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Comment: Re:How to kill a website in a single bad design (Score 1) 69

by ilotgov (#45009151) Attached to: You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta
I totally agree to this.
What on earth got into you dear slashdot? Do you like to be just another run-of-the-mill site like so many other gizmo-tabloid sites.
I like and read slashdot every morning because it is highly concentrated information on one page. The new design dilutes the information with interleaving pictures on the front page.
If you like to change anything and keep your web developers busy look at as a good example.

Comment: There is a lot of money in hardware (Score 5, Insightful) 120

by ilotgov (#39717679) Attached to: IBM Sells Point-Of-Sale Business To Toshiba
In my opinion there is a lot of money in hardware. Something else is wanting in most of Europe and perhaps North America. The will and enthusiasm to work physically with ones hands. And hardware is at the bottom line a physical thing.
We tend to talk about cheep labor, an expression which degrades labor in general when used so often. And so we end up with a lot of decision makers and wall-streeters who have no regard for physical things in general. Decisions will be made in favor of offices instead factories and money will flow to offices instead of factories.
As we can see in the example of China (owning a large part of the US) there must be money in hardware.
Germany, as an exception to the rule, seems to do quit well producing hardware but in general it is below our dignity to make our hands dirty producing something and this is the reason hardware returns little money in our culture.

+ - Working for Apple isn't as dreamy as the company's->

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thetechblock writes "For many, the prospect of working for Apple at its Cupertino, California headquarters is tantamount to a career in the NBA – and just as far-fetched. But life within the walls of Apple’s Infinite Loop, the company’s campus, is more the stuff of nightmares than dreams, according to Adam Lashinsky, author of a new book that plumbs the depths of the secretive tech giant."
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+ - The Universe is Digital, not Quantum->

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xkr (786629) writes "Professor Craig Hogan, at Fermilab, says the universe is filled with intrinsic jitter. This jitter comes not from quantum physics, but rather space is made of "tiny chunks." "Hogan's noise would imply the universe is digital." So it appears we are in the Matrix after all, and the Matrix is a digital computer. His work is published in the Feb 2012 issue of Scientific American, available on line."
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+ - Unicode Character-of-Death crashes GTK apps on Win->

Submitted by Olipro
Olipro (1531021) writes "A long-standing, but until yesterday undiscovered bug in GTK for Windows has revealed that any application using GTK (such as X-Chat, Pidgin and Wireshark to name but a few) can be made to crash if any non-BMP character is sent for display resulting in much malicious fun across IRC and IM networks. As yet, no word from the GTK devs has been heard."
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+ - Supercomputer Cools Off Using Groundwater->

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gManZboy writes "The Department of Energy is no stranger to supercomputers, and its Pacific Northwest National Lab has proven that it can continue to be an innovator in the field by using what the lab calls a unique groundwater-fed cooling system in the lab's newest supercomputer, Olympus.

The novel cooling system translates normal groundwater into big savings for the new 162 teraflop supercomputer, which is being used in energy, chemical, and fluid dynamics research.

The setup translates into 70% less energy use than traditionally cooled systems."

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+ - Symantec Admits its Networks Were Hacked->

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 (1901578) writes "After having first claimed that the source code leaked by Indian hacking group Dharmaraja was not stolen through a breach of its networks, but possibly by compromising the networks of a third party entity, Symantec backpedalled and announced that the code seems to have exfiltrated during a 2006 breach of its systems. Symantec spokesman Cris Paden has confirmed that unknown hackers have managed to get their hands on the source code to the following Symantec solutions: Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton Utilities, Norton GoBack and pcAnywhere."
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+ - Sony Axes Dash development website

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony sent me and many other possible developers an email saying the developers site will be gone in March. From: Sony Electronics Subject: dash(TM) Developer Site Closure To:Anonymous Chicken Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:06 AM Dear dash(TM) developer, Thank you very much for your interest in the development of applications for the Sony dash(TM). Beginning February 29, 2012, the Sony dash(TM) developer website ( will close and no longer support development of new applications. This closure includes the dash(TM) developer forum and dash(TM) developer support email address ( which will close on March 31, 2012. Sony dash(TM) applications will remain available. Thank you for your contributions and we encourage you to continue your development activity on Sony's other platforms available at Again, thank you very much, Team dash(TM)"

Comment: My 2 cents (Score 1) 402

by ilotgov (#38604044) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?
I used many cameras since around 1975 specially while traveling.
While backpacking for many moths I liked to have the camera with me at all times. Weight, bulk and robustness are important on the road, so I would not recommend a heavy DSLR for this purpose. To have a good camera built in the phone is very handy because it reduces the bulk and weight so much. A small camera also reduces the shines-factor if you take informal pictures of peoples.
I used to have a waterproof, 2nd camera with me and appreciated not to have to worry about it on the beach, on boats or in the rain/dust.
For macro photography a closeup lens can be handy, it is inexpensive and lightweight but requires a thread in front of your lens to mount it. Clip-on macro lenses could be available for your phone.
A viewfinder is a must for a 'serious' camera, in my opinion. Make sure a digital viewfinder has a good resolution so that you can verify the sharpness of your picture (more than 1 M pixel).
I am using a 'Four Thirds' format camera for a year now and am very happy with it. I used 'Super-Zoom' cameras before because they are low weight an all-in-one but the image quality was rather poor. I can not recommend this type of camera.

In the end it will payoff to do your home work: make a list of features required and read as many reviews as you have time for.

+ - What Does x86 Need to Compete With RISC?->

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes "The big hint from Andy Patrizio: The problem isn't with the chip. It's everything that surrounds it.

Our previous story on Intel's RISC aspirations raised the question of whether x86 was ready to finally move into that upper echelon dominated by RISC-based systems.

The feeling, shared by OEMs and reader feedback alike, is that the chip is not the issue; it's everything around it. A server is more than a CPU, after all, and the infrastructure around it is where the real make-or-break can be found.

With the popular reaction to the story, this begged us to ask: What Does x86 Need to Compete With RISC?">What does x86, particularly Intel's Xeon 7000 line, need to compete in the world of mission-critical computing that RISC still owns?


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