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Comment: Re:rsync (Score 1) 62

by pjl5602 (#36094030) Attached to: Google Storage Is Now Available To All Developers

Sounds like you're assuming that it's a cluster of Linux servers (that they're going to give you access to) and it's a traditional file system interface underneath. I can almost certainly guarantee you that it's not. The interface you have is an HTTP looking endpoint. If what you want to do is backup data, you might want to take a look at duplicity. You should be able to drop in your Google Storage supported version of Boto and it should work. If you want to upload diff of content, I'm guessing you're going to be out of luck for that use case.

Classic Games (Games)

OpenTTD 1.0.0 Released 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-so-soon dept.
Gmer writes "Eming.com reports that OpenTTD, the open source clone of the Microprose game Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has reached a milestone. OpenTTD 1.0.0 has been released 6 years after work started on the first version, with the help of hundreds of contributors and thousands of testers/players. Over 30 language translations are considered complete, and OpenTTD is available for *BSD, Linux, Solaris and Windows. OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which the player is in control of a transport company and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea or air."
Programming

An Open Source Compiler From CUDA To X86-Multicore 71

Posted by timothy
from the abstraction-gains-a-layer dept.
Gregory Diamos writes "An open source project, Ocelot, has recently released a just-in-time compiler for CUDA, allowing the same programs to be run on NVIDIA GPUs or x86 CPUs and providing an alternative to OpenCL. A description of the compiler was recently posted on the NVIDIA forums. The compiler works by translating GPU instructions to LLVM and then generating native code for any LLVM target. It has been validated against over 100 CUDA applications. All of the code is available under the New BSD license."
The Internet

AT&T Suggests To 300K Employees To Lobby the FCC 239

Posted by kdawson
from the call-your-uncle-sam dept.
Several readers sent in the news that AT&T's top lobbyist sent a letter to all 300,000 employees urging them to give feedback to the FCC as it gears up for rulemaking on net neutrality. He even supplied talking points approved by the PR department. The lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, suggested that employees use their personal email accounts when they weigh in with the FCC. Pro-net-neutrality group Free Press has now likened Cicconi's letter to astroturfing: "Coming from one of the company’s most senior executives, it’s hard to imagine AT&T employees thinking the memo was merely a suggestion."
OS X

Apple Blurs the Server Line With Mac Mini Server 557

Posted by kdawson
from the so-easy-a-child-can-set-it-up dept.
Toe, The writes "Today Apple announced several new hardware offerings, including a new Mac mini, their (almost-literally) pint-sized desktop computer. In a bizarre twist, they are now also offering a Mac mini with Mac OS X Server bundled in, along with a two hard drives somehow stuffed into the tiny package. Undoubtedly, many in the IT community will scoff at the thought of calling such a device a 'server.' However, with the robust capabilities of Snow Leopard Server (a true, if highly GUI-fied, UNIX server), it seems likely to find a niche in small businesses and even enthusiasts' homes. The almost completely guided setup process means that people can set up relatively sophisticated services without the assistance of someone who actually knows what they are doing. What the results will be in terms of security, etc. will be... interesting to watch as they develop." El Reg has a good roundup article of the many announcements; the multi-touch Magic Mouse is right up there on the techno-lust-inspiration scale.
Portables

Atari 1200XL Stacked Up Against a Dell Inspiron 253

Posted by timothy
from the ok-it's-actually-stacked-on-top dept.
Bill Kendrick writes "My first computer was the short-lived 1200XL model of the Atari 8-bit computer line. I finally got ahold of one again, after having to settle with a lesser Atari system. My immediate reaction was: 'Damn, it's as big as my Dell Inspiron laptop!', and I couldn't resist doing one of those side-by-side comparisons, complete with photos of one system sitting atop the other. (I also put the 1983 storage and speeds in 2009 terms, for the benefit of the youngin's out there.) While in many ways the Atari pales in comparison to the latest technology they cram into laptops, I do get to benefit from SD storage media. It also still boots way faster than Ubuntu on the Dell, has a far more ergonomic keyboard, and is much more toddler-proof."

Comment: Re:Money Grab (Score 1) 793

by pjl5602 (#27955633) Attached to: NY Bill Proposes Fat Tax On Games, DVDs, Junk Food

I applaud the effort- it's a worthy cause..

But it's not going to make anybody skinny. Just make hordes of cash under a cause that everyone would support. This is a money grab.

So if it's a money grab and not going to work, how is it a "worthy cause" again? It's not even close to being a "worthy cause". It's a bad idea and yet another chunk of personal responsibility stomped on. Stop robbing Peter to pay Paul (in everything...)

Comment: Re:No mention of Sarbanes-Oxley? (Score 1) 445

by pjl5602 (#27639641) Attached to: Why Republicans Won't Retake Silicon Valley

Yeah, okay.

Being opposed to government sanctioned same sex marriage is not gay bashing. Tom and Bob's relationship will never have as much value to society's as Tom and Jenny's. Why? Tom and Bob can NEVER produce offspring. Tom and Jenny's can. No offspring. No society. Before you get all spun up about, "Oh, now you need to have a kid to be a productive member of society, blah, blah, blah." No, that's not what I said. Tom and Jenny's relationship at least has the potential for offspring. That makes it different than Tom and Bob's. And it's potential value to society (furthering it) is clear. So one could make the argument that it's in governments interest to promote marriage between a man and a woman as a "better thing" than not. And if Tom and Bob want to get married. I couldn't care less. Good for them. May they live long and be happy. I just don't think that government should bestow it with the same benefits of marriage between a man and a woman. If you consider that position "gay bashing" that's fine. We have no common ground on the issue at that point I would imagine. Finally, yeah, I'm fine with government getting out of the marriage business.

Immigrant bashing. Damn, you're not a careful reader (I know, I know, it's slashdot.) I took great pains to point out that people here illegally are not immigrants. I'd like more immigrants to come. I'd like it to be easier for people to immigrate. Hell, I'd love for Mexico and Canada to perhaps become part of the union. Illegal aliens are just that. Don't call them immigrants because they've done nothing to immigrate. If people don't want to come here legally, I'm 100% for building a big fence and sending people back home. I'm also fine with naturalizing them and having them pay fines. I'd just like illegal migration to stop (note, once again, I didn't call it illegal immigration.) Finally, I'm sympathetic. If I was dirt poor in Mexico, I'd want to come here any way I could. That doesn't make it any less illegal. And if that still makes me an "immigrant basher" in your eyes, apply the lack of common ground point above to this as well.

As for anti-science, thanks for pointing out the Texas deal. I'll ammend my above quote "I think the creationism in schools is dumb but that's not a national issue." I don't know the specifics of the Texas case (don't live there, don't really care) so I'm not going to condemn nor defend it. My knee-jerk reaction is to be in opposition but that's as far as I'll go at this point. If you feel like producing some actual links, I'd be happy to take a look. As for the ice cores, they may not be the holy grail you think they are. It seems to me that you have your own (religious) dogmas that you denigrate in others. Personally, I'm agnostic on both God and anthropogenic global warming.

Aren't we supposed to all get along now in this new era of b-ipartisanship and national unity? Hell no, debate like this is good IMHO. Keep it up.

I'll leave you with this:

A woman once came to Gandhi and asked him to please tell her son to give up eating sugar. Gandhi asked the woman to bring the boy back in a week. Exactly one week later the woman returned, and Gandhi said to the boy, "Please give up eating sugar." The woman thanked the Mahatma, and, as she turned to go, asked him why he had not said those words a week ago."

Gandhi replied, "Because a week ago, I had not given up eating sugar.

Take from it what you will.

Comment: Re:No mention of Sarbanes-Oxley? (Score 1) 445

by pjl5602 (#27624091) Attached to: Why Republicans Won't Retake Silicon Valley

Your view of the GOP is, um, apparently coming from the left. You seem to imply that you are a center of the road guy. But from where I sit, you're quite a distance away from me. Now, that may mean that I'm a bit off to the right. A debate we can have another time... I don't know of a single Republican of any consequence that "gay bashes" and, no, being against same sex marriage is not gay bashing. Nor do I know of any that hate immigrants (nor do they hate illegal aliens -- that's what they are. The term illegal immigrant implies that they immigrated when they simply migrated. Perhaps illegal migrant?) As for the anti-science, I don't quite see that. I think the creationism in schools is dumb but that's not a national or even state-wide issue. Just a group of dorks on a local level that get lampooned on the national stage. If you want to talk anti-science, how about the global warming nuts on your side of the aisle?

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