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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

AlreadyStarted Swift RT does not have GC (315 comments)

Swift is a strongly-typed language, that operates inside a runtime with garbage collection.

There is no GC in iOS. Also the GC in OS X is deprecated. Swift uses Automatic Reference Counting which is something... completely different.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

AlreadyStarted Re:"in modern web development" (246 comments)

You don't need higher math, algorithms, and data structures in web development.

Much of the javascript I see is far heavier on these items than the avionics code I encounter at work. Also I don't know how a person could do anything technical at all without an understanding of these three items, in any field. They are synonymous with tools, methods, and materials.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

AlreadyStarted one obvious update is available.. (241 comments)

Mavericks is a free update from SL. My mac came with Leopard originally, and runs Mavericks fine.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Launches 'Galileo,' an Arduino-Compatible Mini Computer

AlreadyStarted more the better (130 comments)

I know there will be haters, but the more corporate interest and entries in this category the better in my opinion. And if it happens to forward the interests of Intel, more power to them.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

AlreadyStarted Content Width (1191 comments)

Please let the content scale horizontally with the window size. It's so skinny as-is it's painful. And the always there top bar is incredibly annoying imo, just more javascript to lag.

about a year ago
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Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

AlreadyStarted Re: Topology (378 comments)

I don't think this is true anymore since T-moble refarmed it's spectrum to support the iPhone. Now T-moble and ATT are largely 3G compatible in many areas.

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

AlreadyStarted Re:Disagree (633 comments)

Most markets don't turn into monopolies. There's nothing natural about them, and they're highly inefficient.

Nature is entirely monopolistic. If one organism is superior in an ecosystem, it will completely crowd out all competition until all resources are consumed and it dies due to starvation. A lesson that can be learned form this is that the more diverse ecosystems are more robust. I imagine some parallels can be drawn in business.

1 year,7 days
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Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

AlreadyStarted Re:not surprising (280 comments)

THe other one is my wife's so it isn't running Linux.

My wife's laptop is running Debian 7. What's up with your wife? :)

My guess is his is not imaginary.

1 year,8 days
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Urban Terror Code Stolen

AlreadyStarted Re:Well what do you know.... (264 comments)

Trying to sell something that can be got for free is unlikely to be highly profitable.

Bottled Water.

1 year,10 days
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Elementary OS 0.2 "Luna" Released

AlreadyStarted Re:What's new? (117 comments)

More like someone wanted something different from what was already available, and put their desire into a project that created something new. Good for them. Hacker spirit and all.

1 year,18 days
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iPhone Hacked In Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger

AlreadyStarted Re:Jailbreak exploit opportunity (170 comments)

The "modified charger" they describe is in fact a computer.

1 year,29 days
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Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

AlreadyStarted Re:Margin compression (251 comments)

Aaaaand not even that. After adjusting for channel inventory reduction (in order to increase retail efficiency or prep for new product cycle) the actual sales are pretty flat (down 3%). Here's the statement from Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um, as quoted by AppleInsider.

"As for the iPad, shipments were down 14 percent year over year, but when adjusting for reductions in channel inventory, the true drop-off was just 3 percent. Um believes iPad sales were likely soft in the U.S. and Europe, as Apple highlighted double-digit growth in China, Japan, Canada, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East, and India."

about a year ago
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OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

AlreadyStarted Re:Malware (173 comments)

Looks like holding shift while starting safari solves the problem. No browser reset required. Holding shift tells safari not to open previously open tabs/windows.

about a year ago
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OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

AlreadyStarted Malware (173 comments)

Is this really malware? It's just a webpage with annoying javascript...

about a year ago
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Apple Renews Contract With Samsung Over A-Series Processors

AlreadyStarted Re:Pick a rumor, any rumor: (101 comments)

Yup, my opinion is that these analysts are fishing for clicks and have no idea what is going on. At least that's what sources familiar with the matter tell me.

about a year ago
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FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

AlreadyStarted Re:packet radio? (371 comments)

You're right! I'm a ham and I'm in my 30s!! No mustache though, sorry.

about a year ago
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Montreal Union Wants a Camera On Every Policeman's Uniform

AlreadyStarted inevitable (320 comments)

Personally I think this is the inevitable future for law enforcement, and I couldn't be happier about it. Absolutely everyone benefits from a complete A/V record of an officers activity. Except bad cops and actual criminals, but I don't really feel for them.

about a year ago
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Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?

AlreadyStarted New Tricks? (365 comments)

I think a better question would be, how often does something genuinely new come along?

about a year ago

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