Sunday, September 28, 2008

Main stream News reports new record prime number, with no details.

The Main Stream News is reporting today that a new record prime number has been found. In their typical style, the reports lacks any meaningful detail. The new number was actually found last month. Edson Smith, Computing Resource Manager for the UCLA Department of Mathematics summarizes the achievement here, and gives the details here.
"The UCLA Mersenne Prime number is 243112609 - 1. The actual number has 12,978,189 digits. If you're so inclined, long-time Mersenne Prime researcher Landon Curt Noll has made the number itself available here. If you're really, really inclined, he also provides the entire number in English (all 328 megabytes of it) here."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gimple Software has released version nine of their Lint program

Gimpel Software has released, Version 9.0 of their Lint program. Lint is the nitpickiest of all programs when it comes to finding errors in C and C++ code.

Most relevant to us at Software Safety .Net is the enhanced Motor Industry Software Reliability Association checking which includes the detection of recursion, support for the MISRA 2 'underlying type' concept, determination of side effects for functions and MISRA C++ support and more.

If your budget is limited this is the one program that you must have.

Renesas DevCon 2008 and ESC 2009

In the a span of a week I won a free entry to Renesas Developer's Conference 2008, plus air fair discount in San Diego CA, this October, and I was asked if I was interested in speaking at the 2009 Embedded Systems Conference, in San Jose, CA.

Alas I had to decline both due to my father being in poor health right now.

Have your ever felt like opportunity was knocking on the door, but all you were doing was complaining about the noise?

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