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+ - Unit Testing: Good Idea/Bad Idea?->

Submitted by ZacGery
ZacGery (2709597) writes "The phrase "unit testing" evokes a wide variety of opinions within the developer community. At this point, most individuals understand the concept through direct experience or community osmosis. In fact, the TDD (test-driven development) model is initiated through the development of a failed test that satisfies a new feature. Once completed, a developer performs the minimum amount of coding required to pass the test. This continues through an iterative cycle until the code meets an acceptable standard. Over the past 10 years, dozens of unit testing frameworks have been built by the developer community to satisfy the need for unit testing."
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+ - Working calculator crafted in Minecraft->

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legoleg
legoleg writes "Not mine but I thought this was pretty cool:
  6 digit addition and subtraction, 3 digit multiplication, division and trigonometric/scientific functions. (The reason these are only 3 digits is because multiplication and division would take a long time to decode/complete/encode. Also, the fraction display is hard enough to build for 3 digits, let alone 6 — 6 digit RAM would not only be massive, but a bit pointless since the curves follow the same pattern surrounding the peaks.). Graphing y=mx+c functions, quadratic functions, and equation solving of the form mx+c=0."

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+ - This Robot Needs a Hug->

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "It has been an interesting week at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) show in Vancouver, what with all the humans and computers interacting. And none have interacted quite so interestingly as a robot developed by scientists at Japan's Osaka University that can convey physical emotions through a phone call or e-mail system. Its intended use: Hugging the elderly so you don't have to."
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Earth

+ - SPAM: Most Expensive House On Earth $$$$

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Indian Tycoon Mukesh Ambani had Just shifted to his new and most expensive houses on earth .He is knowned as the richest man in India and now he’s one of the figures in the world to have the most expensive house worth of Costing aprox. US$500–$700 Million
The 53-year old tycoon is not only the richest man in India, but the fourth in the entire world.”
UK-based steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal (he is still an Indian citizen though) bought the most expensive house in London last year, paying £60m for a place in Kensington Palace Gardens.Microsoft founder Bill Gates had his house built as technology showpiece several years back. The house is reputed to have cost upwards of $100 million."

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+ - Poll submission

Submitted by legoleg
legoleg (514805) writes "How have you been annoyed with IP Geolocation?
-None
-A little
-Everyone thinks I'm a terrorist and won't let me buy anything
-Everyone loves Cowboy Neal"
Music

+ - Record companies lose, artists gain->

Submitted by mork
mork (62099) writes "A recent MSc thesis from two students at Norwegian School of Management show that after 10 years of digitalization of music, the average (Norwegian) musician's income has increased by 66%. As a group, the only losers in digital music seems to be the record companies. The musicians' income increase is due to increased income from concerts, various collection agencies and stipends from the government in the period from 1999 to 2009. During the same period, record sales have decreased by about 50%. The fall in income from record sales is less important for the musicians, however, since, on average, they only receive 15% of record sales, whereas they receive on average 50% from concerts and 80% from collection agencies (who collects provisions from radio play and other uses of the artists' productions.). The thesis also shows that the fall in record sales also means that record companies are becoming less important as launchpads for new artists, and that records to a larger degree become "business cards" — i.e., a marketing tool — to attract audiences to concerts."
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Linux

+ - LSE breaks world record in trade speed with linux->

Submitted by LingNoi
LingNoi (1066278) writes "The London Stock Exchange has said its new Linux-based system is delivering world record networking speed, with 126 microsecond trading times.

The news comes ahead a major Linux-based switchover in twelve days, during which the open source system will replace Microsoft .Net technology on the group'(TM)s main stock exchange. The LSE had long been criticised on speed and reliability, grappling with trading speeds of several hundred microseconds.

The 126 microsecond speed is “twice as fast” as its main international competitors, the London Stock Exchange said. BATS Europe and Chi-X, two dedicated electronic rivals to the LSE, are reported to have an average latency of 250 and 175 microseconds respectively. Netiher company immediately provided details. But many of the LSE'(TM)s older and more traditional rivals offer speeds of around 300 to 400 microseconds. Nevertheless, Linux is now standard in many exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange."

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The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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