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Submission + - Hack: a new programming language for HHVM (

Kensai7 writes: Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.

Comment Re:Willingness to pay differs per medium (Score 1) 333

Are more willing because it is a rarity to have a well-designed mobile page that has the same functionality as an app, even if today's standards allow it. I blame both developers and manufacturers of OSes (Apple, Google, etc) for that. In order to lure customers to their systems they privilege functionality that otherwise could be universal.

Comment Re:Wikipedia is utterly broken anyway. (Score 1) 112

"What matters is transparency. You can't prohibit people with bias from editing the truth in a "truth by democracy" project..."

I agree. I think the prohibition policy has gone a tad too far. Everyone in the end is biased, as he or she changes the topics he or she is interested in changing. I won't change topics I don't care or have an opinion. After all, I am not alone in these edits, that's what other users and editors are for in a community project.

I guess Obama cannot work on editing an article in Wikipedia cause so much is passing through his hands. :p

Submission + - Sony selling off VAIO computer business ( 1

Kensai7 writes: Confirming reports from earlier in the week, Sony has announced plans to sell off its VAIO computer division to a Japanese investment fund. Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will take control of the operation for an undisclosed fee, and Sony will "cease planning, design and development of PC products." For a variety of reasons "including the drastic changes in the global PC industry," Sony says "the optimal solution is to concentrate its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and to transfer its PC business to a new company."

Submission + - Second World War code-cracking computing hero Colossus turns 70 (

DW100 writes: The Colossus computer that helped the Allies crack messages sent by the Nazis during the Second World War has celebrated its 70th birthday. The machine was a pioneering feat of engineering, able to read 5,000 characters a second to help the team at Bletchley Park crack the German's Lorenz code in rapid time. This helped the Allies gather vital information on the Nazi's plans, and is credited with helping end the war effort early, saving millions of lives.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 5, Insightful) 564

Personally, games was the last domain that kept me from ditching Windows (as they have evolved), so SteamOS is a gift from heaven, especially in the direction it is going. Microsoft should be scared to do more. Enough is enough with their dominating position. It reminds me of European cellular phone manufacturers (Nokia, Ericsson) before Apple came to shake their realities with the iPhone.

Submission + - NSA Says Snowden Used Legit Access to Steal Data (

Gunkerty Jeb writes: It’s taken more than six months, but top officials at the National Security Agency are finally discussing some of the details of how former agency contractor Edward Snowden got access to all of the documents he stole and what kind of damage they believe the publication of the information they contain could do. A senior NSA employee tasked with investigating what Snowden did and how he did it said that Snowden simply used the legitimate access he had as a systems administrator to steal and store the millions of documents he’s been slowly leaking to the media, and that the information in those documents could give U.S. enemies a “road map” of the country’s intelligence capabilities and blind spots.

Submission + - Internet regulator shuts down Greek EU Presidency domain registered by a blocker ( 1

Kensai7 writes: Eight years ago, Kostis Lympouridis purchased the domain so that he could use it to criticise the government during its presidency of the European Union in 2014, as is his democratic right. But the authorities have now seized his site.

"I could foresee it would have a lot of traffic in 2014, due to the presidency. I wanted to use it as a blog to criticise the government. None of this is illegal," says Kostis Lympouridis, who last week learned that the foreign ministry had initiated legal procedures to seize the site and that a court hearing was scheduled for January 7. Lympouridis also stopped updating the site, obeying the terms of an interim injunction secured by the ministry.

Submission + - Wolfram Language Reference Manual (

Kensai7 writes: The Wolfram Language is coming along... the first 11,000+ draft documentation pages are up. Not all finished yet, but a great start...

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