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These are testing times: mavericks vs. ice people

One of my earliest engineering jobs, before I fled hardware in favor of the (relative) ease and lucre of software, was in chip design. I remember being shocked when I learned just how much of the processor in question was devoted to test circuitry. <i>Why waste so much on testing,</i> I thought, <i>instead of</i> …

Software Development

Wall Street is gripped by something called 'juniorization,' and it is freaking some people out

It is called "juniorization," and it has been pretty prevalent over the past few years as banks have sought to cut costs.<p>The chief executive at the investment-banking unit of a large firm explained this in simple terms: Headcount had stayed pretty stable at his firm, he said, but the makeup of that …

Markets

GOLDMAN: One clear chart shows that China's massive economic transformation is working

But according to analysts at Goldman Sachs, it's not all bad. In fact, the way China's consuming commodities indicates that the country's enormous economic transition is working, not failing.<p>Some commodities, like iron ore or cement, are necessary for massive industrialisation, and Chinese demand …

Markets

GOLDMAN: Welcome to the '3rd wave' of the financial crisis

The financial disaster, which started seven years ago with the collapse in US real estate and investment banking, has entered its third phase, according to a team of Goldman Sachs analysts.<p>This wave is characterised by rock-bottom commodities prices, stalling growth in China and other …

Markets

The Blockchain Might Be The Next Disruptive Technology

To process a transaction, you need first to make sure the sender owns the asset he wants to transfer, and make sure he will not trade it twice.<p>In the blockchain, information is stored in blocks that record all transactions ever done through the network. Hence, it allows validating both the …

Blockchain

Goldman Sachs' former technology chief is building 'the FedEx of money'

As Earthport's boss, Uberoi is obviously biased. But he seriously believes the company can revolutionise the way international business payments are made.<p>"If you think about manufacturing, go back 30, 40 years, if you wanted to buy materials in one country, manufacture in a second country, then …

B2B

Goldman Sachs CIO on How Software Is Eating Finance (Full Video)

Why does an investment bank have more software engineers than Facebook?<p>Has God ever told you to take a job? He did with Marty Chavez, the CIO of Goldman Sachs.<p>Chavez’s revelation from the Almighty, which occurred while he was cleaning a toilet at a New Mexico monastery, was one of the more colorful …

Goldman Sachs

The best network-attached storage

<i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After three weeks of research, plus hands-on testing of a half-dozen finalists, we found that the QNAP TS-251 is the best network-attached storage device (NAS) for people who need …

How to light up a tumour | Alex O’Brien

For decades, brain surgeons have struggled to identify cancerous tissue precisely. Could one of the world’s most deadly scorpions come to their aid?<p>In 2004, Dr Richard Ellenbogen prepared to operate on a 17-year-old girl. The operation, to remove a brain tumour, was particularly challenging because …

Cancer

Is internet addiction real?

The stories are numerous, yet extreme, and thus widely covered. You’ve probably heard at least a few.<p>In South Korea, one couple was so committed to …

'Re: [ 00/19] 3.10.1-stable review'

10 things I hate about Git

Git is the source code version control system that is rapidly becoming the standard for open source projects. It has a powerful distributed model …

See Inside The Most Futuristic Cruise Ship On The Planet

Quantum of the Seas is one of the most advanced ships on earth, and it will cruise in the Caribbean this spring before heading to the South China Sea in the fall.<p>It has a bumper-car track, a cocktail bar staffed by robots, and a skydiving simulator.

Royal Caribbean

Ageing does not have to bring poor health and frailty, say King's College scientists

Researchers at King's College London say the findings debunk the common assumption that ageing automatically makes people doddery and infirm<p>Ageing does not have to bring poor health and frailty, scientists have claimed, after discovering that the most active people in their 70s are as fit as those …

Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

As New Year's resolutions go, cutting back on food and drink are right at the top of the list. And while those vowing to change their eating habits may cut the carbohydrates or say a sweet goodbye to sugar, for regular drinkers, the tradition may involve what's known as a "dry January": giving up …

The Benefits of Being Cold

Year-round warmth is a modern luxury. Some scientists believe it is changing human metabolism.<p>When you first put on the ice vest, you will feel cold. Not intolerably cold, but cold enough to make you think, <i>What am I doing with my life?</i> Or, at least, as numbness spreads across your shoulders and …

Weight Loss

The Truth About Full-Time Employment

About fifteen years ago I started consulting. I got two juicy projects right away, and I was over the moon. I had been a corporate Sally since the dawn of time.<p>One of the projects was very cutting-edge for its day. The other one was a more conventional organizational development project. I dug into …

All These Hacker Side Projects Earn Their Creators $1,000+ Per Month With Basically No Effort

Cezar Floroiu, a director at video game developer Ubisoft, started the thread because he wanted to hear from hackers and developers who were "making $1,000+/month on side projects". He wanted to know what those hacker side projects were, which ones worked and which ones didn't.<p>The thread — now a …

Profit

Flickr now lets you turn your photographic masterpieces into canvases

If your Flickr photos are begging to be printed big and stuck on the wall, or you think one of your photographic masterpieces is worthy of display in …

Why phablets will eventually replace tablets and regular smartphones (in 3 charts)

Drop yourself in any world capital and it’s likely the majority of people there are glued to their smartphone. Smartphone penetration, powered by our insatiable appetite for apps — 48,000 apps are downloaded every minute — is predicted to hit 70% worldwide by 2017.<p>Tablets, on the other hand, have a …

This is Qualcomm’s world and we’re all just living in it

Guess who puts the turbo in the Droid Turbo’s name<p>Qualcomm is the mobile industry’s equivalent of a god: omnipotent and omnipresent, yet invisible to the naked eye. The company that was founded on the premise of building "Quality Communications" can now be found inside every major smartphone in the …