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Submission + - AMD Breaks Processor Clock Speed Record Again (hothardware.com) 2

MojoKid writes: "The first time AMD's FX-8150 processor found itself in the Guinness Book of World Records, it took a team of AMD-sponsored overclockers (and a whole lot of liquid helium) working together to push the processor to 8429.38GHz. And this time? Andre Yang, working by himself, used the same model chip to break the record set in September and set a new one, which now stands at 8461.51GHz. Yang accomplished the feat with a healthy dose of liquid nitrogen and an eye popping 1.992V core voltage. He used a base clockspeed of 272.95MHz with a 31x multiplier."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Its Alive 7

Well, the new Hall of Fame is now live and open for business. I am trying to be patient, and to wait for it to live in the world for a bit before I jump into to look at the stats. Mostly I just hope that at least some people find it interesting, or helpful. I am moving into my next project next week, but will turn my attention back to the HoF from time to time, and hopefully add features. Please feel free to let me know if the new HoF is a disappointment, or if it is great, if you think it c

Comment Perl Is way better (Score 5, Informative) 538

I'd have to say PERL is better than a lot of purposefully crafted languages. Its syntax is very forgiving, and there are lots of ways to do most things. Those two components are likely the reason this study came to that conclusion. This in no way means that PERL is not a good language. It does mean that many people can write PERL badly, but many people speak English badly and that doesn't reflect poorly on the language. PERL is, IMO, and should always be: Easy to do, but impossible to do "perfectly". But then I'm not sure that anything can truely be done "perfectly". Things may be done poorly, well, very well, or nearly perfectly, but to claim perfection is to deny the possibility of improvement.
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Avira Anti-Virus Detects Itself 142

ddfall writes "After a recent update, Avira's anti-virus software reports its own AESCRIPT.DLL file as a trojan or spyware. From the article: 'The dodgy AntiVir virus definition file was quickly pulled and replaced with a new version – 7.11.16.146 – that resolves the problem, as explained in an official post on Avira's support forum.'"
Technology

Submission + - Things Siri Says: iPhone's Sassy Personal Assistan (txchnologist.com)

ambermichelle writes: Is Siri, the iPhone 4S’s virtual personal assistant, the most widely available version of artificial intelligence in history? It depends on how you define AI. On the one hand, Siri is just responding to a set of verbal cues with canned answers. She has no “inner life” or self awareness — she isn’t even aware of her own features and functions like what languages she understands or how much memory is on the phone.

But as Jon Stokes argued on Wired’s Cloudline blog, the fact that Siri is a cloud app that can be constantly updated by Apple engineers means that her repertoire will grow over time. Siri can actually get smarter. And her witty repartee, limited as it is, has inspired dozens of laudatory blogs and websites. We collected some of Siri’s more amusing responses.

Businesses

Submission + - Bank of America, Goldman, Sachs, Citigroup are che (rollingstone.com)

PerlJedi writes: "There is a fun editoral piece on Rolling Stones political blog. The premise is that the big banks and wall street fat cats want to believe that the OWS protesters are just "jellous" of their success, but the problem is not jealousy, its otrage that the banks aren't playing by the same rules.
"All weekend I was thinking about this “jealousy” question, and I just kept coming back to all the different ways the game is rigged. People aren't jealous and they don’t want privileges. They just want a level playing field, and they want Wall Street to give up its cheat codes, things like:""

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Journal Journal: Staff Favorites 2

With the release of the new "Hall of Fame" comming later this week, I've squeezed one more feature into it for the first release. We will have a "Staff Favorites" section. Originally, I was thinking this would be only "Editors Favorites", but I thought (and my colleagues seem to agree) that it would be nice to show the "Favorites" of a larger portion of our team. That being said, I am not compelling any one (not even the editors) to share their "favorite" stories, but I will be giving the o

Science

Submission + - Giant one-celled organisms discovered over six mil (mongabay.com) 2

roat35 writes: Imagine a one-celled organism the size of a mango. It's not science fiction, but fact: scientists have cataloged dozens of giant one-celled creatures, around 4 inches (10 centimeters), in the deep abysses of the world's oceans. But recent exploration of the Mariana Trench has uncovered the deepest record yet of the one-celled behemoths, known as xenophyophores.

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