writes “In a recent survey performed by Wakefield Research, it has been discovered that the majority of the surveyed Americans are quite confused about the notion of Cloud, when it relates to Cloud Storage/Computing. The most interesting fact is that 51% of the surveyed persons thought that stormy weather interferes with cloud computing!”
Source: Survey Reveals a Majority Believe “the Cloud” Is Affected by Weather
cylonlover writes “Generally speaking, the vast majority of augmented reality applications that enhance the world around us by overlaying digital content on images displayed on smartphone, tablet or computer screens are aimed squarely at the sighted user. A team from the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT’s Media Lab has developed a chunky finger-worn device called EyeRing that translates images of objects captured through a camera lens into aural feedback to aid the blind.”
Source: EyeRing Could Help Blind People See Objects
writes “Is it even possible to buy technology with a clean conscience? With the vast majority of gadgets and components manufactured using low-paid labor in Asia, manufacturers unable to accurately plot their supply chains, and very few ethical codes of conduct, the article highlights the difficulty of trying to buy ethically-sound gadgets. It concludes, ‘The answer would appear to be no. Too little information is available, and nobody we spoke to believed an entirely ethical technology company exists – at least, not among the household names.’”
Source: Can You Buy Tech With a Clean Conscience?
Categories: slashdot Asia, asia manufacturers, Barence, codes of conduct, conscience, household names, Labor, majority, supply chains, technology, technology company
December 15th, 2011 12:00
How do you spend the majority of your online time? Are you primarily working or enjoying yourself?
We asked and culled your responses from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and we used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments.
Source: Big Question (Answered): “Do You Spend More Time Working or Playing Online?”
Gingerbread is now running on the majority of Android devices. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.
Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well. This is a new feature at ReadWriteWeb so we covet your feedback. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below or reach out to me directly at robyn at readwriteweb.com.
Source: Daily Wrap: Gingerbread on Majority of Android Devices and more
Categories: readwriteweb Android, business credit cards, double digits, Gingerbread, google, majority, promising company, Read Stories, ReadWriteWeb, Sean Carroll, Siri, sweet flavors, Wrap
November 14th, 2011 11:22
writes “Electricite de France (EDF) which uses nuclear reactors to generate the majority of France’s electricity, has been found guilty of hacking into Greenpeace computers in 2006. EDF has been fined fined €1.5 million and ordered to pay Greenpeace a further half a million euros, for what the judge described as an act of ‘industrial scale espionage.’”
Source: French Power Company Fined For Hacking Greenpeace
An anonymous reader writes “Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. ‘When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,’ said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski. ‘Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.’ The findings were published in the July 22, 2011, early online edition of the journal Physical Review E.”
Source: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas
Categories: slashdot age of the universe, belief, Director Boleslaw Szymanski, majority, number, percent, rensselaer polytechnic institute, size group, spread, unshakable belief, visible progress
HungryHobo writes with news that WikiLeaks has started to release a collection of 779 files
involving the detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp
. “The details for every detainee will be released daily over the coming month. … In thousands of pages of documents dating from 2002 to 2008 and never seen before by members of the public or the media, the cases of the majority of the prisoners held at Guantánamo — 758 out of 779 in total — are described in detail in memoranda from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo Bay, to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida. These memoranda, which contain JTF-GTMO’s recommendations about whether the prisoners in question should continue to be held, or should be released (transferred to their home governments, or to other governments) contain a wealth of important and previously undisclosed information, including health assessments, for example, and, in the cases of the majority of the 171 prisoners who are still held, photos (mostly for the first time ever).”
Reader rrayst notes that according to one such document
, if you use a Casio F-91W wristwatch, you might be a member of al-Qaida
Source: WikiLeaks Releases Guantanamo Prisoner Files
Categories: slashdot aacute, detention camp, Florida, Guant, Guantanamo Bay, joint task force, jtf gtmo, majority, Miami, namo, Wikileaks
writes “The Register reports that the majority of the communications between convicted terrorist Rajib Karim and Bangladeshi Islamic activists were encrypted with a system which used Excel transposition tables which they invented themselves. It used a single-letter substitution cipher invented by the ancient Greeks that had been used and described by Julius Caesar in 55BC. Despite urging by the Yemen-based al Qaida leader Anwar Al Anlaki, Karim rejected the use of a sophisticated code program called ‘Mujhaddin Secrets’ which implements all the AES candidate cyphers, ‘because “kaffirs,” or non-believers, know about it so it must be less secure.’”
Source: Convicted Terrorist Relied On Single-Letter Cipher
Categories: slashdot Al Anlaki, ancient greeks, Bangladeshi, cipher, Hugh Pickens, Islamic, islamic activists, Julius Caesar, Karim, majority, Rajib Karim, Register, substitution cipher, transposition tables
After years of being prevalent in places like Japan and South Korea, QR codes are finally showing up all over the place in the United States. In magazine ads, on public signs and even on vehicles, these two-dimensional barcodes are popping up more and more. But how effective are they?
About 72% of smart phone users say they would be likely to recall an advertisement that contained a QR code, according to a recent study by Baltimore advertising agency MGH. Of course, that’s just people who own smart phones, which is only a fraction of the overall population (about 27% according to Comscore).
Recalling an ad with a QR code in it is one thing. Actually using it is quite another. According to the survey, only 32% of smart phone users say they’ve used a QR code. Of those that have, they tend to use them to enter contests or to access extra information or other content.
It’s worth remembering that QR codes only really start popping up in the United States within the last year or two. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to their widespread adoption is simply that most people don’t own smartphones. Of those that do, they may or may not know what a QR code is or how to use it.
For iPhone users, for example, activating them requires one to seek out and download an application for that explicit purpose (or use Google Goggles if they have the Google iPhone app).
Until QR code readers come built-in natively on a majority of smart phones and those devices are being carried around by a majority of consumers, the technology probably won’t have an enormous impact. In the meantime, they appear to be headed for ubiquity. It’s just a matter of time.
Source: How Effective Are QR Codes Anyway?
Categories: readwriteweb Baltimore, Code, google, iPhone, Japan, majority, phone, public signs, qr code, qr codes, smart phone users, South Korea, United States