Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence
There is a reason why Silicon Valley is not in San Francisco. San Francisco may be an entertaining place to live as long as you ignore the homeless people, drug dealers and nutty politicians. The real innovation is near Palo Alto, Cupertino, Mountain View, Santa Clara and San José. Those places are just too laid back and relaxing for some people living in San Francisco.
Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America
They didn't mention that it was the first. There is one difference though. This solar plane can fly all night. The Sunseeker had no rechargeable batteries to do that.
The world will end ...
According to my 32-bit computer, time ends on January 19th, 2038 at 3:14 AM UTC.
Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?
While router channel conflict is a common problem in denser areas, I found out that my variable speed central heater was causing power and radio interference with my internet connection when it turned on. The heater manufacturer had a kit to fix it though. I only noticed the interference source while using a portable AM radio and listening between the radio stations.
For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?
DOS batch files has too many limitations when compared to other scripting languages. It's frozen in time. I consider Windows PowerShell to be the batch file successor.
Good Language Choice For School Programming Test?
I participated in an ACM programming contest once, and you're not looking at the time issue correctly. I remember one problem that involved complicated time calculation that was impossible with writing in C/C++ from scratch on short notice, but it's easy with the Gregorian calendar class in Java. Good programmers can handle any mainstream language syntax, but the capability of the language and its libraries are much more important when programming time is even more important.
What Tools Do FLOSS Developers Need?
It depends on what itch you want to scratch. Improve the tools that you want to use. If all else fails, you could look at Eclipse and cppcheck.
Lines of computer code written in my life:
A million lines of code isn't totally out of the question.
It's helpful that I worked on a few open source projects that are indexed by ohloh.net. It provides excellent statistics on file type, comment ratio, total lines changed and so forth. For the 8 years of my work it indexed, I wrote about 400,000 lines of changes with about a 19% comment ratio. About 280,000 lines are for C/C++/Java files. I'd say that a large portion of those changes were for fixing/improving lines of code and not creating new functionality.
How Can I Contribute To Open Source?
First, ask the open source project where they need help. If all else fails, you could learn how to write documentation for the project. Helpful documentation is notoriously bad for projects that are too focused on the internals without an outside view.
How Heavy Is the Internet?
This knowledge seems about as useful as knowing the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow. I'll keep this in mind if I'm ever asked this question.
BTW, is this the African or European Internet?
Give Up the Fight For Personal Privacy?
I value privacy, but I have my limits. Am I going to provide my phone number, address, name and social security number for a credit card at a department store for $10 off a purchase? Heck no! I value a mail box void of junk mail and a telephone that only rings when my family or friends call. That way, I spend time on what I want to do.
I consider Gmail to be just as public as a coffee shop. It's conducive to talking with other people, but I'm not about to recite my social security number out loud.