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Internet Explorer 9 Beta launching September 15th, might enter a beauty pageant (Engadget)

Aug 12th 2010 5:07PM @MacEnvy
Yep. On top of that hardware accelerated support for SVG elements, pictures, video (so it completely destroys anything else in that department) and a new javascript engine that's faster Safari and Firefox (only 20-25% slower than Chrome5/6 and Opera 10.6). As floyd said, IE is back and it's out for blood.

Lenovo side project to launch Xbox 360 / Kinect knockoff in China: hello, eBox (Engadget)

Aug 12th 2010 4:25PM @chanceusc
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don't send your precious IP off to China - it's gonna get stolen faster than you can say "infringement".

HP labs researcher thinks he might have proof of P≠NP, has another Millennium problem been solved? (Engadget)

Aug 10th 2010 11:55PM @HKCally
Because the axioms should be independent of each other, or at the very least internally consistent. For instance, in the ZFC (Zermelo-Fraenkel-Choice, the most widely accepted) axiom set, there was wide dispute over whether the Axiom of Choice should be included and whether it lead to contradictory results.

If the P=NP problem is not independent of ZFC, and we assume the wrong result as the axiom that will lead to major problems. For instance, using proof by contradiction you will be able to prove any result (regardless of whether it is "right" or "wrong") such as 1=2.

Video games industry in great health, unlike the rest of the US economy (Engadget)

Aug 10th 2010 10:19PM @kojo87
Or their college degrees aren't worth the paper they're printed on. For instance, a BSc majoring in biology is great as pre-med or as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. Aside from that it's not much use. Just a college/university degree isn't enough to get you somewhere, it has to be in a useful field, from an institution that does well in that field.

HP labs researcher thinks he might have proof of P≠NP, has another Millennium problem been solved? (Engadget)

Aug 10th 2010 1:33PM @User42
No, you're an idiot. In math there are sets of axioms that are taken to be true without proof (and are not considered proofs) with the assumption that they are internally consistent. Starting with those axioms every mathematical "proof" is indeed "proven". There is a formal symbolic language statement (or an equivalent statement of a non-formal symbolic language statement) with a set of acceptable derivations of every theorem starting from the axioms (usually the ZFC axioms). Anything that has not been thoroughly "proven" (follows from the ZFC axioms using theorems that were proven or allowed substitution rules in the formal symbolic language) is not a "proof" nor a theorem.

If something is suspected to be true/false, it is called a conjecture, and sometimes physicists or other users of math who are not mathematicians will assume something to be true because it seems to work and for their purposes it does. However in mathematics every "proof" is "proven".

RIM's Lazaridis: if goverments can't deal with the internet, 'they should shut it off' (Engadget)

Aug 4th 2010 11:01PM @MisterWarmth
Wow. Just wow. You are everyting that the Republicans love to rip on in a Democrat. He said that these people don't have Ph.D's and don't know what they're talking about and you assume that he meant the race. How's this one for you: he meant the damn government bureaucrats who always get their noses in things they don't know anything about. Idiot.

Google search blocked in China, again; other services partially blocked (update: false alarm, says Google) (Engadget)

Jul 29th 2010 10:17PM @canonsburg
Uh... no. There are a number of fundamental rights and freedoms that are non-negotiable and not a question of being "Western" or not. Freedom from torture, freedom of speech, life, right to own property, etc. are not something that is a "Western" influence or an effect of the so-called American Hegemony, thay are inalienable, and to deny them or to defend attempts to deny them is unconscienable. And before the "You Americans need to stop forcing your view of the world on others." comes in, I'm Canadian.

Microsoft Street Slide: it's electric! (video) (Engadget)

Jul 28th 2010 2:30AM @xtasi
Agreed. If they would only bring streetside to Canadian cities like Toronto.

New programming languages take center stage, aim to create a more versatile future (Engadget)

Jul 26th 2010 2:13PM @cavillis
Java runs "1.1x" as fast in cases where you're not processor-limited. If you're waiting for 10ms for your harddrive to seek something, then yeah, the amount of time Java spends being slow is negligible. If I need to iterate over an array or perform a bunch of double calculations really fast, then I will really notice the fact that Java is doing bounds-checking and double- or triple-indirection instead of pointer arithmetic, and the fact that it's having to compile bytecode and ensure that it's compliant with IEEE754 instead of just compiling that to a SIMD instruction. Also, the Java memory overhead is enormous: the virtual machine requires in excess of 40MB for a simple Hello World! program that does not import any libaries except IO.

Bloomberg: Apple engineer was concerned about iPhone 4 antenna early on (Engadget)

Jul 15th 2010 10:56AM @Jomolungma
Or they'll destroy the documents.