top Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR
I see what you did there, but Emacs' codebase is actually quite small by today's standards.
top Businesses Moving From Amazon's Cloud To Build Their Own
There are tools to deal with them, and were even recently featured on Slashdot:
http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/01/07/1551231/netflix-open-sources-janitor-monkey-aws-cleanup-tool about a year and a half ago
top Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings
I nominate the comment above at the most stupid -as of yet- posted in the year 2013.
I nominate the comment above at the most stupid -as of yet- posted in the year
Fixed that for you.
top The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee
Almost all cellphones today come with a hands-free headset. I actually used it during an interview with Facebook, and had zero problems typing and speaking at the same time, although they didn't hire me either. I don't blame the headset though
top $50 Sound Cards Impress Versus Integrated Audio
Also, according to their measurements, the conclusion should be more like "There's almost no point in spending $50 on a sound card, if you care only about playback, not recording."
top New Technique Promises Much Faster Hard Drive Write Speeds
Indeed, if the disk could be also read the same way like MO disks, it would be promising:
top Table Salt Could Help Boost HDD Storage Density By a Factor of 5
I suppose the salt only takes part in the manufacturing process, and is removed afterwards.
top Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?
If your friend works in the academia (from the currency mentioned, I assume you are from Europe), she can also try applying for an access to HPC-Europa infrastructure.
top Oracle Announces Java SE 7
Considering the bytecode didn't change between Java 6 and 7, they can just watch and get all the Java 7 benefits for free.
top JPMorgan Rolls Out FPGA Supercomputer
Indeed. Like the internet. Or space flight. Or cell phones.
top 17-Year-Old Wins Intel's $100K Science Prize
top Germany Builds Encrypted, Identity-Confirmed Email
And it's been a failure, for a number of reasons:
- it cost a fortune to deploy
- one message costs an equivalent of about 1 USD, which means no one uses it except for communicating with the government - it relies on a proprietary (although free as beer) rather obscure application for Windows, fortunately a non-profit foundation later developed a cross-platform library for accessing the mailbox - once you register into the system, any official letter you get is automatically considered delivered, so you cannot deny receiving it, that's why any sane lawyer will discourage from getting such an account ever unless you are obligated to
Obviously, because so much money already burnt, the mailbox system is here to stay.
top Man Pays $200,000 To Save Fake Online Girlfriend
Actually, If the cons really worked the guy for two years, that's a pretty impressive feat. Probably on par with three-letter agencies.
top Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard
Actually, the standard more or less reflects the status quo:
1) Devices which do not have USB data connection do not need to use USB for charging.
2) The phone itself does not need to feature USB-micro, it's enough to bundle an adapter to phone's proprietary connector from USB-micro.
top Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'
Reminds me of Arthur Eddington and his search for fine structure constant formula.
... The great Arthur Eddington gave a lecture about his alleged deviation of the fine structure constant from fundamental theory. Goudsmit and Kramers were both in the audience. Goudsmit understood little but recognized it as far-fetched nonsense. After the discussion, Goudsmit went to his friend and mentor Kramers and asked him, “Do all physicists go off on crazy tangents when they grow old? I am afraid”. Kramers answered, “No Sam, you don’t have to be scared. A genius like Eddington may perhaps go nuts but a fellow like you just gets dumber and dumber.
top Hands-on With the iPad Alternatives On Display At IFA
There was also Tegra-based Toshiba
AC100 on display, with a lot more nerd-appeal IMHO.
top IBM Unveils Fastest Microprocessor Ever
I'd guess most of the code run on these CPUs will still use the original IBM 360 instruction set from the sixties.
top James Webb Telescope Passes Critical Tests
Being 4 times farther from Earth than the Moon, JWST won't be serviceable once deployed. Certainly not using the Shuttle.
top Atom Processors Set New Record For Power-Efficient Sorting
More details are
here. Looks like it's a tweaked merge-sort.
top FCC Asks You To Test Your Broadband Speeds
Once again, America is playing catchup. The Chinese already send all their data through a government proxy.
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