Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope
Battery door? Oh, that thing on the back of the phone. Isn't that that elusive back door I've been hearing so much about? :-p
First Automatic Identification of Flying Insects Allows Hi-Tech Bug Zapping
This sound very much like a continuation and refinement of technology demonstrated a few years back that could identify mosquitoes and differentiate between males and females to only zap the females.
I remember seeing this TED talk some time back where they had constructed a working rig. At least working under laboratory conditions. Is that the precursor of this?
Fujitsu Labs Develops Prototype Haptic Sensory Tablet
This summary has reached a new level of not summarising the article at all.
Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars
I'm sure all these editorial discussions will be promptly settled once and for all now that they have been slashdotted.
Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus
Neither, it's Australian.
And its common name is Bruce.
50 Years of the Twilight Zone
Sorry to be nitpicking here but:
'You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone.'
Is not what the intro to my first episode says...
I wasn'a around at the time, and YouTube stated it was down for maintenance when I was going to check the link.
The intro to the first episode (1959) that I watched says:
'You're traveling through another dimension.
A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.
A journey into a wonderous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.
At the sign-post up ahead, your next stop - The Twilight Zone'
I guess there may have been alternate intros though...
The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer
Sorry if I seemed harsh. That was not my intention.
And you are most certainly right. Most of the stuff will probably end up as oxides. Doesn't make it any easier to recover data from though. :-)
Intresting that about aluminium being used as a deoxidizing agent. I didn't know about that method, although I can imagine it must be terribly effective. As I remember from primary school we learned that coal was often used in the old Swedish ironworks to purify the metal.
Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One
Oh, you mean something similar to this?
Dirty Coding Tricks To Make a Deadline
Such loops are almost certainly buggy
That seems a bit redundant. You just cited him, didn't you?
I get the strangest feeling of recursion when someone quotes somebody else and asks for a citation...
The Homemade Hard Disk Destroyer
Actually in the case of thermite...
(yes right now I'm being a besserwisser, but so is everyone else here, so I don't see shy I shouldn't be one as well :-p)
Thermite can be made using several different metal oxides and mixing this with a metal powder. What this resulting mixture is is something that will burn with extreme heat because of its composition. It will also provide the reaction with oxygen, meaning that as soon as it's lit it can burn in an anaerobic atmosphere.
The extreme heat that is generated from this reaction is actually enough to break up many compounds that comes in contact with it (or are nearby). E.g. water could be split into oxygene and hydrogene.
So potentially, yes, a drive could be reduced to it's elemental components by burning thermite on it.
And even if you don't succeed in breaking it up entirely, trying to recover data from a heap of metal is probably not so easy.
Hope For Multi-Language Programming?
"is there hope for the multi-language development process?"
I dare venture that the .NET initiative (and mono) is just that.
Common language runtime, sure. But use any language you want as long as you can bind it to the framework.
[sarcasm] So my next major, multi-megabyte project I will build with brainf*ck.NET. [/sarcasm]
D-Link DIR-655 Firmware 1.21 Hijacks Your Internet Connection
There are routers that run open source firmware. An example of a company that uses open source firmware is Canyon. I've had one for a couple of years now. I got the first hardware revision, so I haven't been able to upgrade my firmware to the latest, but my model is still manufactured, albeit in a later hardware revision and the firmware is open source. Works like a charm.