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Comment: Speed is great, but not a fair comparison (Score 1) 236

by mcmire (#35340542) Attached to: Firefox 4 the Last Big Release From Mozilla
I think releasing earlier, faster is great -- execution is everything. I don't know if Mozilla needs to be afraid that Google is somehow getting ahead of them, though. I mean, yes, in terms of speed and simplicity, Chrome wins hands down. Considering how fast JagerMonkey is getting better, it doesn't seem that's as much of an issue to me (or at least, they're on the right track). But in terms of how much each company is churning out, I think Mozilla is keeping up just fine. Think about what they've talking about for the past year: Panorama, maybe a new privacy UI, Jetpack, application tabs, "HTML5" features -- this shows that they're actually thinking about the future of the browser. What has Google produced in the past year? Chrome jumped from v4 to v8 (and now v9, and soon v10). Extensions, HTML5 stuff, WebM, GPU-accelerated compositing, page prerendering. How much of this work was put toward Webkit, though? And why do you think they added all of this? To catch up with IE and Firefox. I just don't think it's a fair comparison.

Comment: Re:bad summary? (Score 4, Informative) 86

by mcmire (#29807223) Attached to: Robot Controlled By Human Brain Cells
There are two experiments involved here, one using rat neurons and one using human neurons. The article is badly written -- it first introduces the two experiments, talks about the rat-neuron experiment for a bit (that's what the video refers to) and then abruptly segues to the human-neuron experiment (which there is no video for). Only the last three paragraphs are really about the human one. Looks like it's the same setup as the rat one though.

+ - Swarm: A new approach to distributed computation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ian Clarke, creator of Freenet, has been working on a new open source project called Swarm. The concept is to allow a computer program to be distributed across multiple computers in a manner almost completely transparent to the programmer. The system observes the program executing and figures out how the workload should be distributed for maximum efficiency. Swarm is implemented in Scala. Its at an early-prototype stage, and Ian has created a good 36 minute video explaining the concept and the current implementation."
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+ - T-Mobile loses all information stored on Sidekicks->

Submitted by stigmato
stigmato (843667) writes "T-Mobile's popular Sidekick brand of devices and their users are facing a data loss crisis. According to the T-Mobile community forums, Microsoft/Danger has suffered a catastrophic server failure that has resulted in the loss of all personal data not stored on the phones. They are advising users not to turn off their phones, reset them or let the batteries die in them for fear of losing what data remains on the devices. Microsoft/Danger has stated that they cannot recover the data but are still trying. Already people are clamoring for a lawsuit. Should we continue to trust cloud computing content providers with our personal information? Perhaps they should have used ZFS or btrfs for their servers..."
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