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Submission + - Philosophies and programming languages (blogspot.com)

evariste.galois writes: In Wikipedia, in every article for a programming language, there is a special section "Language Philosophy", in which the motivation and the basic principles of the language design are being analyzed. The author is investigating much further than that, the deeper connections between philosophies and programming languages, by considering most influential thinkers of all time (e.g. Plato, Descartes, Kant) and trying to figure out which programming language fits best with most aspects of their own philosophy (Did you know that Kant was the first Python programmer?). The list is not exhaustive, but this is a funny and educative start.

Comment The fart jokes with this are endless (Score 1) 206

I find your lack of honesty disturbing

You may be silent, but I can tell you're deadly

Lawyer: And what tipped you off that there was indeed a body in the closet officer?
Officer: The suspect farted.
Lawyer: Excuse me? He farted?
Officer: That's right - my fart analyzer detected an increase level of methane that led me to believe the suspect was hiding something.
Defense: Could it have been that he was just wanting to hide that he was farting - not that he was guilty?
Officer: If you were in that room, sir, you would have arrested him to. It was the least of things to be done.


Submission + - Obama Campaign Spamming

An anonymous reader writes: "In addition to all the other disreputable things Barack Hussein Obama's campaign is doing (lying about his positions, hiding his past, stealing myspace pages and trying to demonize former supporters they abused) they've sunk to an all-time new low; they're spamming.

The past couple weeks, I noticed "announcements" from Hussein Obama's campaign flowing into my spam traps. One titled "Taking it to the Streets" showed up both in my inbox, and in three of my spam traps. Sender was "Barack Obama info@barackobama.com", mailer was MTA2.Bluestatedigital.com — definitely the work of the Hussein Obama campaign. I offered him the benefit of the doubt; followed the unsubscribe links, made sure each relevant address was removed, called the campaign to warn them about this kind of behavior. End result? NONE of the addresses are removed from Hussein Obama's email lists. I got their "Not playing by the rules" spam yesterday, with the header indicating it's from David Plouffe (but again at info@barackobama.com and the same mailer) this time.

What do you do when a political asshole spams you and won't stop? Why do they think they can get away with it?"

And why do Slashdot's editors want to hide this story? Do they secretly support him spamming because they want him to win?

Feed Nintendo working to boost Wii production (engadget.com)

Filed under: Gaming

While it should hardly come as a surprise given the demand, the AP is reporting that Nintendo is currently working to increase its Wii production in an effort to satisfy as many patiently-waiting gamers as possible. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also admitted that the company has not been able to properly foresee demand and said that the current lack of stock was "abnormal." Of course, they aren't sayin' exactly how much they'll be increasing production by, nor are they willing to disclose what the current monthly production capacity is. Nintendo is slightly less secretive about it's other hot-selling console, however, boasting that it's now churning out 2.5 million DSs a month, making it the highest production ever for a Nintendo game console.

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Feed Solar Storm Cycle Will Likely Start Next March, According To NOAA (sciencedaily.com)

The next 11-year cycle of solar storms will most likely start next March and peak in late 2011 or mid-2012 -- up to a year later than expected -- according to a forecast recently issued by NOAA's Space Environment Center, in coordination with an international panel of solar experts. Expected to begin last fall, the delayed onset of Solar Cycle 24 stymied the panel and left them evenly split over the cycle's intensity.

Submission + - Where DRM went wrong - criminalising the consumer

][nTrUdEr writes: The Economist has posted an excellent editorial on how DRM has gone wrong. From the article: "Most people think it ludicrous that they can't do the same with the DVDs they own. Now it seems, despite squeals from the movie industry, the law is finally moving in the video fan's favour." Also: "After likewise shooting itself in the foot for ages, the record industry is now falling over itself to abandon DRM (digital rights management) on CDs. A number of online music stores such as eMusic, Audio Lunchbox and Anthology have given up using DRM altogether. In a recent survey by Jupiter Research, two out of three music industry executives in Europe reckoned that dropping DRM would improve sales."

Feed Anti-dandruff Compound May Help Fight Epilepsy (sciencedaily.com)

Researchers have discovered that the same ingredient used in dandruff shampoos to fight the burning, itching and flaking on your head also can calm overexcited nerve cells inside your head, making it a potential treatment for seizures.

Feed Satellites Shed Light On Global Warming (sciencedaily.com)

As climate change continues to make headlines across the world, participants at the 2007 Envisat Symposium are hearing how Earth observation satellites allow scientists to better understand the parameters involved in global warming and how this is impacting the planet.

Submission + - Java theory and practice: The closures debate

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone has a favorite feature idea or two for adding to the Java language. With the open-sourcing of the Java platform and the rise in popularity of other languages for server-side applications (JavaScript and Ruby, to name two), the debate over the future of the Java language has never been more vigorous. Should the Java language embrace major new additions, such as closures? Or is that too much messing with a good thing? In this month's Java theory and practice, Brian Goetz reviews the concepts involved and provides details on the two competing closures proposals.

Feed Low-energy Lighting Project Is Streets Ahead (sciencedaily.com)

Technology that first appeared in digital watches and calculators back in the 1970s is being used to develop durable and community-friendly low energy street lighting. Researchers are developing powerful low-cost LED lighting modules that can be used in buildings and on roads.

Who Wrote, and Paid For, 2.6.20 238

Corbet writes "LWN.net did some data mining through the kernel source repository and put together an analysis of where the patches came from. It turns out that most kernel code is contributed by people paid to do the work — but the list of companies sponsoring kernel development has a surprise or two." The article's conclusion: "The end result of all this is that a number of the widely-expressed opinions about kernel development turn out to be true. There really are thousands of developers — at least, almost 2,000 who put in at least one patch over the course of the last year. Linus Torvalds is directly responsible for a very small portion of the code which makes it into the kernel. Contemporary kernel development is spread out among a broad group of people, most of whom are paid for the work they do. Overall, the picture is of a broad-based and well-supported development community."

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