sidrosao writes: I discovered Slashdot some time ago, and while not being in the STEM field, I found it to be an excellent format to keep up to date, and this for one reason: the comment system and its community. I have never come across a better format of comment moderation. I think this could be copied in the field of environment and development, as the communities around those themes are more often than not happy to participate and contribute to discussions. Are there any reasons to believe that the relative complexity of the system would not work in non-tech related fields? How would a critical mass be achieved, and what would that critical mass be? Finally, in terms of implementation, who could I hire to implement such an idea (I believe the source code is available at Github) and what sort of price tag would I be looking at?
khabza writes: A consumer has lodged a successful complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) against MTN because Apple’s iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular cannot make phone calls.
khabza writes: South African citizen Johanna Ramatsi this year celebrates her 130th birthday. A document from home affairs confirms that she was born in 1883. The centenarian attributes her ripe age to Biblical lessons and eating lots of vegetables.
khabza writes: Researchers at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed a world-first digital laser that could be a game-changer in the field, paving the way for new laser applications in areas ranging from medicine to communications.
khabza writes: 2013s Rocking Web Design Color Trends — Checking out the latest design trends to obtain appealing web design presence? Color palette is one such essential design element of web design that grabs the most attention. Well, 2013’s color trends are sophisticated and compelling; so it comprises neons combined with greyscale and brights to add the right zest in the web design.
khabza writes: Bloggers, news reporters are crazy looking for alternative to Google Reader. I suggest on your search beware of email scams want you to register to their site for the purpose of using you emails to sell to spammers.is signup.readapp.com a scam?
khabza writes: Not anywhere in the world you can find a WordPress website cost R140-million (US$15 366 680) to build, but in South African, Free State provincial government.The WordPress theme used meanwhile apparently cost just US$40.
khabza writes: Despite the fact that we live in the world where technology changes more rapidly than before, the technology companies appreciate this motive by releasing 21 century application but there are still countless people around the world who depend on painfully outdated technology as part of their daily routine. 5. Cash registers, 4. Fax machines, 3. Windows 2000, 2. Floppy Disks, 1. Internet Explorer 6
mk1004 writes: Groklaw has an interesting entry showing ITC Judge E. James Gildea's ruling against Apple regarding Samsung's claims for several of its patents. The article notes that the judge ruled that Samsung's price was not a violation of FRAND, that injunctions were permissible at the ITC, and that there was no patent exhaustion.
Interestingly, the judge noted that Apple didn't even try to negotiate a price using the procedures available to it as a member of ETSI, and instead was trying to use the courts as a negotiating tool.
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