top Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices
Stanford had a good approach to this, at least when I went there (probably still do).
The intro-CS courses were offered in two parts (CS106A/B) or a single accelerated course (CS106X), with the requirement that students taking the accelerated course have previous programming experience.
All students end up covering the same material (which is important, since high school instruction varies greatly in quality), but you don't have half the class getting bored and the other half lost at the same time.
about a month and a half ago
top Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage
The really amazing thing is that if you look at their service dashboard, it took them 12 hours to update the certificates on their site:
They spent several hours doing "test deployments"
... while it's great to make sure you aren't going to make something worse, updating an SSL cert isn't exactly rocket science. I'd had to see how long it took to recover from a more serious service issue triggered by a software bug.
top China Secretly Clones Austrian Village
Looking at the first picture in the article, I thought they did an amazing job - even the geography was a match to what I remembered. Then I realized that was just a stock photo of the real Hallstatt.
The other pictures tell the real story. It's about as authentic as their Loius Wuitton purses or iFone knockoffs. The scenery around the location is also a poor imitation of the original.
top Precise W Boson Mass Measurement Helps Lead the Way To the Higgs Boson
If all other things get their mass from the Higgs Boson, where does the Higgs boson get its mass from?
top Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released
You mean this one?
top After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?
The only real way to learn a programming language is to use it in a real project. Come up with something you've always wanted but can't find and make it happen. That's the great thing about programming. You'll learn more doing that than you ever will from a book.
top Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video
On the original article:
top Synchronize Data Between Linux, OS X, and Windows?
You're in luck! Jungle Disk 3.0 was released this week, with Sync support (for Windows, Mac, and Linux).
Since you're already a Jungle Disk customer, the upgrade is free. Jungle Disk 3.0 also has a new backup engine that does block-level de-duplication and compression, making it by far the most efficient method for doing online backup.
top HTTP Intermediary Layer From Google Could Dramatically Speed Up the Web
Seems like most gopher sites are just lists of... other gopher sites. Kind like the web in 1993 (when there were 100 web sites and all the content was in Gopher). Guess they finally swapped places.
top Why a Hard Disk Is a Better Bargain Than an SSD
Should have been
That said, I don't think anyone claims SSD is better than HDD if your bottleneck is capacity or sequential read speed. However if you do lots of random reads/writes, this line from the comparison says it all:
OCZ's drive had a random access time of
.2 milliseconds; Seagate's 16.9 milliseconds.
That's an 84X difference.
top False Fact On Wikipedia Proves Itself
All they needed to do to prevent this was to ensure that the cited references pre-dated the original edit. If you can't find a reference that pre-dates the edit, then you have to assume it's possible that the reference came from Wikipedia itself.
top Windows Breaks Into Supercomputer Top 10
From the Dawning site:
Arming the "Golden Shield" project with comprehensive IT technology
With the rapid development of the Internet, the public security information construction has become an important component of national information construction. Dawning made contributions in improving information technology level within all of the public security departments, arming the "Golden Shield" project with information technology, equipping the "police" force with digitalization, intensifying the police by technology and comprehensively raising China public security's law enforcement and administrative capacity.
I like how they quote "police" force.
top Boot Windows Vista In Four Seconds
They never show the shutdown process - my guess is that when you shutdown, it actually reboots, then right after Windows boots it puts it to sleep or hibernate (S3/S4). When you turn it back on, it wakes it and looks like you "just" booted up.
Not really a bad idea I suppose - moves the boot time from boot to shutdown, when you are less likely to care. Of course you can get the same effect yourself by rebooting then just putting your machine to sleep when you want to shutdown. Someone could probably even write a simple software solution for this rather than requiring a whole new motherboard.