top Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer
Settle down, NumbNuts. They happened to use an iPad because it contains an ARM chip. It's idiots like you that make Slashdot basically unreadable.
top Near-universal Mexican Healthcare Coverage Results From Science-informed Changes
You are an incredibly stupid person. So many Americans live in a weird bubble of ignorance. It's just embarrassing.
about a year and a half ago
top VMware's Serengeti Brings Hadoop To Virtual, Cloud Environments
Yes, of course you can manually set up Hadoop in whatever environment, but it's a pain and generally speaking management is annoying. This new project appears to alleviate at least some of that, making it easy to remotely deploy and manage a Hadoop cluster. At least, that's what I got from the demo video - there's probably more to it.
Regarding Hadoop, I'm always surprised by its popularity given the relative fragility of HDFS (the NameNode is a single point of failure; other distributed filesystems have beaten this problem) and the dubious, beta-like quality of the tools built on top of it (Pig, etc.)
top Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize
Not to mention "millennial". Look how many times it's misspelled in the summary.
top Evaluating the Harmful Effects of Closed Source Software
GnuSense vs. Ubuntu.
top Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions
I can say firsthand that Macs have made serious inroads at Cisco, not just for mgmt but for programmers as well.
top FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC
Let me be honest: you have no idea what you're talking about.
top Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Dangerous Lines of Scientific Inquiry?
Where I live, certain ethnic minorities (actually, taken together they are actually a majority) are notorious for screening embryos for gender. Then they abort the females until a male is born first. It's become such an issue that it's now illegal to specify an embryo's gender until the window for legal abortion has passed (I don't remember how many weeks/months that is).
If you're white, the doctor will still tell you if you ask though.
top Tim Cook Prefers Settling To Suing and Has a Huge Quarter
Apple haters are a funny breed. I'll bet you think of yourself as a real free-thinking maverick, right?
top Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg
I'm 42, work for a very large Valley-based company whose name starts with "C" (as a contractor, so I'm self-employed) and I can tell you that the Valley in general is DYING for programmers of whatever age. To use just one example, I get calls from LinkedIn contacts and recruiters multiple times weekly, even though my profile says I'm not looking for work.
And what's more, I work remotely, which you would think would make me less desirable as an employee. It probably does, but companies are desperate, I guess.
top Light Table: A New Spin on the IDE
Actually, certain debuggers have had "edit and continue", compile on the fly capability while debugging for C++ and Java since 2005 or so.
top Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired
Same guy. He also wrote "Unknown Quantity". He's a pretty well-known conservative commentator in the US, one of those "let me tell you like it is" types.
top The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math
A lot of musicians don't perform live, and for those that do, the great, vast majority make no money at it. You are ridiculously naive, or you only listen to big-budget, Top 40-type music.
top Possible New Human Species Discovered In China
The way species are normally defined is whether or not they can interbreed, and if so, if their offspring are capable of having offspring (think mules).
top GitHub Hacked
Oh wait.. this is an open source community that understood what his intentions where and didn't have a knee jerk reaction.
What I guess intelligence trumps mass panic and ignorance.
That's exactly wrong. GH freaked out and banned his account after the Rails team repeatedly closed his bug reports. This story has been on Hacker News for a while now, so you can head there for the full story. His account was eventually reinstated after it was made clear to GH that they behaved poorly.
Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution
If this is AC 3, then what were Brotherhood and Revelations? I guess 2.1 and 2.2?
top America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware
At some point, the cost of automation must come down to the point where the human automatons are too expensive. The US gov't should provide all sorts of tax breaks and incentives to companies that automate like crazy, in order to pull back manufacturing and curtail China's growth.
top For Sinclair Fans, The ZX81 Lives On
The ram pack was prone to wiggling a bit and you'd lose the entire contents of memory. You had to prop it on a book or tape it in place. Kind of a nightmare really. I also hated the ultra-fiddly tape storage, where you had to have the volume and tone adjusted just right to get those weird black bars that showed the program was loading or saving correctly.
top Fake IPad 2s Made of Clay Sold At Canadian Stores
GreatBunzinni actually sounds a lot like twitter (the crazed anti-MS poster, not the web service). Back in the day, twitter maintained numerous sockpuppets to hold forth on all manner of paranoid insanity. Could this be another? The mystery deepens!
top Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?
You're in the wrong place. Most (though not all) people who post here are "geeks" in the sense that they know some terminology and are mostly engaged in technology on a political level (from "walled gardens!" to privacy issues to copyright issues). The actual programmers have departed for greener pastures - even CmdrTaco posts at Hacker News now.
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