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Scientists' Success Or Failure Correlated With Beer 349

mernil sends in an article from the NYTimes that casts a glance at a study done in the Czech Republic (natch) on what divides the successful scientists from the duffers. "Ever since there have been scientists, there have been those who are wildly successful, publishing one well-received paper after another, and those who are not. And since nearly the same time, there have been scholars arguing over what makes the difference. What is it that turns one scientist into more of a Darwin and another into more of a dud? After years of argument over the roles of factors like genius, sex, and dumb luck, a new study shows that something entirely unexpected and considerably sudsier may be at play in determining the success or failure of scientists — beer."
Bug

GCC 4.3.0 Exposes a Kernel Bug 256

ohxten sends news from earlier this month that GCC 4.3.0's new behavior of not clearing the direction flag before a string operation on x86 systems poses problems with kernels — such as Linux and BSD — that do not clear the direction flag before a signal handler is called, despite the ABI specification.
Sony

Submission + - Rob Enderle says: Blu-ray loses; BD killed the PS3 (technewsworld.com)

TransformersOnHDDVD writes: Analyst Rob Enderle does an about-face on his opinion of Blu-ray, saying it is now dead and has probably killed the PS3 as well. This is the exact opposite of Sony's original intention, which was to have the PS3 be a Trojan horse for getting Blu-ray players into millions of homes and thus crushing rival HD DVD. http://www.technewsworld.com/story/59014.html

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