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Comment: Dollar (Score 1) 274

by raxhonp (#47308793) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

So, they sell tons of goods to US that pay them in dollar. What are they supposed to be doing with all that cash? Change it to yuan, that would be bad for the currency? Buy government bonds, at such a rate, no way! Buy gas to Russia, that's not done in dollar anymore. What's left? Investing all that money in the US maybe, that's still better than leaving idle on a reserve account. Yeah, why not.

Comment: Re:240,000 jobs for robots? (Score 2) 171

It worked pretty well as long as wealth was redistributed among people that produced it, supporting the paradigm of the "mass market". It lasted until reality came back knocking, remembering us we live in a world with scarce resources. Since then, it's back to the old "only the strong survive" paradigm, a competition for the biggest part of the pie. Unfortunately that doesn't change the fact the pie keeps on shrinking.

Privacy

+ - Sony Suffers Third Breach, PSN Still Down->

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Orome1 (1901578) writes "Sony's troubles seem to have no end as the company confirms a third breach of their network and fails to set a date for the restoration of services. This last breach resulted in a theft of names, partial addresses and three unconfirmed email addresses belonging to some 2,500 contestants that participated in a sweepstakes the company organized back in 2001. And to add insult to injury, the attackers published all that information on a Sony web server."
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Facebook

+ - Apple brand value exceeds Google at $153 billion->

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hasanabbas1987
hasanabbas1987 writes "Mirror! Mirror! on the wall!!! who is the most valued brand of them ALL ? ask that question to your mirror and it will NOT reply Google. The answer in fact will be Apple. Yes folks! Apple is now the hottest brand around you folks and all of the iPods and iPhones and iPads and Macs and MacBooks and other Apple devices have indeed earned them the most valued brand surpassing a common name of Google. How much is Apple valued at ? well they are valued a mind boggling $153.3 billion and leading a group of companies which include names like Coca-Cola, BMW, HSBC and Disney."
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Programming

+ - ask slashdot, procedural programming to oop

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have a question that I figured would be best to post to the slashdot community: where can i fnd a tutorial/book that breaks down the concepts behind object oriented programming for someone like me who already has a fair grasp on procedural programming? I don't write code for a living, but with the current state of the job market I wouldn't mind learning more about it in my spare time.

here's what happens: I decide I want to write a simple windows/android application and so I follow a tutorial to get the appropriate development environment up and running, then I follow a tutorial or two and they all seem to just say "then we use this code... to..." without actually saying why im creating a new object, which classes are inheriting others, how to effectively use the gui in the development environment and what code clicking on certain things creates and why.

it just seems like procedural programming is very straightforward and while I realize there are many more aspects to oop, no tutorial manages to explain the concepts in a re-usable manner. I follow a tutorial and either get frustrated that im not really learning anything or I build the application and then realize I could build the same application again but I haven't learned how to look up new classes/objects I might need for a different type of application. the tutorials all get you from point a to b, but they don't really teach you anything. why does oop feel like such a hard area to get into?"
Science

+ - Easily Distracted People May Have Too Much Brain-> 1

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fysdt
fysdt writes "Those who are easily distracted from the task in hand may have "too much brain".

So says Ryota Kanai and his colleagues at University College London, who found larger than average volumes of grey matter in certain brain regions in those whose attention is readily diverted.

To investigate distractibility, the team compared the brains of easy and difficult-to-distract individuals.

They assessed each person's distractibility by quizzing them about how often they fail to notice road signs, or go into a supermarket and become sidetracked to the point that they forget what they came in to buy. The most distractible individuals received the highest score."

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Power

+ - Mobile phones could be charged by speech->

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fysdt
fysdt writes "For mobile phone users, a flat battery or a lost charger are among the frustrations of modern life.
Now new research promises a way to recharge phones using nothing but the power of the human voice.

Electrical engineers have developed a new technique for turning sound into electricity, allowing a mobile to be powered up while its user holds a conversation.

The technology would also be able to harness background noise and even music to charge a phone while it is not in use.

However, there could be a downside to the innovation, if it gives people a new reason to shout into their phones as they attempt to squeeze in every extra bit of power they can."

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Apple

+ - What It's Like to Get Chewed Out by Steve Jobs 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Jay Yarow writes in the SF Chronicle that in 2008, when Apple launched MobileMe, its own advanced email system, there were syncing issues, emails were being lost, and the Wall Street Journal's legendary tech guru, Walt Mossberg, said he couldn't recommend the service because it had "too many flaws." In response to the flop, Steve Jobs assembled the team that worked on the service in the auditorium Apple uses on its campus to do demos of small products for the press and asked the team what MobileMe was supposed to do. Someone answered and Jobs said to that person and everyone else, "So why the fuck doesn't it do that?" Jobs continued, "You've tarnished Apple's reputation ... You should hate each other for having let each other down ... Mossberg, our friend, is no longer writing good things about us." And Jobs named a new executive right there to run MobileMe and disbanded most of the team that built the original service. "Is any company as closely identified with its leader quite as much as Apple is? So, how can anyone not imagine that, along the way, he'll get mad, he'll micromanage, and he'll have his idiosyncratic versions of inspiration?" writes Chris Matyszczyk. "Some of it must work, right?""
Businesses

+ - Sony Hit With $1B Suit Over Data Breach->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Sony has been hit with a class action suit in Canada, seeking 1 billion Canadian dollars ($1.04 billion) in damages, in the wake of the security breaches of the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment.

The company has already been sued in the U.S. by a resident of Alabama, who said the company was negligent in keeping his personal information safe."

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Java

+ - Oracle Plans To Hand Hudson To Eclipse->

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jfruhlinger
jfruhlinger writes "When Oracle took over Sun, its hamhanded treatment of the open source Hudson continuous integration project, which resulted in a fork, became symbolic of the company's awkward relationship with open source projects. Now Oracle is looking to make amends, or at least get Hudson off its hands, by handing the entire project over to the Eclipse Foundation."
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DRM

+ - Free Software Foundation organises Day Against DRM->

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jrepin
jrepin writes "On its DefectiveByDesign.org campaign page, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced that 4 May (today) will be this year's "Day Against DRM". With this day of action, the organisation wants to focus the public's attention on the risks of what it considers to be an anti-social technology. The FSF has created a wiki page which allows users to swap campaign banners and event ideas."
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