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Comment: The ol' Ringtone game... (Score 1) 144

by swokm (#23289464) Attached to: Making Free Phone Calls With Google's GrandCentral
I distinctly detect the reek of 'evil'...

Q: GrandCentral users have been able to upload sound files for their own ring back tones. Will this feature continue to be offered?
A. GrandCentral users will be able to choose from a selection of licensed sound files made available within the GrandCentral service, but will not be able to upload their own files.
Knee-capping an existing service in order to force people to rent crappy 1k midi files for eternity?

Yep. Evil, alright.
Programming

+ - The future of C++ as seen by its creator

Submitted by
holden
holden writes "In a rare public talk, C++ creator Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup discusses his ideal in programming languages, as well how he sees the next version (and beyond) of C++ developing. He explains the general selection criteria used for adding new features, some of the legacy of C++, and many other interesting topics. Especially interesting is during the Q&A he explains his views of the embrace and extend mentality some implementations, such as VC++, have taken. The talk is available as an xvid avi, mpg, and other formats."
Media

+ - Dan Rather uncovers flaws in touchscreen voting

Submitted by goombah99
goombah99 (560566) writes "Dan Rather Reports has posted a lengthy YouTube teaser of their upcoming touchscreen voting expose (to air tuesday at 8 or 11pm ET) This is sort of a "60-minutes" style investigation of touchscreen voting. It's apparently not a rehash either. Rather turns up some new evidence such as tracking down the dilapidated plant where the ES&S ivotronic touchscreens were assembled. There they were having a 30 to 40% rejection rate on the screen themselves. Apparently the issue here was a rush to market to meet the election schedule. They needed lots of machines, fast. So plant workers say the rejects got shipped too. The "rush to market" aspect demonstrates an often overlooked strength of the use of open source software with commodity hardware and a multiple vendor business model like open voting consortium. This should be much less subject to single source point failures and has a built-in adversarial oversight nature that might lend some quality control. I just hope their conclusion is not "we need perfect machines and perfectly trained operators" and instead is we need a different approach that is transparent, robust and self correcting in the face of errors."
Software

+ - Imagine Cup winners score $25K for speech software->

Submitted by Julie188
Julie188 (991243) writes "A team of four Thai students beat out 10,000 competitors to win the $25,000 prize in Microsoft 2007 Imagine Cup. Their project is text-to-speech software in which computers read aloud typed and handwritten commands. The software will allow people who cannot read to interact with a PC. Imagine Cup judge Rand Morimoto has been blogging on the whole experience — from his video of the opening ceremonies to how contestants swilled free Cokes to keep themselves awake during the 24-hour, no-sleep phase of the competition. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18087"
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Power

+ - Smallest gas turbine engine in the world 1

Submitted by
SK
SK writes "A gas turbine engine measuring 10 cm in diameter and 15 cm in length, small enough to hold in one hand has been developed by a study group led by Tohoku University, Japan. The group succeeded in running such a small gas turbine engine and demonstrated the complete cycle for the first time in the world. The study group is working toward practical use of such a gas turbine engine as power sources of autonomous robots for disaster rescue and relief, and personal transportation vehicles indispensable in the aged (Japanese) society."
Movies

+ - Russian arctic images 'from Titanic'

Submitted by soccer_Dude88888
soccer_Dude88888 (1043938) writes "Russia faces embarrassment over its flag planting expedition to the North Pole after claims that state broadcasters borrowed scenes from the movie Titanic to "beef-up" footage.

Television company Rossiya sent images of mini submarines descending to the ocean floor around the world in its report about the mission.

But a 13-year-old boy from Finland spotted the scenes in the national daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, and realised that they resembled images on his Titanic DVD.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/ne ws/2007/08/11/wrussia111.xml"

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