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Comment: Depends on your field, but.. (Score 1) 250

by adrianbaugh (#26672105) Attached to: Open Source Software For Experimental Physics?

my researcher friends routinely use Octave, perl, I know of R being used... Not sure about data recording programs though, perhaps that is more specialised (or I just never needed them in my field). LaTeX, as auxiliary software, is pretty standard for writing up papers.

Of course, since it's Turing-complete you could just use emacs for everything... or vi... :-)

Comment: JFS (Score 4, Insightful) 319

by adrianbaugh (#25928915) Attached to: On the State of Linux File Systems

Sad to see JFS being overlooked so. While it may not have the postmodern features to compete in the wake of JFS, it's still in many cases the best current filesystem for linux. It's remarkably crashproof, has the lowest CPU loading of any of {ext3 jfs xfs reiser3}, good all-round performance (generally either first or second in benchmarks) and is fast at deleting big files. I haven't used anything else in a couple of years - I used to put reiser3 on /var, but got fed up with its crash intolerance. It's sad to see jfs so overlooked, because at least until btrfs or tux3 come out it's arguably the best option available.


A Mathematical Answer To the Parallel Universe Question 566

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the evil-twins-always-have-a-goatee dept.
diewlasing writes to mention that Oxford scientists have proffered a mathematical answer to the parallel universe question that is gaining some support in the scientific community. "According to quantum mechanics, unobserved particles are described by 'wave functions' representing a set of multiple 'probable' states. When an observer makes a measurement, the particle then settles down into one of these multiple options. The Oxford team, led by Dr. David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes."

+ - First Look At Final OLPC Design

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blackbearnh writes: "At the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, AMD hosted a presentation of the final Industrial Prototype of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO Laptop. Linux Today has extensive reporting, including new photos and details about power consumption, networking details, and the logistics of distributing and servicing what will be the largest rollout of any computing platform in history, 5 million units in the first year. This will represent nearly a 10% increase in the total worldwide laptop production for 2007."

+ - Apple Announces Iphone

Submitted by I kan Spl
I kan Spl writes: Today,Apple's front page has an announcement of the iPhone, a GSM phone with integrated video ipod. Features include both B/G wireless, EDGE data connectivity, bluetooth 2.0, a touchscreen interface, and sensors to determine which way to display the interface. The device has not yet been FCC approved, and there is no mention of when it might be for sale.

They also put up a page for the Apple TV, which was announced at the keynote last year, and a new version of the Airport Extreme.

+ - A new spam research paradigm

Submitted by
The Spam Test
The Spam Test writes: "
We acknowledge the fact that macro-level spam research is valueable. It shows us the magnitude of the spam issue. However, they — and we're talking about the majority of spam statistics here — fail to tackle another important issue: how does spam evolve on a micro-level? That's exactly what we will be focussing on, and we hope you help us to get the right kind of data!
Hope you find our view on spam research interesting..."

+ - Supernova Devastates Eagle Nebula

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AbsoluteXyro writes: "Space.com reports that, thanks to advanced instruments aboard Spitzer, we have now seen that a supernova has wreaked havoc on the Eagle Nebula, and destroyed the famous Pillars of Creation. Interestingly, this all happened before the Eagle Nebula was discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1746...and we won't actually see it happen here on Earth for another thousand years or so. From the article: "Humans living 1,000 to 2,000 years ago might have noticed the supernova event that destroyed the pillars as an unusually bright star in the sky. We have checked with historical records, and there might be some candidates.""

A Fully Programmable Mobile Robot 86

Posted by kdawson
from the aye,-robot dept.
paxmaniac writes "iRobot has announced Create: a new fully programmable mobile robot based on the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. People have been hacking the Roomba since the day it came out. Well, hacking just got a whole lot easier. A command module for the Create provides a programmable 8-bit Atmel micro controller, four DB-9 ports for your own sensors, and a number of sample programs that can be compiled and uploaded to the command module via USB. Botmag has more details and some cool applications. This looks like the perfect robotics platform for hobbyists, schools, and universities alike."

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