TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970
I haven't looked at a TV transmission in over a year, I only happen to have 2 monitors that incorporate receivers, cancelled cable over 5 years ago.
I either watch DVDs or streaming video. I do have a lovely home theater arrangement, with little or no time to watch it.
TV hit the point of diminishing returns a decade ago.
Android 3.0 Is Trickling In, But Are the Apps?
Pretty much FUD or worse. I own several tablets w/ 1024x600, 800x600 and 800x480 resolutions running 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3. All the apps scale fine (w/ the exception of ACV which has pretty much been obsoleted by PerfectView). To tell the truth, the cellphone style interfaces are fine particularly if you have fat fingers and bad eyes.
This is mainly a game by which Apple defines what are "real" tablets to continue the perception of the tablet as an expensive luxury item.
Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence
You mean nobody pushed the hype level on tablets to 11 before he did. My SmartQ7 and Fujitsu 5032D existed well before the iPad.
Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World
Yes, but I plan on spoofing it w/ my harem of RealDolls
Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won
The M$ PR department has issued a correction please replace "product tamperers" with "pedo-vandals w/ WMDs"
Real-Time Holograms Beam Closer To Reality
Speaking w/ 30+ years of experience in holography, this is going to be really miserable to make practical. The computation involved is hideous for realistic scenes and the bandwidth is insane. If you want to get real time and something better than sick figures you have to heavily constrain the wavefront reconstruction.
A true hologram reconstructs the entire wavefront emanating from a scene, which gives it it's unique nature. Cut back the bandwidth and the realism or the viewing angle go to hell.
Land of Lisp
“Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python”
Land of Lisp
Amen! Python is elegant, trivial to install, trivial to use, but insanely powerful. Even on a windows machine, installing a very comprehensive toolchain involves installing Python(x,y) and PyGame
What freaks me out is the mystification of programming and hardware. Having grown up on Ahl's "Basic Games" I always thought computer literacy would increase. Instead we have bunches of fanbois who boast of how ignorant of the hardware and software they use. I mean, when did superuser become an honorific?
Land of Lisp
Actually every good Python editor does that automatically. Particularly PyDev under eclipse
US Objects To the Kilogram
The Kilogram is obviously far too French. They will obviously attempt to socialize it by redefining it as how many baguettes of cheese a surrender monkey can eat.
Colleges May Start Forcing Switch To eTextbooks
"This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her—but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary school that sharing books was nasty and wrong—something that only pirates would do. ...
Of course, Lissa did not necessarily intend to read his books. She might want the computer only to write her midterm. But Dan knew she came from a middle-class family and could hardly afford the tuition, let alone her reading fees. Reading his books might be the only way she could graduate. He understood this situation; he himself had had to borrow to pay for all the research papers he read. (Ten percent of those fees went to the researchers who wrote the papers; since Dan aimed for an academic career, he could hope that his own research papers, if frequently referenced, would bring in enough to repay this loan.)"
From The Right to Read by Richard Stallman
Early Review of 11" Macbook Air
Quite true, I've been using a EEE 1000HAB ($179 off of woot) with the memory upped to 2GB hooked to a 23" monitor w/ a USB key as my sole "Windows Box" to write a 40 Page proposal which had to be in a ".doc" format. I ended up doing all the illustrations using Poser, DIA and GIMP. It worked fine for this role, perhaps a tad less snappy than a full out computer but perfectly fine for my purposes. It's thin enough and light enough to toss in my big bag or a netbook bag. In fact I prefer just tossing it in my bag rather than a USB drive so I can make any mods to the documents onsite. My I note that my other 1000 HAB runs Ubuntu 10.10 UNR.
All that at 17.9% of the cost of a MBA
Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android
Was just typing nearly the same thing in this morning to get an up to date version of Android-x86 Froyo for my T91MT.
Of course if you tried to do that w/ iOS you'd be committing several felonies
Creating a Quantum Superposition of Living Things
Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"
Knowledge has a series of dependencies. You can't really do quantum mechanics w/o calculus and other higher math, and you can't do higher math w/o algebra, and so on. The problem is that uploading, and validating these dependencies can take many years. In theory conventional education is like the Linux Standard Base, a set of common packages which minimize the amount of dependencies that have to be loaded. Thus, in theory, a high school graduate should be able to handle most forms of non specialized knowledge. College majors and prerequisites are similar in this regard.
Autodidacts are like folks who load every program they use without a package manager. A difficult task which not everybody can do. Also such systems are prone to crashes (massive holes in experience/training)
The problem w/ much of mainstream education is that the 'IT department' is doing things by rote and doesn't really understand packages.
What would be interesting is an educational overlay on wikipedia or the equivalent which would explicitly identify and specify these dependencies.
Apple Says iPhone Jailbreaking Could Hurt Cell Towers
Jail breaking iPhones is really evil, it threatens the phone system, like blue boxes.
And we know the folks who made Blue Boxes were terrorists, pure evil incarnate. They should have been sent to prison for life!
Sandia Studies Botnets In 1M OS Digital Petri Dish
I hope Microsoft issues a statement that only Genuine Windows software can fully support viruses and malware in an effective fashion.
How Heavy Is a Petabyte?
That was my dissertation topic, conventional systems require ~kT per bit (k is the Boltzmann constant = 1.3806503 Ã-- 10-23 m2 kg s-2 K-1 and T is the temperature of the gate in Kelvin) for each read. Quantum systems can access well below that by various trickery (single photon optical computers can reduce this by a thousandfold). In theory a individual photon can hold huge amounts of data in it's state vector before collapse. The trick is making a measurement on enough of these photons to extract the info you need while overcoming shot noise.
Sci-Fi Writers Dream Up Ideas For US Government
Umm, Great Ideas From Sigma so far:
Niven said a good way to help hospitals stem financial losses is to spread rumors in Spanish within the Latino community that emergency rooms are killing patients in order to harvest their organs for transplants.
"free and worth every cent"
Give me Charles Stross, John Scalzi, Rudy Rucker even David Brin and we'll talk.
Palm Kills Community Before It Begins
Never ascribe to malice what can be accounted to stupidity.
Every time I hear the "Only Responsibility is Maximizing Value for the Shareholders" argument it seems to be coming from executives who are gutting a company to realize great quarterly profits. They then jump clear on golden parachutes as the husk of a company nosedives.
Wise corporations think well ahead, plowing money into research and development, retaining skilled and loyal workers, and cultivating a loyal and fanatical consumer base.
Palm (and Handspring later) used to be the former, producing truly innovative, best in the world products. Now it's the latter, clueless and circling the drain.
Entire segments of American industry have been wiped off the map this way in a manner far more pernicious than any communist could conceive.
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