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Comment Re:Tried it (Score 1) 384

2. The article summaries are shortened on the front page, and you have to tap the headline in order to load the whole thing along with contents. This breaks up the site's flow and makes it harder just to peruse articles

Second that. It's also my main (only, really) gripe with the mobile beta site. The summary is way too short. I'd actually rather have either the full article, and the ability to collapse it rapidly just like on the main site.


Password Protection Act: Bans Bosses Asking For Facebook Passwords 247

An anonymous reader writes "On the heels of a similar bill introduced last month. A group of Democrats today introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to prevent employers from forcing employers and job applicants into sharing information from their personal social networking accounts. In other words, Maryland may soon not be the only state that has banned employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. The Password Protection Act of 2012 (PPA) would also prevent employers from accessing information on any computer that isn't owned or controlled by an employee, including private e-mail accounts, photo sharing sites, and smartphones."

Comment Removing people from photographs (Score 1) 146

No wonder they had advanced tools for retouching pictures. The Soviets were masters at removing officials from pictures (after they'd been thrown out of the party and/or sent to the gulags) almost from the beginning of their rule.

Examples here:

Heh... Function follows need I guess.

Comment Chinese cell phones (Score 4, Insightful) 173

The interesting part is that they use Chinese cellphone networks, which leak into North Korea at the border, to get the videos out. (The Burmese opposition also does that, connecting to Bengladeshi networks.)

I wonder why China lets that happen, as it would be trivial for them to ban any data coverage in this area and/or report any suspicious activity to the North Korean authorities. Maybe it's a way for them to put some pressure on their North Korean "ally", which has become somewhat of an embarrasment to them lately.

If cell phone coverage goes down, they could still use carrier pigeons to send Flash drives to China or South Korea...


FBI and NYPD Officers Sent On Museum Field Trip 70

In an attempt to "refresh their sense of inquiry" FBI agents, and NYPD officers are being sent to a course at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of Perception hopes to improve an officers' ability to accurately describe what they see during an investigation by studying art. From the article: "Amy Herman, the course leader, said: 'We're getting them off the streets and out of the precincts, and it refreshes their sense of inquiry. They're thinking, "Oh, how am I doing my job," and it forces them to think about how they communicate, and how they see the world around them.' Ms Herman, an art historian, originally developed the course for medical students, but successfully pitched it as a training course to the New York Police Academy."

Comment Launchpad is just a modern Launcher (Score 1) 580

Cool down everybody. The Launchpad is just the OS X version of Launcher we had on Classic.

During the keynote nobody said Launchpad would be restricted to the App Store and frankly I don't see Apple forcing you to put your apps in two different places depending on whether you've bought it from them or not.

Apple also knows damn well Adobe, Microsoft and the other big software publishers will NEVER want to give Apple 30% of their revenue, they're not going to restrict non-App Store installs unless they want to kill the Mac platform altogether. Maybe in future releases of Mac OS X they'll embark on some dirty tactics to force publishers to be on the App Store exclusively, but it will be an uphill battle: unlike on the iPhone, other software distributions channels exist and are well-entrenched. Also, why would they have helped Valve port Steam on the Mac if they wanted 100% control of distribution?

Comment Re:2012 (Score 1) 102

I really, really liked how in the midst of all the panic, chaos and destruction, all the cellular networks and intercontinental connections are still running just fine, just so that the Indian researcher can give one last call to his family. How incredibly convenient!

Possibly the worst movie ever (well maybe Transformers was even worse). I need to see it again. Drunk.

Comment Re:App Store looks interesting... (Score 1) 827

I would say VersionTracker, but it appears cnet Downloads now owns them and made it as useless as cnet downloads.

Indeed, hadn't been on VersionTracker for a while and was surprised by the crap it's become. It was the one easy-to-use Mac software repository. I would point it out to all the new Mac users when they were looking for specific shareware, usually they found what they wanted pretty quickly.


Comment Useful how? (Score 1) 297

When someone uses Bing's search engine to look for a new car or a book, she can see which ones her friends liked.

Wait, what? This is a good idea how exactly, apart from Facebook and Bing cashing in big on gullible marketers who still think that "personnalized adverts" are the next big thing?

Newsflash: being friends on the web doesn't say much about what people have in common. Parsing my friends' list on Google, I can't honestly find more than 10 people that may suggest things that I may like. They also tend to be my real-life friends, and will give me this information in REAL LIFE CONVERSATIONS.

Pitching specific search results based on user profiling is also completely broken (in my case). I happen to work on two very different topics, and my Google searches for either topic are frequently polluted as Google thinks I am looking for information related to the other one. Which forces me to reset my Google search preferences and cookies every now and then. Also, Google will tend to rank up contents similar to websites/articles I've visited. When researching political topics (which is my job) it gets in the way of getting a clear, comprehensive picture of the issue at hand.

Even for more mundane stuff such as online shopping, "personalized" ads are usually pointless. Case in point: last week I made an online reservation for a hotel in a certain country. Now half the ads I see are for hotels in the same city. Great, except that I've completed my trip and won't be going back there for the next 2-3 years...


Will Your Car Tell You To Put Down the Phone? 349

crimeandpunishment writes with this story from the AP: "We know it's dangerous to text while driving, or talk on a cell phone without using a hands-free device. What if our car knew it as well, and warned us about it? Our cars buzz and beep at us when our seatbelts aren't buckled ... now there are new applications in the works that could lead to a warning if we're driving with a cell phone in our hand."

How To Judge Legal Risk When Making a Game Clone? 270

An anonymous reader writes "I'm an indie game developer making a clone of a rather obscure old game. Gameplay in my clone is very similar to the old game, and my clone even has a very similar name because I want to attract fans of the original. The original game has no trademark or software patent associated with it, and my clone isn't infringing on the original's copyright in any way (all the programming and artwork is original), but nevertheless I'm still worried about the possibility of running afoul of a look and feel lawsuit or something similar. How do I make sure I'm legally in the clear without hiring an expensive lawyer that my indie developer budget can't afford?"

The Last GM Big-Block V-8 Rolls Off the Line 525

DesScorp writes "It's the end of an era in auto technology, as the very last big block V-8 engine from GM has rolled off the production line. The L18 engine was the last variant of an engine that had been in continuous production for over 50 years. The big blocks powered everything from the classic muscle cars of the '60s and '70s to heavy-duty trucks today. From the Buffalo News: 'When GM said last June the L18 would be eliminated by year's end, the announcement triggered another show of devotion to the product. Some customers ordered two years' worth of L18s, to put on the shelf for future use.' More than 5 million big blocks have been produced over the engine's history. The final big block engine to come off the line in Tonawanda, NY is headed for the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, MI."

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