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Communications

Why Twitter Should Stay Out of the App Business 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the hard-to-write-an-app-in-140-characters dept.
waderoush writes "Twitter has come out with some impressive new tools this month — the Twitter app for iPhone/iPad on September 1, and the overhauled Twitter website, or #NewTwitter, this week. But Twitter is late to its own party, Xconomy argues today. #NewTwitter still lacks basics like photo uploading and URL shortening, and apps built by third-party developers like TweetDeck and Flipboard continue to provide more compelling ways to explore the information in a Twitter stream. While Twitter may finally be 'getting focused' on ways to achieve mass market growth, as former Twitter platform manager Alex Payne wrote this week, the company will have a hard time competing with its own developer community — and might do better instead to acknowledge, and focus on, the service's growing role as a general Internet utility."
Image

Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day 178 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-this-job-and-shove-it dept.
Norwegian radio journalist Pia Beathe Pedersen quit on the air complaining that her bosses were making her read news on a day when "nothing important has happened." Pedersen claimed that broadcaster NRK put too much pressure on the staff and that she "wanted to be able to eat properly again and be able to breathe," during her nearly two-minute on-air resignation.
Image

The Real 'Stuff White People Like' 286 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-a-closer-look dept.
Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.
Privacy

Big Brother In the School Cafeteria? 425

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-an-A-in-cafeteria dept.
AustinSlacker writes "An Iowa school district's lunch program asks children as young as 5 years old to memorize a four-digit PIN code so it can monitor what they eat in the school cafeteria - prompting some parents to claim it's an unhealthy case of 'Big Brother.' An over reaction by parents or an unnecessary invasion of privacy?"
Announcements

+ - Florida election ballots to be printed on-demand

Submitted by davidwr
davidwr (791652) writes "The St. Petersburg, FL, Times reports that Florida is going back to paper ballots, but with a twist. They are printing the ballots on-demand, right there at the polling booth. This isn't machine-assisted voting where a touch-screen fills in your printed ballot for you. It's just a way to save printing costs and reduce paper waste."
The Internet

+ - New Jersey Denies Internet from Sex Offenders-> 3

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "New Jersey just passed legislation making it illegal for sex offenders to use the internet. NJ congresswoman Linda D. Greenstein said, "When Megan's Law was enacted, few could envision a day when a sex offender hiding behind a fake screen name would be a mouse-click away from new and unwitting victims. Sex offenders cannot be given an opportunity to abuse the anonymity the Internet can provide as a means of opening a door to countless new potential victims." While they still can search for jobs, this is a major expansion over the prior legislation which barred them from social networking sites like facebook or myspace."
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Portables (Games)

+ - Should Retailers Wipe Used Games and Consoles? 2

Submitted by
Draconum
Draconum writes "For Christmas this year, one of my (much) younger cousins received a used copy of Nintendogs for the DS. However, the previous owner of the cartridge felt it prudent to name his pet dog a racial slur that is highly offensive and not printable on Slashdot. As well, the saved file was not yet at the point at which you can change game settings or erase the save, so erasing it would mean my cousin (or at least someone else) would have had to play through the game's introductory section, all the while being exposed to that highly offensive term.

My aunt, who purchased the cartridge for her, was outraged and felt that the retailer should take responsibility for this. My question is, then, do you think it's reasonable for retailers to be required to factory-reset game cartridges that could possibly contain highly offensive user-created content? (This is not as simple as it seems, though, as many games make it difficult or impossible to do this effectively.) Note that I'm not questioning whether or not they should accept a return, but whether or not they should responsible for literally erasing the saved files before reselling them.

It occurs to me that, additionally, as consoles (Wii, Xbox360, and PS3 included) are starting to allow storage of vast amounts of content within the console itself, on hard drives or flash memory, should retailers wipe those as well? (As far fetched as it seems — or not — think pornographic images, offensive text, etc.)"
Networking

+ - Content filtering for free wi-fi 5

Submitted by Munk
Munk (59689) writes "My in-laws own a truckstop and want to start offering free wi-fi to their customers. Since the wi-fi would cover the restaurant and other public areas, they don't want folks surfing porn where other customers could see it. And as a side benefit, I would also like to be able to block P2P traffic that would use excessive bandwidth. Does anybody have an suggestions for a setup to handle this sort of thing? I would obviously like to use linux and other free software if possible."
NASA

NASA Knows How To Party 341

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the open-bar-so-drink-up dept.
doug141 writes "NASA spends between $400,000 and $1.3 million on a party at every shuttle launch, according to CBS. Select personnel are treated to 5 days at a 4 star hotel. This year alone, they've spent $4 million on parties. NASA asked for, and was given, $1 billion more from the Senate this year. NASA proponents argue it makes more sense to give money to talented, productive people in exchange for scientific knowledge, than spend in on unproductive people in the form of straight welfare."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft fires its CIO after investigation

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "Microsoft has fired its chief information officer, Stuart Scott. "We can confirm that Stuart Scott was terminated after an investigation for violation of company policies," the company said. "We have no further information to share." But according to this article, Microsoft is already looking for a replacement. Microsoft General Manager Shahla Aly and Alain Crozier, a Microsoft VP in charge of the company's CFO, sales, marketing and services group will take over Scott's duties while Microsoft looks around."
Google

+ - Web 2.0 A Bigger Threat Than Outsourcing?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to InformationWeek, Web 2.0 is even worse than outsourcing for IT jobs. The article talks about corporations that have laid off IT staff and replaced them with technologies like mashups and wikis that can help people get things done without involving IT. Most IT people still think Web 2.0 is an overhyped buzzword, but that might not matter: So many Web 2.0 apps are sold (or given away for free) by software-as-a-service companies like Google that people can bypass IT altogether, and IT might not even know until it's too late."
The Internet

+ - RIPE states urgency for IPv6 deployment

Submitted by Bigon
Bigon (881193) writes "After the RIPE-55 meeting last week, RIPE makes a statement that says that the pool of unallocated IPv4 address would be completely allocated within two years in the worst case

The remaining pool of unallocated IPv4 address space is likely to be fully allocated within two to four years.
and encourages everyone to push IPv6 adoption.

We recommend that service providers make their services available over IPv6. We urge those who will need significant new address resources to deploy IPv6. We encourage governments to play their part in the deployment of IPv6 and in particular to ensure that all citizens will be able to participate in the future information society. We urge that the widespread deployment of IPv6 be made a high priority by all stakeholders.
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Space

Origin of Cosmic Rays Confirmed 155

Posted by kdawson
from the just-as-we-suspected dept.
cats-paw writes in with news of research that seems to confirm and support current theories of how cosmic rays are created. The prevailing thinking has been that cosmic rays are generated in the regions where supernovas' shock waves interact with the interstellar medium. The new research used the variability in X-ray emissions from a supernova remnant to estimate the strength of the magnetic fields present in that environment. The results lend support to the possibility of protons and nucleii being accelerated in supernova remnants to energies of 1 PeV (10^15 eV) and beyond. Here is the abstract from Nature.

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