/clubs called the Cougars. It might be odd for a British university's cheerleading squad to name themselves after a cat that lives exclusively in the Americas, but that definition makes much more sense than naming themselves after 40+ women who go for young men.

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Microsoft in Bing jingle kiddie vid outrage

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Ad-free zone

So much for schools being ad-free zones. Companies have known for years that college students are willing to be walking billboards if they just give out free shirts, but I don't think that kind of thing should be going on in elementary schools.

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Ares I: What's the point?

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Just days before?

This particular report stating that it's a waste might be just days before the test flight, but I believe there have been many people saying for years that modifying the Delta IV for human flight would have been cheaper and faster than an entirely new launch vehicle. The Delta IV would probably be safer as well, since it uses liquid boosters rather than solid fuel boosters as the Ares.

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Apple confirms Windows 7 support for Mac OS X boot camp

Sarah Baucom
Jobs Halo

For months

I've had Windows 7 on my Mac Pro for months. I didn't realize it wasn't supported. I guess they mean "supported" as in they will provide support for it rather than "supported" as in it will work.

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Apple preempts Win 7 with fresh iMacs, Macbooks

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Boffin

@Michael C

$200 for the monitor is a bit optimistic. The display in both iMacs is an IPS panel, which most people ignore when pricing out components to compare to it. IPS panels are expensive. In fact, the cheapest one NewEgg has that can do 1920x1080+ that uses an IPS panel is $949 (though that's 24" and does 1920x1200, so it's better than the iMac one). They have a 1600x1200 20.1" IPS display for $770. Most people might be happy with a TN panel (which nearly all cheap monitors use), but the iMac uses a high quality, expensive IPS panel, and if someone's going to complain about the price, they have to take that into consideration. Most monitors don't say what display technology they use, but an easy way to tell is with the viewing angle. IPS displays will have 178° both horizontal and vertical viewing angles, while TN panels will have 160° or 170°.

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@Nice Butt

Does your PC also have a 27" IPS panel display that can do 2560x1440? That alone would add at least $1000 to the price of any computer (not sure how much monitors like that cost in the UK). I just used NewEgg to "build" a PC with as close to the same specs as the 27" iMac as I could get. The iMac is $1999. The PC is $1943, without an operating system (though the PC has more expansion options). It might be that there is a bigger gap in Mac-PC pricing in the UK, but people in the US complain about a "Mac premium" as well, and it just doesn't exist.

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Apple decrees free iPhone apps can sell stuff

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@The death of the fully-featured free app

What makes you think that? It's not like there was no way for developers to charge for apps before. This won't end free apps at all. As a developer I'm still planing on releasing some free, some paid apps. Apps for the computer have long had the ability to have a single app that is a free demo, then enter a registration code to make it the full version, and it hasn't stopped freeware from being released. This is basically the same thing - an ability to have one app that is both demo and full version, rather than having to have two entirely separate releases. Free apps will still be there.

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About Time

The need to release two separate apps was annoying. Now not only do you only need to do one release, customers can buy the full version of a demo from within the demo instead of having to buy it separately, possibly losing whatever data they had in the light version.

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Apple plans turbocharged Mac Pro speedster

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@Lee Shields

"My 'limited sample' includes supplying macs into design/print and photography for almost 20 years and seeign the steady decline over the last 8 years or so. I still deal with a primarily design and print client base and they are now taking the cheaper option and buying imacs as they just cannot justify the premium for mac pros."

I think that's partly because graphic design and print no longer need top of the line machines like they used to. Remember the hoopla about the first Mac that could use a 100 pixel brush in Photoshop without slowing down? These days the only thing that would really benefit from a faster computer is the filters, and that's only if the filters can take advantage of 4 or 8 cores (which they probably can't). With so much that can be done in real time these days even on iMacs, top of the line workstations like the 8 core and soon 12 core Mac Pro are only needed by people who still have to sit around waiting for something to render/compile/compute.

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Jobs Halo

@Surely all the big players are in the doing the same

The news isn't really that the next Mac Pro will use the Gulftown, but that it might be available to Apple before other PC vendors and consumers. It wouldn't be the first time Apple got first dibs on a new Xeon. The 3.0GHz Clovertown (Xeon 5365) was available in Mac Pros more than 3 months before anywhere else.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeon#5300-series_.22Clovertown.22

While I do think that Apple needs to have a headless midrange offering, I don't think the new Mac Pro will be overkill for what it's meant for. The problem is since there is no midrange offering, it IS overkill for many people who will buy it. I ended up having to get a Mac pro 18 months ago after years of waiting for a midrange option. I don't really need that much power, and definitely don't need Xeons and fully buffered ECC memory. I just wanted something expandable that would let me upgrade the components separately rather than having to replace an entire iMac. Apple still doesn't have any desktop computers using a desktop CPU. The mini and iMac both use laptop CPUs, and the Mac Pro uses a server/workstation CPU.

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Prehistoric titanic-snake jungles laughed at global warming

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And?

Things survived in hotter climates? So? I don't think anyone has predicted that life will disappear on earth if the temperature increases by a few degrees. The big problem is a large percentage of the Earth's human population lives in coastal cities that will be under water if the ice caps melt too much. Global warming isn't going to make humans extinct (though it will for some species, like polar bears). It will just make things difficult for us.

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NASA tweaks killer asteroid's trajectory of death

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Grenade

Bruce Willis

It's a good thing Bruce Willis can stand down. He'll be 74 for the 2029 pass, and 81 for the 2036 pass. Surely by then we could find a replacement for saving the world, or at least clone him. He's saved the world countless times already. Surely he deserves to retire at some point.

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Top prices, old shows - the Beeb's iPlayer goes global

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BBC America

I wonder if this means the episodes will be as originally aired, or as aired on BBC America - edited for length. Top Gear on BBC America has to be cut from 60 to 42 minutes or so to fit in ads.

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Warner Music returns to YouTube

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YouTube gets to pay to advertise for music labels?

Leave it to the music industry to come up with a way to not only not have to pay for their songs to be advertised (including links to iTunes and Amazon in videos using the songs), but make the advertising company pay THEM for it.

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iPhone voted UK's 'coolest brand'

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@AC 13:25

Hello, Mr. Anonymous Coward. Funny how you claim the iPod is too big (5.18 cu in, 4.70 oz) when it's smaller and lighter than the Palm Pre (6.24 cu in, 4.76 oz), Blackberry Storm (5.97 cu in, 4.80 oz) and T-Mobile G1 (6.16 cu in, 5.6 oz). Maybe you're referring to the fact that its screen being bigger than any of those three. If the screen is "too big," then that's fine with me.

Your opinion might be that it's not as good as other phones, but it's just that - an opinion, not fact at all. In the 11 years that I've had a cell phone, I have not once had the need or desire to buy an extra battery or replace the existing one. The phone my iPhone replaced was 5 years old, so it's not like I replace my phone so often that I replace the whole thing rather than the battery. I'd bet money that less than 5% of cell phone users ever replace the battery. It's just not a big deal that it's not user replaceable (if in the very unlikely event I ever do need to replace it, I can send it in).

While I've been a Mac user for 20 years, I wasn't "gullible" and didn't "fall for the brand." I don't say "oooh! Apple! Must buy!" I didn't buy the first or second iPhones because they didn't have the features I wanted. I bought the 3GS because it did (and because the aforementioned need to have a physical device to develop on). I don't buy Apple monitors, or other components from Apple (RAM, drives, etc) because they're too expensive and I can get equivalent products elsewhere. I certainly don't want attention for having an iPhone. I don't even really use it in public. I don't include the "sent from my iPhone" in emails. I personally think that people who do things because it's "cool" rather than personal preference are lame, whether they start smoking to fit in, buy an iPhone to look cool, or bash the iPhone because that's apparently cool too. You're free to have your opinions, but bashing a product and stating your unfounded opinions as "fact" really make you look ignorant. I guess that's why you posted anonymously.

Oh yeah. It's funny that my coworker who recently got a Blackberry says he has to pay extra for Exchange support, and I don't. I can even get on VPN, ssh in, and work from my phone in vi if needed.

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Sarah Baucom
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iPhone Hate

Why do Register readers hate (and I mean really HATE, not just dislike a bit) the iPhone and iPhone users? While some people might have one because they think it makes them look cool, most people that have one do so because they (gasp) like the iPhone. I like the interface, I prefer the on-screen keyboard (on which I can type 40 wpm) to the physical keyboards on other smart phones, and I like that there's a large selection of apps available for it.

I had no real need for an iPhone for personal use, but I bought one because I was writing iPhone apps, and the simulator could only go so far. Since I got it though, I've come to like many aspects of it, and wouldn't trade it for another phone. There are some things I don't like, such as the fact that AT&T sucks, and you can't set the volume of an alarm separate from the general phone volume, but overall I really like it. If you don't like it, fine. There are plenty of other phones out there. There's no reason to make fun of people who do like it though.

BTW. @Rob - The Veyron? What's cool about the Veyron? It's ugly, expensive and heavy. Yeah, it's fast, but that doesn't make it cool. If I had to choose between an Aston and a Veyron, I'd choose the Veyron. But then I'd sell it, buy an Aston (a much cooler car), and have lots of cash left over. (btw, Aston Martin is much cooler than the iPhone. It's also an actual UK brand, unlike the iPhone)

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Hospital loses vital cancer research to thieves

Sarah Baucom
FAIL

No one saw?

He was wearing a high visibility jacket and hard hat, and wheeled it out on a red trolly. He should have stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Mission sets e-bike land speed record

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Almost as fast

Almost as fast as the record for a human-powered pedal bicycle - 152.2 mph. Of course he was drafting, which makes a huge difference.

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Apple Store pillaged in 31 seconds

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Re: laughing myself silly

Do you really think Apple, the same company that spends $60,000 for a Corian Genius Bar (in the small stores) doesn't lock them down to save a few bucks? The reason they aren't locked down is to not restrict customers who are looking at them. Apple's rules for display (at least in 2003/2004) said specifically not to lock them down. They did eventually start using alarms - not sure if they still do that or not though. They don't put them away at night, and leave them in plain view through the glass doors/windows so people can droll over them even when the store is closed. Yes, it makes them more susceptible to theft, but it also gets more sales (CompUSA lost many a Laptop sale due to having their laptops completely locked down). Looking at the success of the Apple Store, I think they're doing things right.

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US health-care debate clogged world's inboxes

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Stop

Not about the debate

Health/pharmacy spams have always been on top. It's not caused by the US Healthcare debate. Without past numbers, there's no way to tell if the healthcare debate has changed the face of spam or not. The linked PDF says that July actually saw a drop in health related spams, and the debate was going on then too.

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Snow Leopard - what doesn't work

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snowleopard.wikidot.com incompatible

Given that the list is geared toward people using Leopard, most of whom use Safari, I would expect them to be able to format a table so that it displays correctly in Safari on Leopard without stretching the window to 2048 pixels wide.

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How to turn a world leader into a fourth-rate broadband economy

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Not the white space

It's not the white space that is the problem. It's the yellow. Lots of the yellow areas are rather densely populated (not dense on S. Korea's scale, but not even close to being fields). I live in a city with over 1 Million people, in the middle of the Research Triangle in North Carolina (companies like Cisco, Red Hat, SAS have large offices here), and still can't get decent broadband speeds.

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US broadband speeds 15 years behind South Korea

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WTF?

We were supposed to have 45Mbps 9 years ago

http://www.newnetworks.com/BroadbandScandalIntro.htm

I'm stuck at 7Mbps/384kbps

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PS3 backwards compatibility gone for good

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I play as many PS2 games as PS3

When my PS2 started having problems reading games two years ago, I started thinking about getting a PS3 (I had originally been waiting for the price to drop). When they announced that the new models would no longer have PS2 compatibility, I had to find a 60GB model on eBay.

While some people might not see a reason to want to play old games, I'm guessing they mainly play games that are all about graphics rather than story. Sometimes I just like to go back and play an old RPG again. They don't normally remake those for new consoles, so if my PS3 didn't have the ability to play PS1 and PS2 games, I'd have to connect the older consoles (and buy a new PS2 since mine died).

I believe even the "software" emulation of the European models still uses some special hardware, just not as much as the "hardware" emulation models. They're probably saving $5 by not including that extra chip in the new PS3s.

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Sex Offenders returns to iTunes

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Nothing New

I'll forgive people for not knowing since most members here are from the UK, and it's a US law, but "Megan's Law," which requires that the names and addresses of child sex offenders are made public, has been in effect for 15 years. This app just taps into the already publicly available database.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan's_Law

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Texting makes kids faster and dumber

Sarah Baucom
FAIL

@ James O'Obrien

You might be pretty sure "their" was the correct usage, but I'm 100% sure it's not the correct usage in that sentence. The word was as in "over there," not a possessive.

"Their is a fair chance"

Think before you correct someone correcting someone next time.

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Too thick to boil an egg? Buy 'em preboiled

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Not as bad as

frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crust cut off. They've been selling those in the US for years. PB&J was already the lazy lunch to begin with, but I guess some people can't be bothered to spend 30 seconds making and wrapping one.

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Paris Hilton

Endian issue

Do the instructions say which end to eat first? If not, I'll have to find my pre-boiled/shelled eggs elsewhere.

Paris, because she probably couldn't boil an egg.

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Apple patents karaoke lessons

Sarah Baucom
Jobs Halo

Damn

I would have patented this 15 years ago when I had the idea if I didn't think it was ridiculously obvious.

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Is your cameraphone an oxymoron?

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Pre is too sharp

There were several comments in the article about the Pre being sharper than the iPhone 3G and 3Gs. Sharper is not always better. In the Pre pictures, it looks like someone took a decent picture, then ran unsharp mask at 200% with a 2 pixel radius in Photoshop. I'm not saying the images were shopped - just that it looks like the camera software is applying a sharpening filter to it, which makes it look undesirable in my opinion.

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Apple tight-leashes 'Snow Leopard' Server

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Flamebait

When Apple announced Snow Leopard a full year ago, they said it would only be for Intel Macs, yet this article seems to imply that it was a surprise announcement. Snow Leopard Server will also run just fine on any Intel Mac, not just the 2009 XServes (XServes have had Intel CPUs since 2006, and Server still runs on other Macs such as the Mac Pro - not only on XServe).

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Hacker claims whaling expedition harpooned Steve Jobs

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Fake

Log into your Amazon account and look at the top where it welcomes you. If this were actually owned by someone named "Steve Jobs," it would say:

"Hello, Steve Jobs. We have recommendations for you. (Not Steve?)"

his picture shows:

"Hello, Steve Jobs. We have recommendations for you. (Not Steve Jobs?)"

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Apple Mac Pro

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@Memory Bandwidth

Yes, that does seem to be an oversight on Apple's part. You'd get the best performance with RAM installed in 3s, but 8÷3 doesn't work too well. Unless you start hitting the scratch disk, you'd be better off with 6x4GB DIMMs than 8x4GB DIMMs due to interleaving.

I got the Early 2008 model a little less than a year ago, and I've been extremely happy with it. I actually LOLed when I read the comment about the Mac Pro mimicking PCs by allowing multiple hard drives. I've been using multiple drives in my Macs for at least 15 years.

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Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in Monte Carlo e-rally

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Go

@Herby

Actually, the problem was that Jeremy took his foot off the pedal. The Tesla never ran out of charge. He later claimed he was "demonstrating what would happen if it had run out of energy." Funny he's never done that before in any other car.

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Asus pulps Apple in hardware reliability survey

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@Huh?

I'm pretty sure those numbers come from Earth, where Apple sold more machines in 2008 than Toshiba did. Not sure how that equates to Toshiba making more computers in a month than Apple does in a year, unless most Toshiba machines go unsold. If that's the case, I'd have to question Toshiba's reasons for manufacturing 12 times as many machines as they're able to sell.

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Obama CIO's 'youthful indiscretion': shirt thieving

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@criminals on Bama's administration

Oh yes, unlike the pure angels in Bush's administration. If I were a JC Penny's manager, I'd much rather be tortured by Cheney and Rumsfeld than have some merchandise lifted by a college student.

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Apple's Snow Leopard set for June 8?

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Hope so

I really hope it's released by June 8th (or not much later). I tried to time my ADC membership purchase last year so I could get Snow Leopard for free when it came out. It expires June 18th.

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Ares I manned rocket section explodes in testing

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@ Vaughan

Yep - It was actually the liquid fuel that exploded after the leak from the booster melted through the liquid fuel tank. It wasn't debris and wind shear that caused it though. The low temperature (18°F) prevented the o-rings from being able to flex as needed, which allowed hot gasses to escape. In previous flights, the secondary o-ring was able to prevent leaks when the primary failed.

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Re: Solid fuel????

There are advantages to solid fuel, such as it being more stable, less complex, more thrust for the same size, etc. The first stage doesn't need variable thrust - it just needs to get the rocket as high as possible. The second stage is liquid, and allows for varied thrust. The space shuttle has been using a combination of solid fuel and liquid fuel since its inception - it has two solid boosters on either side of a liquid tank. There have been 124 space shuttle missions, with two shuttles destroyed - one by a fault in a solid rocket booster, and one because of a piece of foam insulation used to keep the liquid fuel cold. So two accidents, one due to each fuel type.

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Woman jailed for texting while driving

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Idiot

I don't understand why anyone would ever text while driving. It's immeasurably worse than talking on the phone while driving, which is bad enough. I was watching the local news (North Carolina) last night, where they were saying a bill was on the table to make texting while driving illegal. I was shocked that it wasn't already. They interviewed a girl who said "it's good that they're passing this bill, but I'll probably still text while driving."

Why isn't it ever the idiot on the phone who dies in these crashes?

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Mac malware tide on the rise

Sarah Baucom
Jobs Halo

Harder to write viruses, not trojans

I don't think anyone has claimed that it's harder to write Mac Trojans than Windows one. The claim is that it's harder to write Mac viruses. Trojans require the user to install them manually. Viruses can copy themselves to other computers without the knowledge or permission of the user. In both of these recent cases of Mac trojans, the user might not have known they were installing malware, but they did download them from warez sites, and then manually ran the installers.

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X Prize comes to earth

Sarah Baucom
Unhappy

Efficiency not the Challenge

I think if car manufacturers really wanted to make 100MPG cars, they would. They don't make them because they think people don't want them. Economy cars today get way less mileage than they did 20 years ago (especially in the US). It makes me mad that for some reason, 30MPG seems to be portrayed as great mileage these days. Even the Civic only gets 36MPG highway these days, when you could get one closer to 50MPG in the 80s.

Someone's going to win this competition with a car that does meet all of the requirements, but still won't be sold, at least not widely, because manufacturers see actual economy as a niche market.

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Boffin stacks 16 PS3s to simulate black hole collisions

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Misleading

It's a bit misleading to say that the PS3 is faster than the fastest desktop machines. It really depends on what you are doing. The PS3 is very fast at certain things, but it is also limited by only 256MB of RAM, and slow double-precision floating point operations (it's very fast at single-precision, but other CPUs can be much faster at double). This cluster is twice the size of the one at my school, but we had the first academic PS3 cluster over a year ago :) - http://moss.csc.ncsu.edu/~mueller/cluster/ps3/coe.html

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