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Math

7 of the Best Free Linux Calculators 289

Posted by timothy
from the open-in-tabs dept.
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."

Comment: Apology (Score 1) 1100

by Dik Zak (#23099758) Attached to: Hardy Heron Making Linux Ready for the Masses?
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.

Will you please give Ubuntu another try?
Microsoft

Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion For Yahoo 784

Posted by kdawson
from the big-deal dept.
The news is everywhere this morning about Microsoft's $44.6B offer to buy Yahoo. The offer represents $31 a share, a 62% premium over Thursday's closing price; and Yahoo's stock price has been rising in after-hours trading. Microsoft has been making overtures to Yahoo since 2006, according to the CNet article, including a buyout offer last February that was rebuffed. Mediapost.com has some perspective on the deal from the point of view of ads and eyeballs. Such an acquisition, which would be Microsoft's largest by far — it bought Aquantive last year for $6 billion — would need approval by US and EU authorities. A European Commission spokesman declined to comment.
Businesses

+ - IT Spending Up

Submitted by
Techdag
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.""
Security

+ - 10 Signs an Employee is About to Go Bad

Submitted by ancientribe
ancientribe (1057834) 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.

http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=117 323&WT.svl=news1_1"
Biotech

+ - Quantum Computers to Debut Commercially 2008

Submitted by
* * Beatles-Beatles
* * 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."
Security

70% of Sites Hackable? $1,000 Says "No Way" 146

Posted by kdawson
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."
Enlightenment

+ - 32 Reasons Why Geeks are Severly Underpaid

Submitted by
GeekinOz
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?""

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