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Comment There is speculation... (Score 5, Interesting) 163

Where does there always have to be speculation, from completely uninformed people? From my little knowledge of Alan Cox, from mailing lists, he always seems like the kind of guy who likes the lower-level details, and I imagine that few companies will be more interested in tweaking and improving the low levels than Intel. If they saw his obvious talent, and offered him a better job at better pay, then why not move? Alan Cox leaving Redhat doesn't have to say anything bad about them, maybe it says something good about Intel, and the things they are getting more involved in?

Comment Re:It's just unreal (Score 1) 185

Probably true. I had real hope for McCain when he was first running, I'd vaguely followed his carrier before and thought he was one of the few people who had some backbone, but then it all fell away, shame really. Of course, the real question is what state Obama will be in after he has been in power for 4 years.

Comment Re:It's just unreal (Score 4, Interesting) 185

Remember, this is the republican party. If they get back in any time before he dies off, he will be there in the background, pulling the strings of whatever new puppet president they choose. McCain would probably have stood up to him, but I suspect now the republicans blame him for their loss, it could well be back to the "Bush Box" to find their next candidate. Scary thought.

Comment Might be a good patent? (Score 5, Insightful) 603

It's things like this that convince me that while patents need some serious fixing, they shouldn't be abolished. While we haven't seen all the details, it looks like genuinely interesting and original to me and a step beyond the currently available state-of-the-art. Of course, only time will tell if this is really a good patent, and if the product is really any good in practice. It's easy to make things that look good in the lab but don't do so well in real usage.

Comment Re:Look at MD6 (Score 1) 125

I don't find the multi-core so useful, it's rare that I want to hash one, very large file. More often I want to hash many things, which naturally parallelises. In your SSL web traffic example, if you app isn't dealing with as many connections as it has cores, then you probably don't have to worry about performance, and if you do then you already have one compression per core.
Music

Submission + - Tenth Anniversary of First Commercial MP3 Player

Pickens writes: "The first commercially released personal music player capable of handling MP3 files was launched in March 1998 — the MPMan F10, manufactured by Korea's Saehan Information Systems with 32MB of Flash storage, enough for a handful of songs encoded at 128Kb/s. In the US, local supplier Eiger Labs wanted $250 for the F10, though the price fell to $200 the following year prompted by the release of the Diamond Multimedia Rio PMP300, which was priced at $200. The Rio was released in September 1998, but by 8 October had become the subject of a lawsuit from the RIAA which claimed the player violated the 1992 US Home Recordings Act although it was later ruled that the Rio had not infringed the Act because it was not responsible for the actions of its customers. Thanks to its lesser known name, the F10 avoided such legal entanglements, but at the cost of all the free publicity its rival gained through from the lawsuit. Apple's move to allow Windows PC owners to use the iPod, from April 2003, resulted in explosive growth and MPMan, Rio and other pioneers were left behind."
Biotech

Submission + - New Nerve Gas Antidotes (wired.com) 1

SoyChemist writes: Scientists from Korea and the Czech Republic have discovered new drugs that can counteract the chemical overload caused by nerve gas. All of the experimental medications belong to a family of chemicals called oximes. Those molecules reactivate the enzyme that is damaged by the chemical weapons. Last year, the FDA approved the first combined atropine and oxime auto-injector for use by emergency personnel. Israel has been providing them to their citizens since the first Gulf War.
Software

Submission + - Version Control for Scientific Writing?

hweimer writes: "After having written a few papers with several co-authors each I have learned to enjoy the benefits of a version control system. Personally, I prefer Subversion for the job, however there are still annoyances like merging various BibTeX files with incompatible index styles. What are your solutions for making life easier? Do you use any custom code like hook scripts in Subversion?"

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