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Comment: Working 9-5 does not equal Burnout (Score 1) 275

by BStorm (#47950071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
Working 9-5 does not necessarily mean a developer is a burnout. As other posters indicated, they may have other priorities in their lives. A technical manager to be a good manager needs to have some working knowledge of newer technologies and methodologies. More importantly the manager needs to have the wisdom on when and when not to use it.

+ - DirectX 12 promises lower-level hardware access on multiple platforms

Submitted by crookedvulture
crookedvulture (1866146) writes "Microsoft formally introduced its DirectX 12 API at the Game Developers Conference this morning. This next-gen programming interface will extend across multiple platforms, from PCs to consoles to mobile devices. Like AMD's Mantle API, it promises reduced CPU overhead and lower-level access to graphics hardware. But DirectX 12 won't be limited to one vendor's hardware. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm have all pledged to support the API, which will apparently work on a lot of existing systems. Intel's Haswell CPUs are compatible with DirectX 12, as are multiple generations of existing AMD and Nvidia GPUs. A DirectX 12 update is also coming to the Xbox One. The first games to support the API won't arrive until the holiday season of 2015, though. A preview release is scheduled for this year."

+ - Khronos Group Announces SYCL 1.2 Specifiction

Submitted by BStorm
BStorm (107974) writes "The Khronos group has announced SYCL 1.2. It's a proposed standard to "single source development where C++ template functions can contain both host and device code to construct complex algorithms that use OpenCL acceleration" from the Khronos announcement.

There is already a 1/2 hour video by AJ Guillon that discusses the SYCL 1.2 Specification . (Disclaimer: I do know AJ personally, so I have my biases). He has joined the OpenCL standards committee officially since February 14th of this year, so he does know significantly more about OpenCL then I do.

I would encourage slash dotters to read the provisional specification. Khronos is requesting community feedback."

Comment: Re:Physics. (Score 1) 237

by BStorm (#43806509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Determine If a Video Has Been Faked?

Quoting from the Wikipedia article, "Ford spoke and voted at the February 7 meeting: "[A]nd if it wasn't for this foundation, these kids would not have a chance. And then to ask for me to pay it out of my own pocket personally, there is just, there is no sense to this. The money is gone, the money has been spent on football equipment ..."[120] City Council voted on a motion "[t]hat City Council rescind the previous decision made under Item CC52.1[122] and direct that no further action be taken on this matter", which carried by majority, 22 voting Yes, 12 No, with 11 absent." The conflict of interest was he spoke and voted on a matter before city council that affected him directly, whether he had to pay back $3500 to the contributors to the "Rob Ford Foundation".

Paul Magner that brought forth the court case is not a millionaire, although there may be a millionaire named Paul Magner living in Toronto.

"Ontario Superior Court Judge Hackland's ruling was released on November 26, 2012. Hackland found that Ford had violated the MCIA and declared his seat vacant, the decision to take effect in 14 days.[118] In his decision, Hackland disagreed with all of Ford's legal arguments. In his disposition, Hackland stated: "Ford's actions were not done by reason of inadvertence or of a good faith error in judgment. I am, therefore, required by s. 10(1)(a) of the MCIA to declare the respondent's seat vacant. In view of the significant mitigating circumstances surrounding the respondent's actions ... I decline to impose any further disqualification from holding office beyond the current term."[120] Opinions differed on whether the ruling allowed Ford to run in a by-election should Council order one to fill the vacancy. According to the City Solicitor, the ruling disallowed Ford from holding office again until 2014, the next term of office.[128] However, on November 30, Judge Hackland clarified his order, and did not bar Ford from running in a by-election, should one be held before 2014."

Then Ford appealed the decision, and won his appeal on what some view as a technicality, the "financial judgment was not under the City of Toronto Act or the Council Code of Conduct. Further, the sanction was beyond the authority of the City Council to enact."
Although he won the appeal, he was not awarded court costs.

+ - How to best determine if a video has been faked.

Submitted by BStorm
BStorm (107974) writes "The Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making a headlines around the world, for allegedly smoking crack. This story was first broken by gawker.com, which is now crowd-funding $200,000 to buy the video in question. What do you look for to determine if a video has been faked? Of course I am only interested in only the technical details and not the tawdry details related to this case ;) I live in Toronto, so the video still frame posted on Gawker certainly does look like Rob Ford."
Games

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming 768

Posted by samzenpus
from the top-of-the-heap dept.
dartttt writes "In a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own app store and it is not an open platform anymore and Linux has everything they need: good OpenGL, pulseaudio, OpenAL and input support."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft's Clippy Rebels, Targets Dirty Clouds->

Submitted by
Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes "No, this isn’t some hellish Easter Egg designed into Windows 8. It’s the latest publicity stunt by Greenpeace, which has sent protesters dressed as Microsoft’s iconic character to Microsoft Stores to crash the Windows 8 launch.
“Connecting to the cloud is a great feature of Microsoft’s stuff,” Greenpeace wrote in a blog post last week. “We love the Internet! But as the Internet grows, it needs more electricity, and unfortunately, Microsoft’s getting the electricity for its cloud from old, dirty sources. The massive data centers that store and compute the data for Microsoft’s cloud use a lot of electricity, and much of it comes from dirty, dangerous old sources like coal and nuclear power.”
Microsoft’s most recent data-center announcements, the posting continued, “show that is it continuing to build in locations such as Wyoming and Virginia in the United States that are attached to dirty energy. Despite over 250,000 messages to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, Microsoft has yet to significantly invest in clean energy.”
The “250,000 messages” refers to an online petition to convince Microsoft that it needs to invest in green energy, not coal-fired power plants. The same petition was sent to Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, as well as Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon."

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Linux

+ - Ext4 scare was a tempest in a teacup: almost all of the userbase safe->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It turns out the ext4 problem only affects users of some very obscure mount options, and even them it depends on specific conditions to show up. If you DON'T use the mount options "journal_async_commit" or "journal_checksum", which are NEVER enabled by default (not by the system, and not by the distros), you will not see any corruption."
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Comment: Re:The real story... (Score 1) 73

by BStorm (#39523085) Attached to: Why Hubble Broke and How It Was Fixed

Thanks for that comment. No go back into your troll-hole and read the book Knuckle Dragging for Cretins.

Politics being what it is, a politician will try to wrap themselves with the glory coming from a successful project. As with anyone they want to minimize the risk. Being a politician has nothing to do with their gender, only the glad-handing opportunism. To simplify it for your less developed neocortex:

  1. - Politicians want to look good
  2. - They will support projects with little risk
  3. - A politician can be a man or wormen

Being political is not for everyone, but having a politician who supports a large scale project, will ensure funding and support. If you tell your boss that a project will be successful and it will work and it doesn't. I would not be surprised if you do get a strip torn off since you made your boss look bad!

Comment: Telidon aka videotex (Score 1) 326

by BStorm (#38982651) Attached to: Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues

Another example of prior art exists, and I quote from the IEEE article

One of the major improvements of Telidon over first generation videotex systems is its high-quality graphic capability. High resolution colour drawings, intricate shapes, even photographs are all possible through Telidon technology.

This was in 1981. In 1985 I did some work for a small Toronto based company, where they were developing both Telidon content and technology. I wrote a NAPLSP decoder/encoder written using C, lex and yacc. Everything was coded using a machine readable instruction set. Since everything was done using dialup modems, and 2400 baud was considered fast.

I also did a standalone NAPLSP server and browser that would display content. This was delivered to Xerox when they had their own retail stores in Toronto. It was commercialized to a certain degree.

There were several dozen public terminals in malls and other public areas in the city. It was a prime example of a technology that was a solution looking for a problem. Lack of bandwidth, and a lack of critical mass in terms of a wide spread adoption doomed it to failure. It was fun while it lasted.

It is regrettable that Michael Doyle had Microsoft settle with him. By settling with him, it gave him the war chest to proceed with further litigation. The concepts that he is claiming as his own, written up by Ted Nelson in Computer Lib (1974), and then became reality with Telidon (1981). Michaels patent is dated 1993. It is the interest of everyone to refute the patent by presenting prior art. Perhaps a Telidon terminal demonstration would be in order.

Handhelds

Why Amazon Can't Manufacture a Kindle In the US 598

Posted by Soulskill
from the american-line-workers-try-to-eat-them dept.
theodp writes "Ever wonder why all those job listings for Amazon subsidiary Lab126 — the internal group behind the Kindle and, by all accounts, an upcoming Android tablet — have travel requirements? Over at Forbes, Steve Denning explains why Amazon can't make a Kindle in the U.S., and why that really does matter. 'The idea that there is a lot of outsourcing going on is hardly news', writes Denning. 'The idea that it is irreversible and destructive of the economy's ability to grow is less well known. Even so, it's not exactly new news: the HBR article that I cite is two years old. What is really new news is that (1) these fairly obvious truths haven't yet dawned on economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CEOs, accountants, politicians, among others and (2) the way to manage in a radically different way to deal with these issues is now more fully articulated than it has been before.' Denning concludes his trilogy-of-management-terror by noting that the decline is also occurring in software."

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