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Intel

Submission + - SPAM: VLC media player now available for iPhone and iPod

vrmediasg writes: VLC is one of the most popular media players for both Windows and Mac platforms, as it plays many multimedia file formats and streaming protocols. Some time back in September, VLC was successfully ported over to Apple's iPad. And now, the latest update brings support for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the
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Education

Submission + - Bees Beat Machines at 'Traveling Salesman' Problem (qmul.ac.uk)

eldavojohn writes: Recent research on bumble bees has proven that the tiny bee is better than computers at the traveling salesman problem. As bees visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen they discover other flowers en route in the wrong order. But they still manage to quickly learn and fly the optimally shortest path between flowers. Such a problem is NP-Hard and keeps our best machines thinking for days searching for a solution but researchers are quite interested how such a tiny insect can figure it out on the fly — especially given how important this problem is to networks and transportation. A testament to the power of even the smallest batch of neurons or simply evidence our algorithms need work?
Java

Submission + - Oracle Need A Clue As Brain Drain Accelerates (computerworlduk.com) 1

The Contrarian writes: "Looks like Oracle is not suiting former Sun staff well, nor community members in the Java and OpenOffice.org communities. This weekend saw an unusually large number of rather public departures, with (among many others listed in the article) the VP running Solaris development quitting, the token academic on the JCP slamming the door behind him and top community leaders at OpenOffice.org nailing their resignations to the door after having the ex-Sun people slam the door in their face.

The best analysis comes from an unexpected place, with the marketing director of Eclipse — usually loyal defenders of their top-dollar-paying members — turning on Oracle and telling them to get a clue."

IT

Submission + - 7 Programming Languages On The Rise (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner reports on once niche programming languages gaining mind share among enterprise developers for their unique abilities to provide solutions to increasingly common problems. From Python to R to Erlang, each is being increasingly viewed as an essential tool for prototyping on the Web, hacking big data sets, providing quick predictive modeling, powering NoSQL experiments, and unlocking the massive parallelism of today's GPUs."

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