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Submission + - Google shows cell phone prototype to vendors

taoman1 writes: Google Inc. has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications, according to a story published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

Comment I'll go you one better... (Score 1) 9

Some dimbulb sent me thirty-six copies of an e-mail with a 47MB attachment. It seems she doesn't know a) that PDFs tend to be large; b) how to check the file size on something; c) that the Internet isn't like a toilet -- if something doesn't go down the first time, flushing again won't help; d) how to read a bounce notice enough to figure out why the message was returned; and e) that sometimes a big message takes a long time to go out, and hitting Send again and again doesn't make it go faster (or something).

I sent her an angry e-mail because she'd managed to fill up my disk quota (and boy was that a royal PITA to clean up), and she said, "I don't know why you got all those copies. You should have only gotten three. It kept getting returned, so I tried sending it again." *headdesk headdesk headdesk*

I should probably also mention that she sent this message to about 20 people at the same time.

I really don't know what to do about a case like that. Perfessor Multigeek suggested locking her in a room with a computer and a bunch of reference materials and not letting her out until she'd learnt to program, but I'm not hopeful... Strangulation with a length of CAT-5 cable?

Comment Oh, my! (Score 3, Informative) 79

So Google used horizontal partitioning to split load across servers? Wow, that's rocket science. None of us in the database community have thought of doing this before. :-) But, if you want to find some news here, you can. One nice thing that Google did recently was to donate their horizontal partitioning code for Hibernate to the open source community. Hibernate Shards definitely needs a lot of work to get it to the point where it does a lot of stuff that people would want, but, hey, release early and often!

Global Warming Exposes New Islands in the Arctic 645

circletimessquare writes "The New York Times has a sobering article about the rapidly accelerating pace of glacial melting across the arctic, focusing on the discovery of new islands and the fact that this is occurring far faster than climate scientist's models predict. What were called Nunataks or 'lonely mountains' in Inuit, trapped in the ice, only a few years ago, are now in the open ocean by kilometers. Off of Greenland, what was known previously as peninsulas have been revealed to be islands as the ice retreats. Dennis Schmitt, a modern day explorer and discoverer of one of these new islands and fluent in Inuit, has named it Uunartoq Qeqertoq: the warming island."

Game Industry Folks Siding With the Wii 432

Gamasutra's semi-regular feature taking the pulse of folks in the game industry turns its attention this week to the PS3 and Wii launches. From the comments submitted to the site, it seems that many industry vets are generally more excited about the Wii than with Sony's offering. From the article: "'Definitely a Wii (already pwii-ordered). The price point of the PS3 and the lack of enticing launch titles makes me as interested in a PS3 as I am interested in getting a root canal.' — Ryan Conlon, Gearbox Software. 'I am buying a Wii because Sony is too arrogant, from their dev tools to the price point.' — Ed O'Tey, Electronic Arts. 'Wii — pre-ordered. I applaud the attempt to expand and explore game interaction with the Wii. I will not be purchasing a PS3.' — Jim Perkins, EA Canada"

Journal Journal: My Teeny Tiny Technical Writer-Dick 3

I admit it. Not only do I not have very many tools, most of the ones I do have aren't very big, and damn, I don't even know how to use the big ones very well.

(Get your minds out of the gutter. The big ones, in this case, would be MS Word and FrameMaker...)
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: On the Wrong Side of the Loop 2

Hey, everyone.

Boy, it's been a long summer. I spent quite a while hashing out something about streetcars and dealing with my injured arm, then ran out of money and had to spend quite a while herding bureaucrats. The bureaucrats in question were NGO-type bureaucrats, which are definitely the more malignant kind. (Governmental bureaucrats are relatively benign, for whatever reason, largely I think because their funding sources don't depend on how many butts they can cram into whatever
United States

Journal Journal: Streetcar Suburbs and Trolleytrack Towns 2

Author's Note: This is the first part of a series. The material here represents an excerpt from a longer work (in progress) to appear in print in late June. The material presented here may not appear in the final version in this form, and the formatting here has been optimised for online viewing.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Rustin, Where Are You? (Where *is* Rustin, anyway?) 3

(Back story: Rustin has gone to Portland, without leaving me contact info, so I don't know where he is at the moment.)

Rustin, if you're out there, please get in touch. I've got about a hundred questions I need to ask you.

Anybody who knows where Rustin is, could you please grab him by the ear and get him to call me, collect is ok. If he doesn't have my number, e-mail me at shgstewart at gmail dot com.
The Gimp

Journal Journal: It Ain't An Insult (X-Post from ?!ish LJ/Interroblog) 1

As the old Kenny Rogers song goes, I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in, and it turns out the unwashed barbarian hordes have taken it over. A friend of mine just sent me a link to this Language Log post called "A Brief History of Spaz." All this was brought on by Tiger Woods' saying, "I was so in control from tee to green, the best I've played for years... But as soon as I got on the green I w
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: SofC 3

Whenever I eat a tall glass of melonade, what I really want to know is, how the hell can they be elements, huh? The truth? You can't handle the truth, ve'rak ani yode'a ma she'at sho'elet be'emet. Don't tell me what to do, don't tell me what to say, ma zot omeret? Laisse-moi d'etre ta corrida, welcome to the jungle, we got fun and games. Be'agam ha'barbarim, yesh li khaverim. I have been, and always will be, your friend. Home is where, when you go there, they have to take yo
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Geek Prom! 2

I really want to go to this! Unfortunately, it's all way the hell and gone parsecs out in Minnesota, which is too damn far for me. Do visit the yearbook pages and check out the photos of the cute, sweet, geeky lesbians. :)
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: Network or Die! 4

I am inspired to write this post because of my LiveJournal friend Dorable, who posted this entry recently about her employment status. It looks like it worked, judging from the next entry... So, because Rustin's always urging me to be completely shameless, I did one of my own:
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: "Westinghouse'm" -- FUD Campaigns Past and Present 4

Rustin and I were just having a conversion about the (as he put it) "800 pound gorilla in the room," tactics to create Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt in the public mind about everything from software to streetcars. This is not news, exactly; it's the same technique, rhetorically speaking, as anything calculated to create a

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