Julia Language Seeks To Be the C For Numerical Computing
I do not know how I read Julia Language as Julian Assange and thought why he was assiciated with C for numerical computing. I had to read the title again. Doh!
Can AI Games Create Super-Intelligent Humans?
The question of whether a AI program can make people intelligent is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can teach swimming...
PlanetLab Creates a More Advanced Sudo
What? You have a cheese burger now? Fine, Thank you. I am happy with my sandwich. (I see sudo wagging it's tail)
Australian State Govt. To Fund iPads For Doctors
Reminds me of Kavka's toxin puzzle. ...the Political Manifesto. Before an election, a political party will release a written document outlining their policies and plans should they win office. Many of these promises may be difficult or impossible to implement in practice. Having won, the party is not obligated to follow the manifesto even if they would have lost without it.
Google's Slideshow of Interesting Things
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Father of Java, James Gosling Unloads
If you read a bit into the interview, you will be starled by what he says about Java language development and Open Source contributions to Java. He tends to focus on "engineering the Java language" as a product is more difficult than developing the language, which constitutes only 2 or 3 percent. Also goes on to say that Open Source Contributions have not really been effective.
Well, I can understand where he is coming from, but is James missing out the picture of where it actually works? - Python, Apache, Linux kernel.. Are these less used software pieces than Java? Here is the portion that I am talking about.
So long as they do that. The development of Java is not an inexpensive thing. It takes a fair amount of funding. It's not just about writing code. Learning the code is two or three percent of the expense. You're shipping fifteen million copies a week, just the bandwith is horrible. The QA when you have to worry about something that has thirty issues. When you've got everything, every stock exchange, every phone company on the planet. Their security depends on Java. So it's not a causual piece of testing.
You know, when it comes to open source contributions, our history with contributions over the years have been kinda snarky. We'd get lost of people sending code and fixes. But on average, we'd get a submission that fixed the bug but it caused three or four more. And it probably didn't fix the bug for everybody. It probably only fixed the bug for their one case. And trying to get people in the community to actually think about the whole code base and not just their particular issue today. Doing one line of change means an immense amount of testing.
Most open source projects are way too casual for that. Sometimes when you get bugs that are potential security issues, you have to move fast, you have to put immense resources on getting it done. Maybe it's just one engineer fixing one character in one line, but then testing it and making sure you didn't introduce a bug. The harder stuff is if you have a bug, there are probably people out there who have worked around that bug, so how many of the workarounds are you going to break. And when you've got nine or ten million in the developer community you have enormous applications, trivial fixes are not trivial. And open source projects, the way the average open source projects are constituted. IT's easy to get people to do the fun stuff. It's hard to get people to do the hard stuff.
Like QAing the math libraries. Like doing QA on sine and cosine, you absolutely have to have a PHd in Mathematics. Sine and cosine: it sounds really simple, but there is unbelievable amount of depths of subtlety in there. There are extraordinarily few people on the planet qualified to QA that type of stuff.
Android's growing pains
Google does not have keep it's foot of the accelerator, but it should design the upgrade process simple enough so that even grandmas should be able upgrade.
Stats Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex
Software is like sex: it's better when it's free - Linus
Linus torvalds was a visionary in this regard and Android OS right adopted Linux on that basis.
iRobot Demonstrates New Weaponized Robot
Having a name as iRobot and creating a destructive robot is clearly threading on a path away from the three laws of robotics that we know about.
Israel attacks international humanitarian convoy
You have a good summary of the situation. I wonder when the people in power (US, UN and Rest of World) will take action on this issue. Israel's action on flotiila is to harass the peace activists trying to help Gaza.
The Gaza strip blockade seems in-humanitarian.
Duke To Shut Down Usenet Server
This is quite true. I wonder why Google wanted to meddle with usenet. But I think, they still are in position that, if they want to rewamp it for good, they can do it. After they will get money through advertisements which will be aplenty in usenet.
Indian Copyright Bill Declares Private, Personal Copying "Fair Dealing"
Practically Speaking, I would like to see the implications of this change of law in society. With respective of creative arts, many are not aware of what is legal and what is illegal. Seriously.
Many think, pirated DVDs are of poor quality and if you get high quality pirated DVDsit is worth their money to buy it. Legalese does not come into picture at all.
Majority of Indian's being aware of copyright laws one of one of best things to happen to country.
This change is definitely a fine piece of work.
Research Suggests Brain Has a 2-Task Limit for Multitasking
Have you ever tried to seriously concentrate on a single task at hand.
* A Single vim/emacs session with a code or text. No Windows, No buffers.
* Or a single webpage open and you are concentrating on that one only.
You will switch only after one is over
Compare this with the multiple buffers open with multiple tabs and multiple applications open, which you constantly switch back and forth. It may not take a genius to figure that the first one is 'more efficient'. This research substantiates that.
I personally favor single tasking with a longer task switching.
Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec
This makes sense. Yeah, be whatever the motive, the FSF might thank them as it still gets aligned to what they (FSF) wanted.
Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec
Was this decision taken after the urge of FSF or they had it in their plans? I think the lobbying and urging by FSF to a corporate like Google seems somewhat undignified, at least to me. This act seems of higher quality and nature, be whatever its motivations are.
But yeah, I would be curious to know from the Google Insiders as how much of FSF urging help?
Microsoft Claims Google Chrome Steals Your Privacy
He wont get a job at Google, when he tries to apply there few years down.
Can Curiosity Be Programmed?
The previous guy must have been a kernel hacker, thats why.