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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Required Snark Personal experience as an employee (125 comments)

I will tell you how it works from the other side of the fence.

First, find some area with a high cool factor. Cool can be substituted for almost anything else, like management.

Find potential employees who are obsessed with your cool idea/company. There are two equally important characteristics that these people must have: they must be really smart, and they must be ready to do anything to make the cool happen.

Promise them two things: they will help change the world, and any sacrifice they make now will pay off in big bucks when you succeed. Pay them a moderately OK salary, but not anywhere near the high end. If pay ever comes up talk about cool, loyalty and payoffs in the indefinite future.

Work them until blood comes of their ears. If possible cater their meals, so they spend all their time either at work or with their co-workers. This keeps them from realizing that you are stealing their life. It helps if you can find single people, or couples where you hire both people. Social ties to non-employees just cause trouble.

Raise money, get customers, and go into panic mode. Take the people you have hired with no management experience and make them manage stuff. Don't hire professional managers because it is a waste of money and time. Also, if they know that you are making mistakes, they might challenge you and make the staff start wondering if you know what you are doing.

Pay yourself very well, but act humble. If the place is small, take people out to lunch or dinner a lot. It's tax deductible, and it makes them think you give a rat's ass about them.

Be a technical success at the cost of business failure. Over promise and deliver late, but show great technical chops. Make sure that everyone in your market area sees how good your results are, even if they are not economically viable.

Go out of business. Be apologetic to your employees about failing. Tell them they did a great job and it's not their fault. It helps if you have a partner you can blame.

This is all OK, because you got the big salary, so you can buy a house and have a new car, etc. You also have the intangible asset of having a high profile start up with high technical visibility.

Do it again as many times as you can. If you do it right you will have some workers, clients, and even investors who will follow you around and experience the cycle multiple times. Your net worth can go up and you can become respected in your field without ever running a successful business. It's called failing up. It's a very popular career path in both Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

2 hours ago
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Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

Required Snark Any discussion on the topic is useless (34 comments)

There is no content outside the pay wall that is useful.

What does a 'write-once-erase’ access model mean? For all we know, it means they can only write the data once, not more then once, and erase it without the ability to do any reads. That's one interpretation of those three words in that order.

Is there some way we can retroactively erase this from Slashdot? It's so broken it cannot be fixed.

Everyone leave this now and don't come back. It's the closest we can get to erasing it. That's what I'm doing. Now.

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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Required Snark Re:Slashdot freaks out over $36,672 (635 comments)

Who just increased their numbers in the House and took over the Senate? Except for executive action, the Democrats have nothing for the next two years.

Mitch McConnell is already talking like he was elected President. The Republican right is already talking abut impeachment.

Your whining about "liburuls" controlling the US is a blend of propaganda and paranoid delusion. Turn off the Fox News, leave your parents basement and visit the real world.

5 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

Required Snark Re:Note to IT recruiters. (276 comments)

When will the 5 year old be replaced by a 1H-B because it's cheaper?

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Required Snark Slashdot freaks out over $36,672 (635 comments)

Ohh, scary scary. Some evil Swedish "librurls" want to take control of your dick. And they have an entire $36,672 in funding. I can see why you are taking it so seriously.

It's a real credible threat. They hate us for our freedom. Maybe we should fake some intelligence about weapons of mass destruction and invade their ass.

The market capitalization of Activision/Blizzard is $14 Billion. Take Two is $2 billion. Meanwhile someone is spending under $40K in Europe to do a study. How much impact can that possibly have?

Sweden is the Berkeley of Europe. They could ban all video games and it would make no discernible difference outside of Sweden. Just like Berkeley can pass laws on drugs or political asylum and it may or may not have any impact even inside the city limits. It's mostly posturing.

So why the freakout? It's clearly disproportionate. It gives the impression that there is a vast amount of insecurity, or maybe some unacknowledged internal guilt. It sure doesn't look like adult behavior under any circumstance,

about a week ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

Required Snark Fucking bait and switch (84 comments)

The whole code.org thing always smelled fishy to me. When the "join the high paid software field with only six days/weeks/months of training" crap showed up I was even more befuddled. Nothing seemed to add up.

Now it all makes sense. These are cheap flashy diversions intended as distraction from the real agenda. They can claim they are supporting the future of STEM education in the US, and training those post K-12 to become employable in software. See, they are patriotic businessmen who love the US!!!

Meanwhile the real plan is to flood the market with unlimited foreign trained employees and drive technical salaries into the dirt. They won't be satisfied until technical talent is in the same range as minimum wage.

Before anyone screams that I'm crazy, that is exactly what happened in the visual effects industry. A combination of moving jobs offshore, lots of 1H-B visas, and a glut of under-trained people moved salaries for many into the under $25/hour range. No health insurance, and since everyone is a show hire, no job security. You don't like the unpaid 40% overtime? Go work at Starbucks.

By the way, that is not a theoretical circumstance. I know someone who used to do pretty well doing visual effects. Eventually he had to declare bankruptcy, and take jobs at both Starbucks and Target. When he finally got back into do effects he was making a third his previous salary. Since he is officially a "professional", he works at least 16 hours a week unpaid overtime. The job is six months, and at the first of the year he'll be pounding the pavement looking for something else. It's kind of like free lance indentured servitude.

If your think that your precious technical ass is immune to this, you deserve to end up sleeping in your car. The plan to screw you is in motion and all systems are go. The only question is what are you going to do about it.

about a week ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Required Snark Re:4H is bad for your resume (377 comments)

Sorry to interfere with your right wing fantasy, but how can you accept this as factual information? I read the post and found it completely unbelievable. As far as I know there is no post-secondary education institution that would do that even if they wanted to. Any school that gets money from the government in any form can't discriminate. And that includes things like 4H, Boy/Girl Scouts, and military service. Since government backed student loans are at a vast majority schools, they can't discriminate by law. They would get in huge trouble.

So in the real world the most likely discrimination in the US would be by schools with religious affiliations. Say Bob Jones University, which engaged in racial discrimination. BJU admitted Asians since it's founding, but only let in black students in right around the time the Supreme Court said that private schools could not discriminate on the basis of race. Even then, they only admitted married black students.

In May 1975, as it prepared to allow unmarried blacks to enroll, BJU adopted more detailed rules prohibiting interracial dating and marriage—threatening expulsion for any student who dated or married interracially, who advocated interracial marriage, who was "affiliated with any group or organization which holds as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage," or "who espouse, promote, or encourage others to violate the university's dating rules and regulations." In 1982 BJU's then-president Bob Jones III, during interviews in which he defended the school's tax-exempt status, cited nine passages from the Bible - drawn both from the Old and New Testaments - which he claimed demonstrated that God intended races to be segregated: "The Bible clearly teaches, starting in the 10th chapter of Genesis and going all the way through, that God has put differences among people on the earth to keep the earth divided", he said, adding that inter-racial marriage was "playing into the hands of the antichrist and the one-world system."

BJU fought the IRS in the courts. There was a lot of political drama, including then President Regan asking the IRS to back off, but it finally went all the way to the Supreme Court and they lost their tax exempt status.

In 2008, the University appoligized.

In November 2008, the university declared itself "profoundly sorry" for having allowed "institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful."

However, they never re-applied for tax exempt status.

When the right wing screams that they are victims of discrimination, it's a combination of hypocrisy, deliberate misinformation (a.k.a. lying), and paranoid delusions. I have a suggestion: leave your parent's basement, listen to something other then Fox News, and visit the real world for a change. Who knows, you might even learn something.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Required Snark Slashdot loves strippers (461 comments)

Would this get so much attention on Slashdot if the subject wasn't strippers?

Suppose it was another state licensed field, like barbers. Many state require barbers to have a license. Do you think that story would get posted in the first place, or get so many comments? I wonder.

about two weeks ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Required Snark Re:If coders are 3 months, how long for CEOs? (173 comments)

Well, they can be trained in one day, but it takes over a week to get a CEO class tailored suit, so it will take at least that long to get them behind their executive desk in the corner office.

Then there are weeks of training to learn all the executive perks. It's not just the key to the exec washroom any more. There's the gym, and limo, and checking out the exec jet (which requires many hours of flight time).

Then there is all the time needed to meet all the important people both in and out of the company. Of course a good CEO will multi-task, and combine that with $1000 lunches and $20,000+ dinners (including guests). A really sharp CEO will combine this with testing the jet, and possibly quick weekend getaway jaunts to the Bahamas, or somewhere similarly up scale.

To do the job right it might takes months, or over a year before the hard work of rubber stamping begins.

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

Required Snark Who funded it? (250 comments)

That's the first question I always ask.

If it's funded by a special interest group then don't even bother to look at it. Whoever pays the bills gets the result they want. This is true for academia as much as anyone else.

about two weeks ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

Required Snark If coders are 3 months, how long for CEOs? (173 comments)

Given the screw ups we've seen in big business, particularly Wall Street, how much training do you think those knucklehead CEOs had?

Using same scaling factor as Codecademy, I figure about 3 weeks to train a replacement.

Think of all the money that could be saved!

about two weeks ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

Required Snark Re:Uncool (208 comments)

Hundai is no stranger to fraud:

- August 4, 2003: Chung Mong-hun, Chung Mong-koo's younger brother and then chairman of Hyundai Asan, jumps to his death while facing trial over an alleged $500 million secret "cash for summit" payment to Pyongyang before the landmark June 2000 North/South summit. He was also accused of doctoring company books and embezzling 15 billion won.

- June 18, 2004: Hyundai Motor Group vice chairman Kim Dong-jin and Korean Air Chief Executive Cho Yang-ho are given suspended two-year and one-year jail terms respectively, for raising a slush fund to support politicians in the 2002 presidential race. Both get to keep their jobs.

- March 26, 2006: South Korea prosecutors raid Hyundai group units such as Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors Corp. over a probe into suspected illegal political lobbying.

- Apr. 19, 2006: Hyundai Motor says the Chung family will donate $1 billion in shares of the group's auto shipping affiliate Glovis Co. Ltd. to atone for the bribery scandal.

- Apr. 28, 2006: Chung is arrested on charges of misusing company funds.

- May. 16, 2006: South Korea indicts Chung, who is officially charged with breach of trust and embezzling 103.4 billion won in company funds, some for personal use, and for incurring losses at group companies by forcing them to support weaker affiliates.

- Jun. 28, 2006: Chung is released on $1 million bail.

- January 16, 2007: Prosecutors demand a six-year jail term for Chung.

- February 5, 2007: Chung is found guilty of breach of trust and embezzling company funds and sentenced to three years in jail.

- February 12, 2007: Prosecutors and Chung appeal the three-year jail sentence.

- Jun. 19, 2007: Prosecutors seek to double the jail sentence for Chung to 6 years.

- September 6, 2007: South Korea's appeals court upholds the lower court conviction and hands Chung a 3-year jail term suspended for 5 years.

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

Required Snark Re:SLAC FACET accelerator (161 comments)

Here is a paper about using lasers for very high performance accelerators with relatively short distances. They are also wake field devices.

A proper utilization of these phenomena and effects leads to the new technology of relativistic engineering, in which light-matter interactions in the relativistic regime drives the development of laser-driven accelerator science.

The bulk of the paper is way beyond me, but it was still an interesting read.

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Required Snark The only discovery (164 comments)

is that the Discovery Channel is directly competing with Maury Povich for sleaze.

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

Required Snark Re:so size DOESN'T matter? (161 comments)

Do you hang up you Klan robs in the closet where they won't get wrinkled bu someone might see them or do you keep them folded in a draw where they get creases but they're out of sight?

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Required Snark Re:So don't destroy evidence (251 comments)

No nukes, no mobile labs for biologic agents. I specifically left out chemical weapons because of the media hype about the previously known chemical weapons that were left over from the Iran-Iraq war. I didn't want to make any claims that could be exploited by an idiot like you.

During the Iran-Iraq war the US government supported Iraq's development of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

U.N. inspectors had identified many United States manufactured items that had been exported from the United States to Iraq under licenses issued by the Department of Commerce, and [established] that these items were used to further Iraq's chemical and nuclear weapons development and its missile delivery system development programs. ... The executive branch of our government approved 771 different export licenses for sale of dual-use technology to Iraq. I think that is a devastating record.

The recent reports about chemical weapons in the hands of ISIS are the direct result of actions taken by the US government during the Regan/H.W.Bush administrations. All the claims about weapons of mass destruction after that were deliberate propaganda made up during the G.W. Bush run up to the invasion of Iraq. Those are the facts. Deal with it.

There is only one "fucking moron" in this exchange, and it's not me. You are delusional. I live in the real world. You should visit it sometime.

about two weeks ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

Required Snark Re:Oh goody goody (78 comments)

Are you whining just to whine, or is your brain actually the size of a walnut?

The sponsor is the US military. They have standardized on JP-8

Apart from powering aircraft, JP-8 is used as a fuel for heaters, stoves, tanks, by the U.S. military and its NATO allies as a replacement for diesel fuel in the engines of nearly all tactical ground vehicles and electrical generators, and as a coolant in engines and some other aircraft components. The use of a single fuel greatly simplifies logistics.

By the way, the original post was wrong when it said JP-7. That's a specialty fuel used by the SR-71 and hypersonic X-51 Waverider. The research was done using JP-8.

From a logistics point of view, having a fuel cell that uses the same stuff you use in aircraft, tanks, and trucks is a big win. A fuel cell that is a drop in replacement for existing generators that use JP-8 would be a big deal. That;s why the military is interested.

about two weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Required Snark Re:So don't destroy evidence (251 comments)

Isn't this what the Republicans are screaming about with the missing IRS emails? Missing fish in a coverup smells awfully similar to me.

Now if we could just find those records that would show if former President G. W. Bush was really AWOL from TANG (Texas Air National Guard) or how the so called "intelligence" about mobile bio-weapons and hidden nuclear facilities in Iran came about.

All coverups are illegal, but some are more illegal then others. Unless your last name is Bush, in which case the cover up never happened.

about two weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg And John Doerr Donate $1M To Expand The Hour Of Code Campaign

Required Snark Zuckerberg and Gates are coge gurus? (24 comments)

Saying everyone should be exposed to code is like saying everyone needs to be exposed to wiring a house/apartment/garage. Just because we generally live in houses doesn't mean that we should all know how to build one. The same goes for software.

This is weirdly narcissistic. It's slightly less odd for a corporation like Google or Red Hat, although it falls into the category of corporate communications as shameless self-promotion. For Zuckerberg and Gates, it's very much an exercise in egomania. Firstly, they are not primarily known as actual code savants. They made their mark and fortune as managers/businessmen, not because of their raw technical savvy. Other people did the heavy technical lifting. So having them get up and wave the "code is the key" flag is factually misleading.

Secondly, having these people encourage a coding career is flat out hypocrisy. They have both been active advocates of unlimited 1H-B visa programs and have personally been responsible for shipping jobs out of the US. Zuckerberg in particular is outspoken about his anti-US worker sentiment. So now he want to train even more people to be out of a job in the US. I guess money can buy a cover up of anything.

about three weeks ago

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Boing Using Accounting Tricks to Throttle SpaceX

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 5 months ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put forth a proposal that all US launch providers must "be required to submit financial reports before transporting astronauts to the ISS." This would keep all the launch providers except Boeing /United Lauch Alliance from making manned ISI flights.

The reasoning:

At a hearing on May 1, Shelby said that “NASA is spending billions to help private companies develop a launch vehicle, but has little to no access to the books and records associated with its investment.”

The White House responded stating

their concern “about language that would seek to apply accounting requirements unsuitable for a firm, fixed-price acquisition.” The House said that changes made would “likely increasing the program’s cost and potentially delaying its schedule.”

As previously posted on Slashdot, loosing access to these motors could impact up to 31 scheduled missions.

So why is Senator Shelby siding with Boeing and the Russians?

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby today discussed important issues facing Alabama and the nation, including job growth, during his visit to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) production facility in Decatur, Ala., where ULA manufactures both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles.

...

“In light of sustained high unemployment rates, I am pleased that ULA employs hundreds of Alabamians and plans to hire dozens more producing the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle here in Decatur,” said Sen. Shelby. “These high-skilled workers assemble a unique national asset whose success currently underpins the very existence of our national security space program. ULA’s presence is welcome in Alabama. I appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation with the company’s workers and the citizens of Decatur to discuss our country’s deepest challenges and lay out a positive vision for the future.”

So Red White and Blue Senator Shelby has decided that jobs in his state and campaign contributions (a.k.a bribes) from Boeing are more important then access to space. He also seems to have forgotten the American values of free enterprise and technical innovation in favor of state sponsored entrenched interests in both the US (Boeing) and Russia (NPO Energomash).

I wonder what Shelby is doing on the Fourth of July?"

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Thick Chinese Smog is Harming Agriculture

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 9 months ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "The smog in China is so thick and pervasive that it is having a large scale negative impact on agricultural production.

Scientists say China's smog blocks natural light, thus slowing down the photosynthesis process necessary for plants to thrive.

...

He Dongxian, an associate professor with China Agricultural University's College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, conducted experiments in Beijing over recent months which she says showed a drastic slowdown in the photosynthesis process.

As part of He's experiments, chili and tomato seeds, for example, took more than two months to sprout at a greenhouse farm in Beijing's Changping district, while the same outcome is typically achieved in 20 days under artificial light in a laboratory. Air pollutants adhere to greenhouse surfaces, reducing by half the amount of light available to the plants, she said.

Most seedlings at the farm were weak or sick, He told the Post. "They will be lucky to live at all."

If China's smog persists or intensifies, He warns, the country's food supply faces devastating consequences. "Now almost every farm is caught in a smog panic."

According to the story "much of north and central China — about one-seventh of the country — was also covered in smog last weekend", so the problem extends far beyond Beijing."
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San Francisco Rail Commuters Ignore Man Flashing Gun: One Killed

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about a year ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "

The man drew the gun several times on the crowded San Francisco commuter train, with surveillance video showing him pointing it across the aisle without anyone noticing and then putting it back against his side, according to authorities.

The other passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice the gunman until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

"These weren't concealed movements — the gun is very clear," District Attorney George Gascon said. "These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings."'

The next time you are out in public, put in your ear buds, and zone out while connected online, just remember even though your mind has "left the building", you are still actually physically present..

Sometimes ignoring your surroundings is the wrong thing to do. In this case, everyone was so spaced out they were all sitting ducks.

So ask yourself: when was the last time I was so plugged in that I missed something big? Has anyone had a life threatening experience due to being on line at the wrong time?"

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Lockeed "Skunk Works" Announces Fusion Power Demo in Five Years

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about a year ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "

At the recent Google “Solve for X” conference on February 7, Lockheed Martin's long-term R&D department (“Skunk Works”) announced they are working on a compact fusion reactor. With what seems a 4th generation prototype called "T4", the aerospace giant says to have developed a high beta configuration, which allows a compact reactor design and faster development timeline.

Public reactions describe the announcement of their activities on nuclear fusion remarkable, because Lockheed Martin doesn't usually make public announcements about Skunkwork projects unless they have a high degree of confidence in their chances of success. The developement timeline indicates plans to have a prototype 100-megawatt nuclear fusion machine of Lockheed Martin tested in 2017, and that a fully operational machine should be grid-ready ten years from now.

Some of the properties reported from the presentation:

  • A self-tuning feedback mechanism whereby the magnetic field increases the farther out that the plasma goes
  • Novel magnetic field configuration that has very few open field lines compared to tokamak design
  • Very "good arch curvature" of the field lines The system has a beta of about 1
  • System is working with D-T fuel

Although the presentation is short on details, Lockheed Skunk Words has a phenomenal track record, and they are putting their reputation of the line when they make this kind of announcement at a high profile Google event. A video of the presentation is here."
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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of C

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "Let the Language Wars Begin (Again). Damian Katz of CouchDB published a blog post entitled "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of C".

"For years I've tried my damnedest to get away from C. Too simple, too many details to manage, too old and crufty, too low level. I've had intense and torrid love affairs with Java, C++, and Erlang. I've built things I'm proud of with all of them, and yet each has broken my heart. They've made promises they couldn't keep, created cultures that focus on the wrong things, and made devastating tradeoffs that eventually make you suffer painfully. And I keep crawling back to C."

Among it's other virtues, he points out that it is a fantastic high level language that "makes it easy to reason about high level algorithms and low level hardware at the same time." It offers the best speed, debugging environment, consistency of execution, a uniform ABI, compatibility with other languages, and a fast build-test-debug cycle. It has many flaws, but as Katz says "Its flaws are very very well known, and this is a virtue. All languages and implementations have gotchas and hangups. C is just far more upfront about it."

So, Slashdot, is everything old new again?"

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High Frequency Trading: Far Worse then you Thought

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "High Frequency Trading is a software engineering disaster, according to a study by the Chicago Federal Reserve. As reported at The Economic Populist, problems include:

Industry and regulatory groups have articulated best practices related to risk controls, but many firms fail to implement all the recommendations or rely on other firms in the trade cycle to catch an out-of-control algorithm or erroneous trade. In part, this is because applying risk controls before the start of a trade can slow down an order, and high-speed trading firms are often under enormous pressure to route their orders to the exchange quickly so as to capture a trade at the desired price.

Another area of concern is that some firms do not have stringent processes for the development, testing, and deployment of code used in their trading algorithms. For example, a few trading firms interviewed said they deploy new trading strategies quickly by tweaking old code and placing it into production in a matter of minutes.

Chicago Fed staff also found that out-of-control algorithms were more common than anticipated prior to the study and that there were no clear patterns as to their cause. Two of the four clearing BDs/FCMs, two-thirds of proprietary trading firms, and every exchange interviewed had experienced one or more errant algorithms.

To sum things up, the well being of the entire world economy is now in the hands of greedy, incompetent corrupt insiders who will do anything to achieve a profit. The regulators are all off on a permanent vacation. (The Federal Reserve does not regulate HFT.) What could possibly go wrong?"
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Former IBM Japan President Otoshi charged for taking up-skirt pictures

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "Takuma Otoshi was the President of IBM Japan from 1999 to 2008, and had an ongoing senior adviser position until his recent arrest. According to Toyko police reports:

Police records say that around 8:00 AM on August 22nd, Ototshi was cited for violating Tokyo’s public nuisance ordinance by using his Apple iPod’s recording function to film up the skirt of a woman as she rode an escalator at the JR Yotsuya Station. A nearby male commuter is said to have witnessed what happened and told the station’s authorities. Investigators say once Otoshi’s iPod was checked, they found a number of incriminating pictures.

Does this mean that IBM endorses the IPod?"
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "A remote control drone operated by an animal rights group was shot down in South Carolina by a group of thwarted hunters.
Steve Hindi, the group president said "his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying." After the shoot was halted, the drone was launched anyway, and at this point it was shot down. "Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said in the release. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they had shot down our copter." "It is important to note how dangerous this was, as they were shooting toward and into a well-travelled highway," Hindi stated in the release."

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Sea water can cause uranium polution from fuel rod

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "UC Davis researchers have found a mechanism where the sodium in sea water can cause uranium nano-particles to be released from nuclear reactor fuel rods. Normally the uranium oxide compounds composing the rods are very resistant to leaching into water. This could have serious consequences for the Fukushima disaster, since sea water was used for emergency cooling."
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