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Speed Test 2: Comparing C++ Compilers On WIndows 132

Nerval's Lobster writes "In a previous posting, developer and programmer Jeff Cogswell compared a few C++ compilers on Linux. Now he's going to perform a similar set of tests for Windows. "Like all things Windows, it can get costly doing C++ development in this environment," he writes. "However, there are a couple notable exceptions" such as free and open-source cygwin, mingW, Express Versions of Visual Studio, and Embacadero. He also matched up the Intel C++ Compiler, Microsoft C++ Compiler, and the Embarcadero C++ 6.70 Compiler. He found some interesting things — for example, Intel's compiler is pretty fast, but its annoying habit of occasionally "calling home" to check licensing information kept throwing off the rests. Read on to see how the compilers matched up in his testing."
KDE

Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Is Missing 138

jones_supa writes "Kdenlive's project leader Jean-Baptiste Mardelle, who always used to let people know if he was going to be away for a couple of days, seems to have just disappeared. His last e-mail and blog post were in early July and they didn't suggest any problems. While there's many Kdenlive fans out there for the KDE-focused open-source video editor, it seems new development efforts around the project have ceased. Also the Kdenlive Git repository hasn't seen any new commits (aside from the automated l10n daemon script) since early July. There has been also people in KDE forums and Kdenlive developers' mailing list pondering about the status of the project, being left none the wiser."
Microsoft

Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations 224

An anonymous reader writes in with good news for Windows loving nonprofits and libraries. "Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8.1 for nonprofits. The move is an extension of the company's nod to the nonprofit community with the launch Windows 8. The announcement means eligible nonprofit organizations and public libraries can request Windows 8.1 through Microsoft's software donation program."
Privacy

Tesco To Use Face Detection Technology For In-Store Advertising 212

TinTops writes "Tesco has sparked privacy concerns following its decision to install technology that scans shoppers' faces in order to display video advertising on screens at its petrol stations. The UK's privacy watchdog the ICO is looking into the technology. This is the first national rollout of the system, known as OptimEyes, which claims to recognize facial characteristics that determine a customer's gender and age in order to show more relevant video adverts on screens as they queue at the till. Simon Sugar, chief executive of Amscreen, the firm which sells the technology, has admitted it has connotations of science fiction, but is looking to increase its reach further. 'Yes, it's like something out of Minority Report, but this could change the face of British retail and our plans are to expand the screens into as many supermarkets as possible,' he said."
Government

Amazon Botches Sales Tax, Overcharges NJ 179

Hodejo1 writes "On July 1 Amazon started to charge sales tax to NJ residents, which is 7% in the state. But something was not right when I attempted to buy a book for my daughter. Just as I was about to finalize the order I noticed the charges were way off. The book cost $8.09. The tax I was to be levied was $0.85. That's a 10.5% tax rate! Why am I being charged 10.5%? It turns out that Amazon is also charging me tax on the $3.99 cost of shipping and handling. That's a problem, because New Jersey does not tax shipping and handling as I confirmed on the state's web site. I then checked a purchase I made from Amazon on October 7th of this year. Guess what? I was taxed on the $13.50 shipping and handling charge for that order. Now it is very possible — probable most likely — that this is nothing more than a coding error on Amazon's site. But it's a whopper! Just consider the hundreds-of-millions of dollars in sales Amazon makes in New Jersey each year. These extra dimes add up very quickly. Has Amazon been overcharging NJ residents' sales tax since July? If so, why haven't they picked it up by now?"

Comment Re:I wonder.. (Score 1) 358

Is that stack trace correct for you also? it looked like it was unable to connect to storage (all the file & db reads threw null pointers). Possibly something with the MBR.

Do you flash a lot of ROMs? Have you flashed any before? Do you know how to clear the dalvik cache?

Not sure what's wrong there but it looks like a hardware issue or something in the system image was corrupted. I might try a factory reset and clearing the dalvik cache before you RMA, other than that there should be some folk on XDA or AndroidForums.com who know a lot more that could help you.

Something similar used to happen to the Galaxy Nexus but a battery pull would fix it -- clearing the dalvik cache IIRC. (they fixed it in JB also)

hth

Comment Re:And there's a whole series of comments at Ars.. (Score 1) 245

That just looks like a typical 44.1khz response graph. Your desktop may have a 48kHz sound card which gives it more "breathing room" above human hearing. (longer tail above 20kHz)

There's still enough room in a 44.1kHz DSP above 20kHz to transmit data though. (As far as I understand it)

see:
http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

http://www.xiph.org/video/vid1.shtml

Comment Re:And there's a whole series of comments at Ars.. (Score 1) 245

Incorrect. This is actually completely doable I used to work for a company that did it (not malware though). You dont have to be much outside the range, even smartphones mics / speakers et al can do this. You only have to go just past 20kHz

see:
http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

http://www.xiph.org/video/vid1.shtml

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