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Comment: Re:I agree (Score 1) 431

by sanyasi (#29231961) Attached to: We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

According to several historians, the armies that fought in the Civil War were the most literate armies in history up until sometime right around the year 2000

The battle of Gettysburg had a total of 200,000 combatants. Lee had 75000 men, and the Union forces had 94,000 men. Citation. The battle of Passchendaele had 800,000 dead, wounded or captured alone. 3 million troops fought in total in the American Civil War. There were over 38 million dead, wounded or missing combatants in World War 1, and that doesn't even count how many participated. We're talking orders of magnitude more soldiers, obviously some of them were dumb as fuck.

Comment: Re:In the UK, try Cambridge, York, Warwick... (Score 2, Interesting) 386

by sanyasi (#26246231) Attached to: Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?
I'm a junior at a top liberal arts college in the US - currently spending the year studying Part II Computer Science at Cambridge. If you can get in (the application process is long and unnecessarily bureaucratic), there's nothing like it. It's absolutely fantastic. Also, the drinking age is 18. Everyone loves Americans in the post-11/5 world. Cambridge is breathtakingly beautiful, and a year in Cambridge ain't exactly a bad experience to have.
Censorship

+ - Church of England Chastises Sony->

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "The game "Resistance: Fall of Man" has been called sick & sacreligious by the Church of England due to a point in the game in which rival gunmen kill hundreds inside Manchester cathedral. The Church of England said that Sony did not ask for permission to use the cathedral in their game and demanded an apology. The bishop of Manchester is quoted as saying, "It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem. For a global manufacturer to recreate one of our great cathedrals with photorealistic quality and then encourage people to have gunbattles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible." A representative for Sony said a formal letter of apology will be sent Monday."
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Microsoft

+ - Bill Gates Talk on The Computer Industry

Submitted by
pigscanfly.ca
pigscanfly.ca writes "The talk itself covers the past, present, and future of computing as of 1989. While the former two can be interesting to the high-tech historian, the real star is Bill Gates' prediction of computing yet to come. Like the now-legendary '640k' line, some of Gates' remarks are almost laughably off-mark ('OS/2 is the way of the future!'); and yet, by and large, he had accurately, chillingly, prophesied an entire decade or two of soft- and hardware development.

All in all, a fascinating talk from, it seems, one of the most powerful speakers in CS and IT."
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Folding@Home Begins with Impressive Numbers 114

Posted by Zonk
from the make-science-history-in-your-living-room dept.
hansamurai writes "As we've previously discussed, the Folding@Home client is now available on the PS3, and already some early results are in. The total number of teraflops generated by PS3s has already exceeded all other OS contributions combined and the entire project is heading towards one petaflop of distributed computing power. Stanford notes that their teraflops calculation is conservatively calculated so the total power could be under-appreciated. With the PS3 European release complete and the Folding client already available to them, the number of users will continue to grow for the time being, let's hope that the project does not run out of work units to pass out. Kotaku has some numbers that are a few hours old since the Stanford server is getting hit pretty hard with the renewed interest in the project."
Biotech

+ - Mice get human gene, can see color

Submitted by troll -1
troll -1 (956834) writes "Mice are dichromats, they have only S and M cone pigments. They don't see color too well. But now researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of California at Santa Barbara have successfully transformed their vision by introducing a single human gene into a mouse chromosome. Jeremy Nathans, one of the authors of the study, describes it as 'the same evolutionary event that happened in one of the distant ancestors of all primates and that led ultimately to the trichromatic color vision'."
The Internet

+ - New vote on .xxx Internet address nears

Submitted by
Billosaur
Billosaur writes "ICANN is once more set to vote on the creation of the .xxx Internet address. Though the proposal has been voted down by ICANN's board twice before, ICM Registry Inc., the group behind those previous proposals, resubmitted it after they "agreed to hire independent organizations to monitor porn sites' compliance with the new rules, which would be developed by a separate body called the International Foundation for Online Responsibility." Once more the proposal has led to pornographers and religious groups finding themselves on the same side, the porn industry worried that the domain would lead to government controls, the religious groups worried it would make access too easy and allow porn to expand even further onto the Internet."
Caldera

+ - SCO Manipulating Wikipedia?

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User L
User L writes "Not long after Microsoft was embroiled in controversy over their plan to pay a consultant for favorable edits to the OOXML articles, there's evidence that SCO may be following suit. While it's not unusual to see a Wikipedia user to get banned for vandalism, it's certainly interesting that that user is potentially a SCO employee, potentially even a SCO executive. Fortunately, Wikipedia administrators already have a handle on the vandalism, but can anyone here find definitive proof linking SCO to these edits?"
Spam

+ - Suing Spammer Sued for Spamming!

Submitted by Don't want to be SLAPP'd
Don't want to be SLAPP'd (666) writes "David Linhardt and his Illinois-based opt-out-bulk-emailing (spamming) company "e360 Insight", who is suing Spamhaus for calling it a spammer, is being sued in California for spamming. Linhardt also recently sued the Usenet newsgroup "NANAS", a news-group where evidence of spam is posted. This seems to be an attempt to prevent spam sent by his company being publicly outed and archived. Unlike the SLAPP-type suits filed by the spammer, this one seems to have merit as the plaintiff was spammed in violation of both California and US federal law."
Security

+ - Vulnerabilities in SCADA systems (power grid)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Internet Storm Center is reporting that 6 different vulnerabilities have been reported in OPC servers used in SCADA systems (power grid, water systems, etc). Those vulnerabilities allow remote attackers to gain complete control of the affected systems. The vulnerabilities have been out for 2 months, but no known exploit exists."
United States

+ - Open Standards going to a vote in Texas

Submitted by
christian.einfeldt
christian.einfeldt writes "Blogger and long-time OpenOffice.org community leader Sam Hiser tells us that a big vote on IT standards is coming on Monday, 26 March 2007 in Texas, and his blog has a link to a form you can send to Texas legislators who care about such things: 'This Monday, 26 March 2007, Texas lawmakers will be holding a hearing about adopting a technology policy for which open standards will play a key role. You do not need to be a Texas resident to let lawmakers how you feel about the importance of open standards.'"
Businesses

+ - Does a Master's degree benefit an IT career?

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An anonymous reader writes "Some people have claimed here that they have done fine career wise without degrees, and I was wondering about a situation in the opposite direction. Do master degrees help at all career wise in the IT or software development fields? Is there any value in mixing up your degrees, for example a bachelor's in CS and a master's in Applied Math or Business, or getting a CS master's degree to make up for a bachelor's in a non-IT field like science?"

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