writes: Virginia Tech police state that at least 20 are dead in a campus shooting school officials are describing as a "monumental tragedy." From the article:
"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said university President Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."
The attacks mark the worst school shooting incident since 1999 when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
This story is a little off-topic on a technology-related site, but I'm sure quite a few readers attend or are alumni of Virginia Tech.
writes: Often, the term Test-Driven Development, or TDD, is mistaken as simply the practice of getting developers involved in testing. However, this is only the basis on which TDD is built on. The Register has an article discussing the common confusion regarding TDD, and goes on to explain how it is used to drive specification and design of software.
writes: D-Wave Systems, Inc., based near Vancouver, claims to have built the world's first computer based on quantum physics. Its machine is described as a computer that can perform 64,000 calculations at once.
From the article: "There are certain classes of problems that can't be solved with digital computers," said Herb Martin, the firm's CEO, over a decidedly-noisy digital cell phone. "Digital computers are good at running programs; quantum computers are good at handling massive sets of variables."
Perhaps we are finally at the brink of a major breakthrough in supercomputing technology.
StarvingSE writes: An interesting article on space.com reveals that astronomers today have thrown out the old notion of what the definition of a planet is. This new definition does not include Pluto as a planet, instead fitting into a new "dwarf planet" catergory. FTA:
"Capping years of intense debate, astronomers resolved today to demote Pluto in a wholesale redefinition of planethood that is a victory of scientific reasoning over historic and cultural influences."
Looks like we're now living in an eight planet solar system!