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Comment: Re:Innovation? (Score 4, Insightful) 264

by Black.Shuck (#46389003) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Innovation != Invention

innovate |nvet|
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
  [ with obj. ] introduce (something new, especially a product). we continue to innovate new products.

So yes, Apple innovates. They innovate on the execution of ideas, rather than invent new ones.

Comment: Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (Score 0, Troll) 184

by Black.Shuck (#46311631) Attached to: Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.

That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.

Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.

Handhelds

Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad? 370

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-only-the-weather-channel-made-a-tablet dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I'm looking to pick up a tablet for my father. He is in his 70s and the internet is a bit of a mystery to him, but he asked me about a way to send/receive email and watch online videos. He is not interested in getting a smartphone or changing his cheap phone plan that doesn't include data. But he is interested in getting a tablet and using the free Wi-Fi that is available in his building. Here is my question: can you recommend a tablet equivalent to those phones with the big numbers that they sell to older people? Does there exist a tablet with an interface that would be simple and easy to use for someone who has very little experience with computer GUIs?"
Medicine

Harvard Develops Drug-Filled, Injectable Sponge That Expands Inside the Body 24

Posted by timothy
from the uncredited-author-j-ignatowski dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Harvard bioengineers have perfected injecting us with a drug-filled sponge instead of just a liquid. It may seem strange to want to inject a piece of sponge into your body, but it does actually help solve a number of invasive problems. For example, sometimes it is necessary to have drugs released slowly into our bodies, and/or some kind of bio-scaffold is required to be positioned so that it can help support a damaged organ or to engineer new tissue. This new, injectable sponge is incredibly useful because not only can it be filled with drugs that then are slowly released, it also has a memory and can be collapsed down to a tiny fraction of its original size."
Censorship

Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body 678

Posted by Soulskill
from the redacted-redacted-redacted-redacted dept.
Onymous Hero writes "Following the recent YouTube video 'The Innocence of Muslims' and the subsequent Muslim violence, Saudi Arabia has stated that there is a 'crying need for international collaboration to address "freedom of expression" which clearly disregards public order.' The World Telecommunications Policy Forum (a UN body) is the vehicle by which Saudi Arabia (and possibly other states) will try to use to implement a global set of internet content standards."

Comment: Re:Jailbreaks (Score 1) 255

by Black.Shuck (#39399919) Attached to: New iPad Jailbroken Already

Yes, I know that Apple removed pornographic and political apps from their App Store. It's their store, curated by their staff, running on their servers. I will admit it would have been courteous to have outlined a full set of ToC's before the developers spent time writing their apps (an especially shitty situation since devs have to pay $100 a year to get into the App Store, although Xcode is now a free download) but Apple have apologised for that now, and admit their curation standards are a work-in-progress. It's not a complete answer, but things have progressed beyond the sensational to the mundane.

Anyway, iOS users aren't really denied access to the content you mention, are they? They can still open Safari and browse to whatever they choose. Porn and political japery are mere taps away. You can even fire-up YouTube and watch video replays of RMS eating his own toe-jam in front of dozens of fellow free-software advocates. It's just that Apple offer a curated alternative. It's like apt-get, except with a nice GUI and a bunch of people who try to ensure no malware gets through.

Don't insist that everyone offering goods in a free-market should be forced to follow your ideals -- it smacks of the totalitarian. If what Apple is doing is wrong the people will vote with their feet and go elsewhere. So far, it looks like the iPad's drought of pornographic and political cartoon apps aren't really hurting the user-satisfaction surveys. Or Apple's bank-balance.

Comment: Re:Jailbreaks (Score 1) 255

by Black.Shuck (#39396261) Attached to: New iPad Jailbroken Already

Just a show of hands: Has anyone here installed an app on their regular computer -- that is to say, a compiled binary that isn't a web-browser -- that allows them to view political cartoons or pornography? If you have, can you vouch for the experience over using a web-browser?

I think it's time for someone to take their tinfoil hat off.

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