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Submission + - Microsoft is sitting on six million unsold Surface tablets ( 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: Microsoft took everyone by surprise last year with the Surface tablet. It was something completely new from the company everyone knew as a software company. However nine months later and the sheen has worn off the Surface tablet and Microsoft's financial results on Thursday revealed it has taken a $900 million write down on the Surface RT tablets, leading David Gilbert in IBTimes to estimate it is sitting on a stockpile of six million unsold tablets.

Submission + - The challenges of developing for multicore phones (

angry tapir writes: "Writing applications for devices like tablets and smartphones could become more challenging as CPUs and hardware accelerators are added to mobile chips. Chip makers are adding CPUs and specialized hardware accelerators to mobile chips as an energy-efficient way to boost application performance on tablets and smartphones. Most mobile devices today come with one CPU core on a chip, but tablets and smartphones with dual- and triple-core chips could hit shelves as early as next year."
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Journal Journal: NSDAP

The parliamentary battle of the NSDAP had the single purpose of destroying the parliamentary system from within through its own methods. It was necessary above all to make formal use of the possibilities of the party-state system but to refuse real cooperation and thereby to render the parliamentary system, which is by nature dependent upon the responsible cooperation of the opposition, incapable of action.


Submission + - Dell's Alienware M11X Gets Hardware Updates

adeelarshad82 writes: Given its reputation for having some of the most powerful and heaviest gaming laptops in the world, Alienware launched something out of the ordinary earlier this year, M11x. The M11x had Alienware's classic black chassis and logo, not to mention a chock full of 3D firepower. Still, Alienware decided that it needed more CPU power and better graphics technology, which is why, the M11x has been updated with an Intel Core i7 processor and a new graphics switching technology from Nvidia, called Optimus. For the most part, the Alienware M11x (Core i7) left its predecessor's design intact. It's basically a miniature version of the Alienware M15x (Core i7), only it's made out of hard plastic, weighs 4.4 pounds, and uses an 11-inch widescreen. It's draped in black, complete with the Alienware head logo, aluminum name plate on the bottom, and transitional LED lighting. What makes the M11x unique is that it's the only 11-inch laptop that's dedicated to hardcore gamers.

Submission + - Could North Korea be innocent? (

Martin Hellman writes: In the court of American public opinion, North Korea has been declared guilty of sinking the Cheonan and the only question is what sentence to impose on the rogue nation that committed this reckless act. But is the evidence sufficient, especially when a mistake could lead to a nuclear Korean War? A member of the commission investigating the incident who was removed at the request of the South Korean Defense Ministry has presented evidence questioning North Korea's guilt. This may or may not be another Gulf of Tonkin ruse leading to a needless war, but prudence and history would dictate carefully considering the evidence before taking action.

Submission + - 18 Meter Life-Size Gundam in Odaiba Japan (

otrov77 writes: The big project of making a real size Gundam RX-78 is finally nearly finished. Here are some photos taken by a US Sailor and Otaku in Japan.
This real size Gundam is built in Odaiba of Japan.

Submission + - How to learn data structures? 2

stm2 writes: I have more than 15 years of programming experience with high level languages (mostly VB, PHP, Python) and most things I learned were "on the field" working solving client needs (my major is not in CS) and by self-learning. So I not a newbie but my formal education on this area is not strong (to say the least). I want to learn more on data structures (such as binary trees, composites), from a formal point of view. What book or website do you recommend for this task?

Submission + - Best way to effectively write an API

An anonymous reader writes: I began my career as a software engineer a few years ago and as my responsibilities increase i'm getting more and more requests for API's to be designed from the ground up. I work with c# as my primary language and I can design API's but its a trial and error type thing and always very awkward. What are some good practices to take into account when designing an API on paper and if there are any good books on these types of subjects and project management recommendations would be great.

Submission + - Tour rider accused of electric bicycle 'doping' (

Invisible Now writes: The video report here accuses Swiss bicycle racer Fabian Cancellara of using a hidden electric motor to speed past his competition in the Giro d'Italia, I dismissed this initially when I first heard the rumors, but after seeing in the video how a powerful electric motor (perhaps 600 watts or more than 0.75 horsepower) could be ingeniously hidden completely inside the frame, I have to admit it' would be a really Slashdot way to cheat — if true. The manufacturer of a system called the "Gruber Assist" may be promoting a hoax, but the footage of Fabian whizzing past the leaders on his mean green (perhaps electric) machine is pretty fun.

Submission + - Why Mozilla will use a Chrome interface in Firefox ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: There is an interesting theory why Mozilla apparently had no choice but to go with a Chrome-like user interface in the next version of Firefox. It seems that Mozilla’s users are not quite as loyal as market share numbers indicate – Firefox may be gaining users from IE, but it may be losing users to Chrome at a similar pace. Now, it appears, Mozilla hopes that a Chrome-like interface will stop bleeding and convince more users to stay with Firefox. If Mozilla can’t stop the migration, it could be drowned by Chrome in the long run.

Submission + - Tool debugs nuclear weapon simulations (

An anonymous reader writes: Debugging nuclear weapon simulations is notoriously hard. The programs are big, take weeks to run a single test, and work is spread over thousands of parallel processors. At Purdue, researchers have built a tool that automates the debugging process, from the complex to the mundane. Who knew, for example, that one of the biggest sources of bugs is other programs, previously run on the same machine, that someone forgot to flush?

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker