yowlanku writes: What has a modern design studio focused entirely on technology-based media got to do with ancient thanka art? How is SDLC even closely related with traditional Buddhism? And most importantly—how do you really show cloud computing in a mandala? Link to Original Source
yowlanku writes: About 2 years ago, when our startup Expresiv was still at infancy, we used to pass our days working on UI/UX from a $5 plastic chair (the first piece of furniture Expresiv owned) and spotty Wimax router. The walls smelt of fresh emulsion and floor was begging for carpet (or maybe it was our feet). But our spirit had never been higher because that was our first big shift and our own space in its entirety. During one of such evenings, I was pondering over this unconditional zeal I had in me. I tried to condense them in few phrases
hype7 writes: "Given the recentpublicity about Android and Google, the Harvard Business Review are offering another interesting perspective. They argue that Google runs a serious risk of losing control of Android, as competitors such as Bing and Baidu move in. It certainly presents an interesting possibility — that Android could win but Google wouldn't see any benefit out of it."
yowlanku writes: Barcamp Kathmandu is being organized for second time in Nepal. Though barcamp is widespread concept worldwide, this type of events are rare here. This time the theme of event is 'knitting innovators'. Since large youth demographics are brain drained annually due lack of resource and opportunity, Barcamp focuses specially on promoting local ideas and innovators. Some of the interesting sessions pre-registered are Nepaluino (localized arduino) , crowdsourcing and microwork and messy political economy see stopmotion promo of the event here
yowlanku writes: Christoper Adams tweeted live from TUG 2010 Conference that "Donald Knuth's TeX successor will be named iTeX." Sir Donald Knuth stated that he will make ``An Earthshaking Announcement'' at TeX's 32nd Anniversary Celebration on 30 June, apparently which turned out to be a joke. Satirically he also stated that this successor of TeX will have features like 3-D printing, animation, stereographic sound.
from the and-they're-clever-guys dept.
Trepidity writes "In its roundup of how to choose a netbook, The Economist suggests that users 'avoid the temptation' to go for a Windows-based netbook, and in particular to treat them as mini laptops on which you'll install a range of apps. In their view, by the time you add the specs needed to run Windows and Windows apps effectively, you might as well have just bought a smallish laptop. Instead, they suggest the sweet spot is ultra-lite, Linux-based netbooks, with a focus on pre-installed software that caters to common tasks. They particularly like OpenOffice, which they rate as easier to use than MS Word and having 'no compatibility problems,' as well as various photo-management software." Besides which, does Windows offer spinning cubes for coffee-shop demos?
Marvin the Paranoid Android writes: Google has officially announced Android, a its open-source mobile phone operating system. 'The Google Phone has arrived, sort of, but not in the long-rumored embodiment that many had expected. Google announced this morning that it has developed a new mobile OS called "Android" — a result of its acquisition of a mobile software company of the same name in 2005 — that will allow the company to get Google's mobile apps into as many hands as possible starting in mid-2008. Android is Linux-based and open source, and will be made available to handset manufacturers for free under the Apache license.' Google will not be making the phones itself; there are a handful of handset makers signed on, including Motorola, Samsung, and LG. As Google CEO Eric Schmidt puts it, 'Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single 'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models,'
narramissic writes: "'Intelligent redaction' technology being developed by the boffins at Xerox PARC automatically identifies and encrypts confidential sections of documents. The technology essentially uses partial document encryption, first analyzes basic types of potentially sensitive information such as company names, people's names, and addresses, and then requires approval by the author before the sections are scrambled to anyone other than those with a software key."
lol slashdot writes: Thanks to the crafty coders behind Metasploit, exploits for the iPhone are now available and readily usable, possible through the same flaw that allowed developers to unlock the iPhone.
From the article:
"This week Moore posted some payload exploits and provided detailed instructions for writing more of them. Attackers could conceivably write code to hi-jack the contacts in an iPhone address book, access the list of received and sent calls and messages, turn the phone into a listening device, track the user's location or instruct the phone to snap photos of the user's surroundings — including any companions who may be in sight of the camera lens."
Functionality to gain remote shell access to the iPhone through Metasploit was added last month.
freeopenadvocate writes: "Recently, I moved to the UK and opened a new bank account with NatWest. Having recently installed Debian Etch with IceWeasel (The GNUzilla version of Firefox), I tried to access my Internet Banking with which I was faced with a message 'The Internet browser you are using is not supported by OnLine Banking' and disallowed access.
Having then logged a support call and requesting them to please enable support for my specific IceWeasel browser, I was informed that they do not have a lot of users requiring that browser, and therefore they will not change their system; but the site will work with Firefox so I should switch over from IceWeasel. Being an advocate of Free and Open Software, and not wanting to change, brings me to the question:
Is it ethical to disallow certain browsers from online services?
If I walked up to a cashier in a bank wearing a T-Shirt with the slogan 'I believe in Free Software', and they informed me, "No, we don't like what you are wearing. We will not provide you with any service.", I would believe that to be discrimination. Is my bank discriminating against me for using IceWeasel instead of Firefox?