Inside Facebook Data Mining Research Group
... Facebook is running an open call data science competition to win an interview/job on their data science team.
(Disclosure: My work is running the competition for them)
Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance
The problem isn't so much the bargain introductory rates, we've had them in Australia for decades.
The problem was this was the first time America had been introduced to them, and a HUGE volume of them were done in a single 2 year period (unlike here, where they spread out naturally).
So the problem of the introductory rates expiring and people defaulting came in a huge single wave, far higher than in countries that have had them for a long time.
First Probe To Orbit Mercury May Help Us Learn How Planets Form
Messenger is a great name, perfectly respectable with a sort of a cute "ZOMG HI Mercury! LUV Earth!" edge to it.
And then you just had to go and fucking ruin it with a horrendous backronym didn't you.
Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates
iiNet won - good
But they can send notices now - bad
But they have to pay all the ISPs costs - good (cause it will suppress the volume they send and limit spamming)
Bitcoin Releases Version 0.3
"The total eventual circulation of Bitcoins will be 21,000,000 coins. There will never be more coins than that."
Riiiiight, because THAT's going to scale...
When meeting polls on the internet, I
Wasn't this solved a year or so back? From memory the layman's version went something like...
"Any written or verbal communication language which allows the construct of a circular paradox of this nature is clearly not representing the reality of the situation accurately (because such a situation is impossible) therefore you are misusing the language... and you are also lying."
Something For (Almost) Every Developer
Strawberry Perl has been doing betas all the way through the 5.12.0 RC process, so the production release should be out in a week or so.
What the summary doesn't mention is that there's some stuff in 5.12 that allows Strawberry to add:
GCC-based 64-bit support for Windows servers
Strawberry Portable (flash drive) stuff finally works in a first-class manner (with separate core/vendor/site installation targets).
Demand For Unmanned Aircraft Outstripping Their Capabilities
Morality aside, it was economically necessary.
There's a couple of great economics texts which boil down World War II to the following.
1. Germany's economy imported food and exported manufactured goods.
2. Economic limitations placed on Germany were leading to an inevitable foreign exchange crisis in which they would no longer be able to fund the "importing food" part of that relationship.
3. The only way to resolve this was to remove the limitations and then expand their resource base so that they wouldn't need foreign currency to buy food with. Thus, World War II (grossly simplified of course).
4. At no point during the war did the Germans ever exceed 25% of the wartime GDP of the combined allies, making ultimate defeat inevitable once they lost their initial technological advantage, which was also inevitable (because of the 25% thing).
Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit
Especially if that game was something awesome like Tony Hawk's Skate'n'BASE Jumparama, where you have to do rad skate tricks off of buildings, cliffs and other high structures.
Did you see that demo with the invert 720 low-deploy with the sports chute? I can't wait to try it for real off the radio mast down the road!
Pieces of employer-supplied clothing I own and wear:
... does it count if I wrote the software that produces the company shirts?
Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina
That was last month.
Now days it would be "paid for by Doritos, the crunchtastic taste experience"
Six-legged Robot Teaches Itself To Walk
... but this exact same thing was a demonstration project at the University Open day ... in 1997
Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor
What I liked about this ruling was just how much they won it.
The judge said that Safe Harbour provisions did apply to the ISP... but they weren't needed because they only applied if the ISP explicit approved that user activity (which they do not)... and any infringement notices from the studios didn't need to be sent to consumers due to the Privacy Act (iiNet sends all infringement notices to the police instead)... and in any case the sending of infringement notices and subsequent banning etc was not considered a valid copyright prevention mechanism.
So yeah, they wiped the floor with them.
Mum's the Word On Google Attack At Davos
Step 3 China stops making the basics of life for Americans and starts making killbots instead.
Step 4 Wallmarts all over America close as they run out of goods to sell, only to be repurposed shortly afterwards as regional killbot distribution and maintenance hubs.
FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?
Supply, meet Demand.
Moon rocks are $2000 a gram because they are astonishly rare, something you'll happily be taking care of for us.
Your income isn't the price now, it's the area under the curve of the price as your 200 kilograms of rock drives the price down.
FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?
No. The first time it was equal parts arms race, chest-beating nationalism, and 100 billion dollars.
How To Spread Word About My FOSS Project?
Last time my project got mentioned on Slashdot, I saw around 50,000 additional downloads for that release.
So even if it's one-shot, that one-shot can still be big.
Ursula Le Guin's Petition Against Google Books
If I worry about whether you will ever finish the book, why would I bother paying for the first chapter (or even bother starting to read the story at all)
The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:
A 37gig SQLite database, containing every testing report ever submitted to CPAN Testers...
Helping Perl Packagers Package Perl
The people that create the language aren't the same people that look after the packaging system.
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