Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Le Monde et moi et moi et moi

Personne ne lit plus Le Monde : je suis cité page 23 (édition du 29/09), et pas un seul sms ou mail, juste... rien.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Great Michael Dell quote (Apple now world's second-largest company (for just one day))

The full article is available at this address : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/24/apple_number_two/

Apple now world's second-largest company

Only $47bn short of oily #1

Apple is now the world's second-largest company, in terms of market value.

In after-hours trading on the US's tech-heavy NASDAQ market, Apple's share value hovered around $293 per share. At that level, Cupertino's market value comes in at over $267bn, surpassing the former number two, PetroChina, which is valued at a paltry $265.5bn.

[...]

Almost exactly 13 years ago, when asked what he would do to fix the then-ailing Apple Computer, Michael Dell famously told a crowd of IT execs: "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

Dell's market capitalization is currently $24.6bn.




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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Virginia Governor Denies Clemency to Woman with Low IQ

Teresa Lewis, (IQ=72), execution scheduled today, Sept. 23 2010..

For more information about this case and death penalty in general here are a few resources :

Death Penalty Information Center

 World Coalition Against Death Penalty

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sketchpad, A Man-Machine Graphical Communication System

Quoted from the video descrption on youtube :

This video is a TV show made about the software Ivan Sutherland
developed in his 1963 thesis at MIT's Lincoln Labs, "Sketchpad, A
Man-Machine Graphical Communication System", described as one of the
most influential computer programs ever written. This work was seminal
in Human-Computer Interaction, Graphics and Graphical User Interfaces
(GUIs), Computer Aided Design (CAD), and contraint/object-oriented
programming. While watching this video, remember that the TX-2
computer (built circa 1958) on which the software ran was built from
discrete transistors (not integrated circuits -it was room-sized) and
contained just 64K of 36-bit words (~272k bytes).

[ To learn more about the TX-2 check out the Resource Page on Early
HCI Research by the Lincoln Lab TX-2 Group :
http://www.billbuxton.com/Lincoln.html ]


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

6502 simulated at transistor level - right in your browser (JavaScript)

Stolen from a mail from Eric Smith on the ClassicCmp mailing list,
here is the link to the 6502 hardware emulator. It's not fast, a few
dozen of Hertz, but you can see what's happening at the die level by
watching the color changes.

The Visual 6502 : http://www.visual6502.org/JSSim/index.html

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Die-hard bug bytes Linux kernel for second time

"[...] I showed this to my friend Robert Swiecki who had written an exploit for the original bug in 2007, and he immediately said something along the lines of "well this is interesting". We pulled up his old exploit from 2007, and with a few minor modifications to the privilege escalation code, we had a root shell. [...]

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