Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
Here's a good read; this isn't a slide out, but an addition to an iPhone which has already had its sales injunctions despite the fact is would (obviously) appeal to a great many Blackberry users now using iPhones:
While I couldn't imagine having a smartphone that long (let alone the midnight terrors I wake up with thinking a phablet is coming to get me), I do appreciate the option being available.
Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?
I work for a large University in a division that provides financial data to ourselves, as well as other academic institutions. We had been a SAS only shop since our inception in the early '90s, save for a few FORTRAN users here and there.
We wanted to support more options for the researchers using our service, and today, we support SAS, R, and Python. One nice thing about SAS is SAS/SHARE. Basically, it makes your native SAS files (*.sas7bdat) available as tables in a database over ODBC or JDBC, with full index support. This has allowed us to consume these same data in both R and Python. This had made many of our younger researchers (think Masters students instead of tenured faculty) very happy!
Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?
Some of the threads started here have said, "What's wrong with Perl?" There is nothing inherently wrong with Perl, it is still a fine language, if a bit awkward. Compared to other languages, it does feel quite ugly. I've always had a soft spot for Perl, as it was the language I used to make my first web site. I've been moving some legacy code away from Perl, and standardizing more of the organization than just my department into Python / Django. Python has a lot going for it in a lot of settings, and since we're in academia, it makes sense.
We're in Philadelphia, and something I've lamented is there's never been an active local Perl group. Just about every other highly-used language does (as in, the top 10 of the Tiobe Programming Index). PhillyPUG (Python), Philly.rb (Ruby), PyStar Philly (a women's Python learning group), PhillyDB... the list goes on and on.
Python is also the most consistently readable language I've used, and that goes beyond the forced indentation.
YMMV of course, but the major thing for me was having supportive, local communities supporting the language.
Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
...and that car must be K.I.T.T., the Knight Rider Two Thousand.
Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?
+1 on RedHat. We're on RHEL6, still updating to the "latest" as 2.6.6 through yum. (No, RedHat was NOT my choice.)
We've jumped through hoops to get up to 2.7.5 to support SQLAlchemy, Django and Flask fully. Bless you, virtualenv.
How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!
Except, they DID choose to use WebSphere. CGI Federal should pay us back our tax dollars for making the choice to use IBM WebSphere... when literally no one else (statistically relevantly) does. The stats are staggeringly in favor of choosing something like Apache, nginx, or even IIS, especially when you consider the scaling concerns already experienced by web sites with similar privacy concerns and traffic loads / spikes. I'm not saying Open Source would solve everything, but there are certainly more experts in tuning and scaling Apache than there are for WebSphere by many orders of magnitude.
Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway
Yeah, although the series was well on its way before then. Here's the video clip, for anyone who hasn't seen it:
Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission
Please be advised that your novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", violates the Boy Scouts of America's legal rights. We not going to say which ones, but if you don't change the name of the novel's protagonist, it'll mean a long and drawn out expensive legal battle. And you don't want to mess with us, because AMERICA, obviously.
A Homophobic, Dated, Desperate Organization
New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production
But does she do the Vulcan mind-meld on the first date?
Ask Slashdot: Safe Learning Environment For VMs?
+1 to Vagrant for local development. If there are any problems, you can easily just blow away the VM and start again. Vagrant scripts all of this with the same Chef repos you use for production. I modified and updated a Django Vagrant run-through I found on the net. It is free to the public on Github:
Naturally, this includes Python as well. I hope this helps gets you started, and thanks for going above and beyond with your students!
Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?
SQL Server on Amazon Web Services starts at $0.629 per hour, for about $15.10 per day. That comes out to be about $5,500.00 per year.
U.S. Gas Prices Continue To Fall
Slightly OT, but California is doing a great thing. I used to be IT Director for a company which did environmental testing of gas stations for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. All states (some better than others) follow California's environmental need. CARB, the California Air Resources Board, has done more to ensure gas stations (at least) don't do nasty things like spill gasoline into the water table any more, and have good vapor recovery systems in place than any other entity I can think of. They're sort of the opposite of the schill filled and lobbyist group, the PEI. If you want to see a news story about a virtual environment I designed showing how VR systems work for training our new employees (yes, in Second Life, I know ), I've got it up here: http://www.peregrinesalon.com/blog/2007/02/wfmz-feature-crompcos-innovation-in-virtual-worlds/
Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors
I'm hardly a fan, but geez, why don't you just start legislating taste? I sense a bit of jealousy in your egotistical, self-serving post as well.
Oxford Professor Taken To Task For Linking Internet Use To Autism
...that everything is causing autism in children. Shit, I'm probably autistic. And please, that microwave does NOT belong there.
Remembering Alan Turing On His 99th Birthday
There's a campaign that was start to Knight Alan Turing, which would be an appropriate honor bestowed by the government which treated him so horrifically. More information is available here:
http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=1704 ...or just Google it. If it were to happen a year from today, that would be wonderfully appropriate, though I doubt Turing would care too much about a number stuck in base 10.
LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police
Can't wait for the due process... I've been wondering how the "I Did It For the Lulz!" defense would hold up in a court of law for years!
Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication
...of these freeloaders coming to our shores from the ocean who don't even speak English! They don't pay any taxes either!
Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?
SciFi/SyFy has being going downhill since Bonnie Hammer took over over CEO in 2001. They never gave a Babylon 5 series a real chance, interfering with the one pilot they did attempt. Add on to that the whole fiasco of promising two seasons to Farscape before pulling a bait and switch, followed up by bringing in Shannon Frickin' Doherty to do that godawful Scare Tactics, and the writing has been on the wall for some time.
Now she's on to killing NBC Universal. How people like this keep getting more chances after abject failures is beyond me.
Time to kill it, not fund it.
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable
Apparently you missed this memo... Blackberry Enterprise Server Express is now free, but yes, still only supports Exchange and Domino. Not my cup of tea, but yeah, it is free now:
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable
With UIs, beauty always ends up being in the eye - and fingers / thumbs - of the beholder. I love my Blackberry phone, and yes, I've tried iPhone (but not an Android yet).
That said, I won't touch the PlayBook with a 10000ms ping.
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