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## Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot398

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."

## The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza282

Posted by samzenpus
from the equal-distribution-of-the-pie dept.
iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."

## Comment: Re:python (Score 1)1095

by Eli_Courtwright (#24289495) Attached to: How To Encourage a Young Teen To Learn Programming?
Specifically, the book "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With Python" is freely available online (although it seems to have recently been renamed "Think Python: An Introduction to Software Design". It's an excellent resource for first-time programmers; it starts with "The Way of the Program" and shows how to use the command line interpreter, then gradually moves on to control flow, data structures, building GUIs, etc.

You can find it at http://www.greenteapress.com/thinkpython/html/

## + - VCs expect big returns from open source

Submitted by munchola
munchola writes "Venture capital firms have invested \$1.89bn in Linux and open source vendors since 2000, according to CBRonline, which has also asked a number of VCs about what makes open source an attractive investment. According to Robin Vasan, managing director at Mayfield, the fact that open source "lowers the cost of development, but also the cost of purchasing for the customer" means that there could actually be more money to be made from open source than proprietary software models in the long term: "Open source is not a market, it is a new form of development and distribution. When you look at it that way then the rationale as to why so much money has gone into open source makes more sense.""

## CompUSA Closing More Than 50 Percent of Stores423

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
Zurbrick writes to tell us that CompUSA hs announced that they are closing the doors on over half their stores over the next three months. "CompUSA said in a statement it would close 126 of its stores and would receive a \$440 million cash capital infusion, but it was not specific as to the source of the cash. The company also said it would cut costs and restructure. The company operates 225 stores, which its Web site says are located in the United States and Puerto Rico. "

## + - Xbox 360 Can Be Hacked

Submitted by Rob
Rob writes "This was posted yesterday on Security Focus' BugTraq list and looks like a follow-up to the anonymous 23C3 Hacker Congress presentation held in December. Looks like some huge news (Unsigned Code Execution in Hypervisor Mode) even if it's already patched by Microsoft in the latest kernel release: http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox1data/sep/EEZkykVkkF mojzapEq.php and here it is explained in normal terms: http://www.xboxic.com/news/2485"

## + - Sony Expects to Solve PS3 Shortages by May

Submitted by Themer
Themer writes "SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Sony Corp. is on track to ship 2 million PlayStation 3s to North American stores by the end of March, and expects shortages of the video game console to have completely eased by May, a top executive said on Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT "April or May is when we feel like we're going to catch up to demand and have product fully in stock across North America and stay there," said Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America. Asked about widespread reports on video game Web sites that stacks of unsold PlayStation 3s are a common sight in many electronics shops, Tretton told Reuters in an interview that the console was still out of stock in some areas three months after its November launch. "It's a testament to the fact that we've been able to manufacture and ship units on a greater pace than any previous console," Tretton said. "Our goal is to fill shelves across the United States. Our goal is not to have empty shelves, it's to have full shelves. If we have empty shelves, that's one less consumer who could have bought a PlayStation 3," Tretton said. Sony's PlayStation 3 is the cornerstone of the consumer electronics giant's strategy to dominate home entertainment. The PlayStation 3 — which costs \$500 or \$600 depending on features — has a hard drive to store game data and music, and can play DVDs using Sony's Blu-Ray high-definition technology. But the machine faces stiff competition from Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile , Research) Xbox 360, which launched a year earlier and has an extensive system for online play, and Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s (7974.OS: Quote, NEWS , Research) Wii, which features a unique motion-sensitive controller. Consumers and analysts have praised the PlayStation 3's graphical prowess and potential, but they have also raised concerns about its high price, a weak line-up of current games and what has been perceived as arrogance on Sony's part about the desirability of its flagship product. "The PS3's biggest opponent right now is itself. It's really just competing against its own PR," said Jeremy Dunham, PlayStation editor at entertainment Web site IGN. "The PS3's problem right now is there have been a lot of broken promises. It has a lot of things to overcome, but the brand name, the franchises and good exclusives ... all should generate interest," Dunham said. Tretton, who helped Sony launch the original PlayStation in North America in 1995, said Sony was on track to ship 2 million PlayStation 3s to retailers by the end of March. "We're in pretty good shape to do that. The early returns are quite favorable," Tretton said. In January, Sony sold 244,000 PlayStation 3s, compared to 294,000 for the Xbox 360 and 436,000 for the Wii. The company has said its target is to ship 6 million PS3s worldwide by the end of March. Shares in Sony fell 5.8 percent in Japan, hit by a surge in the yen and a sell-off in global markets. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2099138 ,00.asp"

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