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+ - Programmers: It's OK to Grow Up

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "From the Peter-Pan-need-not-apply dept.

Everybody knows software development is a young man's game, right? Here's a guy who hires and manages programmers and he says it's not about age at all, it's about skills, period. A company that actively works to offer all employees the chance to learn and to engage with modern technologies is a company that good people are going to work for, and to stay at."

Comment: A Coincidence? (Score 1) 169

by AZScotsman (#37936824) Attached to: Asteroid Passes Closer To Earth Than the Moon on Nov 8
Nov 8 - Asteroid passes by...
Nov 9 1400 hrs PST - U.S. tests the National Emergency Broadcast System for the first time nation-wide. Previously only local activations and system tests were done (any other former broadcasters rememebr the "Red Envelope" prominently posted in the booth?).

Coincidence? I think not....

Comment: Re:The cause of the anomaly (Score 1) 140

by AZScotsman (#37143530) Attached to: DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Splash Down Confirmed
OK - Physics lesson... Q: What happens at Mach 20+ during re-entry? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? A: Coronal Plasma. Remenber back in the olden times when we'd lose contact with a re-entering capsule? The air friction caused a loss of radio contact. Now can you see why this is a Bad Idea for a readio-controlled craft?
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North Korea Develops Anti-Aging "Super Drink" 296

Posted by samzenpus
from the can-full-of-wonder dept.
__roo writes "According to North Korea's official news agency, a drink produced by North Korea's Moranbong Carbonated Fruit Juice Joint Venture Company can cure aging and all disease. 'It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells. It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral hemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time.' It also has no side-effects." Last month North Korea announced its fusion breakthrough, and now it has a super drink. One can only imagine what wonders may come in July — perhaps self-buttering toast.
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Quake 3 For Android 137

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-i-get-a-hell-yeah dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Over the last two months I ported Quake 3 to Android as a hobby project. It only took a few days to get the game working. More time was spent on tweaking the game experience. Right now the game runs at 25fps on a Motorola Milestone/Droid. 'Normally when you compile C/C++ code using the Android NDK, the compiler targets a generic ARMv5 CPU which uses software floating-point. Without any optimizations and audio Quake 3 runs at 22fps. Since Quake 3 uses a lot of floating-point calculations, I tried a better C-compiler (GCC 4.4.0 from Android GIT) which supports modern CPUs and Neon SIMD instructions. Quake 3 optimized for Cortex-A8 with Neon is about 15% faster without audio and 35% with audio compared to the generic ARMv5 build. Most likely the performance improvement compared to the ARMv5 build is not that big because the system libraries of the Milestone have been compiled with FPU support, so sin/cos/log/.. take advantage of the FPU.''
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Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

Posted by timothy
from the more-guns-less-crime dept.
cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Comment: Re:Surveillance (Score 1) 629

by AZScotsman (#28928643) Attached to: RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?
Correct on all counts....

I used to manage a RS back in the 90's (when we had to hit metrics for name gathering) and the main reasons for the name was 1) to gather addresses for the direct mail/catalog campaigns and 2) to personalize the receipts for TSP (the internal Service Plan. Additional benefits were return tracking, etc.

Once they stopped the Direct Mail (gee, I miss those flyers...), the company cancelled the name collection.

I agree the company has lost a lot of their "charm" as THE place to go for electronic accessories (wires, adaptors, etc) and become "just another electronics store" amongst a dwindling sea of retailers.

Anyone else know if they still require employees to pass Specialty Certification tests? Managers were required to pass all of them (I seem to recall that there were like 6 or 8 of them...).

Comment: Re:Use the line to pull other lines into your outl (Score 2, Informative) 635

by AZScotsman (#28202365) Attached to: You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What?
Most likely the phone line is already Twisted Pair, so assuming it's CAT5, it's easy to change over to Ethernet. One idea I had was to install cameras at central points (doors, windows, etc) and set up tablet PC's with a simple web interface to pull up images from the cams.

Heard a noise at night? just go to the tablet on the wall, scan the cameras, and alert the authorities if necessary.

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