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Submission + - There Must Be A Return to Skilled Programming (

Lucas123 writes: High performance computing, multicore chips and distributed architectures are being used to deal with a glut of data in financial services and other markets. But only about 2% of programmers have the skills required to code for these new architectures while the rest continue to rely on ineffective serial coding or turn to GPA and FPGA chips to make their job less arduous, according to Bank of America's chief technology architect Jeffrey Birnbaum. "Too many people are rewriting stuff with parallel algorithms for GPUs and FPGAs claiming performance advantages. CPUs are still much faster than most programmers know," he said. "Birnbaum, whose bank is building a noSQL database, also said developers should always choose the languages with which they're most proficient and not try to force more sophisticated ones, such as Python, to a task because they'll wind up with sloppy results. "Bad programmers create bad code. It doesn't matter what language they use," he said.

Submission + - Nuclear Wasteland 2030 Review (

Buffalo55 writes: It’s good to know that with video game prices what they are, we can still get a bargain. This good deal comes in the form of Nuclear Wasteland 2030, an Xbox Live Indie Game that is low on features, but still provides a few hours of fun, all for the low price of 80 Microsoft Points/$1.00.

Submission + - Men play with gadgets with boredom (

Venera2009 writes: Men like to fuss and distract. Yes, it is activity it is necessary for the man to overcome very unpleasant phenomenon — boredom. However, among other things, they like process and the turmoil always accompanying changes and activity.

Submission + - IBM Breakthrough Provides a Closer Look at Atoms (

itwbennett writes: ITworld is reporting that 'IBM researchers have come up with a technique to view, record and study the behavior of atoms in real time, which could have a long-term impact on the way nanoscale chips and devices are built.... Microscopic objects could be measured in the past, but the new information helps scientists understand how objects dynamically change over relatively short time periods, said Michael Crommie, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in a YouTube video describing the technology.'

Submission + - Microsoft Will Require Windows SP1 For Final IE9 (

cgriffin21 writes: When it arrives sometime next year, the final version of Internet Explorer 9 will require Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), according to a Microsoft FAQ for the IE9 beta that's making the rounds. In contrast to Vista SP1, Microsoft customers aren't paying much attention to Windows 7 SP1, which is now in public beta and is slated to arrive in the first half of 2011. Windows 7 SP1 includes security updates and other minor additions, among them an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX, which Microsoft introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Submission + - Dell Insprion PCs Arrive With Touchscreen (

cgriffin21 writes: Dell released two new PC products from its Inspiron family, both aimed at capturing the living-room entertainment space in time for the holidays. The new touch-enabled Inspiron One all-in-one desktop features a full HD 23-inch WLED-backlit LCD display with built-in Wi-Fi, Webcam, DVD drive, and HDMI interface for connecting to television tuners, cable and satellite set-top boxes and videogame consoles. Dell is also introducing a new "Stage" touchscreen user interface on both machines, which offers quick access to music, photos, video and applications such as "Touch Instruments," "You Paint," and "Touch Cam."

Submission + - Google's New Data Center to be Sea-Water Cooled ( 1

itwbennett writes: Mike Elgan is blogging about a report in the magazine Computer Sweden that Google's new data center in Hamina Finland will be 'cooled with water from the bottom of the Baltic Sea.' The data center sits on the site of an old paper mill (a fact that Elgan notes the publishing industry is likely to find rife with symbolism), and 'the water will be brought to the surface using refurbished paper mill pumps.'

Submission + - IBM Adds More European Data Analytics Centres (

justice4all writes: Three IBM Analytics Solution Centres will focus on financial services, green technology and Smarter Cities in Switzerland, Hungary and Austria

IBM opened three new analytics centres in Europe, strengthening its offerings in the growing business analytics market.

The announcement follows just days after IBMs $1.7 billion acquisition of Netezza, a data warehousing and analytics appliance vendor. Last week, IBM also acquired OpenPages, another company with an analytics package designed to help companies identify and manage risk.


Submission + - Stewart & Colbert plan competing D.C. rallies (

Lev13than writes: In a direct retort to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing rallies on October 30th. Stewart plans to host a “Rally To Restore Sanity” on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in D.C. for the Americans he says are too busy living normal, rational lives to attend other political demonstrations. Colbert, meantime, will shepherd his fans in a “March To Keep Fear Alive.” “Damn your reasonableness!” Colbert said. “Now is not the time to take it down a notch. Now is the time for all good men to freak out for freedom!” Stewart, meanwhile, has promised to provide attendees with signs featuring slogans such as “I Disagree With You But I'm Pretty Sure You're Not Hitler” and “I'm Afraid of Spiders.”

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