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Comment IonMonkey, JagerMonkey, TraceMonkey, SpiderMonkey (Score 5, Interesting) 182

I haven't kept track with the JIT's that have been in Firefox. I recall the days when TraceMonkey and JagerMonkey were added to boost performance. Could somebody recap or tell why Firefox is abandoning the older versions or redoing them? I'm truly curious as to what they learned, what worked and what didn't work. Are they finding new usage patterns that warrant a new JIT design? Thanks.

Comment Read the article, not much CS inside... (Score 2) 113

I'm kinda disappointed... I am truly interested in how Facebook scales and was hoping there would be actual Computer Science related material in the article... Any Facebook employees care to comment? What do you guys do to scale stuff? How about ./'ers from other companies that have to deal with scaling? Hell, how do porn sites scale? I've done the traditional Distributed Systems courses in University but I really wanted to know how it's done in the real world by AWS, Facebook etc...

Submission + - RIM Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to st (

thetechblock writes: "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that RIM’s Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis will step down from their leadership positions at RIM. They will be replaced by one of RIM’s two COOs, Thorsten Heins. Additionally, another board member, Barbara Stymiest, will replace them as chairwoman of RIM’s board."

Submission + - CEOs of RIM Step Down (

An anonymous reader writes: After two decades of leading the BlackBerry maker, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balisillie are stepping down from their roles as Co-CEOs at Canada's Research In Motion Limited. Thorsten Heins, will now lead the BlackBerry maker as it attempts to beat the likes of Apple and Google.

Submission + - RIM's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie resign (

peterjt writes: WATERLOO—Research In Motion’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have bowed to investor pressure and resigned as co-CEOs and co-chairmen, handing the top job to an insider with four years at the struggling BlackBerry maker.

Thorsten Heins, a former Siemens executive who has risen steadily through RIM’s upper management ranks since joining the Canadian company in late 2007, took over as CEO on Saturday, RIM said on Sunday. The shift ends the two-decade partnership of Lazaridis and Balsillie atop a once-pioneering company that now struggles against Apple and Google.

Submission + - Lazaridis/Balsillie step down as RIM co-CEOs and B (

Lev13than writes: After a brutal year, in which Research in Motion lost three quarters of its market value, botched the launch of its PlayBook tablet and watched rivals eat into its market share for smartphones, company builders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are relinquishing their positions as executives and co-chairmen of the board of directors. The new chief executive of RIM will be Thorsten Heins – a man they recruited five years ago who came to be a trusted advisor and their hand-picked successor.

Comment Laugh at India all you want but... (Score 5, Insightful) 113

Doesn't the NSA or whatever intelligence agency in the Western world monitor all of you traffic? USA's the most paranoid about terrorism.

How much of your social activity is monitored by intelligence agencies? Does your democratic process expose any of it?

I know /. likes to mock and laugh at India, this happened before with the Blackberry encryption case.

As an Indian citizen living abroad I know about this now, what's your congress doing behind closed doors?

Comment Link to attached Paper about specialized cores... (Score 3, Informative) 137

They call the specialized cores "c-cores" in the paper. I took a quick skim through it. C-cores seem like a bunch of FPGA's and they take stable apps and synthesize it down to FPGA cells with the use of the OS on the fly. The C-core to hardware chain has Verilog and Synopsis in it.

Cool tech, guess they could add gated clocking and all the other things taught in classroom to further turnoff these c-cores when needed.


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