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Comment: Re:Kill the GIL! (Score 1) 234

by Scarblac (#27372395) Attached to: Project Aims For 5x Increase In Python Performance

Yes, good luck with that! Because the current implementation slows it down by 7/8ths on my 8-core server.

Well, that's not true. The interpreter has a global lock, but usually most of the time spent will be in things like I/O calls, that are written in C and thus have no problem with the GIL. You're trying to make it seem like there is no advantage to threading in Python, but that's just wrong.

Comment: We decided not to (Score 1) 409

by Scarblac (#26637137) Attached to: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?

Between now and a month from now, I'll hopefully be a parent too. We've also had this discussion. Eventually we decided not to do this, because it's just very unlikely to ever help.

The technology is unproven. The amount of blood taken is quite small so it's likely to only be useful in the first few years of the child's life, any later there would be more needed. In the few cases where these cells could be used, donors can often be found. And in a few more years, we should be able to get stem cells from other tissue.

In total, we decided it wasn't worth it.

One useful page for us was this, but it's in Dutch.

Portables

3 Rugged Notebooks Take a Beating 119

Posted by timothy
from the catharsis-defined dept.
bsk_cw writes "Brian Nadel got a chance to try to destroy three 'fully rugged' notebooks and get paid for it — Computerworld had him drop, spray, drown, bake, shake, and freeze notebooks from General Dynamics Itronix, Getac, and Panasonic. All three suffered some damage, but only the Getac M230 actually died as a result. Brian made videos of the tests (which were apparently done in his home, including his kitchen)."
Space

US To Shoot Down Dying Satellite 429

Posted by Zonk
from the we-who-may-be-about-to-reenter-orbit-salute-you dept.
A user writes "US officials say that the Pentagon is planning to shoot down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March. We discussed the device's decaying orbit late last month. The Associated Press has learned that the option preferred by the Bush administration will be to fire a missile from a U.S. Navy cruiser, and shoot down the satellite before it enters Earth's atmosphere. 'A key concern ... was the debris created by Chinese satellite's destruction -- and that will also be a focus now, as the U.S. determines exactly when and under what circumstances to shoot down its errant satellite. The military will have to choose a time and a location that will avoid to the greatest degree any damage to other satellites in the sky. Also, there is the possibility that large pieces could remain, and either stay in orbit where they can collide with other satellites or possibly fall to Earth.'"
Businesses

+ - Where Should I Get My Job Interview Code Samples?

Submitted by
crlove
crlove writes: "I'm preparing for an upcoming job interview and my interviewer will want to see some code samples. Unfortunately, all of the coding I've done work-wise since college is not only proprietary, but often classified. And to be honest, with long days at work and a busy life outside of it, I haven't had much time to code on my own.

So, what should I show my interviewer? Should I start working up some code samples? And if so, what would be considered sufficiently complex to take to an interview?"
Biotech

+ - Turtles Immortal?

Submitted by
fatduck
fatduck writes: "This just in: turtles, left to their own devices, may live forever. Turtles are unique in the animal kingdom for their ability to stop aging altogether. A turtle's organs do not gradually break down over time, nor do they become less efficient. In fact, a 100-year old turtle's organs are virtually indistinguishable from a teenager's. In addition, a turtle's heart does not require constant neural stimulation to beat, and can be shut off for periods of time at will. Scientists are now looking at the turtle genome for potential longevity genes. FTA:

"Turtles don't really die of old age," Dr. Raxworthy said. In fact, if turtles didn't get eaten, crushed by an automobile or fall prey to a disease, he said, they might just live indefinitely.
"
Censorship

+ - The Pirate Bay blocks Swedish ISP

Submitted by
Scarblac
Scarblac writes: "Swedish political party Pirate Byran (Bureau of Piracy) and torrent siteThe Pirate Bay today launched a campaign to force the swedish ISP Perspektiv Bredband to resume connectivity to the net and stop blocking their users access to the Russian music site allofmp3.com. Perspektiv notes in its own press release that their blocking of allofmp3 is a moral move, not a legal one, since allofmp3 is legal in Sweden. The Pirate Bay want to put pressure on them to stop censorship and hopes others will join their campaign."

Collecting - The Disease 69

Posted by Zonk
from the glad-to-be-clean dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Gamers With Jobs has an interesting piece this morning on the nature of collectibility in games. While primarily a personal account of one man's journey into the hell that is Magic: the Gathering, it raises interesting questions about the difference between real-world and virtual-world collecting, and the economic motivations behind both." From the article: "I sit down. I play. I get schooled by a 12-year-old for two hours as he teaches me the ropes with a condescension reserved for teenagers with grownups by the throat. Each game is a bet — loser gives the winner the top card off his deck: Ante. I leave a dozen cards short. I had discovered a great game, and people to play it against. But that's not why the night sits burned into my brain with razor sharp clarity. No, it's because that Tuesday night in San Francisco, I became a collector."

The Real Issue With Net Neutrality 239

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the people-always-the-problem dept.
An anonymous reader writes "TechDirt brings into focus one of the largest problems in the net neutrality debate, not the issues themselves, rather it's the people involved and the lies they like to sling. An example of this is certainly the number of lobbyists that are being looked to as 'experts' and getting their opinions published as such. One specific example was a recent piece published in the Baltimore Sun by Mike McCurry, a lobbyist working for AT&T who claimed that with new legislation working for net neutrality Google wouldn't have to pay a dime. In response, TechDirt has suggested that McCurry should swap telco bills with Google, somehow I doubt it will happen."

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