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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

bth RIP (1613 comments)

He truly made the world a better place.

more than 2 years ago
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Mass. Court Says Constitution Protects Filming On-Duty Police

bth Re:I really really hope this is appealed (473 comments)

You really don't want that....SCOTUS will likely rule that only corporations can legally record public officials.

about 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

bth Re:Easy reason (533 comments)

Good summary - the admins come off as the worst kind of detail-oriented bureaucrats.

more than 3 years ago
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25% of Car Accidents Linked to Gadget Use

bth Re:But has it increased by 25%? (317 comments)

If 50% of the accidents are caused by men, does that mean men shouldn't be allowed to drive? There are standards in the scientific community for how to do valid prospective and retrospective studies. You can then measure whether using or not using something actually increases (or not) your probability of experiencing the undesirable event.

more than 3 years ago
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Stellar Wormholes May Exist

bth Re:No subsidies! (94 comments)

Leave it to the private sector.

more than 3 years ago
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Stellar Wormholes May Exist

bth No subsidies! (94 comments)

Congress will immediately begin cutting the budget for all intra-stellar mass transit.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists, Not Just Tourists, Are Getting Tickets to Ride Into Suborbital Space

bth What is included? (52 comments)

Is there a $25 baggage check fee?

more than 3 years ago
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The Sum Total of the World's Knowledge: 250 Exabytes

bth absolute value? (168 comments)

Perhaps some of the knowledge broadcast has a negative value, so the absolute value of the knowledge broadcast is high, but the net information distributed is much smaller?

more than 3 years ago
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Inside the Labs At HP, Microsoft and IBM

bth Re:This is research? (81 comments)

Very few studies of software as it is and as it runs.

Try http://www.research.ibm.com/people/n/nickmitchell/publications/lcsd2005.pdf to a paper called "Diary of a Datum" and http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1297046 to another paper called "The causes of bloat, the limits of health". Both describe studies of large running applications in situ.

Full disclosure - I work for IBM Research and these papers were by folks in my department.

more than 3 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

bth ATM fees? (482 comments)

Will the gold ATM charge fees in bars of silver?

more than 3 years ago
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Startups a Safer Bet Than Behemoths

bth Re:Oh puh-leeze. (378 comments)

mod parent up.

It is easy for everyone to see and experience innovation in the consumer space, especially websites and consumer electronics. Innovation in back-end or enterprise systems can be very important to the profitability of a company, to the success of a government project, or to the reliability of the online services that support those consumer devices. Successful research and development arms of companies enhance and extend their parent business's model...and yes, occasionally they create new business for the parent to enter. Companies that don't sell directly to consumers still need to innovate to survive.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

bth Re:So serious (284 comments)

... and if you were really a program, would you say anything different?

more than 4 years ago
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Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

bth Re:So serious (284 comments)

or are you?

more than 4 years ago
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Science Luminary Martin Gardner Dead at 95

bth Re:Adieu, Martin (96 comments)

I agree...his Scientific American articles brought out all the magic in mathematics.

more than 4 years ago

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ACM recognizes Eclipse with Software Systems Award

bth bth writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bth (635955) writes "According to the award citation "Eclipse changed the way builders think about tools by defining a set of user interaction paradigms for which domain-specific variants are plugged in and customized for their tool. Conceived to address perceived shortcomings in proprietary software development tools, Eclipse allowed developers to seamlessly integrate their own extensions, specializations, and personalizations.""
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Ford Sued Over Patents for Sync Connectivity Syste

bth bth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bth (635955) writes "Eagle Harbor Holdings said in a federal lawsuit that Ford infringed on seven of its patents.

“When you start getting into more software in the vehicles you’re going to have this happen a lot more,” Kevin Hamlin, an analyst with the research firm IHS iSuppli, said. “Writing code in software leads to a lot of these suits. It just kind of goes along with the territory.”"

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GoF wins SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "The 2010 SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award was given to the "Gang of Four" (Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides [posthumously]) for "Design Patterns". This award is presented to the individuals who have made significant and lasting research contributions to the theory or practice of software engineering."
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ACM SIGSOFT announces major awards

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "The 2010 SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award was given to Mary Lou Soffa for her innumerable contributions to the field. The 2010 SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award was given to the "Gang of Four" (Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides) for "Design Patterns". Finally, the 2010 SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award was given to Leon J. Osterweil."
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FCC allows blocking of set-top box outputs - Yahoo

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "Federal regulators are endorsing Hollywood's efforts to let cable and satellite TV companies turn off output connections on the back of set-top boxes to prevent illegal copying of movies.

In its decision Friday, the agency stressed that its waiver includes several important conditions, including limits on how long studios can use the blocking technology. The FCC said the technology cannot be used on a particular movie once it is out on DVD or Blu-Ray, or after 90 days from the time it is first used on that movie, whichever comes first."

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IBM to replace copper interconnects with light

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "IBM researchers are a step closer to developing chips that use pulses of light instead of electrical signals to carry information between them. The device announced Wednesday is capable of transmitting data at speeds up to 40G bits per second, using a 1.5 volt power supply. The goal of researchers is to build an on-chip optical interconnect that would allow the construction of computers capable of exaflop performance.

Now, just imagine what the interconnect could do with gold plated monster cables!"

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Has Facebook patented the news feed?

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "Has Facebook patented the news, or at least the news feed, in social-networking environments? On Tuesday, the United States Patent Office granted Facebook a patent for "Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network." The patent is published and numbered 7,669,123.

The first claim is: A method for displaying a news feed in a social network environment, the method comprising: monitoring a plurality of activities in a social network environment; storing the plurality of activities in a database; generating a plurality of news items regarding one or more of the activities, wherein one or more of the news items is for presentation to one or more viewing users and relates to an activity that was performed by another user; attaching a link associated with at least one of the activities of another user to at least one of the plurality of news items where the link enables a viewing user to participate in the same activity as the another user; limiting access to the plurality of news items to a set of viewing users; and displaying a news feed comprising two or more of the plurality of news items to at least one viewing user of the predetermined set of viewing users."

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IBM takes a (feline) step toward thinking machine

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "A computer with the power of a human brain is not yet near. But this week researchers from IBM Corp. are reporting that they've simulated a cat's cerebral cortex, the thinking part of the brain, using a massive supercomputer. The computer has 147,456 processors (most modern PCs have just one or two processors) and 144 terabytes of main memory — 100,000 times as much as your computer has."
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Barnes and Noble sued over Nook intellectual prope

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "Book-seller Barnes & Noble has been sued by a company called Spring Design, which alleges that the recently announced Nook e-book reader infringes on its intellectual property."
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Are Business Methods Patentable? | November 2009 |

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "The Supreme Court will probably be unanimous in striking down business method patents. Although the opinion written by one of the Justices for the Court will likely focus only on the unpatentability of business methods, there may well be at least one concurring opinion that takes a stronger and broader stance against nontechnological patents."
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Apple, others hit with lawsuit on Ethernet patents

bth bth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bth (635955) writes "A Texas company has targeted a number of technology companies, including Apple, in a new lawsuit regarding a handful of computer networking patents issued in the 1990s. 3Com Corporation was granted four patents from 1994 to 1998 pertaining to network adapters. Two deal with the automatic initiation of data transmission, and one addresses "host indication optimization."

The company's Web site states that U.S. Ethernet Innovations was founded "to continue 3Com Corporation's successful licensing program related to a portfolio of foundational patents in Ethernet technology." A press release from the company states that it is the "owner of the fundamental Ethernet technology developed and sold by 3Com Corporation in the 1990s.""

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