Minnesota authorities have missed a court-imposed deadline for turning over the source code for a breath-testing machine at the heart of a a high-profile dispute that recently made it to the state's Supreme Court.
That means now there's a greater chance that charges could be dropped against third-degree DUI defendant Dale Lee Underdahl.
The next step is a court hearing scheduled for September 19, Underdahl's attorney, Jeffrey Sheridan, told CNET News.com in a phone interview on Tuesday. At the hearing, Sheridan is expected to ask the judge to throw out any evidence the state had obtained … Read more
The presidential crawl back and forth across the country is less of a race and more of a marathon. At this point, there are a lot of candidates on both sides, and likewise an onslaught of news coverage. To help keep track of it all, there's a new site, aptly named Map the Candidates, which does just that. It's a Google maps mashup of where candidates are, and what they're doing in the form of news feeds and video clips.
Each candidate gets an icon to match their campaign branding, and various map markers around the country … Read more
We always suspected that Tokyoflash was run by a bunch of sadists who intentionally create watches that are impossible for us to read. And now our theory has been confirmed: Doing away with any pretense, they've come up with one that requires a secret code to use.
The "Morse Code Watch" has three ways of displaying the time, two of which probably require an advanced degree or training in the intelligence community. Most maddening of all is its audible function, which conveys the time in a series of Morse code beeps from a built-in speaker.
There is, … Read more
Wow. Double wow. I haven't seen Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols this worked up since, well, ever. He could almost be writing for The Register with the way he smacks around Microsoft for its top-25 (most active, mind you) open-source projects on CodePlex. It makes for very fun reading.
It doesn't, however, accurately portray the projects--there are some that actually sound useful and interesting--but I don't want a little (just a little, mind you) accuracy get in the way of a good ol' cage match between Microsoft and SJVN.
My favorite (and probably most apt) comment:… Read more
I've only had a few minutes to check out the document, but it looks pretty interesting. Existing performance analysis tools, like Intel's VTune and AMD's CodeAnalyst, generally create significant overhead when gathering performance information. They usually need code that runs in supervisor mode, for example, and they're just for developer use--they aren't meant to be used in production systems.
LWP lets applications gather their … Read more
The brawniest smart phones may be equipped to withstand a hearty flinging across the room, and the brainiest may be able to finesse your multimedia or autocorrect your photos, but few can do on their own what CodeWallet Pro and eWallet Professional (various versions) can to manage and secure your data in a central, locked-down location.
I'm not talking about one smart phone with separate notebook, word processing, e-mailing, and database programs that have been shrunk down from their original desktop formats to disco with your data. I'm talking about programs that have been made with mobility in mind, that regard themselves as serious guardians of very sensitive information. Whether they stand up to the task and whether you really need them are issues we'll get to. To begin, let's take a look at eWallet Professional and CodeWallet Pro (which shall henceforth simply be known as eWallet and CodeWallet).… Read more
The most important finding in this research, confirming a major theme in the literature, is that leadership and value are critical to the success of open-source collaborations in the public sector. Collaborations with a strong leadership structure, and more importantly a single leader who is persistent, passionate and willing to spend a great deal of time maintaining and improving the organization are much more likely to succeed. Value is also a … Read more
It's not that I don't understand the concept of a mini Bathtub Racer, I just don't see the point of it if you're clothed and/or not sitting in water. Without those elements, it might as well be anything! Where's the sense of adventure? Anyhow, here are the links for this episode:RSS feeds via Morse code An antispying diary for kids Your daily dose of obnoxiousness: Mini Cooper limo with whirlpool