Roberts himself dismissed the criticism in a recent New Year’s letter to backers. “Will we build everybody’s dream game? Of course not, that would be impossible!” he wrote. “But … I think we’ll build something special that people can happily lose themselves in … Star Citizen isn’t a sprint, it isn’t even a marathon. There is no final finish line the way you would have with a traditional retail game. Star Citizen is a way of life for as long as the community is engaged by it.”
One of the largest and funnest pages on the OpenMoko wiki is the wish list, a communal brainstorming session showing the ambitious spirit driving the project. Ideas range from simple improvements – speakerphone functionality, a note-taking application – to supercool, blue-skying hacks: Bayesian spam filtering for text messages, a Palm OS emulator, GPS-based reminders (“You’re near the craft store, remember you need more candle wicks”), a walkie-talkie function, and even a feature to automatically give your location to emergency services if the accelerometer detects movement typical of a car crash. Imagination is the only limit – why not a robust implementation of the Lovegety concept? Or laser tag?
The only thing that could possible make a better mean gift would be a USB hub with only one port.
The 501st legion is a worldwide professional costuming club that specializes in the “bad guys” of the Star Wars universe. We never charge for appearances and have shown up to everything from charity walks to formal weddings. In the past 12 years, the st501st Legion has grown to more than 5,000 active members worldwide.
Monsanto spokesman Gary Barton scoffed at the criticism, saying critics like Altieri “can’t find anything good to say.”
No, they don’t, actually. Regardless of who is or is not investing in Turntable.fm and how much they think it might be worth, the more interesting thing about Turntable.fm is that it’s fun – maybe even too fun if you’re trying to get work done as you listen.
Matt DiLallo: Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) pays its investors pretty well. In fact, at 4.3% the Canadian energy infrastructure giant’s current yield is more than double the market’s average as measured by the yield of the S&P 500. And that’s a rock-solid income stream, given that long-term fee-based contracts secure 95% of Enbridge’s cash flow, and it only pays out 40% to 50% of its available cash flow.
Efforts to relaunch it began again after the Taliban were ousted in a U.S.-led war in late 2001.
Gene: I just mean that dramatic pauses don’t translate well. Neither do Scandinavian curse words, half-remembered chants to the gods of the Veldt, or your unfortunate tendency to refer to every woman who brings you a drink as a serving wench.
Another issue is that websites and mobile app developers have created web pages or apps based on connection speeds from their native countries. As a result, many of those apps and websites won’t be able to meet users’ requests and demands in Rio. Jones cites popular ridesharing app Uber and how European and U.S. visitors will find calling a car to be a difficult process given slow connection speeds.
José Santiago said that he consistently got a busy signal when he tried to call the government office in his hometown of Nueva San Salvador, a suburb of the capital city. He was finally able to get a hold of the mayor’s cell phone number and ask him how things were going.
WN: And does it provide an accessible point of entry to new adopters, who might not understand you were culture-jamming before YouTube was a billion-dollar idea in someone’s head?
For more info on Opera’s data be sure to check out the actual white paper (.pdf) which also provides some more country-by-country data for those interested in what mobile trends look like in specific parts of the world.
Read all the Dork Towers that have run on GeekDad.
“This land is kind of special to me,” Mr. Jobs said during a 2011 presentation to the Cupertino City Council. He called his vision for 12,000 people working in one building “odd” and helped cement it in the public imagination as a flying saucer by describing it as “a little bit like a spaceship.”
The hope is this centralized approach will lead to better customer relations and efficiency. One proponent estimates the streamlined approach can save $300 million a year in California alone.
Data about people’s Web-surfing behavior is also increasingly used to provide so-called customized content. For instance, Google uses information from past searches and browsing habits to provide different search results to different people — even when they conduct identical search requests. Sometimes those extrapolations can be useful, such as when Google suggests a restaurant near where you live instead of across the country. But sometimes they are intrusive.
Internet companies like Google don’t have to ask their users for permission before tracking what sites they visit, a discrepancy that Republicans and industry group have blasted as both unfair to companies and confusing to consumers.
Retail: $9.99 (The first print run sold out, but the next printing should be hitting US Customs tomorrow, according to AEG’s website. So although it’s currently on Amazon for $60, that price should be dropping soon.)
That name-recognition factor, Loughran believes, is one of the reasons Google can get away with a decidedly nontraditional approach to its public offering.
Clad in a suit, top hat and monocle, the “Monopoly Man” could be seen twirling a fake mustache as the Senate Banking Committee questioned Smith about the Equifax hack. The private information of tens of millions of Americans was exposed last month after the credit reporting agency experienced a breach.
At 3:30, I’ll be on BlogTalkRadio for a “Valentine’s Day Roundtable with the authors of THE SCIENCE OF KISSING & SEALING THE DEAL”:
Breaking and entering: Buhrmann, the world’s top office products supplier, acknowledged a flaw in its Internet security after a hacker broke into its website and forced it to publish a 51 percent fall in profits a day early.
Where, for example, is the e-commerce website and shopping cart for IP? We still can’t license most IP online – think an eBay with its marketplace, or an Amazon with its one-click to purchase.
Project FANchise CEO Sohrob Farudi explains how the group plans to bring fans closer to a real football experience.
1) Wikipedia’s official theme song is “Hotel Wikipedia”
The Eagles’ 1976 hit Hotel California has been co-opted as the official theme song for Wikipedia, from a list of a number of songs described as W.O.R, or “Wikipedia-oriented rock”. A sample runs: “And in the dance of the pages / Editors sweat / Some change to remember / some change to forget.”
But first, he decided on an intelligence-gathering mission. Though he was already set for the finals, he took his meager $250 winnings from the Oakland regionals and invested it right back into his quest, flying to Tampa, Florida, to scope the competition at the last PowerFest regional before the big game.