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Comment: I don't think his comparison of companies is good (Score 1) 307

Facebook never really innovated anything except Facebook. Google innovated search and better email, but has switched trying to compete with Facebook. Apple has always innovated, even if it meant sacrificing successful products (eg: The famous killing off of the iPod Mini at the peak of its success.). I think he is wrong that Steve Jobs was Apple's chief innovator. Steve simply focussed doggedly on whatever ideas he had until he could make them reality, and fairly never compromised. Now if Apple can keep that focus... He is right about innovation though overall. The announcement of iTunes Radio and car integration seems to be more about the spread and normalisation of existing technology. Everyone is focussed on maps and getting people to interact with where they are right now. The technology has to become over-saturated and stagnant and open the way for someone to innovate at the right place and time.
Networking

+ - Remotely Connecting Two Machines for Audio

Submitted by
TFGeditor
TFGeditor writes "Thanks to /. readers' advice from a previous Ask Slashdot ahref=http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09 /28/2153212rel=url2html-31469http://ask.slashdot.o rg/article.pl?sid=06/09/28/2153212> , I now have a PC system optimally configured to produce professional on-air radio programs. Now I have a new problem. My radio co-host and I are in different cities located a few hundred miles apart. In order to give the show a real-time (i.e. "live") sound, we need to somehow connect him and me over the net so that we can produce a show complete with co-host banter, real-time interaction, etc. as if we were both in the same studio. How can we do this? Will Skype or other VOIP applications do this without the result sounding "tinny" (like a phone connection), or are there other apps that will do a better job? Need your advice/help."
Television

+ - No HD in US voucher Set-Top Boxes

Submitted by
pcjjman
pcjjman writes "On Tuesday the NTIA (National Telecommunications & Information Administration) released the requirements and recommendations for ATSC digital set-top boxes that wish to be valid for the $40 vouchers every US household will receive early next year. Guess what? None of the valid boxes will actually display HD signals. S-video's the best video output you'll find, and even that's optional. For more info read my post about it, or look at the actual guidelines themselves, straight from the NTIA."

Planet Discovered Using Telephoto Camera Lenses 74

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the shot-in-the-dark dept.
[rvr] writes "The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) reports the discovery of an extra-solar planet called XO-1b, which orbits a dim star in Corona Borealis every 4 days. To find it, the brightness of several thousand stars were regularly scanned using two mini-telescopes in Hawaii. This equipment was built using commercial hardware: two digital cameras, attached to telephoto camera lenses on a robotic equatorial mount. A team of amateur astronomers helped with their own equipment to discard or confirm dozens of suspected transits."
Medicine

New Possible SIDS Genes Identified 88

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the sudden-discoveries dept.
ScienceDaily is reporting that researchers at the Mayo Clinic have identified two more cardiac genes that could contribute to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). From the article: "In the two recent separate studies, researchers examined caveolin-3 (CAV3) and the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2) and found molecular and functional evidence in both to implicate them as SIDS-susceptibility genes. Researchers examined the tissue of 135 unrelated cases of SIDS -- in infants with an average age of 3 months old -- that had been referred to Mayo Clinic's Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory for molecular autopsy. In each study, two of the 135 cases possessed mutations in either CAV3 or RyR2."

Choosing Careers in Technology? 107

Posted by Cliff
from the tech-without-the-math-and-science-bits dept.
Salandarin asks: "Until recently, I was convinced that my destiny involved a degree in CS, stemming from my love of video games. I've really enjoyed what I've found so far, and I enjoy the art of programming and the study of algorithms. However, from what I'm told, more advanced study requires a strong knowledge of mathematics. Mathematics, much like the hard sciences, are not my interest. Although I'm not ready to abandon CS just yet, I'm starting to examine other options. I enjoy the world of technology more than any other, and as such I would really like to stay here, no matter what field I choose. I am specifically curious about jobs that involve some form of journalism, writing, and/or communication, but I'm open to everything at this point. What other careers are available in technology, for a person like me?"
User Journal

Journal: Some people will toss a friendship for nothing....

Journal by Currawong
In an act of total irony, a friend said to me about a web page I had written, "What drugs were you on when you wrote that page?". Considering he'd just come out of hospital for a repeat episode of drug psychosis and I don't drink, smoke, take drugs (not even prescription ones)....

...and then toss the friendship in the bin over an IRC channel...that has to be the downer of the week. I'd hate to take things too seriously on the net.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: /. lets me mod. Damn, I'll have to think.

Journal by Currawong
I must have good karma or something, I twice got mod points, possibly the consequence of a bunch of crappy comments, and a heap of accepted stories in the Apple section, with the icing being ultra-frequent meta-moderation.

Turning down the threshold to -1, i noticed some of the OT stuff is quite funny.

If anyone reads this, come and chat to me on IRC (irc.oz.org #macintosh) - same nick as here.

Hackers of the world, unite!

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