Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death
Find me a Linux distro where the 10 year old version is considered better than the newest version by 90% of the users; and the new versions are avoided by non-Luddite companies such as Intel.
Seems only someone with Ballmer's management skills can accomplish such a feat.
'Smart' Vending Machines Triple Sales
That's easy, it will see the big red nose and recommend "Pineapple Juice"
Leaked MS Presentation Shows App Store Plans For Windows 8
Why not, it worked out pretty well for them last time, and now they will be better prepared.
Digitizing and Geocoding Old Maps?
I agree, you might try contacting someplace like David Rumsey Historical Map Collection to see if they would be interested in helping, or might otherwise make recommendations.
A collection of other links that might be of interest:
Historical Map Web Sites
Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?
The files you work on are local copies - you do not even need to be online to work.
Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?
You might not be able to push a new server and new ways of working, but perhaps you could push a new service. Look into dropbox, and try selling it as backup, revision control, remote access, and the ability to easily transfer files with clients. Don't sell it as a fix to the son's problems, but a way for him to be productive outside the office as well as in. Appeal to the company being left behind technically if they don't start using cloud services for backup and revision control (with dropbox, the files will be backed up on Amazon's EC2 servers.) It runs on Mac, Linux, and even Windows, so all the systems can utilize the tool.
I would also spend some time working on my resume.
LG's Windows Phone 7 Series Early Prototype
Now those rumors about Microsoft purchasing the Shake-Weight company makes perfect sense - the paring on sales at Amazon are going to skyrocket Shake-Weight sales. Running low on energy always reseting your phone from a BSOD? Get Shake-Weight and have the arm strength you need to reset any Microsoft phone....
Can Imaging Technologies Save Us From Terrorists?
This is a better link to information on the damage to DNA from Terahertz scanners. It was covered in Slashdot earlier, don't know why it is not a related story.
Quoting the earlier story:
"Now a team led by Los Alamos National Labs thinks it knows why. They say that although the forces that terahertz waves exert on double-stranded DNA are tiny, in certain circumstances resonant effects can unzip the DNA strands, tearing them apart. This creates bubbles in the strands that can significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. With terahertz scanners already appearing in airports and hospitals, the question that now urgently needs answering is what level of exposure is safe."
Xbox 360 Update Will Lock Out Unauthorized Storage
Well stated, but I think when you also combine this news with the recent story that MSFT is looking to double the price of an XBOX Live subscription to $100/year or more, then it paints a picture that MSFT is getting desperate to squeeze a profit out of their gaming devision for fear of losing the whole thing if they don't soon. Makes me really wonder about their financial picture in general that they seem to not be able to invest in this area with a long term growth vision anymore, even when they are currently losing to the Wii.
Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges
It is rather funny (and sad) that so much of the IT industry is still awash in problems that were observed, and solutions published for, with UNIX years ago. I've read at least three UNIX books that address this issue, among others. And yet the majority of IT industry (and even many "CS" programs) act like there just is not any solution to these problems, when I learned of them in undergraduate level courses.
"This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface." - Doug McIlroy
"Those who don't understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." - Henry Spencer
The Battle Between Google and Facebook
Some might even say this is just a part of Microsoft's proxy battle with Google, a quid pro quo after Microsoft's heavy investment in Facebook. But everyone would just laugh if Ballmer said the same stupid thing.
Microsoft Rebrands Live Search As "Bing"
Punxsutawney Phil! Thank you, I was racking my brain for a reference I knew I was missing!
Microsoft Rebrands Live Search As "Bing"
No, but I predict people will start pronouncing it as "Bung". As in:
I went to google the answer, but this damn computer has the wrong search installed and my question went down the bung hole!
I love how the live desktop search tells you everything install chronologically after it is going to stop functioning if you remove the MS search. Well, maybe bung will finally let you find answers to technical issues half as well as google search - then MS might be able to bribe some more people to play with it's bung.
Windows 7 Anti-Piracy Plans
Oh, you mean like that time that the Massive Microsoft WGA meltdown fingered legit Vista and XP owners as pirates?
Lot's of fun I think - but since Microsoft is changing the name from WGA to WAT you should trust them to put the kill switch in your computer ;-)
I'm so happy I can do all my computing without having anyone's kill switch in my computer... sorry was I gloating?
Classic Books of Science?
Not science so much, but an interesting view of history and science in HG Wells:
The Outline of History
"Good Enough" Computers Are the Future
Don't count on it, high end digital cameras have already hit the "good enough" barrier in terms of adding mega-pixels, so normal users will never hit "32MP" photos.
Personally, I think the future of high end computing is going to be mostly in medicine and genetics - not something your Aunt Tilly is likely to be doing in her garage.
Segway, GM Partner On Two-Wheeled Electric Car
I can't help but notice it looks a lot like this guy's ride. If they could work out immunity from DWI than I suspect they could probably sell quite a few of them.
Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now
Exactly, why don't they tell more about the fun features:
Favorite on-screen calculator?
You only say that because you have not discovered GNU dc. (try "man dc")
Microsoft Brings 36 New Features To Windows 7
> Less "beta" and more "it's not WinME/Vista redux, honest!", I guess.
Windows 7 is Mojave , not Vista 1.5!
Global Tax Anti-Piracy Day
I think someone needs to put together a special day (today would be good) called the Global Tax Anti-Piracy Day!
Tax Piracy is when you have a company in one country, but then setup a sham company in another country so you can avoid paying your fair share of taxes. These Pirate companies plunder the benefits of the real country of origin, taking advantage of all the infrastructure benefits such as schools, roads, and police - but pay for very little or any of what they take by loopholes in their real country's tax system!
Just think of the billions of dollars lost by honest companies, and their lost innovation because of these Tax Pirate Companies. Think of the increased taxes that honest companies must pay. Think of the children who can't go to good schools because Pirate companies plundered the public coffers! This is a threat that must be stopped, and the pirate company's officers punished!
Improving Slashdot Moderation
Here's an idea for improving moderation for the Slashdot Editors.
Ask the members what Slashdot Topics they are experts in. This data could then be used for two things that would be useful to Slashdot, improving moderation, and targeted advertising.
Improving moderation might only be useful if that data is verified, but Slashdot could get verification with a large number of users with data they already have - email addresses. If the member has an ibm.com or sun.com email address, verify them for Unix, Software, Networking, etc. Similarly, an oracle.com or postgresql.org email would verify the user for databases and software. cs.university.edu addresses would verify other areas. With verification comes extra moderator points in those topic areas, with extra authority. They would not get so many points that no negative comment is ever seen about apple or gnome again, and keep the bonus topic specific so that one topic's expert moderators can be reigned back without punishing the experts from all topics. If it is successful, you can look at ways to verify moderators in ways other than by email address.
Better targeted advertising should be obvious....
Choke points for spam
Libertarians did not do so well
ASUS not interested in helping GNU
Noticed in RMS's blog that ASUS basically told him that Free software is not a big enough market for them. I really am looking forward to the day where published hardware specs are the norm, but I guess I will have to stop buying ASUS products for awhile anyway.I really wonder if they just don't get it, or if they see some advantage I can not understand.
I am encouraged by Matrox's new support of open source drivers though. I always did like Matrox, not the fastest at 3D, but more than enough for any of my (and most business application's) needs. They always seemed more reliable to me as well, which somehow has always been more important to me than fancy pixel shading tricks. Guess I'm just not big enough of a gamer.