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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot. After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it's finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. I created this place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college. Since then it has grown to be read by more than a million people, and has served Billions and Billions of Pages (yes, in my head I hear the voice). During my tenure I have done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it's time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*. Personally I don't have any plans, but if you need to get ahold of me for any reason, you can find me as @cmdrtaco on twitter or Rob Malda on Google+. You could also update my mail address to be malda at cmdrtaco dot net. Hit the link below if you want to read some nostalgic saccharine crap that I need to get out of my system before I sign off for the last time. It was the summer of '97 and I was a college kid working part time as a programmer at an ad agency.

As for what's next, I really don't know. WikiLeaks publishes tens of thousands more cables. Max Levchin to Leave Google As Slide Is Shut Down - Liz Gannes - Social. Slide, the social apps company that Google bought just over a year ago for about $200 million, will be dissolved, and its well-regarded leader Max Levchin will depart Google, sources close to the matter told AllThingsD. Google confirmed the departure today. “Max has decided to leave Slide and Google to pursue other opportunities, and we wish him the best,” said a Google spokesperson.

“Most of the team from Slide will remain at Google to work on other opportunities.” After being acquired, Slide had operated as an independent unit out of Google’s San Francisco office, maintaining existing apps like SuperPoke Pets and experimenting with new ones such as messaging app Disco and photo-sharing app Photovine, which was released only last week.

The apps, none of which were extremely popular, will be sunsetted over the next few months. The news was announced to employees at an all-staff meeting in San Francisco this afternoon, sources said. But that was last August. HP's Liz Roche on why enterprise technology strategy must move beyond the 'professional' and 'consumer' split. These deep rumblings of change mean that IT needs to rethink things a bit, to develop a "prosumer" strategy, whereby both the applications and services they provide to internal employees and their end-user customers increasingly bear the hallmarks of modern consumer services. Their applications may need to behave more like apps. Their provisioning may need to be more like app stores. And self-service and intuitive adoption of new features need to be built in as primary requirements.

Ease in social collaboration has become a must. So how can IT adjust to this shift? What must they do differently, or more importantly, how must they think differently? This is the type of problem that a product or technology itself cannot address. Gardner: It seems that the adoption of technology now seems to be moving at the volition of the savvy consumer, not the IT director. The Next Steps In Robotics And Computer Vision: Behavior Analysis, Situational Awareness. We’ve seen some interesting developments lately in the fields of robotics and computer vision.

They’re not as academic as you’d expect: enormous tech successes like the Roomba and Kinect have relied as much on clever algorithms and software development as they have on marketing and retail placement. So what’s next for our increasingly intelligent cameras, webcams, TVs, and phones? I spoke with Dr. Anthony Hoogs, head of computer vision research at Kitware, a company that’s a frequent partner of DARPA, NIH, and other acronyms you’d probably recognize.We discussed what one might reasonably expect from the next few years of advances in this growing field.

Kitware is a member of what we might reasonably call the third party in tech, one not often in the spotlight. We’ve written before about the necessity of making sense of all the data being produced on the battlefield, what with cameras in every platoon, on every vehicle, and looking down from every aircraft. (image source) Diffbot Helps Apps Read the Web Like Humans. March of the Penguin: Ars looks back at 20 years of Linux. The Linux kernel was originally created by Linus Torvalds, a Finnish computer science student, and first announced to the world on August 25, 1991—exactly 20 years ago today. At the time, Torvalds described his work as a "hobby" and contended that it would not be "big and professional" like the GNU project. But the Linux kernel turned out to be one of the most significant pieces of open source software ever developed.

Over the past two decades, it has grown from a humble hobby project into a global phenomenon that runs on everything from low-cost e-book readers to a majority of the world's supercomputers. Here's how it grew. From Freax to Linux While it's easy now to take the name "Linux" for granted, Torvalds had modestly rejected the idea of naming the new kernel after himself, instead calling it Freax. The original 0.01 release of Linux could not actually run. The UNIX landscape at the birth of Linux MINIX also played a major role in early Linux history. Exclusive: How Facebook is open-sourcing its data centers and servers. This is the first of a two-part exclusive on Facebook’s involvement with and creation of open source technologies.

For these articles, we spoke with two of Facebook’s open source gurus, David Recordon and Amir Michael, about how the company is opening its infrastructure to other developers and organizations. It’s one thing to open-source the code for your app — that’s a simple matter of mashing a button on Github. But how do you really open-source hardware? Think about that: Facebook committed to open-sourcing the infrastructure of its data centers through the Open Compute Project, which launched back in April. But there’s more to maintaining an open-source project than just releasing data into the wild.

So how do you accept a patch for a motherboard? This was just one of many challenges facing Amir Michael and the rest of Facebook’s open-source hardware team as they began redesigning the company’s servers and data centers. How Open Compute began “The business model didn’t make sense.” Next Gen Windows Slate Device Revealed at TechEd 2011 NZ | Smarter Geek. At TechEd 2011 New Zealand Jeff Johnson and Patrick Hevesi showed off some new Windows “Slate” style device in the WCL101 Come and see the latest and greatest in Windows Devices session. Below is a number of photos of the devices that were shown off including a un-named Windows Slate device… Update: The mystery of what the device is seems to have been solved… It looks very much like a Samsung Series 7 Dual Core Slate .

While the device is only dual core it does have hyper-threading and so it would show having 4 CPU’s in task manager. Update 2: I have found a post on a Microsoft web site of a Samsung Series 7 Slate that looks exactly the same as the Quad Core Slate form TechEd NZ What is very interesting is that the device looks like a thin Quad Core Windows Slate which will be a vast improvement over current thicker slower tablets… Note: Only first two photos are of the said Quad Core slate… Here is a slate with a removable battery… Try bending an Macbook Air like this…

Local Business Reviews Site Angie’s List Files For $75 Million IPO. After Jive’s $100 million IPO filing yesterday, local business reviews site Angie’s List is throwing its hat into the ring, filing an S-1 this afternoon. The company will raises as much as $75 million, according to the filing. As we’ve written in the past, Angie’s List offers consumers a way to review and rate doctors, contractors and service companies on the Web.

The company launched in 1995 with a focus on local home, yard and car services, sits at the intersection of local search, user-generated content and subscription-based services. To date, Angie’s List has raised nearly $100 million from Battery Ventures, T. Rowe Price, City Investment Group, Cardinal Ventures and others. As of June 30, 2011, the company offered its service to paying members in 170 local markets in the United States. In 2010 and the six months ended June 30, 2011, Angie’s List’s revenue was $59.0 million and $38.6 million, respectively. Steve Jobs and the sound of silence. Steve Jobs at D8 by Asa Mathat | All Things Digital Like many of my colleagues in Silicon Valley, I was having a fantastic day today.

It is crisp in the shade, warm in the sun. The skies are a magical blue with puffy clouds floating like dreams. And when all seemed to be going well, an email in my inbox — without as much as the new message sound — arrived: Letter from Steve Jobs. It was as if the inbox was observing the solemnnity of the occasion. It is an end of an era. The first thought that ran through my head was about Steve’s health, and I thought to myself that this cannot be good. It is incredibly hard for me to write right now. And while I wish for him to have more time with his family, I am also being very selfish. Steve Jobs, the maverick who has architected one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Silicon Valley, continues to prove that he is a modern-day Howard Hughes. I have watched him from afar. Jobs is a perfect example of that. Thanks, Steve.