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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Zaurus Basement (191 comments)

There is already a sizable portion of the slashdot community which never leaves the basement in which it resides... ;-)

about a week ago

Don't Fly During Ramadan

Zaurus Re:Proud? (1233 comments)

Parent should be upvoted. Spot on.

about a year ago

Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

Zaurus Re:Wireshark (923 comments)

The probability of them being true at any instant in time is described by the following formula?

(4 - ITEM_NUMBER) / 4

(I mean, #1, #2, and #3 could be true...)

about a year ago

Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

Zaurus Stop the heterophobia (1174 comments)

I think that "anonymous reader" is a hypocrite. I believe it is "stupid" and "hateful" to call someone stupid and hateful for sharing their personal belief that homosexuality is damaging to the nation.

I'm sick of the heterophobia and hypocrisy that's so popular in the media these days. "If you don't believe that homosexuality is a normal thing that's absolutely wonderful for everybody then WE ATTACK YOU! ...but don't you dare attack us. That violates our rights."

Guess what? I believe that homosexuality is flat out wrong as well. So flame on.


about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

Zaurus Re:NIH (1154 comments)

Ah, but they failed to gain widespread consumer adoption because they forgot the cute cat apps. I, obviously, will not omit that step!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

Zaurus NIH (1154 comments)

(Sigh) I guess I'll just have to rewrite the whole thing from the ground up. I'll just avoid making any bugs or bad design decisions, and make sure everything loves all aspects of everything I code. I'll just write a new bootloader, kernel, drivers, utilities, compiler toolchain, windowing system, desktop productivity software, and some cute cat apps.

Should take a week or two.

about 2 years ago

The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners - Now With Surveillance Camera Footage

Zaurus Re:The Patdown Procedure Was Horrifying For Me (219 comments)

Though I select the scanner in my case, I completely identify with your feelings -- I had them too. It was overwhelming. Thank you for your comment. It prompted me to write a letter requesting my elected officials help eliminate this new terror, a copy of which I sent to both my State's senators and to my representative in the house.

more than 2 years ago

State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

Zaurus Finally (601 comments)

It's about time the pendulum starts swinging away from the abusive, oppressive practices that the terrorists have set in place over our society.

America is supposed to be the land of the free, home of the brave. Not the land of the willing to consent to invasive and abusive practices because of drummed up fear.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Propose One-Way Trips To Mars

Zaurus Re:Little difference? (839 comments)

Ick. Then they'd both go and there would never be peace on Mars.

more than 3 years ago

Apple discontinues ZFS project

Zaurus Re:LOL (4 comments)

Well, if you consider the web site, the repository, the Apple employees on the filesystem and kernel sides, and the macosforge branding as "the project" then they can certainly kill it.

But you're right, we've got copies of the open source code, so in the sense that the code is the project, it lives on.

more than 3 years ago

Where's Waldo (the Submarine)?

Zaurus Why don't they... (107 comments)

Why don't they just make a $250,000 submersible to go and find it?

about 5 years ago

StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010

Zaurus Re:LAN play (453 comments)

A few short years? Warcraft I was released in 1994. Diablo II was released in 2000, the expansion in 2001. So there's six or seven years. Those seemed like awful long years to me at the time. You completely left out WarCraft III and its expansion between Diablo II and WoW.

I'll certainly agree that the focus on WoW has probably delayed SC2 from being started and released by a couple years, but it's been an attention-leech, not a money leech. If anything, WoW makes them a ton of dough. Anyway, I don't think the argument that Blizzard has "died" stands up in the face of their simultaneous Diablo III and SC2 development--both of which look like a lot of fun!

more than 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

Zaurus Re:Especially if he wanted to work on the tty code (909 comments)

Parent post should be modded insightful or something, not funny.

Terry Lambert is an actual Apple employee who, if I'm not mistaken, could quite honestly hire people like Alan to work on the "unix" portions of OS X. He's quite active on Apple's Darwin Kernel mailing list.

more than 5 years ago

Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

Zaurus Re:Agreed, but engineers still use Fortran (794 comments)

Well, it doesn't sound like we really disagree very much. Python is a different tool than Java, so they don't generally compete head-to-head in my experience.

True, my requiring Python for my department doesn't cause it to be much more prevalent in jobs across the globe. On the same note, your not having seen them doesn't make them less common.

Still, I'm being objective when I say there's lots and lots of python jobs out there. Here's an example of a few dozen (hundreds? I didn't count them) Python job listings from just one site:

I'm not saying that there's not lots of Java jobs too, because there obviously are. And I'm not claiming that there are more or less of one or the other, because I have no idea what the ratio is.

On the "quick programming" note, I'm surprised you state you don't understand it and then give an example of how you use Python (not Java) for a calculator (an example of "quick programming")! That's exactly what I'm talking about. The ability to fire up the interpreter and instantly be in business, without ever creating a file, a class, or anything. I'll often want to crunch some data quick and dirty, or do some parsing that's a little too complex for command-line tools, and I can do it by just firing up a Python interpreter and having at it. My comment about Java was really just to reflect that (as far as I know--I'm no Java guru), no one fires up a Java interpreter and starts making stuff happen right then and there without at least creating and compiling a file.

You can also make fairly sophisticated command-line utilities with very few lines in Python, which I was also thinking about as quick programming.

more than 5 years ago

Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

Zaurus Re:Agreed, but engineers still use Fortran (794 comments)

I _have_ used Java, Matlab, and Python.

Python is quite likely to be used in a real job. In fact, I require python skills for the development positions I hire for. My department uses it every single day.

If an applicant or employee chose "Java" or "Matlab" to implement a "quick program" to try to solve the tasks we tackle at my workplace, I'd throw them out on their ear for choosing an inappropriate tool for the job. For example, creating a secure, asynchronous communications network with Matlab would be very difficult. Another example: automating system administration tasks across a variety of open-source OS's of various ages and architectures would be unnecessarily complex with Java and difficult to make portable due to the incompatibility of various Java versions, while a python script works quite nicely and portably.

Mind you, there are other domains where Java or Matlab are the appropriate tool for the job (I mean, c'mon, who wants to process matrices with Java or Python?). I'm not saying they are useless. They're just useful in other domains than we are in at my workplace. There is definitely a place for Python in this world. It's quite often used in real jobs.

I disagree that Python is an appropriate educational stepping stone to C, but that's just because my personal opinion is that things ought to start with the nuts and bolts and then taught upward (for example: binary, then machine language, then assembly, then C, then scripting languages).

more than 5 years ago

Tactical Camera

Zaurus What I want to see... (137 comments)

What I'd like to see is the youtube video of someone pulling this out in a highschool sports game to take pictures of the game while standing right next to the local policeman...

more than 5 years ago



Apple discontinues ZFS project

Zaurus Zaurus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zaurus (674150) writes "Apple has replaced its ZFS project page with a notice that "The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly." Apple originally touted ZFS as a feature that would be available in Snow Leopard Server. A few months before release, all mention of ZFS was removed from the Apple web site and literature, and ZFS was notably absent from Snow Leopard Server at launch. Despite repeated attempts to get clarification about their plans from ZFS, Apple has not made any official statement regarding the matter. A zfs-macos google group has been set up for members of apple's zfs-discuss mailing list to migrate to, as many people had started using the unfinished ZFS port already. The call is out for developers who can continue the forked project."


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