Will Facebook Become the Net's SSO?
Its value as an SSO is, I would think, unrelated to the number of personal connections on there. Metcalfe's Law does imply, however, that the social value (and likely monetary value) of Facebook is enormous.
An SSO really shouldn't be concerned with how many people are actively using it. It should be concerned with being a valid means of authentication for as many sites as possible such that it is a truly viable SSO.
Pink Floyd Give In To Digital Downloads
Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'
Thanks, you made my day. I'll see you in hell :)
Facebook, Others Giving User Private Data To Advertisers
There's also the open source privacy scanner:
Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows
Canadian traffic laws are by province, though for the most part they're fairly identical as well. No right hand turns on a red light in Quebec.
Home Phone System That Syncs To Computer?
Not really for personal use, unless you live in an area where owning a cellphone is prohibitively expensive and a landline isn't. I think the number of geeks that would fit this niche would be very small. Other than this case, I really think the landline is slowly going the way of the dodo as far as home users are concerned.
However, being able to push something like this out to business and corporate clients may well be a viable opportunity.
Nokia Sues Apple For Patent Infringement In iPhone
It sounds like these patents are more at the hardware level - GSM, UMTS (typo in summary), and WiFi are all hardware level patents. I don't think this really has anything to do with software or the GPL, but with Apple trying to use Nokia-patented hardware technologies royalty-free.
Favorite seasonal transition?
There was no "Summer -> Winter" option. There isn't really a spring or fall here, only 4 months hot and dry, 8 months cold and dry.
The Myths of Security
"Think about how stupid the average person is. Now, realise that half of them are dumber than that." - George Carlin
I think your sig is a more valid contribution to the discussion than your comment... You can toss as many security obstacles on a computer as you can, but if your end user is a knuckle-dragger who loves his FREE PR0N! and VI@GR4, then your attempt at security is wasted.
"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb
Yes, ParkPlus. It is a pretty good system, but I don't know if it's achieving it's purpose - it was designed to increase the number of available parking spots since people weren't limited by the number of meters, but now some people just park like meatheads on the street.
All in all though, I give it a thumbs up.
Fertility Clinic Bows To Pressure, Nixes Eye- and Hair-Color Screening
My thoughts exactly. I frankly don't care how other people make their babies, but if/when I procreate it will be via good ol' sex. You already have the option of choosing your partner, thereby having knowledge (to a degree) of what your offspring will be like. If you don't want that kind of kid - find a new partner!
Apple To Face Challenge At WWDC
True enough. If I were doing anything more intense (typing-wise) than cranking out the occasional text I would revert to my keyboard loving ways, but for the time being I'm enjoying the extra screen real estate. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
Apple To Face Challenge At WWDC
The Blackberry Storm's haptic feedback was the major feature that sold me on it. I was a staunch non-supporter of touch screens simply because I got no feedback about what I was doing. For this reason I think apple has now lost pace (hardware-wise, at least).
Cheap Scanners Can "Fingerprint" Paper
Or you could be an idiot, as I was as a kid, and wonder if the car lighter actually gets hot. Then have concentric rings for a fingerprint for the next month :P
Less commitment than MIB, but also less alien slaying.
Steps Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine
A little skepticism is good, but remember:
Books/Movies != Real life
Dell Selling Dual-Boot Laptops
More importantly... Will it blend?
What Web Surfers Can Find Out About You
If you are afraid of forgetting your passwords and to remember passwords like "d8u*mF@3KowcCR", use an encrypted password keeper.
Shit, now I have to change all my passwords AGAIN, just like after someone else posted my old one, 09:F9:11:02:9D:74:E3:5B:D8:41:56:C5:63:56:88:C0
Vista To XP Upgrade Triples In Price, Now $150
A merry red and green /. Christmas theme?
Cheaper by the dozen (Score:1, Troll)
As a young guy (22), I am at a fork in the road. I would love to go into teaching - I've done tutoring and been told I would make a great teacher - but at the same time, I feel that a teacher's salary does not adequately compensate for the amount of work that they do. I'm currently finishing an engineering degree where, in the province I live in, will get me double what most teachers make on my first year out, and that's sad.
It is truly unfortunate that there are many others out there who are intelligent and excel at conveying knowledge, but get drawn in by the dollars. As per your experiences, I've only had three or so teachers that were willing to teach me (or allow me to go at my own speed), the rest wanted me to slow down and get back in with the herd. School was, for the most part, extremely frustrating because I was constantly being held back.
Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"
In TFA it mentions that
It's called Ikaria, after the island with regenerative sulfur springs mentioned by Herodotus.
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