top Google Patents Fooling Friends With Snooping, Chatbots
Step 1 create a social network website.
Step 2 Now, just hook the suggested comments together. Step 3 create a few billion user accounts. Step 4 IPO based on a few billion users. Step 5 profit.
top California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated
Corporate need a way to limit peoples ability to cheaply manufacture their own products and replacement parts vs buying new plastic crap with high profit margins.
This excuse will work fine thanks. about a year and a half ago
top Nanoscale 3D Printer Now Commercially Available
When reading the summary I thought - it would take a very long while to print a spaceship nano particle at a time (or micro particle as it turns out).
Only on reading the article did it clarify its a 'model' spaceship.
top Google Glass Will Identify People By Clothing
This is the real reason for those jumpsuits common in depictions of the future.
If everyone looks the same they won't be as easily tracked.
top Ask Slashdot: Where Are the E-Ink Dashboards?
The old flipping character displays that were used in airports solved this problem long ago.
top EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default
Is the EEF jumping on every other manufacture who SELL Windows with similar crapware?
With a free OS it's not so much to for them to ask for some ad revenue, which can be turned off.
top Einstein Letter Critical of Religion To Be Auctioned On EBay
It seems that the 'Age of Mockery' began quite a while ago.
top Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You
Well they technically did give feedback, the text input field in html had the character limit.
I didn't notice it was truncated when typing - easy to miss as text box had characters beyond the max displayable characters. They probably were hashing probably a designer just put the limit on the text box. The input field in the login page did not have the same limit.
top Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You
americanexpress was the worst, the 'Set password' page input field was limited to the maximum number of characters however the 'Login' page was not.
So if my password is: 'myreallylongpassword', it would appear accept my password. But it would be only only use 'myreallylong' as input.
When I go to login and enter 'myreallylongpassword' it took the whole password as input and denied me access, since it didn't equal to 'myreallylong'.
I went through quite a few password resets before I figured this out.
top Microsoft Patents Whacking Your Phone To Silence It
I have not looked into the spec - but I'm sure my blackberry stops ringing when I take it out of my pocket (not holster), pick it up or start shuffelling around in my bag for it. I have previously thought 'is this accelerometers or the ir detector' (same one that turns off the screen when i've got it at my ear).
Maybe I'm just imagining it, however my thoughts were that it would be fairly obvious to use accelerometer for this job. Not exactly a 'whack' but a marked change in accelerometer patterns of movement shortly after ringing starts, which would include a whack.
top New Flat Lens Focuses Without Distortion
I haven't heard it referred to as lattitude but I think you are referring to dynamic range. For a sunset scenes where it is pretty much static this can be acheived with a tripod and multiple exposures taken seconds apart. This is quite a popular technique referred to as HDR photography. The remaining issue is how to display the captured data. LCD monitors are generally 24bits per pixel. The tone mapping required is a bit of an art to get right - there is plenty of software that can be used for this.
top Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro
Intel Thunderbolt drivers are particularly poor - not supporting hot-plug in windows yet.
This is not really a problem with the hardware itself just Intel/Microsofts priorities are not aimed on thunderbold, considering it isn't on that much hardware at the moment.
How would you then expect that it will work immediatly on linux - where typically the developers don't get pre-release hardware or even specs.
top Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked
What I'm dreading the most is remote desktop (or other remote access).
1. sometimes the windows key is not forwarded to the remote machine - brings up the local start menu. If I'm using windows 8 then my whole desktop gets cleared out for the metro search. If the remote machine is running windows 8 I'll have to figure out another way to bring up the start menu search equivilant. 2. if it is a slow connection, clearing and re-drawing the entire desktop area every time I need to open another app twice - once to bring up metro and again to go back to the application I just started. Yuck...
top Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days
This is the business model shows how to beat priacy.
Really for $20 why bother to pirate it.
top Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages
Apple has already sued an major Australian grocery store/supermarket using an 'apple' in it's name - which looked nothing like the apple bite logo.
top Earth Approaching Tipping Point Say Scientists
Once you accept that this is "Science" - they will present you the "solution".
It is actually 2 different groups one group 'the scientists' do the science and another group 'society/politics' has to come up with the solution. It is not a valid argument to ignore the first group because you don't think you like what the second group may think (BTW: we are all in the second group).
I suggest that if 1% of the planet's human inhabitants did not disproportionatley gobble and discard 90% of the wealth, resources and energy, that there'd be plenty to go around in a reasonably sustainable way - and quite comfortably.
Good suggestion, fellow member of society, not a complete horror was it? This is pretty much what plan A is/should be. Once we accept the science we can then start to plan for solutions that are not 'complete horrors'.
top The Mercedes-Benz 'Cloaking Device'
Probably a better idea to put the 'beta-stage' tech into cars that are:
1. less models sold - more effort and inspection can go into each model to make sure its done correctly, less cost if there are any issues for recall, some of the newer components may not be easily sourced in higher quantities as yet as production is being ramped up/perfected. 2. luxury car has higher cost and margin so the additional costs of the new tech can be offset.
top Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC
Another attack on music piracy. This is an attempt to put the fear of a ruined life into peoples minds when they are downloading music. Designed to increase the perceived risks involved, they have tried mass and high profile litigation to make people fear being fined. This approach seems a lot cheaper a few made up stories with some publicity would have a similar or greater effect. And the beauty of the link to child porn is that everyone is guilty no questions asked, and the associated stigma is much worse than a fine.
If this is not the case I hope I haven't given them any new ideas...
top Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers
1st ban or enforce disclaimers where images of the models bodies have been modified to shrink waist lines and exaggerate breasts etc. At least prevent from girls striving for the impossible.
top Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign
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