top Microsoft, Partners Probed Over Bribery Claims
Exactly. That would be the only reason U.S. federal authorities even care about this, it's not like they have any jurisdiction in those countries.
about a year and a half ago
top The Nuking of
I knew I shouldn't have pre-ordered back in 1999.
top Arrington's CrunchPad Dies
Shady indeed. Here's the Google cache.
top How Heavy Is a Petabyte?
and since E=mC^2
177,249 gigajoules/C^2 ~= 1.97 milligrams
top Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?
I used both Matlab and Fortran in school. I would say that Matlab is more C like in it's syntax, and considerably easier to write number crunching code. I remember having to write subroutines in Fortran that were merely a function call in Matlab, granted, several of the Matlab toolboxes were available to me, but I had to wrtite everything from scratch in Fortran.
I think that's why schools are still teaching Fortran, they are actually teaching numerical methods, not just programming, at least in the engineering programs. In fact, Numerical Methods was the title of my first Fortran class.
top Leap Second To Be Added Dec 31, 2008
What are you complaining about? They gave you about 259,200s notice.
top States Throw Out Electronic Voting Machines
Wide use of these machines was adopted in the 2000 election: Winner=George Bush
Even more are used in the 2004 election: Winner=George Bush
Now they throw them out just in time for the 2008 election because George Bush might win again if they didn't.