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Indian Census To Collect Fingerprints, Photos 141

adityamalik writes "The Indian census kicks off on Thursday, with approximately 2.5 million people charged with conducting it across the billion-plus strong country. 'Officials will collect fingerprints and photograph every resident for the first time for the register — a process described by Home Minister P. Chidambaram as 'the biggest exercise... since humankind came into existence.' Sensitivity towards collection of biometrics and personal details is quite low in India currently. I wonder how effective — and how powerful — the exercise will turn out to be for the country. I'm also struggling to imagine how the photo and fingerprint collection is going to happen, technology-wise."

ABC/Disney Considering Hulu 192

An anonymous reader writes "The Walt Disney Co and have restarted talks over offering shows from Disney's ABC television network on the online video distributor owned by NBC Universal and News Corp, reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources." The real question to me is when will they stop screwing around with Boxee users?

Comment Analog Integrated Circuits (Score 3, Informative) 65

Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits
by Behzad Razavi

Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits
by by Paul R. Gray, Paul J. Hurst, Stephen H. Lewis, Robert G. Meyer

Analog Integrated Circuit Design
by David Johns, Ken Martin

I have these three books. They're all for integrated circuit design, but they definitely give an in-depth coverage of analog design. They're pretty heavy in terms of material. You might be looking for something a bit broader in scope.

Comment directory stack (Score 3, Informative) 2362

Directory stack commands, pushd and popd, are quite handy. I alias them to pd and po. Then pd works just like cd, except it remembers where you've been.

The advantage of the directory stack over "cd -" is that the directory stack always remembers where you last were. "cd -" only remembers until you change directories again.

In tcsh (I don't know other shells), you can do directory stack substitution. =0 is current directory, =1 is one up, =2 is two up, and so on.

I also use bindkeys to bind Control-G to 'dirs -v' so I can look at the directory stack with ease, even in the middle of a command.

Personally, I think directory stack commands are the least-known, but most useful feature in tcsh.

Comment some tcsh commands (Score 1) 2362

A subject after my own heart. :) Here's some useful tcsh things I've learned over the years:

alias myps 'ps auxww | grep $USER'
alias awkill 'awk '\''{print $2}'\'' | xargs kill'

Run "myps | grep firefox | awkill -9" to kill all firefox sessions.

alias pd 'pushd'
alias po 'popd'
alias dirs 'dirs -v'

Don't forget directory stack substitution (=1, =2, etc.)

alias aw 'awk '\''{print $'\!:1'}'\'''

Grab column 5 with "aw 5". (e.g. ls -l | aw 5)

If you use the shell a lot, I recommend you get familiar with grep, awk, sed, find and xargs. Here's a quick example that I just had to use today. I got a bunch of Windows ascii files mixed with a bunch of other files. I wanted to run dos2unix on only the Windows ascii files. And the files were spread across several directories.

find . -type f | xargs file | grep CRLF | aw 1 | sed 's/://' | xargs dos2unix

My knowledge of tcsh is what's been keeping me from switching to bash. I like to use popular standards, but I don't know how to do this stuff in bash. I learned the tcsh stuff when I actually had time to read shell man pages. :)

The Courts

Judge Suppresses Report On Voting Systems 192

Irvu writes "A New Jersey Superior Court Judge has prohibited the release of an analysis conducted on the Sequoia AVC Advantage voting system. This report arose out of a lawsuit challenging on constitutional grounds the use of these systems. The study was conducted by Andrew Appel on behalf of the plaintiffs, after the judge in the case ordered the company to permit it. That same judge has now withheld it indefinitely from the public record on a verbal order."

Microsoft To Release Cloud-Oriented Windows OS 209

CWmike writes "Within a month, Microsoft will unveil what CEO Steve Ballmer called 'Windows Cloud.' The operating system, which will likely have a different name, is intended for developers writing cloud-computing applications, said Ballmer, who spoke to an auditorium of IT managers at a Microsoft-sponsored conference in London. Ballmer was short on details, saying more information would spoil the announcement. Windows Cloud is a separate project from Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft is developing to succeed Windows Vista."

Doctors To Control Robot Surgeon With Their Eyes 99

trogador writes "Researchers from Imperial College London are improving the Da Vinci surgical robot by installing an eye-tracker, which allows surgeons to control the robot's knife simply by looking at the patient's tissues on a screen. Tracking the eyes can generate a 3D map, which in turn can make moving organs — like a beating heart — appear to stand still for easier operation. Other features include 'see-through' tissues on the surgeon's screen (so tumors can be seen underneath tissues) and 'no-cut' zones, places where the robot won't allow the surgeon to cut by mistake. Says ICL Professor Guang Zhong Yang, 'We want to empower the robot and make it more autonomous.'"

Artificial Intelligence at Human Level by 2029? 678

Gerard Boyers writes "Some members of the US National Academy of Engineering have predicted that Artificial Intelligence will reach the level of humans in around 20 years. Ray Kurzweil leads the charge: 'We will have both the hardware and the software to achieve human level artificial intelligence with the broad suppleness of human intelligence including our emotional intelligence by 2029. We're already a human machine civilization, we use our technology to expand our physical and mental horizons and this will be a further extension of that. We'll have intelligent nanobots go into our brains through the capillaries and interact directly with our biological neurons.' Mr Kurzweil is one of 18 influential thinkers, and a gentleman we've discussed previously. He was chosen to identify the great technological challenges facing humanity in the 21st century by the US National Academy of Engineering. The experts include Google founder Larry Page and genome pioneer Dr Craig Venter."

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young