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Comment: Red Rabbit... (Score 1) 236

by Rogue Pat (#45017431) Attached to: Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66
I remember reading The Sum Of All Fears in 1993 as my first Clancy book. I couldn't put it down and read it all the way through until 4 am.

Fast forward 20 or so years, and many books by Clancy. Then I started reading his Red Rabbit.

What a horrible book. His whining and rambling about how much worse the coffee is in England than in the US. How horrible the beef in Eastern Europe is as compared to the US. And making the same comments on this, over and over and over and over again. What a load of drivel it became!

Still enjoy playing the Ghost Recon games though.
Apple

+ - Steve Jobs superyacht impounded over unpaid bill->

Submitted by Rogue Pat
Rogue Pat (749565) writes "Reuters reports that superyacht built for Steve Jobs has been impounded in Amsterdam because of a dispute over an unpaid bill to designer Philippe Starck.

Starck has received 6 million euros out of a 9 million euro commission for his work and is now seeking to recover the rest of what he was owed."

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Media

Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud 222

Posted by timothy
from the that-dog's-not-so-shaggy dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Although generally overshadowed by the iPad 3 debut, Apple also introduced the third incarnation of its Apple TV streaming media players this week. Sporting a revamped icon-based UI, the third-generation Apple TV doesn't add much to its predecessor beyond a truly-HD 1080p video output mode. Although Apple TV is still not supported by an Apple Apps Store plug-in apps ecosystem, its new UI (available as a free update for 2nd-generation Apple TVs) does seem to imply that this capability is coming soon. Meanwhile, Roku is gearing up for a $50M IPO, so this cord-cutting story is far from over."

Comment: Re:And NYT's readership goes up... (Score 1) 127

by Rogue Pat (#35650332) Attached to: New York Times Paywall Goes Live, Loopholes Abound

they got hit by events OUTSIDE the plans (quick name me all of the quakes in that region 0.5 points below what they got hit with and greater)

Nice fallacy there.
Just because you and I don't know the names, it doesn't mean that the engineers designing the plant didn't have to take other quakes into account.
Typical such a plant would have to have to be designed to withstand an event with a 1 in 1000 years frequency.

Comment: Re:Sounds like... (Score 1) 232

by Rogue Pat (#35513852) Attached to: Apple Moves To Stop Kids Racking Up iTunes Bills
Apple had a system in place for protecting against in-app purchases from the start (there was already a setting for this under Restrictions).
Also, one could simply sign out of their iTunes account before passing the iDevice on to someone else.

However, over time it became apparent that there were people that were not protected sufficiently by this either because they weren't aware of these options or because they weren't aware of the risk. So Apple included an additional protection for this when they updated iOS.

Simply a matter of progressing insight and now the "loophole" has been closed. No need to blame either Apple or the parents.
Firefox

Firefox 4's JavaScript Now Faster Than Chrome's 352

Posted by timothy
from the when-browsers-jostle dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Firefox 4's JavaScript engine is now faster than V8 (used in Chrome) and Nitro (used in Safari) in the SunSpider benchmark on x86. On Mozilla's test system Nitro completes the benchmark in 369.7 milliseconds, V8 in 356.5 milliseconds, and Firefox 4's TraceMonkey and JaegerMonkey combination in 350.3 milliseconds. Conceivably Tech has a brief rundown of some benchmark figures from their test system obtained with the latest JS preview build of Firefox 4: 'Our AMD Phenom X6-based Dell XPS 7100 PC completed the Sunspider test with the latest Firefox JS (4.0 b8-pre) build in 478.6 ms this morning, while Chrome 8.0.560.0 clocked in at 589.8 ms.' On x86-64 Nitro still has the lead over V8 and TraceMonkey+JaegerMonkey in the SunSpider benchmark."
Intel

+ - Intel to buy smartphone chipmaker Infineon for $2B 1

Submitted by sylverboss
sylverboss (846288) writes "Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, is close to an agreement to buy Infineon Technologies AG’s wireless business, three people with direct knowledge of the discussions said. When it comes to desktop, laptop and server chips, Intel’s pretty much got a lock on the market but everyone can see the writing on the wall: mobile chips and architectures are the future of computing thanks to the popularity of smartphones, but Intel doesn’t have anything to offer in that regard. Don’t know Infineon? You should: they are the guys who have supplied Apple with their iPhone baseband chips since 2007."

+ - Gun buy back in Aust --stunning fall in suicides-> 6

Submitted by Phurge
Phurge (1112105) writes "TEN years of suicide data after John Howard's decision to ban and then buy back 600,000 semi-automatic rifles and shotguns has had a stunning effect.

The buyback cut firearm suicides by 74 per cent, saving 200 lives a year, according to research to be published in The American Law and Economics Review.

A former Australian Treasury economist, Christine Neill, now with Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, said she found the research result so surprising she tried to redo her calculations on the off chance the total could have been smaller.

''I fully expected to find no effect at all,'' she told the Herald. ''That we found such a big effect and that it meshed with a range of other data was just shocking, completely unexpected.''"

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Programming

+ - Sorting Algorithm Breaks Giga-sort Barrier-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Virginia have recently open sourced an algorithm capable of sorting at a rate of one billion (integer) keys per second using a GPU. Although GPUs are often assumed to be poorly suited for algorithms like sorting, their results are several times faster than the best known CPU-based sorting implementations."
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