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Submission + - TweetBot leads to pseudo-questions about sudo?! (

StickInTheMud94 writes: An article on about a Twitter-for-iPhone rival TweetBot discusses the relative merits of the two apps. Catching my eye was the phase "sudo-demands of Twitter". Have we entered a new era where pseudo and sudo are synonyms? How do you feel about this (imho) misappropriation of the term?

Comment My grandma the programmer. (Score 1) 113

I like to think of my grandmother as the first member of my family to have programmed a computer. My grandmother worked with a team of women on an electro-mechanical computer during WWII as part of an anti-aircraft battery. She mentioned that there were six input stations and that her job was to ensure that the information received from a form of radar (and other inputs?) was fed into the system and to perform a quick calculation to help validate the output. After turning some dials, numbers were relayed to the gunners (verbally, I believe). Before D-Day her AA unit was stationed in England and a few months later moved into Belgium. Her unit was there until near the very end of the war in Europe.

She was 19 when she joined. Apparently she was assigned the job due to her scores on aptitude tests. She met my grandfather in that artillery unit; he was her sergeant.

Submission + - Joomla! 1.6 released ( 1

Crudely_Indecent writes: Being an extension developer and a huge fan of Joomla! I was excited when Joomla! 1.6 was released last night. It's been a long wait. This new version brings a more flexible ACL, a content category depth enhancement (beyond the 2 levels offered in versions 1.0 and 1.5), and numerous API enhancements. FTA:

Rebuilt from the ground up in much of the application, this latest Joomla release will delight the casual site builder while helping small, medium, and enterprise businesses succeed in delivering web sites, intranets and applications to their respective markets.

Expect to start seeing sites running the newest version within a few days.

Comment Re:Definition, please (Score 1) 525

I read the articles, and I thought his point was that you can't control the buffering on the routers, cable-modems, etc....or all the systems on your own network for that matter. And that it is the buffering on these (and potentially other) downstream devices which help to invalidate the TCP algorithms for determining appropriate bandwidth usage between devices. These two items in conjunction increase latency and jitter in individual transfers (what each application may see on the network). He makes a big deal about recognizing and considering bandwidth and latency together and he contends that it is these device buffer sizes making the latency problem worse.

Ultimately, it is not about bandwidth, but about latency and bandwidth.

Comment Re:Awesome stuff, but it doesn't take off like a b (Score 1) 250

I think one of the main problems with flapping wing take off is the initial oscillations. I think that the vehicle (made of very light materials) has to oscillate (crash) into the ground a few times before getting enough speed generated by the flapping wings...getting a tough enough machine to withstand those initial crashes is likely the reason some form of powered assist is required. For now. Big kudos to these researchers!

Submission + - The Muppets' 1967 IBM sales films ( 2

harrymcc writes: Forty-three years ago, before most people had ever heard of the Muppets, IBM contracted with Jim Henson for a series of short films that it used to educate and entertain its sales staff. These little-known movies--some of which feature cutting-edge office automation equipment such as very early word-processing systems--remain fresh, funny, and surprisingly irreverent. And one of them features the first appearance of the Cookie Monster, who got his big break on Sesame Street a couple of years later.

Submission + - IBM unveils a faster financial analysis system

StickInTheMud94 writes: Using the BG/P supercomputing platform and IBM's prototype InfoSphere Streams, IBM Research has produced an automated options trading platform with significantly better performance characteristics.
From the article:

By enabling rapid, intelligent analysis of live streaming data from a practically unlimited number of sources, IBM delivered astoundingly low latency — the time between when data is received and when it's acted upon — far surpassing the performance of traditional trading systems.


Monty Python Banks On the Long Tail Via YouTube 222

JTRipper writes "Monty Python seems to have done the right thing. Instead of issuing take down notices of their videos on YouTube, they are doing it better themselves with their own YouTube channel. They are putting all their clips (including snips from their movies) up in a decent resolution, with the only caveat being a link to buying the movies and TV episodes from Amazon."

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