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Links for 2013-06-19

  • Java Garbage Collection Distilled

    Martin Thompson lays it out:

    Serial, Parallel, Concurrent, CMS, G1, Young Gen, New Gen, Old Gen, Perm Gen, Eden, Tenured, Survivor Spaces, Safepoints, and the hundreds of JVM start-up flags. Does this all baffle you when trying to tune the garbage collector while trying to get the required throughput and latency from your Java application? If it does then don’t worry, you are not alone. Documentation describing garbage collection feels like man pages for an aircraft. Every knob and dial is detailed and explained but nowhere can you find a guide on how to fly. This article will attempt to explain the tradeoffs when choosing and tuning garbage collection algorithms for a particular workload.

    (tags: gc java garbage-collection coding cms g1 jvm optimization)

  • DRI needs your help

    Appalled by mass surveillance scandals? So are we. We’re doing something about it – and you can too. In 2006 we started a case challenging Irish and European laws that require your mobile phone company and ISP to monitor your location, your calls, your texts and your emails and to store that information for up to two years. That case has now made it to the European Court of Justice and will be heard on July 9th. If we are successful, it will strike down these laws for all of Europe and will declare illegal this type of mass surveillance of the entire population. Here’s where you come in. You can take part by: making a donation to help us pay for the expenses we incur; following our updates and keeping abreast of the issues; spreading the word on social media. With your help, we can strike a blow for the privacy of all citizens.

    (tags: activism privacy politics ireland dri digital-rights data-protection data-retention)

  • 3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers

    ‘A South African man who lost part of his hand in a home carpentry accident and an American puppeteer he met via YouTube have teamed up to make 3D-printable hands for children who have no fingers. So far, over 100 children have been given “robohands” for free, and a simplified version released just yesterday snaps together like LEGO bricks and costs just $5 in materials.’ This is incredible. Check out the video of Liam and his robohand in action:

    (tags: 3d-printing 3d makers robohands hands prosthetics future youtube via:gruverja)

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