xmas2003 (739875) writes "I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have CNN on my news' bookmarks, since while they offer a quick look at the current news, their increasingly sensationalistic reporting leaves a bit to be desired. I almost exclusively would just look at print stories as their videos reporting is long-winded fluff... a very low bandwidth way of consuming news. Plus hosts such as Piers Morgan and Jeanne Moos are just grating to listen to.
And since it is an election year, Internet surfers can "cast" a vote for Obama, Romey, or THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Right now, the Green Party candidate has a slight lead over Romney and then Obama... although there has been quite a bit of ballot stuffing going on. Surf on by Halloween Night to see all the trick-or-treaters (online starting at 5:00PM MDT) and help put a Big Green Monster in the White House." Link to Original Source top
While Sebastian Anthony has some fun with the subject matter — "While it's difficult domain to penetrate... hard numbers are few and far between" — he plays it straight and provides some interesting facts about some of the most trafficked parts of the internet which present some
real scalability challenges (PPT preso) using software such as Redis & Nginx.
It's certainly a complicated industry as outlined in the
Geek-Kings of Smut." top
Followup: Ultraviolet Vision after Cataract Surgery
Nifty pictures of the crazy christmas display can be seen on the Christmas Blog (notice Clifford Stoll's "The Cuckoo's Egg" in post #220) plus watch videos of it in action with comedic history.
Nothing quite says Christmas like a giant HULK inflatable wearing a Santa Hat... along with three wise men of Elmo, SpongeBob, and Homer Simpson — D'OH!
The Slashdot Effect of turning 21,000 Christmas lights ON & OFF this evening should provide quite a Christmas Eve show to Alek's neighbors... and also the International Space Station." Link to Original Source top
xmas2003 writes "I recently had Cataract Surgery with a Crystalens implant. With my cloudy yellowing (UV-filtering) natural lens removed, I see the world in a new light (more on that in a moment) as everything is brighter and colors are more vivid... plus in focus.
As a typical/. reader, I've been myopic since childhood, so it's wonderful not to have to wear glasses/contacts for distance.
One interesting oddity is that I can now see Ultraviolet light — it seems that there are a few people who have photoreceptors sensitive below 400nm into the UV spectrum. I've done some testing with a Black Light and UV filter to confirm this but would love to do more conclusive testing such as using a Monochromator — anyone in the Boulder, Colorado area have access to one? And any suggestions from/. readers on how I can further explore this phenomena?
xmas2003 (739875) writes "As a long-time reader of News for Nerds, I fit the "profile" in a number of ways — including being myopic since childhood... but fortunately for me, this was correctable with glasses or contacts. Around age 40, it started becoming more difficult to do close-up tasks (such as using vi to edit Perl code;-) as Presbyopia showed up right "on time" — I'm sure many older/. readers can relate.
But at age 46, a cataract started to obscure my vision which was no longer correctable — bummer to have this happen a few decades early. After extensive research on the various options (mono focal, multi-focal, accommodating, etc.), I opted for Cataract Surgery with a Crystalens implant.
Millions of Cataract Surgeries are done annually, so I figured my (overly analytical) writeup plus visual examples might be of interest to some/. readers who may (or will) be dealing with the same issue. Plus I'm sure many have gone through this process and can chime in with their experience/recommendations.
I had the first eye done last Monday and have been updating the web page — so far, so good. The eye doctor will "poke a hole" in my second eye this Monday — wish me luck!;-)" Link to Original Source top
I have some nifty pictures of baby hummingbirds that seem popular since several hundred people look at it every day. So a little while ago, I added the Google +1 button in-line with the buttons from Facebook (2,452 likes), Stumble (35,000 views), and Twitter (147 tweets)... and so far, the big "G's" button has been pushed ZERO times.
Are web surfers just not used to seeing the latest web button, or is this a sign that Google is a little late to the social networking craze?" top
xmas2003 (739875) writes "Since 2005, I've had a live webcam watching my grass grow — another is currently watching a bird nest on my front door — five babies! While I appreciate the 802.11g wireless and Pan/Tilt/Zoom (10x optical) of the 5 year old D-Link DCS-6620g, it has issues, especially image quality. I've investigated getting a new webcam, but except for high-end/security-related gear from companies such as Axis, there doesn't seem to be much improvement in the consumer space as most offerings are just cheaper and USB connected for tethered video conferencing, etc.
I have an 18 Megapixel Canon 7D DSLR that shoots gorgeous 1920x1080x30p hi-def video. While I don't expect that in a consumer webcam, their recently released T2i uses the same chip and sells for $800. And heck, point-n-shoots are a couple of hundred bucks and now many cell phones have cameras built in, so there's plenty of low power speedy CPU's in small packages these days to handle the signal processing.
So why hasn't someone taken a sensor with good image quality sensor, downsized to around 1024x768, and put it in a PTZ webcam package with 802.11n wireless for around $500?" top
Mr. Grass writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft will add rival browsers to settle EU probe. But rather than bundling this on new PC's, they will send a notification over the Internet that will ask all Windows users in Europe who currently have Microsoft's Internet Explorer as their default browser whether they'd like to install a different one and optionally turn Internet Explorer off. The ballot-screen mechanism would be in place for five years from the date of the settlement and feature the top five browsers by market share — currently Internet Explorer, Firefox, Apple Inc.'s Safari, Opera and Google's Chrome. More coverage on Google News." top
Clark Griswold writes "'Tis the season, and once again, wanna-be Griswolds have
deployed extravagant Christmas decorations. One candidate for biggest Nerd Display
Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease that features three webcams
for a live view of 20,000+ lights and uses X10 powerline technology
so web surfers can control it — even inflate/deflate the
Three Wise Men — Elmo, SpongeBob, and Homer Simpson — D'OH!
A Grass Fan (739875) writes "Slashdot's new Idle Section has gotten mixed reviews from readers, but as Cmdr Taco wrote "We hope you will enjoy wasting a slice of your day with us" and what better way to do that than Watching Grass Grow. Yes, a webcam providing live coverage of a grassy lawn that has been running since 2005 that has over 4,000 comments on a grass blog from web surfers worldwide — certainly a candidate for "We intend to fill our idle section with... the very best the net has to offer."
Some of the picture and video highlights are actually somewhat interesting such as the Baby House Finch Bird saga (sad ending) and even a full year time-lapse that shows how truly exciting life in suburbia is. And for those/. readers who are bored this Friday, tune in for live coverage at Noon to see the lawn get mowed.
For the nay-sayers out there, remember that Taco's closing words were "Now go about your day — it's mid August, so I'm sure everything you do is urgent, exciting, and oh-so-interesting."" top
alek (739875) writes "A few weeks ago, there was a good discussion about
Gmail, SPF, and Broken Email Forwarding. So I took the "easy" way out and setup Google Apps for Domains to handle my Email, and have Thunderbird and Outlook (my wife) POP'ing for Email. It works great... except for one very annoying problem — you can't send an Email to yourself. Turns out a lot of people are affected and rightfully miffed by this violation of the "Principle of Least Astonishment"
Specifically, if you send yourself a message (and forward via Google's SMTP servers), your POP client will never get it. This is because Google is "smart" enough to realize that it already has a copy in the Sent Folder, so it doesn't making it available in the "POP'able" area (for lack of better words) for download. You can see it in the Inbox if you login to the gmail interface... but it won't auto-download to your TBird, Outlook, etc. POP client.
Since this affects anyone using POP, there are LOTS of people that have complained and
this thread pretty much nails it.
Note that some folks from Google chimed in to say they "passed the suggestion along to the team"... but that was over two months ago.
Yes, there are some solutions, but (except for switching to use IMAP) they are all kludgy and require the end-user to "do" something rather than just have it "work" as they would expect.
A very nice solution would be a simple checkbox in the gmail interface that would basically say something like "if you want your POP client to retrieve messages you sent to yourself, click here"... or heck, make that the default behavior if you enable POP as arguably this is the expected behavior. Maybe all/.'ers can suggest that!
Doesn't seem like that complex of request (although it may requiring some fiddling of the innards of gmail)... but it would be darn nice (and benefit a LOT of people IMHO) if some Googler could do this as part of their "20% free time" project — hint, hint...;-)"