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Comment: Goodbye Palm and Nokia! (Score 0) 479

by GrAfFiT (#35172828) Attached to: Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance
My first (dumb)phone was a Nokia 6110 in 1997 and my last a Nokia 6820 in 2005. My first PDA was a Palm Pilot 1000 in 1996 and my last, a Palm Tungsten T3 in 2005.
I guess smartphones killed them both. Nokia didn't know how to make a proper PDA and Palm didn't know how to make a proper phone. Too bad they didn't cooperate back then.

Palm and Nokia: you will be remembered.

Comment: Re:Thanks Google (Score 3, Informative) 72

by GrAfFiT (#27663403) Attached to: Highlights From the 2009 Google Summer of Code

I have to disagree on that one. The Google Summer of Code is basically run by 5 people from the Open Source Programs Office. There's no one from HR involved.

Google has absolutely no control over who gets selected. The orgs alone choose their students. The only feedback that Google gets from the Summer of Code projects are two routinely hurriedly written reports from the orgs at mid-term and end of project.

Finally, of those that successfully complete the Summer of Code, less than 1% end up as Google interns and even less as full-time engineers.

Comment: Debian is participating and welcoming students (Score 5, Interesting) 44

by GrAfFiT (#27262725) Attached to: Google Summer of Code Announces Mentor Projects

Debian is welcoming students once again this year. I was a 2008 GSoC student at Debian and am returning this year to admin the GSoC program at Debian. I had a very exciting experience, participating in meetups with a lot of Debian developers all over Europe and I recommend you to apply at Debian to share this experience.

We have a huge range of project possibilities, from our famous packaging system (.deb ftw) to debian-specific developer tools and infrastructure (want to work on our multi-arch distributed build farm ?) or hardware support (because Debian runs everywhere, from tiny ARM devices to country-wide computing grids). We have you all covered.

Remember that Debian and its derivatives are the largest group of Linux distributions in the world. That's a huge community you'll be working with, and I should say, an amazing concentration of talent.

If you are interested, visit: http://wiki.debian.org/gsoc, join us on IRC on: #debian-soc on irc.debian.org or follow us on twitter of identi.ca (DebianGSoC).

Also, see our mailing-list announcement for more pratical information.

Toys

+ - Rubik's cube solved in just 26 moves

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Researchers from Northeastern University in the US have managed to prove that the Rubik's cube can be solved in just 26 moves.

Computer science professor Gene Cooperman and graduate student Dan Kunkle were able to accomplish this new record through two primary techniques.They used 7 terabytes of distributed disk as an extension to RAM, in order to hold some large tables and developed a new, "faster faster" way of computing moves, and even whole groups of moves, by using mathematical group theory."

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