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Comment Re:Why under age 20? (Score 1) 239

If you're under 20 you probably haven't had a real job and don't really understand finance.
You'd work 80 hours a week concentrating on technical details while the VC deliberately screws up finance. Once the money runs out, you'll be offered more money in exchange for giving up a percentage of your ownership in the company. Repeat these steps a few times and you'll end up owning just 5-10%.
This requires careful brainwashing by the VC in order for you to do your best. They have to make you believe that you'll own the company once it starts running profitable, nobody is going to work their ass off for a 5% ownership.

Piracy

Torrent Users Fight Back 238

eonlabs writes "Torrent users being blamed for illegally downloading Far Cry are fighting back. In a 96-page lawsuit, the lawyers at Dunlap, Grubb, and Weaver are being accused of: 'extortion, fraudulent omissions, mail fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and abuse, racketeering, fraud upon the court, abuse of process, fraud on the Copyright Office, copyright misuse, unjust enrichment, and consumer protection violations.'"

Comment The hardware is useless (Score 1) 215

I always thought that Kinect was a software-only solution. Why on Earth would you want to buy a $200 thee-eyed webcam? Realtime image recognition is a very CPU-intensive task and is performed by the xbox CPU. My bet is that the software R&D costs were at least one figure higher that the hardware.

Comment Re:Probably Just the media class being changed (Score 1) 426

I had an Olympus Camedia C830L camera and it required a special "panorama" SM card (obviously more expensive than regular cards) to be able to take panorama images. Turns out that after using a modified format utility an ordinary SM card could be turned into "panorama" card.
The process was complicated, the first phase involved damaging contents of the first sectors. The card was no longer recognized by Windows or the camera. After that the modified restore utility restored the proper sectors, along with the "panorama" marker.

Comment Re:Performance-tuned Java? (Score 4, Interesting) 641

Hear, hear. I've developed an image processing algorithm in Java and C++ (pretty simple: for every pixel in floating point array, compute some basic stuff, create a few classes to simplify the storage of temporary values and save the result into another array). The code was as close as possible in both languages, with no obvious screwups like memory leaks or unnecessary copying of stuff. To my surprise Java ended up being 15-20% faster than C++. And C++ is THE language for image processing, every new image processing algorithm is written in C++ (with the occasional exception of C) because of performance reasons.

Apple

Apple To Discontinue Xserve 304

Toe, The writes "Apple has announced that they are discontinuing their line of 1u rack-mount servers. With their usual understated style, the announcement comes in the form of a box on their website and a transition guide (PDF) to their low-end Mac mini server or their now-more-powerful-than-Xserve Mac Pro server. Attitudes about the Xserve have ranged from considering it a token nod to enterprise to an underpowered wimp to a tremendous value. Apparently, the migration to Intel processors removed some of the value of clustering Xserves, leaving them somewhat overpriced compared to other, more traditional offerings. The odd thing is that Apple clearly has shown they have the capacity for enterprise, but rarely the will to take it on. So, does the discontinuation of their rack-mount mean they have abandoned enterprise for their post-PC offerings, or are they simply acknowledging that their products aren't gaining traction in the data center? Or do they have something else up their sleeve for next year?"

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