top On 4th of July:
The "don't care" option is winning right now (6632 votes / 58%) probably because most Americans are not back from their long weekend. I guess the results should change within the next 12 hours (posted at 16:26 IST).
top India Frees Itself of Polio
+1. I don't know if the majority of Slashdot readers really understand the scale of this effort. Indian administration is generally poor at a lot of things - but the Pulse Polio Programme (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_Polio) has been a true success. Most middle and upper class population rely on private practitioners for their medical needs because of overcrowding, poor serviced and rampant corruption at Govt hospitals. However, participation in this particular programme was close to 100%. My daughter was administered the vaccine in a booth at the corner of our street for every Pulse Polio drive and I continue to be surprised how efficiently this is done. The only comparable exercise is the way elections are run in the country.
top Tiny Ion Engine Runs On Water
But, this does turn water into a _whine_ when expelling it but it's just that you can't hear it in space
:-). about a year and a half ago
top Vendors Combine To Standardize Virtual Networking With OpenDayLight
An article that expresses the same skepticism:
top Vendors Combine To Standardize Virtual Networking With OpenDayLight
Is not a strategy unique to Microsoft. Cisco proves that it can also play the game. Cisco is likely the biggest loser if SDN takes off in a big way. This is Cisco's way of making sure they're in the play with their proprietary extensions.
top Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty
Been there done that too. I am 40 and don't plan on getting back to management.
top Nokia Closing Australian Office, Looking To Sell Qt Assets
I wish I had mod points, not that it would've made a difference since you're already at score 5. You made my day
top The Bosses Do Everything Better (or So They Think)
Just ask him to check it out of the source code repository? You have one don't you
:-)? If your boss can figure out how to do that, make the changes, do UT and commit the code in, I'd say go for it.
top Google Engineer Decries Complexity of Java, C++
> hmm... did you miss the part where the guy also bitched that interpreted languages are "too slow"?
You know "the guy", happens to be Rob Pike, _the_ Rob Pike, co-author of the "Unix Programming Environment" classic? Also the "Practice of Programming" book and the co-creator of UTF-8. He also wrote one of the first C style guides:
http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/pikestyle.html. I'd say he knows a thing or two about programming languages; especially C.
top Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
This is what I could find after a few minutes of googling.
For US$ conversion, divide by 50. So approx $200 for the cheapest one but only two channels. The most expensive ones run to $3000.
top Nokia, Intel Merge Maemo, Moblin Into MeeGo
OMiGo might've been a better name
top India Ditches UN Climate Change Group
Which scientist has admitted that it was speculation and not supported by formal research.
There's also a rumor that that the date was a typo (2350 vs 2035). Granted, even 2350 is worrying and we should be certainly doing something about it. But this kind of hyperbole, doesn't do much to the credibility of climate "scientists".
top Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?
If you're using a tool, you're no longer "remembering"
top Low-Power Home Linux Server?
I have the B202 Linux version running Ubuntu as my media PC. Newegg has this for $299 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220012&cm_re=eee_box-_-83-220-012-_-Product). I am pretty happy with it as a media device. Super quite and under 20W average power usage (http://event.asus.com/eeepc/microsites/eeebox/en/features-green.html). It doesn't do 1080p but (there's a new EB1006 that does). It's not useful as a home server (only 160GB of built-in hard disk). It does have 4 USB ports, so external USB disks is an option (but that will add to the power usage).
top My toy collection is ...
I count my esoteric collection of PDAs and laptops as my toys. These include (in chronological order as far as I can remember) - a Spectrum Plus, a Handspring, a Treo 180, two Treo 90s, a Sony Clie, a Treo 600, a Treo 650, a Sharp Zaurus SL6000, a Nokia N800, an Acer Apsire One, an Eeebox, a Thinkpad X61s and lately a Nokia E63 mobile phone. Obviously not all of them are in working order
top Reliability of Computer Memory?
I guess I am one of the unlucky folks out there. I have Vista on a Thinkpad X61. No crashes really, but a really peculiar problem. Every few days it will apply patches and reboot. A long, long time to apply the patches and reboot. I login, then a black screen (no BSOD) with a cursor for hours. Tired of waiting, I come back later to see my screen locked. Login again, same black screen. Reboot the box, boot in safe mode, login. Shutdown and restart in normal mode and everything is fine. I've googled for this for hours without any solution. This happens every few days, why Vista has to reboot for every other patch it applies I have no clue - Vista is slow but almost bearable without the reboots.
top Hope For Fixing Longstanding Linux I/O Wait Bug
"Ready for the desktop" my ass:
Hope the rest of your gets ready too
top 32bit Win7 Vs. Vista Vs. XP
Nice try. I have Vista running on two laptops - one with 1.5G of RAM and the other with 2G of RAM. I've had a miserable experience on both. Vista is slow to boot, slow to copy files, slower to connect to a wireless network - you name it it's performance is poor. Luckily, I have bought personal copies of WinXP before MS stopped selling it in retail for both laptops. One of these days frustration will reach a level when I'll wipe out the miserable Vista "experience" and replace it with WinXP.
top Why Corporates Hate Perl
I think Perl blew it by the inordinate amount of time Perl 6 is taking. I am surprised nobody mentions this. Pythona and Ruby on the other hand have good roadmaps (especially Python). They make releases like clockwork, they're always in the news about new frameworks and some cool stuff. Perl usually is in the news for the wrong reasons, mainly about why Perl 6 is so delayed. Perl has simply lost mindshare. Oh, I know Perl has not really stagnated. Perl 5.x series has been making steady progress but that only appeals to people who're already using Perl. For newer people taking up a scripting language, Perl seems like it's past it's prime. Besides, let's admit it - the language is arcane; especially the OO stuff in Perl 5. I even find OO interfaces in perl modules unintuitive. If someone likes Perl and wants something more "clean", modern and shiny, I'd recommend Ruby though I personally prefer Python.
Don't mistake me. I was (and still am) a big fan of Perl - mainly Perl 4 though. It's one of the most powerful languages that I've used. Even today, I usually start writing something in shell (because I am throwing together a bunch of programs to get my job done). Then I hit the limitations in shell and usually port the program to perl. That said, I have mostly switched to Python, especially when I am starting to write something from scratch.
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