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Comment The Bletchley Circle (TV series) (Score 2) 120

If you're interested in stories like this, I recommend the TV series "The Bletchley Circle". Four ex-codebreaking women reunite in 1952 to uncover a serial killer, using the same skills they used to break encrypted messages during the war. They rediscover a lost sense of purpose and struggle to obey the Official Secrets act within their family relationships. (For those who don't know, the UK's Official Secrets act is pretty strong stuff.)

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Submission + - evidence that lot of published science research is false 1

sittingnut writes: An article in First Things magazine by William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that lot of published science research is demonstrably false. Wilson goes on to argue that "self-correcting mechanisms" inherent in the scientific method no longer function in current environment.

Among others, during Open Science Collaboration's attempt to replicate one hundred published psychology experiments published in three prestigious journals, 65% "failed to show statistical significance on replication". In 2011, researchers at Bayer found they cannot replicate results in "more than 75%" of the 67 project research published ("in Science, Nature, Cell, and the like") on preclinical cancer biology drug discovery.

An article in The Week about First Things article gives more historical context to claims made in that article with many more examples from variety of fields.

Submission + - Google's Angular 2 Being Built With Microsoft's TypeScript (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Big news for fans of static typing! Google and Microsoft have partnered to both enhance TypeScript and rebuild Angular in the TypeScript language. TypeScript, Microsoft's attempt at improving on JavaScript development, has been out there for a while without a notable use case. Likewise, Dart, Google's attempt at a language which accomplishes many of the same goals, hasn't seen a lot of traction outside of Google. With Google creating the next version of its popular framework Angular 2 using TypeScript, some weight is being thrown behind a single effort. Of course, Angular has its fair share of haters, and a complete re-write in version 2 that breaks compatibility with previous versions isn't going to help matters.

Comment Re:External Wacom digitizer (Score 1) 101

Really? You can draw on your laptop with a digitizer? What kind of laptop is it?

Dell Inspiron mini 1012 running Xubuntu, with a Wacom Bamboo Pen digitizer plugged into a USB port.

So what's the actual workflow then when people in your office leave their desks to go to a meeting? Undock the Dell and close it, unplug the Bamboo from the dock and carry them and the stylus to the meeting, open the Dell and plug in the Bamboo? Or undock the Dell with the Bamboo plugged into its USB port and carry them both to the meeting while tethered... either one sounds awkward. I'll keep my Surface, thanks, which as an added bonus comes with a handy place to carry my stylus. Or maybe you're talking about a different use case than this subthread is. I'm undocking at least 4 or 5 times a day, typically.

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Comment Re:who cares? (Score 5, Interesting) 101

I'm having trouble understanding what the point of this product is. What useful niche does it fill?

In a fully managed enterprise environment, using OneNote to take handwritten notes in meetings - including creating quick To-Dos to send to Outlook, using handwriting to mark up Excel, Word, or PowerPoint files stored on a collaboration server so everyone's changes are synchronized, then go back to your desk and dock it so you have a full keyboard, mouse, external monitors (I have two), auto-switch from corporate WiFi to corporate LAN without losing mapped drives. In the enterprise space its competition is likely a Lenovo Helix model, not a Miix. For home users, it's probably overkill, unless maybe you do a lot of docking-and-undocking at home, but that's likely a niche market.

But if your company, like mine, allows a certain degree of personal use of the corporate device and allows you to take it home evenings and weekends, it's a lot lighter to carry and more fun to use than a traditional laptop. It's my laptop at work and my tablet at home (and yes, I know how to encrypt and back up my personal data in case my job suddenly disappears, and I still have a home PC as a second unit). It's the most satisfying and seamless personal computing experience I've ever had, and I've been in the business since the 1980's. This feels like the computer I've been waiting for all my life.

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Comment Re:35mm film (Score 1) 635

A couple of years ago I picked up a Pentax 67 with the personal commitment to put a few rolls of 120 through it every year. You can get great lenses for stupidly cheap prices if you keep an eye on that auction site. Provia for landscape/nature work - there's nothing like a big, brilliant transparency.

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Comment This is going to happen in 2038 anyway (Score 1) 187

This will happen in Jan. 2038 anyway, for many devices, because of the Year 2038 Problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem. Anything keeping time using a signed, 32 bit integer that uses the Unix epoch of 1970-01-01 will be affected. I hope someone fixes that problem for pacemakers by the 2030's, just in case I need one.

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Comment Pilot (Score 1) 452

This is just a pilot project. Before we start rolling it out for real, we'll make sure to create the training and system documentation, the capacity plan, the backup and recovery plan, the business continuity plan, the refresh cycle plan, the communication plan, and we'll shoot an email to the Help Desk.

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