Thursday, June 29, 2006

India deploys supersonic BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile

BrahMos is designed to destroy surface targets flying at an altitude as low as 10 meters (30 feet) and at a speed of Mach 2.8, with a maximum range of 290 km (about 180 miles) utilizing multiple tragectories. It can be launched from air, land, or sea. It is effectively immune to electronic countermeasures and all existing missile defenses.

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Microsoft gets Sued over Genuine Advantage Auto Update

The same lawyers who sued Sony BMG over Rootkits on music CDs, and Ubisoft for Starforce on its game disks are now taking on Microsoft. A quote from the Complaint: รข??Microsoft effectively installed the WGA software on consumers' systems without providing consumers any opportunity to make an informed choice about that software."

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

How to Find True North Without a Compass

Which way is north? Whether you're lost in the woods or you're trying to install a sundial in your yard, you're bound to want to find true north from time to time, and chances are when the time comes you won't have a compass.

The watch idea is cool :)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

All the programming algorithms you might ever need

This is a pure gold link for CS pros, techs and hobbyists.
seems to be pdf of mac graw hill book by the author

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hacking the Motorola Razr

Bunch of good info on how to teach your RAZR some new and cool tricks.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Slashdot | Hawking Says Humans Must Go Into Space

The Associated Press reports that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking wants humans to establish colonies in space in order to ensure the survival of the human race. At a news conference in Hong Kong, Hawking said that 'It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.'"

Slashdot | Hawking Says Humans Must Go Into Space

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Net2phone Sues Skype

Slashdot | Net2phone Sues Skype: "'Net2phone is suing Skype for patent infringement, arguing Skype violated patent 6,108,704 for 'the exchange of IP addresses between processing units in order to establish a direct communications link between the devices via the Internet.''"

Text from the patent.
"A point-to-point Internet protocol exchanges Internet Protocol (IP) addresses between processing units to establish a point-to-point communication link between the processing units through the Internet. A first point-to-point Internet protocol includes the steps of (a) storing in a database a respective IP address of a set of processing units that have an on-line status with respect to the Internet; (b) transmitting a query from a first processing unit to a connection server to determine the on-line status of a second processing unit; and (c) retrieving the IP address of the second unit from the database using the connection server, in response to the determination of a positive on-line status of the second processing unit, for establishing a point-to-point communication link between the first and second processing units through the Internet."

Hmmm.. it seems that net2phone can sue a whole lot of im clients for patent infringement and violation of patent 6,108,704. All of them use similar method to detect user presense and initiating conversations.

Slashdot | Google Launches Online Spreadsheet System

Slashdot | Google Launches Online Spreadsheet System: "More from the article:
'Google is targeting Office, which generated $2.95 billion in sales and $2.09 billion in profit in Microsoft's third quarter ended March 31. Microsoft plans a new release this year and is trying to get Office into more consumers' hands at a cheaper price while persuading businesses to buy higher-priced versions.'"

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