top Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It
All the ISK scams that went on in EVE Online are now here in "real" world Bitcoins. In fact, you can probably predict the next scandal from what dirty deeds were done before.
But it it just me wondering if those involved think the punishment in the real world will be the same (none) ? I can imagine people being a little bit more upset after losing millions in real cash as opposed to losing some in-game fantasy currency.
top Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn
Mmm... and who is the No 2 manufacturer for Apple, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Sony and Microsoft ?
Capable of scaling up to 200% when the need arises.
Just in case -- a factory burns down or something; riots break out in a country, a government gets nasty, or the place gets hit by an earthquake?
about a year and a half ago
top Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS
The minimalist verses skeuomorphism assertion has been made a few times already. Its quite easy to prove right or wrong.
Simply design a calender or contact app that follows your new "modern" design methodology.
If it beats the crap out of Apple's existing app because its so much better that people download it in droves to use it you have won, and you are rich(er).
about a year and a half ago
top Watchdog "Not Ready" To Probe Cookie Complaints
The law in the Netherlands is that you have to inform users that you are going to put a cookie on their computer.
EXCEPT if the cookie is required for the core functionality of your website. So your shopping cart can put its 1st party cookie, and you are not in hot water.
Most websites use Google Analytics. That is where you have to start putting up the "Smoking Cookies Kills" banners that will likely hurt your websites traffic significantly. The best thing is to avoid the banner altogether and stay still within the law.
Sot its time to drop Google Analytics; its cool, its nice and now a drag on business.
I have already found one alternative that looks half decent and doesn't require me to put up any cookies at all: PiWik (
http://piwik.org/) about a year and a half ago
top The PHP Singularity
It surely is the best available ; nearly every computer on the planet has a debugger for it available.
about a year and a half ago
top The Mathematics of Obesity
According to this its a change of diet (as in the promoted healthy diet is anything but) in the 1970's and way too many sugars.
top Nest Labs Calls Honeywell Lawsuit 'Worse Than Patent Troll'
Since I am looking for a new thermostat this sounded like a cool thing. But this review by a fellow European warned me off trying this :
top Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy
Seems the DOJ has gotten tons of their internal e-mails... they make for fascinating reading in the indignment from around page 40.
top Genetically Modifying Silk Worms For Super Silk
"It's hard to see how a silkworm producing spider silk would have any advantage in nature," he said.
You sir, are on to something. This researcher is showing a clear lack of imagination.
top Open Source Increasingly Replaced By Open APIs
"Open" API's are the new include files to proprietary libraries.
At least in the good old bad days the library (usually) didn't stop working after the you compiled & distributed your program.
These days.. no such guarantees.
top Voyager 1 Exits Our Solar System
New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006, directly into an Earth-and-solar-escape trajectory with an Earth-relative velocity of about 16.26 km/s (58,536 km/h; 36,373 mph) after its last engine shut down. Thus, the spacecraft left Earth at the greatest ever launch speed for a man-made object. It flew by Jupiter on February 28, 2007, the orbit of Saturn on June 8, 2008; and the orbit of Uranus on March 18, 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)
top Palantir, the War On Terror's Secret Weapon
> The day Fikri drives to Orlando, he gets a speeding ticket,
Speeding ticket information is hard to get for the USA as a whole, but in 2011 the NYPD alone has issued:
As for individual Boroughs, Brooklyn saw the most traffic tickets issued (141,971), followed by Queens (128,098), Manhattan (115,428), Bronx (71,786), and Staten Island (27,388). ( source
So the chances of an analyst checking this particular drivers information are.... close to zero probably. Another useless system.
top Electronic Contact Lens Displays Pixels On the Eye
You only need very few pixels to make a working digital clock.
So first application: digital eye watch.
top $50,000 To Solve the Most Complicated Puzzle Ever
>> which are often confiscated by troops in war zones
Translation: confiscated by the IRS when visiting your office.
top Why So Many Crashes of Bee-Carrying Trucks?
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action.
top Civil Suit Filed, Involving the Time Zone Database
Can be found on Amazon:
Note the various negative comments on the Atlas regarding this case, maybe mod those up a little.
top How Adobe Flash Lost Its Way
There will be a very big opportunity for something that ties all these platforms together in the near future.
My iPhone has its own development platform
My wife's Android phone the same My LG TV has its own App API My Philips Blue ray player has its own App API Samsung just announced its going to develop yet another OS for mobile phones...
The market is fragmenting so fast its with all these "App" platforms, that there will be a great incentive for the first to create the "write once" , "run everywhere" tool chain. This will of course take a few years, but so many different platforms cannot be sustained.
top UK's NHS Will Drop Delayed E-Records Project
First comment on the original article regarding getting their money back....
Oh, and here's a nice bit of dodginess:
"The costs of the venture should have been lessened by the contracts signed by the IT providers making them liable for huge sums of money if they withdrew from the project; however, when Accenture withdrew in September 2006, then Director-General for NPfIT Richard Granger charged them not £1bn, as the contract permitted, but just £63m. Granger's first job was with Andersen Consulting, which later became Accenture."
top Google Accused of "Cooking" Search Results and Charging MSFT Too Much
When would be about the right time to do an AT&T on Google and split is up into baby google's?
1 year, 5 year, 10 years, never?
top Laptops In the Classroom Don't Increase Grades
- Pay teachers more to get better quality
Two ways to read this:
Give the current teachers better pay
Sack the lousy ones and hire better ones for higher pay?
Which one is it?
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