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Server Names For a New Generation

Roy van Rijn Re:If I name my server "Coca~Cola" ... (429 comments)

That might be a good (new) scheme as well: Coca Cola, Coca Cola Light/Diet Coke, Coca Cola Zero, Coca Cola Vanilla, Coca Cola Cherry, Coca Cola Lime, Caffeine-Free Coca-Cola. And it might be extended with other drinks from the brand: Fanta, Sprite, Minute Maid, Fruitopia, Dasani, Simply Orange, (etc)

more than 2 years ago

Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

Roy van Rijn Hold on... (701 comments)

There's a conference for TeX? That's an earth shattering thought on its own!

more than 4 years ago

Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

Roy van Rijn Re:Maybe C really is "it" for now... (831 comments)

What you are describing isn't really a language thing, its more the IDE or compiler. Sure we could use smarter compilers and/or IDE's. For example when you forget a semi-colon in Java the compilers are smart enough to point out the exact location... but it doesn't fix it. Probably because it wants you to learn and correct your code...?

I'd rather have very smart tooling which gets to know me and corrects me. A bit like Spring Roo works in Java, a genie which just assists you. But I imagine something even smarter, like you said, on the fly typo-correction, but also using the knowledge other tools have, like FindBug, detecting (possible) coding-errors while writing them. Maybe auto-generate certain structures that are used a lot.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Search Engine Benchmarks

Roy van Rijn Re:Hear the heads exploding - Java is fastest (62 comments)

Hrm, this had absolutely nothing to do with the language. It has almost everything to do with the algorithms.

Its very hard to compare languages, maybe if you use the languages to implement the exact same algorithm and let it run for a long while... But that still doesn't really compare it well enough.

Like somebody already said: Bubble sort in C++ is (almost) always slower then a quicksort in Java.

more than 5 years ago

Bjarne Stroustrup On Educating Software Developers

Roy van Rijn Re:Careful (538 comments)

No..!? You mean..? Is it true..? Did they finally found a way to reproduce?

more than 5 years ago



Amateur programmer meets software patents

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Roy van Rijn (919696) writes "A couple of weeks ago, in a spare weekend, I wrote software that could recognise music through listening to the microphone, much like SoundHound and Shazam. After populair demand I was just about to release the code into the open source community when I got an email from Landmark Digital Services LLC. They claim my hobby project is infringing their patents. This took me on a journey to find out more about software patents and the validity of the requests I got from the company."
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Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel have demonstrated that neurons cultured outside the brain can be imprinted with multiple rudimentary memories that persist for days without interfering with or wiping out others. The israeli scientists have taken a crucial first step in showing that a network of neurons outside the body can be stimulated to create multiple memories that they sustain for days."
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Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "Since Microsoft released Vista they've been claiming DirectX10 (one of the best reasons to run Vista) is so tightly connected to the new Vista-kernel its unable to distribute it to other platforms. But some hackers from the Alky Project claim otherwise. With a preview build on their website the claim seems to be correct. And if thats the case it becomes clear that the DX10 only being possible for Vista was just a marketing trick. Cody Brocious (part of the Alky team) stated that it would even be possible to run their DirectX10-SDK on OS-X or Linux. Happy gaming folks!"

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes " reports that: Skype has announced that it will be adding an optional lie detector to its popular internet telephony service. The 'KishKish' software attempts to determine whether the caller is telling a whopper by analysing the audio stream and checking for stress levels. Lying evokes the 'fight or flight' response in humans, which makes muscles tense up, altering the pitch and tone of the voice. "This is a really neat application, and the kind of thing we want to see more of," said Paul Amery, director of Skype's developer program. The software was developed by Israeli software house BATM, and is already in use by the US military."

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "NASA is giving a press conference at 1:00 PM EST about 'a significant find' on Mars. Insiders found out NASA has footage of non-frozen water on the surface of Mars. Some new formations on the surface where formed on Mars not so long ago and supposedly they found mud, salt and some frost."

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "It happens all around me, collegues (programmers) who get repetitive strain injury (RSI). Wrist, arm, neck, even upper back problems. Some of them now have Anti-RSI software installed that forces them to take a rest and do some stretching. Do you use software like WorkPace? Are there any good open source anti-RSI programs?"

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  about 8 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "Tech-recipes reports: Lately MySpace has been the victim of many little hacks, but this one I find very intresting. With the help of a little program you can download (here) or even run online (for non Windows users, but probably slashdotted soon) you can grab all the songs from MySpace as mp3 files. All you need to have is their 'friendID' which is in every url as parameter."

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  about 8 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "redcode reports: Google launched its Web Word Processor Writely today. The beta has a lot of features to offer, writing your files then saving them on their servers, print them, or just downloading them as ODT, PDF, RFT or in HTML. For now all the features are free, just like Microsofts Office Live in beta, but its unknown what Google will do if they ever fully release it."

Roy van Rijn Roy van Rijn writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Roy van Rijn writes "Researchers of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) have succeeded for the first time in the world in controlling the spin of a single electron in a nanostructure. They are able to rotate the spin to every possible direction and to record it accordingly. This achievement makes it possible to use the electron's spin as a 'quantum bit', the basis of a (still theoretical) future quantum computer. The researchers have published this scientific breakthrough in a Nature article on 17 August 2006."


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