Coffee and Intellectual Property
Firstly, I know that fashion relies very heavily on trademark protections. There is no way that I can use the Gucci name and logo to sell my own brand of bags.
Did you watch the talk? The reason why handbags, for example, are plastered with Gucci logos is exactly because only the logo is protected, but not the design of the handbag itself.
ISS Robotic Arm Captures Dragon Capsule
Sounds like you would enjoy this version of 2001 ...
Apple Announces iPhone 5
Human nature. It's a tiny and precious object, so we want to protect it. Doesn't mean that it needs the protection, but it's perceived as being fragile.
Music Memories Stored In Different Part of Brain Than Other Memories
That reminds me of what the north American Indians had done. I would imagine there are songs of ancient time passed along due to this type of memory being the most protected.
Hmm. That made me think of Songlines.
Saudi Arabia Objects To Proposed .gay gTLD, Among Others
What do you do if you want to go to Amazon, type in "amazon.amazon"? "store.amazon"?
Just "amazon". Yes, that would work. My guess is that this is what at least some of the bigger multi-national corporations - like Amazon, but maybe also Apple and Google - are actually going to do.
Samsung's Comparison of Galaxy S To iPhone
It's only normal to look at someone else's product and say "hey, that's a good idea, let's implement that too!".
Agreed. But the other question in this case is: Where do you draw the line? If you copy 100 details from your competitor, you are effectively plagiarizing their product.
Flashback Trojan Hits 600,000 Macs and Counting
Also, no sensible person ever said "Macs don't get [infected/hacked/whatever]."
Actually, Apple writes quite a few things that make me (and I'm a Mac user) cringe. For example:
Download with peace of mind.
Innocent-looking files downloaded over the Internet may contain dangerous malware in disguise. That’s why files you download using Safari, Mail, and iChat are screened to determine if they contain applications. If they do, OS X alerts you, then warns you the first time you open one.
Yeah, when you download a file and click on it, a dialog pops up that tells you that the file was downloaded from the internet and may be dangerous. That's all. And after you had to click on that a couple of times for harmless files of all sorts, you just click on it automatically. And, boom, trojan infection ...
Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?
+1 on the 10-20-30 rule.
-1 on Prezi. Don't get hung up on certain tools. It's the content that counts and especially what your audience wants to hear (why are they there? what could they learn from your talk that's relevant for them?)
Tempting as it may be to use Prezi to zoom around an overview of your network - refrain from it. I've seen people report that they actually got seasick watching all the zooming in and out in Prezi. "Pizzazz" is no replacement for content and relevance.
SlideShare Ditches Flash, Rebuilds Site In HTML5
Download is something that the uploader of the slides has to allow. And even then you need to be logged in to their site. FWIW, all my slide decks on slideshare are available for download.
iPhone and Location: Don't Panic
I looked at the data that my iPad collected. It's only data from the few occassions when I used 3G. If it would also collect information from WiFi, it would have recorded that, say, I was in Canada where I used the hotel WiFi but not 3G. But no location information was recorded there. As others have already pointed out, it's only recording information about the 3G cell towers that the iDevice sees.
Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking
Nuclear power is perfectly safe, if done properly.
The number of nuclear reactors worldwide is extremely high, but other than the Windscale core fire, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Fukushima complex, there really hasn't been any major accident in the industry in 50 years.
Hmm. The conclusion I would draw from this is that we don't seem to be very good at doing things properly, at least not in the long run. So maybe it isn't such a good idea to rely on things being done properly when it involves very dangerous stuff like radioactivity.
Java Creator James Gosling Hired At Google
Apparently not. Even Tim Bray had to solve logic puzzles (and failed one):
Apple Negotiates For Unlimited iTunes Downloads
You mean "like eMusic did", unfortunately. They changed it recently - you are no longer able to re-download things.
Try going to one of those albums from your list. Notice how the button above the album now reads "re-purchase album".
After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest
Nokia didn't invent Symbian, but it was their decision to use it. Back in the late 1990's, I was involved in a "top secret" project between Nokia and Psion, to bring Psion's EPOC operating system to a Nokia phone which was going to be the successor of the 9110 Communicator. The announcement of Symbian a few months later came as a complete surprise to us: "Oh, that's what we've been working on all the time?"
I still think it made a lot of sense back then. They just lost contact with the market (or maybe reality in general, as you and the GP implied) in the mid-2000's.
BBC To Dispose of Douglas Adams Website
The password issue is easy to solve: Set all passwords to random values and ask everyone to request a new password via the usual "forgot your password?" option (surely h2g2 has something like that?).
Facebook Images To Get Expiration Date
All of Germany (or at least those that understand how a computer works) has been facepalming over this since it was introduced (article is in German) 10 days ago.
What's worse: It was lauded by our minister of consumer protection as an example of German innovation. How embarrassing. Government-sponsored publicity for something that even the inventor admits won't stop anyone from taking a screenshot. Geeks in Germany have been taking the system apart over the last couple of days. There's already a hack that circumvents the Firefox plugin.
WikiLeaks Moves To Swiss Domain After DNS Takedown
wikileaks.ch is actually registered by the Swiss Pirate Party. They just happen to have it pointed to the right server anyway.
Tweet from the Swiss PP president (in German, sorry):
Google Kills Wave Development
I was invited into it, so I signed up. Looked around and couldn't find a way to make it useful to me
For me, the "now what?" moment was more of "now where are all the people I know and want to work with?" I think Wave is a rare case where the "by invitation only" technique worked against it. To make use of Wave, all the people you want to work with need to be able to sign up. The invitation was an additional hurdle to its adoption.
Mozilla Plans Fix For Critical Firefox Vulnerability In Next Release
Even Lynx has had security issues. While searching for an example, I found this, which is even better ;-)
Is Sat-Nav Destroying Local Knowledge?
Somewhat related: These days even the taxi drivers don't know the way any more. It used to be such that you could jump into a taxi, mention the address and off we'd go.
Last time I used a taxi, the driver asked me for directions. Then, when I couldn't provide them, I had to spell out the address for him (he hadn't heard of the street before) so that he could type it into his sat-nav.
Not sure if that's really a problem, but I somehow felt cheated. Isn't it his job to know these things?
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