Fully automated minibuses (pods) were launched at the Heathrow Airport:
• Their speed is at up to 40 kilometers per hour.
• Carrying capacity of one pod is four passengers.
• They have fully automatic operation.
• The pods are at 70% more efficient than cars, and at 50% that usual buses.
• More than 100 000 people have been used this transport since April.

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It is recommended to see a video, this was a project at that time and now, it is a reality.
Here is a link to the video and article how it works now.
BumBum 20 october 2011, 12:36

As the computer industry has the usual PCs and supercomputers, and also among the developers stand out giants that have superpower. How else can you call a man whose list of projects looks as follows:

1989: LZEXE
1996: Harissa
1997: Publication of Bellard’s formula for calculating digit of Pi
1999: Linmodem
2000: The calculation of the biggestt known prime number (source code only 438 bytes)
2000: FFmpeg
2001: The compiler TCC (Tiny C Compiler or TinyCC)
2002: TinyGL
2002: QEmacs
2003: QEMU
2004: Boot loader TinyCC
2005: The signal transmitter in the DVB-T format from PC to TV
2009: The world record for Pi computation
2011: Emulator of computer from Linux to JavaScript

Each of these programs could be the crowning career for any developer, but Fabrice Bellard continues to work.

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Fabrice Bellard (left) and Miguel de Icaza (founder of the GNOME projects and Mono) at MIX 07 conference (June 2007)
Papay 19 october 2011, 13:57

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Young anti-piracy organization Vigilant Defender decided to conduct an interesting experiment, which aimed to find out how many gamers have downloaded "pirated copy" are willing to pay the license fee for the original game. Company management has made an ingenious solution: they put on the Internet the pirated copy “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” with a crack and one interesting modification. This pirated copy spread on many torrent websites and it was downloaded by thousands of users.

After a person has installed the game and run it, a number of game’s time passed, and then opens a web form with several questions. The most interesting is that about 90% of gamers have responded to questions, and they did not uninstall the strange a game. Most of the questions had to do with the theme of licenses. For example, the gamers were asked whether they intend to buy a licensed version of the game. In addition, there was also a question regarding the license fee, the gamers were asked how much they are willing to pay for a licensed version.
MeLavi 16 october 2011, 13:48

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What is new?

Summary:

• Update Center
• To-do lists (with reference to the website)
• iMessage
• Subscription to the regular publications
• Integration into Twitter
• Editing photos from the gallery
• Opening camera from the Lock screen
• Wi-Fi sync
• Reading mode in Safari
• iCloud
• Support for the multitasking gestures on the iPad 2
• Split pad on the iPad

Reminding: here are supported devices:

• iPhone 3Gs
• iPhone 4
• iPad
• iPad 2
• iPod Touch 3g
• iPod Touch 4g
Tags: apple, iOS, iPad, iphone
Siera 15 october 2011, 17:04

imageThe media has reported the death of Steve Jobs, who was the former CEO of Apple company. We can treat Apple and Steve differently, but we cannot deny that he is an eminent figure in the IT-industry, who created a lot of trends. Rest in peace, Steve.
Here is information that is posted on the official site of Apple:
Apple has lost its fabulous and inventive genius and the world lost a remarkable man. Those of us who were lucky to know and work closely with Steve have lost a dear friend and inspired teacher. Steve left behind his company, which could be created only by him, therefore, his spirit will live forever in the heart of the company".
Source - Apple.
The Apple’s stores turned off the illumination of all logotypes of Apple all over the world.

Those who want to share their compassions can e-mail their thoughts and condolences to the postal address: [email protected]. Perhaps, some of condolences will be passed to Steve’s family and relatives.
He re is a good video from CNET, which visually summarized the career of Steve.
Below are the memories of his colleagues in the IT-industry:
Pirat 6 october 2011, 18:08

Introduction


imageThe last four years I have lived and worked as a programmer in the United States in the Silicon Valley. During this time I have collected some observations that I'd like to share. I will focus on the infrastructure issues, such as the transport, internet, roads, crime, water, entertainment, and etc. I will tell only about my own experience. I hope this article will be interesting for the specialists that are thinking about working in the Silicon Valley.

Vehicles


imageRoads and automobile transportation
First thing I noticed when I came to the valley, it is excellent quality of the roads. The highway usually has four lanes in the each direction. The outer left lane can be used when more than one person is the car. The speed limit is usually 105 km / h., and it is controlled by the police forces that pull over the people, who drive over the limit. I have to say that they do not pull over for 120 km / h., but for 130 km / h., they may write a ticket. These two statements are verified by my own experience.
Sparks 30 september 2011, 13:22

Slogan: This plant will absorb the warm air rather than generate it.
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The wind is an environmentally clean and theoretically inexhaustible the energy source; unfortunately, its qualities are blocked by its low efficiency relative to other ways to generate the electricity. In order to get the quantity of energy comparable to the plant that burning the coal, it takes a few square kilometers that are filled with the windmills.
But then the Japanese research engineers used the usual approach for a country “construct up and not in breadth” from ZENA Systems.
Construction will be a 50 meter hexagonal tower in the height. The form will allow capturing the blowing wind in all directions and at different heights.
Pirat 24 september 2011, 13:38

This article will tell you about the Isosurface rendering.

So, what is Isosurface – according to Wikipedia is a three-dimensional analog of an isoline. It is a surface that represents points of a constant value (e.g. pressure, temperature, velocity, density) within a volume of space; in other words, it is a level set of a continuous function whose domain is 3D-space. Let us take a look at the pictures:

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These images show the surfaces with a different value “constant value” - the density. On the first image a value is less than on the second.
KlauS 21 september 2011, 9:41

Many are looking for such studies, which would have been pleasant for the person, and useful in the development of certain skills for the programmers, and people with an office work.

1) Juggling

imageA Juggling is a wonderful thing that is healthy for health and for the soul. What benefit can we get from the juggling?
First of all, it is a good exercise for the eyes that removing the stress from them, which is important for the people that have been working at the computer. Then, this is the physical exercise (even if it is a small) as for the hands, so for the feet (at the beginning we will have to constantly bend over to pick up the falling objects). Finally, it is a moral satisfaction from the fact that you get to manipulate objects in the air. The juggling did not require any accessories. Only three (initially two) objects of such form that would be convenient catch and toss up preferably not too light or too heavy.

The Internet has many videos on how to learn to juggle, for example:
www.howcast.com/videos/944-How-To-Juggle-Three-Balls
Well, the sweetest is juggling, which activates the mutual work of both hemispheres that stimulates the creative process and allows us to write a good code. The last thing is the speculation.
KlauS 19 september 2011, 12:24

imageThere is a very interesting book “The Psychology of persuasion” on the practical psychology that is written by Robert Cialdini.

Despite the fact that this book is devoted to the use of knowledge about the psychology of human behavior in the society, so many moments reflect the relations that arise between the seller and the buyer in this book.

On the first pages are given some examples of successful and effective management of customers and their buying behavior.
The book carries away a reader. In order to understand the essence of the article, let us read two brief stories from the author.

№ 1
My neighbor is a jeweler; he is the owner of antique jewelry store. Once he told me like his own experience convinced him that is existence of the stereotype “expensive = good”. One of his friends was looking for a wedding gift for his bride. The jeweler just had a beautiful necklace for $ 500 that he was ready to let his friend have for $ 250. As a friend saw the necklace, he was delighted and wanted to buy it. But when he found out that the necklace was worth $ 250, he immediately became sad and began haltingly to refuse, explaining that he was looking for his bride “something really worthwhile”.
Killer 17 september 2011, 11:30
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