Is Ruby Dying?
Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs
I find it revealing that the "was this review helpful" counter is near 700, when the other reviews have a count below 10... I, for one, clicked on it, in a futile attempt to teach that hotel about the Streisand effect and how not to treat customers. The hotel didn't even bother to reply to the review...
Scrabble Needs a New Scoring System
The best way to remove luck and improve learning is to play duplicate instead. Letter scores don't need to be balanced.
Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?
Discover sous-vide, either with a SousVide Supreme (http://www.sousvidesupreme.com/) or an immersion circulator (e.g. http://www.waterbaths.com/products/sousvide_products.html). The supreme is fabulous for slow cooks (3 days beef ribs).
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form WebPlatform.org
I seriously question the web expertise of anyone who snubs w3schools as a "terrible", "painful" resource for web development. However, there isn't a resource that is more user-friendly than w3schools on many of the web topics.
I seriously question the web expertise of anyone who snubs w3schools snobs. I'll note that experts don't need user-friendly, they need accuracy, both as a reference level and as a guide for best practices.
Check http://w3fools.com/ again...
To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
"If you ditch the need for helmets, more people would start cycling"
I simply don't believe this.
It is clear that mandatory helmets makes bikesharing much less popular. Check what happened in Melbourne. Other places are looking into changing laws for this reason in particular, e.g. http://www.ibiketo.ca/blog/helmets-may-protect-your-head-mandatory-helmet-laws-will-likely-make-cyclists-less-safe
If you've never seen the impact of bikesharing on a city, you should visit Paris or here in Montreal; the number of bikes you see in downtown is quite impressive.
At least the message was understood loud and clear... It took a couple of hours and a commit to Rails was made to change the default:
Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies
That's insane. How about the students in the second and third classes that didn't cheat? And about the students in the first class that didn't distribute the tests, what were they supposed to do?
Which Language To Learn?
You need to drop the Microsoft hate if you actually want to be employable.
Seriously... I am sure I am not the only one with a career in development (20+ years) without any experience on anything Microsoft.
Balancing Performance and Convention
He's suggesting using the Java virtual machine, not programming in Java. Ruby's current implementation is notoriously slow, although this is resolved with the latest version of ruby (with the production version just around the corner)
Computer Beats Pro At US Go Congress
Actually you can do better than that. At the very end of a game of go, many areas are completely disconnected from the others. It is then possible to assign a mathematical value to them using game theory; see Berlekamp's work