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Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names 773

Jamie points out this interesting article about how hard it is for programmers to get names right. Since software ultimately is used by and for humans, and we humans are pretty tightly linked to our names (whatever the language, spelling, or orthography), this is a big deal. This piece notes some of the ways that names get mishandled, and suggests rules of thumb (in the form of anti-suggestions) to encourage programmers to handle names more gracefully.

WordPress 3.0 Released 79

An anonymous reader writes "WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download and comes with 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements. Major new features in this release include a new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them easily to implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies."

First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life 241

Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges, until after nearly 34 million generations, new life is born.'"

Submission + - Open Source Cloud Monitoring ( 2

MyRottenHell writes: After beta testing Zenoss Core for the last month yesterday version 2.5 went live yesterday. It's the first monitoring tool I found that gives me Amazon EC2 cloud monitoring. My sites are running Drupal and I was using a synthetic transaction plug-in to monitor website responses and and an ODBC plugin to test MySQL. The only thing I need now is something to monitor Amazon S3 does anyone know of a open source (or at least free) tool that does this.

Comment Funny, but I don't see any sources.... (Score 1) 336

Where is this coming from? The SecondLife Linden Exchange market shows no such trend. The L$ is still trading at the same amount it was before the gambling ban announcement, as shown here: .php (login required). Neither volume nor rate has changed substantially. Sounds like FUD.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov