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Having virtual desktops in Windows 10 is kinda neat. Wish they had a key combination with which to take windows from the current desktop the the next one like you can do with most Linux WMs. Will have to try this on my notebook. Not that much need for virtual desktops with two big monitors but essential on a 12.5" screen.
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Another good Bjarne Talk. Bit lengthy but a nice history of and rationale for how C++ came to be and what it is today.

There are some other neat talks in the recordings for that conference.  For example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92Xm9VlPjM which talks about the challenges in the evolution of Google's V8 JS engine.
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Electron microscope video of phonograph needle in an LP groove. About 1/400 actual speed. Captured via Tektronix MDO3000 oscilloscope.

This video was made via the "stop motion" animation technique.  I moved the LP by 50 microns at a time, and captured a frame after each move. The setup inside the microscope was made possible by the fact that there are two separate stages with their own motion controls. I fixed the needle to one stage and the LP to the other so that I could get both parts into the frame at a good angle.
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Yay. Looking forward to Windows 10.
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Mal schauen, wie reibungslos das dann letztlich abläuft ;) (auf einem gut bestückten System, Softwaremäßig)
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Queue the chorus of angels: http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/07/28/intel-and-micron-produce-breakthrough-memory-technology

Will be interesting to see what this will mean for application and os design. No longer needing the concept of paging, having application state be persistent by default...pretty wild.
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New Visual Studio is out. Awesome.
 
#VS2015Event Keynote News from @SSomasegar: #VS2015 Final Release and .NET 4.6 Available for Download Today!

Watch the keynote live: http://spr.ly/6263BDFCh
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Sooo much yes. Seems like there will actually be a widespread binary bytecode for targeting the web called "WebAssembly". It's already backed by Google, Microsoft and Mozilla so if Apple joins in this would be a done deal. At the start it basically seems to be asm.js with a neat binary encoding but according to Eich it is expected to diverge at some stage to support more features that do not fit the JavaScript model but are needed to efficiently support other languages.

While I was rooting for (p)NaCl myself it has been clear for a while that it just wasn't going to happen for the wider web. I'll take what I can get.

I'm already having visions of everyone ditching html and css in favor of proper GUI toolkits ahaha ;)
tl;dr I'm burying the lede with context and catch-up material first, so impatient or already-clued-in readers should skip to below the videos for today's big news. Or just read Luke Wagner's blog post right now. My Fluent 2015 “ECMAScript Harmony: Rise of the Compilers” talk given on April 21st: ...
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Awesome.
 
Lander Philae is awake – 'Hello' from space

The #Philae lander has reported back on 13 June 2015 at 22:28 (CEST), coming out of hibernation and sending the first data to Earth. More than 300 data packets have been analysed by the team at the DLR Lander Control Center. 

"Philae is doing very well – it has an operating temperature of minus 35 degrees Celsius and has 24 watts of power available," explains DLR's Philae Project Manager, Stephan Ulamec. "The lander is ready for operations." Philae 'spoke' for 85 seconds with its team on ground in its first contact since it went into hibernation.

Full article: http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10081/151_read-13900/year-all/

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Image: View of the Lander Control Center at #DLR Cologne.
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
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