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Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 534

Your work on this is fascinating to me, thank you for sharing it. I watched the entire talk. The crypto part really is an embarrassment for Sony.
For me, It'll be interesting to see a Linux and homebrew software with full RSX access, which for a lot of people was the original goal of hacking on the PS3 to begin with.


Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration 473

parallel_prankster writes "I find this paper very amusing. From the abstract: 'To develop a mathematical model for the determination of total areas under curves from various metabolic studies.' Hint! If you replace phrases like 'curves from metabolic studies' with just 'curves,' then you'll note that Dr. Tai rediscovered the rectangle method of approximating an integral. (Actually, Dr. Tai rediscovered the trapezoidal rule.). Apparently this is called 'Tai's Model.'"
The Almighty Buck

Seagate To Pay Former Worker $1.9M For Phantom Job 354

Lucas123 writes "The jury in a Minnesota-based wrongful employment case delivered a verdict ordering disk-drive manufacturer Seagate to pay $1.9 million to a former employee who uprooted his family and career at Texas Instruments in Dallas to move to Minnesota for a job that did not exist. The man was supposed to be developing solid state drive technology for Seagate but was laid off months later. 'The reason that was given is that he was hired to be a yield engineer but the project never came to fruition,' the former employee's attorney said. 'They didn't care what effect it had on his career.'"

Feed Engadget: Sprint axes Huawei, ZTE telecom bids due to security fears in Washington? (

Huawei might be making inroads into the US consumer smartphone market, but the Chinese telecom supplier's attempts to break into big business have been stonewalled. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is excluding both Huawei and competitor ZTE from a multi-billion dollar contract -- where they would have been the lowest bidders -- primarily because of national security concerns. The US Secretary of Commerce reportedly called Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to voice concerns about letting firms with possible ties to the Chinese government supply local communications infrastructure, a perspective also penned by eight US senators back in August. "DoD is very concerned about China's emerging cyber capabilities and any potential vulnerability within or threat to DoD networks," the Department of Defense told the publication, without naming Huawei or ZTE directly. We're not doctors, but it sounds like someone's got a serious case of supercomputer envy.

Sprint axes Huawei, ZTE telecom bids due to security fears in Washington? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 06 Nov 2010 15:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Submission + - NoSQL Solution: A Handy Evaluation Guide [CHART] (

archivedigger writes: I had pre-determined requirements for the NoSQL 'solution-to-be' before I started looking:

        * Fast data insertion. Some data sets in our content processing platform may contain hundreds of millions of rows (KV pairs), although each row may be small. If data insertion is slow, populating a data set into the database may take days, which would not be acceptable.
        * Extremely fast random reads on large datasets. This is key to achieving short content processing time.
        * Consistent read/write speed across the whole data set. What this means is that the speed should not favor certain parts of a data set due to how data is stored or indices are organized.
        * Efficient data storage. The ratio of the database size (after original data is loaded into database) to original data size should be as low as possible.
        * Scale well. Our content processing nodes in EC2 may spawn a large number of concurrent threads hitting data nodes, which requires data nodes to scale well. Also, not all data sets are read-only. Some data nodes must scale well under moderate write load.
        * Easy to maintain. Our content processing platform utilizes both local and EC2 resources. Packaging code, setting up data and running different types of nodes in different environments is not easy. The 'solution-to-be' must be easy to maintain to fit in the highly automated content processing system.
        * Have a network interface. A library solution is not sufficient.
        * Stable, of course.
I started looking without any bias in mind since I had never seriously used any of the NoSQL solutions. With some recommendations from fellow co-workers, and after reading a bunch of blogs (yes, blogs), the journey of evaluation started with Tokyo Cabinet, then Berkeley DB library, MemcacheDB, Project Voldemort, Redis, and finally MongoDB.

Classic Games (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Back In Development 356

An anonymous reader writes "'Always bet on Duke.' It seems he was right about himself, at least. The longest, most storied in-development game in history seems like it's finally going to be released by Gearbox Software sometime within the next year. 'According to Pitchford, Gearbox began finishing Duke Nukem Forever in late 2009. "Clearly the game hadn't been finished at 3D Realms but a lot of content had been created," he says. "The approach and investment and process at 3D Realms didn't quite make it, and it cracked at the end. With Gearbox Software we brought all those pieces together. It's the game it was meant to be." The game is currently expected to ship in 2010 although given its history Pitchford is understandably reluctant to be more specific.'"

Submission + - FTC bombs massive robocall operation (

coondoggie writes: The Federal Trade Commission today had a federal court in Chicago halt a major telemarketing operation that made at least 370 million calls illegal phone calls pitching worthless extended auto warranties and credit card interest rate-reduction programs. According to the FTC, one telephone service provider told the FTC that during a single day in April 2009 the defendants – SBN Peripherals — sent 2.4 million calls to consumers – more than 27 calls per second.

Submission + - Ikaros unfurls solar sails (

asukasoryu writes: Follow up to this article on Ikaros. This week Japan added another success to its solar kite resume, as it unfurled the kite in orbit at last. The unfurling of the kite proceeded perfectly. Solar sailing holds one major advantage — it allows for constant acceleration over a long period with no fuel onboard. It is estimated that by clever manipulation of the sail tilt and launching the sail close to the sun to get maximum radiation, a solar sail craft could be traveling at 69.6 km/s by the time it reaches its maximum velocity, approximately 4 times as fast as the fastest probe for missions beyond the planetary range,

Submission + - Mass SQL Injection Attack Hits Sites Running IIS (

Trailrunner7 writes: There's a large-scale attack underway that is targeting Web servers running Microsoft's IIS software, injecting the sites with a specific malicious script. The attack has compromised tens of thousands of sites already, experts say, and there's no clear indication of who's behind the campaign right now. The attack, which researchers first noticed earlier this week, already has affected a few high-profile sites, including those belonging to The Wall Street Journal and The Jerusalem Post. Some analyses of the IIS attack suggest that it is directed at a third-party ad management script found on these sites.

Submission + - WWDC Claim Exposed: Apple Safari 5 Not Fastest (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple claimed at WWDC that its new Safari 5 browser is "fastest." Faster than Chrome; faster than Firefox; and definitely faster than IE. The claim does not hold water as the PCWorld compiled story shows. Apple may have good marketing people, but blatant false claims are, well, false.

Comment Re:And nothing of value was lost (Score 3, Insightful) 264

I buy music on Amazon, and once iTunes offered DRM-free tracks that became an option as well (since I mostly listen on linux boxes). I don't think of this as a moral issue, it's a convenience. The bitrates are good, and less work even than torrents. For $1/song, the money really doesn't seem like a big issue. I still buy CDs that I rip myself from time to time, but more and more I'm just using the online stores.

I call it being practical.

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