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+ - "Real" Computer Scientists 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At work yesterday, I overheard a programmer explaining his perception of the quality of the most recent CS grads. In his opinion, CS students who primarily learn Java are inferior because they don't have to deal with memory management as they would if they used C. As a current CS student who's pursing a degree after 10 years of experience in the IT field, I have two questions for my fellow Slashdoters: "Is this a common concern with new CS grads?" and, if so, "What can I do to supplement my Java-oriented studies?""

+ - San Onofre nuclear power plant dismantling will cost $4.4 billion, take 20 years->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Dismantling the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California will take two decades and cost $4.4 billion.

Southern California Edison on Friday released a road map that calls for decommissioning the twin-reactor plant and restoring the property over two decades, beginning in 2016.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1oZUoTU ) says it could be the most expensive decommissioning in the 70-year history of the nuclear power industry. But Edison CEO Ted Craver says there's already enough money to pay for it.

Edison shut down the plant in 2012 after extensive damage was found to tubes carrying radioactive water. It was closed for good last year."

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+ - The high-tech warfare behind the Israel - Hamas conflict->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The Israel — Hamas conflict in Gaza is not only about bombs, missiles, bullets, but also about cyberwarfare, battles of the mind over social media, smart underground tunnels and cloud-based missile launching systems

The tunnels that Hamas has dug deep beneath Gaza are embedded with high tech gadgets, courtesy of Qatar, which has funded Hamas with billions to equipped their tunnels with intelligent sensors which are networked to control centers enabling the command and control staff to quickly notify operatives nearby that IDF units are advancing inside a certain tunnel, allowing for rapid deployment of attack units and the setting up of bobby traps inside the tunnel

In addition, Hamas has automated its rocket firing system using networked, cloud-based launching software provided by Qatar which can set off a rocket from any distance, and set them to go off at a specific time, using timers. “Anyone who thinks they have dozens of people sitting next to launchers firing rockets each time there is a barrage is mistaken,” said Aviad Dadon, a senior cyber-security adviser at several Israeli government ministries

While Doha is allowing Hamas to use its technology to fight Israel, it’s their own cyber-security the leaders of Qatar are worried about. For the Qataris, the war between Israel and Hamas is a proving ground to see how their investments in cyber systems have paid of — Qatar is very worried that one of its Gulf rivals — specifically Saudi Arabia — will use technology to attack it, and Qatar spends a great deal of money each year on shoring up its cyber-technology"

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+ - a Slashdot/Hackaday type site for programming nuggets?

Submitted by dr_blurb
dr_blurb (676176) writes "Is Slashdot no longer a place for posting stories about good programming hacks?

Recently there were stories about visualizing algorithms and about a Tetris in 140 bytes, but typically the programming stories are about IDEs/editors, programming education, software releases, and the merits of Javascript/Perl/PHP/Python/C++ etc.

Is there a site out there where programmers can submit their pet projects like on Slashdot, or maybe sites like Hackaday?"

+ - Solving logic puzzles in FORTRAN

Submitted by dr_blurb
dr_blurb (676176) writes "Computational nanoscientist Surendra Jain has written solvers for Sudoku, Killer Sudoku, Samurai Sudoku, Calcudoku, Kakuro and many other logic problems.

All are elegantly coded and very fast: for example, the "World's Hardest Sudoku" is solved in 0.05 seconds (on a 5 year old PC) and his Knight's Tour solver is an order of magnitude faster than this one.

The page (called "Classical Geek") has all source (in Fortran 90) as well as compilation and running instructions."

+ - Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "In an interview with The Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton that accompanied her report on How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Swift Common Core Revolution (the Gates Foundation doled out $233 million in grants to git-r-done), Gates denied that he has too much influence in K-12 education. Despite Gates' best efforts, however, there's been more and more pushback recently from both teachers and politicians on the standards, GeekWire's Taylor Soper reports, including a protest Friday by the Badass Teacher Association, who say Gates is ruining education. “We want to get corporations out of teaching,” explained one protester. If that's the case, the "Badasses" probably won't be too pleased to see how the K-12 CS education revolution is shaping up, fueled by a deep-pocketed alliance of Gates, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others. Google alone has already committed $90 million to influence CS education. And well-connected Code.org, which has struck partnerships with school districts reaching over 2M U.S. students and is advising NSF-funded research related to the nation's CS 10K Project, will be conducting required professional development sessions for K-12 CS teachers out of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offices this summer in Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Seattle. So, could K-12 CS Education ("Common Code"?) become the next Common Core?"

+ - 9 Optimizations to make your Linux Desktop fly like a Rocket!->

Submitted by prahladyeri
prahladyeri (3717039) writes "This article is the result of notes I’ve prepared during tweaking, twisting and optimizing ubuntu variants over the last few years. In case you use any other distro, some of these settings may not be applicable to you. For best results, these changes must be done on top of a fresh installation, otherwise chances of things breaking increase a bit."
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+ - TrueCrypt author claims that forking is impossible->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On a request from Matthew Green to fork the TrueCrypt code, the author answers that this is impossible. He says that this might be no good idea, because the code needs a rewrite, but he allows to use the existing code as a reference.

"I am sorry, but I think what you're asking for here is impossible. I don't feel that forking TrueCrypt would be a good idea, a complete rewrite was something we wanted to do for a while. I believe that starting from scratch wouldn't require much more work than actually learning and understanding all of truecrypts current codebase.

I have no problem with the source code being used as reference.""

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+ - Facebook has suffered a global failure ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook was unavailable this morning for half an hour. Access was restored around 10:30 am Thursday. Failures and malfunctions are rare on Facebook, even if the site had already been significant failures in October. The entire network has remained elusive, with an error message is online. For companies whose business depends partly on the social network, the opportunity to turn to other alternatives.

The social network has remained elusive for half an hour before access is restored at 10:30. With an error message on the home page, any of its functions were not available. And that globally since the blackout hit the entire network. Facebook has not yet reported on this topic and users following the blackout number on Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown."

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+ - Android Malware Poses as Google Play, Comes Pre-Installed-> 1

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "Two worrying developments in Android malware. FireEye has spotted a program which installs covertly and poses as the Google Play app store. The installation appears to fail, but carries an encrypted payload which is unpacked stealthily. Meanwhile, a Chinese phone manufacturer has a suspiciously cheap Android smartphone, which includes pre-installed malware, again pretending to be the Google Play app. Security firm G Data believes the manufacturer may be subsidising its costs using stolen data"
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+ - X Window System Turns 30 Years Old->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of the oldest pieces of the Linux desktop stack still widely in use today is the X Window System that today is commonly referred to as X11 or in recent years the X.Org Server. The X Window System predates the Linux kernel, the Free Software Foundation, GCC, and other key pieces of the Linux infrastructure — or most software widely-used in general. Today marks 30 years since the announcement of X at MIT when it was introduced to Project Athena."
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+ - Game Characters controlled by Player's Emotions->

Submitted by vrml
vrml (3027321) writes "As the player feels inner anger rising, the in-game character gets angry too and starts shouting and smashing things. Then, the player relaxes and the game character calms down and smiles. This is the kind of game control supported by a system demonstrated in a video released today by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab of the University of Udine. The system detects player's emotional state by using physiological sensors to measure player's skin conductance, facial muscles activity and cardiac parameters. It has been used to build gamified relaxation training and stress inoculation training applications."
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+ - Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Controversy has been swirling for years over the question of whether analog engineers are relevant in a digital world. Analog engineers themselves are lining up against management in the tussle over whether there really is a shrinking pool of engineers to do the work, or whether companies have unrealistic expectations. As one former analog engineer puts it, "The job descriptions for analog engineers today ask for expertise in all these analog areas, then they throw in 'must know VHDL' [a digital programming language]. Your head would explode if you had to carry all the information in your head!"
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