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+ - John Carmack's Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Probably Had Samsung Cringing->

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An anonymous reader writes "John Carmack, famed keystone developer of 3D networked gaming, has now been working with virtual reality company Oculus for over a year. Much of that time has been spent collaborating with Samsung on the forthcoming Gear VR headset. At his keynote presentation during Oculus Connect, Carmack took to the stage with 90 unscripted minutes of no holds barred discussion of the last 12 months in VR. "I believe pretty strongly in being very frank and open about flaws and limitations so this is kind of where I go off message a little bit from the standard PR plan and talk very frankly about things," he said to applause from the audience."
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+ - Amazon readies major reboot of its cloud servers->

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Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "Amazon Web Services will be updating a substantial number of its cloud servers in the coming days and customers are recommended to re-launch their instances. Amazon is not saying why the reboot is happening over the next five days starting tonight, but there is speculation that it's related to a security flaw in the Xen hypervisor."
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Comment: Ubuntu vs. Linux (Score 2) 232

by acscott (#47770671) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Why do devs choose Ubuntu over Linux? (Ok, I'm baiting, but really why do they choose it?)

RedHat does have MySQL, so some of the presumptions of the post are false. True, RedHat now is moving into MariaDB a MySQL branch currently, fork in the future. But RedHat is a great choice for developers. What about Tomcat or JBoss? Their long support window and awesome packaging makes a great choice for risk-averse organization. I see lots of orgs adopting these app servers supported by RedHat.

I see it as a difference in startups and other businesses (those other businesses being shooting stars, cash cows, dogs, etc.). Startups _need_ to produce something fast, but it doesn't have to be maintainable, strongly supported, etc.

Gotta go, but keep in mind some of the assumptions here...

Comment: Strategy looks like cleaning up rather than innova (Score 1) 322

by acscott (#47519773) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Lay off people. Close up products. Anybody can do this. It's standard MBA algorithm, squeeze a little here and there. Bob Lutz says that's the style that ruined American automobile industries.

The whole of Microsoft's strategy was laid bare by BG a long time ago: Sell OS licenses. Office was used to create a feedback loop. Now, Active Directory is part of that.

RT runs office, so it supports that strategy.

Make me CEO; I'll charge $250,000 a year. Problems solved, miracles cost extra.

Comment: Re:Corporate directed not volunteer direct ... (Score 1, Insightful) 403

Am I too lazy to figure out what this means? What is DRM? If you create something cool I think you should get some credit for it if you want credit. If you don't want credit that's cool too. If there's a business that has employees, we should at least respect their limited time on earth. Producing high quality work (for me anyway) takes sacrifice of something. That's me though. I ramble, but is DRM a bad thing and why?

Comment: Output of things that get notoriety, awards etc. (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by acscott (#46000175) Attached to: What Makes a Genius?

"When Terman first used the IQ test to select a sample of child geniuses, he unknowingly excluded a special child whose IQ did not make the grade. Yet a few decades later that talent received the Nobel Prize in physics: William Shockley, the cocreator of the transistor. Ironically, not one of the more than 1,500 children who qualified according to his IQ criterion received so high an honor as adults." Simonton, Dean Keith (1999). Origins of genius: Darwinian perspectives on creativity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-512879-6. Lay summary (14 August 2010).

Exceptional output requires access to tools, training, and environment (food, health, relationships) that enable the person to devote (obssess?) over solving the problems or creating something. And, the person's exceptional output must be recognized as such. So being highly intelligent won't make it. It may even be a hindrance. For instance, it would be easy to imagine the first ever person to be able to repeatedly create fire would not score well on any measure of intelligence today, but to the tribe, that person may not only be considered a genius but a god.

+ - Nobel Prize Winner Randy Schekman Boycotts Journals for 'Branding Tyranny'-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "One of this year's winners of the Nobel Peace prize has declared a boycott on leading academic journals after he accused them of contributing to the "disfigurement" of science.

Randy Schekman, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, said he would no longer contribute papers or research to the prestigious journals, Nature, Cell and Science and called for other scientists to fight the "tyranny" of the publications."

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+ - Startup releases technology to disrupt ISP industry and mass surveillance-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "Australian scientists have created a new tech platform to make internet acquisition a one-time hardware cost for end users in medium and high population density urban areas. The technology has a peer to peer technical architecture that removes the need for an Internet Service Provider. A consequence of this network design is that it makes eavesdropping nearly impossible because internet traffic does not flow through a central point."
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+ - Real-Time Bidding: selling private data in 100 ms for $0.0005 -> 1

Submitted by fierman
fierman (2876687) writes "In a work to be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (ISOC NDSS'14), INRIA researchers show the privacy risks of Real-Time Bidding, High-Frequency Trading for selling advertisement spaces. Combining Real-Time Bidding and Cookie Matching advertisers can significantly improve their tracking and profiling capabilities and both technologies are already prevalent on the Web. The research discusses the value of users' private data (Web Browsing History) retrieved directly from the advertisers, leveraging of an exposed information leak in RTB systems. pay about $0.0005 for displaying ads to the user, at the same time acquiring information about them. Evidence of price variation with users' profiles, pysical location, time of day and content of visited sites is also shown. Prices for ads are much higher for users located in US, than in Europe. The research highlights that the technology is not transparent in that the lists and numbers of buyers of users' data is not known. However, a list of Doubleclick's Cookie Matching partners was disclosed.
Users can also experience their real-time evaluations using a released transparency enhancing
tool."

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