I keep hoping that a technical solution to the unaccountability of current voting technology is right around the corner. Unfortunately, each time I think we are moving in the right direction, I see more politics added.
A survey of Silicon Valley's chief executives found 14 percent more said their companies added employees in 2005 compared with the previous year, and they're even more optimistic about hiring in the coming year.
I have a Microprocessor in my system that can easily handle over 120 million instructions per second. If you like to get real geeky with me, consider this. The Intel processor I'm using is able to calculate the SuperPI number crunching benchmark to one million digits in about 100 seconds. It takes my Pentium 4 system less than two minutes to figure out this benchmark, and the Pentium 4 is notoriously bad at FPU calculations. On a bad day, this beautiful system can do some very serious powered thinking, and at speeds that even ten years ago NASA didn't have in their control rooms.
Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun Microsystems Inc., announced that Sun is releasing its UltraSPARC Architecture 2005 and HyperVisor API specifications to open-source under the GPL.
Sun is making this move to help jumpstart the porting of Linux, BSD, and other operating systems, middleware, and applications to its UltraSPARC T1 processor.
An event showcasing cutting-edge applications will take place this weekend in San Francisco. The fifth annual CodeCon event features presentations from developers of interesting, innovative real-world applications, and is set to run from Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 12.
On the streets of Redmond, Wash. -- aka the center of all evil in the known universe -- you can now find buses bedecked with OpenOffice and Sun ads.
On the eve of France's Parliament returning to discuss the possibility of legalizing P2P via a compulsory or global license, the French judiciary has sent a message to deputies a day early, clearly siding with non-commercial users of P2P applications.
Richard Stallman is the creator of the Free Software movement, the founder of the GNU project and the Free Software Foundation. He has written several programs used in almost all GNU/Linux distributions, such as the GNU C Compiler, the GNU Emacs editor and the GNU Debugger, amongst others. He wrote the GNU GPL, and is also currently co-authoring version 3 of the GPL. He also gave POSIX it's name, the term used to mean most UNIX-like operating systems today. We asked him for his opinions on File Sharing, DRM and some other subjects.
Provisions against digital rights management in a draft update to the General Public License could undermine computer security, Linus Torvalds said this week in e-mails reflecting the Linux leader's pragmatic philosophy.
For the last few years, the biggest show in town has been CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. It fills the whole Convention Center--the biggest one on Earth--plus the Sands and the Hilton and the Alexis Park. Several million square feet host more than 2,500 exhibits and 150,000 visitors. Doc's first report on CES. Several thumbs-down and one big thumbs-up on the keynotes.