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Comment: Nothing to see here... (Score 5, Interesting) 796

by alphakappa (#39669631) Attached to: Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"
Anyone can register a case for pretty much anything in India. If the police actually arrested the guy, or if he was convicted of blasphemy, it would be worth talking about. Right now, it's just a bunch of nutcases filing a case, not the government. Let's not fall for hyperbole.

Comment: For time-lapses (Score 1) 111

by alphakappa (#33978938) Attached to: Cheap Software Tools Give New Life To Stop-Motion Animation
What has worked out really well for me is a simple Python script that uses QT to generate movies from individual frames. I've used it for time-lapses, but it could probably be used for stop-motion movies too. Of course, you don't get all the composing features of these tools, but it's free and works exceedingly well.

http://www.ecogito.net/anil/2010/09/howto-create-a-time-lapse-movie-from-a-sequence-of-images/

Comment: Re:Two words for you... (Score 1) 479

by alphakappa (#32905702) Attached to: iPhone 4 Reception Recall Ruckus Roundup
Android encourages hackers? I'm not sure what phone you are talking about. If it's the Nexus One, then yes. If it's an Android phone from any of the other makers, what you get is a phone that's just as locked down as an iPhone. Parts of it may be open source, but don't fool yourself. If you are going to hack it anyway, what's the difference between that and jailbreaking an iPhone?
Canada

Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones" 106

Posted by samzenpus
from the big-ocean-long-pig dept.
timothy writes "As places to study what happens to corpses, the Atlantic Ocean is both much larger and much more specialized than the famous 'body farm' in Knoxville, TN. But for all kinds of good reasons, sending human bodies into Davy Jones' locker just to see where they float and how they bloat is unpopular. Pigs don't pay taxes, and more importantly, they don't vote. So Canadian scientists have taken to using them as human-body proxies, to study what happens when creatures of similar size and hairlessness (aka, us) end up 86ed and in the drink."

Comment: Re:uhg silverlight works in linux (Score 1) 133

by alphakappa (#31317712) Attached to: Google Enhances Street View With User Photos
Cool demos are great, but Google has a product that is used by many millions of people at the same time. They need something that is scalable and usable over realistic internet connections. I'm sure that a company like Google could create a mind blowing demo like that quite easily, (and they might have something like that internally), but I doubt if they will make a released product out of it until it's a practical idea.

Comment: Re:WTF? We're doomed (Score 1) 434

by alphakappa (#28642155) Attached to: Recovery.gov To Get $18 Million Redesign
It's easy to overlook costs - the main cost will not be for actually making the website, but for maintaining it. By maintaining it, I mean, actually having useful data in the website. The whole trillion dollar stimulus will generate humongous amounts of data which will have to be processed so that we can make sense of it. Collecting it from all the various agencies around the country, processing it and then putting it up on the website will require a lot of employees and that's where the $18 million tag for 5 years comes from. Don't underestimate the cost of data collection.

I could code up a website that looks like Google Maps pretty easily, but it would take a lot of money and time to get all the data that actually makes it useful.
Google

+ - Dvorak thinks Google is bluffing about its new OS->

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alphakappa writes "In Dvorak's opinion, Google has cast a red herring about its new operating system, possibly to deflect attention from Android which will probably be the new OS, but definitely in order to mess with Microsoft. His argument stems from the fact that the OS has been announced almost a year in advance, which is not how Google normally operates. So what do you think about gOS? Is it a different OS based on Linux + a windowing system, or is it an upgrade to Android which would put it in real competition with Windows?"
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iMac

+ - Apple Announces New iPods->

Submitted by bmin
bmin (945466) writes "Apple announced Wednesday the first major overhaul of its popular iPod music digital players in nearly two years. On top of iPods with more storage and bigger screens, Apple (down $2.62 to $141.54, Charts, Fortune 500) rolled out the iPod Touch, a slim, WiFi-enabled device that's similar to the company's new touchscreen mobile phone, the iPhone."
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Portables

+ - India overtakes U.S. as Nokia's No.2 Market

Submitted by alphakappa
alphakappa (687189) writes "Nokia today announced that India has overtaken the U.S. to become its second largest market by sales, coming up behind China. In the past 18 months, Nokia has shipped 60 million cellphones from its Chennai factory, and they expected it to become the second largest (volume) by 2010.
Quoting from the story, "India has quickly become one of the largest markets," he told reporters in New Delhi, adding he expects demand will not be limited to cheaper phones. "India is not a low-end market. It is a very versatile market in all price points, in all segments," he said. The story also reports that "India had 185 million mobile customers at the end of July, with more than 6 million new customers signing every month, lured by call rates as low as 1 U.S. cent a minute" Nokia has a design studio and a factory in India."
Privacy

+ - US Government Confirms Illegal wiretapping Program->

Submitted by uctechdude
uctechdude (921990) writes "National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell pulled the curtain back on previously classified details of government surveillance and of a secretive court whose recent rulings created new hurdles for the Bush administration as it tries to prevent terrorism.

Among the disclosures:
McConnell confirmed for the first time that the private sector assisted with President Bush's warrantless surveillance program. AT&T, Verizon and other telecommunications companies are being sued for their cooperation. "Now if you play out the suits at the value they're claimed, it would bankrupt these companies," McConnell said, arguing that they deserve immunity for their help."

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