Posts Tagged ‘Eureka’

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

October 30th, 2012 10:18 admin View Comments


theodp writes “When it comes to monolithic IDEs, Wille Faler has lost that loving feeling. In IDEs Are a Language Smell, Faler blogs about a Eureka! moment he had after years of using Eclipse for Java development. ‘If the language is good enough,’ Faler argues, ‘an IDE is strictly not needed as long as you have good support for syntax highlighting and parens matching in the case of Clojure, or indentation in the case of Haskell.’ So why do Java coders turn to Eclipse? ‘Because [of] a combination of shortcomings in the Java compiler and Java’s OO nature,’ explains Faler, ‘we end up with lots and lots of small files for every interface and class in our system. On any less than trivial Java system, development quickly turns into a game of code- and file-system navigation rather than programming and code editing. This nature of Java development requires IDEs to become navigation tools above all.’ Yes, only an IDE could love AbstractSingletonProxyFactoryBean!”

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IBM Snags Patent On Half-Day Off of Work Notifications

January 10th, 2012 01:48 admin View Comments


theodp writes “The USPTO appears to have lowered the bar on obviousness, awarding a patent to IBM Tuesday for its System for Portion of a Day Out of Office Notification. ‘Out of office features in existing applications such as Lotus Notes, IBM Workplace, and Microsoft Outlook all implement a way to take a number of days off from one day to many days,’ acknowledges purported patent reformer Big Blue. ‘Yet, none of these applications contain the feature of letting a person take a half-day or in more general terms, x days and x hours off.’ Eureka! And yes, the invention is every bit as obvious as you can imagine.”

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After a Decade, Digital Radio Still an Also-Ran In UK

July 10th, 2010 07:07 admin View Comments

beschra writes “Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) was developed as early as 1981. After launching in the UK 10 years ago, only 24% of listeners listen on DAB. The article credits a good part of the delay to the fact that the technology was largely developed under the Europe-wide Eureka 147 research project. How does government vs. commercial development help or hinder acceptance of new technology? From the article: ‘[analyst Grant Goddard says] “If Nokia develop something, they’ll be bringing out the handsets before you know it,” he says. “Because DAB was a pan-European development, you had to have agreement from all sides before you could do anything. That meant progress was extremely slow.” But this alone did not account for the hold-up. The sheer complexity of introducing and regulating the system was also a major factor, Mr Goddard adds.”‘

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The Wi-Fi On the Bus

February 13th, 2010 02:57 admin View Comments

theodp writes “For students who endure hundreds of hours on a school bus each year in a desert exurb of Tucson, the Wi-Fi on the bus improves the ride. Last fall, school officials mounted a $200 mobile Internet router from Autonet Mobile to bus No. 92′s sheet-metal frame, enabling students to surf the Web. What began as a hi-tech experiment has had an unexpected result — Wi-Fi has transformed the formerly boisterous bus rides into a rolling study hall, and behavioral problems have virtually disappeared. ‘Boys aren’t hitting each other, girls are busy, and there’s not so much jumping around,’ said J. J. Johnson, the Internet Bus driver.”

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Electromagnetic Pulse Gun To Help In Police Chases

January 22nd, 2010 01:16 admin View Comments

adeelarshad82 writes “In an attempt to put an end to dangerous police high speed chases, scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun called the High Power Electromagnetic System, or HPEMS. It develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car’s microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems. Right now the prototype seen in a video fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions. Some form of this is already featured in OnStar-equipped vehicles though the electromagnetic signal used to disable the vehicle is beamed via satellite, and doesn’t cripple the in-car computer, but rather puts it into a mode that allows police to easily catch and then stop the fleeing criminal.”

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