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Comment Re:almost tempted to buy some shares (Score 1) 424

Too true - although I'm of the opinion that if SGI had ported their IRIX tools to Linux earlier and remained a *NIX company, they may have had a gentler fall to obsolescence and perhaps even survived as a relevant company. The abrupt switch to a commodity software platform and relying on hardware as a differentiator was horribly misguided. No one was going to pay $5,000 for an SGI machine when they could buy a $2500 Dell that ran the exact same software. By the time SGI tried to embrace Linux, it was far too late...

I think Nokia abandoning Qt is the real issue here. If they were going to maintain their own mobile development platform that ran on Windows Mobile, Symbian and MeeGo - that /could/ have been a winning strategy.

Comment Re:ACE is great! (Score 3, Interesting) 310

Qt has been modular since ver 4, so you don't have to include the GUI components if you don't want to. The API is clean, elegant and consistent, plus the documentation is great. I don't have anything bad to say about ACE or Boost - they're both high quality toolkits - but if I had to choose just one toolkit to use for the rest of my life, it'd be Qt, hands down.

Privacy

In Japan, a Billboard That Watches You 133

An anonymous reader writes "At a Tokyo railway station above a flat-panel display hawking DVDs and books sits a small camera hooked up to some image processing software. When trials begin in January the camera will scan travelers to see how many of them are taking note of the panel, in part of a technology test being run by NTT Communications. It doesn't seek to identify individuals, but it will attempt to figure out how many of the people standing in front of an advertisement are actually looking at it. A second camera, which wasn't fitted at the station but will be when tests begin next month, will take care of estimating how many people are in front of the ad, whether they are looking at it or not."
Space

UN Plans Asteroid Response Framework 152

chrb writes "The Association of Space Explorers, a non-profit group of people who have completed at least one Earth orbit in space, has presented a report to the United Nations titled Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response. The UN will now meet in February to discuss the issue and try to define a global political framework for dealing with asteroid-based threats to the Earth."

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