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First Look At Palm's Mojo SDK 128

Posted by timothy
from the commodity-bits-making-a-new-whole dept.
snydeq writes "Peter Wayner puts Palm's Mojo SDK through its paces and finds the general outline of the system solid and usable despite 'numerous rough edges and dark, undocumented corners.' The main draw, of course, is the reliance on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which lower the barriers to entry, though with Mojo, HTML and JavaScript do at times work against each other, with JavaScript occasionally 'wiping out anything you do with HTML.' But more than anything, Wayner sees the current version of Mojo as 'merely the start of access to a very fertile platform. 'Developers are actively digging into the Linux foundations of the Pre and finding they can build tools that work with the raw guts of the machine. Some are talking about writing Java services underneath,' Wayner writes, pointing to sites such as PalmOpenSource.com and PreCentral.net that are cataloging dozens of apps that come complete with the source code. 'I know people are doing similar things with the iPhone — such as selling the source to people who must install it themselves — but the entire scene emerging around Palm has a much more organic and creative vibe. It's not getting hung up on parsing and reparsing the App Store rules.'"
The Internet

Searching Google, Where Internet Access is Scarce 130

Posted by timothy
from the guessing-isn't-quite-a-substitute dept.
Internet searching means that finding information mundane, obscure, or fantastically useful is just a few keystrokes away — but not if you're without a connection to the Internet (or can't read), both the norm for many of the world's poor. itwbennett writes "Rose Shuman developed a contraption for this under-served population called Question Box that is essentially a one-step-removed Internet search: 'A villager presses a call button on a physical intercom device, located in their village, which connects them to a trained operator in a nearby town who's sitting in front of a computer attached to the Internet. A question is asked. While the questioner holds, the operator looks up the answer on the Internet and reads it back. All questions and answers are logged. For the villager there is no keyboard to deal with. No complex technology. No literacy issues.' This week, Jon Gosier, of Appfrica, launched a web site called World Wants to Know that displays the QuestionBox questions being asked in real time. As Jon put it, it's allowing 'searching where Google can't.' And providing remarkable insight into the real information needs of off-the-grid populations."

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 2, Informative) 355

by blues_shuffle (#28238723) Attached to: Microsoft's Bing Refuses Search Term "Sex" In India
Gender and sex are not synonymous when discussing discrimination. There is a sharp distinction between sexual discrimination and gender discrimination. As an example, sexual discrimination would be something like "you must have a penis to be in management," whereas gender discrimination is when a male that identifies (and thus dresses) as a woman gets harassed when entering a public restroom.

And I don't know if snakes really have gender.

Comment: Re:Fragility (Score 1) 117

by blues_shuffle (#25523351) Attached to: 100x Denser Chips Possible With Plasmonic Nanolithography

Finally, you have to worry about inductors to a lesser extent. Current inductors aren't quite good enough, but we're working on that too =) Nanoscale metallic alloys are definitely the way to go.

Now my experience with electronics is quite brief at best, but I was under the impression that inductors were specifically avoided in electronic circuitry for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that they tend to be bulky. This is not a big problem because the effects of an inductor can be simulated with an RC circuit.
Is this a typo, or is there some reason why they use inductors on nano-scale circuits (where the size issue would be even more pronounced)?

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