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Comment: The Goat Man (Score -1, Redundant) 33

by irn_bru (#34348702) Attached to: Stranded California Man Too 'Embarrassed' To Use Phone

There was an old Welshman who was walking with his grandson. Presently, they came upon a wall.

“Ye see that wall, there?”
“Yes.”
“I built it, I did. I built it with my own two hands. I built twenty others just like it. But do they call me the Hugh the Wall Man? No."

They continued walking on their way...

“Ye see that barn, there?”
“Yes.”
“I built it, I did. I built it with my own two hands. I built thirty others just like it. But do they call me the Hugh the Barn Builder? No."

They continued their walk until they came upon a house...

“Ye see that house, there?”
“Yes.”
“I built it, I did. I built it with my own two hands. I built fifty others just like it. But do they call me the Hush the House Man? No."

"But see if you SHAG JUST ONE GOAT!”

Comment: The Goat Man (Score 1) 33

by irn_bru (#34348674) Attached to: Stranded California Man Too 'Embarrassed' To Use Phone

There was an old Welshman who was walking with his grandson. Presently, they came upon a wall.

“Ye see that wall, there?”
“Yes.”
“I built it, I did. I built it with my own two hands. I built twenty others just like it. But do they call me Hugh the Wall Man? No.”

They continued walking on their way...
.
“Ye see that barn, there?”
“Yes.”
“I built it, I did. I built it with my own two hands. I built thirty others just like it. But do they call me the Hugh the Barn Man? No.”

They continued their walk until they came upon a house...

“Ye see that house, there,?”
“Yes.”
“I built it, I did. I built it with my own two hands. I built fifty others just like it. But do they call me the Hugh the House Man? No"

"But see if you SHAG JUST ONE GOAT!”

PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."
Software

Inkscape 0.47 Released 225

Posted by kdawson
from the drawing-not-quartering dept.
derrida writes "After over a year of intensive development and refactoring, Inkscape 0.47 is out. This version of the SVG-based vector graphics editor brings improved performance and tons of new features, including: timed autosave, Spiro splines, auto-smooth nodes, Eraser tool, new modes in Tweak tool, snapping options toolbar & greater snapping abilities, new live path effects (including Envelope), over 200 preset SVG filters, new Cairo-based PS and EPS export, spell checker, many new extensions, optimized SVG code options, and much more. Additionally, it would be wrong to not mention the hundreds of bug fixes. Check out the full release notes for more information about what has changed, enjoy the screenshots, or just jump right to downloading your package for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X." We've been following the progress of Inkscape for years (2006, 2005, 2004).
Education

Computer Games and Traditional CS Courses 173

Posted by Soulskill
from the terrible-terrible-games dept.
drroman22 writes "Schools are working to put real-world relevance into computer science education by integrating video game development into traditional CS courses. Quoting: 'Many CS educators recognized and took advantage of younger generations' familiarity and interests for computer video games and integrate related contents into their introductory programming courses. Because these are the first courses students encounter, they build excitement and enthusiasm for our discipline. ... Much of this work reported resounding successes with drastically increased enrollments and student successes. Based on these results, it is well recognized that integrating computer gaming into CS1 and CS2 (CS1/2) courses, the first programming courses students encounter, is a promising strategy for recruiting and retaining potential students." While a focus on games may help stir interest, it seems as though game development studios are as yet unimpressed by most game-related college courses. To those who have taken such courses or considered hiring those who have: what has your experience been?
Privacy

Shedding Your Identity In the Digital Age 138

Posted by kdawson
from the under-the-radar-sonar-and-lidar dept.
newscloud writes "Writer Evan Ratliff tells how he managed to hide from crowdsourced searchers for 27 days. The first person to find him and photograph him would claim a $5,000 prize. In addition to hiding out as a roadie with indy band 'The Hermit Thrushes' for a week, Ratliff donned a variety of increasingly impressive disguises. It's an interesting read on how to disappear in the digital age: 'August 13, 6:40 PM: I'm driving East out of San Francisco on I-80, fleeing my life under the cover of dusk. Having come to the interstate by a circuitous route, full of quick turns and double backs, I'm reasonably sure that no one is following me. I keep checking the rearview mirror anyway. From this point on, there's no such thing as sure. Being too sure will get me caught. About 25 minutes later, as the California Department of Transportation database will record, my green 1999 Honda Civic, California plates 4MUN509, passes through the tollbooth on the far side of the Carquinez Bridge, setting off the FasTrak toll device, and continues east toward Lake Tahoe. What the digital trail will not reflect is that a few miles past the bridge I pull off the road, detach the FasTrak, and stuff it into the duffle bag in my trunk, where its signal can't be detected. There will be no digital record that at 4 AM I hit Primm, Nevada, a sad little gambling town about 40 minutes from Vegas, where $15 cash gets me a room with a view of a gravel pile...' Spoiler alert: We previously discussed the denouement of the contest."
Security

+ - First EPO Virus for TI-89 Calculators Discovered->

Submitted by
Juha-Matti Laurio
Juha-Matti Laurio writes "McAfee AVERT Labs Blog reports about a sample of a virus written for a programmable calculator TI-89. The blog entry continues that there is no AV software yet for calculators so protection can only be built on a PC. According to the author of this Proof-of-Concept type virus 'Gaara' it is world's first resident entry-point-obscuring (EPO) virus for TI89 Titanium calculators. It appears that Symantec has released a virus description document for this TIOS.Tigraa virus too."
Link to Original Source
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft announces Multi-Touch coffee table

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "MacScoop reports: "Microsoft announced its first device which uses the Multi-Touch technology also present in the iPhone. It's not a digital media player, it's not a mobile phone, it's neither a TabletPC, it's a coffee table!" An impressive video on PopularMechanics.com demos the technology."
Google

+ - Gmail offers paper email delivery

Submitted by
juicejar
juicejar writes "Gmail has finally got with the program. You can now receive a paper mail of your email messages. Allow 2-4 business days for delivery! "I've always felt uneasy about the whole internet thing. With the help of Gmail Paper, now I'm taking matters back into my own hands, literally." Kevin S., CEO AdventaStar Inc. Everyone should go check it out now! http://mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/more.html"
Internet Explorer

+ - Firefox closing in on Explorer in SMB market

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Mozilla's Firefox browser is closing in on Internet Explorer's market leading position in the small-to-medium business (SMB) market, according to a survey by Toronto-based online time tracking and billing provider, FreshBooks, of 140,000 of its SMB customers. Firefox's browser market share was up by 1.35 percent in February 2007 to 38.95 percent while Internet Explorer's share dropped by 0.73 percent to 56.95 percent"
Education

+ - How the BBC Micro Educated Britain

Submitted by Gammu
Gammu (1004474) writes "Unlike the North American computer market in the late seventies and early eighties, Britain was largely dominated by domestic companies. Beginning with the early eighties, the BBC selected a computer that schools schools would use for more than a decade, not unlike the Apple II, the BBC Micro. The computer was the BBC Micro and was the subject of a massive computer literacy program in Britain and the Commonwealth."

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