WhiteDragon writes "Google has acquired Bump Technologies Inc., better known as the creators of BumpTop--a freeware application that transforms one's generic, two-dimensional desktop into a walled, three-dimensional, navigable display. In addition, the software is fully compatible with multi-touch gesturing as well, provided one's hardware supports such technology." Link to Original Source top
WhiteDragon writes "Google recently cracked down on popular Android modder Cyanogen. Does this mark the beginning of the end for Android or just a speed-bump on the way to market dominance?" Link to Original Source top
WhiteDragon writes "Engadget is reporting on Tanya Vlach, a San Francisco-based artist, who lost her eye in a 2005 car accident, and now keeps a blog chronicling the "monocular life." She's got a real-enough looking prosthetic peeper, but Tanya's a self-described "sci-fi geek," and, with the approval of her doctor, she's put out a call for engineers to build her a camera... for her fake eye." Link to Original Source top
WhiteDragon writes "Researchers in a remote jungle in Indonesia have discovered a giant rat and a tiny possum that are apparently new to science, underscoring the stunning biodiversity of the Southeast Asian nation, scientists announced Monday. More information at the National Geographic story" Link to Original Source top
WhiteDragon writes "According to IT Wire, pro-golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is suing a consulting firm after allegedly defamatory language about him that had been placed on the Wikipedia article was traced to their IP address." top
WhiteDragon (4556) writes "Accordign to this gizmodo article, Toshiba has created a hybrid disc that can play in a standard DVD player and in a HD-DVD player. The disc has one layer of DVD on the bottom, a middle layer that can be either DVD or HD-DVD content, and HD-DVD on the top."
Accordign to this gizmodo article, Toshiba has created a hybrid disc that can play in a standard DVD player and in a HD-DVD player. The disc has one layer of DVD on the bottom, a middle layer that can be either DVD or HD-DVD content, and HD-DVD on the top.
The folks at Open Voting Foundation got their hands on a Diebold AccuVote TS touchscreen voting machine. They took it apart (pictures here), and found the most serious security flaw ever discovered in this machine. A single switch is all that is required to cause the machine to boot an unverified external flash instead of the builtin verified EEPROM.
I was posting a comment, and actually read the text at the bottom explaining how to post (that I normally just gloss over). This bit caught my eye:
Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated.
So my question is this. I've had moderator access quite a lot, but I've never seen any of these moderation categories except Offtopic. However, the capitalization suggests that those are specific categories. Were they originally categories that don't exist any more, or what?
Why is slashdot's robots.txt file allowing msn's and yahoo's indexing bots to crawl comments, user pages, and user journals, but google is prohibited? The stranger thing is that google's ad sense bot is allowed to do so.
I have a Synaptics Touchpad on my laptop. The driver is version 5.9 and my OS is Windows XP Home Edition (with SP2 and latest updates). I have my screen saver set to a short timeout, (three minutes) so if I am idle for 3 minutes, the screen saver comes on. The problem is, that if I am for instance reading comments on slashdot, scrolling down using the special area on the right side of the touchpad, it does not count as an input signal for the purposes of screen saver timing. That means that the screen saver will kick on, even though I am actually moving the page even at the same time! Is this just a bug in the Synaptics driver? Anyone else see this behavior?
It is well known that posting in a discussion that you have also moderated will cancel your moderations. It is interesting (and perhaps a bug but I am not sure) that this is still true even if you check the "post anonymously" box when posting your comment.