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C99 acknowledged at last as Microsoft lays out its path to C++14

At its BUILD developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft developer and C++ Committee chair Herb Sutter talked about what Visual Studio users can look forward to over the coming years.

Microsoft is transitioning to a new policy of rapid releases. The plans aren’t as aggressive as the rapid releases of Firefox and Chrome, which see new versions released every six weeks or so, but a set of roughly annual releases is still a major change from Redmond’s historic practice of making major releases every three years.

These rapid releases will allow the company’s C++ team to deliver substantial functional updates to their compiler and libraries. In the past, there have been minor updates to these tools (shipping in service packs or feature updates), but these have been conservative to ensure that there are no breaking changes. Microsoft doesn’t want a program that compiles and works correctly in, say, Visual Studio 2012 to stop working in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1.

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The Daily Roundup for 06.28.2013

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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Show a Little Appreciation to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

Show a Little Appreciation to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

Common negotiation tactics often involve intimidation because, in theory, if you seem like the stronger participant the other party in the negotiation will bend to your will. In reality, you need to show appreciate and try to make a friend. That way they’ll actually want to meet your terms.

Entrepreneur (and Googler) Dan Shapiro believes you gain power in a negotiation in some unexpected ways. You want to feel appreciated in a negotiation, so why not do the same for the other party? Listen to them, value their input and time, and they’ll see you think they matter.

Consider your emotional connection with them (and their company, when relevant), too. Whether you’re negotiating salary at a job you like or the price for a used smartphone on Craigslist, this connection makes a difference. Figure out what kind of person are you meeting with as best you can so when you negotiate you can appeal to the connection between you both.

These are just a couple of things Shapiro suggests you consider before entering a negotiation in order to come prepared. For all five, check out the full post on Big Think.

5 Minute Drill: How to Negotiate Like a Pro | Big Think via Swissmiss

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Sponsors And Money ‘Have Destroyed The Spirit’ Of F1

Sponsors And Money 'Have Destroyed The Spirit' Of F1

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we’ve got reports from The Atlantic Cities, The New Yorker, and Petrolicious.


Another gem from Petrolicious from an F1 great who adds a lot of perspective.

Well I’m a very old man, from the era of 1962-1992 Formula One. Part of an era with people like Bruce McLaren and Colin Chapman. F1 was very different then, it wasn’t so much about money. Teams were on a much friendlier basis, say for example, if I needed to borrow a tool I could ask Lotus to lend it to me for perhaps six hours and they’d be happy to help—it was very important to everyone involved that come Sunday all teams were ready to race. Again, money was much less important, and what little there was came from the people watching races, and after a race, it was spent by teams on hotels, food, and sometimes girls! It was a different world, very difficult to explain to someone used to how things are run today.

In that era, say from roughly 1962-1980 or 1984, racers had to be men before they were champions, do you understand what I mean? Drivers ate with mechanics and technicians, it helped maintain a friendly, family-like atmosphere. Today, there is too much money involved, and sponsors have destroyed the spirit of the championship.

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Sponsors And Money 'Have Destroyed The Spirit' Of F1

The roads are lined with food, apparently.

At first, he scanned the canopy for apples to use in his home-brewed beer. But there was more. Hanging in the sidewalk foliage were peaches, apricots, walnuts, mulberries and plums. And so Welty, a PhD student researching glacier movement, began to map the urban orchard. In March, he and Caleb Philips, a professor of computer science at the University of Colorado, expanded that database into Falling Fruit, a website that catalogs more than half a million urban trees with edible products. In the two-dozen cities where Welty and Philips have obtained municipal planting data or teamed up with local foragers, there is something to eat on nearly every corner.


Sponsors And Money 'Have Destroyed The Spirit' Of F1

I’ve been listening to this all day. Still holds up. It got me thinking of 20-year-old cars and how they’ve aged…

There were still LPs back then, and “Exile” was designed as a double album—it was, the young singer-songwriter claimed, a song-by-song counterpart to the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.,” designed to be consumed in 5-4-5-4 bursts matching the sides of the original two records of the Stones’ dense classic. Thus fortified, the songs jump out at the listener. They are built around Phair’s distinctive style, and the guitar lines that mark so many of her compositions display a musicality that is still underappreciated (“Strange Loop,” “Explain It to Me,” “Gunshy”). One of the unexpected signifiers of “Exile” was the sound of a diminutive woman sometimes straining to accomplish the guitar part that she’d written. This was paralleled by Phair’s melody lines, which forced her voice, which was not innately strong, to attempt everything from an almost guttural throatiness to a thin soprano. Part of the point of the record was that Phair (a) had written the songs and (b) was going to sing them, no matter the damage.

ITC judge rules against InterDigital in first round of 3G patent case

After two long years, the International Trade Commission has finally come to a decision in favor of Huawei, Nokia and ZTE in a 3G patent case brought by InterDigital in 2011. According to an ITC judge, the three phone manufacturers did not violate the seven InterDigital-owned patents that covers various WCDMA and CDMA2000 technologies used to make their devices. InterDigital even went so far as to request the ban of US sales of these devices pending a decision. The Pennsylvania-based company filed a similar complaint against LG, which chose a settlement instead of going through the courts. Still, this is just a preliminary ruling; the final decision of the case is expected in October.


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Does not tipping cost servers their wages?

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Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future Classic

Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future ClassicWe have yet to feature an American car on Future Classics, and that is an oversight I plan to correct today. And I will do so in the most American way possible — with a V8-powered Ford Mustang that takes its name from a Steve McQueen movie famous for a car chase.

Of course, I’m talking about the Mustang Bullitt. There have actually been two versions of Bullitt ‘Stangs in the last dozen years or so, and both were remarkable machines that can be picked up without spending a lot of scratch right now, but they may not stay that way.

Obviously, the cars are named after McQueen’s legendary 1968 police drama/car chase flick Bullitt, inspired by the green 390 fatsback that Det. Frank Bullitt used to jump over San Francisco’s hilly streets and outwit Dodge-driving bad guys in the movie.

Bullitt is one of the most badass movies ever made, so if you’re going to name a car after it, it had better not just be some fancy graphics-and-wheels package. Luckily, neither Bullitt Mustangs disappoint in that department.

Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future Classic

The first Bullitt Mustang showed up in 2001 as an enhanced version of that year’s Mustang GT. Opting for the Bullitt got you some exterior enhancements like a blackened grille, a deleted spoiler, Bullitt badges and 17-inch wheels. There are some handling goodies too, like thicker rear and thinner front sway bars and a front body brace. It also claimed the slightly larger disc brakes from the SVT Cobra.

More importantly, Edmunds wrote back in 2001, the standard 4.6-liter V8 was given even more Cobra enhancements like a new cast aluminum intake manifold and the 57-mm twin bore throttle body. The result meant slight upgrades to 265 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, and while those numbers seem laughable from a V8 today, it still got the Bullitt moving from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, according to MotorTrend, making it still competitively fast. This article from HowStuffWorks claims it was as low as 4.8 seconds, which seems a tad optimistic to me but not impossible.

It only came in blue, black and dark green. But really, why would you want to own any color besides dark green?

Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future Classic

Automobile called the car "eager to go street racing, with more low-down urgency and a serious desire to smoke the rear tires from every stoplight," which is pretty much everything you want in a Mustang.

MotorTrend in 2001 said that while more potent variants like the Mach 1 and Boss 302 were on the horizon, the improvements to the standard Mustang GT — modest as they were — ended up being worth the $3,695 premium. Plus, you can’t really put a price tag on coolness, can you?

It’s also relatively rare. Between 2001 and 2002 only about 5,500 of the special edition Mustangs were made. Today a Bullitt can be had for under $15,000, if you can manage to find one. Not bad for something that is essentially a budget Cobra named after a McQueen flick.

Fortunately for fans of raucous green cars, Ford wasn’t done sticking the Bullitt badge on hopped-up Mustangs. A new Bullitt debuted in 2008, three years after the Mustang received a comprehensive redesign.

Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future Classic

What I like most about this Bullitt is that it’s kind of a stealth fighter. The chrome, the spoiler, and the badges are all gone, and the wheels are black. It’s sinister, and it’s so understated it almost feels like something a detective like Frank Bullitt would drive.

But as with the previous car, beauty isn’t just skin deep. Once again parts were taken from more high-end ‘Stangs, like the 3:73 rear axle and seats from the GT500. The car also had an improved suspension, came only with a five-speed manual, and the 4.6-liter V8 packed 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, both respectable boosts over the standard GT.

Here’s something else I find really cool: Ford’s engineers worked hard to tune this Bullitt’s exhaust to make it sound like McQueen’s famous ’68 fastback. That’s an impressive bit of detail, I think.

And it received largely rave reviews for its style and improvements over the regular GT. Here’s what Jonny Lieberman said in 2008, writing for TTAC:

In fact, the Bullitt is what the GT should have been from day one. The sounds it makes are intoxicating… Ford has crafted a very special Mustang that feels fantastic, mile after thundering mile.

One of the other things that made this Bullitt so special was its mechanical legacy. When the Mustang received another redesign in 2010, where it received the body it has now, it carried over many of the upgrades from the outgoing Bullitt, including improvements to the engine and suspension. If you’re going to get a 2005-2009 Mustang, this is one of the ones you really want.

Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future Classic

Once again, they’re not super common, as only about 6,500 were ever made. A recent search on shows that 2008-2009 Bullitt Mustangs seem to go for around $20,000 to $25,000 depending on their mileage, which is slightly higher than the Mustang GT of the same vintage.

So really, why are these cars future classics? If there’s anything the Mustang isn’t lacking, it’s special editions, and there are better, faster, rarer and more expensive versions of both these cars out there.

But they do represent potent yet modest improvements over their Mustang GT base cars which make them extremely compelling to drive. They’re also limited production models, which gives me a feeling that they could be sought after someday.

More than that, they represent what it’s like to get a special edition right. Ford could have easily painted these cars green and called it a day, but they actually put thought into both of them, making them worth the extra premium. The Bullitt Mustangs don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk.

Plus, they’re green and named after Bullitt. You can’t tell me that cars like these won’t be a commodity one day.

We’re about to see another, all-new Mustang debut fairly soon, and in five years, the movie Bullitt will celebrate its 50th anniversary. I’m hoping that whatever the next Mustang looks like, we’ll get a Bullitt edition that can back up its name with the appropriate amount of ass kicking just like these cars do.

It’s what this guy would have wanted.

Why The Ford Mustang Bullitt Is The Next Great Future Classic

This is Future Classics, a new, semi-regular feature where we identify amazing and unappreciated cars from the late 90s, 2000s, and today that could be highly coveted by future generations. You may want to pick one of these up while you still can!

Intel hopes to speed up mobile Atom chip development

Intel shows Merrifield reference phone

Intel has a real presence in the smartphone world, but its tendency toward just one or two mobile chip releases per year makes it a slowpoke next to its ARM-based rivals. New CEO Brian Krzanich clearly isn’t happy with this gap — he tells Reuters that mobile Atom development could speed up under his watch. Although the executive is short on specifics, he notes that Intel is “evaluating” the schedule for future chips with hopes of improving their timing where possible. The proof will be in the pudding, of course — the company needs to give opponents like Qualcomm a real run for their money. Just don’t expect a similarly breakneck pace with Intel’s TV service plans. Krzanich says Intel is being “cautious” about entering an industry that depends more on content than pure technology.

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“When You Know Better, Do Better”

"When You Know Better, Do Better"

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

We often wait when we don’t know what to do because we’ve seen others do things better. Don’t let the accomplishments of others intimidate you. Do the best you can with what you know now. You’ll learn more later. You’ll learn more from doing. When you learn, then you can do better.

This pretty much sums up the Lifehacker MO.

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