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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

TyFoN Re:R still in heavy use (387 comments)

R is on the upswing so I wouldn't call it "still used" really :)

That said, you can make money knowing R. I am doing it, but you really need some database experience and possibly some python, c++ and the like.

SAS won't die in a _long_ time either, in the banks I've been too except for this last one have been using SAS almost exclusively.

The problem with SAS/R code is that neither is usually written by a programmer but a statistician that want something to work there and then.
It can be a nightmare if you inherit too much legacy code.

Also, you actually need to know statistics to be effective :)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

TyFoN KDEnlive (163 comments)

I've been using KDEnlive a lot, and I find it really nice for my personal use.
It hasn't crashed in about a year either, and uses MELT underneath.

Slightly OT: I've also replaced adobe lightroom with darktable now, and I like it a lot.

about three weeks ago

Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

TyFoN Re:Slower games (181 comments)

As you can see from the feature list of the pre-release of the next major version of minecraft, it does indeed support multiple cores now, at least for chunk rendering which has been the biggest performance problem before, and they are now using vbos instead of the old opengl interface.

These changes consist of both new features, and large game structure changes such as replacing the hard-coded "block renderer" with a system that is able to read block shapes from data files, or performance enhancements such as multi-threading the client-side chunk rendering. We hope you will enjoy it!

about three weeks ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

TyFoN Re:Google + IPv6 = Bad (224 comments)

That is odd. I have 6rd via my fiber connection and youtube etc is so much better when connecting with ipv6.
I suspect this is because no one are using those network paths yet, but maybe it's just the local content cache that sucks or something and ipv6 goes straight to google.

about a month and a half ago

Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

TyFoN Re:cretinous because (316 comments)

Wire-line ISP, you mean the ones connecting fiber and copper?
If so, my provider sells me 100/100 mbit 24/7 unlimited that I pay about $80/month for.
My record is 15 TB data transfer in one month, which according to the logs averaged out at about 50/50 for the whole month.

I have never heard them talk about caps or limits when I am on the phone with them. I even called them to cancel their TV service since I am only streaming and downloading. They said nothing but cancelled the TV.

My $30/month mobile plan only allows for 5 gb before throttling the speed. But that is in the contract and I have agreed to it. I never agreed to unlimited. If I had and they throttled me, I'd be pretty POd too.

about a month and a half ago

Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

TyFoN Re:Yeah (101 comments)

No, you can't retrieve anything from my computers in that way even with my root password.
The encryption keys are my own and I have full control over them.
In the TFA case, apple has control over your keys.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

TyFoN Sysops and programmers (509 comments)

will be in demand as long as we have computer that can break.
If someone invents a completely self programming, self healing, self building computer then maybe not.
Even if that happens I think you would need system operators for even these machines as someone has to tell them what to do even if it's only by spoken word or brain waves or whatever is the current input method.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

TyFoN I made the switch (143 comments)

Personally at least.
I used to work in one of the largest banks in the world, and everything we did was SAS/MSSQL.
I had some personal stuff in R, but most of the other analysts didn't seem too interested except using what I made for them except for one phd in the German department. I never pushed it though since there was so much legacy code, including code I had written my self.

Now I have switched to a start-up bank, and I am the only analyst.
I've used R/RStudio/Shiny with PostgreSQL in the back very successfully, with all code in git. Now I can bring good analysis forth much faster than I used to in SAS that can be viewed on any device with the option of downloading the source data in excel and csv.

The management loves this.

If you show them a few good ones they will want more, but I wouldn't start to rewrite all the legacy code. SAS isn't bad when you have it set up properly.

But another good thing about R is that you get access to innovation in the statistics fields faster, and you don't have to pay huge sums of money for extra features.

RStudio and Shiny is a bit expensive for the pro versions, but nothing compared to SAS, and the open source versions are free.

about 3 months ago

Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

TyFoN Re:640KB ought to be enough for anyone (198 comments)

And it was true.
The internet in the early 90s was _slow_.
I didn't get cable with 10 mbit until 1996ish, and even that was slow!

about 3 months ago

Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

TyFoN Re:CDNs do not violate Network Neutrality (150 comments)

Are we still dealing with metering on regular internet connections?

We have that here on 4g broadband services, I think the last time I checked, you could get 100 GB 4g up to 80 mbit broadband for $100 a month.

But I prefer 100/100 mbit unmetered fiber for the same price though :)

about 5 months ago

Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

TyFoN Re:Piracy prevention? (377 comments)

35 GB takes me 47 minutes to download on this 100/100 connection.
Fiber is becoming the standard, so I don't think it would be a big deterrent.

I would actually be more concerned about the space it would hog on my SSD drives ;)

about 6 months ago

Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

TyFoN Re:On the road to replacing DirectX (130 comments)

And the reason those 20% still use it is because of company lock-in / legacy web apps.

Even my almost 70 year old mother is on Firefox without me being involved.

about 6 months ago

KDE Releases Calligra Suite 2.8

TyFoN Re:It's an Openoffice-like thing (35 comments)

It's the old KOffice.

Krita is probably the most usefull of the apps and I've already replaced GIMP with it, however the rest are also slowly maturing :)

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

TyFoN Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Here in Norway they go even further, and the company is not allowed to read your email if it is put in a folder clearly marked private.

Personally I keep my private and work emails in separate systems, but it seems that a lot of people are using their work email for private stuff.

about 7 months ago

Canonical Ports Chromium To The Mir Display Server

TyFoN Re:Shuttleworth is a lunatic. (63 comments)

Posting to remove moderation.
I realize this was not meant to be funny, but serious.

about 7 months ago

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

TyFoN Re: Here are 2 reasons this is crap (264 comments)

If it supports full BT 4.0 and all the relevant protocols, and none of the features in the dash will refuse to run because the phone is unsupported then I guess there won't be much complaining.

Considering how apple has handled open standards in the past, I suspect this will not be the case though.

But we'll see soon.

about 7 months ago

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

TyFoN Re:Here are 2 reasons this is crap (264 comments)

There is one here.
I would never ever buy a car with apple in the dash, but I can afford these cars.

About 6/10 in my office has android phones, 2/10 has windows phones and the rest are on iphones. This is a bank in a country where iphone adoption is considered very high.
So unless they make it work with other devices, they lost a bunch of other potential customers that I know of too.

about 7 months ago

US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

TyFoN Re:Android already has this... (197 comments)

It's not remote brick though which is described here, but we have that already through IMEI blacklisting.

about 6 months ago



Android catching up in the tablet market

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "Year to year, the iPad market share is down from 94.3 percent to 61.3 percent while android is up about the same, going from 2.9 percent to 30.1 percent in the same period."
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The worlds longest live tv show

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "NRK, the Norwegian version of the BBC, will be transmitting a boat trip from Bergen to Kirkenes along the Norwegian coast. All the video is licensed using Creative Commons and can be watched live at When the trip is done you can download the whole 5.5 days of video via bittorrent."
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Don't use iphone below freezing

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "According to a Norwegian woman, her phone exploded when driving to work. When contacting Apple support, they explained that the phone is only rated for 0C to 35C and since she used it in -12C the warranty was void.
This means that if you live in a country where the temperature potentially drops below 0C (32F), be careful of when you use the phone.
The article is from Aftenposten in Norwegian, a translated version is available through google."

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Android market enables paid apps expansion

TyFoN TyFoN writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TyFoN (12980) writes "From the article: "Support for paid application sales is now expanded to developers in 29 countries, with today’s additions of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan. In addition, Android Market users from 32 countries will be able to buy apps, with the addition of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan."
At this time (06:50 am) in Oslo, Norway I still can not see any paid apps on the market, but hopefully this will be updated during the day."

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