coffeeisclassy writes: A collection of ycombinator companies have gotten together to finally kill IE6. Just how successful they will be is questionable, given that (for at least Digg) the majority of IE6 users can't change. The hope is, with increased pressure, IT departments may finally migrate away from the headache inducing browser which is IE6, allowing web-developers to focus on making things rather than supporting ancient browsers. Who knows, perhaps FireFox will gain some market share too:)
coffeeisclassy writes: Google's second Android Developer Contest (ADC2) has started, despite some confusion around how to submit applications. The prizes are different from the first ADC, with each category having prizes of 100k, 50k, and 25k and an overall best of 150k,50k and 25k, meaning the best Android application from ADC2 is eligible for ~250k. The rules seem to allow any application never published before August 1st to compete and is open through the end of August (so break out your keyboards!). The top prizes are certainly less than that of first ADC, but with the prizes broken down by category Google may be hoping to inspire some love for less popular categories. While some other developers are waiting to find out to submit, one developer has moved ahead and released one of there entires Pigs Can Fly Site Monitor (also on Google Market for those with Androids). So if you've been waiting for an excuse to start a new side-project, here you have it:)
coffeeisclassy writes: Despite all of the difficulties surrounding the OpenMoko platform, commercial application development appears to be continuing. DeviceScape has been ported to the OpenMoko, allowing OpenMoko users to seamlessly sign on to wi-fi networks with custom sign on requirements (like Boingo & Starbucks), a much needed feature given the lack of 3G support on the FreeRunner.
wjousts writes: Chemical and Engineering News is reporting that more than 3,500 protein crystal samples were destroyed in a deliberate act of vandalism at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA. The laboratory performs x-ray crystallography to elucidate protein structures and although at least some data had be collected on most of the samples, about 120 samples had were new and had not be analyzed yet. It may take weeks to months to recreate the lost samples.
Both the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating.
tiffanydanica writes: For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit.Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!)for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing.