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Sometimes it’s a matter of opinion. Sometimes things are technically more complicated that people assume. Sometimes the Go authors, human beings as they are, just didn’t get it completely right.
Five years ago we launched the Go project. It seems like only yesterday that we were preparing the initial public release: our website was a lovely shade of yellow, we were calling Go a "systems language", and you had to terminate statements with a semicolon and write Makefiles to build your code. We had no idea how Go would be received. Would people share our vision and goals? Would people find Go useful?
The Go programming language has grown to find it own niche in the cloud computing word, having been used to code Docker and the Kubernetes projects. The developers also announce details of further projects to be released, such as a new low-latency garbage collector and support for running Go on mobile devices.
NextGen Solar has announced that their new breed of cheap solar paint is closer than ever now that the company has raised half of the $1 million it needs to move out of the lab and into the real world. The company’s solar paint is expected to provide up to 40% efficiency at a third of the cost of traditional photovoltaic panels. That’s partially because the paint captures more wavelengths of light than traditional cells. The material, which forms small connected solar cells as it dries, can be applied to nearly any surface–windows, walls, roofs, and more."
If you asked ten random techies to define "cloud computing," you might get twelve or thirteen different answers, but if instead you asked those same ten folks to identify the most overused buzzword of the last year, they'd probably all agree that "cloud computing" was it. So imagine my surprise when, on attending a session at this past summer's AlwaysOn conference, I heard someone on the stage talk intelligently, coherently, and technically about a topic that I had written off as so much noise. That person was HP's Russ Daniels, CTO and VP of Cloud Services Strategy, I had to talk to him in more detail about cloud computing. This interview actually altered the way I thought about the cloud and about software delivery in a networked world.
After a lot of hype this sounds like a common sense approach to assesing cloud computing. This interview is covered on Ars technica.
In September 1966 an American spy satellite flew over a Soviet naval base on the Caspian Sea and took a series of photographs. The results created quite a stir among the American intelligence community. Their first guess was that this was a conventional aeroplane, possibly a sea plane, but one that was incomplete and much bigger than any aircraft the US had. But when the pictures were examined more closely, intelligence analysts calculated that, even if completed, it would actually fly really badly. This, coupled with the position of the engines, located well forward of the wing, made them realise what they were looking at was something entirely different.
They had stumbled on one of the most top secret military projects of the Soviet era. The object was soon dubbed the Caspian Sea Monster. What they were looking at was, in fact, an Ekranoplan; a wing in ground effect or WIG craft designed to fly at very high speed a few metres over the top of the sea. The Ekranoplan sits clean above the surface and relies on a well known, if little understood aerodynamic phenomenon called "ground-effect".
The bbc has an article and videos of the Ekranoplan in fight (including what seems to be a huge Soviet Ekranoplan in flight)."
notable others have called into question his motivations while some have been more blunt. While all parties agree Canonical contributions are small Dustin Kirkland, a Canonical employee, comments that Canonical only has 133 staff compared to Red Hat (over 2000) and Novell (over 4000)."
"Computer program helped direct search for lost autistic man After days of futile searching and without leads, Burnett County officials were desperate for any new techniques to find the 25-year-old autistic man who disappeared in dense Wisconsin woods. They turned to a computer program to help guide them. Lt. Rick Slatten, a member of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad, developed the computer program, called Search Tracker. It organizes a search area into smaller units, analyzes terrain, vegetation cover, what searchers have done and recommends which units should be searched more thoroughly. The rescue squad has used Search Tracker for about three years.
more about Lt. Rick Slatten who said he may put the program online for free when more comfortable sharing it. Maybe someone needs to tell him (nicely) about open source and how it could help his work get better.
also covered by cnetCanonical on Tuesday released its first publicly available developer edition of Ubuntu for mobile Internet devices. Ubuntu MID works on two devices at present, the Samsung Q1U and the Intel Crown Beach development station for building devices using the company's Atom processor. It also can be run on ordinary computers through the KVM virtualization software. Custom options may include licensed codecs and popular third-party applications.
- Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more
- Outstanding media playback so you can enjoy videos, music and photos with superior quality and easy navigation
- A suite of applications that work seamlessly to meet every need of a digital parent, student or anyone who is on-the-go
- Facebook®, MySpace®, YouTube®, Dailymotion®, 3D games, GPS, maps, in short, the full Web 2.0 experience delivered into your hands as a compact and powerful device that's easy and fun to use
One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.