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Comment Re:Dennis Ritchie Dead (Score 0) 158

Agreed, it is off topic and this is not the place for breaking news. Some news, however, is orders of magnitude bigger than others. I think the news of Denis Ritchie passing is big enough that it warrants an intrusion into an unrelated thread. This is a chapter in the history of computer technology coming to a close, and warrants a breaking of the rules IMHO. Your opinion may differ.

Comment Finally! Some "free market" goodness! (Score 1) 81

The mere fact that apple is adjusting their prices based on exchange rates is a very welcome move as far as I am concerned. Australian consumers pay crazy money at local retailers for games, dvds & such despite our dollar having been on parity with the US dollar for some time. Heck, I'm just glad to see prices that don't include an inexplicable "you are in Australia" price hike.

Submission + - Stephen Hawking Rejects Heaven - A "Fairy Story" (

kkleiner writes: "In the seemingly endless back-and-forth bantering between scientists and the more faith-based, Stephen Hawking has claimed that the afterlife is a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” Hawking’s comments are an extension of a book he completed recently with Leonard Mlodinow called “The Grand Design.” The book discusses the latest best guess by cosmologists to explain the universe."

Comment It's been a very long time coming... (Score 1) 87

As an Australian, a long time fan of violent video games and as an indie game-developer, I would just like to say that IT'S ABOUT BLOODY TIME!!! Too long has the Australian video game industry suffered under the tyranny of the uninformed do-gooders & 'think-of-the-childrens!' political types. (This all comes a couple of months after outspoken anti porn/violence/video game/whatever crusader the honourable rev. Fred Nile being caught surfing porn from his office 'net account. Totally a coincidence, but fun non the less!)

Submission + - How should I promote an Android App?

smith324 writes: A recently released application of mine has seen a small but negligible user base since its launch on the Android Market. After spending months working on it I am, needless to say, disappointed by its release. The free application (onTour has real potential (at least in my mind) but I honestly have no idea how to increase its visibility. What would you suggest I do my fellow slashdotters?

note: I am the sole developer for this project, no company just me so I don't have boatloads to send on advertising.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Source code marketplace? 2

doesntbyte writes: I spend a lot of my free time writing little programs and libraries that help me accomplish a task or are just a pet project. I'm sure nearly everyone here does this, too. I also contribute to opensource projects a fair amount, too, but sometimes what I'm working on in my free time doesn't match any of their needs very well. After suffering a series of injuries and racking up some medical bills I got to thinking: I have all these great little libraries and algorithms I've created and I'm sure they would be useful to someone.

I guess what I'm wondering is, does anyone know any way I could put these things up for sale? Some of my friends suggested joining RentACoder or ScriptLance, but that's more for selling my time in the future which isn't what I'm really looking for. A friend pointed me to SourceSale, but that looks like it's not getting much action right now. My brother suggested just putting some code up on my personal blog with a PayPal link, but that seems less than optimal as well. Anyone have any ideas?

Submission + - ARM is 20 years old today (

An anonymous reader writes: ARM was founded on November 27th 1990 in a converted barn outside Cambridge to exploit Acorn'(TM)s single greatest asset, the intellectual property bound up in its home-grown Acorn -" now Advanced -" Risc Machine processors. 20 Billion ARM processors have been shipped these past 20 years. The founders of ARM consisted of 12 engineers led by Sir Robin Saxby who gave the company its global vision and the innovative licensing model under which it sold not physical silicon but designs for other companies to manufacture.

Submission + - Uncertainty sets limits on quantum nonlocality

An anonymous reader writes: Research in today's issue of the journal Science, helps explain why quantum theory is as weird as it is, but not weirder. Ex-hacker Stephanie Wehner, and physicist Jonathan Oppenheim show that the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle sets limits on Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance'. Wired reports that the discovery was made by "thinking of things in the way a hacker might” to uncover a fundamental link between the two defining properties of quantum physics. Oppenheim describes how uncertainty and nonlocality are like coding problems, enabling us to make a quantitative link between two of the cornerstones of quantum theory.

Submission + - Antimatter Tests Could Lead to Starship Enterprise (

digitaldc writes: Scientists at CERN, the research facility that's home to the Large Hadron Collider, claim to have successfully created and stored antimatter in greater quantities and for longer times than ever before.

Researchers created 38 atoms of antihydrogen – more than ever has been produced at one time before and were able to keep the atoms stable enough to last one tenth of a second before they annihilated themselves (antimatter and matter destroy each other the moment they come into contact with each other). Since those first experiments, the team claims to have held antiatoms for even longer, though they weren't specific of the duration.

While scientists have been able to create particles of antimatter for decades, they had previously only been able to produce a few particles that would almost instantly destroy themselves.

"This is the first major step in a long journey," Michio Kaku, physicist and author of Physics of the Impossible, told PCMag. "Eventually, we may go to the stars."


Submission + - Antimatter Breakthrough Could Lead to Starships

adeelarshad82 writes: Yesterday, scientists at CERN claimed to have successfully created and stored antimatter in greater quantities and for longer times than ever before. According to Michio Kaku, physicist and author of Physics of the Impossible, this break through could lead to Starships and space travel. In a brief conversation with PCMag, Kaku said that this is the first major step in a long journey which could eventually lead us to the stars. His assumptions were based on the beliefs that we may be able to use antimatter as the "ultimate rocket fuel," since it's 100 percent efficient.

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