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Comment: "...strengths of certain languages" (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by jdeisenberg (#45879091) Attached to: "Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?
And therein lies the problem of comparisons. An extreme case: a person writing a program that involves concurrency among hundreds of processes will probably be more productive in Erlang than in Perl, but a person writing a program that does massive amounts of text manipulation will be more productive in Perl than in Erlang, because of what the languages were designed for. It's somewhat like asking which is a better tool, a hammer or a screwdriver. A lot of it depends on what you're trying to build.
Apple

Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the exhibit-in-the-hallway dept.
David Greelish, Founder of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, has taken it upon himself to "tell the story of Apple.” Greelish partnered with Lonnie Mimms, a local computer collector, with a museum-quality exhibit dubbed the "Apple Pop-Up Museum." From the article: "...Mimms wanted to focus specifically on Apple—partly because of Steve Jobs' recent passing, but also because of Apple's 'overwhelming success and stardom.' And so the two teamed together to create the Apple Pop-Up Museum, which will be part of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 when it opens in Atlanta on April 20 and 21, 2013. In a twist of historical fate, the show will be held in an old CompUSA store, with 6,000 feet of the CompUSA regional corporate offices being used for the Apple Pop-Up museum. '[Mimms] and his staff are literally building a museum within the separate rooms,' Greelish told Ars."
Power

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the guided-by-the-light dept.
First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."
Technology

Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-you-one dept.
colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."

Comment: Re:Walter M. Miller Jr. (Score 1) 1130

by jdeisenberg (#40925571) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?
His short story "Dumb Waiter" is an excellent object lesson in "computers do what you tell them to do." Also, "Big Joe and the Nth Generation" hits that theme as well. Both stories are rather sexist (strong, heroic male protagonist; weak female character for him to play off against). But then again, that was pretty much the norm in the early 1950s.

Comment: Re:Willing to bet.. (Score 2) 1706

I agree that training is absolutely essential. However, I'm not sure I buy your analogy entirely. Although it can be used to kill, the main purpose of a car is to transport people/things from point A to point B. Although it can be used to kill, the main purpose of alcohol is to make people feel good. The main purpose of a gun is to maim or kill. I am perfectly willing to concede that this may be a distinction without a difference.

Comment: Re:"Suspends"? (Score 5, Informative) 577

by jdeisenberg (#39638359) Attached to: Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign
If you end your campaign (quit), you can no longer raise funds. If you suspend the campaign, you can continue to bring in money to lower any debts your campaign might have. For more details, see this: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/04/why-santorum-merely-suspended-his-campaign/50982/

+ - Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Warp-drives allow rocket ships to travel globally faster than the speed of light, while staying with the rules of Einstein's general theory of relativity. New research has shown that as such warp-drives zip through the universe, they gather up particles and radiation, releasing them in a burst as the warp-drive slows down. This is bad news for family and friends waiting for the ship to arrive, as this intense burst will fry them.

Read more at UniverseToday http://www.universetoday.com/93882/warp-drives-may-come-with-a-killer-downside/"

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Hardware

+ - Lytro: Why it might succeed in spite of its camera->

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MrSeb writes "After much hype and furor, the Lytro light field camera is now shipping to those who pre-ordered it. The initial response (from those who haven't been taken over by fanboy fever) isn't fantastic, though. Its odd shape, lack of video, 1MP final resolution, and the effort required to make images that really work well with Lytro’s special re-focusing “Living Picture” viewer, all combine to create the potential for the blogosphere equivalent of buyer’s remorse over initial predictions its camera would come to rule the world. Let's not forget that the Lytro camera only works with Macs for the time being, too; there will be a lot of disappointed Windows as they unwrap their Lytro pre-order cameras later this week. Fortunately, though, Lytro has a lot more up its sleeve than just cameras. To create light field cameras, Ren Ng, the founder and CEO of Lytro, also had to revolutionize lenses — and if you're an SLR user, you'll know that lens technology has been stalled for years. There's no reason that Ng's lenses couldn't be used on the front of an expensive camera. Then there's sensors: Sensor vendors are close to producing gigapixel models, but with conventional lenses diffraction rears its ugly head long before reaching that resolution. The first light field camera might suck, but rest assured that there's better things to come."
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