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A question I’m often asked. But, if this research bears fruit, that will never be a problem again.
From the NY Times’ Digital Domain:
IMAGINE sitting down at your work keyboard, typing in your user name and starting work right away — no password needed.
That’s a vision that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Defense Department, wants to turn into a reality. It will distribute research funds to develop software that determines, just by the way you type, that you are indeed the person you say you are.
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or as I call it, my toddler’s phone.
I’m with AT&T. So far, so good. The Verizon debut doesn’t mean anything to me. A few years ago, after a horrible experience with a Verizon rep — and her equally obnoxious supervisor — I canceled my Verizon service “forever.” That same day I switched carriers and haven’t looked back. I’m sure Verizon doesn’t miss my eighty five bucks each month. I don’t miss them either.
It’s here. After almost four years of speculation, the iPhone will finally come to Verizon’s network on Feb. 10.
And to answer everyone’s question, the Verizon iPhone is nearly the same as AT&T’s iPhone 4 — but it doesn’t drop calls. For several million Americans, that makes it the holy grail.
I took the Verizon iPhone to five cities, including the two Bermuda Triangles of AT&T reception: San Francisco and New York. Holding AT&T and Verizon iPhones side by side in the passenger seat of a car, I dialed 777-FILM simultaneously, and then rode around until a call dropped.
Via the Technology section of The New York Times:
INFURIATING Scott G. McNealy has never been easier. Just bring up math textbooks.
Mr. McNealy, the fiery co-founder and former chief executive of Sun
Microsystems, shuns basic math textbooks as bloated monstrosities: their price keeps rising while the core information inside of them stays the same.
“Ten plus 10 has been 20 for a long time,” Mr. McNealy says.
Early this year, Oracle, the database software maker, acquired Sun for $7.4 billion, leaving Mr. McNealy without a job. He has since decided to aim his energy and some money at Curriki, an online hub for free textbooks and other course material that he spearheaded six years ago.
SproutRobot sends you seeds and tells you when to plant them (via TechCrunch):
Animating a Blockbuster: How Pixar Built “Toy Story 3″ via Wired:
Screenwriter William Goldman once famously declared that the most important fact of life in Hollywood is that “nobody knows anything.” It was his way of describing a reality that continues to haunt the movie business: Studio executives have no idea which pictures will make money.
Unless, of course, those pictures are made by Pixar Animation Studios. Since 1995, when the first Toy Story was released, Pixar has made nine films, and every one has been a smashing success.
Pixar’s secret? Its unusual creative process. Most of the time, a studio assembles a cast of freelance professionals to work on a single project and cuts them loose when the picture is done. At Pixar, a staff of writers, directors, animators, and technicians move from project to project. As a result, the studio has built a team of moviemakers who know and trust one another in ways unimaginable on most sets.