How Google's High Speed Book Scanner De-Warps Pages
... The sophistication of the technology illustrates that would-be competitors who want to feature their own digitized libraries won't have a trivial time catching up to Google.
Especially with that shiny new patent.
Red Hat Claims Patent On SOAP Over CGI
Of course they are. Of course they are. It's not bad when "we" do it.
Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle
It's us sighted people who are expected to bend over the barrel.
I hope he's comfortable with the fact that he just lost the goodwill of a few hundred thousand geeks (who are among the heaviest readers). Good luck with that, champ.
Pushing 800W of Wireless Power at 5 Meters
Wanna pump 800W through the air? Pry the door off your microwave.
My favorite electrical unit is ...
Long live the mho! Its deprecation was totally unjustified. Its name alone implied what it is (an inverse ohm), its symbol reflected the name, and best of all, NO NAMESPACE COLLISION WITH PECKER TERMINOLOGY.
Good Deep-Knowledge Analog Design Books?
I found Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits (Gray/Hurst/Lewis/Meyer) to be a good book on deep-down transistor electronics. It is very theoretical, as you are looking for, and will support a strong understanding of analog transistor circuits.
I bought the "developing country" paperback edition for a lot less than $115 or whatever Amazon wants for the hardcover. Not a word is different.
Achewood Creator on NPR
The only way to understand and really dig on Achewood is to read it from the beginning. Character development is a lot more important than gags here, and not every strip has a punch line, but it's generally rewarding in the end. Achewood is one of the few web comics I can stand. It's up there at the top with Space Moose for me.
"Anonymous" Hacks Palin's Private Email
IANAL but I believe the proper term is "shotgun mother-in-law".
Hacker Uncovers Chinese Olympic Fraud
I don't have to admit that. The left-wing spite for Cheney and his faithful VP Bush is pretty well-deserved and not hard to understand -- we're now fighting two wars in the Middle East, one of which should have ended long ago and the other of which shouldn't have started. The American dollar is weaker than American beer. One after another Constitutional bound has been overstepped and ignored. I can't imagine an administration doing much worse. (It is important to note that Bush/Cheney does not represent ANY of the best traditional qualities of the Republican party. They aren't Republicans, they're Neocons. Might as well be a party of its own.)
On the other side, I live in Massachusetts, bluest of the blue states, and I don't know anyone who actually thinks Obama is gonna march us into the promised land. I support him because his stated ideas are mostly compatible with mine, and I believe him to be quite politically unconnected when compared with McCain and Hillary. The old political network, on both sides of the aisle, has failed me. I want it gone. Obama represents my best chance of that.
The Ultimate CSS Reference
Before IE9 or whatever stomps all over 1/3 of the subject material...