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+ - How to make C/C++ compilers generate terrible code-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Compilers are designed to make pessimistic assumptions about the code if the code is ambiguous. These pessimistic assumptions significantly limit the compilers' optimizations. Programmers can help compilers by avoiding code patterns that are known to confuse them. This article presents three examples of compiler-unfriendly code and explains them in great depth. I found this post enlightening and novel since I haven't seen a post on this topic. Its a good read if you want to understand what a compiler does to your code."
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Education

Evolution Battle Brews In Texas 916

Posted by Soulskill
from the extraordinary-claims-require-extraordinary-evidence dept.
oxide7 writes "In Texas, a battle is brewing over the teaching of evolutionary theory as the Board of Education considers a new set of instructional materials to be used in science classrooms. [Two sections of the new material] deal with the origin of life. Those sections say the 'null hypothesis' is that there had to be some intelligent agency behind the appearance of living things. It is up to the scientists proposing a naturalistic explanation to prove their case."
Security

+ - Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "HBGary Federal cancelled a talk the company's CEO Aaron Barr was planning to give at the BSides San Francisco conference on his investigation of WikiLeaks. 'I was receiving death threats,' Barr said in an interview Tuesday. 'There was lots of talk that was being made of in the Anonymous IRC channels of harassing us at our booth and sending people to heckle [HBGary speakers at the conference].' The company has also decided to pull its booth from the RSA Conference floor after it was vandalized on Sunday, said Jim Butterworth, HBGary's vice president of services. 'We... came back the next morning and it was very apparent that the group responsible for the activities in the news had decided to make another statement,' he said."
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Android

Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon 480

Posted by samzenpus
from the before-there-time dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "When you look at the Apple iPad's sales figures, it's not hard to see why every technology company on the planet is jumping on the tablet bandwagon, a lot of which are Android tablets. Unfortunately though, some of these Android tablets were born way too early. They are haunted with a series of problems including flimsy hardware, low-quality resistive touch screens, serious display resolution issues, and old Android versions with limited or non-existent access to apps. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab came well before its time. Even though it's fast, well-designed, and comes with a decent Android implementation, its functionality is limited to that of an Android smartphone. So here's to hoping that Honeycomb's functionality make up for the lost ground."

Comment: Re:China the new global superpower, and US decline (Score 1) 613

by daseinw (#34775866) Attached to: First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

The U.S. is in decline because a lot of people think the problem is overspending on the military. It's not.

No less a person than Donald Rumsfield (Secretary of Defense under both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush) would seem to disagree with you:

"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted.

$2.3 trillion -- that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. To understand how the Pentagon can lose track of trillions, consider the case of one military accountant who tried to find out what happened to a mere $300 million.

"We know it's gone. But we don't know what they spent it on," said Jim Minnery, Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Here's the source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.shtml

+ - LinkedIn passwords possibly compromised via Gawker->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This from LinkedIn:

Dear xxx,

We recently sent you a message stating that your LinkedIn password had been disabled for security reasons. (Note: If you have more than one email registered with us, you will receive more than one password reset message. You only need to act on one of them.)

This was in response to a security breach on a different site, Gawker.com, where a number of usernames and passwords were exposed. We want to make sure those leaked emails and passwords were not being used to attack any LinkedIn members.

There is no indication that your LinkedIn account has been affected, but since it shares an email with the compromised Gawker accounts, we decided to ensure its safety by asking you to reset its password.

If you haven't done that already, now is a good time to follow these steps:

      1. Go to the LinkedIn website.
      2. Click on "Sign In".
      3. Click on "Forgot Password?" and follow the directions on the website.

Please keep in mind that the best defense against these types of attacks is to have unique passwords for each site you use. You can always search our support site and our blog for more security tips.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we feel this action is in your best interest. Thanks for your immediate attention to our request.

Sincerely,

LinkedIn Privacy Team"

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+ - AT&T says no to linux-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T are routinely and without any indication in their published terms and conditions refusing to allow non-windows users to set up their DSL modems. No to linux, no to MacOS, iOS, Android. Computer says no."
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Security

+ - Retinal Scans: A New Airport Time and Money Waster->

Submitted by bizwriter
bizwriter (1064470) writes "A company announced a pilot program at Barajas Airport in Madrid to install retinal scanners to identify passengers. Passengers would presumably get their eyes scanned instead of showing documents, because the blood vessel patterns in retinas are unique to people, and so should allow for unique identification. However, it seems not only invasive, but a potentially disastrous idea that could cost a lot of money and fail to do what it was intended to. Who gets the original retinal scans for comparison? And then, when retinal transplants are possible, how do you track anyone accurately?"
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Google

Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1 225

Posted by timothy
from the token-victory dept.
Translation Error writes "Two and a half years ago, the Borings sued Google for invading their privacy by driving onto their private driveway and taking pictures of their house to display on Google Street View. Now, the case has finally come to a close with the judge ruling in favor of the Borings and awarding them the princely sum of $1. While the judge found the Borings to be in the right, she awarded them only nominal damages, as the fact that they had already made images of their home available on a real estate site and didn't bother to seal the lawsuit to minimize publicity indicated the Borings neither valued their privacy nor had it been affected in any great way by Google's actions."
Censorship

Google To Block Piracy-Related Terms From Autocomplete 275

Posted by timothy
from the micromanaging-expectations dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google is making changes in the way it presents web search results to try to exclude links that may be tied to pirated content. In a move enthusiastically praised by the RIAA, Google says it will not include terms closely associated with piracy from appearing via autocomplete. The company acknowledged that it can be hard to know what terms are being used to find infringing content, but 'we'll do our best to prevent Autocomplete from displaying the terms most frequently used for that purpose.'"
Google

Google Faces EU Probe Over Doped Search Results 193

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that-doesn't-sound-nice dept.
Barence writes "The EU has launched an investigation into whether Google is deliberately doctoring its search results to favour its own services. The search giant stands accused of artificially lowering the search ranking of competing price-comparison sites in organic and paid-for search results, in favour of Google Shopping. 'There is a growing chasm between the enduring public perception of Google's search results as comprehensive and impartial, and the reality that they are increasingly neither,' said Shivaun Raff, CEO of British price comparison site Foundem, which lodged the complaint with the EU. Google has denied any foul play. 'Those sites have complained and even sued us over the years, but in all cases there were compelling reasons why their sites were ranked poorly by our algorithms,' it claims."
Medicine

+ - Researchers Find 70-Year-Olds Are Getting Smarter 1

Submitted by
Pickens
Pickens writes "AlphaGalileo reports that researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden have found in a forty year study of 2,000 seniors that today's 70-year-olds do far better in intelligence tests than their predecessors making it more difficult to detect dementia in its early stages. "Using the test results, we've tried to identify people who are at risk of developing dementia," says Dr. Simona Sacuiu. "While this worked well for the group of 70-year-olds born in 1901-02, the same tests didn't offer any clues about who will develop dementia in the later generation of 70-year-olds born in 1930." The study started in 1971 with an examination of 70-year-olds who were then regularly followed over a period of 30 years. The 70-year-olds born in 1930 and examined in 2000 performed better in the intelligence tests than their predecessors born in 1901-02 and examined in 1971. "The improvement can partly be explained by better pre- and neonatal care, better nutrition, higher quality of education, better treatment of high blood pressure and other vascular diseases, and not least the higher intellectual requirements of today's society, where access to advanced technology, television and the Internet has become part of everyday life," says Sacuiu."

+ - Scientists achieve teleportation-> 1

Submitted by Terrence Aym
Terrence Aym (1820010) writes "Chinese scientists at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale have managed to entangle two objects ten miles from each other. They teleported the information to the Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, also located in Hefei. Captain Kirk would be pleased."
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+ - Gravity Theory Mod May Rule Out Dark Matter 2

Submitted by pupitetris
pupitetris (1259782) writes "Newton may prove himself right again when he stated that we should better find the forces that explain the movement of the stars, rather than claiming the existence of misterious and undetectable substances: S. Mendoza and X. Hernandez, two mexican astrophysicists, postulate a modification to the equation of the theory of gravity that explain the current observations of large-scale phenomena that couldn't be previously explained using gravity alone, while still retaining consistency with medium and small scale observations. This renders the Dark Matter theory unnecessary, and provides a cleaner and more ellegant solution to outer-space observations that have startled scientists for decades."

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