Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects

rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects without requiring glasses or contact lenses. This technique could lead to dashboard-mounted GPS displays that farsighted drivers can consult

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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

linuxwrangler (582055) writes Job interviews missed, work and wedding plans disrupted, children unable to fly home with their adoptive parents. All this disruption is due to a outage involving the passport and visa processing database at the U.S. State Department.

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Why TiVo’s Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

Velcroman1 (1667895) writes “Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton created a revolution with TiVo, a device that challenged the notion that we had to watch TV shows when they aired. And they hoped to do it again with Qplay, a device

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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

dcblogs (1096431) writes Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS. Instead of pushing its users off the system, it has licensed OpenVMS to a new firm that plans to develop ports to the latest Itanium chips and is promising eventual

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Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple. He left in 1002 to help found a startup called Kinoma, which started life developing multimedia players and browsers for mobile devices. Kinoma was acquired

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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

New submitter yeshuawatso writes I work for one of the largest HVAC manufacturers in the world. We’ve currently spent millions of dollars investing in an ERP system from Oracle (via a third-party implementor and distributor) that handles most of our

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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

An anonymous reader writes with a bit of pith from TechDirt: Every so often, people who don’t really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: “just

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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes with this story from the Guardian: The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee

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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

itwbennett (1594911) writes “Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn’t have a formal specification — until now. Facebook engineer and PHP core contributor Sara Golemon announced the initiative at OSCON earlier this

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Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

New submitter Randall Booth writes Fotopedia has sent notice to its users that it is shutting down. ‘We are sorry to announce that Fotopedia is shutting down. As of August 10, 2014, Fotopedia.com will close and our iOS applications will

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