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Comment: They aren't really all that different (Score 4, Informative) 215

by Mabbo (#40444421) Attached to: Google Vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Interviews
Having been an intern at both, and gone through at least the intern version of their interviews, I didn't see a huge difference. Can you solve problems? How do you approach different types of problems? Simply put, did your education (both formal and personal) teach you enough to know the important things that any software engineer should know? Communication is incredibly important, and your ability to communicate how you are solving the problems and dealing with issues factors in quite a bit.

Once inside, they do have different cultures, goals, focus, but as far as getting in, I feel there's very few people who would be hired by one, but not the other.

+ - Energy and clean drinking water from human waste->

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monikasaini123
monikasaini123 writes "A venture from a team of scientists from Imperial College London, uk, University of Manchester and Durham University defeat more than 2,000 other suggestions to receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a prototype system for recuperating drinkable water and growing hydrogen power from human faecal waste. The scientists believe the technology could provide an affordable device for people in the developing world to generate water that is clean and power from waste and a maintainable source of hydrogen power that could be used to power houses in developed world.The scientists say that the device will be mobile, enabling installing in houses and distant places. The technology is based on permeable scaffolding that maintains bacteria and nano-particles. When faecal debris is strained through the scaffolding these particles will react with the waste mater to produce the reusable options. These can either be used instantly or saved for later use.The first level of the venture will see the team creating a stand-alone cleanliness device, making it simpler and less expensive for people in developing nations to look at the technological innovation where large sewer systems may not exist. Where sewer facilities are in place, the technological innovation could be connected into the system, reducing execution costs for homeowners.In the long-term, the researchers aim to further develop their device into a ‘pick and mix’ series of recycling units that can extract the types of resources most useful for users such as: electrolytes, used for generating electricity; methane, for energy; and ammonia, which is a widely used fertiliser. The team says their device would be an advantage over other systems currently on the market that can only recover one or two resources at most.Dr Martyn McLachlan, Department of Materials at Imperial, says: “In the future, we may see homes in the UK generating their own clean water, energy and fertilizer simply by doing what comes naturally to us all once or twice day. More important are the implications for developing countries, where the provision of clean drinking water is essential for supporting life and self-generated energy could be used to support economic growth.”Reference: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_14-3-2012-10-34-45"
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Science

+ - Psychic ability claim doesn't hold up in new scientific experiments->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "Stunning news from the world of science:

A new study has failed to find evidence that psychic ability is real. Skeptics may scoff at the finding as obvious, but the research is important because it refutes a study published in a psychological journal last year that claimed to find evidence of extrasensory perception. That research, conducted by Daryl Bem of Cornell University, triggered outrage in the psychological community when the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology announced in 2010 that the paper had been accepted for publication.

Academic paper link"
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Comment: Searching for hoses (Score 5, Insightful) 408

by Mabbo (#39339903) Attached to: Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere
While interviewing for an internship with Google, one engineer I spoke to described what Google does from his perspective: Google once discovered a hose that money poured out of. Its name is online advertising. Now, they spend their time searching for either the next hose, or new ways to increase the flow rate of that first one.

Now, whether this is the Chrome browser, Google+, Google Docs, self driving cars, whatever- they have no idea if any of them will be worthwhile. But, they have some of the smartest people in the world tinkering around to try to find out. And if they spend $16 Billion to find a hose worth $100 Billion, or more, then they come out ahead. But, that's the thing about exploration- you don't know what you're going to find.

Comment: Research In Motion (Score 3, Insightful) 172

by Mabbo (#39216191) Attached to: NSA Publishes Blueprint For Top Secret Android Phone
Well, that should be the final nail in the coffin for the Blackberry. I've been saying for the last 2 years: All RIM has going is the fact that they have a secure phone. All someone needs to do is offer an Android-based phone with the same level of security, and they will have lost the only real selling point remaining that they had.
Science

+ - Lawyers For Mining Companies Threaten Scientific Journals->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "ScienceInsider got hold of a letter that lawyers for the mining industry sent to various scientific journals that have either received, or could receive, data from the US "Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study" that many occupational health researchers believe will show a link between diesel exhaust and cancer. ScienceInsider had the scoop, a handful of scientists have comment, and the above URL links to several of them and discusses in depth the back of the lawsuit that prompted the threat."
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Android

+ - Fraunhofer IIS Demos Full-HD Voice Over LTE On Android->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Fraunhofer IIS has chosen Mobile World Congress as the place to present the world's first Full-HD Voice mobile phone calls over an LTE network. Verizon Wireless has toyed with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) before, but this particular method enables mobile phone calls to sound as clear as talking to another person in the same room. Full-HD Voice is already established in several VoIP, video telephony and conferencing systems. However, this will mark the first time Fraunhofer's Full-HD Voice codec AAC-ELD has been integrated into a mobile communications system. Currently, the majority of phone calls are limited to the 3.5 kHz range, whereas humans are able to perceive audio signals up to 20 kHz. The Full-HD Voice codec AAC-ELD gives access to the full audible audio spectrum."
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Comment: Definitely a change of viewpoints (Score 4, Interesting) 151

by Mabbo (#37762896) Attached to: Ballmer: We're Lucky Microsoft Didn't Buy Yahoo
I was an intern at Microsoft in 2009. Ballmer was scheduled to have this big talk for all the interns one afternoon, and at the last moment, cancelled on us. We were all a bit annoyed, but hey, he's the CEO, 'spose that's what happens. He rescheduled for a week later. When he started, he apologized to us for cancelling. He said "Sorry I had to reschedule you guys. It basically came down to this: for the last 10 years, we've been flirting with Yahoo, and they finally agreed to go on a date with us". He was pretty excited about the Yahoo thing, very gung-ho. Side note: That talk left me really impressed with the guy. I didn't stay on with Microsoft, but I still see Ballmer in a very positive light.

Comment: Re:It's not just playgrounds. (Score 1) 493

by Mabbo (#36838026) Attached to: Can a Playground Be Too Safe?
It's *easy* to yell and scream and do things to "protect" a child from scraped knees, cell phones, peanuts, etc and it has the added benefit of making parents feel like they've actively done something to protect their kids. It's also easy to give children junk food rather than proper meals, and to let them sit in front of a TV instead of taking them to sports teams, or better yet, go out for a run with them. Laziness is the problem. And friend, have we got a lot of it.

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