Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone
Of course they are. It's called competition. As far as they stick with laws, it's all fair game trying to use tactics to "undermine" them.
NASA Looking For Ideas To Explore Mars
Strange timing on this one. They should at least wait for the Mars Science Lab to touchdown - it won't even be too long until it does, since it's already on its way. That way, media attention on Mars and public awareness/interest in Mars missions will be far greater.
Google's Bangalore Streetview Project Stalled
Oh please. When was the last time a photographer went around the world to take a picture of every single fscking road?
Does the quantity really matter? Would you feel less concerned if "only" your entire city and your whereabouts was photographed?
Or even just the city block where you live?
Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B
Haha, you may be right and you just reignited my IT bubble fears... :-/
Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B
Microsoft already has the technology necessary in their own audio/video/text Windows Live Messenger platform. So I don't think it's about that. And yes, I feel sorry for the Skype staff today -- I don't think this move bodes well for them at all. Their competence may not be what Microsoft is looking for here.
And as for other reasons, the paying customer base (compared to the non-paying WLM user base) of Skype could perhaps be attractive to Microsoft. Keep in mind that Skype is running with losses despite all these users, though.
In the end, taking all these thoughts together, I can only imagine that this is a risky move by Microsoft. I think they are hoping for awesome synergy effects from some forthcoming integration with their products. I assume something big, and no minor idea, since it needs to pay these $8.5 billion and more.
My first idea was integrating this with Windows Phone 7 (8? 9?) to get phone calls at data rates, but I have no idea how they'll going to get the providers to accept that. That would be a feat as grand as Steve Jobs getting the music companies to sign on to iTunes back in the days, if not greater.
Otherwise... Hmm, someone mentioned Xbox or Kinect integration to communicate with others with these devices... Well that's a thought but why shouldn't they be able to just implement that feature with their Live network? Write a WLM client for these - done. No $8.5 billion wasted.
Not sure if there are other ideas about where MS may be going with this?
Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack
Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.
The attack that stole the personal data of millions of Sony customers was launched separately, while the company was distracted protecting itself against the denial of service campaign, Sony said.
Sony said it was not sure whether the organizers of the two attacks were working together.
So they know Anonymous DDOS'ed them, and Anonymous have admitted this too.
They also were attacked separately where the theft took place. They don't know if these groups were working together. They blame the latter on Anonymous too. How did they draw that final conclusion??
Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands
I can only wish.
Rumors Pointing to September iPhone 5 Ship Date
It's because the OP isn't trolling about Linux.
Sophos Slams Facebook Security In Open Letter
This will obviously not happen (sharing off by default!? haha, good one!), and even Sophos probably knows that.
They're just coming forward because they want to get free advertising as a security company that cares for user privacy. That is all. Empty story here.
Google Videos Going Offline; Time To Grab What You Want
Yes... What's more surprising than the closure is that it wasn't on YouTube.
For some reason, I always thought that Google, years ago, decided to make Google Video simply mirror the contents of YouTube and vice versa.
Who Killed Spotify?
I agree with you, except that I don't need the high bitrate and mobile support, and get away with half the price. :)
It's not that bad IMHO to pay $8/month for unlimited access to that music library. At least not enough to speak of Spotify being "killed". It's far better than anything you could get in the nineties, or even early 2000's, so I still think that this is definitely progress in the right direction. Yes, you don't get to "own" your music, but I consider it like I do with movie visits or (back in the bad old days) visits to music stores to buy CD's more or less regularly.
Similar yearly cost, but much more convenient.
Firefox 5 In Aurora Channel
Won't happen. What *is* insanity today, however, is sticking to a yearly or bi-yearly release cycle when the HTML standards evolve faster than that. Shorter cycles implies less features indeed, but this also means that there's not as much to test before each release, so the risks of following the evolution of the web better isn't increased despite following it better.
This is basically a very simplified version of the Chromium dev's motivation to move to this.
But it's of course more fun to think it's a version number game. However, just wait 'til Chrome 27 and you'll see that version numbers will lose their meaning soon enough, just like Google and others intended.
Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites
For those of us who desire organizing groups of people online - Facebook is pretty much the only option.
I wonder how they did it before Facebook?
Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites
Maybe it will die as a product and I can go back to using something better for organising events with people. One large message box sure is fun.
Why would it die? To the contrary, even if I dislike ads as anyone else, I have to admit that a hundred million-large social networking backing an ad platform seems like a powerful weapon against AdWords. And if successful, it'll do the opposite of killing it, with even more company acquisitions, etc.
Google Cuts Chrome Page Load Times In Half w/ SPDY
Yeah. Because SPDY is a protocol that's worse than HTTP, and not open to boot... :p
Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream
The author makes it sounds like there's air resistance in space that makes it possible to go to the Moon but not to Mars... :p
"See, it's the air drag that makes the journey to Mars simply consume too much rocket fuel!"
What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?
I think the answer is that small holes don't do anything (i.e. don't start sucking loose papers etc towards them), but huge gaping holes in planes might...
MythBusters tested for bullet-sized holes.
Windows 8 Early Build Hints At Apple, WebOS Competitor - EWeek
if supposed early builds are to be believed... "Bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, in a series of April postings on Rivera’s Within Windows blog, have described the various features of what they claim is an early build of Windows 8: an Office-style ribbon integrated into Windows Explorer, complete with tools for viewing libraries, manipulating images and managing drive assets; an unlock screen that harkens to the 'Metro' design style already present in Windows Phone 7; an 'immersive' user interface and a built-in PDF reader they call 'Modern Reader.'"
Northing here is about why it should be a cross-platform OS.
I may be kind of drunk right now, but I sure know when I read a bad summary!
Google Earth To Include Google Deep Sea
Let's hope we can finally find out what The Bloop really was then.
Google Ties Employee Bonuses To +1 Success
I'm kind of surprised how Google has kept failing when trying to become a social network. You'd think they'd have everything. The by far largest search engine to market their network on, a crapload of Google accounts already, and most importantly - lots of smart people that are used to designing stuff for the web.
And yet, I'm not sure they get it this time either. I think Ars Technica put it best so far:
Given the size of the Internet, limiting the crowd that is able to sort through it for you to your circle of friends doesn't seem like the best solution. In the same vein, the assumption that Google users only have contacts whose opinion they respect may be a little off-base. The service could prove useful if you have a cadre of impeccably tasteful friends, but we hope this isn't meant to be the magic bullet for Google's increasingly SEO-burdened results.
Opera 9 to start having weekly betas
Funny how my next entry here after such a long time would be about Opera once again. :-)
Just writing to say that Opera 9 will now start coming out in weekly betas!
Great news for those of us who like Opera, and like cutting edge stuff. :-)
This is the URL to memorize: http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/
The first weekly has actually already been released for Windows and Mac.
They say not *nix this week, so I assume it'll normally be planned.
Opera 8.50 or How the Beer Finally Was Free
Opera 8.50 was just released, with the most noticeable change being it'll be 100% free (still only as in beer though). This change in marketing and lack of ads is permanent.
Users having purchased licenses the past 30 days is eligible for a refund if they wish. If not, they'll get premium support services, like any users that keep paying will get.
Check out the browser with fewer known open security holes than Firefox here:
Annoying post limits
Yet another Slashdot.org topic, but they've done unusually many noticeable changes lately, and this time it's something I found annoying. Hopefully it's just a glitch...
Slashdot requires you to wait 2 minutes between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.
It's been 7 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment
Whaa... And I was sometimes annoyed by the 2 minutes thing already. And no, I don't use to spam replies without thought behind them, just type quickly. :-p
Slashdot bans for reading RSS with Google
Using Google Fusion and adding the Slashdot RSS feed soon enough sent me to a page telling me I had been banned for "absolutely ridiculous amount of abuse". Apparently, one shouldn't keep the Slashdot feed there if you use it on a site you frequent, at least if you do it more than once every 30 minutes.
I'm not going to bother them with any unban procedures and will just restort to visiting them and loading the 10 KB web site with images even if they don't happen to have any news (I won't know). They seem to send the message that generates far less traffic than grabbing a KB sized feed more than once every 30 minutes.
... and it was as if a thousand trolls cried out in rage, and then went silent.
Finally one can actually browse at 0, or even -1, without wading through GNAA posts?
In more Gmail news...
I love the service so don't think otherwise with me complaining about two things recently. :-) However, another peculiar thing -- they just refused to receive a mail with an attached zip file that had a single file in it -- a Windows Registry (.reg) file. In other words, not even a binary file.
I would understand this if they did it against viruses, but then shouldn't they just block executable files?
The error message:
<...@gmail.com>: host gsmtp171.google.com[188.8.131.52] said: 552
5.7.0 Illegal Attachment
So now I'm only attaching 7-zip archives. :-P
Update: In other Gmail-related news, I just saw a page about operators you can use in both filters and mail searches that I hadn't seen before. Very nice. I only knew about from:, to: and OR before.
Nigeria letter passed through Gmail filter
That's strange... A Nigeria letter just passed through the Gmail filter as legit mail. You'd think thousands of users have filed those as spam already. And that spam filter has generally been pretty accurate. I must've got a new incarnation of the mail, one with anti-anti-spam stuff inserted, or something... I'll attach the mail as a comment for anyone interested. Who knows, there might be spam collectors out there. :-)
I have heard concerns in the past that the quality on Slashdot.org posts have diminished the past few years, and the reputation as a true geek resource has faded somewhat. So I went to check some visitor statistics for Slashdot.org and it seemed to speak a clear language to me. Maybe it's just increased competition among news sites though; Slashdot-wannabe Kuro5hin.org showed some of the same trend. Or maybe I'm missing out some great site people are leaving for?
Honestly, I don't know much alternative well established and updated computer / science news sites, besides Arstechnica.com, which is mostly just about computers. What I like about Slashdot.org is its broad range of topics I'm interested in (computer tech, science, games, software development).
So, any readers of this have any personal favorites besides Slashdot? :-)
Six new Gmail invitations
OK, I have 6 more invites to hand out if someone reading this still haven't got one but want one. Reply to this topic if you do.
And if qazmoe still hasn't got one and replies again, he'll be guaranteed one this time. :-)
Update: Gmail invites sent to the two who posted here. Sorry for the rather late replies. :-(
I have a Gmail account to hand out
Someone still not got a Gmail account and want one?
Just reply to this thread, and if there is more than one reply, I'll just pick one. :-)
Celebrities Messed Up: Everything Normal
Hehe, I saw unusually many cliché's in today's news... The headlines were (translated from swedish):
- "Michael Jackson -- Whiter than ever" [he has apparently whitened his face since he thought he was starting to look like he was alive, or whatever]
- "Courtney Love to hospital after overdose" [I think a comment would be redundant]
- "Mariah Carey -- a diva" [this didn't exactly strike me as surprising either]
- "Britney thought she was going to get married" [we never tire of the eternal ramblings of Britney Spears' private life, do we?]
Opera 7.20 Released!
Opera 7.20 has been released (changelog 7.11 - 7.20).
Yes, this is the final release! Still only for Windows though, but you can bet on *nix releases following soon.
Opera 7.20 Beta 13 for non-Windows Operating Systems.
Winamp 5 Pre-Alpha Leaked (Links Included)
A pre-alpha version of Winamp 5 (not a typo) has been leaked.
- News post with direct download links
- BitTorrent link
Background info about Winamp 5, and how it relates to Winamp 3 and Winamp 2:
- Winamp.com Forum Thread #1
- Winamp.com Forum Thread #2
- Winamp.com Forum Thread #3
A Sad Software Event
Today, we're reminded of a sad european law that might even let authors be prosecuted for the software they have written themselves. Christian Ghisler (author of Total Commander) is just one of thousands of developers participating in the protest taking place right now. An excerpt from his protest page:
"This page is temporarily closed in protest against software patents planned in Europe. Websites may soon be closed down regularly due to software patents. Shareware like Total Commander will then no longer be available. Software patents can get you prosecuted for publishing software you wrote yourself!"
Read up at FFII's Software Patent page for more information about the problem. You may also wish to sign a petition if you think this law will hurt innovation and competition among software developers. There are currently around 180,000 signatures.
Just noticed that I had just posted my 1000th post! I need to celebrate this... Hmmm... Somehow!
Google Learns To Calculate
The following valid expression examples should give you a basic idea of what it's able to do:
- an inch in cm
- quarter of meter in yards
- 38.7 mph in km/h
- 7 au in light years
- 60 megabytes in bytes
- mass of earth in kg
- (0.7*10^-12 kg) * c^2
- 0x2c + 0x0a
Speed of Light
Oh, I just found some interesting speed of light related stuff. :-)
Speed of light broken with basic lab kit... huh??
Speed of light may be slowing down #1 and #2
Sweden Accidentally Votes "Yes" For Whale Hunting
Sweden recently accidentally voted "yes" in the question whether Iceland may proceed with hunting whales. Being a swede myself, I don't know if I should cry or laugh. :-)
Personally, I'm against whale hunting. If people from Iceland so badly need to make some money, they should look somewhere else than at the few majestic creatures left on Earth.
Also in Seattle Times:
STOCKHOLM -- Sweden said yesterday its representatives made a mistake when they voted for Iceland's membership in the International Whaling Commission earlier this week, a move allowing Iceland to restart whaling.
Sweden's Environment Ministry said the "yes" vote -- which tipped the international whaling organization in favor of Iceland -- was due to a bureaucratic problem and said the country still opposed whaling and would try to take back the decision.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the Swedish delegation only supported Iceland's membership because of the whaling organization's complicated voting procedure.
Iceland walked out of the organization 10 years ago in anger over the worldwide moratorium on whale hunting.
Since then, it has made attempts to rejoin but has not been willing to recognize the moratorium. It succeeded in gaining readmission Monday after an extremely tight vote ending 19-18.
Several key players, such as Britain and the United States, opposed Iceland's membership.
Searching In Images
Here's a site the Slashdot Editors apparently "poked with a stick" at, but didn't include on the front page. :-)
In short, Visoo let you search within images by using OCR techniques. As opposed to Google which searches for images by context on a web site. This is the first, highly accurate match for a search on 'slashdot' (picture from Wired of CmdrTaco and Hemos) with the "Search People" box checked and the "Include Banners" unchecked. Yes, there are such options which might make the engine especially useful to search for people by filtering out the rest. This is the result of a 'cowboyneal' search. The search engine has apparently found a match for the word CowboyNeal somewhere in the picture and the family can play the "Find the CowboyNeal Text game". :-)
NOTE: The default search method is by OCR *and* filename. This might be too restrictive and you should really change it to "OCR Only" by clicking on the appropriate button.
Wah!? Slashdot makes me stupid!
There is a site whose motto is "Internet Makes You Stupid" and perhaps there is some truth in that statement.
I usually try to say things only when I have something to say on Slashdot. From moderations done, it seems this has been a good way to go. It is also the way I'd like others to act as well to keep the topics of as high average level as possible.
However, recently, I've started having trouble and either I'm freaking out at a subconscious level, I'm developing a sense of humor and wit that's ungeeky or whatever that makes me fail to post decent things ("decent" as in "posts that aren't modded down"). Perhaps... hopefully, it's just a temporary... fluke. :-)
I even tried a good old Star Wars reference in the Napster: The Movie topic to check my sanity, but even that one, in all its holy geekiness, wasn't moderated whatsoever.
Oh well... Just to let you guys know I'm not trying to give silly comments. Honestly. :-)