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Comment Re:Distraction? (Score 2) 53

If you go to the source at http://www.rug.nl/cit/hpcv/nieuws/touchscreen1 you will see that it wasn't created for teaching math at all (the blogspam linked from the story seems to have made that up). According to RUG: "the initial goal was to facilitate the scientists studying Geographic Information Systems and a research group that studies interaction methods for touch screens" GIS is a perfect application for this technology.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 53

If you go to the source at http://www.rug.nl/cit/hpcv/nieuws/touchscreen1 you will see that it wasn't created for teaching math at all (the blogspam linked from the story seems to have made that up). According to RUG: "the initial goal was to facilitate the scientists studying Geographic Information Systems and a research group that studies interaction methods for touch screens"

Comment Re:IMAP? (Score 4, Informative) 399

Read the article. There is a randomly-generated application-specific 16 digit password that is used for things like IMAP and POP3. If someone gets access to that (unlikely, since you would never need to write it down, and Google encrypts IMAP and POP3), they can only access that specific service, and its not going to be the same password you use anywhere else.

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Submission + - Google Calls 'December Fools' on Contest Hopefuls

theodp writes: Google pledged to unveil the winner of its Google Fiber initiative by the end of the year, but that date has now slipped into 2011. For the cities so desperate to host the project that they even changed their name — prompting an April Fools goof from Google CEO Eric Schmidt — the delay is likely to be frustrating. This isn't the first time Google has blamed an overwhelming response for a missed deadline on a high-profile contest. After backing off of the original vision for the Google 10^100 contest celebrating the search giant's 10th B-day in 2008, Google struggled for two years before finally awarding the $10 million in prize money to groups that coincidentally were pretty tight with Google — $3MM went to fave-of-Sergey-Brin FIRST; $2MM was earmarked for prior-Google-award-recipient AIMS; another $2MM went to longtime-Google-supported Public.Resource.Org; and $2MM was awarded to Khan Academy, a pet non-profit of Google Director John Doerr and his wife. The one apparent exception was $1MM recipient Shweeb, whose mission still jibed nicely with Larry Page's decades-old dream of building a monorail. Hopefully the winner(s) of the Google Fiber will be less about who-you-know-at-Google, although it has already been announced that a faculty/staff housing development owned by Stanford (Sergey and Larry's alma mater) will get 1Gbps Google fiber regardless of how Palo Alto fares in the judging.

Comment Re:Screw "SyFi" or whatever they call themselves. (Score 1) 602

I visited Universal Studios just before Season 3 started, and they were handing out "Battlestar Galactica: The Story Thus Far" DVDs to everyone as they left the park (if you don't remember, that was a 1-hr special designed to get new viewers up to speed that Universal aired on NBC, SCI-FI, USA, Bravo, Universal HD, and Sleuth, and which they made available online for free).

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