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    how much do you know about China?

    Regarding the original question, some things, but I would like to know more. :-) Did you visit Kirnu? What do you know about Japanese, Slavic, Vietnamise or Viking mythodology? Do you see any specific connections? Do you go to movies often? :-) (I'm just being vague here with broad strokes, our knowledge, or points of view, probably wouldn't coincidence otherwise.)
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    how much do you know about China?

    Quote:Original post by Prinz Eugn It would be an undeniable disaster for China if the North collapsed. It would be the mother of all refugee crisis on the Yalu, costing them billions and putting other development on hold (economic development being their number one priority).I see your point and agree on many (non-mentioned, but perhaps implied levels), but I'm not sure if the refugees as such would be that a great crisis. The Chinese mega-Corporations would get labour and housing shouldn't be that difficult for the government to deal with (hey, it could turn into PR too): The ghost towns of China: Amazing satellite images show cities meant to be home to millions lying desertedChina's Desert Ghost City Shows Property "Madness" Persists
  3. Quote:Original post by ChaosEngine Sure there are loads of ways to do this in wpf. [...] Yep, Transitionals can give hints even though it's quite old by now. In addition to the example you provided, also Visual State Manager and pixel shaders would do the job. I guess which one to use depends on the desired effects and unfortunately I'm not knowledgeable enough to tell precisely which method to choose over the others in a given situation.
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    Starting out in iPhone development

    You could consider also the MeeGo platform. It's being developed jointly by Intel and Nokia after they combined their Moblin and Maemo platforms (both were/are Linux based, now development intended mainly with Qt). Regarding selling your game, my current feeling is that the competition in Nokia's Ovi Store isn't such fierce as of yet. One possibility is also Wholesale Applications Community that is being started in the near future by some of the largest tele operators in the world.
  5. I'm not sure either, but a couple of more links. Transitionals: Quote:About Transitionals Transitionals is a framework for building and using WPF transitions which provide an easy way to switch between UI views in a rich and animated way. Think of transitions for applications in the same way you think of transitions for video editing. Wipe, Cut, Dissolve, Star, Blinds and 3D Rotating Cube are all examples of transitions supported by the Transitionals framework. MSDN: Quote:XAML Animation Overview Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides a powerful set of graphics and layout features that enable you to create attractive user interfaces and appealing documents. Animation can make an attractive user interface even more spectacular and usable. By just animating a background color or applying an animated Transform, you can create dramatic screen transitions or provide helpful visual cues.
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    [.net] sound player programming.

    If I understood correctly, you want to create a music player. In that case there's a rather throughout example written by Sacha Barber: Sonic : A WPF (hybrid smart client) searchable media library.
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    Quote:Original post by Zahlman Quote:Original post by Jan Wassenberg (Incidentally, a friend is working on an FPGA for doing 512x512 FFTs in a *single clock* (for demultiplexing 100 Gb/s channels). Without such 'soldering', you just won't reach the performance target.) Be sure to let us know how fast it can be clocked when it's done :)That single clock can a be a bit misleading. :) If you want to have taster before Jan's friend accomplishes his experiment, may I suggest Where's the Beef? Why FPGAs Are So Fast by Scott Sirowy and Alessandro Forin by courtesy of Microsoft Research. The technical report isn't that long and explains rather well why FPGAs are so fast and how they could be used to accelerate even more. It looks Microsoft is lagging behind with its Accelerator as compared to the OpenCL laced FPGA plug-in plans there are floating around. These are interesting times. There are rumours every week that Intel is buying, say Xilinx to add FPGA cards to their portfolio, just to be debunked a week later. Also, to mention in passing, the problem with these ideas look much the same as with Larrabee's memory bandwidth and I wonder how Caustic Graphics will solve it in their CausticGL if it will ever become real. [Edited by - Naurava kulkuri on February 2, 2010 7:46:00 AM]
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    Quote:Original post by samoth Quote:Original post by Antheus Software patents are alive and well in EU. They just require some creative wording. But there aren't any relevant software companies in EU, so nobody bothers.I'm amazed you wouldn't see companies like SAP or Crytek as relevant companies. :-) Software patents have been explicitely invalid in Europe since 1973. However, "computer-implementable inventions" (read as: algorithms) which are not software per se were not subject to this paragraph and thus it was unclear for a long time whether such patents were valid, and there were many attempts and disputes. From 2003 to 2005, software lobbyists (mostly two american companies) tried to achieve general patentability in the EU, this was turned down on July 6, 2005 with a striking majority (Poland turned the tide, thank you, guys!).Well, it looks like the American government is strong-arming even stricter responsibilities and liabilities to the EU and some other countries than is the current U.S. legislation. ACTA is supposedly about product counterfeighting and piracy, but it looks like being more about patents, copyrights etc. Quote:Today it is beyond doubt ACTA aims to regulate the Internet. Professor Michael Geist writes that the Commission's analysis of ACTA's Internet chapter indicates "the U.S. is seeking to push laws that extend beyond the WIPO Internet treaties and beyond current European Union law". Heidi Hautala, member of the European parliament, writes also about this in her blog. Google translated "The secrecy surrounding ACTA negotiations must end". There are some structures in the EU that allow games like this go in covers and to be enacted bypassing parliamentary discussion. I just wonder when people care enough to reform the system...
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    Which language has the most consistent phonology?

    Quote:Original post by Programmer One Hungarian. </thread>Finnish (in practice spoken like written and vice versa)? Or as it seems, Finno-Ugric languages in general. Perhaps Italian too. The artificial ones, like Esperanto or Volapük are good in this regard too. As Sneftel already mentioned.
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    Google to no longer filter search results in China

    I didn't see a mention of operation Aurora. Here's a short blurp. Quote:Operation “Aurora” Hit Google, Others by McAfcee Similar to the ATM heist of 2009, Operation Aurora looks to be a coordinated attack on many high profile companies targeting their intellectual property. Like an army of mules withdrawing funds from an ATM, this malware enabled the attackers to quietly suck the crown jewels out of many companies while people were off enjoying their December holidays. Without question this attack was perpetrated during a period of time that would minimize detection. All I can say is wow. The world has changed. Everyone’s threat model now needs to be adapted to the new reality of these advanced persistent threats. In addition to worrying about Eastern European cybercriminals trying to siphon off credit card databases, you have to focus on protecting all of your core intellectual property, private nonfinancial customer information and anything else of intangible value.
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    Expanding the STL

    Quote:Original post by jmau0438 So I was hoping if anyone out there knew of any conventions, best-practices (portability, performance), web articles and/or other learning material, or just had any ideas in regard to expanding the STL. Thank you in advance.You could consider looking into what Matthew Wilson has written and done. His company's publishing page should give you pointers to your favourite bookstore or to some Internet columns. There's also real-world libraries with source code available. I advice you to follow the URL to check the information there, he is the author of Imperfect C++ and Extended STL, Volume 1: Collections and Iterators and libraries like FastFormat and Pantheios.
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    Climate Gate

    Quote:Original post by Trapper Zoid Quote:Original post by Naurava kulkuri I also bet that not many ordinary people care that much about melting Siberia or Himalaya or warming oceans as these don't have direct, noticeable impact to daily lives. The Himalayan glaciers and snow regulate the river flow to most of South Asia. As they disappear, it means the rivers will be prone to running dry when it's not raining and occasionally flash flooding when it does. There's over a billion people living in the Indian subcontinent. The affect on the rivers in that region is actually one of the affects of climate change I'm most worried about.I worded poorly in a haste. :) Yep, they care then. Not really now as it looks like only some of the people living there have only vaguely heard of something called global climate crisis. Though they know there's more drought than used to be, or floods as it rains fewer times but more at a time.
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    Climate Gate

    Quote:Original post by Trapper Zoid A lot of the weather readings would be done for multiple purposes (like general meteorology and record keeping), so I'm figuring most of the expense would be the salaries of the climate scientists, their equipment (a whole bunch of computers) and extremely specific climate science reading like taking ice cores. What else is there? Are there climate science-only satellites?I elaborate on this a bit, since I don't think many are aware of these frameworks that are emerging. Perhaps some of this gives pointers to you also. [smile] In the EU it looks like climate monitoring is lumped together with other geo-related activities, so it's difficult to discern actual numbers. It looks like most of the action is related to GEOSS in one way or another (INSPIRE and GMES and probably the most important high-level organisations in the EU related to this). One concrete, more commercialy aimed, project is SwissEx Collaboration. Technology-wise similar cyber-infrastructure research is reported quite a lot in ERCIM, for instance. I believe also that just recently there was a law passed in the EU parliament that obligates the member states to create a sensor network to specifically collect air and climate related data. I'm not sure if it was Directive 2008/50/EC. Some EU member states also subsidy greener energy with feed tariffs (like California does?), then there are the new pollution limits for cars etc. From this one could conclude quite a lot of resources is being poured into environment and climate research, equipment and green industry. I believe in EU at least, as I wrote, getting actual numbers is difficult. If someone has numbers, they probably aren't accurate. [smile]
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    Climate Gate

    Quote:Original post by Trapper Zoid Quote:Original post by Kaze Part of the probelm I have is it seems like anti global warming is adopting a lot of creationist tactics, namely: a: claims to have scientific proof b: if pressed for proof start mud slinging c: if called out on mud slinging claim their dogmatic for dismissing your proof I really would like to hear alternate scientific theorys for global temperature trends but of the the ones I've already heard they either have flaws I can spot or it seems like very little effort was put into followup's with research or experimentation. That's exactly the problem I have, too. At the moment, the only arguments I hear against climate change are a combination of: The climatologists haven't considered *insert obvious thing here*, or Those climatologists just can't be trusted (Climate Gate, conspiracies etc.) It's all attack, attack, attack. And once I look into a few of these accusations and they appear to be either baseless or superficial, it all gets the appearance of a very dirty argumentative technique. What would sway me is a plausible alternative theory that hasn't already been shot down by someone who knows what they're talking about and isn't peppered with claims about how all climate scientists are lying, cheating scumbags.I agree. It looks like if there are some dubious claims and dodgy ulterior motives behind these calls for "rigorous scientific discussion" that is presented even more dodgily when it comes to scientific argumentation. As a general note, adding to the e-mail decable: For what I know, the leading climatologists have been under constant barrage of e-mails and various opposing campaigns for nearly twenty years now. Then if all the sudden someone gets e-mails sent between close colleagues and friends that are full of implied meanings and not rigorous text, of course just about anyone can come up with all sorts of accusations. Related to the picture and some other discussion here, it is well known not all temperature rises are explained by CO2 emissions. For instance: New Study Turns Up the Heat on Soot's Role in Himalayan WarmingQuote:"Over areas of the Himalayas, the rate of warming is more than five times faster than warming globally," said William Lau, head of atmospheric sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Based on the differences it’s not difficult to conclude that greenhouse gases are not the sole agents of change in this region. There’s a localized phenomenon at play." I also don't think that soot is the only reason in every local temperature anomaly we know of. It's also plausibe to think some denialists and lobbies use data from these phenomenons either purposedly or unpurposedly embedded in their "proofs", graphs or such to further their claims. But these phenomenons don't discredit the climatologists' claims. I also bet that not many ordinary people care that much about melting Siberia or Himalaya or warming oceans as these don't have direct, noticeable impact to daily lives.
  15. The controlling of "barcode printers" (these are in general sticker printers) is usually done by writing plain text to a communications channel, also barcodes are printed in that fashion. Usually it's possible to send an (barcode) image, or even save the image to the printer, but this can be too slow and is discouraged. If you need to support different brands of printers and different kinds of labels, from an experience I can tell you this can get messy very quickly especially if you don't have any of the sticker designers you many get from the printer vendors. First of all is that there are differnet kinds of barcode standards you may need to support and secondly, every printer is controlled in a different fashion. Here's a FingerPrint 8.1 programmer's reference manual. Check from page 327 onwards for the number of different stickers supported to get a picture of how many of them are supported by that protocol alone. (I can't recall if Zebras support FingerPrint, probably not.)
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