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Comment: Re:Not a trick, but a question. (Score 1) 516

by PsychosisC (#25709943) Attached to: (Useful) Stupid Regex Tricks?

Feh. If it doesn't have more backslashes than you can count on one hand, it's probably not worth writing.

[1] ~/code/foo $ grep \\\([BF][to]o\\\).*\\1 foo.txt

Seriously, the '/' at the end of the expression seems to be the culprit. If Solaris grep can handle this kind of back-reference, I am pretty sure anything that does regexes can handle this kind of backreference.

Power

'30 Year Laptop Battery' is Unscientific Myth 322

Posted by Zonk
from the be-nice-though-wouldn't-it dept.
An anonymous reader wrote to mention the wonderful news: "A research group funded by U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is developing a battery which can provide continuous power to your laptop for 30 years! Betavoltaic power cells are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source..." Except, not so much. ZDNet's Mixed Signals blog with Rupert Goodwins explains why (as always) if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is: "The sort of atomic structures that generate power when bombarded with high energy electrons are the sort that tend to fall apart when bombarded with high energy electrons. While solar cells have the same problem, it's to a much lesser extent. There's a lot of research into making materials that don't suffer so much, but it remains a serious issue ... while it's true that a tritium-powered battery will eventually turn into an inert, safe lump of nothing much, and while it's also true that a modest amount of shielding will keep the radioactivity within the the battery the while, there's the small problem that if you break the battery during its life the nasties come out."
The Internet

Web 2.0 Bubble May Be Worst Burst Yet 417

Posted by Zonk
from the not-the-bubble dept.
athloi writes with a link to an editorial by John Dvorak over at the PC Magazine site. Rather than his usual tilting at windmills, Dvorak turns his attention to possibility of another big internet economy 'pop': "Every single person working in the media today who experienced the dot-com bubble in 1999 to 2000 believes that we are going through the exact same process and can expect the exact same results — a bust. It's déjà vu all over again. Each succeeding bubble has been worse than its predecessor. Thus nobody is actually able to spot the cycle, since it just looks like a continuum. I can assure you that after this next collapse, nobody will think of the dot-com bubble as anything other than a prelude." It certainly seems like another burst is imminent; will this one be worse than the original, or have less of an impact?
Google

+ - Google and Universal partner for viral marketing->

Submitted by
PsychosisC
PsychosisC writes "Users of Google's Personalized Home service may have noticed a discreet link "Add the Ultimate Search for Bourne agent gadget to your iGoogle page". Sorry guys, this isn't bash search utility, it's an advertisement for Bourne Ultimatum.

Google has struck a partnership with Universal Pictures to advertise the movie. From the article,

Apparently, the partnership between Universal Pictures and Google didn't involve money. It's just a way to create more awareness for Google's services.


This is not the first time Google has participated in viral marketing, but it is the first time to my knowledge that they've used the Personalized Home service to deliver an advertisement."

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Handhelds

+ - Where in the US can you get JUST a Cell Phone? 6

Submitted by arakon
arakon (97351) writes "I am looking around for a cell phone for my technically challenged mother and all she wants is just a phone, and yet there seem to be no carriers in the US that carry a plain cell phone with good reception and battery life. All of them bundle camera's, pda's, mp3 players and a kitchen sink with a battery life of 2 hours, all for the low price of $350 or more...

Having looked around, the Motorola F3 is exactly what she wants but it doesn't seem to be available in the US. If we order it online will it work on US carriers? Are there any comparable products out there with a similar feature set and price range available for US networks? I appreciate the help."
Networking

+ - Setting Up a small linux cluster

Submitted by Davemania
Davemania (580154) writes "I am working for a research group that requires to do a large amount of data analysis (each of these files could be up to 1 gig in size). We're planning on buying up to 10 pc with linux on them to do these scientific processing (matlab, etc ) but what would be the best configuration for these 10 linux boxes ? Preferably, we would like to maintain all the data on one server and send it out to the Linux box for processing automatically. What approach would be the best, clustering ? OpenMosix, Rock Cluster ? or just simply drop files into the share folder and remote desktop in ?"
Movies

Warner Brothers Pulls Canadian Previews 273

Posted by kdawson
from the camcorders-eh dept.
A number of readers let us know that Reuters and others are reporting that Warner Brothers is canceling movie previews in Canadian theaters, starting with Oceans Thirteen. A Warner VP said, "Within the first week of a film's release, you can almost be certain that somewhere out there a Canadian copy will show up." Recently, the International Intellectual Property Association placed Canada on its Priority Watch List, along with the likes of Argentina, China, Russia, Turkey, and Venezuela. This community knows, thanks to Michael Geist, that the claim is mostly ficiton.
Communications

What Can You Do to Stop Junk Faxes? 156

Posted by Cliff
from the as-if-spam-and-telemarketers-weren't-bad-enough dept.
olddoc asks: "I am having a growing problem with junk faxes. Unlike email, it costs me money when I get a fax so junk faxes really tick me off. A while ago, I gave my number to a removal number and now I am getting more junk faxes than ever." What options are there for dealing with this? If you've also had this problem, what did you do and how effective was it in stopping unwanted faxes?
Announcements

+ - CNN to Release 2008 Debate under Creative Commons

Submitted by
remove office
remove office writes "After calls from several prominent bloggers and a couple of presidential candidates themselves, CNN has agreed to release the footage from its upcoming June presidential debates uncopyrighted. Senator Barack Obama was the first candidate to call for all presidential debates to be released under Creative Commons, with fellow Demcoratic hopeful John Edwards following shortly afterwards. CNN will be the first to do so with their June 3rd and 5th Democratic and Republican debates. The NBC-Microsoft co-venture MSNBC hosted the first presidential debates recently but refused to release it under Creative Commons, opting instead to post only commercial-ridden clips online in Windows Media format."
Biotech

Grid Computes 420 Years Worth of Data in 4 Months 166

Posted by Zonk
from the that-is-a-lot-of-nerd-hours dept.
Da Massive writes with a ComputerWorld article about a grid computing approach to the malaria disease. By running the problem across 5,000 computer for a total of four months, the WISDOM project analyzed some 80,000 drug compounds every hour. The search for new drug compounds is normally a time-intensive process, but the grid approach did the work of 420 years of computation in just 16 weeks. Individuals in over 25 countries participated. " All computers ran open source grid software, gLite, which allowed them to access central grid storage elements which were installed on Linux machines located in several countries worldwide. Besides being collected and saved in storage elements, data was also analyzed separately with meaningful results stored in a relational database. The database was installed on a separate Linux machine, to allow scientists to more easily analyze and select useful compounds." Are there any other 'big picture' problems out there you think would benefit from the grid approach?

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