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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

Sez Zero Re:Not sure (118 comments)

I assume you missed the part about building 10 single-room buildings in a day for $5,000 each.

Well, the price is right, but people have been building modularly for a long time. Single room buildings don't really seem that challenging, especially since it is just a concrete box.

The Hilton Palacio Hotel in San Antonio was built in just 202 days, and that was 500 rooms, fully furnished, decorated and kitted (down to the bottle openers and coffee makers). And this was back in 1968.

about a month and a half ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sez Zero Re:What is "Dead" (283 comments)

I can't remember the last time a [major] web site or web framework was done in Perl.

Oh, I dunno, how about booking.com (about)? 'World's leading online accommodation provider' where 650K rooms a night are booked (they're owned by Priceline group, if that's a more popular brand where you live)?

A YAPC talk by one of their employees says 99% of their code is Perl. Check out their dev blog.

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sez Zero Re:Modern Weak Languages (283 comments)

What's the difference between a hipster and a Perl hipster?

A hipster liked it before it was cool and doesn't now. A Perl hipster liked it when it was cool, and still does.

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Sez Zero Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

Perl 5.20 was just released and "represents approximately 12 months of development since Perl 5.18.0 and contains approximately 470,000 lines of changes across 2,900 files from 124 authors."

That doesn't seem to bad to me, but I'm not sure how that number of core release authors compares to other languages like Python or Ruby.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Sez Zero Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

workstations inside the plasma conduits of the main weapon

Management considers this a "feature".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

Sez Zero Re:Give up the keys (125 comments)

I was just going to write the same thing: if you hired someone you trust, trust that they are going to do the job well.

I like the three month transition plan given by Capt.DrumkenBum below, but I'd also like to add that you should try not to take too much pride or ownership in your existing systems. If new guy is going to change them and has good reason, be supportive, even if it feels personal. New guy has to run the ship now, let him run it the way it works, and works for him. Even if you have to say goodbye to one of your own creations and ways of doing things.

Having been there myself, it isn't always easy to go from micro to macro (or trusting someone else to handle some your old micro), but try to think of it is standing on shoulders instead of standing on toes. Now you have bigger challenges to face.

I'm sure there's a John Travlota joke about letting go to be made here...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

Sez Zero Tufte (247 comments)

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, because you'll probably to do it eventually.

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tuf...

about 4 months ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Sez Zero Re:Probably Williams F1 Tech. (262 comments)

Williams F1 has been working on this technology for quite awhile now. It's definitely fascinating. This video shows the technology applications.

Porsche also used the same Williams tech for their endurance 911 GT3R.

Nothing really new to see here; another instance of racing tech trickling down to production vehicles.

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Resupply Mission To Launch March 30

Sez Zero Junk in the Trunk (48 comments)

Paraphrasing: Dragon has junk in the trunk; we're all still ready to launch.

Proof that everyone loves a little junk in the trunk.

about 5 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Sez Zero Re:Tried it already. It kind of flopped. (459 comments)

"lots of carbohydrates" doesn't mean "lots of bread, grains and pasta" - fruits and vegetables are a source of carbohydrates.

But what about donuts? Mmmmmmmmm... donuts.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Sez Zero Re:Maps not a mature product, inaccurate, dangerou (264 comments)

Computer data not always update, news at 11.

The big advantage of this system is getting rid of the GPS DVDs, which guarantee your data will be out of date (or expensive to replace).

about 6 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Sez Zero Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

Don't forget, you also have a front yard so you can yell at the kids from the porch, "GET OFF MY LAWN!"

about 6 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Sez Zero Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

I would rather the campus be located away from urban area. Less traffic, less driving...

Exactly! And living in the suburbs gives me the opportunity to tell kids to get off my damn lawn. The only lawn in Manhattan is the astroturf people bring out to let their dogs poop on.

about 6 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Sez Zero Not fracking, a water tower (317 comments)

So there's a link, but it is a little disingenuous to say he's suing to stop fracking. His suit (linked from TFA) is about the water tower. He doesn't want a high-rise water tower across the street.
He's actually ok with a low-rise water tower that he can't really see from his ranch.
So, over-react much, headline writer?

about 6 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

Sez Zero Re:Beta-ized Summary (193 comments)

"That raises the possibility that the shrinking readership would eventually meet the expanding Beta suckitude, which emerges with a sudden blast of "fuck beta" comments. That black would allow any insightful commentary trapped in the black hole to escape, solving the infamous -1 Insightful paradox."

about 6 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

Sez Zero Re: why not? (303 comments)

The evidence of that is the "all sites" graph which shows IIS's share increasing vs. the "active sites" graph which shows IIS's share plummeting.

I think the most interesting graph is the last: 1 million busiest sites. The downtick of Apache looks a lot like the opposite of the uptick for nginx. For busy sites, it seems nginx is separating from Google and IIS, but at the expense of Apache.

about 7 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

Sez Zero Re:CmdrTaco's Trove? (221 comments)

No inline summaries. Less linkability than pinterest. Lame.

After reading about a "taco trove" I'm left disappointed. And hungry.

about 7 months ago

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Microsoft Pulls iPhone YouTube videos

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Phone team posted today a rather cringe-worthy Windows Phone video on YouTube that mocks Apple and its recent iPhone announcement. Titled “A fly on the wall in Cupertino?”, it depicts what some might believe to be Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive in separate meetings to go over the various color options and other features for the iPhone 5c and 5s.

The nearly two minute clip doesn’t follow the same style Windows Phone typically does when making fun of iOS and Android phones. All you see are two “employees” poke fun at the decisions that Cook and Ive make about the next generation iPhone. What makes things awkward is that although you can only see the back of the actors’ head, it appears that Microsoft has got the wrong image of who Cook is — or is it supposed to be Steve Jobs?"

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Boxee to join Samsung

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "We’re pleased to announce that the Boxee team will be joining Samsung.

We started on this journey six years ago, and have been at the forefront of the changing TV and video landscape. We believe that over the next few years the video market will change even more than it has in the past few decades.

Joining Samsung means we will be able to work on products that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space, products that will be used by tens of millions of people and will help to shape the future of TV.

We are excited about the next chapter for our team."

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Curiosity uses Brush; almost Hammer Time!

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has used its brush tool for the first time to sweep dust off the surface of a rock. Brushing away the dust gives the robot's survey instruments a clearer view of the texture and chemistry of the underlying rock.

Curiosity is building towards using its hammer-drill, the last major tool yet to be deployed on the mission."

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm Ltd; new Star Wars in 2015

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Not only did the news break today that the Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion, but the studio press release also announces that a Star Wars: Episode VII feature film is targeted for a 2015 release! Yes, 2015 will give us The Avengers 2, Justice League of America and now a new Star Wars movie!"
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Software Engineer is 2012 Best Job, according to CareerCast

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "CareerCast gathered mounds of data and sorted through all of the factors to break each element into five key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook. Jobs receive a score in each individual category, and when these are added together, the career with the best overall score is ranked 1st, while the one with the worst overall score is ranked 200th.

Which one came out on top? A job this crowd might be familiar with..."

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Study Shows Alcohol Buzz Prompts Intuitive Insights

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "A moderate alcoholic high loosens a person’s focus of attention, making it easier to find connections among remotely related ideas, Andrew Jarosz of the University of Illinois at Chicago and his colleagues propose online January 28 in Consciousness and Cognition.

On average, participants at peak intoxication solved about nine problems correctly, versus approximately six winners for the sober crowd. It took an average of 11.5 seconds for intoxicated men to generate a correct solution, compared with 15.2 seconds for sober men."

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7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Google and ASUS have been collaborating on a co-branded 7-inch Android tablet, with a launch as early as May, according to sources, challenging low-cost rivals and the iPad with a $199-249 price tag. The fruits of the partnership, whispered to the runes readers at DigiTimes by industry sources, will take on the NOOK Tablet and the Kindle Fire, with ASUS selected for its willingness to flex to Google’s requirements."
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Debit Card Outrage Takes Down BofA Site

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "

Bank of America Corp plans to charge customers who use their debit cards to make purchases a $5 monthly fee beginning early next year, joining other banks scrambling for new sources of revenue. Senator Richard Durbin, architect of debit card interchange fee reform, bashed the proposed monthly fee. "Bank of America is trying to find new ways to pad their profits by sticking it to its customers," he said in a statement. It's overt, unfair, and I hope their customers have the final say."

This morning, it looks like Bank of America's website is down."
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Russian space freighter lost

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency has confirmed the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying 2.5 tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

With the retirement of the US space shuttle, there is now a critical reliance on the robotic freighters to keep the station supplied."

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Journals

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Workless

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fifteen moderator points. Well, I'm not getting any work done today, I've got read Slashdot all day.

It's a moral imperative!

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