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Comment Re:Down under (Score 1) 94

Hold up a ball. Which side points to the earth? What happens when you drop it? Will it always fall towards the earth? Now, go to Australia. Which side of the ball faces the earth? What happens when you drop it? If you drop the ball, will it fall towards the earth? If so, that's why they haven't fallen off. Now of course, move a larger-than-earth, as-dense-as-earth object near the Earth on the side of Australia and your answer will differ. Of course, the Earth is more likely to be destroyed by gravitational tidal forces due to that before you are able to 'fall off' Australia but at least you'd have your tired old joke. :-P

Comment Accessibility? (Score 4, Insightful) 61

Nice idea and I hope the implementation is well thought out -- designing pictograms that make sense to many cultures is difficult. The other usual concerns also apply -- speaking of which, one issue I see right off the bat is that they're using color as a sole designator in the icon set. For people with red/green color blindness, this makes the set of icons unusable for its intended purpose.

Comment Re:Out there (Score 1) 645

Indeed, from the man who says he won't let his kids use an iPod, comes an appraisal of a product he's probably never really used. And of course, Google isn't allowed either, so, perhaps Android follows naturally. (iPod/Google reference: )

Submission + - Hackers Get Valid Google SSL Cert ( 1

Trailrunner7 writes: A certificate authority in the Netherlands issued a valid SSL wildcard certificate for Google to a third party in July, leading to concerns that attackers may have been using the certificate to route sensitive traffic through their own servers, capturing it and compromising user data in the process. The certificate was revoked by the CA, DigiNotar, after the problem came to light Monday.

The attack appears to have been targeting Gmail users specifically. Some users trying to reach the Gmail servers over HTTPS found that their traffic was being rerouted through servers that shouldn't have been part of the equation. On Monday afternoon, security researcher Moxie Marlinspike checked the signatures on the certificate for the suspicious server, which had been posted to Pastebin and elsewhere on the Web, and found that the certificate was in fact valid. The attack is especially problematic because the certificate is a wildcard cert, meaning it is valid for any of Google's domains that use SSL.

Submission + - Circuitbee: Sharing Electronic Schematics (

derGoldstein writes: Ben Delarre shared his story with Make about the origins and future of Circuitbee, a service that allows you to embed schematics on websites: "CircuitBee is like YouTube for your circuit schematics. You upload your Eagle or KiCAD schematics, we crunch the numbers and create an online embeddable version of your schematic. You can pan and zoom, and mouse over components in your circuits for more details ."
The service is still in alpha at the moment, so there are still a few things to iron out. But if you've ever shared circuit designs by exporting huge JPGs, you should really check out CircuitBee


Submission + - Guido pre-Python (

derGoldstein writes: Guido van Rossum wrote a blog post about a meeting he had with students at Google's CAPE program. He talks about his life before Python: "I was born in Holland in 1956. Things were different.
I didn't know what a computer was until I was 18. However, I tinkered with electronics. I built a digital clock. My dream was to build my own calculator. ... My first program was a kind of "hello world" program written in Algol-60. That language was only popular in Europe, I believe. After another student gave me a few hints I learned the rest of the language straight from the official definition of the language, the "Revised Report on the Algorithmic Language Algol-60.""

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Submission + - The Age of Rage ( 1

RackNine writes: "The worldwide web has made critics of us all. But with commenters able to hide behind a cloak of anonymity, the blog and chatroom have become forums for hatred and bile."

Submission + - HP:the preq-What should Rowling learn from Lucas? ( 2

tloh writes: With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in theaters, many feel we have arrived at the end of a journey that J. K. Rowling started us on more than 16 years ago. Among those expressing their own farewells, Potter fan Mandy McAdoo has written an open letter to Rowling suggesting a prequel to flesh out the stories of the older supporting characters of the series. Might such an endeavor actually work, or would Rowling be demonized for the effort as Lucas found out by messing with a good thing?

Submission + - Linux 3.0 Release Delayed (

JustinRLynn writes: "A recent Google+ Post by Linus Torvalds indicates that version 3.0 of the Linux kernel will have to wait due to the discovery of a "subtle pathname lookup bug." Linus indicates, "We have a patch, we understand the problem, and it looks ObviouslyCorrect(tm), but I don't think I want to release 3.0 just a couple of hours after applying it.""

Submission + - Visualizing TV Dialog Using Closed Caption Data (

An anonymous reader writes: Here's a project where the closed caption data embedded in TV broadcasts is decoded by an Arduino and displayed on a computer in a "word cloud" that is built dynamically. This leads to an interesting visualization of the spoken word.

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It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.