Orange Goo Invades Alaskan Village
Japanese travel agents offer new scoop-it-yourself Alaskan sushi tours...
Recording the Police
They have no reason to believe they should be unrecordable when they are out on the road or on the sidewalk.
Of course the police have a reason to believe that they are unrecordable in public. There are states with just such laws on the books. They may be unconstitutional, but they would need to be tested first...
Why Unlocked Phones Don't Work In the US
One supports the other. If the phone is locked, customers care less that they're stuck in contract. If they're in a contract, it matters less that the phone is locked. They both contribute to lower competition in US mobile markets.
Unspoofable Device Identity Using Flash Memory
So what happens as you continue to use the flash and new error regions show up?
Deported Russian (Spy?) Worked At Microsoft
It might be nice to verify that you were given the same code as the actual... of course with all the hotfixes and SP releases, who can tell?
Bill Gates Doesn't Work At Microsoft Anymore
If you dislike Apple's restraints, all you have to do is switch platforms. There is nothing holding you here except the end-utility of the platform. If anything, Apple has made it easier the switch out because they support open standards.
The difference with Microsoft is that they used their market share to make sure there was little to no viable alternatives to switch to for quite a while. Vendors that offered alternatives were pressured to stop. That was the core problem with Microsoft.
A lot of people are confused about this distinction. I think that Apple should be free to restrict their offerings any way they wish within their own platform, it just takes away from their own utility and competitiveness. However, I take issue if they try to restrain my available choices of competing platform which is what Microsoft did.
The Real Science Gap
I think that the problem is that the philosophy of business schools shifted from producing better products and services to profit optimization. For a while this worked as business did have some margin to coast on the level of developed of technology, but it increasingly is a direction that is stalling out as the proportion of rehashed crap product/services is rising vs new fundamental productivity gains.
Violent Video Games Only Affect Some People
Please explain to me why the USA, being such a puritan country, ranks a lot worse [wikipedia.org] in teenage pregnancy that European countries, that have a very liberal vision regarding sex education of teens
I take that to mean that God has a wicked good sense of humor.
Hardware Companies Team Up To Fight Mobile Linux Fragmentation
Given the membership and their statements, it actually sounds like they might be working on integrating/standardizing the access to underlying hardware. Most of those manufacturers make ARM chips with various added peripherals. It would certainly save time if I could grab a Linux distro that was everything below the UI level without having to spend time integrating the low level chip libraries to access the custom hardware functions in the chip.
How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?
When I was in grade school, there was Turtle, then I went to basic playing with drawing graphic lines and printing to screen. It all gave you a nice direct feel for what could be done. A nice place to start now might be Processing http://processing.org/
Open Data Needs Open Source Tools
For other scientific data sets which are primarily tabular numeric data, I've always liked NetCDF and or occasionally HDF
Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens
I can't boot up, and I have one of those HP computers that has everything built into the screen, so I can't even take the hard drive out.
That's a start of a great joke... how many PhDs does it take to remove a hard drive?
Actually try booting with some form a live CD or usb stick. Most let you access the drive. Try Linux - many like the Ubuntu flavor.
America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years
Oh I agree with you on the transparency issue. I was just (unclearly) commenting on the handwringing over possible competition with private industry.
America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years
It's OK, sometimes the peas and carrots mix a little, but it's still perfectly edible...
I see this expenditure as a cost-effective, creative alternative vs. PR coming from a buy of ad-time on tv. It gets the army a little PR and introduces some realism vs most other FPSs. The only people to complain might be other game companies in the niche of providing semi-realistic miltary FPS, but all indications is that there's no real effect there, see Call of Duty and Modern Warfare sales...
John Hodgman On the Coming Geek Culture
Rober Oppenheimer might disagree that jocks are the best way to win wars.
Clean Smells Promote Ethical Behavior
I've got to the get the name of Windex's astroturf agency - brilliant marketing!
Nationwide Shortage In Supply of Swine Flu Vaccine
Heres a CBC news report about preliminary data from the Public Health Agency of Canada. No conclusions, but interesting data.
Legal Code In a Version Control System?
It would never work, the legislators would be too afraid of the "blame" function.
"Hidden" PayPal Fees Inciting Community Unrest
Of course, like most companies, they aren't looking to the future at all. They aren't trying to change things to sustain their business.
This is what makes me laugh when you hear about eBay's CEO thinking of a run for CA governor and the blurbs introducing the candidate as CEO fortune whatever company eBay... Of course, that prolly guarantees she'll be our next governor.
Electronic Armageddon, and No Electricity Either
I can see that individual smart grid components may be more vulnerable to EMP, but overall shouldn't a smart grid be more resistant to having nodes removed from it? Our current grid doesn't deal with imbalances very well - often causing outages in areas which could technically get power, but where it can't be delivered because of archaic grid deisgn. Remember the Northeast blackout in 2003? I'm thinking that an EMP may physically damage our current grid technology less, but the effect across the system would be more widespread and long lasting because of lack of flexibility in the current grid.
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