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Comment Comparison (Score 1) 255

I've done POSIX C++ programming for five and a half years. I compile on my mac using clang and on my ubuntu machine using g++. Here's the differences: 1. Clang seems to have better error messages. 2. Of course, clang is usable using libraries (rtags for emacs lets you do ctags but way better for example). 3. Run speed is about the same for optimized build between the two. They're within 1% for our application using the benchmarks for it. 4. Compile speed is a bit faster using clang. I like having two big compilers that compete with each other. It forces both to try harder and to become better compilers in the end.

Submission + - India's cloud computing giant: an Amazon threat? (

An anonymous reader writes: Indian giant Tata has launched an enterprise cloud computing service from its low-cost base in Asia, promising very cheap entry-level pricing for infrastructure as a service. But an analysis of its pricing — compared to Amazon's EC2, Terremark and Windows Azure reveals that it doesn't necessarily represent the best value for money.

Comment Newsflash (Score 3, Interesting) 452

In order to find a sentient machine, we need to create a sentient machine. Creating a sentient machine is a hard task. Early AI researchers thought it would be possible and set lofty goals of creating machines that would do amazing tasks. However, that all changed with the AI winter.

Artificial intelligence is not creating a sentient system anymore. It is more creating a system to do things that humans are normally good at and computers normally are not good at.

Comment Slashdot readers are missing the point! (Score 5, Interesting) 311

This comment (and most comments posted here) seem to fail to address the real purpose of the Times.

The Times understand that they are undergoing an initial loss to set a new standard in online news. They hope that other news sites will follow suit. If and after they do, you will not be able to get the story on any other web site. Subsequently, subscribers should increase and revenue should increase.

So, it's not surprising that they're not making a profit on this switch, because frankly, they're probably not trying to.

Comment Not to side with Microsoft, but... (Score 5, Interesting) 246

It seems that people are upset with Microsoft because 1) they have software vulnerabilities in their OS and 2) they do too little too late to fix these vulnerabilities before hackers start exploiting them.
This group cannot control one of these points (that Microsoft builds vulnerabilities into their OS). However, they can control the second point, by giving Microsoft advance notice and time to fix the vulnerabilities well before disclosing the vulnerabilities to the public.
It seems a bit hypocritical to me to accuse Microsoft of doing too little, too late to fix vulnerabilities, and then release unfixed vulnerabilities to the public.

Submission + - Obama Administration Announces Piracy Crackdown (

dawilcox writes: The White House's vision is perhaps a prelude to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which will go before Congress later this year. The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal offense if the distributed software was used for infringement. It also implements an interesting provision called "imminent infringement", which allows the government to charge people who they think might be about to infringe with a civil offense (for example if you searched "torrent daft punk"). This is among the first official "thought crime" provisions to be proposed by the U.S. government. The bill also makes it a criminal offense to bypass DRM.
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Submission + - The Fastest ISPs in the U.S

adeelarshad82 writes: PCMag recently put internet browsing speeds to test to see which ISP was the fastest. The result was based on a quarter million tests which were run between May 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010 by over 6,000 users. The test was carried out using SurfSpeed which takes into account the complete, real-world download time of a web page to a browser. According to the results Verizon's FiOS took the top spot as the nations fastest ISP, with a SurfSpeed score of 1.23 Mbps. Interestingly though, off all the regions where Verizon's FiOS is available it's dominance is only seen in Northeast and West, where as Cox's and Comcast's cable service dominated in the south region. Moreover Cox's and Optimum Online's cable service also dominated over AT&T's fiber optic service in the nationwide results with surf SurfSpeed of 1.14Mbps, 1.12Mbps and 1.06Mbps respectively. The bottom of the table mostly consisteny of DSL service providers with the lowest speed of 544 Kbps from Frontier and going up to 882Kbps by Earthlink. Other interesting facts noted in the test were that the broadband penetration was the highest in Rhode Island and lowest in Mississippi, where as the average internet bill was the highest in Delaware and lowest in Arkansas.

Submission + - How to make impressions at a software company 1

dawilcox writes: I'm a recent grad and am going to begin starting work at a software company. I want to make a good impression on my boss and coworkers. I know that performance is usually tracked, but there are also innate personality traits of good software developers that bosses just want to have around. What are those personality traits? What should I be trying to do in order to make a good impression on the people at my work?

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