untree writes: I have spent hours of my best online research abilities attempting to find a way to shut off the (annoying) shutter sound on my BlackBerry 8330, to no avail. While workarounds exist for GSM phones (Peek-A-Boo and BerryAnnoying are two), the 8330 (and other CDMA BlackBerries) seems to have none.
So why would the shutter sound control be different for CDMA and GSM phones? Why would RIM make it so difficult to turn off a shutter sound? Was it intentional, as some people claim, or simply an oversight? Is there any technical reason a workaround cannot be made for CDMA phones?
untree writes: A special committee of the D.C. Council has determined that faulty software and/or hardware was to blame for the thousands of "phantom" votes that appeared in a recent local election. This is contrary to the earlier claim by D.C. Elections and the manufacturers that a static discharge was to blame (a claim that was universally mocked here on slashdot).
The report, released yesterday, says Sequoia Voting Systems, a California-based firm, "was too quick to exonerate itself and the equipment used in the tabulation process. . . . To date, the evidence appears to indicate that there was a problem both in equipment (the server) and in the software."
untree writes: The Astronomy Picture of the Day today is an image recently taken by the HiRISE instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. More information is available on the Planetary Society blog, including a description of the paper (pdf) that describes this series of caves.
From the image description:
"Black spots have been discovered on Mars that are so dark that nothing inside can be seen. Quite possibly, the spots are entrances to deep underground caves capable of protecting Martian life, were it to exist."
And for fans of traditional units of measure, this cave entrance is about the size of a football field.