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Sun's Phipps Slams App Engine's Java Support

narramissic Google's response... (186 comments)

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A Google spokeswoman provided the following statement in response to a request for comment: 'We provide a Java 6 runtime environment in a secure sandbox. We committed to having as many standard Java tools and frameworks work with App Engine as possible, and hope to improve the product through the feedback of developers during our Early Look.'

about 5 years ago

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Netbooks Offered Nearly Free with Mobile Contract

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "Netbook prices in the U.S. are tumbling to practically nothing — but there are strings attached. According to an ITworld article, Best Buy is selling HP's Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX netbook for $0.99 with a two-year mobile broadband contract from Sprint. 'The contract limits subscribers to 5GB of Internet data usage per month, with extra fees if the limit is exceeded. Sprint's 3G mobile broadband plans start at around $60 a month.' And RadioShack is offering an Acer Aspire One for free with a two-year AT&T mobile broadband contract (also starting at $60 per month), according to the retailer's Web site."
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Culture Club: How to Bring Cool to the Workplace

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "When you hear the words 'corporate culture' does a little piece of you die inside? It doesn't have to be that way. When Josh Fruhlinger started researching the topic for a recent ITworld article, he 'half expected to hear nothing but horror stories.' Instead, he 'heard from a lot of people who knew that they had a good thing going in their workplaces — and who were eager to tell [him] how they kept things going that way.' This includes, of course, those things that are straight out of the dotcom playbook — foosball, free snacks, and so on. But flexible work hours or vacation time and allowing employees time to work on projects they think are interesting can go a lot farther. For LiveOps, a company that offers cloud-based contact center services, the answer was a self-selected volunteer group that called itself 'the culture club' that organizes parties, helps orient new employees, and even organizes carpooling."
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Out of Business, Clear May Sell Customer Data

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "Earlier this week, the Clear airport security screening service ceased operations, leaving many to wonder what would become of the personal information, including credit card numbers, fingerprints and iris scans, of Clear's customers. And now we know... The information could be sold to the provider of a similar service. Until then, Clear has erased PC hard drives at its airport screening kiosks and is wiping employee computers but the information is retained on its central databases. Clear customer David Maynor, who is CTO with Errata Security in Atlanta, wants Clear to delete his information but that isn't happening, the company said in a note posted to its Web site Thursday. 'They had your social security information, credit information, where you lived, employment history, fingerprint information,' said Maynor. 'They should be the only ones who have access to that information.'"
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New Chips Don't Deliver, Facebook Says

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "In an interview on stage at GigaOm's Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook's VP of technical operations, told Om Malik that the latest generations of server processors from Intel and AMD don't deliver the performance gains that 'they're touting in the press.' 'And we're, literally in real time right now, trying to figure out why that is,' Heiliger said. He also had some harsh words for server makers: 'You guys don't get it,' Heiliger said. 'To build servers for companies like Facebook, and Amazon, and other people who are operating fairly homogeneous applications, the servers have to be cheap, and they have to be super power-efficient.' Heiliger added that Google has done a great job designing and building its own servers for this kind of use."
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Reporters Find U.S. Gov't Data in Ghana Market

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "'Hundreds and hundreds of documents about government contracts,' were found on a hard drive purchased at a market in Ghana for the bargain basement price of $40, said Peter Klein, an associate professor with the University of British Columbia, who led an investigation into the global electronic waste business for the PBS show Frontline. The hard drive had belonged to U.S. government contractor Northrop Grumman and in a made-for-TV ironic twist, 'some of the documents talked about how to recruit airport screeners and several of them even covered data security practices,' Klein said. 'Here were these contracts being awarded based on their ability to keep the data safe.'"
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Senators Challenge AT&T's Exclusive iPhone Dea

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "In a Senate hearing Thursday to study the effect of long-term handset exclusivity deals, like the one between AT&T and Apple, Paul Roth, president of retail sales and services for AT&T said that exclusive deals benefit consumers 'in three ways: innovation, lower cost and more choice.' But the senators, including Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, found it difficult to see why a phone maker wouldn't prefer to sell to all customers of all the carriers. 'I'm having a difficult time trying to envision why an innovator, given the size of the market and the number of outlets, is not going to innovate to produce a product that is equally competitive [to an exclusive phone] ... because it wants to appeal across different providers,' said Kerry. Roth replied that 'exclusive deals enable innovation because the operator and manufacturer share the risk,' and suggested that 'operators will ask manufacturers for certain features on phones but manufacturers will often only do so if the operator agrees to buy a certain number of phones.' Robert Frieden, professor of telecommunications and law at Penn State University, argued that the Carterfone precedent, which spurred innovations such as the fax machine should apply to this issue. 'We take for granted the right to own and attach telephones to the wired network. That freedom should extend to wireless networks,' said Frieden."
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Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "A trifecta of Kindle-related news surfaced this week, with Jeff Bezos speaking at Wired's 'Disruptive by Design' conference on topics including Kindle pricing and business models. And yesterday, reports blogger Peter Smith, 'there was a flurry of blogging activity yesterday stating that Amazon had released the Kindle source code. Once everyone caught their breath, it became apparent that the files in question were just some open source libraries that Amazon had modified (they're being good open source citizens and releasing mods they've made to open source code — good for them!), not the complete source code.' Now, back to the Kindle pricing: According to a post at Wired, Bezos said Amazon opted to sell the Kindle for 'something akin to the actual cost for hardware,' rather than subsidizing the hardware costs and requiring a monthly subscription or requiring the buyer to purchase a certain number of books per month because 'fees and minimum purchase requirements create friction.' Smith has a different take: 'If I'm buying a Kindle from Amazon that enables me to buy books from Amazon, I'm broadcasting a desire to buy Kindle books. I would welcome some subsidization of the hardware since I'm going to be buying content anyway. No, I really think Amazon priced the Kindle the way they did because they thought they could get away with doing so (and they were right, it would seem).' Meanwhile, over at the New York Times, Bezos said 'that he sees Kindle-the-device and Kindle-the-book-format as two separate business models, and that the Kindle iPhone App won't be the last software reader to appear.'"
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IRS Now Wants To Repeal Cell Phone Tax

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "Last week the IRS caused an uproar when it requested public comments on ways to clarify a decades-old law that would tax personal usage of business cell phones. But IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that the request for comments did not mean that the largely ignored rule would now be enforced. 'Some have incorrectly implied that the IRS is 'cracking down' on employee use of employer-provided cell phones,' Shulman wrote. 'To the contrary, the IRS is attempting to simplify the rules and eliminate uncertainty for businesses and individuals.' And in fact, the IRS is now recommending that the law be repealed, saying that 'the passage of time, advances in technology, and the nature of communication in the modern workplace have rendered this law obsolete.'"
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Guitar Hero Modified For Greater Accessibility

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "'A bunch of friends and I were always playing Guitar Hero and one night when we were playing one of them asked me what my research was,' says Bei Yuan, a Ph.D. student studying accessibility at the University of Nevada, Reno. And 6 months later Blind Hero — Guitar Hero for the vision impaired — was born. The player wears a glove with vibrating fingers that correspond to the colors on the Guitar Hero game. When a finger vibrates, the player hits the color on the guitar. Yuan says the researchers have 'contacted Activision and they are very interested in the project,' but it's not ready for commercialization yet."
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Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "Based on a request that a group of rural operators sent asking the FCC to examine the practice of handset exclusivity, four members of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet sent a letter to the FCC expressing their concern. Small operators, like U.S. Cellular argue that 'exclusive handset contracts divide wireless customers into have's and have not's.' But nationwide operators, including Verizon, maintain that 'in the absence of exclusivity agreements, wireless carriers would have less incentive to develop and promote innovative handsets.' The Commerce Committee expects to hold a hearing on the issue on Wednesday."
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Oracle Beware: Google Tests Cloud-Based Database

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "On Tuesday, the same day Google held a press event to launch its Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, the company quietly announced in its research team blog a new online database called Fusion Tables. Under the hood of Fusion Tables is data-spaces technology, which would 'allow Google to add to the conventional two-dimensional database tables a third coordinate with elements like product reviews, blog posts, Twitter messages and the like, as well as a fourth dimension of real-time updates,' according to Stephen E. Arnold, a technology and financial analyst who is president of Arnold Information Technology. 'So now we have an n-cube, a four-dimensional space, and in that space we can now do new kinds of queries which create new kinds of products and new market opportunities,' said Arnold, whose research about this topic includes a study done for IDC last August. 'If you're IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, your worst nightmare is now visible.'"
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Project Natal On Late Night - Gaming Legitimized?

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "In a sign that gamer culture may finally have arrived, Project Natal was shown last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon — and not as 'some kind of sideshow goofiness,' notes blogger Peter Smith. 'And who was running the demo? Kudo Tsunoda from Microsoft Game Studios, trademark sunglasses intact,' adds Smith. 'Not some high profile PR figurehead, but one of the people working on bringing the technology into our living rooms in the not-too-distant future. This wasn't the first time a game-maker was on stage with Fallon. Apparently in an earlier show, game designer Tim Schafer appeared with Jack Black to talk about Schafer's game Brütal Legend (Jack Black provides the voice of the game's main character).'"
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OpenSource World Offering Free Admission

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "The organizers of OpenSource World, the conference formerly known as LinuxWorld, are offering free admission — for qualified IT professionals — to this year's event, scheduled for Aug. 11-13 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Organizers have implemented a qualifying process in order to weed out marketing staffers from vendors that aren't exhibiting at the show, but might be interested in attending to check out the competition, said event chairman Don Marti. 'The kind of people the program committee wants to reach are those hardcore sysadmins and working IT managers.' Key topics will include Drizzle, a database project based on the MySQL codebase, mobile development and security."
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Sometimes iPhone Whiners Are Right

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "In a blog post on ITworld, Josh Fruhlinger writes about the ire iPhone fans directed at AT&T (with Apple spurring them on) — and why it's justified:

The MMS delay is kind of unfathomable, as multimedia messaging ought by rights to be a cash cow; the tethering thing is something that users have wanted for years — and which has been possible with jailbroken iPhones pretty much from the beginning — and so the delay on that is particularly galling. I'm willing to bet that AT&T's foot-dragging here is largely due to their creaking network. They probably need to do some last-minute jiggering to get MMS to work properly without overwhelming the works with endless 300 KB pics of cute kitties or whatever. When it comes to tethering, well, I have bad news for you: it's going to cost you. I know linear geek logic says "I have unlimited Internet access through the phone now, therefore I should be able to use that unlimited access how I choose"; but it's only possible for AT&T to offer you that unlimited access on its current network because it knows you won't use it the way you would if, say, you had a computer with unlimited access. Charging for tethering serves multiple purposes: it makes them money which they can (if they're smart) reinvest in their network, and it cuts down on the number of people using said network, until that network is spruced up. The real thing to whine about here is that it isn't ready now; surely Apple let AT&T know well in advance that tethering was coming, and it would have been smart to have pricing plans good to go on June 19th.

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DOJ Turns Up the Heat on Google's Book Deal

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "It appears that after its initial review of a deal that would settle a lawsuit publishers and authors filed against Google over the latter's book search engine, the DOJ is leaning toward challenging the proposed settlement. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Tuesday that the DOJ is now sending civil investigative demands (CIDs) to organizations involved in the deals, a more formal approach than its initial information-gathering efforts. But Authors Guild Executive Director Paul Aiken said the fact that the DOJ is reviewing the proposed settlement isn't surprising, considering Google is involved: 'Any big deal that involves Google is going to get a look from the Justice Department.'"
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Poll: Future of US Innovation Uncertain

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "According to a Zogby International poll, released Monday, about 7 in 10 U.S. residents believe the next great technology entrepreneur will come from outside the U.S. But 67 percent of respondents also said that they believe the economic, educational and societal conditions still exist in the U.S. for another Bill Gates to emerge — despite U.S. lawmakers' lack of understanding of technology. Asked whether the average 10-year-old or a member of Congress knew more about the Internet, 83 percent went with the 10-year-old."
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Apple's New Handheld Gaming System?

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "'For years pundits have suggested Apple might be working on a handheld gaming system, and maybe the iPhone is it,' writes blogger Peter Smith. 'If a post at gaming site Kotaku is to be believed, the much-rumored new iteration of the iPhone will have a 3D graphics chip inside, and will support external keyboards and game controllers. Additionally (says Kotaku) Apple has hired internal game developers....In the meantime, The Unofficial Apple Weblog is bouncing around a name reportedly found on AT&T's support website: the iPhone Video.'"
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Boxee For Windows Alpha Coming June 23

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "'Users just want freedom in their living room,' Boxee founder Avner Ronen said at the Connections digital entertainment conference. And on June 23, Windows users will be able to enjoy the freedom of entertainment that is Boxee. At that point, anyone will be able to download the alpha, which currently is being distributed by invitation only. Boxee is a free application that lets users access a wide variety of multimedia content in one interface and watch it on their TVs. Users can choose among videos from YouTube, Hulu and other sources, as well as other content such as music and Flickr photos."
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Arrington's Web Tablet Nearly Ready For Launch?

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "The 'dead simple and dirt cheap' touchscreen Web tablet that Michael Arrington of TechCrunch set out to build last July seems to be nearing completion, writes blogger Peter Smith. 'The CrunchPad is a Linux-based touchscreen tablet using a browser-based UI. When you turn the unit on, it boots right into the webkit-based browser. There's a pop-up virtual keyboard for entering URLs and such (you wouldn't want to do any significant typing on it) and scrolling is via swiping the screen. When Arrington first visualized the project he was shooting for a $200 price point, then discovered that a $299 price was more realistic.'"
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Pixel Qi Unveils A New Breed of LCD

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

narramissic writes "The first screen product from start-up Pixel Qi is a 10.1-inch netbook screen designed to work in three modes: a black-and-white e-ink mode for reading text documents and e-books, and two color modes, designed for use indoors or in bright sunlight, that are more suitable for Web surfing and video playback. 'A lot of people thought it was impossible to get this kind of performance out of an LCD', says Pixel Qi co-founder Mary Lou Jepsen, 'And so when they see it they get really excited and join with the effort.' The company is now looking for customers and will show off engineering samples at Computex Taipei 2009 next week."
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Implementing Time in Web 2.0

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 6 years ago Sean McGrath has an interesting column on ITworld this week in which he muses on dishing out Web content not based on what's new to the site that minute, but on what's new to the individual consumer of that content since his last visit. One suggestion he has for getting around the limits of 'RSS/Atom feeds that only hold a finite amount of history' is to adopt a naming convention that includes YYYY/MM/DD/HH/MM. The tradeoff, of course, is that your 'website just gets bigger and bigger.'

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Of Experts and Editors

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 7 years ago Recently it has become even more apparent to me that experts and editors play an important role, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Slashdot's own Firehose section. While the democratic method of choosing top stories seems to be largely effective, with the best stuff generally getting the most votes, the crowd often skips over the hidden gem that an editor would find, fact check, polish, and post to the front page. My little Firehose rant aside, this is the sort of thing I've been pondering since Wikipedia's Essjay was found not to be the expert he claimed. Call me old fashioned, but I think there is still a call for bona fide subject matter experts and the editors who are savvy enough to find them.

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What's in your pack?

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 7 years ago Security consultant Brent Huston has a great article in ITworld this week in which he lays out the contents of his backpack -- the things he carries with him wherever he goes. Some highlights from the list: Altec Lansing headphones, a Kensington steel cable lock, the most recent copies of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly and Blacklisted 411, and an Apple PowerBook G4. Personally, I only carry my laptop, cell phone, and assorted analog items (e.g., pen and paper). What's in your pack?

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FTC's Game Teaches Social Networking Skills

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 7 years ago Your tax dollars at work.... The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has launched an online quiz-show style game called Buddy Builder to test users' abilities to spot potential threats on social networking Web sites. Naturally, the teen audience this is intended to reach wouldn't go near the game except as a joke.

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Challenging the Child Online Protection Act

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 7 years ago Today in Philadelphia a federal trial got underway that will decide whether the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) is constitutional. The outcome will determine whether operators of Web sites can be held accountable for failing to block children's access to inappropriate materials. An article on ITworld outlines the arguments of the foes in the battle: the DOJ and the ACLU. If I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on the ACLU. Parents, schools, etc. have to take responsibility for the internet usage of children in their charge.

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The (im)Mobility of Web 2.0 Apps

narramissic narramissic writes  |  more than 7 years ago So many Web 2.0 apps seem like a natural fit for use on mobile phones -- more so, in fact, than the PCs they were written for. Take for example, Google maps or Flickr or any of the myriad social networking sites. Frankly, I wonder why anyone would even want to use them while sitting at a desk. And yet the reality of using those apps on cell phones is solidly disappointing because of the inherent constraints of mobile phones and networks. This article gets deeper into the ups and downs of reworking Web 2.0 apps for use on mobile phones.

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