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- No, “memory effect” really only applies to sintered plate Ni-Cad batteries, which were never used in laptops (old laptops used Ni-Cads, but not that type of Ni-Cad).
1 week 23 hours ago
- There are a couple of factors. There was a recent fire at Hynix, who is one of the major DRAM manufacturers. Also, production is shifting from DRAM to NAND flash, plus production is about to shift from DDR3 to DDR4, which will cost more, especially initially.
1 week 1 day ago
- Yes, you can run fsck yourself. Here is the script cutesy of Rucent88 at Superuser: http://superuser.com/a/657320
7 weeks 4 days ago
- Popular Science just announced that they are disabling their comment system on their website, citing the prevalence of trolls, spambots and “a politically motivated, decades long war on expertise,” which you will see every time there is a discussion about evolution, which forms the very basis of modern biological science, or global warming, whic
12 weeks 2 days ago
- BlackBerry is currently negotiating a $4.7 billion acquisition by Fairfax Financial Holdings. What they intend to do with it assuming the acquisition is finalized and approved by regulators, I don't know. It's unlikely to continue to exist for long in its current form, though.
12 weeks 4 days ago
- For one, it frees up the company from worrying about people like Carl Ichan trying to take over the company. Aside from that, it also allows the company to take a longer term view, and plan accordingly.
13 weeks 1 day ago
- The safest thing would be to assume that you don’t have ANY online privacy. But Tor certainly does help.
14 weeks 3 days ago
- I think we are seeing the inevitable result of a maturing technology. I think Xian Renegade makes some valid points, but the majority of iPhone customers are not business customers, they are individual consumers making a purchase, and most don’t know or care about the differences between it and competitors.
14 weeks 5 days ago
- Paypal froze $45,000 raised by the indiegogo crowdfunding campaign of a company called Mailpile, and demanded an itemized budget and developmental goal dates be submitted to PayPal for approval before the funds would be released.
15 weeks 19 hours ago
- Well, you pretty much nailed it - there is a kernel of truth there, but only in a very limited set of facts is use of a proxy server illegal. Basically, there was a ruling in a case captioned Craigslist v. 3tap that held use of a proxy server to circumvent a ban from a website violates the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).
17 weeks 2 days ago
- Don’t read too much into that. It’s simply a legal argument used as a defense in a court case, and is based on well settled caselaw. When you give information to a company, you have essentially released it into the wild, subject to any contractual limitations between the parties.
18 weeks 1 day ago
- I think it may be possible when we reach the point where our devices respond empathetically and appropriately to our interactions.
19 weeks 1 day ago
- rousseau asks Has Yahoo made a poor business decision by essentially banishing tumblr adult content?When Yahoo acquired Tumblr, one promise it made to users was that it would leave the more, shall we say...exotic sections of Tumblr alone. It may come as a surprise, but there is a lot of adult content on the interwebs, and Tumblr has its corner as well.
22 weeks 22 hours ago
- I think it is the best solution for cloud storage data security. All of your data is encrypted, and the cloud storage provider doesn’t have the key, only you, the user does. In other words, the provider has “zero knowledge” of the encryption key. It also goes a long way towards keeping your data secure against government snooping.
22 weeks 23 hours ago
- Actually you can just text SPAM (7726) and your provider should block any further spam from that sender. This can be really effective if you keep getting peppered with spam from a single source.
23 weeks 5 days ago
- While speaking with a couple friends from Europe, they expressed concern about using US based cloud services providers, because of uncertainty over whether their data was being harvested by the US government in the name of “national security.” One of them was adamant that he would not use American based cloud services, and in fact felt that he w
23 weeks 5 days ago
- Couldn’t you just use iTunes for Windows through Wine? That may be the easiest thing to do.
24 weeks 3 days ago
- You can easily download keyboards in other languages. Just go into your settings, and select the keyboard section. Choose “add keyboard” and you should see an extensive list of languages that you can download. Pick the one you need, then download it (the phone may say something along the lines of download update as well), restart your device.
24 weeks 3 days ago
- rousseau answers Re: How much does the use of “conflict minerals” in manufacturing hardware matter to most consumers?The reality is that there is a cost to someone for everything that is dug out of the earth, smelted, burned, refined, etc. It is also reality that there is a constant balancing of the scale as to what steps we are willing to take to minimize those costs.
24 weeks 5 days ago
- rousseau answers Re: Can Bitcoin survive cease and desist demands from states (California and Illinois so far)?Lots of things are illegal in some states and not in others, but if you were picking states that could have an impact on an online business, Illinois and California would be two of the major ones. However, I looked at the California demand, and it should be noted that it was sent to the Bitcoin foundation.
25 weeks 4 days ago
- Well, yes and no. The ITC did in fact issue that ruling, but it only applies to new imports of iPhone 4 and earlier versions, as Christopher points out. However, the President can decide to invalidate/ignore it, and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that is exactly what will happen.
28 weeks 1 day ago
- I ask this because I’m extremely angry about it. Glenn Greenwald broke the story in The Guardian that Verizon was giving the NSA complete records of its business plan customers' activity - who they called, when they called them, where they were, etc.
28 weeks 1 day ago
- U = 1 3/4” or 44.45mm. So you and your racks are around 6’ tall (6’ 1 ½ “ to be precise). A 42U rack is a standard size. I have no idea where this standard of measurement originated, though.
28 weeks 4 days ago
- I think to a large degree it is people being uncomfortable with new technology, even though most of the technology in Glass is repackaged existing tech. Christopher makes a good point, though - currently if you are walking around being a creeper with a cell phone, it is pretty obvious.
30 weeks 5 days ago
- Unlike some other devices, the S3 doesn't come with a microHDMI, there is only a USB port. I have everything on my phone - Netflix, Youtube, Break, etc. - and as much as I like Samsung's display, I enjoy my HDTV more. Is there a way to connect the phone to a HDTV to watch movies/videos/whatnot?
32 weeks 2 days ago
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