An anonymous reader writes "One of the basic utilities supplied with any operating system is a desktop calculator. These are often simple utilities that are perfectly adequate for basic use. They typically include trigonometric functions, logarithms, factorials, parentheses and a memory function. However, the calculators featured in this article are significantly more sophisticated with the ability to process difficult mathematical functions, to plot graphs in 2D and 3D, and much more. Occasionally, the calculator tool provided with an operating system did not engender any confidence. The classic example being the calculator shipped with Windows 3.1 which could not even reliably subtract two numbers. Rest assured, the calculators listed below are of precision quality."
By the authority vested in me by virtue of being an Ubuntu user and member of the community, I hereby apologize to you on behalf of the entire Ubuntu community. We are sorry that Ubuntu broke your computer.
That being said, we believe that that specific problem, along with many others have been fixed.
Techdag writes: "CIO Insight says that "optimism about the economy and anxiety about security are leading companies to increase IT spending." Its survey of 429 IT executives reveals that IT spending will increase in 2007, despite other reports to the contrary. From the article: "We're predicting a higher rate of spending growth than Gartner Inc., Forrester Research Inc. and IDC; their forecasts for 2007 increases range from 2.8 to 6.5 percent, while we expect a 7.6 percent increase, the largest we've ever reported. But that shouldn't be surprising, given what we've learned in our recent surveys: CIOs are focusing more on growth and improving service than on cost reduction; the current economic expansion has proved resilient; and security worries and regulations require more purchases toward IT protection. And as companies make infrastructure investments, they are updating older systems and installing new applications that can take advantage of these investments.""
ancientribe writes: Tomorrow is the two-year anniversary of ChoicePoint 'fessing up to its credit-card data exposure fiasco. A Dark Reading article today gives 10 warning signs that an employee is about to flip on you or give away the company jewels or other sensitive information — and what to do about it.
* * Beatles-Beatles writes: "http://news.com.com/Start-up+demos+quantum+compute r/2100-1008_3-6159152.html Quantum computers, which researchers have experimented with for years but which haven't yet existed outside of the laboratory, are radically different than today's electronic computers. D-Wave's computer is based around a silicon chip that houses 16 "qubits," the equivalent of a storage bit in a conventional computer, connected to each other. Each qubit consists of dots of the element niobium surrounded by coils of wire."
from the money-where-mouth-is dept.
netbuzz writes "Security vendor Acunetix is flogging a survey that claims 7 out 10 Web sites it checked have vulnerabilities posing a medium- to high-level risk of a breach of personal data. Network World's go-to security guy, Joel Snyder, says that percentage is 'sensationalist nonsense' — and he's willing to back that judgment with $1,000 of his own money. In fact Snyder will pay up if Acunetix can get personal data out of 3 of 10 sites chosen at random from their survey list."
GeekinOz writes: "IT vs. Sales in the salary earning stakes.
Why are geeks losing out? Here's our in-depth answer: 32 Reasons Nearly All Geeks are Severely Underpaid
"Why are sales professionals still rewarded with the biggest pay packets? Are sales professionals better qualified or smarter than IT professionals? No, there's no such thing as a sales degree. Do they work longer or harder? Of course not. So why then is IT not the best paid profession?""