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Comment: Wording (Score 1) 226

by Shadowhawk (#46338811) Attached to: Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

The title suggests that Google is fighting against distracted driving laws, but when you read TFA, it sounds like they are really fighting laws that ban Glass-like devices which, depending on your point of view, might not be the same thing.

When I'm using my phone to navigate in the car, I have to glance at the phone occasionally. If I had Glass active and it was showing some of the same things, I wouldn't need to look away from the road and (in theory) could be less distracted. IMHO, I would think a blanket ban on the device is premature at this point. If Glass is released to the public and the data shows that it causes problems, the it will be time to start the discussion.

Comment: Re:Sockets (Score 1) 286

by Shadowhawk (#45599845) Attached to: The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

Separating the libraries to run in their own process is one way to get the same effect as different libraries with some benefits (clearer boundaries of each module, the ability to switch components seamlessly, and the possibility of splitting components over difference servers come to mind).

Any socket communication using a loopback address would not be an order of magnitude slower since it never goes out over the wire. There would be some overhead (copying the data from one memory space to another), but not that huge.

Programming

+ - C++ Grandmaster Course Registration Extended->

Submitted by Shadowhawk
Shadowhawk (30195) writes "The C++ Grandmaster Certification course, the free massively open online course (MOOC) where you build your own C++ compiler, has extended the registration deadline to March 15th. In addition, they have released the first assignment of the course as a public preview for free anonymous download and review: preprocessor tokenization."
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PlayStation (Games)

+ - Sony Announces Playstation 4->

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_0x783czar writes "Sony has today announced their next generation console, the Playstation 4. It is slated to have an x86 based AMD chipset, which is why Sony is describing the new console as a "Super Charged PC". They also hope that the x86 architecture will make it easier for developers to create games, since they will be able to write the code for the same architecture as a PC. No pictures have yet been released to show what this new console will look like, aside from the the controller: which will have a touch-pad and & camera tracked light. This new console will also focus heavily on social interaction and aims to provide an easy way to pause and share video of your last few minutes of gameplay. In addition to this, it is reported to also have the ability to let your friends remotely control your character in game so as to help you get through a difficult spot; or even just to watch as spectators. Sony hopes to have this new console compete with the Wii U and the upcoming XBox 720 (name pending), but many people are still skeptical since no actual pictures of the console have been released. "Pics or it didn't happen.""
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Businesses

Recurly's Backup Mess Takes Days to Clean Up 21

Posted by samzenpus
from the best-practices dept.
A cascading hardware outage struck subscription payment provider Recurly last week, and that started a long example in how not to manage critical infrastructure. From the article: "Last Monday, the payment provider suffered an intermittent hardware failure, which prevented the company from processing either payments or refunds. The company says it serves over 1,000 customers, including Adobe, BrightCove, and Fox News Radio, processing recurring payments for subscriptions. By Friday, the company still hadn’t completely straightened out the mess, providing updates to customers using payment gateways such as Authorize.net and LinkPoint/First Data."

Comment: Re:Built on bleeding edge technology (Score 2) 138

by Shadowhawk (#39490139) Attached to: Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO <em>BrowserQuest</em>
I know I'm feeding the troll here, but what application developers has access to threads (or sound or graphics even) in the 70s? First reference to threads I can find is SunOS 4.x, which came out in 82. The 80s is also when some sounds and graphics became available on many computers (Commodore Vic-20, Atari 2600, IBM PC, Apple II, etc). There might have been specialty computers that had those features, but nothing available for the average application developer in the 70s.

Comment: Re:Why ACTA isn't going before Congress... (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by Shadowhawk (#39427051) Attached to: Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Goes Before Congress
What you say may be true, but I don't think he expects to be able to change existing copyright law. IMHO he has two aims; to make ratification of treaties require Senate approval (as specified in the Constitution) rather than Presidential fiat; and requires that negotiations in these treaties be conducted in the open (anything we share with other countries must be made public). Yes, I RTFA, but I'm not new here.
News

Neutrinos Travel No Faster Than Light, Says ICARUS 112

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-you-know-why-i-pulled-you-over dept.
ananyo writes "Neutrinos obey nature's speed limit, according to new results from an Italian experiment. The finding, posted to the preprint server arXiv.org, contradicts a rival claim from the OPERA experiment that neutrinos could travel faster than the speed of light. ICARUS, located just a few meters from OPERA, clocked neutrinos traveling at the speed of light, and no faster, after monitoring a beam of neutrinos sent from CERN in late October and early November of last year. The neutrinos were packed into pulses just four nanoseconds long. That meant the timing could be measured far more accurately than the original OPERA measurement, which used ten microsecond pulses. The new findings are yet another blow to OPERA's results. Researchers there had announced possible timing problems with their original measurements. For many, this will pretty much be case closed."

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