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Comment Re:Ask not... (Score 1) 198

They do have chapters. But IRC sections are unique across all chapters. There is only one Section 12, so chapter is irrelevent in your parent's citation. (If you wanted to be nit-picky, there is no "IRS Code", it's simply IRC or "Internal Revenue Code") IRC is US Code Title 26. There are also subtitles and subchapters, which you failed to mention, and THEN parts.

Specifically, IRC Section 12 is in subtitle A, Chapter 1, subchapter A, Part II. Unfortunately for Ottair, there is no Paragraph 14. There is no other (US) IRC Section 12. And no, I am not a CPA, enrolled agent, or a lawyer (though I play one on TV...), so my citation is probably not written properly, but I can still provide a reference:

That is the site to which the IRS links when you look for Internal Revenue Code. Funny how even the IRS doesn't want anything to do with the code.

Submission + - Stereoscopic 3D on Linux

Pitr writes: "Owners of head mounted displays could enjoy stereoscopic 3D on their Linux boxes only with high-priced graphic card like NVIDIA Quadro or ATI FireGL. But, the things changed... for the better. The salvation came, but not for all. Owners of ATI Radeon cards will have to wait for a while, but the lucky, lucky owners of any NVIDIA GeForce card can enjoy stereoscopic applications, images and videos with PolyStereo adapter — http://vrlogic.com/html/polystereo_adapter.html — on their Linux boxes and almost any HMD supporting 800x600 resolution. It also works with shutter glasses, but who actually uses those anymore?"

Submission + - GCC Compiler will finally gets replace by BSD PCC. (undeadly.org)

Sunnz writes: "A leaner, lighter, faster, and most importantly, BSD Licensed Compiler PCC has been imported into OpenBSD's CVS and NetBSD's pkgsrc.

The compiler is based on the original Portable C Compiler by S. C. Johnson, written in the late 70's. Even though much of the compiler has been rewritten, some of the basics still remain.

It is currently not bug-free, but it compiles on x86 platform, and works being done on it to take on GCC's job."


Submission + - Want to be a computer scientist? Forget maths (itwire.com.au)

Coryoth writes: "A new book is trying to claim that computer science is better off without maths. The author claims that early computing pioneers such as Von Neumann and Alan Turing imposed their pure mathematics background on the field, and that this has hobbled computer science ever since. He rejects the idea of algorithms as a good way to think about software. Can you really do computer science well without mathematics? And would you want to?"

Submission + - MIT Professor: Who Cares About Global Warming?

Jomama writes: Noted climate expert Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, writes in a recent Newsweek article that the global warming debate is irrelevant because global warming is actually a good thing that has naturally occured throughout the Earth's history. From the article:

Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature — a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week.

Submission + - openSUSE Hobbled by Microsoft Patents

kripkenstein writes: "openSUSE 10.2 no longer enables ClearType (which improves the appearance of fonts). The reason given on the openSUSE mailing list for not enabling it is:

Note that this feature is covered by several Microsoft patents and should not be activated in any default build of the library.
As reported on and discussed here and here, this matter may be connected to the Microsoft-Novell deal. If so, Novell should have received a license for the Microsoft patents, assuming the deal covered all relevant patents. Does the license therefore extend only to SUSE, but not openSUSE?"

Feed Verizon rolling out G-PON technology to boost FiOS speeds (engadget.com)

Filed under: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Networking

In Verizon's never-ending quest to continue bumping the bandwidth to the four or five lucky customers that actually have access to its FTTH network, the firm is planning to implement a new technology which will hopefully increase the speed of FiOS fiber-to-the-premises links "by four to eight times." Of course we jest about the amount of you oh-so-fortunate ones that can actually get ahold of such speedy luxuries, but Verizon is looking to Alcatel-Lucent to help with the forthcoming gigabit passive optical network (G-PON), which is slated to "increase the aggregate broadband speeds on Verizon's FTTP systems by four times downstream to the customer, and by eight times upstream back to the Internet." The outfit also stated that it would "continue deploying the broadband passive optical network (B-PON)" that it has been using since 2004, and took a moment to boast about "how simple" upgrading FiOS actually was. Still, the vast majority of you won't even be in the general vicinity necessary to acquire the newfangled G-PON niceties, but the soon-to-be-celebrating town of Lewisville, Texas can keep an eye on Q2 of this year, while folks in Kirklyn, Pennsylvania should have it sometime "over the summer."

[Thanks, Jim V.]

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Submission + - Mileage Maniacs

WY writes: Bloomberg reports in this article about the Japanese hybrid car hackers: "Toyota Motor Corp. says its Prius gasoline-electric hybrid car gets about 55 miles to the gallon, making it one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. That's not good enough for Takashi Toya." He managed to reach as high as 115 MPG. He "is one of about 100 nenpimania, Japanese for 'ileage maniacs,'."

Is The Term Paper Dead? 444

Reader gyges writes in to tell us that the Washington Post has picked up a piece he wrote about cut-and-paste plagiarism: "Plagiarism today is heavily invested with morality surrounding intellectual honesty. That is laudable. But truly distinguishing plagiarism is a matter of intent. Did I mean to copy, was it accidental (a trick of memory), was it polygenesis[?] ... Young people today are simply too far ahead of anything schools might do to curb their recycling efforts. Beyond simply selling used term papers online, Web sites such as StudentofFortune.com allow students to post specific questions and pay for answers." The author argues that in the era we're entering, schools need to rely far less on term papers in assessing students.

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