imamac (1083405) writes ""In 2009, President Obama called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.” Over the past three years, the President’s SAVE (Securing Americans’ Value and Efficiency) Award fulfilled this commitment by enabling Federal employees from across the government to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process."
One of the best ways to save tax dollars (it would seem to me) is to rid ourselves of MS, Oracle, etc as much as possible on the federal level and let that effect trickle down to the state and local levels. While, there are a few suggestions about FOSS (This and this for example), the most "popular" one only has 5 votes. Slashdot, how can we push for this?" Link to Original Source top
Apple-Motorola Judge Questions Need for Software Patents
The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple's smartphone technology battle is questioning whether patents should cover software or most other industries at all...The Apple/Motorola case did not land in front of Posner by accident. He volunteered to oversee it.
imamac (1083405) writes "The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) has now been released as open source. "The Apple Lossless Audio Codec project contains the sources for the ALAC encoder and decoder. Also included is an example command line utility, called alacconvert, to read and write audio data to/from Core Audio Format (CAF) and WAVE files. A description of a 'magic cookie' for use with files based on the ISO base media file format (e.g. MP4 and M4A) is included as well." It has been released under the Apache License." Link to Original Source top
imamac (1083405) writes "Apple has filed a motion to intervene in the frivolous Lodsys suit against a number of iOS developers. In the filing, Apple states that the sued developers "are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and [...] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple's rights under its license agreement."" Link to Original Source top
imamac (1083405) writes ""Microsoft gave an early demonstration of the new look and capability of the next generation of Windows today at the D9 conference." Bottom line: Start menu has changed dramatically. It is designed to be a unified OS for all desktops, laptops and tablets...I mean slates." Link to Original Source top
imamac (1083405) writes "Those who were hopeful that Netflix would bring the fight to the cable companies may be disappointed in the latest comments from thier CEO. "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is pleased with his company's massive growth, but he fears that getting too large will start "an Armageddon" with cable networks." That is one fight he doens't think his company could survive." Link to Original Source top
imamac (1083405) writes "Sencha.com conducted a series of HTML 5 tests between the iPad, iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab. The winner was the iPad 2 running iOS 4.3
The iPad 2's Mobile Safari browser is the best implementation of WebKit on a mobile device. In our testing we tried to throw everything we could at the browser and it had no issues keeping up with the most advanced HTML5 and CSS3 sites. For any developer building for the mobile web, the iPad 2 provides an outstanding platform from which you can use modern browser features.
By placing multiple speakers on an orientation-neutral device like the iPad, Apple could allow for dynamic stereo sound no matter how the hardware is held by the user. A new Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week shows a portable device, like an iPhone or iPad, with more than just one speaker included in the device. The application, uncovered by AppleInsider, describes using an orientation sensor to adjust sound on the device, much like the screen rotates when an iPad is rotated. The current iPhone and iPad have only one speaker on the bottom of the device. Apple's proposed invention shows a device with as many as four discrete speakers, allowing for sound that could go even beyond two-channel stereo.
imamac (1083405) writes "Someone has adapted the existing open-source library to the Mac, allowing Microsoft's Kinect add-on for the XBox to work on Mac OS X. He admittedly calls it a "work in progress," but he seems happy it's working at all. I'd love to see some games leverage the Kinect on Macs and Windows PCs. The source code is also available." Link to Original Source top
imamac (1083405) writes "The FCC has posted a request for comment on "how the Commission can encourage innovation in the
market for video devices". Some of the more interesting questions posed:
-What technological and market-based limitations keep retail video devices from accessing all forms of video content that consumers want to watch?
-Can the home broadband service model be adapted to allow video networks to connect and interact with home video network devices such as televisions, DVRs, and Home Theater PCs via a multimedia home networking standard?
-What obstacles stand in the way of video convergence?
I'm sure the Slashdot populous can adequately answer them." Link to Original Source top
imamac (1083405) writes "In light of iPhone development problems and so many suggesting Android as a better development platform, it's interesting to look at the problems on the other side of the coin, as well. Apparently, a fully open phone OS can have more problems than Apple's locked-down iPhone OS.
A slew of problems have made managing Android apps a "nightmare," they say, including three versions of the OS (Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0), custom firmware on many phones, and hardware differences between different models.
For users, it means apps in the store could be buggy, might not work well depending on their handsets, and could deliver a frustrating experience.
Unaware of the increasing back-end complexity, they would then be more likely to leave bad reviews for those apps — a potentially lethal blow for small businesses, say developers.
imamac writes "From the article: "Light Peak is the code-name for a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, workstations, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more."" Link to Original Source top
Windows Enthusiasts like to spin Apple's support for Exchange on the iPhone and in Snow Leopard as endorsement of Microsoft in the server space. From another angle, Apple is reducing its dependance upon Microsoft's client software, weakening Microsoft's ability to hold back and dumb down its Mac offerings at Apple's expense. More importantly, Apple is providing its users with additional options that benefit both Mac users and the open source community.
Microsoft this afternoon unveiled a technology meant for the Xbox 360 but which is also a technology first. Nicknamed Project Natal, the system uses a camera to detect a player's entire body movement. It can not only recognize limbs and posture but is intelligent enough to distinguish between active players and those in the background. It also has a microphone and recognizes voice commands, effectively creating a true hands-free game console.
imamac (1083405) writes "1. xkcd.com — It makes me smile. 2. digg.com — So much more info than Slashdot. 3. thetechreport.com — I prefer unbiased reviews... 4. newegg.com — I love spending my allowance. 5. microsoft.com — All those security updates keep me busy. 6. apple.com — I'm a fanboi, what can I say. 7. linux.org — At least I know everything posted there matters. 8. There are websites besides Slashdot?" top
imamac (1083405) writes "It seems Apple is seeking to beef up security by hiring Ivan Krstic, the one-time director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child (OLPC).
Krstic, a well-respected innovator who designed the Bitfrost security specification for the OLPC initiative, joined Cupertino this week and will work on core OS security. His hiring comes at a crucial time for a company that ties security to its marketing campaigns despite public knowledge that it's rather trivial to launch exploits against the Mac.