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Comment I thought this was about Android Market at first (Score 2, Informative) 485

As a part time Android developer I'm debating jumping ship too. This article sums it up nicely: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/11/android-fragmentation/ Between dealing with the SDK idiocy of Google, complaint emails from users of 10 different phones all running a different version of Android, and the shitty design of Market itself, the last sentence echoes my thoughts: “I will have to decide then how much return I am getting and if it is worth it.” There has got to be some kind of happy medium between the anarchy of Market and the totalitarianism of App Store.

Comment Re:Paperwork infraction (Score 1) 658

Common misquote of the great Thomas Jefferson. http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Government_big_enough_to_supply_you Please, see that link and cease to attribute that statement with him.

"We have never found such a statement in Jefferson's writings. As far as we know, this statement actually originates with Gerald R. Ford"

Submission Android Dev Challenge 2 Judging Begins->

doojsdad writes: "From Eric Chu, Android Mobile Platform: "User voting determines which apps will make it to the second round. Voting will occur through an application called Android Developer Challenge 2, which is now available for download from Android Market. Android Developer Challenge 2 presents apps for each user to download and score according to a set of criteria, such as originality and effective use of the Android platform, among others. The first round of judging will last at least two weeks from today. Judging will continue until we receive a sufficient number of votes to identify the top 20 applications in each of the 10 categories (200 apps total) that qualify for the second round."

Look for the "Android Developer Challenge 2" app and let's start the judging!"

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Submission Verizon will get Android phones within six months->

doojsdad writes: From the article: Verizon Wireless will get the Palm Pre "and a cousin," the BlackBerry Storm 2, the BlackBerry Tour, and Google Android phones over the next six months, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said Thursday at the Barclays Capital Worldwide Wireless and Wireline conference. As for Android, "we've had some very good dialogs with Google, we like what we see and we will in fact be bringing Android devices to the marketplace in the near future."

All I need now is FIOS to be available in my area.


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Comment Voter Fraud email at George Mason University (Score 1) 1912

An email that reached 35,000 people was sent from the "Provost" last night at 1AM EST telling students the election is being held on Wednesday. I'm sure someone out there believed it. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/11/gmu_e-mail_hoax_election_day_m.html?hpid=topnews

Submission House Rejects $700B Bailout Bill

EvilIntelligence writes: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080929/ap_on_bi_ge/financial_meltdown;_ylt=AryKiVLPR.V1wZw5SycI9p6yBhIF The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering financial industry. Is this good or bad? But really, the question is, what's the next step?

Submission Stem Cells Found in Breast Milk->

Anonymous Coward writes: "It appears as though breastmilk has benefits that may extend beyond infant nutrition. Dr. Mark Cregan from the University of Western Australia reported his team's discovery of the marker for stem cells, nestin, in a population of cultured breast milk at the International Conference of the Society for Human Milk and Lactation. Cregan says that his team "has shown that these cells have the physical characteristics of stem cells" but that they have yet to test to see if "they behave like stem cells." Stem cells are known to aid in the treatment and cure of human disease, but their collection involves the destruction of a human embryo or cloning. The discovery of stem cells in an abundant, non-controversial source is promising for the stem cell community since ethical limitations surround various other methods of collecting stem cells."
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Submission Physicists say nuke shield can counter Russia->

doojsdad writes: The AP reports that, contrary to what the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. officials have been saying, some top physicists claim that the proposed missile defense shield in Eastern Europe could in fact take down Russian missiles. The U.S. has said that it is meant to protect against missiles from the direction of Iran and that Russian missiles would be too close for the shield to have any effect, but after analyzing the available science the physicists claim that the defense missiles could catch up to and destroy Russian missiles.

'The claim by the Missile Defense Agency is not correct,' says Theodore Postol, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a longtime missile defense critic. 'And it is hard to understand how they could get something so basic wrong.'

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Submission Do you know how to use a slide rule?-> 5

high_rolla writes: "How many of you know what a slide rule it? Better yet, how many of you have actually used one? The slide rule was a simple yet powerful and important tool for engineers and scientists before the days of calculators. In fact, several people I know still prefer to use them. In the interest of preserving this icon we have created a virtual slide rule for you to play with."
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Submission Taxpayer funded creationism

J ROC writes: According to this news story Senator David Vitter has earmarked $100,000 of federal money to the Louisiana Family Forum "to develop a plan to promote better science education" (text of the appropriations bill is here. Scroll to page 238). The Louisiana Family Forum has a history of promoting creationism in public schools, as some bloggers have noted.

Submission DRM Drives ex-Microsoft Employee to Linux->

mytrip writes: "A security expert who once worked for Microsoft has said he may dump the company's Windows Media Center in favor of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE after struggling with the software giant's digital-rights management software.

Johansson said that DRM software is not only ineffective, but a waste of money that is damaging businesses attempting to use it to control the way consumers use copyright material.

"How many billions has the industry spent on DRM schemes that the bad guys break in weeks? How many perfectly legitimate users has the industry annoyed and driven away? How many lost DVD sales has it caused? How many lost sales of Microsoft's Media Center software and Windows Vista has it caused because the DRM subsystem randomly decides that you must be a criminal?" Johansson wrote."

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Submission ASUS's Eee PC expected this October->

doojsdad writes: "ASUSTeK's Eee PC is the laptop we heard about previously that is set to compete with OLPC. According to the Inquirer, Sources from a recent Intel Developer Forum have released new information regarding this laptop. Including some specifications and prices. The Eee PC is now expected to be available in October."
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