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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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Re: Here's what feminists do when men are encouraged to go into female-dominated fields

"Feminists see men coming into traditional 'female' spaces, but traditional 'male' spaces are still closed to women, so now men have many more job opportunities and women have fewer.Also, men going into traditional 'women's' areas tend to rise faster and higher than women in that field"

Citation needed.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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Paris Hilton

There is no need to pay £900+ on a fashion accessory.

You know nothing about fashion, wolfetone.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

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Re: TWCable

20MB/s is very solid, are you talking about Mbits? I have 6-8MB/s stable download and upload on 100MBit line, so I can't complain. 20MB/s would be indeed lavish.

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Yet another reason to skip commercials: Microsoft ad TURNS ON your Xbox One

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Re: Something for the next firmware update ( @Danny 14)

I mentioned no standard speakers can deliver infra sounds (even subs). Infra sound would require huge speakers as well to be able to play so low frequency - assuming plugged into some external 5+1 the extra power might be good enough.

I recall reading like 25 years ago about the effects of infra sound and there is info (like the linked one) with experiments on real people. Of course it could be just a myth but that one is hard to (dis)proof as it may not effect everyone.

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Re: Something for the next firmware update

Kinect mic can pick up stuff that is outside normal human range.

That's below 16Hz and above 20KHz (mybe 22K for some people). Your standard TV set won't be able to play them. Also could make dogs annoyed as they actually hear ultra sound and that's one of the ways to have the dogs perform at the circus.

Then you may have young kids hear the ultra sound and have very unpleasant effect even causing headache (still clearly remember the high pitch 15625Hz of horizontal flyback transformer)

Using infrasound (sub 20Hz) is quite as dangerous. "Low frequency sound can cause people to have unusual experiences even though they cannot consciously detect infrasound"[0]

Basically putting sound waves outside the hearing spectrum (and being able to reproduce them in the physical world) can result in class lawsuits.

[0]http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/08/1062901994082.html?oneclick=true

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: Understandable I guess

Text to voice is more than good enough for most games and its easy to switch the base voice from male to female and most of the users wouldn't know the difference.

I can clearly bet you'd not make a lead designer for any game with more than a few hundred quids budget.

Also I bet you'd think any cartoons film can just skip voice actors and use text-to-voice.

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Re: So which is it?

The nude mods/packs usually cost extra.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

stanimir

Is it just "boffin" or Dr. boffin in this particular case of Dr Oren, the boffin?

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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Re: Punishment

10% revenue is a tough fine.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Coat

There are only two hard things in Computer Science:

cache invalidation and naming things.

In this very case the winner is paying $20k to solve part of the problem.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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I recall Tetris winning game of the year few years in a row beating all blockbusters... Yet now I can't remember which magazine was one published the chart. My first instinct was "BYTE" but not sure any more.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

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Re: This sounds like missing the point entirely

"fancy tricks that impress programmers ACM but have no real-world applicability".

FTFY

And I totally agree, at some point the code has to go to the CPU (or GPU) to execute. Assembler is harder to read than C but still very far from ability to hide the real execution/algorithm flow.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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Re: Leaky

Aside cycles the ref. counting (esp. automatic) blows for multi-core due to shared writes and need for atomic operations.

Indeed it's deterministic but I don't see it as system language as marketed.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

stanimir

Re: Who is liable

the driver - the one responsible for the 'Go' button. Have fun!

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stanimir

Re: Bar Transport

Getting back from the pub: you still need to press the 'Go' button and walk up the stairs home, rather have some mate call a cab. Worst case scenario the driver can carry you home.

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Re: Fixed it...

...Plus even if the car never makes it to the streets is all free publicity for google!

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Google is tech industry and world's most valuable brand as Apple rots

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Pint

Re: seriously???

It's all drivel unless you're a marketing agency :

But then it's still a drivel.

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FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

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Go

Unfortunate turn of events?

I still wonder what made those giants dropping the massive news spots the lawsuits ensured them. Practically no commercial breaks and the company names are heard, the newest models talked about and all that on a daily basis all over the globe.

While litigation is definitely a costly endeavour one would think the massive news presence more than enough mak(d)e it for.

There must be some bigger and invisible (yet) fish to try.

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Apple, Google: WE SURRENDER ... to each other in patent war truce

stanimir

Last few years I was under the impression "patent wars" were used as PR campaign - constantly in the news and as we all know there is no bad press.

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

stanimir

Profits?

The real profits come from ensuring proper legislation and no competition - all that ensured by mere politicians bribing lobbing.

The process is very straightforward and fail proof.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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CD-R is a viable approach and they cannot be meddled with as once written they are unmodifiable.

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Re: Not worried about viruses?

>>If I remember correctly, you cannot boot DOS (or Windows) from a write-protected disk<<

You don't. That was how it was done (booting from write protected floppy). DOS doesn't write anywhere unless you have some fancy autoexec.bat... or a virus.

There were urban myths that some viruses can infect even write protected floppies but if the hardware was fine it was not possible.

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stanimir

Re: Good for him

>> though I've never seen Game of Thrones and have heard that it's just soft medieval porn.<<

Two things:

* you're saying it like it's a bad thing

* the books do not necessarily convey sex-position as a scene depicting tool

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Re: Not worried about viruses?

The DOS box is unconnected - hence it requires to execute some .exe .com from a floppy. I seriously doubt he'd get some game on floppies to play.

Technically you can even boot from a write protected floppy disk each time if you are afraid of command.com being infected.

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: Wasn't Java suppsoed to remain "open source"

OpenJDK is GPLv2 licensed[1]. But Andriod is not Java and won't pass the compatibility suit tests and it's not based on OpenJDK.

btw the rangeCheck function is now reduced to just 2 lines of code - so this claim is really bogus b/c the implementation takes like 2-4min top.

However Android initially being ripped off Java but incompatible was a very uncool move. Personally I believe software patents must be abolished even though IMO Google was in the wrong in this case.

[1]:http://download.java.net/openjdk/jdk7/

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

stanimir
Holmes

Re: Archibald

It's more like developed by people who don't get to sleep enough. Still not much of an excuse to click&logon.

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stanimir
Devil

...and lo 'n behold the rest of the browsers are to follow suit.

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Overall it smells like: the URLs are unneeded as we (google) deliver them for you now (and whoever pays adsense and the likes)

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

stanimir

Having a remote non-wire connected device crashing a phone is truly an ingenious insight.

Probably the router is just a portable nuclear device emitting EMPs.

Good (or bad) news is that there is not cure for mental retardation.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

stanimir

Re: 你们所有的基地都属于我们 ! [base not baseS]

It's "All your base are...." (singular)

Kinda spoiled the effort.

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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Re: err....

Actually, during the last December I visited Thailand for a couple of week but iphones were quite rare to be seen.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

stanimir

Re: You can still be anonymous

You can bypass giving the phone (I've never given them any nor will). Also disabling javascript does wonders, google sites are somewhat function w/o even.

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Twitter, ARM voted on to Java steering committee

stanimir

There is zero need to run byte-code directly. Having good target architecture (concurrency, locking, read-barrier) is actually what takes to run Java better. For instance hardware read barrier allows for non-stop the world garbage collectors.

As for anyone running java, most of the big business does.

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

stanimir

Re: Batteries!

how you can do it without making the machine larger, heavier and with less battery life.

Glued batteries offer excellent longevity capabilities? I'd rather have a 19"/3kg laptop that I can replace anything I feel (battery/CPU/Video/Add 32GB ram/add another drive etc) than a lightweight crappy spec. thingie.

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

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Re: Margin of error?

What std. dev? It's all about satisfaction! Do you probe your std. dev while having sex. Guess no. Exactly the same approach is applied on that survey. Get it?

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

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Thumb Up

Re: At last, something epic

Imagine the pathos when read in Benny Hill chase theme music.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

stanimir

US prices do not include sales tax (which I find very amusing), the price for 'Europe' is after VAT that's also twice higher than avg. sales tax (20+% vs 8%)

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

stanimir

Truly Good Stuff, although beancounters should not have DDL privileges. I just wish the PFY was a bit more involved.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

stanimir

Terribly slow day?

Triggers bear little significance once a device is compromised which can't happen by just listening music (unless there is some serious bug to execute the bytes perceived as 'music').

Morealso El Reg has committed to use metric, what's up w/ that distance in feet?

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The BOFH is BACK: And it's cloudy with a 90% chance of beatings

stanimir

Thank you, Simon!

The BOFH is back and kicking luser's butt.

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Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed

stanimir

Was that a direct quote from the ancient Greeks?

It's Plato. I remember "talk back" and "pass gas" parts as well.

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Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

stanimir

Re: Sums up the Reg audience

I may have some distinctive dislike for Microsoft (date back of DOS days) but anything that doesn't endorse ads is good in my book.

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Larry Page acknowledges creeping vocal paralysis

stanimir

Re: Solution.

If the underlying issue is the virus or autoimmune reaction the translation won't fix the issue -- hence data needed.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

stanimir

Re: Dear MS...

And FFS stop calling programs bloody "apps". I wanna puke each time I hear that apps and the marketing is abusing it too much, too.

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Re: “advance the bold vision”

That article is by a troll. Not wanting to dilute your argument with any facts or anything, but in most functional benchmarks Windows outperforms Linux on the same hardware (e.g file server, database server, directory server, NFS server, Hypervisor, graphics, local large file copy, etc.)

Citation needed, I mean badly!! In my humble experience Windows is nowhere near Linux's epoll [1].

Not wanting to dilute your argument with any facts or anything...

Show some references, please. Otherwise it's just trolling.

[1]: http://linux.die.net/man/4/epoll

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Re: ability to discern pictures more quickly than words

I distinguish text faster and more accurately than icons, always have done and I don't see much chance that will change.

I just can't express how true this statement is. Google have similar approach actually, so Microsoft should not be singled out.a Unless you are the designer remembering/associating pictures to actions always seem extra trouble till the point I have to hover the icon to realize what it is.

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PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

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Re: Biometric will never work

Actually no good copy of a finger is needed, just a digital copy the data of a comparably sensitive sensor and pass it - sockets transfer data in digital format. If the raw (non hashed/salted) data is acquired, basically the entire system is entirely compromised.

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Re: I can change my password ...

I know quite little about finger print recognition but I always assume it'd be some hashing of the actual fingerprint. Adding 256bit salt to the fingerprint would solve the case.

My main gripe are injuries, cutting (or esp burning) your fingers leaves out handing dry.

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

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Pint

Beer or... bust

I'm a Diet Coke drinker, not pepsi. fwiw. diet coke/diet shmoke, see above.

It's Friday, at least be serious about something as you fail at propaganda.

A nifty tip: if you can cause more eye discomfort: pressing 'windows' key, ask the guys to code few extra full screen stroboscope effects and randomly pick one each time. Later you may explain how that innovative feature helps better out cognition.

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Avoid nasty plugins with this extension, says Google

stanimir

Re: That sounds useful if I only want to read the document

That should save the time taken to load full fat Word.

Dunno about Word, open office opens in around 1.4sec from SSD (i.e. no disk cache) on a 3years old laptop (core duo). So the entire copy-paste human time will take a lot more than just double-click the file.

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