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Comment: Re:Me gusta! (Score 1) 179

by functor0 (#45112703) Attached to: GNU Make 4.0 Released

In a maze of scripts and Makefiles and scripts generating Makefiles and scripts generating scripts that call make, euphemistically called "a custom buildsystem", hunting down the right 'make' to change into 'make -d' can take a while.

That sounds like you're not doing sub-makes with $(MAKE), which would have passed down the -d automatically. See http://www.gnu.org/software/make/manual/html_node/MAKE-Variable.html#MAKE-Variable and http://www.gnu.org/software/make/manual/html_node/Options_002fRecursion.html#Options_002fRecursion

Comment: Re:Same Story / Different Day (Score 1) 247

by functor0 (#39217379) Attached to: Azure Failure Was a Leap Year Glitch

Does anyone know if MS Windows has introduced a UT internal time yet? If not, then we can reliably predict that such bugs will continue to plague their users.

According to an old MS guy [1], Windows NT stores UTC time internally but maintains the BIOS in local time. 1. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2004/09/02/224672.aspx

Comment: Re:Full text in case the link gets taken down (Score 1) 354

by functor0 (#37697030) Attached to: Google Employee Accidentally Shares Rant About Google+

Hiring standards vary according to the team because the needs of the team vary according to the team and according to what that person is going to be doing.

Just to play Devil's Advocate, what if the team was incompetent? It's not unheard of where all the good people leave the team, leading to hiring choices for similarly, incapable new employees.

Microsoft

+ - Windows 8 will have super fast boot times->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This post describes about yet another blog post from Steven Sinofsky where he talks about new features in Windows 8. He talks extensively about how they planned to achieve faster bootup times for the operating system."
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Ubuntu

+ - Monthly Ubuntu Releases Have Been Proposed->

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An anonymous reader writes "Scott James Remnant, the former Ubuntu Developer Manager at Canonical and current Ubuntu Technical Board leader, has proposed a new monthly release process for Ubuntu Linux. He acknowledges that with the six month releases there's features that end up landing way too soon, leaving them in a sour state for users. With his monthly proposal, Remnant hopes to relieve this by handling alpha, beta, and normal releases concurrently. It's unknown whether Canonical will accept the policy at this time."
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AMD

+ - FPS no more? New methods reveal deeper GPU issues->

Submitted by crookedvulture
crookedvulture (1866146) writes "Graphics hardware reviews have long used frames per second to measure performance. The thing is, an awful lot of frames are generated in a single second. Calculating the FPS can mask brief moments of perceptible stuttering that only a closer inspection of individual frame times can quantify. This article explores the subject in much greater detail. Along the way, it also effectively illustrates the "micro-stuttering" attributed to multi-GPU solutions like SLI and CrossFire. AMD and Nvidia both concede that stuttering is a real problem for modern graphics hardware, and benchmarking methods may need to change to properly take it into account."
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Patents

+ - Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate->

Submitted by nephorm
nephorm (464234) writes ""The Senate gave final approval to the first major overhaul of the nation’s patent law in more than a half century Thursday, sending the America Invents Act to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The legislation won overwhelming approval in an 89-9 vote." Fee diversion from the USPTO will continue."

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Comment: Re:Home Labs? (Score 3, Informative) 206

by functor0 (#32465602) Attached to: McDonald's, Cadmium, and Thermo Electron Niton Guns

Well, the "Smart Mama" (Jennifer Taggert) is someone that actually makes money through her XRF gun. According to the site below, she charges $5 per test or $100 per hour.

http://www.thesmartmama.com/xrf-testing/

Here's a media article where two families paid her to test their toys:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/25/AR2009122501674.html

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