grammar fascist (239789) writes "The second annual Awesome Games Done Quick marathon is on! Dozens of intrepid speed runners are plowing through a hundred games in four days, streaming their impressive tricks on the Speed Demos Archive home page. They're also taking donations for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, so pitch in a few coppers after you witness the four-way Ocarina of Time race (estimated completion time is a blazing 1:30:00) or the one-star Super Mario 64 run. (If helping cure cancer isn't enough motivation, consider that your donation might score you a Katamari hat.) At over $28,000 so far, they've already surpassed their initial goal, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind taking it as far as they can." Link to Original Source top
grammar fascist (239789) writes "Guido van Rossum, BDFL (Benevolent Dictator for Life) of the Python programming language, has posted a comprehensive status report on the progress of Python's next incarnation, including a tentative release schedule. Python 3.0 alpha could be available as early as August this year, with the final release a year from then. This is probably the last chance Python has of any significant language overhaul — meaning a significant break in compatibility with earlier versions. (A fairly thorough conversion tool will be supplied.) Lists of regrets and wishes have been made into language enhancements, including Unicode strings (bytes objects will be used for binary data), class decorators, function argument annotations (no implicit type enforcement), dynamic specification of base classes, Abstract Base Classes (not strict and bondage-y as in Java), true multiple dispatch (called "generic functions"), exception reform, int/long unification, and much more. Whom to thank? Besides Guido and the core Python developers and designers, Google. They hired him to spend half his time on Python." Link to Original Source top
grammar fascist writes "Virus.gr has tested 58 antivirus programs against 147184 known viruses to find out which has the most complete coverage. The winners? Kaspersky, and AOL's Active Virus Shield (which is free as in beer, and is actually Kaspersky under the hood). Caveats: these virus samples were chosen from antivirus software databases (which limits the study's bearing on real-world performance), and full scans (not default settings) were run. Also notable is Nod32, which had 95.14% coverage, and caught about 29.6% of those (41503 viruses) with heuristics alone, which might indicate better real-world performance."