Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 20, 2012

Closure Compiler

Closure Compiler is a JavaScript optimizing compiler. It parses your JavaScript, analyzes it, removes dead code and rewrites and minimizes what’s left. It also checks syntax, variable references, and types, and warns about common JavaScript pitfalls.

Very nifty. There’s also a web application if you don’t feel like using the JAR application directly.

April 18, 2012

Study measures video game console power consumption

The study, published by a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers in the latest issue of the journalĀ Energy Efficiency, estimates that 100 million video game consoles sucked up nearly 16 terawatt-hours (TWh) of energy a year in the US in 2010.

Modern consoles have automatic shutoff options, but the study suggests that most people don’t turn them on.

If console makers were willing to push out a required firmware update that simply turned on such an automatic shutoff, the study estimates we could see a savings of 9.3 TWh of electricity usage every year, or $1.1 billion worth of energy spending.

And that’s just US numbers.

April 17, 2012
April 12, 2012

JK Rowling announces her new adult novel

It’s called The Casual Vacancy.

The story is centred on the death of Barry Fairweather, whose unexpected passing shocks the local villagers of Pagford.

Publishers Little, Brown & Co said: “Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.”