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Comment It is all about advertising (Score 1) 184

What this guy really means as that advertising is changing. Searching is fine. Google quickly had to find a way to monetize search results and they grew into a advertising firm or sorts.
So yes from google's perspective as an advertiser it must be troubling to not have such a firm hold in the "social media" space.


Grateful Dead Percussionist Makes Music From Supernovas 57

At the "Cosmology At the Beach" conference earlier this month, Grammy-award winning percussionist Mickey Hart performed a composition inspired by the eruptions of supernovae. "Keith Jackson, a Berkeley Lab computer scientist who is also a musician, lent his talents to the project, starting with gathering data from astrophysicists like those at the Berkeley Lab’s Nearby Supernova Factory, which collects data from telescopes in space and on earth to quickly detect and analyze short-lived supernovas. 'If you think about it, it's all electromagnetic data — but with a very high frequency,' Jackson said of the raw data. "What we did is turn it into sound by slowing down the frequency and "stretching" it into an audio form. Both light and sound are all wave forms — just at different frequencies. Our goal was to turn the electromagnetic data into audio data while still preserving the science.'"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Ref admits in court NBA is fixed ( 1

LoveMe2Times writes: Former NBA referee Tim Donoughy pleaded guilty to charges related to his gambling on NBA games, including those he officiated. While many suspected him of fixing games or altering the outcome of games he officiated, the real story — that the mainstream media only mentions in passing — is that he didn't need to fix games. As a ref, he had access to "non-public" information about the games, including the real nature of injuries, who would ref the game, and the extent to which those refs favored the players. This inside information was enough for him — and presumably any NBA insider — to pick winners with enough accuracy to get paid $5000 for correct picks. In other words, referee bias is statistically significant enough for those in the know to make lots of money betting on it. In essence, the referees decide the game more than the players in a known, predictable way; hence, the game is fixed by choice of refs for a game.

Submission + - How to break into the software development field? 1

An anonymous reader writes: A relative recently graduated with a bachelors in comp-sci. After several months of emailing resumes for software development positions at the rate of several per day, he has yet to find a job. Ideally he'd like to be a Java developer, but would accept any position in the software development field. His problem is that he has no experience as a software developer, and it seems everyone wants a senior programmer and no one wants to hire an entry level programmer. He did co-op while in university, but it was a tech support position and employers seem to disregard it, if they're gonna hire you as a software developer they only care about software development experience. They also don't care that he's been using Java (and several other langs) for at least 4 years, they specifically demand industry experience — academic experience doesn't count to them.

If you recently found an entry level job with no experience, how did you do it? If you are a hiring manager or recruiter, what advice would you give to someone in his position? I'm at a loss of what to tell him, as he seems to be doing everything right but still can't find a job. I often hear that there's a shortage of programmers, so what's going on? If it makes any difference, he lives in Ontario, and is willing to move anywhere in the province (even Toronto if he really has to *shudder*).

Submission + - Princeton physicists connect string theory

tinkertim writes: "Physorg is reporting that Princeton physicists have connected the string theory with established physics. From the article:

String theory, simultaneously one of the most promising and controversial ideas in modern physics, may be more capable of helping probe the inner workings of subatomic particles than was previously thought, according to a team of Princeton University scientists.

Submission + - Congress questions campus IT officers about piracy

Jared writes: "The lawmakers from the House of Representatives submitted a "Survey of University Network and Data Integrity Practices" to the heads of the 19 college campuses that have recently received the largest number of copyright infringement notices from both the RIAA and the MPAA, and have asked for them to be completed by their campus technology officers."

Submission + - American Idol thrill dampened by computer glitches

coondoggie writes: "A computer glitch resulted in multiple charges for about 6,000 people looking to donate to TV show American Idol's request for donors last week. The TV show's "Idol Gives Back" is by any measure a success — it has raised almost $70 million to provide for children who live in poverty — but that success has apparently overwhelmed the system designed to handle the donations, charging some charity-givers two or three times. But computer system malfunctions have been at the heart of many American Idol controversies. Recently the show has faced vote counting problems laid at the doorstep of the computer/telephony system that counts the all-important votes. 4"

Submission + - IBM to announce faster/efficient chips....

mattatwork writes: "According to the NY Times, IBM is set to announce a major advance in how it makes it chips. Using an unnamed substance, IBM expects faster and more energy efficient semiconductors. They also are using a newer technique of self-assembly, which has previously been used on the biological, Molecular (nano- and micro-scale) and Supramolecular. Instead of drilling holes (like in traditional chips), heat is used to create holes for substance X to be put through. Very cool process...though it does give me a headache thinking about it...."

Submission + - Samsung's UpStage looks to trump iPhone

bj writes: "PCWorld is running a story about Samsung's recently unveiled Upstage cell phone. Could it threaten the iPhone?

"Tired of waiting for Apple's iPhone? You might want to check out a potential rival that you can buy sooner: Samsung's innovative, super-slim, two-faced UpStage (M620), sold by Sprint Nextel. On the eve of the giant CTIA Wireless trade show here in Orlando, Florida, Sprint announced that it will begin selling the UpStage on April 1. Its price will be $300 — or $150 with a two-year contract, Sprint representatives say."
The Internet

Submission + - Milwaukee says NO to RIAA

neuron2neuron writes: "Recently, the University of Wisconsin (based in Madison, WI) announced that it would not forward on threatening letters from the RIAA to its students. Now, some of the other schools in the system are going along with it in what can only be seen as a setback to the recording industrys thuggish policies. More at "

Submission + - The Math of Graphics

dalektcalum writes: Understanding the mathematical foundation of graphics can help anyone be a better graphics programmer. In a recent talk given by Christopher Evensen he covers the important fundamentals that everyone should know. The math is also accompanied by a real world programming example. This talk is an excellent place to get started, or quick review for those already working in the field.

Submission + - Creating Killer Applications

dalektcalum writes: Dr. Larry Smith, economics professor, talks about starting software driven businesses. This isn't your standard "Web 2.0" or "next generation computing talk", he gets down how to make a product that business will actually want and pay for. A large portion of software is created by programmers for other technical people, but much of this software has to compete with better open source alternatives. Larry Smith looks at creating domain specific applications, and acquiring the knowledge necessary to chose and solve the correct problems. A video of his talk entitled Creating Killer Applications, is now online.

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