GarryFre (886347) writes "Just turned on my Xoom and found the official ICS upgrade for Xoom available! Five minutes later its done. Multi touch keyboard as in being able to press shift key and letters at same time. Browser seems more stable. No more crashes on certain websites. I'm surprised nothing mentioned on web about this. Guess I'll be first. I note better auto correction." top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see." Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "As it turns out, relativity is a pretty tricky theory to try and wrap around your finger. Who would have guessed? If you’ve been thinking about our astronaut twins from yesterday, then I imagine you’ve been doing a lot of head-scratching. Does general relativity cause Scott Kelly to age faster in space, or does special relativity and a slower-ticking clock take the cake?
GarryFre (886347) writes "From Teamliquid comes this gem of a story of soured negotiations between Blizzard, and the Korean government originally deleted but recovered through some persistent forensic searching the entire originally deleted post. Interesting the things that happen when a company gets so big it can contend with large governments.
Someone posted a snippet of a blog post on PGR21.com, of a guy who posted a first person account of a meeting between Mike Morhaime and the Department of Culture's vice Minister. Due to its sensitive nature, the blog post was quickly deleted by the writer. However, small portions were recoverable by using search engines, and me being a curious little bugger google searched every line and used the preview to recover the entire post 8)" Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Two years ago Google launched the 10^100 project to give millions to fund ideas that will change the world. After being overwhelmed by 150,000 ideas, Google finally announced five winners on Friday.
One of the top five is a company appropriately called Shweeb that proposes building a monorail made of little clear capsules powered by people pedaling recumbent bicycles. Google is giving the company $1 million to fund R&D to “test Shweeb’s technology for an urban setting.”
Quite simply, Google must have gotten 149,996 stupid suggestions for this to have gotten funding. Monorails are kind-of cool in that Disney-theme-park way, and recumbents are efficient bicycles — if entirely unsuitable for daily, urban cycling. But combining the two is something not even the worst sci-fi writer would conjure up." Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found a new therapeutic target that can potentially lead to a new way to prevent the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The target called neutral sphingomyelinase (N-SMase) is a protein that when activated, can cause a chain of reactions in the cell leading to neuronal death and memory loss. Already a substance has been found that shows some promise in halting the progression of the disease." Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Step aside outer space aliens, time anomalies, submerged giant Atlantean pyramids and bizarre meteorological phenomena... the "Triangle" simply suffers from an acute case of gas.
According to the article, the ocean floor is full of methane that can form huge bubbles of suffocating gas that can surface, snuffing out engines, and sinking ships." Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "iPhone apps seem like they can do anything these days. Need to answer an email? No problem! Want to see when the next bus is? Piece of cake! Want to toss virtual cows for fun? I don't know why you'd want to, but sure thing, coming right up!
GarryFre (886347) writes "It has been said that Fusion is 50 years away for quite decades but now work has actually been started...
Digging has begun in the south of France on the planned site for the world's first Fusion Reactor. A tokomak is a torus shaped magnetic confinement device which is necessary to withstand the temperatures associated with fusion that are so high, solid materials can't hold them. As such, the building represents the future core of ITER. (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).
GarryFre (886347) writes "NEW LONDON, Conn. – Someday, the secrets of fireflies or glowing sea plankton could save an American soldier in battle, a Navy SEAL on a dive or a military pilot landing after a mission.
That's the hope behind a growing field of military-sponsored research into bioluminescence, a phenomenon that's under the microscope in laboratories around the country.
This phenomenon is noteworthy because this produces light without wasting energy because it does not generate any heat.
A possible military use of bio-luminescence would be creating biodegradable landing zone markers that helicopters can spot even as wind from their rotors kicks up dirt.
Soldiers have used bio-luminescent creatures in battle for centuries, including Japanese troops who smeared one creature's dried remains on their wet hands to help them read maps and compasses during World War II.
But bioluminescence can be a foe, too, especially for the Navy if its vessels or divers are amid the microorganisms that glow when disturbed." Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Sometimes even the most innocuous program can be used by clever and devious computer geeks for the most hilarious pranks. This is a story of one such prank by an entire workforce against a particularly obnoxious and abusive know-it-all supervisor...
About 15 years ago, I wrote a program called Chirper. It would cause each key to emit a particular musical note through the PC speaker when pressed. It was *intended* for blind users — particularly a fellow student that was blind, who showed me the major problem with the software is it would voice out all the key presses and so it's maximum working speed was a dumb crawl of 20wpm. My answer to this was the Chirper. Once a user learned the sound of the keys they could recognize them by the sound and it was not limited by the speed of the speech processor. It could be toggled on and off by double-pressing the Control Key.
Well this friend of mine worked for the US postal service tech support dept and there was this arrogant, and abusive, know-it-all supervisor everyone hated and they installed Chirper on his workstation and when the guy came to work he started typing away and asked what that chirping noise was.
One of the workers jumped back and said "Oh you got the "Chirper Virus! Stay away from my machine or you give it to it."
The supervisor said "You idiot! You can't give a computer a virus by touching it!". Another worker said "Oh yes you can!" and Dave (Name changed) said "It only responds to the person who gave the computer the virus in the first place.... Let me show you." So Dave goes up, toggles it off and shows how he can type on this supervisor's computer without getting chirps and then toggles it back on and says "Now You try" and of course it chirps.
The supervisor fell for it, and all that week he would get callers asking what the chirping noise was and when he attempted to explain that he had given the computer the virus and that it had to just "Run it's course" like some cold and would get ridiculed by the callers who would insist on talking to someone else.
So on Friday at end of day they uninstalled it and left him a note telling him how he had been the fool of the week. They supervisor was furious but could not do a thing about it. He couldn't very well fire the entire work force, and he couldn't even complain because he'd have to divulge how much of a fool he had been.
Never piss off a bunch of computer techs. They will get you in the end.
GarryFre (886347) writes "One of the mysteries of the human species is that of missing socks. Surely when you put an even number of socks into a dryer and come out with an odd number of socks it goes without saying that something is a foot here!
Current theory is that socks are cannibalistic. Left socks eat right socks and vice versa. The tumbling motion tends to get them excited and they nip at each other.
You don't believe me? You think I'm trying to pull the wool over your eyes? Well let me show you that this theory has just a bit more than a toe hold in reality and you can judge for yourself to boot!
Here is the evidence:
* This behavior explains the phenomena of lint it's not lint at all but crumbs left behind after a meal!
* Have you ever found a sock in the filter or up a pant leg? How did it get there? It's obvious. It was hiding there!
* They bite holes in each other. You didn't really think your heel was that sharp did you?
* This also explains why when you put only one sock in a dryer, it never turns up missing!
* Have you noticed that lint is never black or pure white but gray? This proves that socks are equal opportunity eaters!
So next time you load your dryer, give your socks a wave and a smile. It just might be the last you see of your argyle!" Link to Original Source top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Some weeks ago while typing away on my Mac I noticed something rather interesting behavior in the spelling checkers on the Macintosh. I can take any correctly spelled word and put a lower case vowel in front creating a mis-spelled word and the spelling checker will accept it.
This seems to happen across several programs I have that have built in spell checkers.
It aDoes eNot iComplain iAbout oAny words in uThis sentence demonstrating the error on all the vowels.
It also accepts sequences of vowels whether capitalized or not such as AAAAAA, IIII, etc.
It also accepts repeats of the letter I iiiiiiiiiiiii.
Sometimes it will intermittently complain about a sequence of non-vowel letters but if I backspace over it, the spellchecker will accept it without flagging it.
It is working otherwise because it catches other mis-spelled words.
II am told that it considers any word with a capitol letter as a proper word. I note that propeR is accepted without flagging but this doesn't necessarily explain away the double II in the beginning of this paragraph.
So at the least, it appears that any word with one or more capitol letters is game for gaffes.
You might thank the explosion of Ajax for that.
Often this content involves loading entire web pages into regions. So instead of loading just the site you are at, you may be loading content from several outside sites between the content having to do with the site, and advertisements.
The idea is that it looks cool, and the impact of bandwidth limitations can be made less obvious by tricks such as only loading the content the region comes up on the screen. Its cool to load only the portion of data the user is viewing, or to load more important stuff first.
When it's working well, it can look pretty cool, but when it's not it can be a drag. I am not against Ajax, its a great tool, but like any tool it can be mis-applied.
Suppose the programmer just loads everything at once, whether it's on or off the screen? How bout ads that load up their content too. Suddenly you have a number of objects vying for your bandwidth at the same time. The effect can be similar to trying to load multiple sites at the same time.
I did a test, and found turning off all that java makes many of the sites I load up, load up faster, instead of taking so long by the time it loads I forget why I went there.
So, yep I heard from a number of folks the wisdom of turning off java script, and now after some testing, it seems there is yet another reason to turn off the Java and not for just security reasons.
What I suspect a lot of us would like to see, is the ability to turn off allowing scripts on site by site basis." top
GarryFre (886347) writes "Search of the terms king snake pictures in google yields the first link showing four pictures of what is supposed to be king snakes but one of them is a deadly coral snake...
Imagine you our your child caught a snake and you want to identify it.
You search in google for the three words king snake pictures brings up four pictures. The pictures are presented as harmless king snakes except the third which is a coral snake, a venomous neurotoxic snake that can kill you if you are bitten and not treated.
You can tell a coral snake by the phrase "Red touches black, venom lack red touches yellow you're a dead fellow"
Here is a link from firefox but I've confirmed that the same search in IE shows the same four pictures. It is a stretch but I could imagine someone making this mistake and maybe trying to file a lawsuit, and who knows they might win on the argument that such misinformation should have been better screened out.