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Comment Re:But how does it sound? (Score 1) 315 315

That's OK, the first time I heard someone pronounce it with a hard "G", I had no idea what they meant.

Outside of common (mis-)usage, there isn't any doubt about the correct pronunciation, as it is specificied in the 1987 document defining the format. It's "Jif", as in "jiffy".

If someone tells you their name is spelled Qwerty, and it's pronounced "Fred", then it's pronounced "Fred"

Robotics

Submission + - Rewriting Asimov's Laws of Robotics-> 1 1

Science_Writer writes: "When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Responsible Robotics," he forever changed the way humans think about artificial intelligence, and inspired generations of engineers to take up robotics. In the current issue of journal IEEE Intelligent Systems, two engineers propose alternative laws to rewrite our future with robots. http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/roblaw.htm"
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Cellphones

Apple Planning Video-Call iPhone 268 268

An anonymous reader writes "The recently awarded iPhone patent contains hidden claims which indicate Apple is planning to bring video calling and recording features to the iPhone, according to InfoWeek blogger Alex Wolfe. Buried within the 'embodiments' section of patent number 7,479,949 is this: 'In some embodiments, the functions may include telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing.' Wolfe also cites language indicating Apple is aware that having a rear-facing camera is an impediment towards video calls (and also taking pictures of yourself.): 'In some embodiments, an optical sensor is located on the front of the device so that the user's image may be obtained for videoconferencing while the user views the other video conference participants on the touch screen display.' Screen caps of the patent drawing are also available."
Cellphones

(Useful) Stupid BlackBerry Tricks? 238 238

Wolfger writes "Continuing the recent (useful) stupid theme: I've recently become a BlackBerry user, and I'm in love with the obvious(?) tricks, such as installing MidpSSH to access my home box remotely. But I'd like to know what more experienced Crackberry addicts can share."
The Internet

Submission + - Usenet is dying - what next?

fotoguzzi writes: I'm not a power user, but Usenet made me feel like one. By traversing topic trees or keyword searching Google Groups, I was often delighted to learn that my wide-ranging quests had already been answered, or at least I could find an audience receptive to those questions. This seems no longer true for Usenet, and Google searches of the entire Internet do not seem to uncover similar sects. Has anyone adequately explained the fall of Usenet? Is there a new, improved way to find and communicate with scattered peoples who share a common interest?

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