There is already a 1/2 hour video by AJ Guillon that discusses the SYCL 1.2 Specification. (Disclaimer: I do know AJ personally, so I have my biases). He has joined the OpenCL standards committee officially since February 14th of this year, so he does know significantly more about OpenCL then I do.
I would encourage slash dotters to read the provisional specification. Khronos is requesting community feedback." top
BStorm (107974) writes "The Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making a headlines around the world, for allegedly smoking crack. This story was first broken by gawker.com, which is now crowd-funding $200,000 to buy the video in question. What do you look for to determine if a video has been faked? Of course I am only interested in only the technical details and not the tawdry details related to this case;) I live in Toronto, so the video still frame posted on Gawker certainly does look like Rob Ford." top
BStorm writes "I have recently have been hired to help a company get control of their development process. The development team has been under extreme pressure to deliver features, however there is a blob of code in C++ and some c# totaling in about 800,000+ lines of code. I am interested in learning about other peoples experiences (the good, bad and ugly) with static code analysis. I know it is not going to be the 'silver bullet', but a start." top
BStorm writes "The Globe and Mail in both print and online has a story about a group of anonymous "pranksters."
The gist is that members of PrankNet have been using VOIP and counting on anonymity to pull puerile pranks. Members are able to listen on the prank as it being performed. It started with members pretending to be radio DJ's and convincing people to smash dishes on air by promising them $200.00. This behavior had escalated where people have been conned
into triggering sprinkler systems by a prankster claiming to be a person in authority.
This raises some interesting issues:
Should the anonymity of a prankster be protected?
If not, what steps should be taken that would protect privacy rights of most people, while enabling individuals and authority a means of identifying those responsible for pranks causing damage?"
My wife and I recently bought a former pharmacy that has converted into a residential building. She is a graphic designer and I am a developer. It is a large building 3600+ square feet of usable finished space on the first floor and basement. Wood laminate floors throughout. In last week we had a number of people help us clear out a great deal of junk from the basement left from the previous owner. This morning I discovered 1 1/2 inches of water throughout the basement. The cause was a sump pump that was unplugged. How it got unplugged is a mystery (Should of, could of, would of...). Could it be the cleaner that we hired to rid the utlity room of the clutter left behind by the previous owner? Was it left unplugged by the previous owner? Could I have unplugged unwittenly? In last week we had about 50cm of snow with a big thaw on Thursday and Friday.
We called our insurance emergency hotline and got a cleanup crew into drying, ripping up the laminate. Fortunately we are covered by insurance. Over the next couple of days, the removal of wet nasty flooring and drywall will be done. In the next couple of weeks, or month to 2 mouths the flooring and drywall will replaced/repaired.
What measures would/.ers suggest to prevent such a reoccurence from happening in the future? Some I can think of:
— A water sensor alarm in the sump well.
— Replace the existing sump pump with one that will complain loudly if the power is interrupted.
— A bright orange tag that you can attach to the plug of sump pump that says "DO NOT UNPLUG"
Of course, this is all the stuff you learn after a major disaster. The good news is that no computers were hurt in the making of the flood."
BStorm writes "I received via Snail mail today a "Notice of assumption of certain unexpired leases and Executory Contracts" from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. It is a facinating list of all the developers that have entered into agreements with SGI. The agreements cover everything from, Consulting, ASIC Design, Reseller, OpenGL license agreements. The SGI bankruptcy did occur on September 4th as reported by
News.com. If you have registered with SGI, you will get a copy of this document. For the most part the agreements have a cure amount of $0.00, but some have a settled cure of a low of $7,061.92(Wild Open Source) and a high of $4,188,040.00 (LSI Logic Corporation). The Proposed cure amounts of low of $416.54 (BitStream Inc.) and a high of $1,883,548.12(IBM Corporation). Of course the vast majority of people (corporate or incorporate) have a cure value of $0.00. The list is facinating since it does give who has had an agreement with SGI, when the agreement was executed and the cash value:)
How are you affected by their filing and are you going to get your $.02 on the dollar?:)"