Paper Manufacturer Launches "Print More" Campaign
I present Trevor Blackwell's theory on how printing and then putting the paper in landfills may actually stop global warming:
http://www.tlb.org/faq.html (scroll to the bottom)
How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?
# cat > /etc/hosts
> google.com 127.0.0.1
> doubleclick.net 127.0.0.1
> youtube.com 127.0.0.1
> google-analytics.com 127.0.0.1
> # ...
Google Wave may mean that web sites and blogs will be implemented as embedded Waves. The wave demo at http://wave.google.com/ shows how this would work for blog comments & galleries.
As you point out, this is already happening, albeit to a lesser degree than I think Google anticipates.
Microsoft Raises $3.8B in Bond Sale
You have it backwards: if inflation occurs, woo-hoo. Inflation means that each future dollar is worth less than each dollar today. When you borrow money today via a bond offering, your payments are (typically, and in this case) fixed for the term, but you will be earning more dollars for equivalent value in the future.
Your conclusion, that now is a good time to borrow, is probably correct.
Sun Announces New MySQL, Michael Widenius Forks
Agreed. See x.org for how quickly a community can switch to a fork.
Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case
What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?
The reason you don't get turn-by-turn directions with Google maps is that Google's agreements with map/GIS data providers (all those with copyrights listed in the bottom corner of your map) forbid it.
A license that allows turn-by-turn directions that is controlled by GPS costs money, hence why there aren't any free apps that do this, except for one, AndNav for Android, that uses Open Street Map data instead of commercial map data.
In fact, AndNav started out doing this with Google Maps until running into this problem.
Google Dev Phone 1 Banned From Paid Apps
I have paid, including the developer fee and taxes, $450 for an ADP1 from Google. One of the key selling points for developers is that they can publish hooks that are available to other apps, called "intents." Most major actions, like "call so and so," or "go to the home screen" are done with intents. New ones can be added and then called by other apps.
In light of this, I think it is pretty shitty of them to restrict access to software that will be publishing intents that applications I develop could interact with. I suppose I'll have to independently contact developers and see if they'll play nicely.
AP Considers Making Content Require Payment
A lot of people want to read news so that they can be informed about what's happening in the world, not so that they can share and comment on it. These people might be willing to pay if it means continued access to news from on-the-ground, professional correspondents.
My hypothesis about making people pay for access to a news site is this: you get people who value it, and you keep out a lot of the crap.
Sorry if that's not egalitarian, but have you ever looked at your local paper's web site? On mine, each article typically has hundreds of comments to the effect of "how is babby formed," or "barrrak hussein osama gonna give teh aids." Why would anyone intelligent put in the effort to contribute to a discourse like that?
The counterpoint is not "slashdot." At least we have moderation and most of the crap gets pushed to -1.
Arctic Ice Extent Understated Because of "Sensor Drift"
I like how you liken "climate change deniers" to religious bigots. "Religious zealots" would be more appropriate, and they exist on both sides.
Yeah, this is the basic idea of how science is supposed to work, but that's not the point that comes across in your post. The parent post is a troll.
Apple's Terms No Longer Allow ITMS Purchases Outside of US
The last time I was presented with the "agreement" for the iTunes store, I pulled up a terminal and ran wc on it. It was 4,931 words long, not including referenced agreements. You can go buy a CD at a store with out signing a contract, much less one nearly 5,000 words long.
It contained all manor of claims of how Apple could unilaterally change the terms for purchased music and required that you "agree to agree" to future terms.
Having taken some contract law courses ( but IANAHPAADL - I am not a highly paid Apple attack dog lawyer), much of it seemed unconscionable. Specifically, consideration from Apple (ability to play already purchased songs, access the store, etc.) seems weak-to-non-existent in light of the fact that it can be arbitrarily revoked according to the terms.
Also, I am generally an Apple fan, but this is one area where I think they are really out of control.
Could Fake Phishing Emails Help Fight Spam?
Let me get this straight -- we should suggest to people who are highly credulous that there is the possibility that they might receive legitimate email from "suitably important-looking government address"?
That will never cause bigger, more successful phishing scams.
Associated Press Wants RIAA Case Webcast
Exhibits A, B, C, and G will be grounds for a DMCA takedown notice. The youtube version will have the sound muted so as not to leak any copyrighted material without just compensation.
"GUI Interface" is redundant. I think that's the qualm, or at least part of it.
Sugar-Coated Drug-Dealing Game Approved For iPhone
A wonderful Best of Craigslist rant about the meaning of "literal": http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/van/144733448.html
Tricked Into Buying OpenOffice.org?
Wall Street Journal article about the ditching of a US Airways flight into the Hudson.
Saving Journalism With Flash and Java
the time cubed theory
anti-godism doodad careers. We,
MOM & DAD & I concur.
Here Comes iPhone Nano, But Not In the US
Moreover, the iPhone only sells through the secondary market in mainland China -- you can buy unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong due to regulations.
Obama Proposes Digital Health Records
The net expense of government healthcare is driven by mandate and legislation, not by economic factors. That, on average, the expense is lower in countries where it can be completely arbitrary should not be surprising.
As for quality of care at a given price, talk to the people who take medical holidays to the United States.
At local midnight on the last day of the 2008 ...
Keep the eminent dead as friends. Pick up a book.
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