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+ - SPAM: Mobile Code Talk Google Hangout on Salesforce Platform for Mobile Services

Submitted by beejhuff
beejhuff (186291) writes "DeveloperForce.com hosts Mobile Code Talk Google Hangout on Salesforce Platform for Mobile Services with Sandeep Bhanot, Dave Carroll, and more.

A few days ago, I wrote about Salesforce.com's latest announcement regarding their new Open Source Salesforce Platform for Mobile Services, Mobile Packs, and more. Only two days later the team that put together most of the resources referenced in that post got together online for a Google Hangout and recorded it for YouTube."

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+ - SPAM: Salesforce updates Mobile Developer Toolkit offerings

Submitted by beejhuff
beejhuff (186291) writes "...with Salesforce Platform for Mobile Services. It was only last month that I wrote about Salesforce.com & AT&T releasing a new Mobile SDK, the AT&T Toolkit for Salesforce Platform, but nonetheless Salesforce.com is at it again: this time releasing a serious upgrade to the mobile development toolkits available to software developers wishing to create applications that access the Salesforce.com platform."
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Comment: Re:Google map data, not app, supplier on iOS pre-6 (Score 4, Informative) 561

by beejhuff (#41484431) Attached to: Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

This is incorrect and refuted in TFA.

Apple did not request turn-by-turn in their original licensing agreement. When they realized they wanted to add it to their iOS app, they went back to Google and Google offered to add turn-by-turn but required additional branding in the app as part of the deal.

Apple refused.

Agree or disagree with whether or not it was a good decision, but it was APPLE's decision to refuse the terms. Google did not refuse to allow turn by turn - Apple just didn't get that it was important when they did original negotiations.

Posted from iPad, in case you thought I was a hater.

Comment: Lafayette, Louisiana has 1 GB across entire county (Score 2) 165

by beejhuff (#41432169) Attached to: Chattanooga's Municipal Network Doubles Down On Fiber Speeds
Of course, we call it a 'parish' but there's no need to split hairs. I'm incredibly proud of my community and local government. They saw an opportunity decades ago when fiber was cheap and ran a lot of it wherever they had rights of way for electrical...turns out it was a brilliant strategy as we have just become self-sufficient - that's right, there's enough customers purchasing Internet, TV, Voice through the new fiber to be self-sustaining at this point. I've got the 50 / 50 mbps plan at home, and it's unbeleivably fast. Even better, whenever you connect directly to someone else on the local fiber ring, you get m,ax 100 / 100 mbps speeds. Which is nice since my office uses it as well as my home....X sessions and rdp back and forth from office to house are about as fast as I can ask for... Of course, we just rolled out 1 GBPS for all homes and businesses in the parish, which gives everyone even more bandwidth. It's one of the reasons my wife and I moved back to Lafayette from Austin. I really beleive these kinds of investments are what are going to differentiate communities who want to attract the best and brightest to build and grow the businesses of the future. Our available consumer plans can be seen here - http://lusfiber.com/index.php/internet/pricing-guide
News

+ - Beware The Mobile Tech Jobs Bubble->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "A recent study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sheds light on the business cycle for the tech industry, and if the dot-com bust is any indication, we may soon witness the implosion of today's mobile tech jobs boom. Venture capital firms are drastically reducing investment in the mobile industry, a trend that could render many mobile ventures unable to meet their rapidly increasing payrolls in the near future. And while the dot-com era is remembered for its profligate excess and perks, 'the real destroyer of the balance sheet was the payroll' — so much so that U.S. BLS chief regional economist Amar Maan suggests that many tech entrepreneurs would be better off opening a restaurant."
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Google

+ - How to turn Google back to normal? 6

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google has rolled out instant searches and previews, apparently because it makes searching easier. However, the instant search is annoying and I actually searched faster before it was introduced. Now that the preview option is not the little magnifying glass anymore, it always gets on my nerves because my mouse too often lands on one of the preview buttons and the autoloaded previews pop up.

Google says that "In our testing, we’ve found that people who use Instant Previews are about 5% more likely to be satisfied with the results they click." (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/beyond-instant-results-instant-previews.html). What good are those 5% when it makes me 100% annoyed at the search engine?

Is there any way to disable both "features"? Logging into Google is not an option, because I don't want them to track me constantly. Or is the only option switching to another search engine?"

+ - Reference for SQL data types

Submitted by bob3940
bob3940 (65523) writes "I am starting to use MySQL databases and have found a lot of reference material related to setting up and administering databases but I can not find a good reference (online or book) concerning appropriate data types. I would like to find something that explains each of the data types and some of the best uses for them.

Just one example I would like to find a suggestion for is storing a zip code. I know that in the U.S. that it is either a 5 or 9 digit number and that it is not necessary to store the "-" but in several countries (I'm look at you Canada) they have postal codes which contains alpha-numeric postal codes. So should I store all of my zip codes in text format and perform testing based on the Country?

I would love a reference that covers best practices for storing a lot of the common data that I will run into (zip code, social security, phone number, etc) as well as a general overview of the different data types. any Suggestions?"
Data Storage

+ - OCZ Releases First 1TB Laptop SSD-> 2

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "OCZ today released a new line of 2.5-in solid state drives that have up to 1TB of capacity. The new Octane SSD line is based on Indilix's new Everest flash controller, which allows it to reduce boot-up times by half over previous SSD models. The new SSD line is also selling for $1.10 to $1.30 per gigabyte of capacity, meaning you can buy the 128GB for about $166."
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Science

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

Posted by timothy
from the more-guns-less-crime dept.
cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Comment: Re:A quick idea for patent reform (Score 1) 191

by beejhuff (#30831092) Attached to: USPTO Grants Google a Patent On MapReduce

This argument:

"The whole "software is math" argument is old and debunked. Anything which requires creativity and careful analysis, and the investment therein, is a potentially valuable addition to human knowledge. In exchange for investing in such a thing, there should be the potential to protect your investment from copycats without resorting to keeping it a secret."

seems to support using Copyrights instead of Patents. Knowledge shouldn't be patented, right? Perhaps copyrighted (if published), but not patented.

I'm not sure that "software is math" is really debunked anyways, but honestly, I never found that argument that compelling in the first place. I've always like "software is speech" - it is a literal series of 1's and 0's representing language, right? Just because both humans and machines can interpret that language doesn't make it any less a language. And NO language is patentable - expressions created within that language are COPYRIGHTABLE, but ought not be patented. It seems to me that we can still encourage creativity and innovation without allowing people who truly don't grok what software even is (voodoo magix?!?!?) to completely mis-classify what software actually is.

I know not everyone will agree with me, but for those of us that actually spend all day / night writing in programming languages, how do you view this interpretation?

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