Here's my quick and dirty take (written while watching F1 :-):
The GNU folks have released version 4.0 of the venerable GCC compiler with built-in support for the C, C++, Objective-C, Ada, Fortran, and Java programming languages.
Way back when, Bob Metcalfe, one of the creators of ethernet, coined a formula that says that the value of a network grows on the order of n2. During the internet boom, that so-called "law" was used in bazillions of pitches to (attempt to) justify all sorts of aggressive growth strategies.
Guy Steele is leading a group to build a new programming language called Fortress. In homage to the old SATs, Fortress is to Fortran as Java is to C++. :-) That is, Fortress is about doing high-performance number crunching. Alas, Fortress is not yet available for us to play with.
EPIC 2014 is an 8 minute, Flash movie from the year 2014 about a very 1984-ish outcome to the juggernaut that is Google.
Hilarious, in a scary way. :-)
Well, I am a sucker for discussions about risk and software development. There are some interesting tidbits in Tiwana and Keil's: the one-minute risk assessment tool article for the ACM's Queue magazine. Alas, there are some fundamental problems with the article.
CNet reports that Microsoft is offering $5 (yes, 5) for data loss due to it's new AntiSpyware software that's in beta testing. Gee, thanks. That will buy me a cup of coffee so I can calm down after you destroy my data. Yeah, sure.
My little girl has this habit of pouring way too much milk into her bowl of cereal. Then, she whines and complains when we tell her to drink up the extra milk after the cereal is gone so it doesn't go to waste. Yesterday, she got quite snippy when I dared to suggest that she try pouring less milk into the bowl.
Gee, she sounds like a lot of managers and developers of software.