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Comment: Assuming makes an ass out of u... (Score 4, Insightful) 365

by Subject-17 (#45416533) Attached to: Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving
...Since when does "accessing the internet" equate to "surfing the web"? They gave checking emails and surfing the web as examples of accessing the internet, but I'd like to see if "accessing the internet" was the actual question or not. Every single time I drive my phone "accesses the internet". Google play on an android smartphone? Hell yeah that's accessing the internet. Sending a text at a stop light? That's google voice for me, so accessing the internet. Fucking GPS? Yep, accessing the internet once again to get all that sweet, sweet map data. I don't know of anyone who owns a smartphone but doesn't use it for GPS in the car. The only exceptions are those with a dedicated GPS, which, again, accesses the actual internet to download map data, and get routing information.

Comment: Re:HIgher defect density indicates BETTER code (Score 1) 209

while ( strcmp( (*dest++ = *src++), '\0') != 0 );
or, if you feel that's a bit much (personally, I do)
while ( (*dest++ = *src++) != '\0' );

Otherwise, yeah, much agreed.

Also, I'd still have a

if ( !empty($category) )
$page = $category + '.html';

just for readability's sakes. Also, if you ever need to handle a category in a custom fashion, it's easy to modify the code as such:

if ( empty($category) ) {
//Error! Mayhaps set $page to "#"?
else if ( strcmp($category,'value') === 0) {
//set page to something special
else { //default behavior
$page = $category + '.html';

Using a switch would be good to, but you'd still have to text for emptyness before calling the switch

Anyway, probably procrastinated too much here as is

Comment: Re:Fight'n Words (Score 1) 209

It's similar in the US. OSS development is definitely something to put on your resume (and even more so on a CV). It shows you like programming enough to do it in your spare time, which means you're less likely to be applying for a job just for the paycheck, and probably have more knowledge of programming that what is simply required by your position. Also, if they really want, they have access to a real world code samples from you.

+ - Los Alamos has a functioning Quantum Internet->

Submitted by clegrand
clegrand (1082829) writes "Scientists at Los Alamos National Labs have revealed that they have a solution for secure quantum internet communications. For 2 and a half years, they have been using a novel approach where the nodes on the network feed one-time pads via quantum laser links to the hub which provides for secure encryption over the classical network. They have dubbed it "network-centric quantum communications (NQC)". While this solution will become obsolete once someone successfully devises a true quantum router, it works NOW. More info from the The Physics arXiv Blog at MIT Technology Review — http://www.technologyreview.com/contributor/the-physics-arxiv-blog/"
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+ - Bombing suspect possibly caught in Boston after chase and shootout->

Submitted by WolfWalker545
WolfWalker545 (960367) writes "Police chasing a carjacked Mercedes reported shots being fired, at some point the suspects managed to steal a Massachusetts State Police SUV, chase involved reported explosions and automatic weapons fire. One suspect was injured and has been reportedly linked to the Boston Marathon Bombing, manhunt in progress for the second suspect."
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+ - Gunfire at MIT's Stata Center, Officer Dead 13

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Earlier tonight, The Tech broke news that gunshots were reported at MIT near 32 Vassar Street (the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences), and one officer was shot and taken to Mass General Hospital. MIT's Emergency Information page also reports that injuries have been reported. From the midnight update, 'Police are sweeping the campus at this time, please continue to stay indoors and remain inside until further notice.' Sadly, CNN is now reporting that the university police officer has died. Look for updates on Twitter."

+ - Shooting at MIT->

Submitted by Aphonia
Aphonia (1315785) writes "There was a shooting at MIT. A police officer is down, near the home of CSAIL.
"Update on shooter incident. Responding agencies continue to investigate the situation. The scene is outside of Building 32 (Stata) and 76 (Koch) near Vassar and Main Streets. Injuries have been reported. The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside. ""

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+ - EFF jumps in to defend bloggers being sued by Prenda->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has entered the fray to defend the bloggers sued by Prenda Law Firm. Prenda, oblivious to such well known legal niceties as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the affirmative defense of truth, the difference between a defamatory statement of fact and the expression of a negative opinion, and the First Amendment, has immediately — and illegally — sought to subpoena information leading to the identities of the bloggers. I would not be surprised to see these "lawyers" get into even more hot water than they're already in. And I take my hat off to the EFF for stepping in here."
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+ - China's Next Big Export Will Be Nuclear Reactors

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "Unlike the US, where nuclear reactors are way past their expiration dates and where development and construction of new-generation plant designs has pretty much stalled, China's made a big push into nuclear, and plans to export domestic reactors within a couple years. China's most recent home-built reactor design is called the CAP1400, a 1400 megawatt reactor that features passive cooling. A test and demonstration was opened last year, and the first full-use CAP1400 reactor is scheduled to come online in early 2014.

Assuming construction of a full-capability CAP1400 begins this year, China will ink deals with undisclosed nations to export reactors at some point in the future, according to a report in China Daily. Sun Qin, the chairman of China National Nuclear Corporation, said the only other hurdle is approval from China's State Council, as the country's security inspector has already signed off on the design.

While Sun did not disclose who was thinking about picking up Chinese reactors, he did tell China Daily that CNNC's unconditional credit conditions makes the nuclear option attractive to developing nations, who need efficient sources of energy but don't have nuclear technology–or, in many cases, a whole lot of fossil fuels."

+ - Nuclear cuts, supported by 56% of Americans, make the world safer->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Kingston Reif of the Nukes of Hazard blog writes about nuclear arms reductions are back in the news, thanks to President Obama's State of the Union address and now also a Gallup poll that shows 56% of Americans support U.S.-Russian reductions (http://www.gallup.com/poll/161198/favor-russian-nuclear-arms-reductions.aspx). "A recent report by the Center for Public Integrity revealed that senior Obama administration officials believe the United States can reduce its arsenal of deployed strategic warheads to between 1,000 and 1,100 without harming national security. Those numbers would put the total below levels called for by New START..." Congressional Republicans of course are against those cuts; Reif lays out why the cuts would make the US and the world safer."
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