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RIM's iPad rival 'arrives next week'

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QNX. Nice.

IIRC, QNX also has a Qt-based GUI thingy, which means you can do GUI apps with relative ease. Good choice for RIM; not sure about switching their OS for a QNX-based one, but then again, given the trouble with BB OS's memory management on devices < 256Mb, it is probably needed. I gotta see this device...

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Oracle to webify mobile Java against Android

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Fix ME

Looks like Oracle is trying to bolt on stuff that should've been in Java ME from the start. They should actually fix the rest of Java ME and put in all the stuff that ME is lacking, like easy Calendar manipulation methods. BlackBerry had to extend ME as it was useless by itself, and it is probably the reason why Google used Harmony for Android in the first place! FIX ME, ORACLE!

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Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

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So that's why

So that's why Anonymous targeted them as well. I wonder how this would play out in reality; the DoJ has already landed in hot water when a Kentucky judge ruled that a non-US-based domain name could be seized by a US state. Taking over a domain name owned by someone not in the US is something that will definitely unleash a legal and diplomatic firestorm.

I hope that legislators aren't as stupid to pass this thing, and/or Obama to veto this stupid bill. Hell, even Bush blocked the previous one...

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Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts

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Ford Fiesta and some others

There are a couple of cars that have the "driver key lock" alarm mechanism. I've seen a couple of recent models carry the thing as well. Judging by the quantity of remote-controlled alarms that have gone into "retard mode" where the alarm goes off, and anything I do won't disengage the alarm, I'm betting that this is probably becoming the preferred method of anti-theft system.

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Steve Jobs chops student hack down to size

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Journalism...

... is everything about going to the source, not just plagiarizing some second-hand article from Engadget, which ripped off some CNET article, which ripped it off from the BBC and such. The student actually did what every journalist should do: go to the source. Most PR departments will have some kind of answer, even if it's a canned statement. Hell, *I* was able to get McDonalds' PR department to answer one of my inquiries.

A company that can't be arsed to answer is a company that will treat their customers in the same manner. Apple has somehow managed to keep on looking "cool" despite having this rude attitude towards inquiries.

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Google ops czar condemns multi-core extremists

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Cray rises from the grave?

I thought this was pretty much common knowledge, as Cray himself explained that it is better to have 2 oxen than 1024 chickens pulling your stuff. The entire supercomputing industry didn't heed his warning and went down the parallelizing fury. This means that instead of having specialized processors, most of today's "supercomputers" are nothing more than heaps of inefficient x86 chips. Alas, the 1024 chickens that Cray warned us about.

However, more specialized hardware like the CellBE does have real advantages on multi-processing. I think that Google is actually looking for IBM iron, not Craptel/AMD stuff.

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Twitter airport bomb joker loses second job

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Optimus Prime

"Bonkers. If I wear a t-shirt saying "I hate you" will I get arrested too?"

Maybe not, but if you're wearing a Transformers T-Shirt, you will be. Especially if you're in Terminal 5.

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BOFH: Die, Robot

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Return of the Killer Bot?

I was expecting Simon to either morph it into a real cattleprod-toting Security Bot, or bringing out *this* from the Basement for an epic battle:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/11/21/the_killer_bofh_bot/

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Intel eats crow on software RAID

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Not again!

This means more fakeraids. STOP THIS NONSENSE. It's as idiotic as the Winmodems of 10 years ago. It's bad, and should not be encouraged!

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Blizzard issues fatwa against Starcraft II cheaters

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Slight problem

The game will refuse to work without a B.net connection. Well, there is offline mode, but I'm not sure if that one works on an unlimited basis. IIRC, most of these type of games need the server connection to properly work!

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... in the US

Here in Mexico, the version sold in stores is a $300 MXN (about $25 USD) 6-month Starcraft Edition. That is, it will "expire" in 6 months, and you can buy it for another 6 months at the $300MXN price tag, or pay USD $60 for the unlimited game.

The Asia region has actually gone for 3-day, 7-day, 30-day Starcraft licenses as well.

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Vue denies cinema phone ban plan

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If you're distracted by someone texting...

... you're not watching the movie at all. Unless the bloke raises his phone way above his eye level, I can't really be annoyed by that.

Also, it seems you do not have any kind of emergencies at all, do you? I keep my phone on vibrate mode, so that I can check who's calling, or recieve texts. Emergency situations will usually mean that I have to answer NOW NOW NOW either in text or in the phone itself. The latter situation will make me move outside the screen, so I don't distract anyone else.

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

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Probably defective unit?

I have had no problems with my WiFi on both the ole Bold 9000 and the 9700. Ditto with the 8220 (PearlFlip); the one thing that I did get annoyed with is the behavior in 4.6 where it won't stick to one SSID, so if I have 'monkeynet' and 'dorknet' in range, it will jump between these networks unless I disable one of those networks. BB 5.0 fixes this by adding a "select only one network" option, which eliminates this problem.

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Coalition pledges free appeals for filesharers

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Anything short of WPA2-AES is insecure by today's standards

and yet, some devices won't play well with the AES mode. Hell, some don't even support WPA2; I had to forego one of my older wirless cards because it couldn't do anything other than WEP.

Even with the WPA2-AES setting, I have separated the wireless network on a different subnet, and it will probably be firewalled in the near future. Anything actually secure (say, RADIUS or other stuff) won't really play well with embedded devices. Unfortunately, most of the wireless thingies we put on the WiFi network are usually embedded devices...

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Big Blue Sam disses HP, lauds Ellison

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Right about HP's lack of R&D

But probably not just Hurd's fault. The death of PA-RISC was really the end of true HP iron; that death knell came when HP started promoting the Itanic boxes. Really sad, because the HP9000's are a fine piece of hardware; unfortunately HP decided to sell its soul to Intel. Oh well...

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Crypto weakness leaves online banking apps open to attack

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Switching cyphers?

That's "security by obscurity", and depending on that isn't secure at all.

I know about the "encrypted tickets", though I only use them for session identification. No real loss if someone decrypts a cookie; the really sensitive stuff I send using an AES128-encrypted message, signed with a RSA-2048 key and the secret AES key is also encrypted with RSA-2048. So the "secure transfer" stuff is actually secure, but that's because I take an extra security step instead of using MS' "secure tickets". Meh.

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Microsoft shields Russia's refuseniks from police harassment

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Time for a Yakov Smirnoff...

In Russia, Piracy comes to YOU!!!!

In America, you buy Microsoft products. In Russia, Microsoft buys YOU!!!

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Veteran spam suit troll plaintiff calls it quits

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So what?

These guys were pimping off spammers ... and they got reamed? Yeah, probably because they aren't patent trolls or MAFIAA trolls. Sad to see this ruling, because "trolling spammers" seems to be bad, but "trolling real inventors" seems to be good.

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Microsoft's man in Nokia: he's all business

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Android would overtake Blackberry?

Android as 2nd place worldwide ... that would mean not only jumping over iOS, but also the Blackberry share. Now that's impressive, given that the BB OS market share is still twice the iOS share. Even then, Symbian is still big in the smartphone market; its market share is still pretty high, last I checked Symbian had a 40%+ piece of the pie. So Gartner's 2014 prediction isn't far-fetched ... but Android leapfrogging RIM this year is kinda far-fetched. However, this prediction also means that iOS isn't going to be anywhere near the top three by then.

Now if Android does pull off that prediction ... the smartphone market is going to get very interesting.

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2 CPUS 1 CUPP

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Jobs killed that for you. :(

I think you want a smartbook, which is basically an ARM based netbook.... oh wait, the iPad killed those developments. Damn you Apple!!!

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Nintendo hails Super Mario's silver anniversary

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Waiting for a 1-UP doodle...

Google fail! :(

Though Donkey Kong did have Mario, called "Jumpman" back then. The first "real" Mario appearance is in the mostly forgotten "Mario Bros" game ... the one involving turtles getting turned upside down and a big POW thingy in the middle. "Super Mario Bros" is much more known because it was the first side-scroller; in this sense "Super Mario Bros" has a similar story to "Street Fighter 2" ... where few people remember, or even played the original Street Fighter.

So yeah, for most people, Mario just turned 25. Those who played the obscure Mario Bros. will peg Mario's age at 27. :)

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Cinema chain bans laptops, tablets

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Secure lockers?

Some places have some kind of "secure lockers", where you just choose an empty one (the key is in the slot), chuck your stuff in, put in a coin, close & lock the thing and take the key with you. So nobody can open it 'till you return with your key. If cinemas offer this option, I would see no problem in just chucking in my laptop/iDevice/whatever. I would want to have my phone on me, though ... there is the odd chance that someone calling me would be doing so for an emergency, that's why I put my Blackberry on vibrating/silent mode.

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Smartbook done to death by Apple iPad

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I want a smartbook, though.

The format has the things I actually want:

- It's a netbook, but it isn't a shitty x86-based crapware. It's ARM!

- It can have a real OS, either Nokia's experimental MeeGo or some Linux flavor.

- It isn't locked-down by anyone.

Unfortunately, they took too much time to release 'em and the iPad does seem to have stolen the thunder of these devices. However, I also think that there is still market for smartbooks; I really hope they do pick up, as they would take over both Intel and MS.

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'Hyperbolic map' of the internet will save it from COLLAPSE

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Oh the irony

Caída means "fall" in Spanish; and it is usually used to refer to system outages. "Se cayó mi internet" (my internet went down), "se cayó el servidor" (the sever went down), "el sistema está caído" (the system is down) ... it does bring some chuckles to read that acronym.

About the hyperbolic routing ... all this time I thought that the real problem with the internet was the lack of redundant links, such that a boat slashing an underwater fiber cable will leave a whole continent offline. Whoops!

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Robots capable of 'deceiving humans' built by crazed boffins

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Did they name them?

I think they've just invented the Decepticons.

I'll begin to worry when the Second Variety starts rolling into production. Now that is something I would definitely fear...

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Nokia's new boss is Microsoft man

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Oh dear

You're younger than Linux? Now I truly feel old. The only OSes still in use that are older than me must be OS/360, VMS, Tandem NonStop and the original AT&T UNIX. Even the "modern" OS/400 and OS/390 (now z/OS) are younger than me. The one OS that seems to be about my age is DOS.

That said, I agree that "switching to Android" is as lame as Palm switching to Windows. That basically killed them. I can only hope that MeeGo does get some major improvements, or that Symbian gets a good face-lift. I find the current breed of mobile OSes lacking; I've basically stuck with Blackberry OS because it's secure, but it is confined to Blackberries.

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World's only real flying car in price hikes, further delays

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Yeeowch

You mean the flying buggy that sometimes takes off, and never lands ... but actually crashes. The Transition doesn't seem to have that problem, but the 150kg limit does seem to be a show stopper. I weigh 79 kilos, which means I'd have to fly with someone under 70kg or fly solo.

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ARM flexes muscles with fivefold performance boost

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Oh my.

You have now stuck into my mind a "Process Thunderdome"

"TWO PIDS IN, ONE PID OUT"

Mine's the one with the MFP badge.

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Apple: third-party iOS dev tools OK after all

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I found an Apple-shaped troll

I doubt that the sudden antitrust stuff slammed at Apple was a simple coincidence. It came right after Jobs started his anti-semit^Wanti-Flash crusade. Of course, they couldn't keep banning Flash and at the same time, allowing other devkits to generate iPhone apps. If Jobs had banned those other tools, there's a good chance that all those app devs would've flocked to other platforms, like Android.

It is probably not under the "monopolistic practice" per se, but "unfair competition" might be the issue here.

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BlackBerry World hits 10K apps

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BB World 2.0 is actually good

One of the good things about it is that I can actually purchase the apps now. It used to be that Mexico was a "free apps only" region, but now I can purchase the apps, though it does seem to be the case of PayPal being required. However, that might be me not being in the US.

Some of the apps are pretty good, I've even purchased a few of 'em. Their sales model is also different; you pay ain initial fee for releasing apps, but whatever sales you get, they go 100% to you, instead of the 70/30 split. Of course, this could be because RIM already benefits from the BIS/BES service contracts and thus has no need to pimp the AppStore. Then again, neither does Apple, but Apple loves to pimp everyone.

Anyway... the few apps I've purchased have been pretty useful. I've also noticed that ever since the AppWorld came out, the number of BB apps have increased. That's pretty good!

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iOS 4.1 out today, iPhone hackers say

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It's a trap!

That phrase must be attached to a picture of Admiral Ackbar to have the intended effect!

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Brits don't want in-flight calling

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Roaming charges

The extortionate roaming bills will mean that the regular yappers won't be yapping on their mobiles anyway.

Actually, I'm much more annoyed by frickin' crying babies on flights. The human brain is hard-wired to respond to those, so a baby crying will wake you up, and won't let you sleep. Arrrgh!

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Eric Schmidt warns Berliners: 'We know where you are'

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Ve know vere you are

As everyvun knows, ze phraze should be said vith a German accent, ja?

The excuse of not knowing the particular German background must be at most 20 years old. I may have been a kid when 'der Mauer' went down, but I still know how bad the Stasi were. It is probably because of that that Germans have pretty good privacy laws over there.

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'Copyright troll' seeks $150,000 from republican candidate

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Mixed feelings

As much as I love watching Repubs getting bit by the same big-corps they claim to "protect", I really wish that they counter-sue with a RICO lawsuit. This is mob-like behaviour, and should be treated as such.

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Oz pedestrians fall to 'Death by iPod'

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Earplug headphones

Walkmans used the big headphones, which didn't do much about ambient noise. The first in-ear headphones didn't do much about that as well... but some of the newer mp3 player inear headphones actually work as earplugs, blocking most ambient noise. Those are the "zombie trance" guys.

And yes, I did have a Walkman, but I didn't have the noise-blocking headphones.

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Sony updates PS3 system software

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Been there, done that...

The original method was pretty much naive; the PS3 would check a predefined URL which gives back a txt file, saying which is the "current" version, which is the "mandatory" minimum version, and a link to the latest firmware. Clever users did a "bypass" on this, pointing DNS to a fake server giving the old txt file; it allowed us to keep using 3.15 on PSN. Sony did something though; after 3 weeks, one of those weird hex-numbered errors started appearing. We suppose Sony added some additional FW checking stuff server-side.

so yeah, those monkeying with the USB dongle are going to be left out in the cold, in a similar manner we OtherOS dudes were left out.

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Judge extends Oz PS3 mod dongle ban

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Doubt it.

3.21 only had "removing OtherOS" as its "must-have feature", which led to many PS3 owners calling it a downgrade. The only FW update you'll see will be the one blocking this vector, or another vector; it won't magically bring on new features. And you'll have to upgrade, as the PSN doesn't allow you to connect with older FW; their FW-checking stuff was beefed up after the whole 3.21 fiasco.

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Freetards vs. Homebrew+OtherOS

Most of the driving forces behind cracking the PS3 were enticed to do so after OtherOS was killed. Unfortunately, once these guys cracked it, the freeloaders immediately use the acquired skills enable piracy on the device, under the guise of 'backups'. This is a load of bull, as the PS3 already installs a good portion of the game on the HDD, so the BluRay disc isn't used as much, so there isn't that big a risk of BR scratching.

And *still* no way to get OtherOS back. That should've been the main goal, if this toy had enabled that, it would've given them legal standing to not only keep on the sales, but probably force Sony to re-enable OtherOS on future firmware updates. But noooooo... they wanted free games. While I think that the "piracy == theft" argument is pretty much flawed, I do not condone piracy.

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German kiddies punted porn-projecting pens

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You broke my Sarcasm detector!

I hope.

Hitler went after the Commies, as anyone who has read about the Richstag fire and the NSDAP's rise to power should know. The party was called the "National Socialist" party, but it was actually a counter-socialist party to begin with, and with Hitler it became something truly evil.

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Death by iPod: beware the zombie trance

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Noise-reducing earbuds aren't an excuse.

I happen to have the kind of in-ear headphones (earphones?) that reduce noise to a point where you can't really hear anything. When I'm in the subway, or in the bus, I have no problem with this. If anything, it also makes the subway ride bearable, as I can't hear the loud jackasses who sell pirated CDs on the train; they carry portable amps with their "music" cranked all the way up to 11!

However, if I'm on the street, the first thing I do is to take out one of the earbuds, and turn down the volume. This is common sense, and anyone who doesn't do this is just waiting for a Darwin Award.

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Energizer bunny hits iPhone, BlackBerry - wirelessly

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as useless as the PowerMat

I've seen a crapload of PowerMat commercials. I fail to see the convenience of these gimmicks, as they take longer to charge, and it involves adding some weird extension to my handset(s). I've got 4 cellphones that need charging (3 of them are Blackberries) and I yet have to find a good reason why this would be good for me.

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Apple Ping unfriends meanie Facebook

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Umm...

Isn't Apple the one that started with the dumbed-down paradigm? Their design goal has always been for its OS and devices to be used by even the dumbest user. So it is in fact the Windows OS the one that has recently dumbed down everything, and not the other way.

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Subs

I suppose that submarines will have to use another term for their active sonar thingies as well...

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It's alive! Duke Nukem Forever breaks out of vapour trail

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It will kinda kill some of the jokes, though.

DNF will actually be released before everyone's transitioned to IPv6.

But then again, Starcraft 2 actually got released before DNF.

The really good joke is that there's a pretty good chance that most current-gen console owners have never, ever heard about Duke Nukem.

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Chrome celebrates second b-day with sixth release

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They aren't giving a flying fudge on that, though.

There was a biiig thread complaining on that:

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=41467

and basically, Google's telling complainers to go have recursive intercourse. They don't seem to be so bright with user input, remember Buzz?

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General Motors bitchslaps Tesla with Range Anxiety™

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ICE

Aren't the ICE and TGV trains running on full leccy engines all the way? There are quite a bunch of those doing 300+ km distances on those. The power requirements would probably go down if you factor in the MagLevs like Transrapid, where the linear motor is more energy-efficient than the mechanical one.

Of course, this model works on trains, but it doesn't work with EVs because they can't be currently plugged in to a catenary or third rail like the regular trains do. Cars thus require to haul with big-ass batteries that take a lot of time to recharge. Flow batteries, maybe?

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Flat-friendliness

And this is my main gripe with all full EVs. Living in flats means that you can't just plug the thing in. This has discouraged me from buying most EV prospects; hybrids do interest me more, but they are too bloody expensive!

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Flow batteries?

Wouldn't it be better to just use flow batteries? That would reduce the "charging" to a simple "electrolyte change" at the station. That should work as similar as filling up the gas tank today. Is this truly hard to implement?

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AOL goes soul-searching with Google in 5-year deal

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AOL

Used to say that they were the #1 ISP in the USA. Charging by the hour, and at very expensive rates at that... *using dialup*. No wonder that when broadband came, everyone left in droves.

Now they're largely forgotten.

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Jobs takes swing at Google over Android activations

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Which is still doctoring numbers.

Android is only sold as a phone, and while there are some tablets out there, I think that Google isn't counting those. You can't really say that you have the upper hand on cellphones if a good chunk of your devices aren't really cellphones, can you? It isn't quite the case with the BluRay/HD-DVD wars where the HDDVD camp didn't count PS3s, even though they were perfectly capable of playing movies. The iTouch and the iPad *can't* make real, cellphone calls. Those are competing in another, different market where the Nokia "Internet Tablets" and the Tablet PCs roam.

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