Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet
The big deal is that they are going to be able to do it better than everyone else. Currently mobile payments suck. By teaming up with the major card companies and using the newest available technology they will be able to make mobile payments mainstream.
No more cards, cheques or cash required on boats, buses, taxis, shops, quik-marts, gas-stations, restaurants, hardware stores etc..
Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review
I said it before. Gravity sucks!
Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?
I can not stress enough how important it is to write readable code.
Keep it simple and be consistent.
Others will read your code and when they do they will most certainly scratch their heads in either amazement or frustration.
If you wrote readable code you will make their heads spin less, or your own head spin less when you revisit your own code.
And if you have been consistent it will be easier to review and update what already exists because it is going to be the same everywhere.
Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?
What I always do is to ask for feedback after they decided not to hire me, or if I don't hear from them within a week.
What was it that decided against me, what could I have done differently.
Ask kindly and explain to them you want this information so that you can improve your own interview process. This worked very well for me, especially when it wasn't obvious why I didn't get the job. One time I did this I was even offered a job just because they had forgotten about me.
Also. Always look for jobs. It is never illoyal to go on interviews, just don't lie or take a sick day, plan for it. I am always on the watch for the dream job and everybody should too. Going on job interviews has many benefits, particularly you get to find out what you're worth, and if you get a good offer you can use it as leverage next when discussing your current salary :)
Ask Slashdot: Best Choice of Linux Laptops For Elementary School?
If you want something of high quality like the MacBook Air you need to pay for it.
D-Wave Announces Commercially Available Quantum Computer
Well some searches are O(1)
A Look At Microsoft's 'Mini Internet' For Testing IE
IE 9 is actually not bad.I am surprised how well they did it!
Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery
So they want to go back to old fashioned slavery?
Researchers Create a Statistical Guide To Gambling
A fool and his money are easily parted
Ask Slashdot: Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?
Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec
There will always be single player games where it doesn't make sense or is worth the effort to have multiplayer or online functionality where it won't affect or add to the original game play.
Opera 11 Beta Released, With Extensions Support
I'm a long time Opera user since when they used to sell licences. I was always a happy Opera user because the browser suited my browsing style much more than any of the competitors.
Then came Chrome, after trying it for a little while I was blown away by the browser and its capabilities.
It was fast and robust and I really liked it, but it didn't get me to convert from Opera.
It wasn't until the "cool" guys at work started using it I decided to give it a proper try, so that's what I've been doing the last year. Evaluating Chrome. I have really been enjoying the experience, though noticed that it is not quite as robust and stable as I thought it would be + there is the compatibility issues because everyone build web sites for Internet Explorer explicitly.
With this release of Opera I'm probably going to go back using Opera again and leaving Chrome as my default browser. Even though I've enjoyed the time I've had with Chrome I've always felt that something was missing, small simple thing I took for granted when using Opera.
I tried Opera 11 beta for a day already and it feels like just right, better in all ways. It suits my browsing needs better. I feel safer as well.
But even though I'm reverting to Opera I'm still going to continue advocating Chrome for family and friends because I believe that it will give them a better browsing experience due to the fact it has superior user interface, browsing experience still similar.
I think Opera has lots to learn and could most definitively do something to their user interface.
Keep up the good work Opera I'm coming back, and as with Chrome I will fall back to IE for the sites that require that.
In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"
If they complain about high traffic from google/youtube they should block them and let their users decide themselves if they want a ISP that will provide these services.
Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking
Well Ars, I exclusively allowed pop-ups for your site. If it gets too intrusive I'll block it again. I trust you to deliver quality ads and not abuse this.
Why Has No One Made a Great Gaming Phone?
Great can be measured in many ways, you need to specify what way/how you want to measure great phone.
I'm sure there are plenty iPhone users out there that believe they have an amazing gaming phone,
heck, even I with my old Nokia and Tetris thought I had a great game phone.
The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This
I'll be disappointed.
But if it is going to be a color eInk reader with similar friendliness as the iPhone, then there might be hope.
German Government Advises Public To Stop Using IE
"patch from Microsoft is still nowhere to be seen"
Isn't it just easier to upgrade to IE 8?
Google Faces Deluge of Nexus One Complaints
Shouldn't it be Nexus One Beta?
Entire .SE TLD Drops Off the Internet
To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine.
Even with validation, change control etc errors can occur. Even with the most rigorous testing errors can happen, just look at NASA they are rocket scientists and even they make mistakes every now and then. Next time it could be you.
Apple Working On Tech To Detect Purchasers' "Abuse"
When my headphone jack started failing I investigated the issue on-line. I found several similar cases on line and thought this would be a breeze to get fixed on my warranty. It was a well known issue with the sensor inside the iPhone detecting whether the headphone was plugged in. So I sent in the phone for repairs but apparently the water sensor on the docking connector was slightly "not white" (translated: they believe that the water sensor is triggered) thus rendering the warranty void.
The repair service log showed me that the repairman used less than 2 seconds deciding that my warranty was void, even though the phone was working perfectly - except for this error with the headphone jack. This "2 second job" gave 3 alternatives for me online:
1) scrap the phone, price: free
2) return the phone unrepaired, Â£70 service fee
3) repair phone (new phone Â£550)
I chose alternative 2, it was the only real option for me.
Adding more sensors/detectors is probably great for Apple. But they need to inform and disclose this in their user manuals, clearly visibly in your warranty. I didn't find out about the water sensors until after it was repaired.
The problem with these sensors is if they are triggered without you doing anything wrong to the phone, and this mean that if a sensor is triggered and you get a hardware error not at all related to the sensor being triggered you will not be able to have your device fixed because the warranty is void.
Another important aspect is that any sensor could also be triggered BEFORE you even open the box. WTH are you supposed to do if the phone is pre-broken. How can you check your sensors is not triggered?
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