By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's obama-weeps-gently department
writes "Looks like it might be the beginning of the end for webOS presence at HP, as The Register announced that they laid off 525 webOS developers." From the article: "HP is laying off up to 525 staff from its global webOS hardware biz, according to reports. The tech titan confirmed last month it is shuttering the unit that produced the ill-fated TouchPad and Pre3 devices. 'As communicated on 18 August, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends 31 Oct 2011,' an HP spokesperson told AllThingsD in the US."
So far it looks like just the hardware designers are being let go. The HP board happens to be meeting today
, possibly to discuss firing the current CEO
for failing to improve the company's financial prospects.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's symbolics-wants-your-brains department
In his first accepted submission, MaxShaw
writes "repl.it is an online REPL that supports running code in 15+ languages, from Ruby to Scheme to QBasic, in the browser. It is intended as a tool for learning new languages and experimenting with code on the go. All the code is open sourced under the MIT license and available from GitHub."
(previously used to build Doom for the browser
). All evaluation occurs client side, but saved sessions are stored on their server.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's we-have-the-technology department
An anonymous reader writes with a UW news item about a really neat new transistor design. From the release: "Human [sic, probably meant Electronic] devices, from light bulbs to iPods, send information using electrons. Human bodies and all other living things, on the other hand, send signals and perform work using ions or protons. Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things. Among the many potential areas for application is that of prosthetic limbs."
The paper's abstract
is available, but the full paper is unfortunately Paywalled. The Rolandi research group
has a few other neat projects in related areas.Read Replies (0)