GeekSpeak for 2010-03-06

Leaving Google and Supporting KUSP

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Comcast Starts Public DNSSEC Trial

“Tuesday, Comcast announced a public trial that any Comcast cable Internet access user can participate in. And a year from now, DNSSEC validation will be rolled out throughout all of Comcast’s DNS resolvers. Comcast will also be signing all of the domains it hosts, including comcast.com, comcast.net, and xfinity.com.”

Choosing the Right Solid State Drive for Your Storage Network

“If your application requires [SSD|Solid State Device]-like performance, you need to make sure you’re doing everything right to maximize your investment.”

Could the Tumbleweed Rover Dominate Mars?

“Cue the Tumbleweed Mars rover, an ingenious concept vying for attention in the hope of becoming an entirely different method to explore vast regions of the Martian surface, one that rolls across the surface instead of six-wheeling.”

How to leave google - Gizmodo

So you’re fed up with Google, and you’ve got a litany of reasons. You don’t even have to explain—I’m just here to help you crawl out from under the shadow of the big G, step by step.

You don’t have to be ready to commit to a full overhaul of your online lifestyle to understand why someone might want to yank their data from Google’s servers, and hand it off to someone else: You’ve got Google’s CEO deafly rehashing fallacious arguments about privacy—"If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place"—and hesitating on a drawback; you’ve got contextual advertising that seems just a little too closely tuned to that sexxxy love letter your girlfriend sent you while you were on that business trip; you’ve got that violently insane ex husband who now knows where you are because of Google’s clumsy Buzz rollout. Most of all, you’ve got reasons, and you’re ready for change.

Adobe: Flash Apps Will Run On The iPad, Even Full Screen

While Apple is being lamented here and there for not supporting Flash on its shiny new iPad – boy does Cupertino have a strong dislike for the platform – Adobe has already responded to the news on the official Flash Platform blog.

The blog post, unambiguously titled “Building iPad Applications with Flash”, is mostly just to remind people of the company’s Packager for iPhone product, which will enable developers to make Flash apps function on the iPhone / iPod Touch through a work-around whereby Flash apps can be easily converted into iPhone apps using Creative Suite 5 (CS5). Adobe also published a post on its Adobe Flash Platform blog addressing the apparent lack of Flash support in the iPad.

Finger Dance Mat (USB Powered)

The USB Finger Dance Mat is a fun take on the DDR and dance mat craze that has swept the nation. Plug the dance mat in your computer’s USB port, let your finger don the cardboard character, and get your pointy finger’s groove on.

USB Finger Dance Mats are a great gift for someone who loves dancing to those games, and needs a little fun while sitting at the computer. They’re also great for someone who doesn’t get the whole dance mat craze but spends a lot of time at a keyboard.

The day a grind? Feeling stressed? Let your little finger friend bust a move with the USB Finger Dance Mat and feel some tension ease away.

Winners of the Ig® Nobel Prize

Winners of the Ig® Nobel Prize
For achievements that first make people LAUGH
then make them THINK
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991
For the latest news, see the Ig blog
“The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar.” —Nature

Robot Teachers Enter the Education Workforce

You may have had some instructors during your school years that seemed like they were simply carrying out pre-programmed, robotic orders, but not quite as literally as these profs. Singularity Hub reports that robot teachers have successfully passed a first round of testing in Korean and Japanese classrooms.

Crazy Chrome Font Issue

What steps will reproduce the problem? 1. View a site using a non-system font (installed locally via FontExplorer X Pro) set as its primary typeface. 2. Have that font installed and working on your system. What is the expected result? Chrome displays the font correctly, and if it is not installed locally and/or is not functioning properly, falls back to a backup font (see font-family code example below). What happens instead? Chrome fails to render the font correctly (displaying a “broken font” symbol [letter A in a square]), and fails to use a fallback font. For instance, font-family: “Century Gothic”, Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif; displays broken font as opposed to displaying in Helvetica. Also: Tested this out with a few other fonts… occurs with any non-system font installed via FontExplorer X Pro v. 2.0.3. FontExplorer is passing fonts along fine to all other browsers/programs, so it doesn’t appear to be the issue.

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