Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?
It's pretty much vastly superior to anything else when it comes to writing programs involving fluid dynamics for gas/sewer/water/chemical companies, especially when you're designing pipe and valve flows for pump stations and the like, as well as taking extremely accurate measurements in already operational installations. The front-end of said programs can be written in just about anything, but the heavy lifting (meat) for many of these companies is still done with programs written in FORTRAN (due to program size, speed, stability, etc).
L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says
The only caveat to this is in the cases of the following:
1) Medical devices
2) Aeronautical devices
3) Emergency Response devices
4) Milspec devices
For these, the owners CAN go after the licensee of the spectrum if their operating even slightly out of spec interferes with the operation of these devices.
Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'
Except that this particular person would be immigrated to the USA to do their work, meaning for a top sales person at Oracle, $50k is not just an insult, but a crass injustice based on cost-of-living, let alone the rest.
Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.
Comcast and Xfinity are one and the same. So you get to use NBC-Comcast or NBC-Comcast.
Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts
It wasn't optional for me, as they refused to allow me to log into my Gmail account at one point without first giving them permission to change my Google account into a G+ account.
Now they have some stupid page where they are trying to get me to enter my other Google/Gmail accounts in an attempt to link it directly to my main Gmail/G+ account. No. Just no.
Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection
It does matter, because if Operative A is in Indonesia and sends a message to Financier C in Yemen requesting funds, then that email is going to leave the local Google server farms (I believe they have some in Bali and another few sets in India, NZ, and AUS that are "backup") and can be recorded/intercepted even if they end up on another set of Google server farms to be retrieved later (I believe Israel, Egypt, Turkey and a few others have the ones that serve most of the Middle East).
Who's Selling Credit Cards From Target?
What is disturbing, is that NFC/RFID chipped cards are basically just a band-aid, and fall to the exact same pitfalls of being able to be read and copied with relative ease using parts you can purchase and assemble at your local equivalent of Radioshack as your average NFC/RFID employee badge or door keycard.
The funny thing is, is that some of these parts are illegal to sell to the general public in the EU, but Canada, AUS, US, Mexico, etc all have them widely available.
There's already been demonstrations by university students & their professors, etc about the dangers of relying on chip & pin for anything (witness the fiasco a few years ago when they showed how easy it was to ride the tube in London for free by exploiting the inherent weaknesses in this particular combo).
Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs
I believe it may be because they use Apple's native player for iOS when the Netflix app detects an iOS device so it bypasses the normal Silverlight/Windows Media Player requirement for VC-1 (VC-1 is also supported under Apple's native media player on iOS due to cross-licensing from MS).
I know the player itself seems to work a bit differently between my Nook (Android) and my PC or laptop for instance (and the load/seek times are vastly different as well).
Data Broker Medbase200 Sold Lists of Rape & Domestic Violence Victims
Back in the late 1980's, the USC stood at over 300 (and grows by an average of 25 volumes per year) hardbound volumes of regulations, laws, and suggested penalties of around an average of 800 pages per volume. The indexes themselves stood at 26 volumes of a bit smaller size, and included the names of the Congress members who submitted, amended, voted for/against/abstained each as well as vote totals for each by party.
On a sidenote: The books are of such a size, that if laid end-to-end at that time, they would have gone from Washington DC to New York City, New York. The volumes are not the typical size of your average hardbound novel, for sure.
GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language
The did it to Something Awful (haven't been there in years, and from all accounts, glad I haven't).
GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language
And Dawkins refuses to speak on stage at any event she attends. This has already led her to being uninvited to a few things.
US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
When you are looking at that total cost, for most buildings older than the late 1990's, it would end up being cheaper (and better in the long run) to tear down the entire building and rebuild from scratch with DC, solar, and the new energy efficient windows, paints, etc they have now.
Keep in mind, any house built before 1980 probably has to be checked for lead paint and asbestos before any rewiring or demo work can take place legally anyhow.
China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat
China & Taiwan had zero interest in these islands or the areas around them until Japanese prospectors found natural gas deposits in the seabed nearby.
Now all of a sudden they both want them, while Japan has had small fishing villages and whatnot there for a long, long, time now (much earlier than WWII).
This is complicated, and I don't see Japan easily giving up a potential source of energy replacement for their nuclear facilities.
Intel's 128MB L4 Cache May Be Coming To Broadwell and Other Future CPUs
Actually, that amount on a NIC would be a great boon in keeping all network processing on the NIC instead of having to CPU/system memory-offload, especially when you turn on the bells and whistles like jumbo frames, etc. I can also see it helping out quite a bit when processing HD video packets when streaming video where it's pretty important to get them processed as quickly and efficiently as possible before passing them off to the main system. These packets tend to have a decent amount of overhead, etc and being able to process quite a bit of them at once due to increased RAM on the NIC should help quite a bit smoothing out the entire process.
Google Makes Latest Chrome Build Open PDFs By Default
1) Does the viewer in Chrome lack all of the JS and other nonsense shoved into all of the "traditional" PDF programs (and yes, every other viewer developer is starting to throw this nonsense into their viewers, including Foxit & Sumatra)?
2) Will this change make it easier to just click on the PDF link in Chrome and have it automagically open in a new tab instead of me having to jump through hoops?
I ask this because the only two times I've used it were for a pair of device technical/warranty manuals which (USUALLY) don't come with any added cruft so I didn't notice anything in question 1.
Essentially, I just use PDFs for quick and dirty things like warranty/manual reading. I don't do forms or other corporate buzzword bingo nonsense in them.
FCC App Lets Android Users Measure Mobile Broadband Speed
I can confirm the T1s where for I live. While somewhat rural, even the nearest 100K+ population city doesn't have (and probably won't have) anything 4G/LTE in the foreseeable future. Maybe by 2024. Maybe.
Let me tell you, they roll those things out in very select and specific areas to make it appear they have great coverage with this, when in fact they do not, and aren't even close to covering the numbers they are claiming on those maps.
Put it this way - if it isn't going to be a population center of at least 500k or more, it won't happen anytime soon, and even then it will be as cheaply done as possible to save on the fiber rollouts and lease fees.
SourceForge Appeals To Readers For Help Nixing Bad Ad Actors
I've had to remove that nonsense - make sure you dig into your browser settings and check both the extensions and plugins sections (it installs to both, and also changes your default search engines, etc). Conduit also installs itself into more than one directory, so make sure you triplecheck your ProgamFiles and ProgramFiles(x86) folders if on 64-bit Windows. This particular bit of spyware also tries to reinstall itself when you remove it.
You'll also need to check under Users/Appdata/Local and Users/Appdata/Roaming AND under services.msc as sometimes it tends to install a service (and this service does two things - handles calling the mothership and the self-reinstall mechanism).
This particular bit of software can install itself silently and it can completely bypass UAC due to more certain undocumented stupidity by Microsoft (aka they have a mechanism by which you can use a certain switch in certain signed installers to A) elevate privs for the installer process and B) bypass UAC while C) not asking for permission for the first two).
Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants
I take it you've never actually read the lack of useful comment lines in the kernel source code.
How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix
They already have this. It's called Steam + Big Picture.
What we are waiting on, is the official Steam Box to hit retailers, and the official SteamOS for those of us who want to dedicate a specific PC of our own making to games instead of shoveling it all into one system like we do on average now.
With the performance drag between ECC and 'normal' RAM almost entirely vanished nowadays, I am seriously considering a gaming/movie server build for my next system that I can leave parked in a cabinet under my tv, and official SteamOS releases will be a big part of this.
Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release
When they decided to start hiding or removing useful settings while adding so much bloatware into it that they might as well have renamed it FireIE 6.0, I quit using it for daily browsing habits.
Now that it is up to version 25+ (which is fucking stupid in its own right, trying to play version catch-up with Google just because), I still find that I don't use it for anything but Twitch.tv and Disqus.
For some reason the chat interface for Twitch never loads in Chrome no matter what I do, and Disqus comments never load in Chrome no matter what I do.
Not that I interactively use the Twitch chat, since it requires a Facebook account to post, but I can at least read the commentary and maybe send the developers a more full-fledged response via email when I am watching something from Digital Extremes or Trion for instance.
As for Disqus, I can't figure out what it is - it may be Chrome mangling the Disqus cookies in some way or hating the number of redirects the Disqus system itself uses when logging in and loading comment sections, but it just sits and spins and never loads. Loads instantly on IE10 or Firefox though (yes, I use Windows 7 exclusively at the moment).
Author David Eddings Has Passed Away, Age 77
thejynxed writes "From the source article:
Eddings was famously old-fashioned, never using a typewriter or computer (he wrote out his scripts in long-hand) and was well-known for being self-effacing, once remarking, "I'm never going to be in danger of getting a Nobel Prize for literature."
From another article:
David Eddings, the acclaimed fantasy novelist and author of such series as The Belgariad and The Malloreon, has died at the age of 77. David Eddings was predeceased by his wife and writing partner Leigh two years ago.
It's a shame really, as The Belgariad is one of the better series out there, IMHO. I spent many hours of class time during my junior and high school years reading his novels."
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US Patent Office decimates Amazon's 1-Click Patent
thejynxed writes "The USPTO has finally come to a decision and made an Amazon 1-Click Patent Ruling.
From the article:
Most of the claims in Amazon's controversial patent for shopping with a single mouse click have been rejected by the US Patent Office. It follows a campaign by a New Zealander who filed evidence of prior art with funding from readers of his blog.
There are 26 claims in Amazon.com's patent for Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network, better known as its 1-Click patent. Only five of the claims — numbered six to 10 — have been deemed "patentable and/or confirmed". Twenty-one others were rejected.
Peter Calveley from Auckland has previously told OUT-LAW that he has no business interest in revoking Amazon's most famous asset of intellectual property.
He worked as a motion capture performer and appeared as part of the evil armies in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy before he began his Amazon.com campaign over 18 months ago. He said at the time that it was a simply a hobby borne of an interest in patents and a frustration with an order for a book from Amazon that took too long to arrive.
Amazon applied for its famous patent in September 1997, naming founder and CEO Jeff Bezos as one of three inventors. What's really funny, is that one of the patents used as prior art belongs to...Jeff Bezos. A patent filed by him and granted in 1995 was found to nullify one of the claims in Amazon's 1-Click Patent. You would think he would have known this or at least sub-licensed his personal patent to his company..."
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Japanese firm tests brain-controlled toys
thejynxed writes "From the article:
HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.
The "brain-machine interface" developed by Hitachi analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals.
A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo.
"Take a deep breath and relax," said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device on Wednesday.
At his prompting, a reporter did simple calculations in her head, and the train sprang forward — apparently indicating activity in the brain's frontal cortex, which handles problem solving.
Activating that region of the brain — by doing sums or singing a song — is what makes the train run, according to Utsugi. When one stops the calculations, the train stops, too.
Underlying Hitachi's brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain's surface to map out changes in blood flow.
Although brain-machine interface technology has traditionally focused on medical uses, makers like Hitachi and Japanese automaker Honda Motor have been racing to refine the technology for commercial application.
Hitachi's scientists are set to develop a brain TV remote controller letting users turn a TV on and off or switch channels by only thinking.
Honda, whose interface monitors the brain with an MRI machine like those used in hospitals, is keen to apply the interface to intelligent, next-generation automobiles."
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thejynxed writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/26/mit.dean.a p/index.html?eref=rss_latest
To stressed-out parents and students, MIT admissions dean Marilee Jones was a rare voice of reason in the high-pressure world of college admissions. With colleges demanding kids who play sports, run student government and take the heaviest course load they can, Jones shouted back the opposite: daydream, stay healthy, and don't worry so much about building a resume just to impress an elite college.
Yet it turns out that Jones was susceptible to pressure herself. She falsely bolstered her credentials to get a job with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and over the course of her career claimed to have earned degrees from three schools. MIT officials say now they have no evidence she ever graduated from college at all.
The school announced Thursday that Jones had resigned after acknowledging she had misrepresented her education when she started working at the university 28 years ago, and declined to correct multiple incorrect claims since then.
A senior MIT official said that by claiming degrees she had never earned, Jones could no longer lead an admissions office that occasionally rescinds the acceptance letters sent to applicants who are untruthful about their own accomplishments.
"We have to uphold the integrity of the institution, because that's what we've been trying to sell and she's our chief spokesperson on that," MIT Chancellor Phil Clay said. It's "regrettable, ironic, sad, but that's where we are." A poseur is still a poseur. She lied on her resume, and continued to lie, and didn't bother fixing her lie. Now she got caught out, and is gone. Kudos to MIT for finally fixing their error, but I have to ask: "What took them so long to confirm the credentials of a Dean?" Is it normal for corporations and schools to screw up this badly, especially in a day and age when confirming you are who you say you are is rather important? (28 years??? Yeesh)"
thejynxed writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/BUSINESS/04/26/microsoft.p rofits.reut/index.html?eref=rss_latest
Microsoft posted a 65 percent rise in quarterly profit Thursday, topping Wall Street estimates due to better-than-expected demand for its new Windows Vista operating system.
Shares of Microsoft rose 5 percent after the announcement, in which the world's biggest software company also forecast 2008 profit at the mid-point of a range of analyst estimates.
"The strength of Vista is really driving this," said Kim Caughey, analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group. She added that the company had set "manageable expectations for the full year 2008, which generally allows them some headroom."
Microsoft posted a net profit of $4.93 billion, or 50 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31 versus a profit of $2.98 billion, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
Excluding tax benefits and a legal charge, Microsoft earned 49 cents per share, beating the average analyst forecast of 46 cents, according to Reuters Estimates.
Revenue rose 32 percent to $14.4 billion. Analysts, on average, had forecast revenue of $13.89 billion, with estimates ranging from $13.73 billion to $14.09 billion, according to Reuters Estimates.
Microsoft deferred about $1.7 billion in revenue from its second quarter to its third quarter to account for upgrade coupons given to customers prior to the January launch of Vista and Office 2007.
Microsoft expects the latest versions of its two flagship products to underpin profit growth over the next few years. Those two product lines alone account for more than half of Microsoft's total revenue and a majority of its profits.
Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said consumer sales of Vista surpassed the company's own expectations by $300 million to $400 million.
"There is very good acceptance from a launch perspective for the product. It's early days, but we're encouraged by it," Liddell said in an interview with Reuters. Now, is it just me, or are they seriously counting OEM installs as "consumer sales"? I would have thought they had enough sense to know and say the difference between selling a copy to Dell or HP and selling a copy directly to the consumer. Especially since they all pay at different price points. I am starting to think they just pull these numbers out of their asses and everyone on Wall Street falls for it. Still, this is the largest gain that MS has posted in quite awhile. Should make the shareholders happier."
thejynxed writes "http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/12/obit.v onnegut.ap/index.html
Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84.
Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.
The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people.
"I will say anything to be funny, often in the most horrible situations," Vonnegut, whose watery, heavy-lidded eyes and unruly hair made him seem to be in existential pain, once told a gathering of psychiatrists.
A self-described religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, Vonnegut used protagonists such as Billy Pilgrim and Eliot Rosewater as transparent vehicles for his points of view. He also filled his novels with satirical commentary and even drawings that were only loosely connected to the plot. In "Slaughterhouse-Five," he drew a headstone with the epitaph: "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.""
thejynxed writes "Nvidia has announced that they are purchasing PortalPlayer, Inc. one of the main designers of microchips for the iPod and other music players for $357 million USD.
From the article on CNN.com:
You can read the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/BUSINESS/11/06/nvidia.deal .ap/index.html"
Analysts said the acquisition reflects growing consumer demand for video-capable digital music players and the increasingly competitive and lucrative market for supplying the chips to power those devices.
Santa Clara-based Nvidia said it would pay $13.50 in cash for each outstanding share of San Jose-based PortalPlayer, a 1 percent premium over PortalPlayer's closing price Friday. Nvidia said the deal has been approved by the boards of both companies.
Nvidia's stock rose 3 percent to close Monday at $33.59, while PortalPlayer's shares were down a penny to close at $13.35, both on the Nasdaq.
"Modern mobile devices are miniaturized yet powerful multimedia computers," Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "With the products created through this combination, we intend to drive the next digital revolution, where the mobile device becomes our most personal computer."
PortalPlayer is best known for providing chips that power Apple Computer Inc.'s wildly popular iPod digital music players.
But the company suffered a major setback earlier this year when Apple chose to use Samsung Electronics Co. chips instead of PortalPlayer's for the flash memory-based iPod Nano line, and PortalPlayer's stock price plummeted.
However, PortalPlayer's technology was included in recent versions of Apple's video iPods, and analysts said the relationship with Apple and other mobile device makers made PortalPlayer a lucrative target for Nvidia, which is accelerating its push into portable music players and other handheld devices.
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