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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Posted by William Meloney at 9:02 PM
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Posted by William Meloney at 8:32 AM
|Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of Unix and C, has died|
|Written by Historian|
|Thursday, 13 October 2011 07:39|
Dennis Ritchie the designer and original developer of both the C programming language, and co-creator of Unix has died at age 71 after a prolonged illness.
It seems incredible from today's perspective that two people, motivated mainly by enthusiasm, should develop both an operating system and a programming language but that's exactly what Dennis Ritchie and Kenneth Thompson achieved.
They met and started working together at Bell Laboratories around 1968. At the time the Bell Labs (now Alcatel-Lucent) were famous as the home of the transistor and many other basic research projects. Ritchie and Thompson were given the brief to "investigate interesting problems in computer science".
Posted by William Meloney at 7:05 AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Posted by William Meloney at 6:55 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Posted by William Meloney at 3:25 PM
October 10, 2011
U.S. Drones Have a Computer Virus
A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.
"We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back," says a source familiar with the network infection, one of three that told Danger Room about the virus. "We think it’s benign. But we just don’t know."
Posted by William Meloney at 7:41 AM
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
One on One With Rep. Jan Schakowsky: "We Are Not Helpless!"
Rep. Jan Schakowsky. (Photo: davidcharns)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky's (D-Illinois) $227 billion jobs bill was more or less dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled House. And while she's proud to say it left its mark on the president's American Jobs Act, that bill is stalled out in Congress. But in a wide-ranging interview last month, Schakowsky insisted that a jobs bill must pass. In a rhetorical landscape overrun with hyperbole, she claims that today's political battles really are "epic," and she remains ambitious on every front, from auditing the military to experiencing firsthand what it means to rely on food stamps. In this conversation with Truthout, Schakowsky envisions a not-so-distant future where food banks set up shop on Capitol Hill, foreclosed homeowners trade their sadness for anger like bankers trading credit default swaps, and the public comes forward "with their hair on fire that ordinary people deserve better."
Posted by William Meloney at 4:23 PM
Artists Occupy Wall Street for a 24-Hour ShowBy COLIN MOYNIHAN
For weeks, a growing collection of protesters have tried to get their grievances heard on Wall Street — even if the police have prevented them from establishing a physical presence on the fabled street.
Posted by William Meloney at 2:44 PM