Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily
"The car stereo I wanted 10 years ago"
"The car stereo I want today":
Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory
There was a pilot for this program 4 years ago in NYC:
Also there was strike that mandated it 7 years ago for a few days.
In short, no one liked it. If people wanted to have a delayed trip and people with them, they'd just take the Subway.
Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?
Don't tear into the guy before you. Just say, "I'm sure this was built with an initial objective in mind. And it served the purpose well. The firm is doing well and expanding. I would like to know the best approach to make this product grow with it."
Then, ask the firm to define the objectives/requirements again now that you've found a *few* issues.
1.) Do you want the project to be re-built for _stability_?
2.) Do you want me to improve the _time to market_?
3.) Would you like me to leave it as is?, but be aware that extra QA will be needed.
CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup
Here's example links to the "actual site" that doesn't require you to sign in:
Tech News: http://trove.com/me/channels/1...
U.S. News: http://trove.com/me/channels/1...
Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online
The gif is pretty amazing, credit.
Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?
I had success by porting my landline to Google Voice Account, which has global spam filtering.
First, get an AT&T GoPhone ($20). Then port to Google Voice ($20), choosing AT&T as the option.
You are asked for a transfer id that you will need to call AT&T for... It is NOT on the phone, and not available without calling AT&T's support #.
I don't know your story, but this also makes you more flexible to either drop your current landline, or move to a cheaper provider (likely).
Either way, Google Voice does wonders at spam filtering, but some still make it through. Best of luck!
Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating
This blog spam quotes The Verge's Report from a Blog post from Google which is summaried in this post on slashdot...
How much info is summarized from google? 3 sentences:
1) Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use.
2) We are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as we can.
3) In the meantime, customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product.
The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line
This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.
1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!
I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because ________.
Examples, leaving iPad's out:
I want _a_Tivo_ because _I_don't_like_my_Cable_DVR_.
I want a _Honda_ because _I_trust_the_brand_based_on_past_experience_.
My point is that the Surface doesn't fit anything for me.
Based on Microsoft's own site http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/surface-with-windows-8-pro/
Microsoft believes our answers are :
I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because _I_Need_Office_on_a_tablet_.
I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_a_neat_keyboard_on_a_tablet_.
I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_USB_Port_.
I'm not the target market, but I don't know who is?
Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND
"640K software is all the memory anybody would ever need on a computer." - Bill Gates (Not Really: http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/1997/01/1484)
Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry
The summary here is saying the exact opposite of the article. He's saying the kid shouldn't be forced into Chemistry if he can survey OTHER science classes... Sounds pretty reasonable to me.
From the summary:
"... argues that his sons shouldn't be forced to take ANY science class."
From the article:
"Maybe kids can survey several science classes over the course of a year or two, and explore various options"
Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?
Advice on Restaurant Ownership... It's going to be tough, long, and either the wife or friends won't be a wife or friend by the end.
Consider the future, you or someone will bow out. Accountants and/or Lawyers will be involved and they don't know GnuAnything. They know QuickBooks.
You may sell your restaurant as a group, the buyer will likely want to see the accounts in QuickBooks.
You may be successful! congrats! you can now hire an accountant, they'll want QuickBooks.
In short, pool the wife & friend's money, pay the minor entry-fee for QuickBooks and save yourself the time (which you'll need the most now).
Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris
Open Baskerville: http://klepas.org/openbaskerville/
Google Scrambles To Restore Google Talk From Outage
"Dad, you were yelling numbers in your sleep again!"
"Son, let me tell you of the Rant snowball of 2012. It started with google talk. The complaining spilled over to twitter. After twitter went down, we all knew it was coming. Facebook, blogs, it kept going downhill. People logged into services they forgot existed to complain, MSN, YAHOO messenger! It was madness.
I only survived by ranting to a spam bot on ICQ, a time before names, '458253 can you hear me! 458253 It's all down! 458253 I highly doubt you're a Nigerian prince!!!!'"
Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked
This design is great, but Windows for Workgroups 8.11 is going to be even better!
Ask Slashdot: Syncing Files With Remote Server While On the Road?
You mentioned you have a eye-fi card already. You're describing the eye-fi premium upgrade:
"Eye-Fi Premium: no limits.
With Eye-Fi Premium, photos & videos sent directly from your camera to your Eye-Fi View are available for as long as you like. Enjoy unlimited storage and the flexibility to access, share and download your media in full resolution anytime. Whether you’re at home on a second computer, on your iPhone on the go or on an iPad on vacation, your photo & video history is always just a few clicks away. Get unlimited access with Eye-Fi Premium for only $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Buy Eye-Fi Premium (Monthly) or save $10 with Eye-Fi Premium (Annual)"
To get the pics on your server, install the eye-fi app, which you already did to use the card, and turn on the computer, it'll then sync.
1. Upgrade here: http://www.eye.fi/how-it-works/eyefiview#premium
2. Turn on your computer.
IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US
This is a link from Slashdot, to blog spam, linking to a press releases, which is an advertisement for a company that specialises in supplying solutions to the problem in the press release.
"Study: It's hot outside, you should hydrate." - Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs
This is the whole article without side-notes, Braced comments and not in the summary:
- Eight to ten million units shipped last year world-wide.
- Canonical will be opening their first Beijing office this year.
- Last year Ubuntu shipped on 7.5 billion dollars worth of hardware.
Tivo Gets $215 Million Patent Settlement From AT&T
After years of tivo ownership i've come to the conclusion that TiVo's future is based on their patents.
So far they've released 2 new model TiVos that are no faster than their model built and designed right around windows 95.
They haven't even looked at the competition to see what works on other DVRS. (they got pnp 2 years ago. The guide still doesn't show if a show is recording)
The kicker: if my TiVo dies, I have a monthly contract with TiVo that I have to cancel. This is when they try to upsell you to their slower "new" model.
The average TiVo owner is tech savy. Savy enough to know that TiVo gave up on their hardware and is concentrating on other means of income (see parent/patent article).
MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?
"Dam company to provide leak protection in future dams. Dam contractors angry."