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Android

Submission + - Linaro speeds up Android (liliputing.com)

Argon writes: "From the article:

"The folks behind the Linaro open source software project have put a little time into tweaking Google Android to use the gcc 4.7 toolchain. The result is a version of Android that can perform many tasks between 30 and 100 percent faster than the version of Android Google 4.0 Google currently offers through the AOSP (Android Open Source Project)."

Note that there are CPU optimizations only since they have only access to binary blobs for GPU code."

Yahoo!

Submission + - Leave Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Alone!

theodp writes: Over at The Daily Beast, Dan Lyons says Resumegate is overblown and says it's time to stop picking on Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson. Even without the circa-1979 CS degree some incorrectly thought he possessed, Lyons argues that Thompson is still perfectly capable, his critics have ulterior motives, and his competitors have all lied before. 'Forgive me for being less than shocked at the idea of a CEO lying,' writes Lyons. 'Steve Jobs [college dropout] used to lie all the time, and he’s apparently the greatest CEO who ever lived. Google lied about taking money from Canadian pharmacies to run illegal drug ads, but finally had to come clean and pay $500 million in fines to settle the charges. Mark Zuckerberg [college dropout] last fall settled charges brought by the FTC that his company had made “unfair and deceptive” claims—I think that’s like lying—and, what’s more, had violated federal laws.' So what makes the fudging of a 30-year old accomplishment on the Yahoo CEO's resume a transgression that the 'highly ethical and honest folks in Silicon Valley' simply cannot bear? 'Facebook is a cool kid,' explains Lyons. 'So is Apple. Yahoo is the loser kid that nobody likes.'

Submission + - Newly released NSA computer history from 1986 (governmentattic.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Recently declassified by the National Security Agency: "General and Special-Purpose Computers: A Historical Look and Some Lessons Learned", an internal NSA history of computer development written in 1986. Thrill to development stories of FARMER, NOMAD, HARVEST, TRACTOR, STRETCH, ROGUE, ROB ROY, and BOGART and many other classified computing programs. Enjoy the lessons learned ... and wonder about the lessons learned that are still classified 25 years later. :-)
Iphone

id Software Demos Rage On iPhone, Releases Source Code For Two Games 266

glenkim writes "Kotaku has posted their liveblog of the QuakeCon 2010 keynote, with some big announcements by game developer and Slashdot regular John Carmack. Highlights include a video of the id Tech 5 engine (aka Rage) running on the iPhone 4G at 60fps, with claims that it also runs on the iPhone 3GS. Carmack noted that performance on the iPhone was able to 'kill anything done on the Xbox or PlayStation 2.' He also announced the source code release of two games, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Also, Carmack finally admitted that Doom 3 was too dark!"
Cellphones

BBC Builds Smartphone Malware For Testing Purposes 60

siliconbits writes "BBC News has shown how straightforward it is to create a malicious application for a smartphone. Over a few weeks, the BBC put together a crude game for a smartphone that also spied on the owner of the handset. The application was built using standard parts from the software toolkits that developers use to create programs for handsets. This makes malicious applications hard to spot, say experts, because useful programs will use the same functions."
HP

Larry Ellison Rips HP Board a New One 326

theodp writes "No stranger himself to sexual harassment allegations, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has denounced HP's directors for forcing the resignation of HP CEO Mark Hurd. 'The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago,' Ellison wrote. For now, it seems that Rupert Murdoch is also standing by Hurd, who sits on News Corp's Board of Directors and its Corporate Governance Committee. Less likely to survive the scandal is Hurd's relationship with HP General Counsel Mike Holston, who accepted Hurd's signed separation agreement after leading an investigation into Hurd's actions, which Holston told the NY Times 'showed a profound lack of judgment.' Quite a change from just last year, when Hurd and Holston teamed up to get their daughters' elite prep school a state-of-the-art HP Data Center."
Privacy

Penn. AG Corbett Subpoenas Twitter For Bloggers' Names 205

Dthief writes with this from Pennsylvania's ABC27 News: "The state attorney general's office has issued a subpoena threatening officials of the social networking service Twitter with arrest unless they reveal the names of two bloggers who have been critical of Attorney General Tom Corbett and his public corruption investigation. Vic Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union told Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV that the court action 'raises grave concerns about abuse of the grand jury process to retaliate against political critics and opponents.' He said Americans 'have a right to criticize government officials and to do so anonymously.'"
PC Games (Games)

What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE 270

An anonymous reader passes along this excerpt from Gamesradar about EVE Online's Council of Stellar Management (CSM), a group of elected player representatives that serve to facilitate communications between the developers and the community: "On the last day, the devs announced that after the earlier discussions about improving the CSM’s ability to effect change, the CSM was being raised to the status of its own department within CCP. This is revolutionary; in one swift move, the CSM went from what could be considered a glorified focus group to what CCP considers to be a 'stakeholder' in the company, given equal consideration with every other department in requesting development time for a project. That means the CSM — and the entire playerbase it represents — has as much influence on development projects as Marketing, Accounting, Publicity and all the other teams outside of the development team. This is, of course, the stated intention. But has any developer gone to such lengths for its fans?"

Submission + - Do Humans Compose Like Computers? (slate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Slate has a review of the new album by Emily Howell, the computer program written by David Cope which composes classical music. (See earlier Slashdot piece on Cope.) Cope makes the interesting argument that humans actually compose like computers, not the other way around: by compiling huge databases of existing music, finding patterns, and recombining them. I guess Bach was really, really ahead of his time.
Google

Submission + - Google I/O keynote started (google.com)

toxygen01 writes: Google's Largest Developer Event of the Year has started few hours ago. Google I/O features 80 sessions, more than 5,000 developers, and over 100 demonstrations from developers showcasing their technologies. Talk shop with engineers building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications.
Space

Submission + - NASA Finds Cause of Voyager 2 Glitch (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "Earlier this month, engineers suspended Voyager 2's science measurements because of an unexpected problem in its communications stream. A glitch in the flight data system, which formats information for radioing to Earth, was believed to be the problem. And now NASA has found the cause of the issue: it was a single bit in the memory location that had erroneously flipped from a 0 to a 1. The cause of the error is yet to be understood, but NASA plans to reset Voyager's memory tomorrow, clearing the error."
Linux

Submission + - US Air Force to suffer from PS3 update (arstechnica.com) 1

tlhIngan writes: "The US Air Force, having purchased PS3s for supercomputing research is now the latest victim of Sony's Non-April-Fools Prank.

It turns out that while their PS3s don't need the firmware update, it will be impossible to replace PS3s that fail. As PS3s with the OtherOS feature are no longer produced since the Slim was introduced, replacements will have to come from the existing stock of used PS3s. However, as most gamers have probably updated their PS3s, that used stock is no longer suitable for the USAF's research. In addition, smaller educational clusters using PS3s also have the same fate — unable to replace machines that die in their clusters.

(Personal note: My PS3 does have the OtherOS feature — seeing as all my PS3 games are single player only, I don't need the Playstation Network. So USAF — I'm willing to trade...)"

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