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Comment: Re:Too bad it wasn't SciPy (Score 1) 84

by gpig (#40015279) Attached to: Octave and Gnuplot Coming To Android

Mostly agree, but NumPy arrays do have slicing (however much you may not like zero-indexed, exclusive-on-the-right indexing):

In [8]: a = np.array([[1,2,3],[4,5,6],[7,8,9]])

In [9]: a[0,:]
Out[9]: array([1, 2, 3])

In [10]: a[0:2,:]
array([[1, 2, 3],
              [4, 5, 6]])

In [11]: a[0:2,0:2]
array([[1, 2],
              [4, 5]])


Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid 481

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-go-wrong? dept.
geekmansworld writes "The Chinese want to capture an asteroid into earth's orbit and mine it. From the article: 'At first glance, nudging an asteroid closer to Earth seems like one of those "what could possible go wrong" scenarios that we generally try and avoid, and for good reason: large asteroid impacts are bad times. The Chinese, though, seem fairly optimistic that they could tweak the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid by just enough (a change in velocity of only about 1,300 feet-per-second or so) to get it to temporarily enter Earth orbit at about twice the distance as the Moon.'"

CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain' 791

Posted by Soulskill
from the aside-from-reality-tv dept.
walterbyrd writes "Dr. Norman Matloff of the University of California-Davis computer science department argues that US citizens are avoiding 'Science Technology Engineering Math' (STEM) careers, because US citizens see those fields as being ruined by massive offshoring and inshoring. 'Despite widely publicized claims that foreign tech workers and scientists represent exceptional ability and are thus vital to American innovation, Matloff called that argument merely "a good sound byte for lobbyists" supporting industry proposals for higher visa caps. The data (PDF), on the other hand, indicate that those admitted are no more able, productive, or innovative than America's homegrown talent, he said.'"

+ - So You Want To Be a Researcher->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Security researcher Markus Jakobsson has composed a primer for aspiring researchers in which he offers wide-ranging advice for finding an advisor, your specialty, an internship, a job. One particularly interesting bit of advice comes in the section on finding your specialty:

When you graduate, you should be able to write down three or four words or short phrases that describe you and mostly nobody else. These words may change over time. When I graduated, I might have described myself as "payments, privacy, revokable". Now, I might instead say "phishing, mobile malware, user experiments". It is your goal to guide your research in a direction that allows you to find these words. Think of it like this: if your description is the same as hundreds of others out there, you will have a much tougher time getting what you want than if you are unique (and do good and relevant work.) Finding this specialty is not automatic or trivial, but it helps to keep in mind what would be a meaningful target.


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+ - vBulletin sues ex- developers over competing forum->

Submitted by Tootech
Tootech (1865028) writes "Internet forumware giant vBulletin has sued three former employees, a day before they were due to launch a competing forum-software platform via their new company, the UK-based XenForo.

The move has sparked page after page of complaints on the, well, forums run by both vBulletin and XenForo, and though XenForo has delayed the launch of its software, it indicates the launch will indeed go ahead.

As of 2pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, a thread on vBulletin's own forums — available only to paid customers — had topped 45 pages, and the discussion on XenForo had reached 77 pages.

Now owned by self-described new-media outfit Internet Brands, vBulletin filed its suit in the UK against both XenForo and its founders — Kier Darby, Mike Sullivan, and Ashley Busby — claiming copyright infringement, breach of contract, and unfair business practices. vBulletin announced the suit with a post to its website, accusing XenForo of using intellectual property belonging to Internet Brands, which purchased JelSoft, the original company behind vBulletin, in 2007.

"The suit is simple," the post from vBulletin reads. "We claim that Kier, Mike, and Ashley have infringed and violated contracts they signed with us to gain unfair business advantage. As such, Xenforo’s software unfairly stands on the shoulders of more than a decade of development by Jelsoft. Internet Brands owns this intellectual property.""

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+ - Unique IP addresses for SEO - why won't this die?

Submitted by 01101010001010001010
01101010001010001010 (694010) writes "With IPv4 addresses running out I've been somewhat annoyed by having to move a client's 10 websites from a very good host to a more expensive one whose only advantage is that it that was willing to allocate 10 separate IP addresses purely for SEO purposes. The client's SEO 'expert' is adamant that without unique IP addresses the sites will fail to achieve good rankings — kind of stuck in a mid-1990s timewarp.

Now I know that this is BS, but when I tried to find definitive official posts from Google / Bing etc. to back this up I couldn't. I found an old Slashdot interview (circa 2002) with someone from Google denying this myth, then another mention on another blog. I also found a lot of people posting asking where this might be.

Has anyone had any success in dissuading clients from this kind of behaviour? Anyone know anyone in Google / Bing who might be willing to publish something official (and prominent) about this? Or would it be better to just use up the IPv4 addresses as quickly as possible so everyone can stop moaning about it and we can move onto IPv6, knowing that the transition won't begin until the pain begins?

Maybe it would be a good business bet to use an unscrupulous webhost to pile up a few thousand IPv4 addresses then flog them at extremely high prices to the kind of morons who will continue to bleat for unique IPv4 addresses for SEO purposes.


+ - Firefighters Watch As House Burns Down->

Submitted by SofaMan
SofaMan (454881) writes "Residents of Obion County, TN have to pay a $75 annual fee to a neighbouring town to access a firefighting service. One family didn't pay, so firefighters stood around and watched as their house burnt to the ground. Firefighters only acted when the fire spread to a neighbouring property where the resident had paid the fee. One neighbour was so frustrated with the fire department's inaction that he went to the fire station and assaulted a firefighter. I know many Slashdotters are libertarians or have libertarian sympathies, but is this taking things a bit far?"
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+ - Craigslist robber sentenced->

Submitted by crimeandpunishment
crimeandpunishment (1754306) writes "How many times have we heard about someone being robbed when answering an ad on Craigslist? But every once in a while, instead of "buyer beware" the story ends with "buyer battles back". Case in point....a would-be robber in Western New York will now have plenty of time in prison to think about how a feisty victim and a pair of good Samaritans foiled his plan."
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+ - Google Calls Oracle's Java Patents Invalid-> 1

Submitted by cgriffin21
cgriffin21 (1880716) writes "Google denies that its Android mobile operating system violates Java patents and copyrights now held by Oracle and in a court filing calls for an Oracle lawsuit against Google to be dismissed and the patents to be declared invalid. Google also said that by suing Google as it did back in August, Oracle has turned against the kind of open-source policies it used to support. Oracle sued Google Aug. 12 charging that Google's use of Java in Android violated seven patents as well as copyrighted material Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems in January for $7.3 billion."
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+ - Facebook takes liberties with your iPhone contacts->

Submitted by bossanovalithium
bossanovalithium (1396323) writes "People using the iPhone Facebook app could unknowingly be sharing their number, their friend's numbers and their friend's friend's numbers thanks to a syncing feature.

Facebook's "Contact Sync" feature synchronises your friends' Facebook profile pictures with the contacts in your phone, but instead of keeping them safely on your handset it imports all the names and phone numbers you have on your phone, uploads them to Facebook's Phonebook app and lets you and your mates view everyone's details. It's taking data from your handset."

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+ - Android OS adoption rate surges past competition->

Submitted by mahiskali
mahiskali (1410019) writes "During the six months ending in August, the number of people who bought Android smartphones increased steadily, culminating in 32% buying the devices in August, according to Nielsen. Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone in the last month of the period were at a statistical tie at 26% and 25%, respectively. Of course, overall market penetration shows a different story: looking at the overall share for each OS in the total market, BlackBerry OS still leads with 31%, with iOS in a close second at 28%. However, BlackBerry's market share has decreased from 36% in January, with iOS remaining steady. In that same time period, Android's market share has more than doubled, climbing from 8% to 19%.

Now for the zany predictions: researcher Gartner predicts Symbian and Android to dominate the smartphone market by 2014, taking around 30% of the market share each, with Apple's iOS taking half that. Rival research group IDC paints a similar picture, with Symbian taking the lead at 33%, and Android at 25%.

So I ask you fellow slashdotters: Do you believe these predictions? How will Apple respond to the threat of Android? Will Microsoft actually get back into the smartphone game with Windows 7?"

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