* Posts by rfrovarp

19 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

rfrovarp

sudo apt-get install wmaker

For everyone saying they're going to leave Ubuntu over this, you do realize it is very simple to install a different window manager. They have almost everything.

I too think this menu is somewhat crazy, but I don't have to worry about it as I don't use Unity.

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'Devastating' Apache bug leaves servers exposed

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No patches for 1.3

1.3 was EOL'd over a year ago. You should have been moving to something newer at least two years ago.

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Netflix splits DVD, streaming offers in 60% price hike

rfrovarp

No data centers

Netflix is on Amazon's infrastructure.

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Archos 70 Android 7in tablet

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But it won't trickle necessarily

The thing has a 5.5 hour life on it according to the article. It takes longer than an hour to charge up via the wall, and I know it has a 2 amp output from the wall. On a .5 amp standard USB connection it will be discharging while playing video. This would confuse most consumers. Yes, we would like to have it to trickle normally, and slow down drain, but the average person would be upset their unit isn't charging.

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Not open source

Android 3 isn't open source and is going to require items this unit doesn't have. No doubt Archos is working on the next generation of players that can support some of these items and will run the next version of Android. Just expect to see it north of $400 unsubsidized. I picked this up for $230 off of a Newegg sale.

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rfrovarp

It's power hungry

The wall charger provides 2amps to the battery to charge. Most USB connections are going to top out at 500 milliamp. Gomadic offers adapters for their system for the Archos devices. They at least provide 1 amp output, which would help. Going over USB would just be a trickle charge, if that.

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TiVo calls time on ageing set-tops

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Lifetime service?

In the US you can buy lifetime service for a particular device. This should at least get you program guide updates for as long as the device is running. Anyone with that service has the right to be upset.

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Amazon's EC2 brings new might to password cracking

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Why use the slow EC2?

I mean really. The high end nVidia cards using CUDA can do 2 billion md5's per second. That comes out to over 7 trillion per hour. For a grand in graphics cards (SLI) you can do 14 trillion md5s in an hour. SHA's and better will slow it down some, but it is far quicker than the measly 9.3 billion per hour that his software is calculated to use. In under 16 hours you can brute force an 8 character alpha-numeric md5 with SLI.

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Intel axes five plants, 5,000 workers

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Wow people

Why should they slash sales? You do realize that efficiency is part of life? Every company is doing more with less. This, however, frees up workers to do other tasks. It's required for growth. Things are rough right now, so finding a different job may be a very tough task for these individuals. However, if Intel did not lay off people, they may end up like Circuit City and laying EVERYONE off.

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Apple's latest patent brilliance: the iGlove

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This already exists

This sort of thing already exists. Those apple people certainly aren't hunters. Some gloves are too big to fit through smaller trigger gloves. So these gloves allow the shooter to take out the trigger finger to shoot.

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French courts tighten iPod tax loophole

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What's this?

Nice to see France try to control how businesses outside of their jurisdiction do business.

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NASA to sniff Martian atmosphere

rfrovarp

Re: Wasn't it settled?

I thought it was due to the fact that Mars does not have a magnetic field. The solar wind is stripping away its atmosphere as a result.

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Reding would OK charges to receive mobile calls

rfrovarp

Outlaw the junk calls

In the US, I think it is illegal to make unsolicited calls to a cell phone, as we do pay for incoming calls as well.

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Pluto awarded celestial consolation prize

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Ceres is not a plutoid

To be a Plutoid you have to be outside of Neptunes orbit, or mostly outside I guess (in the case of Pluto). Therefore Ceres does not qualify as it is between Mars and Jupiter. It's all about the location in the solar system.

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Baylis Eco EP-MX71 hand-cranked media player

rfrovarp

What about your CO2?

You'll be expelling more CO2 due to the required exertion to charge it up. How does that compare to a power plant? What if your power comes from hydro or wind? Then you would spewing more CO2 doing it yourself.

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Sony slashes US 80GB PS3 price by $100

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@Michael

Yes, us lucky Americans. I can pick up a PS3 for £245.00. Never mind I only get paid £20,000/year. Kind of makes your £349 look to be a pretty good deal, as I'm sure my $40,000/year job would be £40,000 in a similar environment over there. The cost of living is higher in Europe than in the US. These companies employ people in the local countries, and they expect to get paid according to the local economies.

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NASA's drunken astronaut report released

rfrovarp

FAA rules state 8 hours

FAA rules for flying is no alcohol consumption 8 hours before flight. And even then the BAC needs to be 0.04 or less. This would probably apply to the mission commander and pilot.

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Video download site ordered to spy on users

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In the US

TorrentSpy.com is owned by entities in the US. That puts them under US law.

owner-contact: P-NZA36

owner-organization: Sharestream, Ltd

owner-fname: Network

owner-lname: Admin

owner-street: PO Box 556 Hunkins Plaza

owner-city: Charlestown

owner-zip: N/A

owner-country: SH

owner-phone: 8694690211

owner-email: admin@torrentspy.com

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rfrovarp

Prosecutors? What prosecutors?

"So they don't want information that is actually useful for the prosecutors ... YET"

Prosecutors implies criminal charges. While copyright theft is illegal, it's always pursued in civil courts. How else would they make money?

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