Archive | July, 2010


Java IO Faster Than NIO – Old is New Again!

Alex Blewitt tweeted an article by Paul Tyma titled: Thousands of Threads and Blocking I/O: The old way to write Java servers is new again. Paul is the Founder/CEO of ManyBrain, the creator of Mailinator. Paul’s 65-slide presentation is a fast read for anyone interested in Java I/O, especially in a client/server setup. What makes […]

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US Govt Legalizes iPhone Jailbreak & Unlocking

Update #1: The world-famous Chris Hunkele has summarized the new rules for us: Allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers. Allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws. Allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers […]

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FFmpeg’s VP8 Decoder 62% Faster Than Google’s

The FFmpeg team has completed the initial implementation of their new VP8 decoder and early benchmarks are showing it up to 62% faster than Google’s own VP8 decoder: libvpx. A few weeks ago we covered the announcement that the FFmpeg video-codec team had decided to build their own VP8 decoder and did an initial implementation […]

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Valve Free Game Giveaway Today: Alien Swarm

Heads up to the gamers out there, Valve is giving away their new 4-player co-op, top-down, action-based game Alien Swarm today over Steam; the game “unlocks” in a couple of hours for anyone wanting to install it. Alien Swarm was developed by a couple of developers Valve hired directly out of the mod community and […]

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Christian Bale vs Mel Gibson: Phone Fight!

Thanks to modern audio-editing software and boredom, some wonderful soul on YouTube has taken the time to edit together Christian Bale’s ranting and raving from the set of Terminator and Mel Gibson’s ranting and raving at his gold-digging girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva (she’s trying to extort $10 million from him and keeps leaking the phone calls): […]

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Toy Story 3 Mini Review

I just got back from Toy Story 3 in 3D and I have a few thoughts on the film that I’d like to share with the readers and get your feedback on this: This was about half as funny as Toy Story 2 – at least I found myself laughing about half as much during […]

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The Truth About the War on Drugs

Keep in mind, I’m not promoting the legalization of drugs, I just find the stats and the uncountable amount of money spent on the problem to “solve it”. These endless types of crusades always strike me as “American jobs in Cause’s clothing”, meaning it’s a subversive way to create thousands upon thousands of jobs to […]

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Study Confirms that Politics is Emotional Bullshit

I don’t like discussing politics with people; I don’t have very firm political beliefs and make my decisions primarily from a position of being a decent human being; crazy, I know. NPR published a disturbing story based on studies from 2005 and 2006 that showed specifically in political discourse/debates/etc. providing facts to clarify misinformation does […]

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