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Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha

August 31st, 2012 08:42 admin View Comments

Facebook

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Ever wanted to mine your own Facebook data? Wolfram Alpha is offering you the chance. Wolfram Alpha bills itself as a ‘computational knowledge engine.’ In contrast to other search engines such as Google and Bing, which return pages of blue hyperlinks in response to queries, Wolfram Alpha offers up objective data: type in the name of a person, for example, and you might receive their dates of birth and death, a timeline, and a graph of Wikipedia page hits. Now Wolfram Alpha’s offering a new feature that can spit back years of your personal Facebook data sliced, diced, visualized and analyzed.”

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Steve Jobs Reincarnated As a Warrior-Philosopher, Thai Group Says

August 31st, 2012 08:02 admin View Comments

Apple

Velcroman1 writes “When Apple founder Steve Jobs died after a long fight with cancer last year, software engineer Tony Tseung sent an email to a Buddhist group in Thailand to find out what happened to his old boss now that he’s no longer of this world. This month, Tseung received his answer. Jobs has been reincarnated as a celestial warrior-philosopher, the Dhammakaya group said in a special television broadcast, and he’s living in a mystical glass palace hovering above his old office at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters.”

Source: Steve Jobs Reincarnated As a Warrior-Philosopher, Thai Group Says

Ask Slashdot: Keeping Personal Tech Cool In Extreme Heat?

August 31st, 2012 08:22 admin View Comments

Hardware

An anonymous reader writes “I live in the Middle East. Summer temperatures occasionally reach 60C/140F, well over the operating specs for most consumer tech. Quite a number of work and residential compounds are secured, prohibiting everything from computers to cameras to phones to USB sticks to car remote controls. When I know that I’m visiting one of those compounds, I end up leaving all the tech I can at home or in the office, and only bringing a cell phone, and leaving it in my car. However, “only a cell phone” has quickly morphed into “only two cell phones, a car MP3 player and remote, and …. ooh, shiny… a new tablet… and an electric razor just in case I have to touch up before a party in a compound.” I’m wondering what kind of technologies we have for keeping all this tech cool for four hours in the car. Overnight events might last longer, but won’t be as hot.”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Personal Tech Cool In Extreme Heat?

The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

August 31st, 2012 08:45 admin View Comments

GUI

olau writes “Hot on the heels on the opinion piece on how Mac OS X killed Linux on the desktop is a more levelheaded analysis by another GNOME old-timer Christian Schaller who doesn’t think Mac OS X killed anything. In fact, in spite of the hype surrounding Mac OS X, it seems to barely have made a dent in the overall market, he argues. Instead he points to a much longer list of thorny issues that Linux historically has faced as a contender to Microsoft’s double-monopoly on the OS and the Office suite.”

Source: The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

Java Exploit Patched? Not So Fast

August 31st, 2012 08:04 admin View Comments

Bug

PCM2 writes The Register reports that Security Explorations’ Adam Gowdiak says there is still an exploitable vulnerability in the Java SE 7 Update 7 that Oracle shipped as an emergency patch yesterday. ‘As in the case of the earlier vulnerabilities, Gowdiak says, this flaw allows an attacker to bypass the Java security sandbox completely, making it possible to install malware or execute malicious code on affected systems.’”

Source: Java Exploit Patched? Not So Fast

Going All-Google To Replace Your PC and TV Service

August 31st, 2012 08:15 admin View Comments

Android

GMGruman writes “James Curnow writes ‘Google’s vision of computing involves tossing your PC or Mac and moving to a cloud-centric, all-Google ecosystem. Call it the Googleplex: a mix of the Chrome OS-based Chromebox PC or Chromebook laptop, one or more Android tablets — perhaps a 10-inch model for work and a 7-inch Nexus 7 for entertainment on the go — and a Nexus Q home entertainment system that you control via an Android device.’ So he takes the ‘Googleplex’ for a test drive to see how well it delivers on the Android/Chrome OS vision.” But what about throwing xbmc or MythTV onto an old (or cheap new) box with a couple of huge drives (HDTV’s being glorified monitors and all)?

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DNA Analysis Suggests Humans Interbred With Denisovans

August 31st, 2012 08:33 admin View Comments

Biotech

ananyo writes “Tens of thousands of years ago modern humans crossed paths with the group of hominins known as the Neandertals. Researchers now think they also met another, less-known group called the Denisovans. The only trace that we have found, however, is a single finger bone and two teeth, but those fragments have been enough to cradle wisps of Denisovan DNA across thousands of years inside a Siberian cave. Now a team of scientists has been able to reconstruct their entire genome from these meager fragments. The analysis supports the idea that Neandertals and Denisovans were more closely related to one another than either was to modern humans and also suggests new ways that early humans may have spread across the globe.” wombatmobile linked to an article that focuses on the new techniques used to sequence the DNA of the bone fragments in question.

Source: DNA Analysis Suggests Humans Interbred With Denisovans

NCSoft Closes “City of Heroes” Publisher Paragon Studios

August 31st, 2012 08:18 admin View Comments

Role Playing (Games)

samazon writes “Earlier today, City of Heroes community manager Andy Belford announced that NCSoft is shutting down Paragon Studios. Over 7,500 individuals were viewing the official CoH forums as of 3:00 PM EST, and this thread from Belford, AKA Zwilinger, notes that ‘In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year.’ A petition has already been created to save City of Heroes.

Source: NCSoft Closes “City of Heroes” Publisher Paragon Studios

HP Launches Beta of Open webOS

August 31st, 2012 08:51 admin View Comments

HP

puddingebola writes “HP done gone and released the open source version of webOS. From the article: ‘Gone are the days of HP’s TouchPad and Palm ambitions, but HP is moving ahead with its plans to make webOS, its beleaguered mobile operating system, live on as open-source supported platform. Today it’s launching the beta release… The release will have 54 components available as open source, the blog says, some 450,000 lines of code under the Apache 2.0 license.’” There are two flavors: an OpenEmbedded based version for targeting mobile device (kudos there!), and a desktop build which runs Luna as an application on the desktop (how long until someone writes a rootless version?). More info at the Open webOS project overview page, with source code over at GitHub

Source: HP Launches Beta of Open webOS

HP Launches Beta of Open webOS

August 31st, 2012 08:51 admin View Comments

HP

puddingebola writes “HP done gone and released the open source version of webOS. From the article: ‘Gone are the days of HP’s TouchPad and Palm ambitions, but HP is moving ahead with its plans to make webOS, its beleaguered mobile operating system, live on as open-source supported platform. Today it’s launching the beta release… The release will have 54 components available as open source, the blog says, some 450,000 lines of code under the Apache 2.0 license.’” There are two flavors: an OpenEmbedded based version for targeting mobile device (kudos there!), and a desktop build which runs Luna as an application on the desktop (how long until someone writes a rootless version?). More info at the Open webOS project overview page, with source code over at GitHub

Source: HP Launches Beta of Open webOS