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

MAXOMENOS My thoughts on these selections. (228 comments)

CSS/JavaScript/HTML5 is plainly obvious. Everything from Microsoft to mobile hybrid development relies on this these days.

C# is the standard language of the Microsoft stack --- in fact, the bulk of MS-stack training is in C#, with only a smattering in VB.NET.

Java is the COBOL of the early 21st Century. It isn't sexy anymore but it will always be around.

PHP is used in a lot of web applications. I wish it weren't. In fact, I'd really rather see Ruby on Rails take over this space.

If you're going to program native code, you could learn Swift, sure. You could also learn Rust (Mozilla's systems-level language with significant buy-in from Samsung) for device programming. If your goal is to write native apps, your best bet for Android is actually Java. By the way, one can also design native apps in Java (the code is Swing-like) and compile them to native apps for iOS or Android using Codename One, and I imagine a few shops will pick up that practice.

I like Erlang as an honorable mention. I'd also add two others: Python (especially for data analysis) and PowerShell (which will set the grown-up Microsoft sysadmins from the point-and-click kids).

7 hours ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

MAXOMENOS As someone learning Go (701 comments)

So far my favorite phrase is:

go list.Sort() // run list.Sort concurrently; don't wait for it.

Because how cool is that?

5 days ago

Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

MAXOMENOS About average for West Texas? (242 comments)

A glass of the finished product, sampled at a downtown restaurant, tasted about average for West Texas.

So the water tastes like shit. Good to know.

about two weeks ago

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

MAXOMENOS Unfortunately (415 comments)

That means I have to REALLY step up my Python chops if I want to compete.

about three weeks ago

3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift

MAXOMENOS Needs a lot of work. (72 comments)

I'm sure this technology has a lot of potential. Right now it drives me nuts just looking at it. The windows jitter too much and make me want to take my glasses off and rub my eyes 5 seconds into it.

about a month ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

MAXOMENOS Re:Online? (169 comments)

The difference is that ASU will actually confer a degree for all that online classwork, provided the student gets good enough grades. Once can even obtain degrees in EE or CS through their online program. The main thing the student misses out on is campus life.

about a month and a half ago

Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber

MAXOMENOS Re:wait wait wait (106 comments)

While true, Verizon doesn't come to all neighborhoods - and there's no way I'm doing business with Comcast.

about a month and a half ago

Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

MAXOMENOS Time to consider another Skylab? (155 comments)

Remember Skylab? It was America's first space station, and lasted 1973-1979 (before it burned up on re-entry). We got a lot of good science out of that station, and maybe it's time we do it again.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

MAXOMENOS On the other hand (711 comments)

If you're a Manager and you have an Android, the other Managers will laugh and you, or at least not take you seriously.

Q: Where'd you hear that crap?

A: A well-respected management consultant, who otherwise knew what he was doing.

about 2 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

MAXOMENOS KDE Convert here (611 comments)

I grew up on Linux using GNOME as my preferred desktop environment. I could grok KDE but I just didn't like it; it seemed heavyweight and clunky. This state of affairs continued for eight years, until I found myself switching to Mac OSX because I needed a UNIX that "Just Works" for my new life as a grad student. Since then I used Linux primarily as a server environment. Recently I've started exploring going back to Linux as my main desktop environment, as I've been really impressed with the quality assurance of the latest desktop releases. And after messing around for a while with Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE, etc, I've come to discover that my favorite distribution for everyday desktop use ... is Mint KDE. Whodathunk?

about 2 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

MAXOMENOS Re:Correction (521 comments)

I can hardly wait for my EmacsBook!

about 2 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

MAXOMENOS Correction (521 comments)

Surely you mean C-x C-s.

about 2 months ago

FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules

MAXOMENOS How to destroy net neutrality in three easy steps (182 comments)

  1. Get the FCC to allow ISPs to make sweetheart deals with content providers, but subject to FCC supervision. (Done)
  2. Starve the FCC of resources so that supervision becomes impossible. One way to do this: refuse to appoint FCC commissioners, so that they can't form a quorum --- just as happened to the FEC in 2008.
  3. Profit! (Literally!)

about 2 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

MAXOMENOS Editorial (475 comments)

Headline: "Comcast predicts storage cap"

Story in a nutshell: Comcast exec predicts bandwidth cap.


about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

MAXOMENOS Probably a better question... (466 comments) how do you get a job and then succeed at it for longer than a year or so.

For that second part, my main recommendation is this: Don't be a bottleneck. As to how to carry out that part, there's plenty of good advice in the comments above, but your goal should be to solve problems quickly and produce solutions faster than expected whenever possible.

about 3 months ago

US Military Drones Migrating To Linux

MAXOMENOS What distro? (197 comments)

Red Hat Military Edition? Killbuntu? Debian For Drones?

about 3 months ago



Yahoo! Mail Compromised - Users Urged to Change Passwords Immediately

MAXOMENOS MAXOMENOS writes  |  about 6 months ago

MAXOMENOS (9802) writes "Today Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page that Yahoo! Mail was hacked, and advised their users to change their passwords immediately. Quoting:

Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.


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