Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.
Damn, why does it have to be so good and start falling into place now that the show’s been cancelled? That’s so rude.
I swear not to complain if it does start raining for a whole week. Psych.
(Can’t bring myself to end on an exclamation point.)
According to thermodynamics an open bottle should stay cooler than a closed one. But would the difference be noticeable by a human mouth?
Conundrum: If I back up more often because heat makes me worried about my hard drives, it’s gonna make some of them fail that much sooner.
That’s the iPhone app EA needs to make: one that overlays Sims-like widgets onto photos.
Security researcher Charlie Miller has revealed that Apple is working on a patch for a security flaw he identified in the iPhone’s SMS implementation. The flaw can actually lead to arbitrary code execution, as he explained to Ars last month. […]
The iPhone can be instructed to execute SMS data as code instead of text, and when it executes the code it does so with root privileges and without any interaction from the user.
Wow. That’s completely unacceptable — unlike a browser vulnerability (where you can switch browsers or at least avoid shady websites), or even a port that’s open to probing on Windows (where you can hide behind a router), there is absolutely no workaround for that kind of thing, short of removing the SIM card and turning your iPhone into an iPod touch. How in hell does an iPhone end up running SMS data as root-level code?
(I’d rather the article had an official Apple quote, but I’ll assume a security researcher wouldn’t burn themselves by bragging about such a thing without grounds.)
Uh, yeah. It looks pretty but rather empty; it’s certainly not as impressive as God of War 3, but at least it’ll run on my 360. (If I keep it off all summer so it doesn’t fry.)
If you use copy-and-paste instead of the “Email Photo” button in the Camera app, you can email the full-resolution version of the photo.
That’s… just weird.
Am I really the only one who hates how the copy and paste interface has made the iPhone’s magnifying glass horribly fidgety?
Does iTunes ignore qtz visualizers on a Mac mini with integrated GPU, or am I doing something wrong?
Kinetic road plates will soon power checkouts at a Sainsbury supermarket in Gloucester in the UK. Each time a vehicle drives over the plates in the parking lot, kinetic energy is converted into electricity and transferred back into the store.
Not new, but I just realized: you can’t call “green” something that produces energy by increasing the gas consumption of each car that goes through the parking lot, however infinitesimally.
Quantum mechanics strike me as heaps of bullshit piled upon a probability geek’s thought experiment. Wavefunction collapse shmollapse.
Damn, what a stupid little boy — some future king he is.
Only the mother’s scene made this episode worth watching. (And what’s with getting rid of xxxx so quickly? They scrambled to speed the story up before the end of the season, didn’t they?)
The original CompuServe user IDs consisted of seven octal digits in the form 7xxxx,xx - a legacy of PDP-10 architecture
Ooh. You know what? If you’re going to give your users a numeric ID, octal makes great sense — you only lose two numbers, and it’s computationally much cheaper to convert from the ID string to octal than to a binary representation of decimal.
(Also, I’m frustrated I can’t remember what my CompuServe ID was.)
While we have yet to see a second report of such extreme wear in such a short time, iLounge editors have found previous products with oleophobic coating—such as sunglasses—to be problematic, with the coating coming off with as little as contact with certain types of water.
I half-expected that. An oleophobic coating sounds like something that ought to be hard to make stick to a pane of glass.
Uh oh: “no unread items.” Now what am I supposed to do?
I’ve waited so long for this moment, I’ve gotten so used to the idea that the app would never be approved for the App Store, that I now have no idea what to do next.
It’s unbelievable, but here it is: Apple has finally approved the Web is Pink app, which gives you direct access to, like, the best gay chat ever, right there on your iPhone.
It’s free, you don’t need an e-mail address to sign up from the app, it uses your phone’s geolocation capabilities to show who’s nearby, it’s connected with the awesome regular version of the site, it lets you upload photos and everything you need, and did I mention it’s the best gay chat in the world?
Spent the night proving the quantum mechanics of How I Met Your Mother’s infinite unreliable narrators. My heard hurts but the fever’s gone.
Yeah, it’s my mouth that tastes bad (or I’m being poisoned). Funny, that never happened to me before. No, not funny.
To take full advantage of the new capabilities of the 3GS, [EA Mobile’s] development teams will create an additional version specifically for it. […] Sega will offer products tailored specifically for each phone, although only on select titles.
According to the SDK, you’re not supposed to make “additional versions” for the 3GS, but simply use the processing and graphical power in your app if it’s available. Yet you can bet that you’ll have to buy all your games again when you switch from the 3G to the 3GS — and be prepared to pay a premium for those versions, too.
The developer had to use a more powerful OpenGL model and didn’t compress the textures as much? Geez, that’s worth at least 25% more money!
Favorite Babelfish re-translation: “out of sight, out of mind” becoming “invisible and insane”.
You do know that when I promised I wouldn’t bitch about the past week’s weather, it didn’t apply to ending up bedridden all week.
Remember Glyphboard? Unicode is the same, but as a native app: tap a symbol, from the several pages offered, and it’s immediately copied to the clipboard — in just one step. Or tap several symbols, then press the “Copy” button, if you want to copy and paste several at once.
A future update will let users paste symbols from outside the app into the favorites pane — mostly as a workaround for the Apple logo that I removed at the last minute because they’re no way the App Store would have accepted it (but then, the Apple logo isn’t a valid Unicode symbol anyway, so you shouldn’t really use it).
The app is very temporarily free, so you should just hurry and download and rate it with five stars.
Contacted most iPhone or tech blogs. I feel dirty. But it’s either that or more literal panhandling.
That story was vaguely worth a two-parter, maybe a three- if you’re feeling indulgent; just because the last episode was gratuitously creepy and gross doesn’t make up for the uninteresting story — Torchwood has never, no-way, no-how, earned that kind of a resolution, not with this writing, directing, and acting. Torchwood is watchable when it’s campy and fun (though it’ll always trigger a migraine even then); but nobody on that show was ever hired to produce stuff that could take itself seriously. (Well, except for Barrowman, I guess, but then he went and tripped into a Barbie doll’s mold.)
The only interesting thing in there was the reveal of what the aliens really were about. So that’s all of ten good seconds, which could have been written better.
Damn, those silly, manipulable, holier-than-thou kids are really unsufferable (Prince Zuko isn’t much better, but at least he’s stirring some shit once in a while).
“Pour bénéficier du compte courant ING Direct, il vous suffit de domicilier vos revenus dessus.” Ben ouais mais euh…
Instead of sharing your items with others and hoping they reciprocate, you can now find people with public shared items and subscribe to their shared items with one click.
Took them long enough.
I’m not a fan of the way they implemented “like,” however — having one line saying “100+ people liked this” on all articles, with a bunch of white space above and below, is nothing but an annoying waste of real estate.
As it stands, neither the 3.0 software nor iTunes display parental warnings when using a promo code to purchase apps with a mature (17+) rating, so Apple has made the promo code functionality unavailable for apps that fall into that category.
God, that’s ridiculous.
Waiting for Guffman — It saddens me that some people list it as one of the funniest movies ever. Bully humor is what it is.
Terminator: Salvation — Can you believe what a self-important dick Connor has become? That final nod to Marcus, I wanted to scream.
The New Adventures of Old Christine S1 — Sad for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And it’s not like she needs to be in a sub-par sitcom to live!
The Reader — Nice and sad; not quite Oscar-sad, though. The criticism it got is almost more interesting than the movie.
Watchmen — Anybody who read the comic then liked the movie doesn’t deserve to breathe. The action; the entire cast; why, God, why?
Comme un pincement au coeur en entendant une mère demander à sa fille “Tu veux quelque chose ?” devant la boulangerie. Et moi ?!
There’s no way there were so many steps in the stairs before I got the flu. (Suddenly empathizing with any smokers I’ve ever invited home.)
Wonder is someone’s pattern of “dskflmskdfmlskflmk” over a long-enough length could be used to identify them reliably.
Knowing — More watchable than I expected, but the plot only makes the tiniest bit of sense if the strangers are the biggest sociopaths ever.
Il fait beau toute la journée quand ça ne me sert à rien, et il se met à pleuvoir à la tombée du jour. Je vais le prendre mal.
So bored I’ll drink a drink if you pay for the drink. Well, maybe. I mean, slightly more possibly than usual. Infinitesimally. Maybe not.
I can’t believe how suddenly and noticeably wrinkles happen. Always thought it was a joke that you’d notice them in the mirror one day.
But I don’t want to disable “Like” (I like it on Facebook). I just want it to be a little more intelligent and only show up when it’s about my contacts, and not strangers.
I’m absolutely in love with the sound of the bumper cam — it probably gets old after a while, but it’s very nicely realistic. (For the rest, the visuals aren’t quite as impressive as the previous trailer from two days ago. There’s some aliasing, and it looks like they’re having a hard time balancing realistic hard sun and playability — especially with the cockpit view.)
Gmail informed him that an email had been sent to the user’s secondary email account. […] This is the point where the chain of trust broke down, as the attacker discovered that the account specified as a secondary for Gmail, and hosted at Hotmail was no longer active.
Damn Hotmail and its 1990s-style expiring addresses. Be careful where you’ve used them. (I never know whether they still expire nowadays, but do you remember what secondary address you’ve used, years ago, to sign up for Gmail?)
This is weird. They already had to change a couple things at launch because of the users’ reaction; a few months later, they’re doing much worse. What the hell did they expect?
Je reçois mes DVD de Top Gear dans le désordre, c’est intolérable. Comment je vais suivre l’histoire, moi ?
Freed 11GB on my Mini so I could buy the In Treatment DVDs. Can’t wait to find out what essential apps I’ve broken.
Fine, I give up. I’m removing my non-personal accounts from Tweetie and setting them up in a third client.
It now appears that Facebook has updated their policy, perhaps after being inundated with requests to change poor name choices, or maybe just because registrations have slowed to a more manageable pace and they intended to add the option all along.
I certainly hope Facebook isn’t that stupid, and it’s the latter.
Facebook is still imposing some limitations, alerting you that “You can only change your username once”
Huh. So much for that.
Ah, Google Reader reacted quickly enough, and made the “x people liked this” more subdued. Much better.
After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles.
Oh God, you’re kidding? Well, goes to show that being Apple’s biggest partner doesn’t buy you a reasonable review process from the App Store people. (What puzzles me is that Google ended up presenting the Latitude web app at an Apple keynote anyway. I guess profit trumps retaliation.)
my 1.1 Pre [is] identifying itself with an Apple USB Vendor ID:
Product ID: 0x8002
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Manufacturer: Palm Inc.
I find it very interesting — and clever — that they deliberately leave some identifying stuff out so that they can drag this back-and-forth as long as they can: the next iTunes update will recognize the “Manufacturer: Palm” part, and the next webOS update will change it. You can be sure that version of the webOS is even already developed, and locked away in a safe.
Don’t know how they intend to win in the long run, but they’re buying time quite efficiently.
When Adobe released Acrobat 9 last year, the company introduced support for embedding Flash media in PDF files. This feature is now being used by attackers who are exploiting a new vulnerability in Adobe’s Flash media plugin. The vulnerability allows remote code execution, making it a potential vector for malware deployment.
Urgh. Kill Acrobat dead already.
Not just the big decisions, either – Hudson says that the player made “hundreds” of choices in Mass Effect that have an impact on the sequel. For instance, Commander Shepard superfan Conrad Verner made a brief appearance in the first game. Players could respond to his fandom in a number of ways (ignoring him, threatening him, supporting him) – however you decided to treat Conrad will ultimately affect his subplot in the second game.
Oh, blah. I felt so much like no choice I made had any relevance whatsoever to the universe in Mass Effect, I just can’t wait to see all of my decisions ripple insignificantly throughout the entire trilogy.
It was at that point that I called out again and, once more, without any spasm, slowly, the eyelids lifted and undeniably living eyes fixed themselves on mine with perhaps even more penetration than the first time.
I’ve got one less “people you follow” on Google Reader each day even though I haven’t removed anyone. Ahem.
“Don’t even try to break down the relationship between a woman and her gynecologist. That’s a deep end.”
Very nice face design.
“This was what they were calling e-paper? This four-by-five window onto an overcast afternoon? Where was paper white, or paper cream? Forget RGB or CMYK. Where were sharp black letters laid out like lacquered chopsticks on a clean tablecloth?”
Like Baker, I prefer reading Kindle books on my iPhone.
It’s interesting that engineers have been struggling with e-paper technology for a decade, and Apple might just be about to wipe out e-book readers with a good old backlit color screen.
Un donut shop toujours désert, mais toujours ouvert, au milieu du mini-quartier chinois du 3e, c’est du blanchiment d’argent ? #weeds
This week is the last week of existence for The Matrix Online, and the gameworld - the Matrix! - is literally disintegrating in front of players’ eyes…
That’s a quite excellent way to close an MMO.