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Comment: A final admission of defeat? (Score 1) 334

To the casual (and admittedly distant) observer of Obama's Presidency it looks as if he has finally had to admit that he will be unable to change things as he initially wished and that ultimately he did not fully comprehend the 'complexities' of the office.

Cynics would say that he was naive in believing that he could effect any fundamental change in areas such as government transparency but we need more people that believe they can or we might as well all pack up and head for that island (away from potential cyclones of course...)

Comment: Re:The question is utterly stupid... (Score 2) 576

I don't think the question is stupid. Dismissing it out of hand seems more so.

1. Asking questions such as this, where we have limited information, often spawns interesting approaches to solving them

2. Any method for detecting 'unwanted visitors' may also be effective in detecting unintelligent (but still unwanted) visitors like significant lumps of fast moving rock which if unencumbered may cause an extinction event

3. It is an opportunity to involve people across national, political, tribal and ethnic divides in pursuit of something important to all of us.

(I'm sure there are many more advantages to at least contemplating what our civilisation could do in this 'hypothetical' situation but this lot should do for demonstrating that the question is at least worth asking...)

The Almighty Buck

When DLC Goes Wrong 261

Posted by Soulskill
from the horse-armor dept.
kube00 writes "Poorly done downloadable content is one of a gamer's worst nightmares right now. Where a publisher stands to make some money, gamers get screwed. Whether it's the overpriced extra maps/costumes DLC, on-the-disc-at-launch DLC, or DLC that is nothing more than a remake of other content, no game is safe from bad DLC. That includes Modern Warfare 2, Bioshock 2, Uncharted 2 and a host of many other popular games. Is there a chance to fix this system?"

Comment: Re:Don't be a policeman (Score 3, Interesting) 286

by Horus1664 (#29423469) Attached to: Australian ISPs Asked To Cut Off Malware-Infected PCs

I'm in the UK and used to use Zen as my ISP. I found their tech support very helpful in spotting dodgy activity emanating from my home network and advising me on ways to investigate and correct my problems. They did warn that I should take immediate action or they would have to consider suspending my connection. I found this a sensible, helpful and mature approach to the situation.

If done properly involvement of the ISP in identifying and helping resolve infected PCs should be welcomed I would have thought...

Comment: Who actually cares (Score 1) 325

by Horus1664 (#27845231) Attached to: Apple Rumored To Want To Buy Twitter

When it comes to channels of communication, like Twitter, we get worried when a company takes it over because we worry that censorship or other pernicious activities may commence.

The fact remains that if/when this happens another channel of communication opens up. So why bother about the commercial greed of the less than ideological founders of the latest trendy comms vehicle ?

Comment: Re:One solution (Score 2, Funny) 418

by Horus1664 (#24583195) Attached to: What Tech Workers Need To Know About Overtime
I would basically agree with this sentiment. I was a highly skilled contract worker for 15 years. However in some markets the 'high skill' being paid for by the employer is something that isn't 'development' as the poster's skills obviously are. Someone who can swan about doing basically what they like providing they supply a usable product in a certain timeframe. It might be technical support or problem solving which the employer might genuinely need at odd times, therefore introducing the idea of 'overtime'.
IBM

+ - IBM launching an open desktop solution

Submitted by
DJ_Maiko
DJ_Maiko writes "IBM just announced their intent to release an open desktop solution which they're calling "Open Client Offering." The new offering will make it possible for big businesses to present their employees with a choice of running Linux, Macintosh or Windows software on desktop PCs, using the same underlying software code, which will cut the cost of managing Linux or Apple relative to Windows. If this project succeeds, it will make it unnecessary for companies to pay Microsoft for licenses for items that don't rely on Windows-based software. IBM plans to also roll this out in-house to 5% of their 320,000 employees worldwide. This sure seems like a promising endeavor.

From the article:
  "We worked with the open source community and found a way to write software once that will work regardless of operating system. It will run on Windows, Macintosh or Linux," said Scott Handy, IBM's vice president of Linux and open source.

So what do you guys think, will this (finally) displace Windows as the flavor du jour in the business marketplace?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Girls of Engineering pin up calendar ?

Submitted by bongey
bongey (974911) writes "Thought this was funny , seems some engineering students got together and talked some of the woman engineers at U of I to take some racy photos for a calendar . Needless to say the title of the calendar is smart is sexy . All I can say is where can I get a copy. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/246420,CST-NWS- calendar07.article"
Intel

+ - Intel tests 80 Core chip

Submitted by Zeinfeld
Zeinfeld (263942) writes "Intel has announced a test chip with 80 cores. The chip has a nominal processing capacity of over a teraflop. Whether the chip actually delivers that performance over a sustained interval on real processing problems is another question. Also unmentioned is how the issue of heat dissipation is dealt with. It is probably going to be a while before such chips are production.

This marks a major departure from tactics such as introducing more parallelism into the processor core and adding more cache memory that have been the norm since 64 mainstream processors reached 64 bits."

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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