Winter weather this year has been ...
I'd rather deal with Winter than with Cyclones and Mud flows!
Google Voice Opens To All
There certainly seems to have been other instances of prior art, though I do not know what actual patents existed. Wildfire 1.0 was released on October 19, 1994 and provided many of the same features.
"Wildfire smooths the process of completing calls and helps you be more available to callers. The system does a good job of identifying callers, so you spend much less time than before tapping numbers into the dialpad or looking up information in your Filofax or PIM. For example, the informed call waiting feature asks callers to speak their name, then plays that in your ear only (regardless where you're calling from) so you can decide what to do. If you ignore the call, Wildfire takes a message. If Wildfire identifies the caller by recognizing the name, she can take further action."
Self-Destructing USB Stick
Yeah, I'm going to stick with my IronKey. It's a simple USB Drive that will self destruct if you enter your password incorrectly 10 times.
Lord British Claims He Owns the Moon
According to an article in Popular Mechanics from the June 2008 issue:
With the space race in full flower, though, the real worry was national sovereignty. Both the United States and the Soviet Union wanted to reach the moon first but, in fact, each was more worried about what would happen if they arrived second. Fears that the competition might trigger World War III led to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which was eventually ratified by 62 countries. According to article II of the treaty, "Outer Space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means."
Ideally, title would be recognized by an international agreement that all nations would endorse. The 1979 Moon Treaty was a flop, but there's no reason the space powers couldn't agree on a new treaty that recognizes property rights and encourages investment. After all, the international climate has warmed to property rights and capitalism over the past 30 years.
If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...
Basic Social Skills.
I'm going back to my Man cave in the basement.
How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?
As mentioned in John Dvorak's Second Opinion this excerpt sums it up quite well:
Our privacy rights have been eroding for years and just accelerated with the Bush administration. President Barack Obama has been on board since day one.
What sort of society wants to tap the phone calls of all its citizens? What sort of society wants to rifle through your personal belongings after busting into your house? These notions are promoted on TV with shows like "24" and other cop shows, where warrantless searches are common. (Even the actual mechanisms are revealed: "Did you hear a scream for help in there?" "YES! Let's bust in.")
It ironic Eric Schmidt seems to feel differently about his own personal information that that of others.
Schmidt, it should be noted, had a few personal details of his life revealed a few years ago by CNet in an exercise to show the power of Google's /quotes/comstock/15*!goog/quotes/nls/goog (GOOG 590.51, -0.99, -0.17%) search engine. Schmidt was incensed that, for instance, his home address was unearthed, and the company then banned CNet from its press events. Read the CNet article at issue.
Using Schmidt's logic, one has to ask: Why did he care if he wasn't doing anything wrong?
Firefox's Awesome Bar...
Forget bookmarks! Tags rule and the awesomebar is why.
How Do You Manage Dev/Test/Production Environments?
One solution that I have implemented at several commpanies is to use Hudson and the Hudson Promoted Builds plugin. Read this brief introduction to the concept.
How often do you reboot your primary computer?
So technically I never reboot it but it boots up every day.
Building a Searchable Literature Archive With Keywords?
There is also the issue of making copies of any copyrighted material. Unless you have obtained permission to do so from the copyright holder (usually for a fee) you could find yourself in a whole lot of, very expensive, trouble for copyright infringement.
I expect the last human on Earth to be born ...
Whats the point without at least one other human. Preferably of the opposite sex.
The Art of The Farewell Email
It seems to me to be more of an exercise in massaging one's own ego. I, personally, find it more productive to use a site like spoke or linkedin to keep connected to my former coworkers. No long winded e-mail necessary.
Who Poses the Greatest Threat To Your Privacy?
At least here in Taxachusetts they do.
A tentative plan to overhaul Massachusetts' transportation system by using GPS chips to charge motorists a quarter-cent for every mile behind the wheel has angered some drivers.
Science's Alternative To an Intelligent Creator
In my view science can explain only what we can observe, directly or indirectly. Is it ever possible for mankind to discern the true nature of God from our limited vantage point? Where did this multiverse come from? Is the mutliverse itself some part or aspect of God?
LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God
I didn't think that it was April 1st but now I am uncertain.