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+ - Qatar 2022: Not so clean 2

Submitted by dkatana
dkatana writes: This week six senior FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges and suspicion of receiving more than $150 million in bribes over two decades. The arrests call into question the legitimacy of Russia’s and Qatar’s bids to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively, which have been mired in controversy since the awards were announced in 2010. No country has ever been stripped of the title before and both Russia and Qatar have already spend millions in preparation.

Susan Llewelyn Leach writes "In preparation for the tournament, the tiny gulf state will be building around eight new stadiums, with the jewel in the crown being the Lusail Iconic Stadium where the opening ceremonies and final matches will be held. Designed to have a zero carbon footprint, the stadium will also generate renewable energy for the surrounding neighborhood"

But is is not so green as the carbon footprint of the construction involves. Adnan Mian, chief executive officer at engineering company Mercury MENA, made this point at a recent construction conference in Qatar: “I think we need to be looking at two elements here: one is achieving sustainability during the construction stage and the other is post-construction after the stadiums are built.”

Earlier this month it emerged that four BBC journalists had been detained on an official visit in early May to inspect conditions in migrant labor camps after being accused of trespassing.

+ - NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Reviewed: Gaming And Possibly The Ultimate 4K Streamer->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA officially launched its SHIELD Android TV set-top device today and it's sort of a "tweener" product, with far more horsepower than something like Roku or Apple TV, but on par with an average game console, and at a more affordable price tag of $199. What's interesting, however, is that it's powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 SoC which features a Maxwell-derived GPU and eight CPU cores; four ARM A57 cores and four A53s. The A57 cores are 64-bit, out-of-order designs, with multi-issue pipelines, while the A53s are simpler, in-order, highly-efficient designs. Which cores are used will depend on the particular workload being executed at the time. Tegra X1 also packs a 256-core Maxwell-derived GPU with the same programming capabilities and API support as NVIDIA's latest desktop GPUs. In standard Android benchmarks, the SHIELD pretty much slays any current high-end tablet or smartphone processor in graphics, but is about on par with the octal-core Samsung Exynos in terms of standard compute workloads but handily beating and octal-core Qualcomm Snapdragon. What's also interesting about the SHIELD Android TV is that it's not only an Android TV-capable device with movie and music streaming services like Netflix etc., but it also plays any game on Google Play and with serious horsepower behind it. The SHIELD Android TV is also the first device certified for Netflix's Ultra HD 4K streaming service.
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Comment: Re:faster than light never violates Relativity (Score 1) 216

by UnknownSoldier (#49791937) Attached to: Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity

> Relativity requres (sic) that nothing can move through space as fast as light (c)

That is not entirely accurate.

Worm holes allow you to travel between points A and B; the Euclidian distance which means your effective velocity was/is significantly faster then 'c'.

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First Contact is coming 2024. Are you ready for a new paradigm?

+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

Submitted by tresf
tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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+ - High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block eBook Sites->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The High Court has granted an application by The Publishers Association to have several major 'pirate' eBook sites blocked at the ISP level. The action, a first for book publishers, requires BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE to block sites including Ebookee, LibGen and Freshwap within 10 days.

Rather than tackling unauthorized sites with direct legal action, major entertainment industry companies are increasingly attempting to disrupt ‘pirate’ operations with broader strokes.

One of the favored tools is site blocking, a technique that has gathered considerable momentum in Europe and the UK in particular. More than 120 domains are currently blocked by the country’s major ISPs, largely thanks to action taken by the movie and music industries plus soccer body The Premier League.

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+ - Population Control is a Taboo Subject - Should it Be?

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: "In the world of solutions to environmental problems," writes Adele Peters, "one topic rarely gets any discussion: Birth control. By 2050, the U.N. estimates that the human population will hit 9.6 billion, putting unprecedented pressure on the planet's energy and agriculture systems. But that estimate tends to be accepted as inevitable, rather than as a number that could (or should) change." Peters continues, "The subject of population control wasn't always taboo. "The bestselling environment-related book of the '60s and '70s was not Silent Spring, it was Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb," says [Foundation for Deep Ecology's Tom] Butler. "So this was a huge and integrated topic of conversation decades ago, and then it fell off the radar screen." Part of the challenge is that the topic is now politically fraught both for the right and left. "On the right, if we're talking about the demographic trajectory of the human family, inevitably, this brings up questions of sexuality, abortion, immigration, women's rights, gender equity—all kinds of hot button issues," he says. "And then on the far ends of the left spectrum, there's a radical fringe that has tried to portray family planning as equal to coercion."" So, should we continue to ignore the 9.6 billion elephants in the room?

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 333

by UnknownSoldier (#49787005) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

> C++ written like C tends to be crap code

Total nonsense as you completely ignored context.

You've obviously never had to write high performance C++ code; guess what, we don't use OOP instead we use DOD (Data-Orientated-Design) which is far more a simpler C style then over-complicated C++ style. It also has the benefit of being simpler to read, easier to write, and performs far faster. Go figure!

* Pitfalls of Object Oriented Programming -- http://www.slideshare.net/royc...
* Data-Oriented Design and C++ -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
* Typical C++ Bullshit -- http://macton.smugmug.com/gall...

Next, it appears you don't understand what Casey calls "Semantic Compression". There is nothing wrong with using C++ as a better C.

    * http://mollyrocket.com/casey/s...

Gee, why do other professional game devs not bother with using STL, Exceptions, or RTTI ? Because TANSTAAFL / TINSTAAFL !

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Lastly, I can tell you've never shipped any games where C++ obfuscates readability and performance.

> But C++ is designed to be used with "scoped objects"

Maybe in your mythical world, but rarely does C++ classes map perfectly to the real world.

I've been shipping games since 1995. Modern C++ is over-engineered.

+ - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5

Submitted by careysb
careysb writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
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Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 333

by UnknownSoldier (#49786367) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

As someone who briefly worked on a PS3 C++ compiler my colleagues would love to joke:

There are 2 problems with C++:

1. It's design, and
2. It's implementation.

On a more serious note when you even have committee members acknowledging they only use a sub-set of the language, then maybe, just maybe the language is too freaking complex.

Other committee members admit there are many problems with iostreams

C++ has become over-engineered.

If the C++ would deprecate crap such as

long long

and other verbosity then maybe the language would become simpler.

+ - Bank Of England Accidentally E-mails Top-Secret Brexit Plan to the Guardian->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: The first rule of "Project Bookend" is that you don't talk about "Project Bookend."

In retrospect, maybe the first rule should have been "you don't accidentally e-mail 'Project Bookend' to a news agency", because as the Guardian reports, one of its editors opened his inbox and was surprised to find a message from the BOE's Head of Press Jeremy Harrison outlining the UK financial market equivalent of the Manhattan project.

Project Bookend is a secret (or 'was' a secret) initiative undertaken by the BOE to study what the fallout might be from a potential 'Brexit', but if anyone asked what Sir Jon Cunliffe and a few senior staffers were up to, they were instructed to say that they were busy investigating "a broad range of European economic issues."

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+ - How Java Changed Programming Forever

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq writes: With Java hitting its 20th anniversary this week, Elliotte Rusty Harold discusses how the language changed the art and business of programming, turning on a generation of coders. 'Java’s core strength was that it was built to be a practical tool for getting work done. It popularized good ideas from earlier languages by repackaging them in a format that was familiar to the average C coder, though (unlike C++ and Objective-C) Java was not a strict superset of C. Indeed it was precisely this willingness to not only add but also remove features that made Java so much simpler and easier to learn than other object-oriented C descendants.'

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