US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions
I live in Argentina, where any software company getting a CMMI certification can apply for a tax cut. Because of that, CMMI was all the rage around eight years ago or so. Turns out CMMI was so utterly useless and cumbersome that at this point most companies prefer to forget about the tax cuts rather than bother with being CMMI certified. Only companies seeking government contracts continue doing so.
Medical Radioactive Material Truck Stolen In Mexico
Glad it was already found.
To understand the risks that this type of events involve check what happened in Brazil several years ago when radioactive medical material went missing and ended up killing several people
New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates
You can take a sample test yourself. See how basic the questions are and feel appalled to see the % of students in your country that managed to pass each level.
For example, only 11% of students in my country (Argentina) were able to reach level 3 (identify the smallest value in a table). Highest rank for that question was Shanghai-China (89%). USA was 48%.
Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon
Well, he obviously can't. That's why he is asking the US government to do it for him.
The Science of Hugo Chavez's Long Term Embalming
Ironically, in 2009 Chavez ordered to confiscate one of these body exhibitions that was on tour in Caracas, because he said it was immoral to put unsepulchered bodies on display.
In case you understand Spanish, you can hear it from the man himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2MfLT-U2qo
X Server Now Available For Android
Hopefully this will enable the implementation of the NX technology ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NX_technology ) on Android, since using the X protocol directly over the public Internet is terribly slow.
China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016
A lot? For instance, I would say sending 3 probes past the orbit of Pluto is quite a feat.
Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent
And in (south american) Spanish it means "stupid", "idiot".
Zeroing In On the Internet's 'Evil Cities'
In the per capita list, Buenos Aires ranks 2nd, but the city population data they use are wrong. They say Buenos Aires population is 3 million, but that's only Buenos Aires city proper, the whole metro area has an estimated population of about 13 million. So Buenos Aires should rank lower than listed in that study.
Saving the UK Games Industry
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of a strong central government getting bad is China's "cultural revolution". If you don't mind a couple of million dead people, I guess, yes, you're right.
Google Quashes 13 Chrome Bugs, Adds PDF Viewer
Adobe makes money with PDF authoring tools, not with reader. Since PDF is marketed as a universal format, I guess it is in Adobe's best interest for end users to have a seamless experience accessing PDF content in every possible platform.
Scalpers Bought Tickets With CAPTCHA-Busting Botnet
As ohers have previously said, the problem here is that the tickets prices were not high enough (in a free market sense).
The solution would be to sell the tickets at the right price, that is, the price consumers are willing to pay.
I think a system like this would do the job
1. The day tickets go on sale, charge an outrageous amount (say, $100,000).
2. Then gradually decrease prices each day (or even every hour)
3. Last day the tickets would go on sale for $1
In that way, each person would decide which is the "right" price to pay. Do you *really* want to see this show? Would you risk missing it because you want to save a few bucks and wait until tomorrow? Do you think it would be a good deal to buy tickets now and resell them later for a profit? OK go ahead. How many tickets? At which price? Are you sure you will be able to sell them, considering that people willing to pay a higher price already had the opportunity to do so and refused?
Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor
Quoting from Wikipedia
The [Immaculate Conception] doctrine states that, from the first moment of her existence, Mary was preserved by God from the Original Sin and filled with sanctifying grace that would normally come with baptism after birth. Catholics believe Mary "was free from any personal or hereditary sin". Mary's immaculate conception should not be confused with the [virginal] Incarnation of her son Jesus Christ; the conception of Jesus is celebrated as the Annunciation to Mary. Catholics do not believe that Mary, herself, was the product of a Virgin Birth
Experts Explain iPhone 4 Antenna Problem
Sorry, guys. This is the right way
Telcos Waking Up To the Value of Your Location
You mean like this? http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2009/06/introducing-android-scripting.html
Code Bubbles — Rethinking the IDE's User Interface
Indeed. Early versions of Eclipse had an icon in the toolbar to switch between a complete file view and an "only the method you are working on" view. I suspect that feature was introduced to allow a smooth transition from VisualAge. I don't think that icon is so prominent on current Eclipse incarnations, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is still there, buried somewhere.
New "Hairy" Material Is Almost Perfectly Hydrophobic
Since when evolution guarantees an optimal anatomical structure? If the whale body is "good enough" to survive and reproduce under the environmental conditions whales tend to live in, then why they should have evolved the same microscopic hairs that we see in spiders?
Was This the First Denial of Service Attack?
Ever heard about reinarnation?
Recovery.gov To Get $18 Million Redesign
"will use innovative and interactive technologies to help taxpayers see where their dollars are being spent"
My advise? Set up a page with an animated GIF showing an odometer counting up with blurry numbers, and just take the $18 million.
A Child's View of the OLPC
There's a pilot plan going on in Uruguay too. The spanish speaking kids from the chat mentioned in the article are probably from there.
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