Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience
Long-story-short-summary: Go to Whole Paycheck, buy the food, skip the ONE WORLD! ONE MIRACLE! DR. BRONNER SOAPS! and you'll narrowly avoid being labeled a vegetarian hippie pagan whose holistic massage business is doing particularly well.
Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
Well, Grasshopper, or Unschooled Acolyte, or whatever your title of choice may be...
You did not hear this from me.
But most developers belong to the Church of Pain and we pride ourselves on our arcane talents, strange cryptic mumblings and most of all, the rewards due the High Priesthood to which we strive to belong.
Let me put it bluntly. Some of this very complicated logic is complicated because it's very complicated. And pretty little tools would do both the complexity and us injustice, as high priests or priests-in-training of these magical codes.
One day we will embrace simple graphical tools. But only when we grow bored and decide to move on to higher pursuits of symbolic reasoning; then and not a moment before will we leave you to play in the heretofore unimaginable sandbox of graphical programming tools. Or maybe we'll just design some special programs that can program on our behalf instead, and you can blurt out a few human-friendly (shiver) incantations, and watch them interpret and build your most likely imprecise instructions into most likely unworkable derivative codes. Or you can just take up LOGO like they told you to when you were but a school child in the... normal classes.
Does that answer your impertinent question?
Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped In Sea Ice
It's not about being the frist pole.
It's about being the first best poler who can spell.
Swiss Government Backs Privacy Oriented ISP
It's clear this is merely some darknet to protect the black market for Swiss chocolate smuggling. But at last my secret Toblerone stash will be untraceable. So I got that going for me.
IE 11 Breaks Rendering For Google Products, and Outlook Too
Well they were definitely building something that distracted them. Because in all my years of web development, IE has definitely been the most standards-compliant browser. I've never heard of a situation in which IE did not render something correctly, or in a non-standard fashion, or in any kind of fashion that causes developers to scream at the screen, angrily toss their mouse outside the window, and yell foul obscenities at a Bill Gates they cannot see, in a place far away where they cannot touch.
Capturing the Flag, SQLi-Style
Real world SQL injection usually ends badly. The last SQL injection that actually worked in real life was The Empire Strikes Back. So yes. I agree. SQL injection is usually a disaster.
Book Review: Secret History: the Story of Cryptology
Alice locks her signed copy of the book in the chest with her lock. She sends the chest to Bob. He slaps his lock on it. And send the chest back to Alice. She correctly interprets this as a big FU from Bob and takes a chainsaw to open up the chest and get her damn book back since he obviously doesn't want it.
For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets
My bluetooth won't work. My USB won't work. That's sucks. But I got first post. So I got that going for me.
Book Review: Getting Started With Drupal Commerce
Here's my review... after using Drupal extensively on several projects, I can tell you the best way to make money with Drupal is not to use it in the first place.
It's absolutely amazing how quickly trying to do anything even remotely interesting in Drupal turns your codebase into a nightmarish, unmanageable mess.
Ok, rant over. Drupal lovers can mod me down now. But from my perspective, the only people who should be loving Drupal are consultants getting paid by the hour. Because it's one heck of a top-dollar billable-hour generator.
D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Allows Full Access To Settings
The Beatings Will Continue... Until the Firmware Improves.
Who's Getting Pay-By-Phone Right? The Fast Food Industry
Oh great. The burger outlets have discoverd pay-by-phone.
Next thing they will discover micropayments. And then we'll have pay-by-fry.
The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return
The question of what "we" get is not very meaningful until there is an actual "we." And if you are talking about programmers making mass-scale demands of any significance, you first need to have a common base of opinion for that mass to have a unified voice.
Now let me ask you -- if programmers were inclined to join together in this kind of way, wouldn't that first have expressed itself as some kind of coherent economic grouping like -- say -- a union? I'm sure there are a few unionized programmers out there ... uh... somewhere... but I've personally never met one, ever.
So if they won't do this for a core economic interest (salary, working conditions) then how realistic is this idea that there would be some kind of coherent constituency agititating for something "in return" for DRM? Because as it turns out, quite a few programmers benefit from being employed by companies with a stake in DRM. And that is, on some level, almost every for-profit company on the internet which makes it business selling proprietary information (content, programs, web services). Which is just about everyone, besides the relatively small proportion of economic activity at companies relying on open-source business models.
This is not about programmers at all. If anyone is going to complain, it's "consumers." There are a lot more of them, and the population of potential complainers is much larger. Whether or not that means diddly squat in a major capitalist system where all the for-profit internet-connected companies really, truly ARE a significantly incentivized interest group that pretty much like the perceived benefits of DRM... well, color me skeptical about that.
Largest US Power Storing Solar Array Goes Live
So I'm not going to respond to the first post because it makes no sense. But I'll happily use the "first reply" spot, thank you very much, to actually say something.
This $2 billion plant breaks down to close to $30,000 per home serviced. Seems a wee bit excessive, considering the average home electric bill in Arizona runs something like $200 (I researched the web for a few minutes to estimate this).
Consider that installing a home solar system would run something like $10-$20k at most in a sunny place like Arizona (considerably less w various tax incentives).
Looking like a bit of a boondoggle?
Foxconn Accused of Forcing InternsTo Build PS4s Or Lose School Credit
Hold on for a second here, people. Let's remember for just one second... These students... they chose (ok - an assumption on my part - they presumably chose) to intern at Foxconn. FOXCONN.
Putting physical devices together is what they DO. That's their entire POINT in the universe. What are these kids thinking, that they'd be working on advanced logistics and supply chain management right out of the gate? There are two kinds of jobs in a contract manufacturer. Ones you can train for over a week, and ones you can train for over a year (or more). Not a whole heck of a lot in between. On some level you gotta ask -- what did these kids expect? If you don't want to learn (by doing) some assembly, then you're really looking for an internship somewhere else.
TEPCO Workers Remove Wrong Pipe Get Splashed With Radioactive Water
The most troublesome thing about this nuclear pipe water tipping incident is that there is nothing funny about it.
What possible humor is there in this? Shall we call the place "Tipco" or something? Shall we make jokes about the water itself, and say silly things like, "Oh, they spilled water? Hopefully it wasn't heavy water! Get it? Hehe." Dumb stuff like that. Or talk about the fact that at least they were wearing protection. So they won't get a disease. Surely, that joke would be pregnant with humor.
This is the trouble with posting on Happy Hump Day.
11-Year-Old Coloradan Will Brew Beer In Space, By Proxy
Drinking beer for hydration purposes... good luck with that.
Scientists Boycott NASA Conference Because of Ban On Chinese Participants
Billions of Chinese cyberattacks per day on American companies are the issue. Planets trillions of miles away? Not so much.
Any honest analysis shows that China is "borrowing" knowledge from the USA as fast as humanly possible. It's enough of a courtesy that we do indeed allow their citizens to study and work here. We've done a fair job of maintaining decent civil and trade relationships despite a strained rivalry. Beyond that, the Chinese government and military apparatus can always take some responsibility for improving the relationship further.
When Criminals and Terrorists Communicate In Real Time
You're with us, or you're with the twitterists!
True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)
100 terabucks seems like a lot but when you compare it to the 200 terabucks under-the-table business-to-employee market, it kind of takes a back seat.
ByteLight Unveils NFC Alternative Called Light Field Communication
Snooping is not so much the issue; rather it's the fact you need a $500 piece of paper to display the equivalent of a lit up QR code.
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