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Comment: Re:Interesting but wrong (Score 1) 239 239

by Alanbly (#38947485) Attached to: A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)
When you write the software assuming that something is done in hardware, it doesn't matter that it could be done in software. You can render most video games in software, but that doesn't mean that you can get away without a GPU that supports OpenGL or DirectX no matter how fast your computer is.

Comment: Colorado School of Mines (Score 1) 913 913

by Alanbly (#36587834) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
<ShamelessPlug> I got my BS and MS in Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the Colorado school of Mines on 2007. I had to take exactly 6 courses (18 hours) of non-engineering courses to graduate with both degrees. Sure there was physics and chemistry and metallurgy, but very little liberal arts fluff. I learned C, assembly, and Perl in high school but after the first programming course (CS161) it was all new or more applied material than the practical programming had taught me. </ShamelessPlug>

+ - "White Ninja" attempts Apple Store burglary->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Apple’s chain of retail stores have been popular targets for thieves lately, but now Ninjas are also looking to get MacBooks, iPods, and iPhones on the cheap.

Earlier this morning, a man dressed in white, and described as wearing a “white ninja suit”, drove a stolen car into the outer glass windows of an Apple Store in Greensboro, North Carolina. The glass naturally gave way to the car as it entered the retail store with resounding force. Hey, aren’t Ninjas supposed to be stealthy?

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+ - How to do scalable website code deployment?

Submitted by eggman95
eggman95 writes: I'm trying to come with with a design to be able to easily distribute code changes across x amount of web servers.

At the moment we are creating a tarball of our entire code repo, scp-ing it to each web server, extracting the file, then doing a directory mv operation (mv codeBase codeBase.old ; mv codeBase)

This method makes small updates very expensive as we have to deploy the entire code base for changes that only affect a few files. What methods do you guys use to distribute code to many servers?

+ - Judge's stinging rebuke aimed at Cisco and U.S. pr->

Submitted by rayk_sland
rayk_sland writes: Following up on Slashdot story Cisco Accused of Orchestrating Engineers Arrest

The giant computer company Cisco and U.S. prosecutors deceived Canadian authorities and courts in a massive abuse of process to have a former executive thrown in jail, says a B.C. Supreme Court judge. The point, said Justice Ronald McKinnon in a stinging decision delivered orally on Tuesday, was to derail a lawsuit launched by the former employee, and involved a series of machinations that would make a normal person "blanch at the audacity of it all." ...
Justice McKinnon said that his main offence was that he "dared to take on a multinational giant."

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+ - Solar-Powered Bikini Powers Your iPod->

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fangmcgee writes: "Capable of charging your cellphone or MP3 player, the solar bikini comprises thin, flexible photovoltaic film strips and USB connectors, woven together with conductive thread. Each bikini, coming in at just under $200, is entirely hand-stitched, requiring an average of 80 hours to make. No need to worry about your iPod running out of juice; the solar bikini will charge your favorite gadgets while you soak up the rays."
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The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.