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Comment Who wins a pissing contest like this... (Score 1) 410

This is probably a Win-Win for Microsoft no matter how you look at it.

On one hand if he does step down they get a new leader and can use that momentum to propel them forward. All new product are great because their next deity blessed them. Not to mention the free press!


If he does not step down it shows that Ballmer is in it for the long run and they get tons of free press.

It would behoove them to drag this out as long as possible.


Submission + - Could thorium make nuclear power safe? ( 2

Jetrel writes: "With the recent events in Japan nuclear power is getting a lot of bad press lately about it's potential dangers. Looking forward to possible replacements I ran across this article and thought what better group to put in the mix about debates on alternative energy sources. So can the world have cheap nuclear power without Japan-level risks by swapping thorium for uranium, some scientists claim. Is that too good to be true?"

Comment Confidential Business Proposal (Score 1) 242

Attention: The President/CEO
Dear Sir,

Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the information gathered from the Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the privilege to request for your assistance to transfer the sum of $47,500,000.00 (forty seven million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your accounts. The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed commissioned and paid for about five years (5) ago by a foreign contractor. This action was however intentional and since then the fund has been in a suspense account at The Central Bank Of Nigeria Apex Bank.
We are now ready to transfer the fund overseas and that all you will need to do is download this App from the Android Market Place.

The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an accountant with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). If you find this proposal acceptable, we shall require a few minor tidbits of information that we will download automatically from your phone and contacts.

(a) your banker's name, telephone, account and fax numbers.
(b) your private telephone and fax numbers -- for confidentiality and easy communication.
(c) your letter-headed paper stamped and signed.

Please reply urgently.
Best regards
Mike "Wingnut" Smith


Submission + - Pattern Recognition with Huge Neural Nets on GPUs (

cobraducer writes: In the not too distant future, will billions of cell phones be able to recognize handwriting? Significant progress in self-learning handwriting recognition software was made at the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA in the team of Jürgen Schmidhuber. For isolated digits they trained deep neural nets on GPUs normally used for video games, accelerating learning by a factor of 50, breaking the world record in a famous benchmark — see recent paper in Neural Computation 22(12): 3207-3220. For the even harder problem of connected handwriting they use "Long Short-Term Memory" recurrent neural networks (feedback connections make such networks general computers). This method won several handwriting competitions at the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition. Now Schmidhuber asks: Do the new state-of-the-art results herald a rennaissance of neural networks?

Submission + - AT&T goes after copper wire thieves (

coondoggie writes: Copper thieves targeting Atlanta are now being targeted themselves by AT&T which is now offering $3,000 for information leading to their arrest. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that in one recent three day stretch, nearly 7,000 customers and two schools lost land line phone service. The FBI has said in the past that the rising theft of the metal is threatening the critical infrastructure by targeting electrical substations, cellular towers, telephone land lines, railroads, water wells, construction sites, and vacant homes for lucrative profits.
The Military

Submission + - China's supercomputers developing stealth (

dcblogs writes: China is using its increasing supercomputing capability, which includes a new flying saucer shaped computing facility, for research on stealth technology, according to a slide from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Supercomputing Center presented at an exascale conference in October. The slide illustrates how supercomputers can be used to calculate the radar cross-section of an aircraft or a ship. This can help designers choose shapes for an aircraft or ship that will have the smallest possible radar cross-section, according to a Rand Corp. analyst. China is expected to have stealth aircraft sometime in the 2017 to 2019 timeframe.

Comment Re:There is an "All in one Device" (Score 1) 266

It's a HTPC. So you have to have a a computer to run the Server on. Then it operates in a hub and spoke configuration to feed content to other PCs or Extenders on the network. The server can also be used to broadcast video to your TV too. To get Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD, CBS, PBS, and other online content you have to use PlayOn and a free plug-in. But it works well and actually integrates into you recorded TV shows with the plugin.

Comment There is an "All in one Device" (Score 1) 266

It's called SageTV. Runs on Linux, Windows, MacOS. It will play pratically any format you throw at it and keep chugging. Need to expand to another room well just buy an extender and run it wired or wireless. It is infinitively expandable with plugins and has a strong community of developers and hobbyist to help you along the way. Not to mention the form factor of it's extenders are to work and not be seen.

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