Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick
I'd like to see them cover copyright law on their show...
Rogue Satellite Shuts Down US Weather Services
This is personally amusing to me because I spent half of Sunday trying to track down reports of my Android Live Wallpaper app not working properly. I guess in hindsight, it's pretty cool. I mean, it's not often that you get to lament that a rogue satellite ruined your afternoon.
Oh, and in case you were wondering why I didn't take the opportunity to shamlessly plug my app.
It's a live wallpaper for Android phones that shows the nearest NWS radar imagery.
The Spread of Do-It-Yourself Biotech
Wake me when one of these garage geneticists splices the THC gene into tomatoes or kudzu...
Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom
You sure? I thought the satnav app downloaded the basic map data for the entire calculated route for just this scenario. If not, they should...
Gulf Oil Spill Nearing Loop Current
Spill, baby, spill!
Website Sells Pubic Lice
Gah. I do not get this at all.
I can dig a little grooming, but what is the point of mimicking prepubescent hair growth patterns?
Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch
Are you guys *still* doing the "Microsoft is Evil" bit? Man, get with the times.
Microsoft is harmlessly wandering in the desert. Now, Apple is evil. Facebook is evil. And Google is under evaluation...
NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota
Not in the auto industry - it's mostly union. There is no correlation between ability and likelihood of employment.
What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?
Seconded. As a self taught programmer, classic algorithms are always my weakest link when I do an interview. Unfortunately, it's also the most glaring, since they usually teach that kind of stuff early on in COMP SCI.
I had an interview with Amazon a while back and in preparation bought the book "Programming Interviews Exposed". It's a pretty good resource for getting your hands dirty with all the algorithms that a general programmer should know.
Universe Closer To Heat Death Than Once Thought
INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR MEANINGFUL ANSWER
[Grrr. Have to thwart the anti-caps filter. Thx Slashdot - Destroyer of Jokes.]
Martian Microbe Fossils, Not So Debunked Anymore
Actually - it would be less amazing than you think. There's a good chance that if there had been life on Mars, it made it's way here hitchhiking on meteorites. The gravity trip from Mars to Earth is pretty easy and there have been a number of Martian meteorites discovered on Earth.
2009 Darwin Award Winners Announced
Response To California's Large-Screen TV Regulation
Ah, so it's doing things against the public will that we're after. Glad that we cleared that up.
Google Releases Source To Chromium OS
Uh, anyone that has a netbook that they use for absolutely nothing but web browsing? Which, if everyone else is as disappointed with their netbooks as I am, should be a lot of people.
Basically, if you have a computer that you do nothing but web browsing on - Chrome OS is for you.
Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released
Yeah right. I fell for the netbook craze. It is the Nintendo Wii of computers. An over-hyped paper weight.
Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers
Actually, hamburgers are significantly better than fishing poles.
The Kindle Killer Arrives
Yes. Why do the iPhone and netbook people not get this. Every time an ebook story comes out I have to hear the same ill advice about how sitting in a hammock with an LCD screen that I can't read outside is a better alternative.
A Tour of Taser HQ
How exactly would you make a device that electrocutes you into submission more humanitarian?
Of all the things an unhinged cop might want to do to someone, getting tasered is probably one of the safest. Getting bonked on the head with a nightstick is certainly no picnic.
NASA Scientists Levitate Mice
Can I get a shark/laser joke here?
GMail Experiences Serious Outage
I have been the full time sysadmin responsible for the mail server. I have had the job of keeping the mail service up. It's not cheap. You need redundant networking, redundant servers, redundant storage, redundant staff, and the glue to make sure it all works. For anyone spending less than a couple hundred thousand a year on IT, it's damn near impossible to beat Google's uptime for hosted mail.
As for your other concern about getting the data out of Gmail - you use the same protocols the rest of the Internet uses - IMAP/POP and SMTP. Not rocket science.
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