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+ - Apple's Jordan Hubbard joins iXsystems as CTO->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Looks like Jordan thinks BSD isn't Dying, after all. There's an article under Recent Posts titled 'Apple's Jordan Hubbard Joins iXsystems' on but it 404s. However, iXsystems seems to have a press release already out at"
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Scientists Attach Bar Codes To Embryos 69

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-got-the-number-when-I-was-young dept.
Zothecula writes "Fans of the film Blade Runner may remember a scene in which the maker of an artificial snake is identified by a microscopic serial number on one of its scales. Well, in a rare case of present-day technology actually surpassing that predicted in a movie, we've now gone one better — bar codes on embryos. Scientists from Spain's Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), along with colleagues from the Spanish National Research Council, have successfully developed an identification system in which mouse embryos and oocytes (egg cells) are physically tagged with microscopic silicon bar code labels. They expect to try it out on human embryos and oocytes soon."
The Internet

When Will the Automotive Internet Arrive? 261

Posted by timothy
from the heavy-traffic-for-better-throughput dept.
DeviceGuru writes "European researchers are developing a cooperative traffic system, known CVIS (Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems), comprised of vehicle-, roadside-, and central infrastructure-based communications hardware and software, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) wireless. Among other capabilities, cars communicate with each other and with 'smart traffic signals' to smooth the flow of traffic and avoid accidents, or with 'smart traffic signs' to avoid dangerous driving conditions. The CVIS project is in the midst of undergoing field trials in Europe, and Audi has recently deployed 15 test vehicles in a similar project. The ambitious vision of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) includes goals such as reduced traffic congestion and fuel consumption, enhanced safety, and improved driver and passenger comfort. Ultimately, the developers envision a sort of Automotive Internet."

Comment: The real reason? (Score 1) 180

by Foozy (#32488958) Attached to: Hooked On Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

MTV videos started the depressing slide into 'attention avoidance' by flipping a scene every 1-2 seconds. At that rate there just isn't time to *focus* on anything. The result is that the brain enters passive mode and just avoids paying attention to anything.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

A whole generation is now incapable of focusing on *anything* for a whole hour.


Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

Posted by kdawson
from the non-obfuscated dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Skydiver To Break Sound Barrier During Free-Fall 311

Posted by Soulskill
from the some-velocities-are-more-terminal-than-others dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Over fifty years ago, American Joe Kittinger made history by leaping from a balloon at 102,800 ft, and although many have sought to repeat the feat, all have failed. Now, BBC reports that Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner will try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump, skydiving from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft, and it is likely that 35 seconds into in his long free-fall of more than five minutes, he will exceed the speed of sound — the first person to do so without the aid of a machine. 'No-one really knows what that will be like,' says Baumgartner. Although challenges in the endeavor include coping with freezing temperatures and ultra-thin air, a key objective for Baumgartner will be to try to maintain a good attitude during the descent and prevent his body from going into a spin and blacking out. 'The fact is you have a lot of different airflows coming around your body; and some parts of your body are in supersonic flow and some parts are in transonic flow. What kind of reaction that creates, I can't tell you,' adds Baumgartner."

Using EMP To Punch Holes In Steel 165

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-need-some-big-batteries dept.
angrytuna writes "The Economist is running a story about a group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, who've found a way to use an EMP device to shape and punch holes through steel. The process enjoys advantages over both lasers, which take more time to bore the hole (0.2 vs. 1.4 seconds), and by metal presses, which can leave burrs that must be removed by hand."

Newly Declassified FBI Docs Reveal Predictive Data System 185

Posted by timothy
from the like-a-creepy-ad-for-ibm dept.
An anonymous reader writes 'Newly declassified documents show that the FBI is developing a data-mining system to uncover terror sleeper cells. Among the 1.6 billion records in the National Security Analysis Center — tens of thousands of travel records, including hotel and airline records. Other revelations in the documents uncovered by a FOIA request show that the feds want to expand the system for use in cyber-crime investigations, and it's already been used to scrutinize helicopter pilots and Philly cab drivers. The system has eerie resemblances to DARPA's once-banned Total Information Awareness program."

Comment: Re:Virtualization (Score 1) 73

by Foozy (#29469557) Attached to: DragonFly 2.4 Released
Runs very well under QEMU. I've also tried it on VirtualBox. Works Ok, but VB doesn't support all BSDs equally well. Here's a shot of all 4 BSDs under QEMU

Interesting factoids-

Host: IBM T40 laptop with 1GB RAM. running FreeBSD 7.1-RC1. Guests: FreeBSD 7.1-RC1, (two VMs) NetBSD 4.0.1 OpenBSD 4.4 DragonFlyBSD 2.0.1-RELEASE. QEMU version 0.9.1. AQEMU version 0.5 (01/09/2008)

I'm working on using it for BSD Professional Certification lab exams.


Jim B.

+ - BSD Professional Certification Job Task Analysis S->

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Foozy writes "The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) has announced the launch of the Job Task Analysis Survey for the BSD Professional Certification. According to the Group, the survey is designed to collect the views of both the BSD community and employers on the kinds of tasks that are performed by advanced BSD system administrators in their day-to-day duties. It records the Importance and Frequency for these tasks for later psychometric analysis. The survey features a standard browser interface and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Translations of the survey are underway, but help is needed. The final end date for the English survey will be October 16, 2009, with other translations ending after that. The survey is available in English here. Results will be published on the BSDCG website when all surveys are complete."
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