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Comment Re:They are still made (Score 1) 201

I own both an Unicomp and an IBM model M. They have a slightly different feel, but they are both excellent. I tend to use the Unicomp more, though, because it has a more modern layout (windows keys). Unicomp also sells localized versions, e.g. I have the italian layout.

I am a big fan of Unicomp. I am also unlikely to buy again from them soon, since their 'boards are built for eternity. So I give them good reviews when I can, just to support them.

Comment Re:doubtful (Score 1) 181

I don't think it is a special case. It is well known among people that study this kind of mechanisms that participation devices are not really meant to produce a result, but mainly to disarm conflict, by giving the participants the impression that they are being heard. (US readers think of the online petitions on the White House site).

You are very naïf if you think that the Parliaments will welcome these brilliant novel ideas from the people and convert them into laws at once.

Comment doubtful (Score 1) 181

In Italy, the constitution (since 1948) allows 50'000 citizens to propose laws to the Parliament.

It has been used sometimes, but the Parliament has *always* shelved the proposals immediately. None has even been discussed. Not because they were awful proposals, but because this kind of tool tends to be used when the Parliament is *already* avoiding making laws on a topic. So, it will continue avoiding it.

Comment just a different flavor of "offensive" (Score 2, Interesting) 227

Today I've discovered that The Pirate Bay website is blocked in Italy. Previously the italian providers were forced to configure the DNS to resolve it as, but that was easy to circumvent. Now, the IP is totally unreacheable from Italy. To look at TPB one has to use a proxy, a tunnel, etc.

A similar measure is in force for unauthorized gambling sites.

I don't gamble and I don't care too much for torrents, but the very idea that my government decides which sites I can visit and which I cannot sends a cold shiver down my spine.


An Open Source Compiler From CUDA To X86-Multicore 71

Gregory Diamos writes "An open source project, Ocelot, has recently released a just-in-time compiler for CUDA, allowing the same programs to be run on NVIDIA GPUs or x86 CPUs and providing an alternative to OpenCL. A description of the compiler was recently posted on the NVIDIA forums. The compiler works by translating GPU instructions to LLVM and then generating native code for any LLVM target. It has been validated against over 100 CUDA applications. All of the code is available under the New BSD license."

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