Sunday, October 3, 2010

Technical News - 03 October 2010

  • What Microsoft wants from Google

    October 3, 2010

    Who is the real target of all this FUD? The guess here is it's the cellular carriers, not Motorola or HTC at all.


  • US warns Americans to be vigilant when in Europe (AP)

    October 3, 2010

    Police officers patrol through the crowd at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. The Obama administration is warning Americans about potential terrorist threats in Europe and urging U.S. citizens to be extra vigilant when they're in public places such as tourist spots and transportation hubs. The State Department on Sunday came out with a travel alert for Europe that advises U.S. citizens living or traveling there to take more precautions about their personal security. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)AP - The Obama administration on Sunday warned Americans of potential terrorist threats in Europe and urged them to be vigilant in public places, including tourist spots and transportation hubs.



  • The Science of Truthiness

    October 3, 2010

    E IS mC(Square) writes "Researchers at Indiana University have just launched Truthy.indiana.edu, which they humbly declare 'a sophisticated new Twitter-based research tool that combines data mining, social network analysis and crowdsourcing to uncover deceptive tactics and misinformation leading up to the Nov. 2 elections.' According to their FAQ, they define 'truthy' thus: 'A truthy meme relies on deceptive tactics to represent misinformation as fact. The Truthy system uses Truthy to refer to activities


  • State Department advises on possible attacks in Europe

    October 3, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department on Sunday issued an alert to warn American tourists of the potential for attacks by al-Qaeda and other groups in Europe.



  • Lula's pick favored as Brazil votes for president

    October 3, 2010

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilians began voting on Sunday and are expected to place their trust in President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by handing his hand-picked successor a convincing win, possibly big enough to avoid a runoff vote.



  • Gears of War 3 Delayed

    October 3, 2010

    Epic Games admits the next game in the series is unlikely to ship until late 2011.

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  • Google acquires mobile typing start-up BlindType

    October 3, 2010

    You're not the only one dissatisfied with typing on mobile phones. Google buys a start-up that hopes to make things better.


  • No talks until Israel halts settlements: PLO

    October 3, 2010

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Direct talks with Israel will not resume unless it halts the building of Jewish settlements on occupied land, the Palestinian leadership said on Saturday.



  • Software Theft a Problem For Actual Thieves, Too

    October 3, 2010

    Velcroman1 writes "Pity the criminal mastermind. After all, he's a victim too, reports FoxNews.com. Despite the sophisticated DRM baked into the ZeuS bot to protect it from theft, that's exactly what has happened. 'ZeuS is actually being pirated, so you can get all the versions for free,' said Roel Schouwenberg, senior anti-virus researcher with security software firm Kaspersky Labs. 'They introduced a hardware-based activation process similar to Windows activation, to make sure only one purchased


  • Why non-developers should not touch framework code

    October 3, 2010

    When I roam around the open Internet I sometimes find myself in front of nasty surprises. No, I don't mean what you think... I see code written so badly which, despite the author's best intentions, manages to somehow introduce more problems than the single problem it tried to tackle. One such case was a set of patches regarding alternative layouts about to make it in Joomla! 1.6. Since the author


  • Echo Versus Print(f)

    October 3, 2010

    An analysis of PHP's echo, print, and printf commands.


  • PHP Dark Arts: Multi-Processing (Part 1)

    October 3, 2010

    One of those things that you are bound to learn about if you go through a computer science degree is process control. Process control usually comes up slowly and then bites you in the ass REALLY hard during operating systems courses.


  • TV industry show hails smartphone, Facebook era (AFP)

    October 2, 2010

    A customer checks an iPad at a store in Shanghai. Internet-based TV viewing, the arrival of Apple's iPad and the proliferation of smartphones are set to ring in a new era of connected entertainment, industry experts predict.(AFP/File/Philippe Lopez)AFP - Internet-based TV viewing, the arrival of Apple's iPad and the proliferation of smartphones are set to ring in a new era of connected entertainment, industry experts predict.



  • Climate talks put top emitter China in hot seat

    October 2, 2010

    TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - The world's top greenhouse polluter hosts week-long U.N. climate talks from Monday aimed at sealing a broader pact to fight global warming and helping poorer nations with money and clean-energy technology.



  • Twitter To Start Selling Followers

    October 2, 2010

    Ellie K writes "While not quite as bad as it sounds, Twitter will soon be identifying followers with certain interests based on the content of their Twitter usage, and then providing this info to advertisers. Twitter is already selling sponsored Tweets for $100K or more. These reader comments captured the disquieting feeling I have: 'Twitter selling followers? Will that be the same as Google selling top position in SERP?' and 'I wonder when Facebook will start to sell friends.' Advertisers will


  • TortoiseSVN 1.6.11

    October 2, 2010

    TortoiseSVN is a really easy to use Revision control / version control / source control software for Windows. It is based on Subversion. TortoiseSVN provides a nice and easy user interface for Subversion.


  • Norton Internet Security Suite 2011

    October 2, 2010

    Impressive suite that has all the necessary security measures in place


  • EVs In the Spotlight At West Coast Green Conference

    October 2, 2010

    DeviceGuru writes "Electric vehicles were prominent among the 'hot products' showcased at West Coast Green in San Francisco this week. The event's product expo featured an assortment of preproduction units, prototypes, and concept models based on two-, three-, and four-wheel designs, along with several of the vehicles' creators. Specifically, the EVs and plug-in hybrids that participated in the show included Wheego's Whip, Saba's Carbon Zero Roadster, Green Lite's three-wheeled plug-in hybrid, Brammo


  • Big crowd gathers for liberal rally in Washington

    October 2, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people rallied near the Lincoln Memorial in the U.S. capital on Saturday as liberal groups attempted to energize their base a month before pivotal congressional elections.



  • Housekeeper fracas mars California governor debate

    October 2, 2010

    FRESNO, California (Reuters) - California's first Spanish-language debate in the race for governor turned into an angry exchange on Saturday when Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown traded charges of lies and deception over the case of an illegal immigrant who used to work for Whitman.



  • Brown box design: Recompute offers PCs built with cardboard cases

    October 2, 2010

    Usually you take your new PC out of the cardboard box in which it was shipped. But a company called Recompute is building systems that stay in the cardboard box. That's because they are...


  • Minnesota Moving To Microsoft's Cloud

    October 2, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "The State of Minnesota is apparently the first state to move into the cloud, agreeing on a deal to have their messaging and collaboration services delivered through Microsoft's Business Online Productivity Suite. The thing the article doesn't tell you in detail is that the agreement precludes the use of open source software, which could have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. And once such a large organization goes Microsoft, it's difficult to go back. Isn't it


  • Twitter therapy?

    October 2, 2010

    Could social games help people suffering from insomnia?


  • iPhone vs. Original Mac: a Teardown Showdown

    October 2, 2010

    Frustrated with your smartphone's limitations? Oh, how far we've come. Here's how the iPhone 4 stacks up against the original desktop Mac.

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  • Microsoft's case against Motorola won't hurt Google, Android or Linux

    October 2, 2010

    Microsoft has filed a major patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola -- and indirectly, Google, Linux and open source.The software giant's case against Motorola's Android devices won't slow...


  • Creative Commons Video Challenges Hollywood's Best

    October 2, 2010

    Supercharged_Z06 writes "A short film entitled Sintel was released by the Blender Foundation under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (YouTube link). It was created by an international team of artists working collaboratively using a free, open source piece of 3D rendering software called Blender. No Hollywood studio was involved in its making. Pretty remarkable what can be generated these days with open source software and some dedicated, creative talent. If a short film of this quality


  • Look, an iPhone being charged by an umbilical cord

    October 2, 2010

    Japanese artist Mio I-Zawa creates a different kind of charging cable for your iPhone. It's a pulsating, wriggling umbilical cord, complete with strange squealing noises.


  • SOA help control runaway higher education costs? Just a thought

    October 2, 2010

    Perhaps the costs associated with the complexity of institutions' outmoded back-end systems have something to do with ridiculous tuition costs. Well, a little bit of it.


  • Ellison 'speechless' on HP CEO choice? Right.

    October 2, 2010

    And right on cue, here come the Larry Ellison theatrics over Hewlett-Packard's appointment of former SAP chief Léo Apotheker as its new CEO.


  • Assessing the PlayBook's threat to the iPad

    October 2, 2010

    RIM is touting one potentially big advantage that its PlayBook tablet has over the iPad. It's still a big if, but it warrants a closer look.


  • How robotic seals may help elderly

    October 2, 2010

    Researchers in Japan have developed a robot in the shape of a seal that they say can provide physical and emotional support to the sick and elderly.


  • Microsoft hopes to bury iPhone, Android

    October 2, 2010

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Last month, a few hundred Microsoft Corp employees acted out their fantasy with a mock funeral for Apple Inc's iPhone at its Redmond, Washington campus.


  • A guy called Joe

    October 2, 2010

    The world's best advice: "if it doesn't work, stop doing it", applies to mergers as much as to government - and ignoring it was probably Sun's single biggest mistake.


  • At home with Charlie Brown and the 'Peanuts' gang (photos)

    October 2, 2010

    Road Trip at Home: For the 60th anniversary of the famous comic, CNET's Daniel Terdiman visits the Charles M. Schulz Museum.


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    October 2, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the HP Envy 17 laptop, the Canon PowerShot S95 camera, the 88Volts Dropcam Echo Wi-Fi Security Camera, and more.


  • Porn studios to subpoena accused file sharers

    October 2, 2010

    A law firm in West Virginia will demand that ISPs hand over the records of customers accused of violating the copyrights of porn studios.


  • Celebrating 60 years of 'Peanuts'

    October 2, 2010

    Road Trip at Home: On Saturday, the famous cartoon turns 60 years old. CNET's Daniel Terdiman visited the Charles M. Schulz museum to check out its classic archives and new exhibits.


  • Autos would get up to 62mpg under U.S. plan

    October 2, 2010

    Carmakers would have to nearly double fleet efficiency by 2025 under most ambitious scenario of a government outlook on fuel economy and emissions released yesterday.


  • Mission to search for alien life in outer atmosphere

    October 2, 2010

    Life from outer space could be surviving on the outer fringes of the Earth's atmosphere, according to scientists who are to launch a mission to search for bacteria that could be living there.


  • Hey Larry (Ellison), worry about your own stuff before firing barbs

    October 1, 2010

    As night follows day, Oracle's Larry Ellison fires barbs at H-P's Leo Apotheker's appointment as CEO H-P. It is both tasteless and pointless.


  • Companies, processes and technology behind Indiaââ¬â¢s UID project, Aadhaar

    October 1, 2010

    The companies and the equipment being used for India's UID project and the procedure to get one.


  • Mercedes-Benz puts new electric car into production

    October 2, 2010

    Mercedes-Benz showed off its new E-Cell electric car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.


  • Now, 'Monetization as a Service'

    October 1, 2010

    Finding revenue for online services can be a game changer.


  • Hierarchical data with PHP and jQuery

    October 2, 2010

    Demo here (go ahead and submit the form as much as you like, it will keep pre-populating with the data you submit).


  • jQuery Alert Dialogs Plug-in

    October 2, 2010

    When you want to alert the user in the client side of a web application probably you are embarrassed (or you don’t give a damn) when you use Javascript built-in alerts. I know I do. Javascript built-in alerts are very ugly IMHO and therefore I try to use alternatives instead. In this post I’ll show a very useful alternative that I’ve been using lately in more then one project – the jQuery Alert D

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