Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours
Indeed. If people want quality they can pick up a couple of studio monitors. KRK are my personal choice right now.
Google To Discontinue Google Labs
And for those complaining about innovation: G+ isn't innovative??
No, it isn't. It's Facebook with circles, and the same underlying privacy issues.
Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U
Up here in Canada, Rogers and other providers offer Data Sharing plans and allow you to add a device to your plan for $10 a month and get a data-only SIM card for them. I'm sure the same thing is available down in the US.
And even if that doesn't work for you many modern smartphones can act as WiFi Hotspots, though this does considerably reduce the battery life of the phone.
Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost
Definitely! Drag and drop saving was fantastic. I brought it up over at the Haiku (BeOS Clone) forums suggestion box and there was some interesting discussion about it: http://www.haiku-os.org/community/forum/very_overlooked_yet_powerful_usability_feature_drag_and_drop_file_saving
I also miss BBC Basic, great for children who want to start programming. With Windows there's nothing like that built in, asides from maybe Powershell but I've not tried it extensively.
80% Improvement In Solar Cell Efficiency
I read about this in a New Scientist Magazine a looong time ago. They blasted silicon with a laser to produce small cones on the surface, which sounds exactly like the "3-D nanocone-based solar cell platform" described here.
Like someone else said, when it hits the market, then I'm interested about hearing about this.
NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available
CRIA Files Massive Canadian Suit Against IsoHunt
Greedy record companies can't have it both ways.
Why Teach Programming With BASIC?
First programming language I ever learned was BBC Basic on an Acorn Archimedes computer. A fantastic language which was easy to pick up and start working with.
I feel very, very fortunate that I caught the tail end of the time where easy programming environments were bundled with computers, since learning those concepts at an early age is what has allowed me to learn the other languages I do now.
Surely it must be harder for this generation to really start programming, at least on the desktop, without such accessible environments?
Microsoft Ready To Talk Windows On ARM
Everyone is rushing to get on the platform you were running on twenty years ago!
Time for you to make a dramatic comeback and show how an ARM powered Operating System is done properly.
Nintendo Entertainment System Turns 25
There are plenty of PS1 games that are still very fun to play now. Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Tomb Raider are just some examples.
Malicious Hardware Hacking May Be the Next Frontier
A couple of years ago there was a news story about how Chip and Pin devices had been hacked in the factory to send information overseas:
This definitely falls into Villasenor's "shipping data out" category.
There was also a story recently of someone convicted of modifying these devices.
The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...
I imaged a lot of my own Acorn Archimedies floppy disks from when I was younger. Still got some of the old stuff I made in !Paint in !Draw from 1993 and perhaps even older. :D
Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money
Always ask for a piece of the gross, not the net; the net is fantasy!
(funnily enough Freakazoid was produced by WB!)
Timberwolf (a.k.a. Firefox) Alpha 1 For AmigaOS
The RISC OS port of Firefox was overhyped and painfully slow even on the Iyonix last time I tried it. It wasn't a "true" port either, it didn't use the native GUI of the operating system. It would be a shame if this port has similar setbacks.
H.264 and VP8 Compared
The analysis over at Dark Shikari's blog was conclusive in saying that VP8 is basically a poor mans H.264, borrowing bits of H.264s specifications and ultimately not quite as smart, so the comparison points in the article aren't that surprising. The quality point is moot however anyway, since it's pretty obvious that VP8 uses so much from H.264 that it's very likely of falling victim to the patent pool.
No HTML5 Hulu Anytime Soon
it must also secure the content
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason it won't happen. HTML5 is just too open for them. With Flash there are still various tricks to secure the stream (I believe the BBC iPlayer used to XOR it or something like that...)
HTML Web App Development Still Has a Ways To Go
Flash Is Not a Right
No, it isn't. Clearly you haven't heard of haXe or Swish, and those are just two examples; there are many other applications out there that are capable of creating Flash files.
Best Way To Sell a Game Concept?
Professional quality productions are possible, and to a certain degree, easy, to make on a home computer now. This means people in whatever media industry expect that grade of quality when they review demo cds, independant films, etc.
I would imagine the same goes for games, but from my observations, it seems like most people start there own company and just get on with it and find a publisher, rather that being scooped up by a larger development house.
IE8's XSS Filter Exposes Sites To XSS Attacks
What about if someone simply made a Firefox addon that emulated this broken IE behaviour?
Would that not simply mean the sites were simply insecure as opposed to Internet Explorer somehow being responsible?
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