top Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot
You didn't miss much with voyager.
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip...
top Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source
.NET Up To the Job?
And, increasingly, F#. I haven't done the leap myself but will soon have to out of necessity, but I haven't seen a single C# -> F# developer want to go back.
top Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards
So Cory did it?
top T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills
Here in Australia, when a company acts fraudulently, they're pretty much forced to declare their misdeed to all their customers, and to go through all the necessary steps to make it right. For instance, when Coles got spanked for calling their bread fresh baked daily, and when it came out they were baking from partially baked and frozen, they had to put several notices on the wall behind their breads spelling out in great detail what they did wrong. Every detail including the placement, frequency, and wording were ordered by the court.
In T-Mobile's case, the court should have (and perhaps actually) ordered them to mail and email every potentially affected customer with details on how to apply credits to their account online, and every affected prior customer to claim a refund online using account number and mailing address to verify. In cases where the actual damage amount can be determined, credits and refunds should be automatic. Anything that requires jumping through one hoop too many is egregiously odious. Ah well one can dream.
top Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?
Sometimes process is more important than technical competence. A scrum master certification might get you recognized for seeing the bigger picture and potentially affecting change in a team. In addition to just scrum, the PSM course also touches on TDD, definition of done and many things that tie directly into the development process.
top Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
After about 6 years of alimony payments, and found a compatible partner, I consider the alimony a bargain.
top 2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?
Both of my daughters type between 120 and 140wpm, where I topped out at 95. Point being, they grew up surrounded by technology, infrastructure, and encouragement. (D+ in science? I'm surprised, since Science is your best subject. Psych bullshit but I tried every subtle mind game to encourage her. She responded with an A+, and straight-A'd her way through high school and uni from then on.) Eldest is a successful banking marketer expanding into teaching yoga, youngest is doing well in uni but unsure, and I'll be damned if I didn't encourage and support any of their aspirations, and they can bloody well see day to day how I get stupidly rewarded for being tunnel visioned.
I do recruiting screening for a high end consultancy, and not one female applicant that has crossed my path has remotely approached a passing score, even as I would in a heartbeat pass a female with simply a marginal competency in the interest of diversity -- and I'm far from the only one interested here in facilitating gender diversity. Every cultural male is represented where I work, but it's just depressing how male it is. I wasn't able to interest my daughters in tech, nor would I have tried to coerce them, and for decades of trying I have NO ANSWERS.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?
Retain a consultant with a proven track record to implement your processes.
Hire only senior level devs who can do solo heavy lifting across your technology stack. Deliver small increments of potentially shippable product. Insist on emergent architecture. Empirically adapt into better processes.
top Another Hint For Kryptos
Be sure to drink your Ovaltine
top MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate
Expect divorce rates among the lower income levels to rise as women lose the ability to cope without chocolate.
top Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)
I've been working with Xamarin's cross-platform support for some time now, and the shared logic between mobile and mobile web pretty much "just works" after you get used to sticking to Xamarin's toolset when targeting multi-platform. I'm keen to see how this all works built into VS.
top Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?
Take two paradigm shifts with you. You don't say what your background is, but perhaps c# -> f#, java -> c++, c++ -> android. I say two shifts, because one won't last a year. Rewrite -- don't port, rewrite -- a non-trivial application you've written in the new paradigm.
top Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted
An API is a point of fact, as is a recipe, neither of which is copyrightable. Copyrighting an API is like creating an interface IFoo and then telling the world that they can't implement it.
about a month and a half ago
top Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin
Hullooo, zeeba neighba!
top Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico
If the ship is built like their tanks, it goes twice as fast in reverse.
top Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other
Latent homosexual behavior manifested in competition for a same-sex mate.
top Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars
Lights can be installed to pause the heavy traffic. This solves the starvation issue while still allowing the benefits of the roundabout the other 22 hours of the day.
top The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction
The Coen Brothers do an homage of Hitchcock perhaps.
top UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents
"The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all"
Hell, Slashdot has 500 comments on any given topic, and 95% of them aren't fit to bubble above the filters.
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