Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?
"The Patterns of Chaos" and "The Chaos Weapon", both out of print and hard to come by. I've read them over 20 years ago so I recall my impressions from when I was much younger but still.
Software Piracy At the Workplace?
P.S. It's just a small business, give 'em a break. If they don't care that they are breaking the law, why should you?
Because, given some bad luck, he could end up in jail together with, or even instead of, his boss?
Shouldn't Every Developer Understand English?
All the main programming languages were invented in the English speaking world, by English speakers for English speakers.
Not if you consider Ruby or Python a main language.
I wonder if this is revealed in the syntax and logic when compared with what say a Chinese developer might come up with if they were tasked with developing a language?
Look closely at Ruby. Every once in a while I get the impression that certain nuances in it could only have come from a Japanese language designer.
And does anyone who's native tongue is not English and has a knowledge of programming syntax want to comment on this?
I guess I just did, but then when I code I think mostly in English :)
How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?
Ha! This post appeared just in time for me. I started experiencing PIO-induced slowness too, and the VBScript above helped. The sad part is that HDD failure is still imminent for me - the fallback to PIO was caused by several cases of bad sectors, all in system files, of all things... Backup is daily mantra for me now.
Comparing Firefox 3 With Opera 9.5 On Linux
Usability-wise there wasn't much difference from 9.23 to 9.50 for me. Got a few minor surprises, but didn't really care, since it worked mostly the same.
What did improve is that automatic proxy config finally works, also with passwords. On the downside, some installations eat up CPU and leak memory like Niagara Falls. Curiously, with the same stuff loaded, other installations don't.