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RAZR: Weird Technology Shortfall
I've recently changed my mobile phone to a top of the line Motorola RAZR This phone does way more than I actually care to grasp ... like, ya know, mainly I JUST want a phone - but, for all the cool things it does, what's it missing? Recently, here in the UK, we entered into British Summer Time (that's prob called Daylight Savings for the rest of the world) and thus, personally, a reduction in my own clinical depression ... yet, this wonderful gadget didn't know that we'd changed our clocks [!!!] ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 29, 2006 3:30 PM

pow() - yup 'Pow' is the right term - 'Zap' and 'Bash' too.
I haven't tried this with the latest/greatest gcc [perhaps someone could please?] but I was disappointed that with gcc 4.0.2 this code ['essence' only supplied] produced a rather dumb result [IMHO] … #include <stdio.h>#include <math.h> int main(void){ long n = 42; printf("%lf\t%ld\n", pow(n, 2), (long)pow(n, 2)); return 0;} Output with gcc version 4.0.2 1764.000000 1763 // <- hmmmm! You'd [possibly] have thought that gcc's pow() might do the right thing with integral/discrete ......

Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 2:19 PM

A fun alternate to work - if you're good at drawing/guessing!

Posted On Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:15 AM

Google [Again]
Well, today's presentation was a BIG [to me] disappointment! It was basically a recruitment drive aimed mostly I imagine at some of our spotty undergrads [bless]. IMHO, the speaker seemed ‘weak’ [very different from the one at Tuesday's London gig], and not at all happy with the PowerPoint he was showing, nor in making any eye contact with the audience – a sure sign that he was on – um, what’s the expression – soft/shifting sands, or something like that. I was ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 6:42 PM

Google London Visit
Our [Oxford University] comlab staff, post-docs, RAs, alumni and the like at were invited to Google's London HQ last night: we don't really know why, but, hey - it was good fun, and pretty interesting. There was one speaker – Google's recently hired Vint Cerf. He gave a talk about how he basically sees the Internet evolving, and how that will effect existing business models - and develop new ones. He also stated [I think] that it was estimated that we'd soon [all] own at least 10 devices that ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 1:49 PM

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