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Head fed cyberspook resigns abruptly

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He just inherited $60 million from a Nigerian prince so there's no need for him to keep his day job.

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Energy scavenger eats leftover wireless signals

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Tune higher

There are already devices that can turn a few hundred THz into a tiny amount of power - solar cells.

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Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

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600 hurts my eyes

The 600Hz "sub-field drive" is the dithering rate that's an artifact of plasma technology. It's not a good thing to have, but a higher number reduces the likelihood of visible flickering on some shades and colors. At least in older models, the built-in Pandora viewer is one of those flickering shades.

You can photograph the sub fields using a sensitive DSLR camera. It's looks very strange.

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Apple iMac 27in

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Keyboard

Yes, the keyboard is crap. I use one for my server but would never tolerate it's clumsy feel for daily use. If you accept that it's crap, you can now accept the solution to its wobble without cringing: Bend it. Yep. It's mostly aluminum and you can bend it to fit your desk.

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Google Instant Pages: Search sites rendered before you click

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Mushroom

idempotent - denoting an element of a set that is unchanged...

There are idiot web developers at major web sites using HTTP GET links to initiate actions. This will completely destroy their customer data.

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World's biggest ad agency keelhauls 2000 'pirate' sites

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I'll steal that

How helpful was it to advertise products on a site dedicated to making acquisitions without payment?

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Hot bodies get super-slippery when wet

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FAIL

Fish'n'Chips

This is a great idea. We should start removing salt from the ocean immediately so it stops clogging up the Leidenfrost effect on ship hulls.

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Google was 'warned repeatedly' about rogue drug ads

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Grenade

We understand the urgent nature of your message...

Anyone who has tried to contact Google about criminal use of their services knows that they've built a solid barrier to receiving such information. They don't want it. They don't want expectations of being contactable. They don't want to be responsible for how their systems, maintained or not, are being used. I won't feel any pity if they're fined $500m for their meticulously crafted ignorance of illegal activity.

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Facebook traffic mysteriously passes through Chinese ISP

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There should be two

AT&T likes duopolies. It's only fair that they let China Telecom perform government-orded snooping too.

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When dinosaurs mate: AT&T and Deutsche Telekom

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And the wires

Brace yourself for a stream of profanity then ask people what they think of AT&T wired products. This isn't just about mobile phones. Buying T-Mobile eliminates one more escape path for sufferers of AT&T DSL and home phone service.

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IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare

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Pick a better list

I find IP address blacklists to be extremely useful. There's a lot of address space that is completely unmaintained or owned by criminals. A blacklist is not only efficient to implement, but pressures the network into cleaning up or going out of business. If there are too many false positives you can use a less aggressive blacklist.

Content filtering is a losing game. The CPU power in hijacked networks always beats the CPU power in your analyzer. Finding ways to beat your filter is trivial and of no cost to the spammer.

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Intel throws Thunderbolt

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FAIL

You do not hold cable. Cable holds you.

It's disappointing that this seems to have become another fat cable technology rather than the sleek optical cable it started as. The DisplayPort cable on Macs is more rigid than Cat 6 and USB 3. It won't stay put and the tiny jack strains to support it.

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Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

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Dead Vulture

Evil Ellison icon, please

Uninstalling Java is a harsh recommendation from a web site that's hammering my Flash blocker and Web-bug blocker.

As a language, Java is very good for business applications. It's simple, has a rapid development time, and has growing support for multiprocessor systems. Most of the bloating comes from commercial "Enterprise" frameworks that attempt to eliminate boring boilerplate code with XML files. They run slowly, bloat applications, drive up costs, increase complexity, and usually take longer to use than the boring code they replace. Oracle makes those frameworks so there's a real conflict of interest in them owning Java.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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