top WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording
WhatsApp was good enough for group-chat at a time when Google Talk couldn't even reliably deliver messages. Also WhatsApp is like a closed ecosystem with no support for third party clients, and in this method has forced growth by word of mouth. If your friends are using WhatsApp then you have little choice but to use it too.
Personally I wish Google hadn't let GTalk sit idle for so long because being able to access your messages from multiple clients including the browser is extremely convenient.
top Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR
the rest of us saw it in green vertical Katakana
top Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors
This sounds just what
iFind was promising before they were suspended from kickstarter
top Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Adjusting the timetable is a short-sighted fix. A real visionary
redefines the meaning of late.
top Your Old CD Collection Is Dying
1. Any good media player will open the CUE and play the FLAC with track information. No need to mount the ISO.
2. The FLAC rips will take about half the space of ISO. 3. Any good CD Burner will burn the CUE back to a CD or create an ISO by uncompressing the FLAC.
top Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
With the Privacy Guard settings per app you can block failbook from reading and/or sending SMS, among other options.
top 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
Get over yourself, it's been 40 years since that film was released and any attempt to Google for the word "soylent" will immediately suggest "soylent...green is people"
top 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove
Dr Cleve Backster believed that plants demonstrated telepathic awareness and perceived human intentions.
Unsurprisingly, in the 45 years since Dr Backster published this, controlled experiments that have attempted to replicate Backster's findings have failed and the theory was not accepted since it did not follow the scientific method.
top Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers
In Australia, there are an average of
1 deaths per year from Shark attacks
For comparison there are an average of 121 deaths per year from drowning at beaches, harbours and rivers.
2010 217 people died as a result of an assault and 1,503 died as a result of a transport accident (706 car, 236 motorcycle, 227 pedestrian)
Does that put it in perspective?
top US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
How is the toxicity of a CFL any different to the fluorescent tubes that have been used in Schools, Hospitals, Offices, and public places for the past 50 years or more?
top UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back
If the situation was reserved, say the customers received £19.99 Tearaway after ordering a £169.99 PS Vita, they would be fighting to return it.
The customers received an item that was worth more than what they paid, and are simply being greedy.
top Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?
5 million businesses on Google for a start.
top New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark
New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark? Nope... see TFA
“We didn’t invent a new laser or a new detector,” notes Kirmani. Instead, he explains, the team applied a new imaging algorithm that can be used with a standard, off-the-shelf photon detector.
Even with this technology the
/. editors would remain blind /rant
top D-Link Patches Critical Vulnerability In Older Routers
Late in 2009 I had the opportunity to setup a brand new D-Link DAP 1522 access point and I discovered a telnet interface with hardcoded credentials in the firmware.
I have never disclosed the vulnerability to the vendor or publicly. Four years later the issue is still there on most D-Link SOHO network devices.
I don't doubt the existence of this vulnerability, just the motives and timing behind disclosing publicly on this blog.
top NASA's Mars Orbiter Reaches Data Milestone
I was about to pen a witty reply when I realised the
Internet had already delivered.
top Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems
Is that a problem with the iPhone or is it the US Carriers being greedy?
top Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
Backwards in humans, but an improved design in
top Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?
If you think humans were badly engineered then spare a thought for the birds. God gave them a cloaca.
top USB "Condom" Allows You To Practice Safe Charging
In the standard A and B plugs the data pins are recessed compared to the power pins. Grab any standard cable and you can slide it in until the power makes contact, giving you charging without any data connection.
I've been doing this for years to charge a MP3 device without it being mounted by the host computer.
top Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets
What else could be the reason for investing more than $400 on a smallish computing device?
There's no shortage of people willing to spend more than $400 for an iPad.
The convenience of a tablet device should not be underrated, though at that price you can get an ultra-light netbook or a fully fledged ultra-portable laptop.
about a year and a half ago
top Launch of the 3D Web Browser
GreyGoo (1181117) writes "The media release claims:
INTERNET surfers will be able to walk through their favourite websites as if they are characters in a computer game with the launch of the world's first 3D browser in Australia today.
review from someone who has actually tested the software raises important questions about the worth of the product considering the competing social and 3D products, and that sites have to be hand-crafted in order to truly support the new browser. Will 3D social networking revolutionise the web browser, or are people happy with their 2D sandboxes?" Link to Original Source
top Torvalds: OS X is utter crap
Blaspheme (1181117) writes " Speaking yesterday at the linux.conf.au conference in Melbourne, Linus Torvalds was invited to pass judgement on OS X versus Windows Vista in a wide-ranging interview. "I don't think they're equally flawed — I think Leopard is a much better system, (But) OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary." Torvalds spoke about Apple and Microsoft using the OS as a means to force users to upgrade as promoting the effect of Linux on new devices such as OLPC and Asus Eee PC." Link to Original Source
top Australia to censor the internet
SenatorLuddite (1181117) writes "From January 20, 2008 new content laws introduced by the Federal Government will force sites to verify the age of users before accessing content intended for mature audiences (MA15+ and R18+). The laws bring internet classification into line with Film and Book classification laws and completely prohibits X18+ and RC content from the internet. ACMA (The Australian Communications and Media Authority) claims that adults will not be affected by the new laws, yet user-generated and even chatrooms are required to be assessed for classification and powers are granted to ACMA to send 'take down' notices to offending sites." Link to Original Source
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