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Android

+ - The time displayed on most Android phone is wrong-> 2 2

An anonymous reader writes: According to astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the time that's displayed on most Android handset is wrong by exactly 15 seconds because leap seconds aren't taken into account. This is a known bug that was reported to Google back in December 2009 that is still waiting to be fixed.
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Google

+ - Google using reCAPTCHA to decode street addresses->

smolloy writes: Apparently some users of reCAPTCHA have recently begun seeing photographs appear in their CAPTCHA puzzles — photos that look very much like zoomed in house numbers taken from Google Streetview.

It appears that Google has decided to put the reCAPTCHA system to help clean up Google streetview images, and "according to a Google spokesperson, the system isn’t limited to street addresses, but also involves street names and even traffic signs."

A large collection of these has appeared on the Blackhatworld website.

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Comment: Re:Everyone should do a LFS install at least once (Score 3, Interesting) 94 94

Ten years ago i was an enthusiast of lfs, and i even made a Makefile for automated build of lfs... It was an extremely fun thing to do, and opened my eyes and made me understand that Slackware was the only prebuild distro that anyone should ever need for home use.
Medicine

Brain Power Boosted With Electrical Stimulation 153 153

Zothecula writes "With the possible exception of those affected by hyperthylmesia — a rare condition where a person has an extraordinary capability to recall events from their past — most of us wouldn't mind having our memory enhanced. That's just what appears to have happened to a group of mice when targeted areas of their brains were electrically stimulated. The treatment triggered an increase in the creation of new cells in the hippocampus, with experiment results suggesting the mice's spatial learning improved. The researchers responsible say the results could have implications for the treatment of memory disorders in humans."

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