Sunday, October 17, 2010

Technical News - 17 October 2010

  • Scary Tech: Voodoo IT support

    October 16, 2010

    Some of what we do is incredibly challenging. Sometimes it's tedious. Usually it's in between. But it isn't magic.


  • ECB's Trichet rejects Weber view on bond buying

    October 17, 2010

    RIMINI, Italy (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet took issue with recent comments on ECB policy by Bundesbank chief Axel Weber, saying they did not represent the views of the central bank's governing council.



  • Sarkozy, French unions fight to finish on pensions

    October 17, 2010

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing a make-or-break week for his unpopular pension reform as rail and refinery workers, truck drivers and street marchers ramp up pressure to scrap it before a crucial Senate vote.



  • Supercomputer Sets Protein-Folding Record

    October 17, 2010

    Nicros writes with this snippet from Nature News: "A specially designed supercomputer named Anton has simulated changes in a protein's three-dimensional structure over a period of a millisecond — a time-scale more than a hundred-fold greater than the previous record. ... The simulations revealed how the proteins changed as they folded, unfolded and folded again. 'The agreement with experimental data is amazing,' says Chandra Verma, a computational structural biologist at the Bioinformatics


  • Mahindra Satyam to develop IT solutions for Kentucky

    October 16, 2010

    Commonwealth of Kentucky has signed India's Mahindra Satyam to develop a Microsoft Sharepoint based document management system for the child services.


  • China urges anti-Japan protesters to stay within law

    October 17, 2010

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on its people on Sunday to keep within the law in their "understandable" anger at Japan, a day after protesters in both countries rallied to claim sovereignty over disputed islands.



  • Some of Chile's 33 to return to mine for ceremony

    October 17, 2010

    COPIAPO, Chile (Reuters) - Some of the 33 miners in northern Chile who were rescued last week after 69 days trapped underground will return on Sunday to the mine that almost became their tomb.



  • 2010 Top Scary Trends in Tech

    October 16, 2010

    Yes, itââ¬â¢s Halloween season of 2010, and our ââ¬Åfearlessââ¬? editors have asked upon the ZDNet contributors to come up with ââ¬ÅScary Techââ¬?, the technologies that are so frightening, theyââ¬â¢ll...


  • Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave

    October 16, 2010

    Elektroschock writes "In an unprecedented move with respect to other forks, Oracle asked the founders of the Document Foundation and LibreOffice to leave the OpenOffice.org Community Council. Apparently there is a conflict of interest, which concerns the Oracle employees."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.





  • Gates: No sensitive info in Wikileaks Afghan papers

    October 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the unauthorized release of some 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war did not reveal sensitive information, but could endanger Afghans who helped the United States, U.S. media reported Sunday.



  • Gates: No sensitive info in Wikileaks Afghan papers

    October 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the unauthorized release of some 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war did not reveal sensitive information, but could endanger Afghans who helped the United States, U.S. media reported Sunday.


  • Modeling a White Hole With Your Kitchen Sink

    October 16, 2010

    jamie passes along this excerpt from Wired: "That ring of water in your kitchen sink is actually a model white hole. For the first time, scientists have shown experimentally that liquid flowing from a tap embodies the same physics as the time-reversed equivalent of black holes. When a stream of tap water hits the flat surface of the sink, it spreads out into a thin disc bounded by a raised lip, called the hydraulic jump. Physicists’ puzzlement with this jump dates back to Lord Rayleigh in


  • Discovery of GPS tracker becomes privacy issue (AP)

    October 16, 2010

    In this undated photo provided by Yasir Afifi, shows a GPS monitoring device he found on his car in Santa Clara, Calif. Afifi took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage. The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identifying it. Two days later, FBI agents arrived at Afifi's Santa Clara apartment and demanded the return of their property, a global positioning system tracking device now at the center of a raging legal debate over privacy rights. (AP Photo/ Yasir Afifi)AP - Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage.



  • The Macalope Weekly: The Device That Dare Not Speak Its Name

    October 16, 2010

    Editors' Note: Each week the Macalope skewers the worst of the week's coverage of Apple and other technology companies. In addition to being a mythical beast...

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  • Move Your iPhone Media Files Freely

    October 16, 2010

    Apple's iTunes software offers a great way to manage the media content you'd like to get on and off of your iPhone, most of the time. But there are times when you may not want to use iTunes to transfer files to and from your iPhone--like when you're using a computer other than the one with which you typically sync your phone, for example. It's times like these when Xilisoft's iPhone Transfer app ($20, free demo with limitations) can come in very handy.


  • Plastic Chemical BPA Declared Toxic In Canada

    October 16, 2010

    Julie188 writes "The Canadian government has formally declared bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance. Does this mean that you'll be tackled by the Canadian Mounties if you stroll around with some bottled water? Not exactly. Being a toxic chemical doesn't mean you can't get a little love. The government will at first try and set limits on how much BPA can be released into the air or water by factories that use


  • MacBook Air: Quibbles with an exquisite design

    October 16, 2010

    A new MacBook Air seems imminent. Will Apple address minor flaws in an otherwise great design?


  • Merkel says German multiculturalism has failed

    October 16, 2010

    POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's attempt to create a multicultural society has "utterly failed," Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarizing her conservative camp.



  • Steve Jobs hosts Mark Zuckerberg for Ping pong?

    October 16, 2010

    A report suggests that Apple's CEO invited Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to his house for dinner and that they enjoyed a back and forth about Ping. But might they have talked of more exalted things?


  • How Do Browsers Scale?

    October 16, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "Benchmarking browsers is a somewhat silly exercise, since scores cannot be replicated on a variety of hardware, and it is not uncommon for even the same system to fail to replicate benchmarks scores, especially in JavaScript tests in two succeeding runs. The guys over at ConceivablyTech have an interesting approach, running browsers through multiple tests on different sets of hardware (including an Android smartphone), and showing the scaling differences between browsers


  • Two of four trapped Ecuadorean miners found dead

    October 16, 2010

    QUITO (Reuters) - Two of four men trapped in an Ecuadorean mine cave-in were found dead on Saturday in the latest accident to hit the industry in Latin America.



  • Hearts heart new mini measuring device

    October 16, 2010

    Miniature atom-based sensor picks up heart's magnetic rhythms and might one day lead to readings more precise than currently possible using electrocardiograms.


  • Why the Web Mustn't Become the New TV

    October 16, 2010

    An anonymous reader writes "This article argues that Rupert Murdoch's bid to own complete control of BSkyB is only part of an ongoing process to make the internet a totally 'linear' experience. The increase in the use of paginated content and the proliferation of video over transcribed interviews are, the author argues, part of a tidal shift from a browsable internet experience to a linear one that will move the user's experience of media from genuine choice to a series of locked-down 'information


  • Nikon's 25 Top Microscopic Photos of 2010 (photos)

    October 16, 2010

    Take another look and it's not hard to see these images standing alone as works of art. Though backed by scientific concepts, these beautiful colors and shapes are written in the world around us.


  • The Ease of Publishing an Ebook

    October 16, 2010

    ISoldat53 writes "This article describes how easy it is to publish an ebook. The author details the costs to the writer for a major publishing house to publish a book and the savings to the writer by self-publishing. He looks to make the same profit selling the book at $2.99 on Amazon as he would going though a traditional publishing process. The book is formatted only for the Kindle right now, but the author explains how it can be converted for other readers, since there's no DRM."

    Read


  • New MacBook Air appears. Or does it?

    October 16, 2010

    A photograph of a possible new MacBook Air is leaked. Is it real? Is it still 13 inches? Is it someone having a little fun?


  • AT&T gets down to business with iPad

    October 16, 2010

    The carrier is pitching Apple's iPad tablet directly to businesses with a discounted wireless data plan, according to a report. That could mean more greenies for AT&T, and a case of the blues for Research In Motion.


  • This week in search 10/16/10

    October 16, 2010

    This is one of a regular series of posts on search experience updates. Look for the label This week in search and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

    Search is always evolving, and we’re excited to share the latest this week—from Google Autocomplete to our fun homepage doodles—as well as a glimpse at what the U.S. is searching for. Here’s this week’s round up of updates:

    A birthday surprise
    Because doodles are such a fun part of the search experience, we thought we’d share a fun little way


  • The more things change

    October 16, 2010

    134 students, 83 smart phones, 8 laptops - 3 of them macs. Sorry guys, but the PC just isn't cool anymore. It's back to the future: the 1980s in this case, this time with different bad guys and...


  • Google Leanback on TV is really neat

    October 15, 2010

    If you haven't tried "Leanback" from Google yet -- try it. You can use the service without Google TV by going here. It's cool, but even cooler on TV.I've always found searching YouTube was...


  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)

    October 16, 2010

    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Nokia N8, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, and the Phillips DS8500 Fidelio Dock.


  • Apple's earnings to showcase one-two punch

    October 16, 2010

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc should affirm next week that its six-month-old iPad tablet computer is selling well despite a shaky consumer market, while the iPhone continues to fend off a strong challenge from rival Google Inc.


  • Intel launches "Free Press" an online news magazine

    October 15, 2010

    Intel is frustrated with the lack of in-depth reporting because journalists have to cover many beats. Which is why it has launched its own news magazine...


  • jQuery Drop Shadow Plugin Revisited

    October 16, 2010

    In one of my previous posts, I had shown how to create jQuery drop shadow plugin. To create the drop shadow effect, I was basically creating a div behind the elements which were to be shadowed. I knew about CSS3 box-shadow property but I did not consider it for the drop shadow effect because CSS3 is only supported by modern standard-compliant browsers


  • Testing WordPress Themes Easily

    October 16, 2010

    If you are a wordpress theme designer, you know you have to do a lot to actually test your new wordpress theme. For example, you have to write articles of variable length, submit comments, write down tags for each of those posts, create new pages and more to see how things look like after you have ample content there on your new wordpress theme.


  • Creating Image Maps Using CSS

    October 16, 2010

    I know creating hotspots in an image map using a tool like dreamweaver is not a big deal but if you ever come across a situation where such image maps are not allowed then you have to re-think about it. If you have ever developed a facebook application then you know image maps are not allowed in a FBML application.


  • StyleTable jQuery Plugin

    October 16, 2010

    While working on a project few days back, I came upon a requirement to make html tables look pretty and for that I created a function in jQuery to style a table by calling that function on a given table. Later I thought of converting that function into more usable piece of code – a jQuery plugin and I introduce the StyleTable jQuery plugin.


  • Creating Stylish Sliding Menu With JQuery

    October 16, 2010

    Today, we are going to create a very stylish sliding menu as shown in the picture on the left with the help of JQuery. Before we move on, please have a look at the demo of this menu.


  • 3D Slides Built with HTML5, CSS3, and SVG

    October 16, 2010

    I've created a 3D slide deck that uses HTML5, CSS3, and a bit of SVG (video). The main idea behind this deck is to be able to 'zoom' into topics to as deep a level as necessary. Slides are nested, like an outline.


  • Digsby Beta (build 84)

    October 15, 2010

    Digsby provides you with IM, email and Social networks in one easy to use application.


  • Scary Technology #3 - Why companies can't be trusted with our data

    October 15, 2010

    Can you or an employer be trusted with your most personal data? Are better laws and ethical standards needed to guide the development and use of new technologies?


  • New Security Essentials update and more Microsoft news of the week

    October 15, 2010

    New Microsoft Security Essentials and Forefront Client Security updates, an updated Eclipse tools for Windows Azure build and the Old Spice Guy -- all part of this week's Microsoft news you may...


  • 100 datacenters here, 100 datacenters there, 1000 datacenters where?

    October 15, 2010

    With a short term project requiring a major federal datacenter consolidation effort, the discovery that there were twice as many datacenters involved gives a whole new meaning to "close enough for...


  • Does cyberbullying exist, and is technology to blame?

    October 15, 2010

    Does 'cyberbullying' actually exist? Is Facebook or text messaging to blame, or just a conduit to the inevitable: people taking advantage of a neutral technology?


  • Going viral: "Concert" on NYC Subway showcases power of iPhone

    October 15, 2010

    Friday Fun: A band performs on a NYC Subway with iPhones as their "instruments."

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