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Submission + - Simon 0.4.0 Released (

jrepin writes: "Simon is a free and open source speech recognition software. This new version of the open source speech recognition system Simon features a whole new recognition layer, context-awareness for improved accuracy and performance, a dialog system able to hold whole conversations with the user and more. There is also a new sample review tool called Afaras, integration with the Sequitur grapheme to phoneme framework, an Akonadi command plugin and many, many other noteworthy changes."

Submission + - Wikipedia SOPA Blackout not really a "Blackout" (

prtsoft writes: "Wikipedia started its SOPA and PIPA blackout today. While some news sites report Wikipedia is down, it is actually a single DIV overlay covering the underlying Wikipedia article. The world needs to hear about SOPA, and the damage it will do to Net Neutrality, but those who already know of its consequences may bypass it with some simple Javascript in their browser's Javascript console."

Comment "4G" OR "Wireless broadband" (Score 2) 324

4G technically refers to networks that have "peak download speed at 100 Mbit/s for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 Gbit/s for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users)" Wireless broadband services offering WiMAX (clearewire, DBC) are not technically 4G (unless implementing 802.16m), but are still "mobile broadband" as of 802.16e. Which does he mean?

Comment Re:I wouldn't even consider Programming 101 to be (Score 4, Insightful) 564

I disagree. Teaching students the tools of the trade (IDEs, debugging, control structures, if....then...else) are the foundations of the Science. You are taught math the entire time in high school, and an advanced math program starts with the assumption that you know how to add, subtract, multiply, etc. Teaching kids, either in high school or CS101 gives them the tools to move onto and understand Binary Trees and Linked Lists..

Comment Sony's death rattle (Score 1) 303

Sony can't seem to win for losing. They were doing ok, at least in my mind, until the DRM root kit, and it went downhill from there. Blu-ray is just another straw on the camels back. I have to wonder, how much more can the market take?

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce