Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow
Information about the study is here (as in listed in summary):
Documentation usage of Android Developers
Lethbridge's study about rarely consulting and updating general software documentation is available here:
How Software Engineers
Use Documentation: The State of the Practice
Robillard's study about problems with API documentation can be found here:
What Makes APIs Hard to Learn? Answers from Developers
Analyzing StackOverflow Users' Programming Language Leanings
-Do we ask questions because of difficulty or because the underlying technology is more popular?
These are the underlying questions that would have to be answered before we could derive anything from this sort of analysis. That said, in our recent study of stackoverflow questions (publication pending), we found that there was a strong correlation between the frequency of using a particular API class (as defined by google code search), and the numbers of questions asking about those classes. This could suggest questions have a large popularity component, or it could mean people are more likely to run into difficulty with popular components!
Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project
Facebook Offers Easy Commenting Alternative
CNN uses this for comments on many of their stories.
The quality of discussion tends to be better, people self-regulate more crazy responses, and the comments are longer (rather than one sentence rants).
Blog sites use comment hosting systems such as disqus.
In my experience, a blog post will receive much more comments when hosted in this manner, rather than just the site's internal comment system.
Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats
Dogs have communication hands down. I've seen many dogs understand numerous commands and engage with humans well (we don't have bomb-sniffing cats).
On the other hands, I think dogs lack more "frontal" intelligence. The type of top-down intelligence that involves planning, top-down control. Perfect illustration: one of my stupid dogs trying to get to a squeaky toy with a fairly see-through blanket would try running through a blanket barrier to get to a squeaky toy. This was non-stop aggressive behavior lasting for many minutes with no top-down consideration. This would even continue if there was an opening in the blanket.
Vegetative Patients Can Still Learn
Wrong. A earlier study in 2006 used fMRI. This study used a simple classical conditioning test where they played a tune before blowing in the patients eyelid.
Sun Wants to Make Linux 3D
Web Book and Web Forager were tools created by Xerox Parc which allowed you to organize webpages into books, which could be placed onto a bookshelf or table.
You could interact with the pages, and move them around the desktop. You could flip through the pages like a real book. This paper was done in 96.