Archive for: December, 2011
I’ve met with some of the people who help run the Children’s Museum of Houston and I can attest that they are very serious about what they do… the facility is absolutely amazing. If you have never visited, I recommend you go check it out – regardless if you have kids of your own. The first time I was there I think I must have spent an entire day there playing with the exhibits myself – some of them are really cool.
Here’s a video summary of CMH:
Something to watch out for… looks like “unlimited data” is really dead these days…
Posted by tech enthusiast site CultofMac, a text message sent by AT&T to such a user says that "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced."The data restriction policy comes as no surprise. AT&T had announced back in July that it would throttle speeds for heavy data users starting on October 1. The policy affects only subscribers who still have an unlimited data plan. Those with limited data plans who go over their allotment are simply charged for the extra data.AT&T has not made it clear how much data youd need to gobble up to appear in the top 5 percent, but the carrier has said that such users consume around 12 times more data than the average customer.
I actually haven’t seen anything official on plans for ICS but I think I’m not out of line in saying that we fully plan on deploying on ICS and devices with the resolution if the Galaxy Nexus. Might make the next update, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we won’t support out until next year.
via Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
I was never all that annoyed by the slight lag in the android ui, but this explains whats going on… and now I’m thinking maybe its a decent tradeoff…
It’s not GC pauses. It’s not because Android runs bytecode and iOS runs native code. It’s because on iOS all UI rendering occurs in a dedicated UI thread with real-time priority. On the other hand, Android follows the traditional PC model of rendering occurring on the main thread with normal priority.This is a not an abstract or academic difference. You can see it for yourself. Grab your closest iPad or iPhone and open Safari. Start loading a complex web page like Facebook. Half way through loading, put your finger on the screen and move it around. All rendering instantly stops. The website will literally never load until you remove your finger. This is because the UI thread is intercepting all events and rendering the UI at real-time priority.If you repeat this exercise on Android, you’ll notice that the browser will attempt to both animate the page and render the HTML, and do an ‘ok’ job at both. On Android, this a case where an efficient dual core processor really helps, which is why the Galaxy S II is famous for its smoothness.On iOS when an app is installing from the app store and you put your finger on the screen, the installation instantly pauses until all rendering is finished. Android tries to do both at the same priority, so the frame rate suffers. Once you notice this happening, you’ll see it everywhere on an Android phone. Why is scrolling in the Movies app slow? Because movie cover thumbnails are dynamically added to the movie list as you scroll down, while on iOS they are lazily added after all scrolling stops.
I always had a hunch about this – now I know that privacy is an issue when you start putting your data in the cloud (or any service provider for that matter):
"IT security staff will be some of the most informed people at the office Christmas party this year. A full 26 per cent of them admit to using their privileged log in rights to look at confidential information they should not have had access to in the first place. It has proved just too tempting, and maybe just human nature, for them to rifle through redundancy lists, payroll information and other sensitive data including, for example, other people’s Christmas bonus details."
I had the privliledge of meeting Dr. Tyson a few years back and he’s a great guy… The video interview of him below truly captures the kind of man he is and the messages in his talk are very moving…
A discussion about science, society, and the universe with Stephen Colbert, who is out of character, at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.
Looks like there’s no reason to keep pennies…