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Comment: To what end? (Score 3, Insightful) 86

Is this supposed to get me to buy through gamestop? Is this their effort to claw at a dwindling physical-medium retail space?

No amount of douche-baggery will cause me to give up my preferred method of spending money. If I want the release-night environment and other anonymous gamers to talk to while waiting for my copy, then gamestop it is. If I want to forego putting on pants, I'll go with a digital distributor, and no amount of virtual clothing tweaks or outlet-specific items can make me put on my pants!

+ - WebRTC: The Future Of In-Browser Real-Time Communication

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "WebRTC, an open project enabling real-time communication in web browsers,brings real-time audio and video communication to the browser for instantaneous connection and data exchange The standard. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the standards organization working to stabilize the Web standard by rectifying competing API specifications and HTML5 video codecs, and a year after being heralded "the future of enterprise communication", WebRTC is enabled in most major browsers and inching toward wider developer and user adoption. WebRTC Working Group staff contact Dominique Hazaël-Massieux talks progress, what obstacles WebRTC and the W3C still face, and the future of the real-time communication API definition."

+ - Physicists spot potential source of 'Oh-My-God' particles->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "For decades, physicists have sought the sources of the most energetic subatomic particles in the universe—cosmic rays that strike the atmosphere with as much energy as well-thrown baseballs. Now, a team working with the Telescope Array, a collection of 507 particle detectors covering 700 square kilometers of desert in Utah, has observed a broad "hotspot" in the sky in which such cosmic rays seem to originate. Although not definitive, the observation suggests the cosmic rays emanate from a distinct source near our galaxy and not from sources spread all over the universe."
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+ - Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "As one of the contenders in the race to win a $100 billion contract from the US government for the next generation of attack helicopter in the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, AVX Aircraft Company has conceived a futuristic machine kitted out with coaxial rotors, ducted fans and a retractable undercarriage that could hit speeds of over 270 mph (435 km/h)."
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+ - DPAPI Vulnerability Allows Intruders To Decrypt Personal Data

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Passcape Software has discovered a DPAPI vulnerability that could potentially lead to unauthorized decryption of personal data and passwords of interactive domain users. The vulnerability is present in all Windows Server operating systems. DPAPI, first introduced in Windows 2000, is a technology to protect user and application data on the computer. DPAPI on later operating systems including Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012 while modified is still compatible with that of Windows 2K. Normally, the API encrypts data using the Master Key derived from the user logon password. However, under certain conditions user data can be decrypted without knowing the corresponding logon password."

+ - 3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Submitted by coop0030
coop0030 (263345) writes "Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic gaming device, Game Boy, by building your own with 3d printing and DIY electronics. This project uses a Raspberry Pi and TFT touch screen to make an epic DIY Game Girl. The 3d printed enclosure houses all of the components and can be printed in your favorite color. It's controlled with SNES gaming controller components, reusing the printed circuit board, buttons and elastomers. The 3D files can be found on Thingiverse, and a video of the finished product is provided as well."

+ - People would rather be electrically shocked than left alone with their thoughts->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "How much do we hate being alone with our own thoughts? Enough to give ourselves an electric shock. In a new study, researchers recruited hundreds of people and made them sit in an empty room and just think for about 15 minutes. About half of the volunteers hated the experience. In a separate experiment, 67% of men and 25% of women chose to push a button and shock themselves rather than just sit there quietly and think. One of the study authors suggests that the results may be due to boredom and the trouble that we have controlling our thoughts. “I think [our] mind is built to engage in the world,” he says. “So when we don’t give it anything to focus on, it’s kind of hard to know what to do.”"
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+ - Collaborative Algorithm Lets Autonomous Robots Team Up And Learn From Each Other->

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "Autonomous robots are about to get a lot more autonomous, thanks to an algorithm from MIT that turns teams of bots into collaborative learners. This was covered in other places, but I'm not sure why no one's digging into the real implications of this (admittedly somewhat obscure) breakthrough. The algorithm, called AMPS, lets autonomous systems quickly compare notes about what they’ve observed in their respective travels, and come up with a combined worldview. The goal, according to the algorithm's creators, is to achieve "semantic symmetry," which would allow for "lifelong learning" for robots, making them more self-sufficient, and less reliant on constantly pestering humans to explain why the more surprising aspects of the unstructured world they're operating within don't line up with what programmers have prepped them for. Here's my story for Popular Science."
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Comment: Research (Score 2) 536

Every web framework and technology has benefits and drawbacks. It's a matter of finding the right fit for your company. It's a good thing they're letting you ask the question, because managers/bean-counters make bad decisions in this area claiming that devs can't "see the big picture." Find one that fits well with your system and needs.

But, I assume that's why you're asking slashdot--you don't know what's out there or what their benefits are.

Well, I've spent the past 7 years benchmarking web frameworks and systems and I'll share a bit of what I've found out. Keep in mind, all information given here is my opinion and subject to debate and correction.

First--if you need near-infinite scalability and the absolute best performance, there is nothing that can beat mongodb for a database backend with fastcgi++ for your "framework." Mongodb is a bit buzzy still, but there are good reasons for that. It scales extremely well, and was designed to scale at speed. Fastcgi is anything but buzzy, but it's the fastest there is and it's built right into most webservers--but you're writing C/C++ code so that's an odd beast to deal with.

Now that I've said something that management will undoubtedly shoot down, here are some other frameworks and what they were originally designed to do, and some highlighted features.

Python - Django : "perfectionists with deadlines." Django was designed to chug out simple, straightforward web applications as quickly and cleanly as possible inside of your overall project. Contains template inheritance that has a small learning curve and is very powerful. Uses any SQL backend you want and provides an abstraction layer for it with caching. Cons: can be pretty heavy for a webapp, and difficult to integrate into a production environment.

Python - Flask : Simple and lightweight. Uses the same templates as django, but no database backend. It's meant to be standalone and simple (5 lines of code will get a website up). It's easy for your code to grow unwieldy inside of flask.

Ruby - Rails : Continuous development and test-first environment. This is kinda the poster boy for buzzwords, in my opinion, but it has some strength beneath it. Ruby is largely on-par with perl, so you have that. Rails provides the data modeling and really streamlines a lot of the annoyances common to web development. They designed the system to be the whole "45 minutes to a production environment" pipeline. You're supposed to write your tests first, then your code, and you write your deploy scripts and settings before you even start your project.

PHP - Drupal : Make a website without knowing crap about making a website. Haven't used it personally, someone else can comment.

PHP5 : "Hey, let's fix all the problems with PHP4!" Seriously, though. PHP was meant to add one-off server side scripts inside of your html, and has grown to be so big in comparison. PHP5 is actually a good language though, but it took a while to get it there. It's best used for image data processing, in my humble opinion, but it's on-par with any other language out there.
So, search them, find out who is using which systems, and which ones seem the most similar to your setup and go from there.

+ - The Next Big Thing in FOSS, according to the author of Linux Cookbook->

Submitted by trogdoro
trogdoro (3716731) writes "Command-line lovers, allow me to introduce you to Xiki, the incredibly interactive, flexible, and revolutionary command shell. I do not use the word "revolutionary" lightly. The command shell has not advanced all that much since the ancient days of Unix. Xiki is a giant leap forward. If you're looking for the Next Big Thing in FOSS, Xiki is it."
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Comment: Risk Assessment (Score 2) 120

by tyggna (#47307537) Attached to: Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued
You mean there are venture capitalists who can't do basic risk assessment?

That's how these miner manufacturers operate. It is relatively low and well-understood risk to sell physical goods. We have X orders, and can produce Y units each month. The reason they don't mine bitcoins themselves is that they don't want to take that risk. They sell the machine, and they get their money. They sell more machines, they get more money. It's simple, it's safe.

For the people who purchase them, they are assuming the risks of mining. They take the risk that their machine will underperform, that their miners won't find any blocks, and that the value of the bitcoin will stay stable or increase. The people actually mining have much higher risk than the people just selling the equipment.

+ - Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the Linux 3.16 kernel the Nouveau driver now supports re-clocking for letting the NVIDIA GPU cores and video memory on this reverse-engineered NVIDIA driver run at their designed frequencies. Up to now the Nouveau driver has been handicapped to running at whatever (generally low) clock frequencies the video BIOS programmed the hardware to at boot time, but with Linux 3.16 is experimental support for up-clocking to the hardware-rated speeds. The results show the open-source NVIDIA driver running multiple times faster, but it doesn't work for all NVIDIA hardware, causes lock-ups for some GPUs at some frequencies, and isn't yet dynamically controlled. However, it appears to be the biggest break-through in years for this open-source NVIDIA driver that up to now has been too slow for most Linux games."
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+ - The EPA carbon plan: Coal loses, but but who wins?-> 3

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Mark Cooper with one of the best explanations of some of the most pressing details on the new EPA rule change: 'The claims and counterclaims about EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standards have filled the air: It will boost nuclear. It will expand renewables. It promotes energy efficiency. It will kill coal. It changes everything. It accomplishes almost nothing.' Cooper notes that although it's clear that coal is the big loser in the rule change, the rule itself doesn't really pick winners in terms of offering sweet deals for any particular technology; however, it seems that nuclear is also a loser in this formulation, because 'Assuming that states generally adhere to the prime directive of public utility resource acquisition—choosing the lowest-cost approach—the proposed rule will not alter the dismal prospects of nuclear power...' Nuclear power does seem to be struggling with economic burdens and a reluctance from taxpayers to pay continuing subsides in areas such as storage and cleanup. It seems that nuclear is another loser in the new EPA rule change."
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The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."