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Submission + - Only 10% of Americans are Interested in Google Glass (informationweek.com)

CowboyRobot writes: A survey conducted by Bite Interactive, which collected responses from 1,000 people, revealed that only one out of 10 people in the U.S. would wear Google Glass regularly. The reason behind Americans' fear of Google Glass? They're "too socially awkward." "Overall, what Glass offers is combination of high social rejection with features the average person simply doesn't value over their current smartphone."

Comment Only works in the USA (Score 2) 5

For the rest of the world, today is 14/3/2013. Or, in ISO format: 20130314.

Hard for us non-USA-citizens to get the joke. The article doesn't even mention it...

Comment Re:If brown dwarfs can't sustain fusion (Score 1) 151

I think you're being horribly pedantic. everybody knows the difference between a star and a planet. a kindergartner could tell you. it's only the people who have too much time on their hands to slice these fine hairs even finer.

We use to call those "people who have too much time on their hands" "scientists", or "astronomers" in the case at hand.

Now, think of the possibilities of substituting those "scientists" with kindergartners... A brave new world, I say!

Submission + - World's cheapest mobile phone is worth £1 (techtripper.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Alcatel One touch 232 offers 1.5 inch color screen and costs just £1. Along with calling and texting facilities, the phone also offers a calendar, an alarm clock and a calculator. The phone can also be operated hands-free. It weighs around 60 grams and is perfect for those who don’t want hi-tech handsets and are fine with modest sets for calling and texting. Alcatel 232 is available to be bought at PrePayMania.co.uk for £1 only that is considered to be the cheapest price for a cell phone.

Submission + - FTC dumps on scammers who blasted millions of text messages (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said it has filed eight court cases to stop companies who have sent over 180 million illegal or deceptive text messages to all manner of mobile users in the past year. The messages — of which the FTC said it had received some 20,000 complaints in 2012 — promised consumers free gifts or prizes, including gift cards worth $1,000 to major retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target."

Submission + - Interactive Map Shows When Solar Gets Competitive in U.S. (ilsr.org)

indros13 writes: "A new interactive map illustrates how much solar photovoltaic power could be installed at prices competitive with retail electricity (without subsidies) over the next decade in all 50 U.S. states. Move the slider to see the impact of falling solar prices, as well as the huge impact of current tax incentives.

Full disclosure: I did the research behind the map and I think it's a very useful tool for planning our energy future."


Submission + - NASA: Feb. 15 asteroid fly-by will buzz Earth closer than many satellites (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "NASA says an asteroid about half the size of a football field will blow past Earth on Feb 15 closer than many man-made satellites. NASA added that while the asteroid, designated 2012 DA14 has no change of striking Earth, since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet."
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Submission + - Free Wi-Fi: The Movement to Give Away Your Internet for the Good of Humanity (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "We are strangely territorial when it comes to our wireless networks. The idea of someone siphoning off our precious bandwidth without paying for it is, for most people, completely unacceptable. But the Open Wireless Movement wants to change all that.

“We are trying to create a movement where people are willing to share their network for the common good,” says Adi Kamdar, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “It's a neighborly thing to do.”

That's right, upstanding citizen of the Internet, you can be a good neighbor just by opening your wireless network to strangers--or so the line goes. The ultimate vision is one of neighborhoods completely void of passwords, where any passerby can quickly jump on your network and use Google Maps to find directions or check their email or do whatever they want to do (or, whatever you decide they can do)."

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