Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?
Must you use livescribe's paper with their pens? Seems like a good solution, though the paper seems pricey.
Ridley Scott To Direct New Blade Runner Movie
George Lucas wanted David Lynch to direct Return of the Jedi but he declined. Man that would have been great.
New Twitter-Based Hedge Fund Beats the Stock Market
Sir, I would like to buy your monkeys.
Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day
She could have quit like this: http://5secondfilms.com/watch/last_anchor_standing
Facebook Takes On FourSquare
Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: It's some obscure number, you've never heard of it.
Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent
The most recent tweet on Shit my dad says is:
"They're offended? Fuck, shit, asshole, shitfuck; they're just words...Fine. Shitfuck isn't a word, but you get my point."
Acer To Launch Chrome OS Netbook Next Month
Check it: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/11/21/0022253/Try-Out-Chrome-OS-In-a-Virtual-Machine?from=rss
Also, this is a pretty interesting article about Chrome OS: http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/01/chrome-os-interview-1.ars
My keyboard has X-many keys; X=
Mine be having 6 keys. http://www.arrrrrr.com/
Google Gets Its iPhone Voice
I use it, and I quite like it. I don't use the number that google provides, but I have linked my voice mail to gvoice so that rather than going to my Tmobile vmail messages go to Google voice. The transcriber is not so great. You can usually get the gist of a message, but it makes a lot of mistakes. That said, the other voice mail functionality is much better than Tmobile's standard offering, so on the whole the voice mail is much better.
Also, even without using the google voice number I can initate calls to Canada for free, which is nice.
If I did use the google voice number you get a lot more features (recording calls, etc. You can look them up). But I find it quite awkward. For instance, if I give everyone my google voice number then they can call and text me there. But if I call them directly, without going through google voice, their caller ID is going to show my tmobile assigned number. I could initiate the call through google voice, but that's a bit of a pain in the ass.
I have a blackberry, and the google voice app for bberry should make some of this easier, but it's pretty terrible. It's very slow, and lately it's been throwing errors saying it can validate google voice's SSL certificate. It's really not ready for primetime.
So, I do like google voice, considering it's free it adds some value, especially the voice mail functionality. But it's got a lot of rough edges.
How Do You Volunteer Professional Services?
Not exactly a good fit for one week, but Geek Corps does this kind of thing.
Google Nexus Rumored To Cost $530 Or $180 w/Plan
A little bit OT, but in the states if you buy an unlocked phone can you get a plan that does not include a subsidy for another phone? That is, if I buy an iPhone I'm going to pay $90/month or so, but some of that includes the price of the phone. If I have my own iPhone, or after my initial two year contract (after I've paid off the phone) is it possible to get a cheaper plan? My understanding is no, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
So, if I buy a nexus one unlocked can I get a cheaper plan than if I bought the $180 one?
Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers
I gotta say that Google Voice is way better than the iPhone's visual vmail. They're really different things: google transcribes your voice mail and SMS or emails them to you (among lots of other things). Visual vmail just shows you who called you without having to dial in.
Old Operating Systems Never Die
I think there are 1 or 2. Or 3. Maybe 5... or 7. Possibly 11 or 13. 17?
IBM Patents Tweeting Remote Control
Tangentially related, but pretty funny: http://xkcd.com/596/
Verified Identity Pass Shuts Down "Clear" Operations
A friend of mine is a commercial pilot. Immediately after 9/11 he had his nail clippers confiscated when going through security. He mentioned to security that not only is there a fire ax in the cockpit, but he's the pilot and can just steer the plane into the ground if he wants to crash it. They didn't seem to get understand.
Best kind of engineering:
Sup dawg. I heard you liked generic engineering, so we put a component in your component so could get results while you get results.