afabbro writes: "Favicons may seem harmless enough, but according to Mozilla, they can be pretty dangerous. Some sites set their favicon to a padlock. This behavior can trick users in to thinking that a site is using a secure connection when on an unsecured connection. Mozilla's solution is to drop favicons from Firefox altogether."
afabbro writes: Google has announced it will shut down its Google Hosted Domains parking service, effective in 60 days. Affected hosters are invited to "Google for 'park my domain'" to find a new home.
afabbro writes: Apple says they have a rigorous program of removing suppliers who do not provide good working conditions in China. 'Privately, however, some former executives concede that finding new suppliers is time-consuming and costly. Foxconn is one of the few manufacturers in the world with the scale to build sufficient numbers of iPhones and iPads. "There's a lot of rationalization."'
afabbro writes: "Parapsychologists have made outlandish claims about precognition – knowledge of unpredictable future events – for years. But the fringe phenomenon is about to get a mainstream airing: a paper providing evidence for its existence has been accepted for publication by the leading social psychology journal. What's more, sleptical psychologists who have pored over a preprint of the paper say they can't find any significant flaws."
afabbro writes: GM stated that the 2011 Buick Regal will have the industry's fastest processor: 128Mhz, and 3MB of flash. "Three meg of flash memory and 128 MHz clock speed doesn’t sound like a lot in terms of computing power until you consider the environment these controllers have to live in. Our controllers are made to operate reliably up to 260 degrees (127C) and down to -40 degrees (-40C) for the life of the vehicle."
afabbro writes: "Case had rented a coffin here, on a weekly basis, since he'd arrived in Chiba." Apparently, so do some some of Japan's homeless: Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 houses 700 fiberglass sleeping coffins, each 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide, and not tall enough to stand up in.
afabbro writes: Microsoft will be shutting down Encarta on October 31, 2009. Why? "The category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past." In other words: Wikipedia.
afabbro writes: Fifty years ago, before "Pong" and "Space Invaders," a nuclear physicist created "Tennis for Two," a 2-D tennis game that some say was the first video game ever. Built in 1958, it was "gynormous." "In addition to the oscilloscope screen and the controller, the guts of the original game were contained in an analog computer, which is "about as big as a microwave oven." "We have to load it into the back of a station wagon to move it. It's not a Game Boy that you put in your pocket."