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Submission + - Atom 1.1 is out (

yathosho writes: GitHub's new Atom editor sees a first big update in version 1.1. Character measurement has been improved, fonts with ligatures and variable width fonts are now supported. The biggest new feature is probably live Markdown preview, matching the current theme. There's also a 1.2.0 beta available, for those who want to have a look into Atom's future.

Submission + - SPAM: Chinese yuan posts largest one-day gain vs. dollar in 10 years

gilqueen1 writes: The Chinese yuan recorded its largest one-day gain against the dollar in 10 years on Friday on rumors the government will soon take another step toward opening its capital account. Reports circulated that the Chinese government will soon launch a trial program that would allow individuals to directly buy overseas assets, according to currency strategists at Brown Brothers Harriman. According to the reports, the program would be launched in the Shanghai free trade zone. The currency, also known as the renminbi, has barely moved against the dollar since Aug. 11, when the government shocked the market by devaluing it. Chinese policy makers maintain a tight grip on the yuan, only allowing it to move up to 2% in either direction around a midpoint set daily by the central bank. The yuan fell 0.6% to 6.3174 to the dollar just before the close of onshore trading. It traded at 6.36 to the dollar late Thursday local time.

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Comment Re:Not Deuterium but Tritium (Score 2) 186

If you want to lower the coulomb barrier energy to its minimum, it is with muon catalyzed D-T fusion (deuterium + tritium -> He4 + fast neutron). You still need insanely high temperatures to have it work. At room temperature you can get the random fusion events just from quantum tunneling, but that will happen so rarely that you'd better have good detectors to see that one rare fast neutron.

Submission + - The sad state of open IPCameras ( 2

criticalmess writes: I'm about to give up on any decent hardware to be found to roll my own web-based camera setup around the house and office — and thought that the nerds and experts at /. would be my last resource I could pull out.
Having bought multiple IPCamera (DLink, Abus, Axis, Foscam, TP-Link, ...) and always getting the "requires DirectX" treatment, I'm wondering if there are any open and affordable IPCams out there? I've been lookint at BlueCherry and their kickstarter campaign to create a complete opensource hardware solution (, I've been looking at Zavio ( as they seem to offer the streams in an open enough format while not breaking the bank on the hardware. Anything else I should be looking at?

I can't for the love of it understand why most of these hardware companies require you to run DirectX — anybody care to enlighten the crowd?

Should be simple enough really: hardware captures images, a small embedded webserver transforms this into an RTSP stream or HTTP stream, maybe on h264 or similar — done.

Comment Where do I send my resume? (Score 1) 270

I'm all set for the interview!

000030 AUTHOR. ME
000100 01 FIZZ PIC X(4) VALUE 'Fizz'.
000101 01 BUZZ PIC X(4) VALUE 'Buzz'.
000102 01 N PIC 9(3) VALUE ZERO.
000103 01 X PIC 9(2) VALUE ZERO.
000104 01 Y PIC 9(1) VALUE ZERO.
000105 01 Z PIC 9(1) VALUE ZERO.
000150 PERFORM UNTIL N = 100
000160 COMPUTE N = N + 1
000180 IF Y = 0 THEN
000200 END-IF
000220 IF Z = 0 THEN
000240 END-IF
000250 IF (Z > 0) AND (Y > 0) THEN
000270 END-IF
000280 DISPLAY ' '
000300 STOP RUN.

Comment Re:Power Consumption (Score 2) 75

Thanks for the link. I knew power would not be a pretty issue, but the other one that came to mind was whether you could count on instruction timing. That article confirms that you can't. The WS2811 and other such chips expect pretty tight timing. Simple to do with Arduino, just use the asm macro to directly do a string of NOP and then bit operators directly on the port register you've connected your data line to.

Now if you're doing something that you need a beast like this for, you can hook up an Arduino or two and just use i2c to communicate. (Then again, in many cases a Due would be good enough).

Submission + - Could's H-1B Advocacy Discourage CS Study?

theodp writes: is certainly sending out mixed signals to visitors to its What's Wrong With This Picture? page. Next to an infographic that promises a bottomless-cup-of-Computer-Science-jobs to U.S. kids is a Twitter feed with a Tweet lamenting a cap on H-1B visas that prevents international job-seekers from filling these jobs. In the linked-to article, TechCrunch reports that the head of — the PAC founded by supporters and "CS teachers" Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates — "lambasted current law regarding the cap structure of [H-1B] high-skill visas in an email to TechCrunch, calling the current set of regulations 'dysfunctional.' He went on to state that it is 'absolutely critical that House Republicans take action on immigration reform now to do right by American families and boost the American economy.'" Elsewhere on its site, suggests H-1B workers as the answer to filling 18,000 STEM jobs in South Dakota (due to the state's inability to produce a skilled workforce). It's unclear if some of those jobs are also counted as job opportunities for SD kids in's infographic. So, in the long run, could's advocacy for more H-1B visas, while it aligns nicely with (common supporters of both organizations), actually wind up discouraging CS study by U.S. kids?

IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia 112

An anonymous reader writes "Corporate employees editing Wikipedia articles about themselves or their employers sometimes commit major violations of Wikipedia's "bright line" against paid editing, devised by Jimbo Wales himself, to prevent 'COI' editing. (Consider the recent flap over the firm Wiki-PR's activities, for example.) Yet the Wikipediocracy website, run by critics of Wikipedia management, has just published an article about IBM employees editing Wikipedia articles. Not only is such editing apparently commonplace, it's being badly done as well. And most bizarrely, one of the IBM employees is a Wikipedia administrator, who is married to another Wikipedia administrator. She works on the Watson project, which uses online databases to build its AI system....including the full text of Wikipedia." Reading about edit wars is also far more informative (if less entertaining) than reading the edit wars themselves.

Comment Re: PHB's strike again (Score 2, Interesting) 207

No, it wasn't habit. It was political pork. There was a Florida company read and willing to build the SRBs as a single unit. Simpler and vastly safer.

But that didn't spread the pork far enough. Thus Thiokol got the contract and a Utah congressman got to brag about how he brought home the bacon. The result: the SRBs needed to be segmented and seven people got to die.

Comment Zero index never bothered me. (Score 1) 295

I never really questioned it. Mainly because I started with Basic, but quickly moved into 6502 assembler on the C64. Really stupid example that creates a 30 element array on the zero page with the set [1, 4, 7, 10, .....]

        Array = $00

        LDX #$01
        LDY #$00
        STX Array,Y
        CPY #$1E
        BNE loop

If I started my index in the Y register with 1 my first element would have been placed in memory location $01 and the array would have been 29 elements long. Instead I start it with 0 and my array goes in $00 through $1D and consists of 30 elements. It had always been my assumption that 0 indexed arrays were a carry over from this.

There's no reason that a high level language can't use indexes that start with 1. It just feels really strange to me using a language that does.

Comment Re:uh, yeah... (Score 1) 105

It gets taxed via AMT (alternative minimum tax) in special cases. If your company gives you ISO stock options (as my wife's company did), you have a strike price and a vesting period. Once your stock option vests and you exercise it, you realize an on paper gain in wealth of current value of the stock less the strike price. You owe the AMT on this paper gain, which is treated as a pre-payment of any cap gains you'll owe when you sell it. So you hold it a year and then sell for cap gains long. If cap gains taxes are more than what you paid in AMT, you pay the difference. If it's less, you don't get a refund for a year. Since we're not rich, we did a straight sale when the option vested and paid income tax. :P

It would have been more money in the long run if we'd had the money to do it the right way. We could have swung the strike price, but the AMT would have killed us. Plus we just decided to go with easy as the headache for the difference was just not something we'd want to deal with anyways.


Nissan's Crash-Free R&D: 7 Cute Robots Mimicking Bees and Fish 105

cartechboy writes "As Nissan develops autonomous cars for its 2020 target date, the company's engineers are modeling the tech after behaviors seen in bumblebees and fish. Nissan actually tests self-navigation algorithms in seven small toy-looking robots called EPORO. The robots have 180-degree vision (modeled after bees) and monitor each others' positions, travel nose to nose and avoid collisions--just like a school of fish. Getting small robots to zip around without bumping into things might be the first step in getting cars to do the same."

Comment Re:No, you can't use it. (Score 3, Informative) 120

From their terms of use:
"We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Service. Your profile and materials uploaded remain yours. However, by setting your pages to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view your Content. By setting your repositories to be viewed publicly, you agree to allow others to view and fork your repositories."

So yes you can view and fork, but you don't get clone rights. The instant you do that, you infringe the copyright. So if you have no license that allows you to put out on your machine and use it, how useful is it? Until copyright or the Berne convention are changed, this is the world we live in.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill