thisisauniqueid writes "Perhaps the most touching FOSS story ever: Adrian Hands, ALS sufferer, used his last strength before he passed away to write and submit a patch to fix a 9-year old accessibility-related bug in the eog project. He did it using a Morse code mouse." Link to Original Source top
Android vs iPhone4 signal strength bars comparison
thisisauniqueid (825395) writes "In the light of the debacle over the iPhone 4 Grip of Death, AnandTech recently reverse-engineered the signal-strength-to-bars mapping for the iPhone 4. Because Android is open source, we can determine the corresponding mapping for Android in combination with the 3GPP spec referenced in the source, allowing the signal-strength-to-bars mapping for both Android and the iPhone 4 to be plotted on the same axes. This shows that the iPhone 4 consistently reports a higher percentage signal strength (as defined by the fraction of bars lit) than Android GSM devices at the same signal strength." Link to Original Source top
How would you improve life for 1B people in 10yrs?
thisisauniqueid writes "I am in the inaugural class of Singularity University, whose stated mission is to "assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity's grand challenges". We have been tasked with finding interdisciplinary solutions to global problems that leverage accelerating technologies to positively affect the lives of 10^9+ people within 10 years, preferably focused upon the areas of water, climate, health and energy, and we will be connected with VCs who can make any useful ideas that emerge happen. We are currently in the team project planning stages, and a number of interesting ideas have already emerged. However because crowdsourcing itself is a useful means for problem solving on an exponential scale, I would like to throw the question out to Slashdot readers. What would YOU do to positively impact the lives of one billion people in 10 years through creative use of accelerating technologies?" top
thisisauniqueid (825395) writes "A petition at change.org calls for the Obama government to start the process of metrication now, and complete it a decade from now in 2019. This will reduce trade impediments due to the US using an antiquated and non-scientifically-based system of units, and will avoid more embarrassments like the Mars Climate Orbiter fiasco, where a $328 million NASA initiative burned up on entry into the Mars atmosphere because a NASA subcontractor, Lockheed Martin, was using Imperial units rather than the metric units mandated for the project, so the orbiter came into orbit too low. The Obama government has been actively soliciting citizen ideas, calling it the rebirth of democracy, and this may be the most fundamental scientifically-grounded change that needs to happen now for America's future. Go sign the petition now and make your voice known!" top
thisisauniqueid (825395) writes "The T-Mobile G1 was released without multi-touch capability, although it was demonstrated a couple of months ago that the screen was multitouch-capable if you hack the Synaptics kernel driver to dump out multitouch events to a file. It turns out though that the kernel driver actually sends the multitouch events all the way to the Android UI stack, where they are promptly dropped. There is now a patch for the Android stack that captures these events and passes them through the event pipeline in a way that is backwards-compatible with single-touch. Perhaps multitouch for the G1 is on its way? (Note that you have to reflash your phone to get this working.)"