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The perfect programming font - Vim Tips Wiki

Here are some recommendations for fonts to use in gvim, particularly for writing programs.

Lebensalter wichtiger als Unterhalt: Sozialauswahl - wer muss gehen? -

Das Landesarbeitsgericht Köln hat mit einer Entscheidung vom 18.02.2011 (4 Sa 1122/10) verdeutlicht, dass die gemäß § 1 Abs. 3 KSchG im Rahmen der Sozialauswahl zu beachtenden Kriterien zwar grundsätzlich gleichrangig sind, hat jedoch ein Arbeitnehmer altersbedingt schlechtere Chancen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt, so ist das Lebensalter regelmäßig höher zu bewerten als Unterhaltspflichten. Somit ist in einem solchen Fall die Kündigung eines erheblich jüngeren Arbeitnehmers auch dann gerechtfertigt, wenn dieser gegenüber Kindern unterhaltspflichtig ist.

IBM: We do server flash already… • The Register

IBM says: „eXFlash is optimized for a heavy mix of random read and write operations, such as transaction processing, data mining, business intelligence and decision support, and other random I/O-intensive applications.” Read the Redbook for more information. In summary: IBM has a VFCache equivalent and has had for over a year.

AON: Give us cash, we’ll emit 10TB holographic cube • The Register

Access Optical Networks says it has developed a 1.2TB holographic storage cube that can transfer data at 155MB/sec and last longer than 50 years. Oh, and it’s done using mirrors – but no smoke. The storage medium is a 1cm cube of photorefractive lithium niobate crystalline material and the claimed cost/GB is $0.11 in 1,000 unit quantities.

What the RIAA Won’t Tell You: Users Matter | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Having succeeded in halting the runaway SOPA/PIPA train, Internet users don’t intend to just stand down and let a few tech companies, who need to worry about their bottom line along with the needs of users, or even crucial nonprofit organizations like Wikipedia, speak for everyone. Indeed, it’s pretty ironic, and telling, that Sherman’s piece points to the “six-strikes” deal big content made with ISPs last year as a model for the “voluntary cooperation.” Users weren’t at the table when that deal was struck either, even though they’ll be stuck with much of the bill. If they had been, that deal could have been very different, and a lot more fair.

Transactional memory going mainstream with Intel Haswell

Intel has announced that its Haswell architecture, due to ship some time in 2013, will include hardware support for transactional memory. Transactional memory is a promising technique designed to make the creation of reliable multithreaded programs easier. It does this by using a transactional model wherein complex operations can be performed concurrently, in isolation from each other, with those operations either completing or being undone as if they’d never been started—a model that developers are already familiar with from database programming. » Blog Archive » Reducing Firefox startup I/O in

I’ve been working, during the past few months, on Firefox startup performance, with a particular focus on I/O, even more particularly focusing on the core library: libxul. As I’ve been saying all along, my current work is focused on GNU/Linux systems, though some of it has a direct impact on OSX, and similar work is most probably applicable on Windows.

CSC writes off $1.49 billion on bungled NHS IT project - Enormous contracts not the way forward | TechEye

The Computer Sciences Corporation has had to bite the bullet and take a $1.49 billion write-off in the fall out of a catastrophic NHS IT project. It is thought that the write off is the single largest for a UK IT project, after plans to implement a nationwide patients record system hit the rocks.

Perl Data Language gets auto-parallelisation - The H Open Source: News and Features

Perl Data Language (PDL) – the extension that allows Perl to quickly and compactly store and manipulate large N-dimensional arrays – has been updated to version 2.4.10 and adds automatic multi-thread parallelisation support.

MPAA Demands Hotfile Data From Google, Search Engine Refuses | TorrentFreak

In yet another episode in Hollywood’s year-long legal battle with one of the world’s biggest cyberlocker services, the MPAA has now drawn Google into the dispute. The MPAA says that Google holds valuable information on Hotfile and should produce it, but the search giant is refusing without the file-hoster’s consent. Hotfile says ‘no’ on the basis that the deadline for discovery expired last year.

Massive Street Protests Wage War On ACTA Anti-Piracy Treaty | TorrentFreak

The EU followed in the footsteps of Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States, who already signed it last October. This brings ACTA a step closer to passing, but individual EU member states and the European Parliament still have to ratify the treaty later this year. To prevent this from happening, hundreds of thousands of people across the world are taking to the streets today, and millions more are expected to do their part online. In Europe demonstrations are being held in more than 200 cities, the largest in Sofia, Bulgaria, with more than 50,000 participants.

Busybox, die GPL und Wirrniss - Die wunderbare Welt von Isotopp

Da Busybox unter der GPL steht, viele Firmen sich aber einen Dreck um Copyright scheren, wenn es sie selber statt ihre Endkunden betrifft, wird es gerne in Router und andere Geräte eingebaut und ist dann Gegenstand einer Lizenzklage, die am Ende dazu führt, daß die Firmen ihre Firmware offenlegen müssen, weil sie zu faul sind, selber zu programmieren und zu blöd, sich genau das Urheberrecht zu halten, für dessen Verschärfung sie Unsummen an die diversen Lobbyfeen bezahlt haben (wir reden hier unter anderem von Sony).

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise tip: Build multiple VPNs and VLANs

Release 2.0 of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise introduces several new features. Two of these features are the ability for an IBM SmartCloud Enterprise account to have multiple virtual private network tunnels (VPNs) into a IBM SmartCloud Enterprise data center and multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) in each data center. The authors examine the details of these new features.

Your first cup of CoffeeScript, Part 2: Learn the language with hands-on examples

This series explores the popular CoffeeScript programming language, which is built on top of JavaScript. In Part 1, you learned about the perks for developers, set up the CoffeeScript compiler, and used it to create code that was ready to run in a browser or server. In this article, wade deeper into the CoffeeScript language. Use CoffeeScript to solve several programming problems, with a mathematical flavor to them, from Project Euler. Example source code is provided.

Integrating MediaWiki with LDAP

Learn how to add a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) authentication module to MediaWiki that will allow it to authenticate users against an LDAP directory. Gain a better understanding of MediaWiki, Apache Directory Services (ApacheDS), and Apache Directory Studio, and how you can use them to create an LDAP directory for testing.

Acta-Gegner demonstrieren: Aufstand der Generation Internet - Wirtschaft - FAZ

Viele hatten vorher bei Culina per Mail angefragt, wo das Online-Formular zur polizeilichen Teilnahmeanmeldung zu finden sei. Für die meisten ist es ihre erste Demo. Die Fahnenschwenker sind unter 30, ihr Leben findet im Netz statt. Sie schreiben keine SMS, sie twittern. In ihr Netzleben wollen sie sich nicht einfach hineinreden lassen, nur weil Rechteinhaber auf ihr Eigentum bestehen. Sie haben Online-Petitionen und Protestmails geschrieben, wütend getwittert und gebloggt, der virtuelle Lärmpegel stieg. Im Lauf der Woche fingen dann die ersten Politiker der Koalition an, Acta zu kritisieren. Am Freitag verkündete schließlich die Bundesregierung in einer Kehrtwende, sie werde Acta vorerst nicht zustimmen. Und später wohl auch nicht. Acta wird nach Brüssel abgeschoben, die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass es das EU-Parlament im Sommer ebenfalls zu den Akten legt, ist groß. Seit Freitag ist Acta tot.

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If you’re using Node.js, you’re doing life wrong - Teh Journalz

This morning, on a conference mailing list, I made some disparaging remarks about Node.js (the title of this post, in fact). A couple people asked me why I felt that way. Rather than respond individually, I’ll just list my reasons here

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