top Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?
How delicious it is?
QI - The Giant Tortoise
about a month and a half ago
top Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't
The point being that Apple didn't adopt Objective-C just to be weird. Next used Objective-C to build NextStep and there's certain things in Objective-C that made NextStep moderately cool.
Objective-C was used in the late 1980s to early 1990s to quickly create relatively secure GUI environments on NeXT equipment (where cost was not a serious issue) for military/spook type applications.
This was at the time that programs written for the MS environment still were based on MS-DOS or Windows 2 or 3.0. The tools available were not generally considered suitable for the speedy development of secure systems...
top Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros
Vacation time is not something that government can force an employer to add on top of your salary, it is your salary, it is just a different way to pay you.
I don't know for sure about France but in many European countries vacation is by law on top of your salary, so you're still getting your normal paycheck when you're on vacation. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case in France as well.
In Australia, many employees are on a government mandated award. This has minimum salaries, overtime payments and holidays - So if you are say, a waiter or a retail assistant, you know what your minimum conditions will be.
Most awards enforce a payment of 117.5% of your salary when you are on holiday (20 days + 10 days public holidays) because most people spend more when they are on holiday.
top IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages
Where is the if statement in standardised sql?
CASE WHEN a=1 THEN 'one'
WHEN a=0 THEN 'zero'
ELSE 'something else'
top Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java
As a now retired user and developer who sometimes used Oracle (since V4 ), I know the truth of the old saw:
Q: "What do you call Oracle customers?"
Perhaps Larry has has read the Rentier Capitalist's Handbook and found an even better way to take all business users and developers hostage? I would advise avoiding Java (and Oracle) in new projects wherever practicable.
top US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
I used them on Data General Nova and Eclipse computers in the 1980s. There are still CNC systems using them, but many of them were upgraded to 5.25 floppies.
top Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?
It's all a
real Comp Sci needs...
top Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
C'mon people - aren't we nerds? Clearly we need an OR here, not an AND!
I think that you want a NOR gate. The tribe only survives (1) if the inputs from disease or guns are both 0 :
Wikipedia NOR gate
top London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000
Here you are - A London clippy -
Link to photo
top Greenland's Fastest Glacier Sets New Speed Record
And those who use the word "Denier" are more credible?
I often use the word denier with credibility -
top Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
A few years back a rep told me that 2.5" drives were generally more reliable than 3.5" because 2.5" were designed for laptops, were they would be expected to have a hard life, and 3.5" were generally used in desktops where they would be less likely to be knocked and dropped. He said that the smaller drives reliability was was still better even when based on relative capacity (say 2x 500GB 2.5" vs 1x 1000GB). Obviously the cost differential for large amounts of storage is not favourable (except to the rep), but for home use or where reliability is important it might be worth thinking about - YMMV based on how careful you are?
top Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java
Oracle and Java exploits - An anecdote:-
A couple of weeks ago I tried to log into my superannuation account, the browser fired back an authentication error, so I notified the company (MLC) who asked me to send them as many technical details as I could. After a little bit of looking around, I noted that the Oracle Access Management system that gave me the error code was was at version (184.108.40.206.0). Oracle's currently version was 220.127.116.11.0. Not too surprising, a supplier that had not patched to the current version.
What did surprise me was that Oracle's Identity Management Patch Set that was available for the version displayed was >2GB - A compressed Java application and framework for a database authentication application that was
. over 2 Gigabytes in size
It has been a few years since I wrote any Oracle stuff, but that is ridiculous, what the hell have web based script kiddy/Java type developers been up to. Admittedly I started with Oracle in the Stone Age (V3) and actually shipped an application that used V4. By V6 the C interface which included all the necessary external validation code was small enough to be easily understood and modifiable by a single programmer. My memory is going now, but I seem to remember that in the 1990s all of the code for an early web CGI Oracle interface, including user validation would fit on a floppy.
top Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review
I mean do people want fire^H^H^H^H interfaces that can be fitted nasally?
top CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet
Common sense = Skynet?
Are Cyberdyne Systems sponsors of Carnegie Mellon?
We're doomed, doomed, I tell you.
top Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Sorry, yes, my Google-foo failed.
However as another poster has written, SWEDEN had conscription until 2010 and had a high level of their population with military training. Sweden, while not having as many guns/head of population does have a high degree of gun ownership
top Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Really? The majority of Swedish men have had military training and many of them have assault rifles at home (not necessarily ammunition, but that can be made available from the local barracks).
top Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
The original Statute of (Queen) Anne enacted in 1710 gave exclusive rights to the individual creator for 14 years, then if the holder was still alive, they could extend the rights for another 14 years. The item then became part of the Commons.
top OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review
even software update goes through the app store now, or at least certain components do...
Try: sudo softwareupdate -l
If you like what you see: sudo softwareupdate -i SomePackage-1.2.3
top The Camera That's Also a Mac Mini, Or Vice Versa
If you don't like the early Lead Belly version, you could try AC/DC too
top Half of All Research Papers Published In 2011 Already Free To Read
90% of research papers published in 2011 not worth reading.