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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Mirar Babel of IoT of many things (248 comments)

It's just a pity that all ioT talks different languages. If only there were a secure, simple protocol so that they could talk to each other...

SMNP would have worked, but it completely stupid in its ambition to be a superstandard....

2 days ago
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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

Mirar red? (139 comments)

So, they didn't redshift the photon, they made it slower with the same wavelength?

about a week ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Mirar Re:Most calls not really from Dish (247 comments)

If they could blame this on the subcontractors, wouldn't they have done that already?

Do they have installers themselves already (in competition)? Otherwise I doubt they change anything. (If they survive.)

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Mirar not unix (551 comments)

Isn't the main problem that while systemd might solve problem, it's sharply going away from the simple solution that worked to make Unix good?

Systemd isn't simple. If it's not simple, I don't think I want it on my Linux.

PA and Gnome isn't simple either. And creating more problems (albeit while solving others). I believe the same thing will be true about systemd.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Mirar Re:No longer available OTA (437 comments)

It seems weird that you can't upgrade if you delay. Really weird.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

Mirar Seats? (181 comments)

Does that mean that when they finally made a car with comfortable seats, it sold out? :)

(My main problem with buying an S is that the seats actively hurt my back. Maybe because I'm 6'4. I don't know.)

Also, does Tesla need systems developers? :)

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Mirar Hrmpf (329 comments)

The UK government really don't like it's people.

Pity Scotland didn't manage to leave.

Turn it around instead. Let the people see all official documents and plans.

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Mirar That's not strange. (187 comments)

Isn't it very likely that something very basic like the pythagorean theorem was discovered more then once? Probably several times in the region we now call India.

We know of the greeks because we got to copy their stuff before it was burned, but we burned thousands of equal amount of historical accounts, philosophy and science from other sources. We've had long-lasting cultures who mainly destroyed other cultures and all their records.

We were just lucky the romans thought that the greeks were cool. If that hadn't been the case, all that would have been destroyed as well.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Mirar Re:No longer available OTA (437 comments)

You can't go from to 5.0.1? (Not that 5.0.1 is worth it, but...)

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Mirar well... vista (437 comments)

Since Lollipop has a lot of bugs and nothing of the new features is any better than the old ones (lockscreen, face recognition, calendar... I hated all new changes), why would you upgrade?

5.1 might be worth it.

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

Mirar Re:...now this again. Learning programming languag (242 comments)

This is true. But I don't think you can be a good programmer if you only know one single language in one single paradigm.

I usually program in a mix of functional, object-oriented and iterative; whichever solves just this problem the best at the moment. (Bonus if it also creates the most readable code. Which is, of course, part of 'best'.) I don't think I could do that as well if I hadn't programmed in both assembler, lisp, C, C++ and LPC.

(I'm not sure what ARM C++ is; I write C for ARM but except the hardware registers that I hide away in hardware layers, there's nothing special over the C. Well, it doesn't have things like printf, signal or exit. But it really isn't a different programming language than say C for DOS.)

I wrote a C compiler in interlisp once. That was fun. (To lisp.) (As a project.) (After learning LISP for about three weeks. It could probably have been much better LISP, but the principles in LISP and functional programming are actually really easy to understand. Easier than being able to read all the parenthesis...)

Writing such projects - as well as doing things like implementing a scheduler or a TCP/IP stack - makes you understand things a little bit better. :)

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

Mirar Re:...now this again. Learning programming languag (242 comments)

Yes. I constantly have problems with libraries, especially overcoming bugs and limitations. Most of the time I have to (sadly) reinvent the wheel, because it didn't have spokes or someone thought triangular wheels were the best thing ever.

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

Mirar ...now this again. Learning programming languages? (242 comments)

This is brought up now and then on Slashdot. Treating programming languages like something actually hard to learn.

Specific programming languages are irrelevant.

Programming paradigms and levels are relevant. But if you know a language in one paradigm, it's easy to learn another one. If you know C, the step to Python is fairly close. Lisp or Erlang is a little more distant, but it's not impossible far to learn in a few weeks.

If you can't pick up the basics of any computer language in a few weeks, I get the impression you're not really sure of what you're doing.

So it's irrelevant if you already know the language. Except for very confused recruiters. The question is, can you get good at the skills needed at the job within a few weeks? You wont know the projects or the libraries in the new company anyway, picking up a new computing language isn't going to be the hard part.

But then again, ASN.1 isn't a programming language more then TCP/IP is a programming language, so maybe the question is more confused than that.

(Languages I have encountered in my professional career: V2 BASIC, 6510 assembler, ABC8* BASIC, dBase 4, x86 assembler, 680x0 assembler, Batch files, Pascal, C, C++, Shellscripts, Pike, ECMAscript, Java, Flash, ARM assembler, and Python. In that order. I have done ASN.1 in the form of SNMP, but I really don't think I would call it a programming language.)

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Mirar why not license globally? (437 comments)

What is the problem with licensing everything for global use? Can someone explain?

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Mirar Indian? (578 comments)

I thought the population growth right now was in India, where they speak a lot of English. Of a sort.

And there's no way a closed-wall country like China could have their language exported to the world, no matter how many they are. Especially since the trade language, in China, is English. (Of another sort.)

But here's to hope that the regional languages lives on, because some sort of crippled international English with a vocabulary of 400 words should not be your primary language.

about a month ago
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TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews

Mirar well, yes. Owners don't want to be on TripAdvisor. (88 comments)

Two restaurants I really liked in Berlin, I talked to the owners about TripAdvisor:
Neither was listed. I wanted to add them and tell others about how nice they were.

They asked that I didn't put them (back) on TripAdvisor. Apparently people use sites like that to blackmail restaurants into service.

That's why we can't have anything nice.

Either TripAdvisor owns up and starts cleaning up false reviews, or it will get completely useless.

Maybe the "star" rating system needs to go, and only allow reviews. Rate restaurants on how well-written the reviews are, and people can read for themselves. It should make it a lot more work to actually sink a restaurant.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Mirar Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

If they show it, and then something happens at one theatre, they will still get sued for millions.

I bet they would show it if there wasn't a huge culture of suing everything out of everything.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Mirar black DNS? (388 comments)

So how long until we scrap DNS for something both secure and P2P?

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Mirar interesting? (250 comments)

So what is so interesting in those documents, that Sony cares that much?

about a month and a half ago

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