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Comment: access to GPS data from WebApps (Score 1) 606

by lixlpixel (#27214911) Attached to: What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

i'd like to have access to the GPS data from WebApps.
that way you don't have to rely on GeoIP data and relly could customize content and make WebApps location-aware.

maybe a whitelist of sites which have access to the data, or a popup asking for confirmation that the site can use the GPS coordinates...

Robot Interprets, Plays Back Dreams 142

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the ceiling-robot-is-watching-you-dream dept.
foobarx writes "Digital artists have created a humanoid robot which uses brainwave activity recorded during sleep to playback an interpretation of your dreams. The artists, Brendan Burns and Fernando Orellana used machine learning to find patterns in the brainwaves and then matched these patterns to dreams which they remembered having. Others have noted the possible hazards of this new technology."
Privacy

+ - Police issue Death Threats to Man with Camera 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Cops in St. Louis have taken objection over a local man filming their abuses of power, and have responded with death threats, and stalking. The guy they're harassing installed a pretty neat video system in his car after having received a speeding ticket that he that was unfair. What he ended up catching on tape was far worse than a speeding ticket. Luckily the news has picked up on it, so he is probably out of immediate danger."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Mark your calendar: Pretend to be a Time Traveler->

Submitted by Iron Condor
Iron Condor (964856) writes "Dresden Codac comes up with this clever idea for a "Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day" (Dec-08) on the Koala Wallop forum.

"Remember, the only real rule is staying in character and try to fit in. Never directly admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile."
Some of the suggestions include such gems as "Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones." or "Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO" ".

I figured the /. crowd would be exactly the kind of folks who'd get into that kind of thing (I know that I do)."

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Space

+ - We have broken the speed of light

Submitted by maththaios
maththaios (1143779) writes "A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time. According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second. However, Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen, of the University of Koblenz, say they may have breached a key tenet of that theory."
Space

+ - faster than the speed of light->

Submitted by mistahkurtz
mistahkurtz (1047838) writes "
A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.


what sort of implications could this have? it's hard to tell if they really mean that the particle travelled in a (presumably) straight line like a normal object travelling thru space/time, or if it "teleported" from point a to point b 3ft away. either way, (assuming the story is true) the story is interesting, but should we file this with the stories of scientists "altering" or "slowing" the speed of light?"

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Software

+ - Linux tool identifies software "hotness"

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes ""Computer Science researchers at Virginia Tech have set their sights on determining software "hotness". In 2006, Prof. Kirk W. Cameron, director of the SCAPE Laboratory and an Associate Professor at VT, began a project to determine just how much heat software produces. Prof. Cameron and student Hari K. Pyla designed a software tool called Tempest (for Temperature Estimator) that creates a thermal profile of an application and correlates temperatures obtained from thermal sensors in the system to source code."

Read more at: http://www.cs.vt.edu/whatsnews/how_hot_is_your_cod e__2.html"
United States

+ - Congress trying for another database

Submitted by grag
grag (597728) writes "CNET News.com reports that the US Congress, in their quest for immigration reform, seek to force employers to utilize a database to determine a person's eligibility for employment. The Department of Homeland Security would operate the database and would be given access to IRS records for this purpose.

The article also mentions similarities between the no-fly list and difficulties the proposed database could pose to valid people seeking employment."
Censorship

+ - ABC Censorship

Submitted by
tres3
tres3 writes "ABC News is in a running battle right now to censor Dr. Paul and his supporters from their online activities. Their phones are flooded (Call 212-456-2700 and ask to be connected with "dot com". Talk to the gentleman there about it.) and they are scrambling to remove posts that support Dr. Paul as fast as they can. The site in question is changing constantly as people are trying to get their comments reposted. The story is also all over Digg and the Digg Bury brigade 2 3 is in overdrive trying to stop it but the submission keep coming in ( 1 2 3 4 5 6) This stated with ABC leaving Dr. Paul off of their online poll. We have managed to get them to adjust that but he still isn't in their candidate guide so please call ABC's Dot Com desk and explain to them that this is why they are loosing the hearts and minds of their listeners/readers. This is the Internet generation and people want to be heard!"

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