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Microsoft

Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User 267 267

harrymcc writes "Over at TIME.com, I wrote about my trials and tribulations as a left-handed person who uses technology products. An awful lot of them have clearly been designed with the right-handed majority in mind, even when they claimed they weren't. But the good news is that modern smartphones and tablets are very lefty-friendly compared to the devices that preceded them."

Comment Re:whoopdee doo (Score 1) 46 46

Autonomously driving cars are awesome! Think about how many deaths could be prevented and how much more efficient/fast travel would be! Why don't they have a convention for autonomous vehicles with this type of publicity? Syncing stuff between phones and PCs offers about a 0.0000000001% improvement in my life quality. On another note, I see they had some cool contributions on a 1000 core cluster. Good for them.

Comment whoopdee doo (Score 0) 46 46

All these things are cool I guess, but not really innovative. Google needs to develop more interest in things that can have an impact on humanity instead of small technical changes to consumer products that only techy nerds care about for 15 minutes. Yes, I know they do useful things, but a whole convention for these little contributions are pointless.
Mozilla

Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest 138 138

New submitter rasmuswikman sends this quote from an announcement at hacks.mozilla.org: "BrowserQuest is a tribute to classic video-games with a multiplayer twist. You play as a young warrior driven by the thrill of adventure. No princess to save here, just a dangerous world filled with treasures to discover. And it's all done in glorious HTML5 and JavaScript. Even better, it's open-source, so be sure to check out the source code on GitHub!"

Comment Re:CUDA C++ and Thrust (Score 1) 187 187

I think that the whole point of the presented AMP work is the portability that is possible. As far as I could tell from the presentation, the same executable was used to explore the various hardware configurations on a single machine. It wasn't necessary to recompile for all of the various architectures, unlike when using CUDA when you would utilize an API to move data back and forth from the GPU. This is pretty cool, and I look forward to reading the details that comes out of this. Hopefully Microsoft is kind enough to publish some white papers..

Comment I'll believe it when I see it (Score 2) 108 108

No mention of how easy these things are to program. Timing constraints will be very tight, and what happens if clock skew carries signals across folds? Any success depends on how well the accompanying tools can implement the standard synthesis flow to support multiple levels.
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Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It 273 Screenshot-sm 273

An anonymous reader writes "Be careful mentioning Dr. Ann De Wees Allen. She's made it clear that she's trademarked her name and using it is 'illegal... without prior written permission.' She even lists out the names of offenders and shows you the cease-and-desist letter she sends them. And, especially don't copy any of the text on her website, because she's using a bit of javascript that will warn you 'Copyright Protect!' if you right click on a link."
Databases

Developing a Niche Online-Content Indexing System? 134 134

tebee writes "One of my hobbies has benefited for 20 years or so by the existence of an online index to all magazine articles on the subject since the 1930s. It lets you list the articles in any particular magazine or search for an article by keyword, title or author, refining the search if necessary by magazine and/or date. Unfortunately the firm which hosts the index have recently pulled it from their website, citing security worries and incompatibilities with the rest of their e-commerce website: the heart of the system is a 20-year-old DOS program! They have no plans to replace it as the original data is in an unknown format. So we are talking about putting together a team to build a open source replacement for this – probably using PHP and MySQL. The governing body for the hobby has agreed to host this and we are in negotiations to try and get the original data. We hope that by volunteers crowd-sourcing the conversion, we will be able to do what was commercially impossible." Tebee is looking for ideas about the best way to go about this, and for leads to existing approaches; read on for more.
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Protect Your Children From Religion Online With GodBlock 2 Screenshot-sm 2

Are you're children becoming too pious? Are you tired of all the fundamentalist pop-up ads on their favorite websites? If so, then GodBlock is for you. From the GodBlock website : "Most deeply religious people are born into their religion, but even children raised in a secular household are vulnerable to content on the web. That's why we've produced GodBlock. GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions."

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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