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FOSS maven says $29 'Freedom Box' will kill Facebook

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Cable Co says No

The general public is so walled off behind NAT, firewalls, and throttles that peer-to-peer communications would be fragile at best. The Skype supernode collapse was a good example.

This will all be fixed when competition between ISPs forces them to upgrade to IPv6 and allow the free flow of traffic. Any day now. Holding breath...

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Google open video codec faces second challenger

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FAIL

And we all have fiber-to-the-home

Advanced codecs exist because bandwidth savings pays the licensing. "Better performance than MPEG-2" isn't aiming very high, even when free.

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Patent attack launched on Google's open video codec

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Terminator

Who wins the ashes?

So what's the outcome of this battle? Can open source developers compete with the R&D from a group of multi-billion dollar companies? Much like the last Terminator movie, this epic battle will continue long after the prize is gone.

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Should Apple enter the flat TV market?

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Joke

iRecliners too

Steve is building his retirement home and it involves a lot of TVs.

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Microsoft discovers disposable email

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Gates Horns

As Regards Your Request!

Microsoft is creating more throwaway accounts to protect their customers from spammers that use Microsoft throwaway accounts. I don't know if that's a WIN or FAIL.

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What's Oracle got up its sleeve?

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Hybrid

If the faster bit is SSD, the cheaper bit could simply be hard disks that spin slower, use less power, and have a higher density. I'd imagine it would be targeted to online services where the active data doesn't fit in Oracle's RAM cache but could fit in a few TB of SSD cache. The SSD would cost a lot, but not nearly as much as building the entire RAID from top-performing spinning disks.

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Google Apps contracts promise no 'scheduled downtime'

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$0.10 refund

As I read this article, Google is not promising zero downtime. They're just lowering the threshold for downtime compensation. True zero downtime is possible but it comes with some costs and limitations that don't compare well with "almost zero" downtime.

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Coming soon: the girl with liquid eyes

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Vivid

The rainbow of chromatic aberration and the radial motion blur should make for some wild photos. I don't know whether that's a WIN or FAIL.

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Open source Java 7 for Mac code appears

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Jobs Horns

Customers, customers, customers

"But after Lion's release, all future versions of the OS will not include Java. Instead, developers will obtain Java for Mac from Oracle."

That seems awkward. I can understand not including the Java Development Kit (JDK) but plenty of apps and some web sites need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Maybe Jobs wants developers to use Flash and AIR instead?

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Couch potatoes riddled with heart disease

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Boffin

Is it the TV or the chair?

I could never find 4 hours for TV because I'm working at my computer for at least 8 hours.

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FCC chair: 'Unleash more wireless spectrum or face doom'

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Big Brother

WTF?

Wait a second... The telcos and Republicans want to allow corporations to control the Internet, then the FCC will sell off free TV spectrum so that everybody must buy TV service from the same telcos? I just checked the local rates for basic HD cable with one jack: $73 + taxes and unspecified fees per month. I'd like a new government now.

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PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug

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Other side of the decimal point

Fractions don't convert between bases. The simple value of 0.1 in decimal has an infinitely repeating value as a base 2 or base 16 number. Since floats are fractions and an exponent, not all values translate exactly. Also note that in 2's compliment binary there are more negative values than positive values. There are lots of rules to keep all of this working, and that's probably where PHP is messing up.

2.2250738585072011e-308 decimal is represented as a 64 bit float by: 0000000000001111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111

0.1 decimal is:

0011111110111001100110011001100110011001100110011001100110011010

1 decimal is:

0011111111110000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

1e100 decimal is:

0101010010110010010010011010110100100101100101001100001101111101

Several patterns are redundant and used to represent for zero, +infinity, -infinity, and Not-A-Number.

Zero:

0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

+Inf:

0111111111110000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

-Inf:

1111111111110000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

NaN:

0111111111111000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

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Logitech said to turn off Google TV

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WTF?

over-the-what?

"Every Logitech Revue will receive free over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release software enhancements."

Ah, that's great. TV over the Internet and software updates over the rooftop antenna.

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Sony streams music subscriptions to TVs, Blu-ray boxes

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Since US radio is dead

Since independent US radio is mostly dead, I can't wait to start using Quiro... Queeroo... Kuri..., Qroc.., Qirio..., Pandora.

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Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs

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Pirate

Panasonic backdoor

My Panasonic TC-P50V10 listens on a port open while it's turned on. Panasonic won't say what it does and it doesn't respond to random codes sent to it.

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Facebook trains self to recognize your face

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Troll

More fun when it breaks

<--- Facebook tagged you in this photo

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'London black cabs to go electric in 2 weeks' – Boris Guardian

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Boffin

Range extension, maybe

Taxis spend so much time stopped that a tiny diesel generator could keep them going all day. The generator could be either off or running at peak efficiency at all times, so there should be combustion efficiency and emissions improvement with that model. The question is how much all of this weighs compared to simply using a big diesel motor. I'm skeptical of current battery technology available for cars.

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FBI 'planted backdoor' in OpenBSD

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Linux

"Who thinks they stopd at smallest dist?"

Too much time in front of the terminal window, Chris.

killall -ABRT stopd

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Apple touts top iTunes tunes of 2010

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Blasphemy

Ranking by genre? We can't have that. What if operating systems were ranked by task?

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Microsoft dives into cloud as resellers ask: 'What's in it for me?'

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FAIL

Big piece of acronym

Isn't 'BPOS' sometimes used for the phrase "Big Piece Of Sh..."?

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Apple Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

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NAS good for NAS

I've tried making a NAS into a server. Despite processor GHz claims, they don't have enough general purpose processing power to do it. I/O is slow, the CPU is an ultra-low power variant, and memory is slow and limited. Load it up as a full server and it won't be much good at anything.

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Meltdown ahoy!: Net king returns to save the interwebs

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FAIL

I'm CEO, bitch

Major web sites will never adopt this. Maybe Van Jacobson hasn't worked with a dot-com. They're all a bunch of data hoarding control freaks, offering "personalization" to differentiate themselves from all the others. Any attempts to shield your personal data will simply result in refusal service. Premium content is encrypted and watermarked per viewer, so it's not cacheable. Web pages are personalized and varied for marketing testing, so they're not cacheable. The 150 or so bandwidth sucking animations and images on each web page are for customer tracking (the payload is the request), so they're not cacheable. What remains for caching is a few static images and low value videos. It's not a lot and it's easily covered by existing edge cache services.

The protocol might be useful for personal servers to replace clumsy Torrents. Locating data will still be a problem, though. Who will build an indexing service? Speaking of Torrents, Hollywood should be demanding tracing and takedown controls in the CCNx protocol soon.

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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FAIL

Still can't drive

This is pure stupidity. Lawmakers are attempting to forbid all the things that might cause dangerous driving rather than enforcing existing laws related to safe driving. In my tiny 1.7 mile bike ride to work, I'll see about 5 cars drift from their lane, 8 cars illegally turn right across a bike lane, 5 cars speeding, 2 slow cars impeding traffic, and one car and 3 bicycles run red lights. I don't believe they're all on the phone.

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AMD chip chief: 'one day, microprocessor skyscrapers'

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Graphene

Wasn't it mentioned that graphene, which possesses incredible strength and heat conductivity, was successfully made to perform as an amplifier?

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Google alerts users to Facebook contacts 'trap'

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Paper trap

I hate how when I print a web page on paper, it doesn't import back into the computer properly.

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'Hippy' energy kingpin's electric Noddy-car in epic FAIL

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This car makes me wet

Many single family US homes have a 6 KW outlet in the garage for an electric clothes dryer. Pick which device is more important.

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Gigabit WLAN tech to shoulder Wireless DisplayPort

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Only 60GHz

There's another wireless image technology that takes advantage of higher frequencies and higher throughput using two dimensional antenna arrays. The drawbacks are similar to 60GHz in that the signal degrades with distance and is easily blocked by obstacles. These systems are sometimes referred to as "video projectors."

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Mac market share slips worldwide

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Troll

14340 PRINT "Other "; O

The 0.19% for "Other" operating systems would include the antique that is rendering those pie charts?

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App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

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Grenade

iHang

iTunes frequently hangs and consumes large amounts of CPU time with large music libraries because its use of multithreading is obsolete by about 20 years. It should be withdrawn from the online store.

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Google's 'copied Java code' disowned by Apache

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FAIL

"Cracked open" source

Field names are exactly preserved but temporary variables have names matching their data type. The redundant initial value of 'isImmutable' is gone. That's clearly decompiled code.

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US to fork $5bn+ into exascale supers

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Black Helicopters

ATDT5551234

5 billion dollars for a computer that will depreciate at something like 40% a year?! How about rolling out 4 bilion dollars worth of 1Gbps fiber optic cables to US homes so we stop free-falling down the broadband rankings? The contract for getting the link could be that you must buy a fast computer and let the government process tasks on it for 10 hours a day. The other 1 billion dollars should be enough to build a core computer to coordinate tasks.

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Duracell MyGrid cable-free gadget charger

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And pigs fry

Are those bare electrified metal strips on the surface? The important question now is AC or DC. AC could do a nice job of heating a piece of cured ham but DC would make a big rusty mess. The review needs to be updated, as being able to heat salty slabs of meat could possibly make the device useful.

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Obama consults Steve Jobs on making America great again

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Turtleneck

And one more thing... Today I present a strategy that's like nothing you've ever seen before. The Political Reality Distortion Field. We've worked hard at this and it's absolutely beautiful. Stock markets will soar. The poor will be fed. Terrorists will lay down their arms when they see this sleek system. It's really amazing and it's ready today.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

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Screw developers

I've seen MacOS become popular in corporate environments because it is an excellent Java development system. It elegantly bridges the gap between the corporate Microsoft world and the Solaris/Linux server world. I can think of several major companies that will be MacOS-free once Java is no longer maintained. That's a lot of software developers and IT staff losing interest in Apple systems.

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Jobs' Lion to marry Mac OS X and iOS

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WTF?

I'd be Lion if I said I was impressed

Mission Control and Launch Pad - that's the demo for a major revision?!? Will QuickTime X be extended? Will the iTunes threading bugs be fixed? Will very large amounts of hard disk and RAM be used more efficiently? Will SSD replace spinning swap? Will there every be API support outside Objective-C?

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Ruskie gang hijacks Microsoft network to push penis pills

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I almost guarantee...

Reporting this problem should be as simple as checking the ARIN record for that address, right?

abuse@msn.com, abuse@hotmail.com, abuse@microsoft.com

Auto-reply bots saying that your complaint was sent to the wrong address and discarded.

noc@microsoft.com

Carefully guarded by a filter that rejects anything that might mention any type of abuse going on.

Spam on!

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Danube sludge peril: Brown trouser time or not?

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Green mud

Doesn't sodium hydroxide bond with carbon dioxide to make sodium carbonate? I'm waiting for somebody to put a green spin on this.

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Tesla says 40% of its Roadsters may catch fire

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Carbon fire

I tossed an old 12V NiCd battery pack into a box for storage... that happened to have an unused sheet of carbon fiber in it. Even without epoxy to feed fire it wasn't what I'd call a minor issue. Carbon doesn't melt/burn until it's white hot and the fire throws off fragments of fibers that lead to more shorts elsewhere.

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Orange customers squeezed out of Facebook

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FAIL

Ah, zillion to many NAT

The phone call must have gone something like this:

O: You're blocking us.

FB: You're hacking us. I'll send you the IP addresses of the hackers.

O: Everybody has those addresses!

FB: Sucks to be you.

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Is US prudishness ruining the internet?

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Wear protection to prevent viral marketing

This comes down to US online services going for the maximum number of advertising eyeballs and maximum viral marketing. Just think of how many sites still have special IE 6 support to keep every single pair of visiting eyeballs. Allowing adult content would require a complete rework of marketing strategies and web site security, and probably in a complicated way that no dot-com wants to pay for. It might make content better but that's not the point. It's easier to ban adult content using overly simplified rules.

It's still very easy to host your own content so I'm not worried about freedom of speech. ...at least until net-neutrality goes away and the toll trolls say no to personal hosting.

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Bollywood 'recruits DDoS hired guns to fight movie pirates'

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WTF?

Floods of tens, even dozens, of requests

Since when does India have enough spare bandwidth to be running distributed attacks against distributed servers? Contracting illegal botnets would be a sure-fire way to get yourself and your service provider completely disconnected from the rest of the planet.

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Oz pedestrians fall to 'Death by iPod'

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Unhappy

Thump

AT&T ads in the US are demonstrating how you can go about your day, including crossing streets, with your eyes never leaving the TV show on your cellphone. This is sad because people too stupid to keep themselves alive will be unavoidably killed by responsible people. No doubt legislation will be passed to equip vehicles with heavy, expensive, fuel-consuming hardware to keep brainless TV tumbleweeds safe.

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Monster Afghan spy airship to feature quad drinking straws

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Giant coffee bean

Maybe Starbucks will pay for upkeep if it's painted brown with their logo on it.

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Doc develops RSI-reducing rolling mouse

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800dpi?

What does 800dpi mean for a device that pivots like a joystick? How does it perform nonlinear motion if you can't pick it up like a mouse or reposition your finger like a trackpad? With 2560x1600 being the new standard resolution, I can't imagine pointing to things with linear tracking. It would be like trying to support a telescope with your hands.

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Ikea forecasts fluffy, fully teched kitchen of the future

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Structural cohesion alert

Can this smart kitchen sense shelf weight, temperature, and humidity to accurately predict when broken particle board and dish fragments will be on my floor?

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Oracle hates discs, loves tape

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A/N FSQ-7

Spinning tapes are good, but don't forget clattering relays and blinking lights to complete the mysterious supercomputer look.

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Want to use WD diagnostics? Buy Windows

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FAIL

Datacenters?

Don't insane numbers of consumer hard drives go into low-cost datacenter network storage racks? They're definitely NOT running Windows there and, even if they did, nobody can run a software tool on each of a few thousand hard drives to configure them.

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Google patents search that tracks your mouse moves

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FAIL

iFinger

Do Google phones support cursor hovering?

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Apple, Google, NASA, and the Rainbow connection

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Shoehorn

Back in 2006, a plot of land measuring 5000 square feet in the middle of Silicon Valley's endless urban sprawl cost $400000 to $700000. High elevation land with a view of the valley and easy access to expressways, like that area of Cupertino, costs enough to make even the wealthiest wince. It's why the mansions look bubble-shaped and squished.

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US Army trials Iron Man super-trooper exoskeleton

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FAIL

Whoops!

What happens if you slip while carrying 300lbs at chest level? Do your legs snap off at an odd angle? Does the weight crush your arms and ribs when you hit the ground? Maybe lifting the load high off the ground isn't such a good idea.

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