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Comment: Re:Private details about employees (Score 1) 140

by ripvlan (#49492331) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents

yeah - when they blow the door open on "big" govt and expose secrets kept from the people - we love them. When they expose the little guy - we don't like them.

Just because you come across stolen information doesn't mean you necessary can nor should share it with the world.

  Does this email dump expose "Sony" or just prove what we already know - that we can all be dinks at times. News or Gossip?

+ - AMD withdraws from high-density server business

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AMD has pulled out of the market for high-density servers, reversing a strategy it embarked on three years ago with its acquisition of SeaMicro. AMD delivered the news Thursday as it announced financial results for the quarter. Its revenue slumped 26 percent from this time last year to $1.03 billion, and its net loss increased to $180 million, the company said. AMD paid $334 million to buy SeaMicro, which developed a new type of high-density server aimed at large-scale cloud and Internet service providers."

+ - "Google Maps for the Body" Zooms In From Whole Organs Down to Individual Cells->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The algorithms used for zooming in and out on Google Maps and Google Street View have made it possible to visually traverse through layers of the body – starting with a whole joint and drilling all the way down to the cellular level. The new Google Maps for the Body system could have huge implications in medicine because it drastically reduces the time required to analyze and compare data."
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+ - This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "AN AUTONOMOUS CAR just drove across the country.

Nine days after leaving San Francisco, a blue car packed with tech from a company you’ve probably never heard of rolled into New York City after crossing 15 states and 3,400 miles to make history. The car did 99 percent of the driving on its own, yielding to the carbon-based life form behind the wheel only when it was time to leave the highway and hit city streets.

This amazing feat, by the automotive supplier Delphi, underscores the great leaps this technology has taken in recent years, and just how close it is to becoming a part of our lives. Yes, many regulatory and legislative questions must be answered, and it remains to be seen whether consumers are ready to cede control of their cars, but the hardware is, without doubt, up to the task."

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+ - Ebola virus found to be defective zombie virus->

Submitted by kallen3
kallen3 (171792) writes "The Center for Disease Control has announced that the Ebola virus originated as a zombie virus but has mutated to it's present form. What is a concern to many epidemiologists though is that there are some indications that not all strains of the zombie virus has mutated into a form of Ebola. Dr. Moreau of the CDC says that there are indications in local folklore that there are zombies wandering the back country in those countries currently affected by the Ebola strain of the zombie virus. The current concern that Dr. Moreau has is that those infected by the Ebola strain being brought back to their home country may spread the Zombie virus if the Ebola strain mutates back to it's original form."
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Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 1) 267

by ripvlan (#49349663) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I'll reply to this in just a minute. I'm still typing my 1,000 character /. password in.

oh wait - you already stole it from Adobe? damn.

Please wait while I create a new password, "Zza"

that'll keep you busy 'cause you probably start at 8 character guessing.

Comment: Re:in further news show tanks (Score 1) 662

by ripvlan (#49349609) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

but their creed (or motto?) was "if somebody dies, leave them behind"

Whether it be a car breaking down or somebody actually dead - they once said (several years back) that they had all sworn to keep going !!

However - Jeremy was kind of the leader. Hammond maybe could do it - would be strange. If it were me - I'd bail because I'd just "cock it up." Wouldn't want to be around as it fell down. Get out while on the top.

I saw an interview yesterday with Capt Slow on his front porch. He acknowledged the media reports and then said "If you'll excuse me I have a LaFerrari to list on eBay" and left.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 486

by ripvlan (#49338065) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

Yes thank you. This is a classic mistake that many first time programmers make. Years ago somebody was comparing the speed of C++ over VBScript/IIS over Java for writing Web pages back to a browser. They too came to a similar conclusion - and also made the same mistake.

When writing to disk - the data is written once. The algorithm for in memory is not doing the same thing. It is allocating a new buffer - copying all data to said new buffer - and finally adding data to the end. If one compared the I/O of the two program executions the "in-memory" version would have many times MORE I/O.

Doing this:
    Loop N.{ x = x + newValue}
Will always be slower than
      Loop N.{ Write(newValue) }

In C# and I think Java - there is an object called StringBuffer - and is intended for this kind of workload. The first thing I learned in data structures class was how to expand buffers using different algorithms and pro/con of each (heap design for instance, buddy system).

Plus - O(n) is not created equal. :-P

+ - Jupiter destroyed 'super-Earths' in our early solar system->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If Jupiter and Saturn hadn’t formed where they did—and at the sizes they did—as the disk of dust and gas around our sun coalesced, then our solar system would be a very different and possibly more hostile place, new research suggests. Computer models reveal that in the solar system’s first 3 million years or so, gravitational interactions with Jupiter, Saturn, and the gas in the protoplanetary disk would have driven super-Earth–sized planets closer to the sun and into increasingly elliptical orbits. In such paths, a cascade of collisions would have blasted any orbs present there into ever smaller bits, which in turn would have been slowed by the interplanetary equivalent of atmospheric drag and eventually plunged into the sun. As Jupiter retreated from its closest approach to the sun, it left behind the mostly rocky remnants that later coalesced into our solar system’s inner planets, including Earth."
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+ - Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes-> 1

Submitted by MarcAuslander
MarcAuslander (517215) writes "Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said Tuesday it is installing "e-Radiators" — computer servers that generate heat while crunching numbers — in five homes across the Netherlands in a trial to see if their warmth could be a commercially viable alternative for traditional radiators."
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