Saturday, June 07, 2014

Samsung first Tizen smartphone

Samsung launches first 'open source' Tizen smartphone - Telegraph:

"The OS is designed to run apps written in HTML 5, and operate across a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, wearables, domestic appliances, netbooks and in-car entertainment systems."

The new device comes equipped with a 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display, fingerprint scanner and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor.

It is expected to launch in the third quarter of this year in Russia, before going on sale in unnamed “other markets” soon afterwards.

ideas: The Upside of Quitting

Freakonomics » The Upside of Quitting: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast:
"You know the saying “a winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.” 
To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure? 

Sometimes quitting is strategic, and sometimes it can be your best possible plan. To help us understand quitting, we look at 
a couple of key economic concepts in this episode: 
Freakonomics » The Upside of Quitting: Full Transcript

World GDP (PPP) per capita by country (2012)

ideas: Project "Pre-Mortem" vs Failure

Freakonomics » Failure Is Your Friend: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast:

Gary Klein has one suggestion. He is the author of Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights and a proponent of what he calls the (projects) "pre-mortem.
While many institutions conduct a post-mortem to examine why a given project has failed, Klein walks us through an exercise that can spot potential failures before things have gone wrong.

Performing a Project Premortem - Harvard Business Review
"the premortem operates on the assumption that the “patient” has died, and so asks what did go wrong. The team members’ task is to generate plausible reasons for the project’s failure."
"When failure is stigmatized, people will do everything they can to avoid it, often at great cost. Levitt tells the story of a large multinational retailer that was opening its first store in China — and how the company’s executives couldn’t express their misgivings to a bullish boss.

Then we hear a story in which the boss’s “go fever” had far more tragic ramifications: the 1986 launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Allan McDonald, an engineer on the shuttle project and author of the book Truth, Lies, and O-Rings, tell us how his attempts to delay the launch were overruled:"

"LEVITT: I always tell my students — fail quickly. The quicker you fail the more chances you have to fail at something else before you eventually maybe find the thing that you don’t fail at."

The Swift Parallel Scripting Language

Another programming language with same name Apple selected.
Even the logo is similar (birds)...
What did Apple people think?

Maybe same like in case of iPhone, where the Cisco's trademark just expired...
Having a good trademark may be worth something after all...

The Swift Parallel Scripting Language:
"The Swift parallel scripting language. Fast easy parallel scripting - on multicores, clusters, clouds and supercomputers"

foreach protein in proteinList {

Swift Programming Language - Apple Developer

  • for index in 1...5 { println("\(index) times 5 is \(index * 5)")
  • }

Is it a coincidence that even syntax of both languages is similar,
with using brackets sparingly?

Brackets (Parentheses)
  • parentheses or "round brackets" ( )
  • "square brackets" or "box brackets" [ ]
  • braces or "curly brackets" { }
  • "angle brackets" < >

30 years of game 'Tetris'

Watch 'Tetris' evolve over 30 years | The Verge
since 1984-06-06

Tetris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Modern" web version that work even on touchscreen tablets and phones.: