Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
The most common type of code I get an IDE to generate (for Java) is hashcode and equals. I could write it myself, but it is very important that they are done correctly, and an IDE will do it quicker than I could anyway.
Facebook To Buy WhatsApp
In a reasonable world everyone's incoming texts would be free, but we do not live in such a world.
I have never paid for incoming texts (in the UK) - I think the rest of the world outside the USA is reasonable as I've only heard of that practice happening in the USA. I used to be pay as you go for years although in January I started a one-month repeating package of unlimited texts and unlimited internet for £12 (which Google tells me is about $20).
Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?
Heck, for the most part they didn't even have editing - the scenes were shot "as live" and scenes with only minor errors went out the way they were shot.
Back in the early days of Doctor who, that was how most TV shows were filmed.
Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone
Normally a topic on Apple and Android would be filled with snide remarks and anti-Apple/Android comments, but most people are complaining about the slashdot beta instead, which kinda shows how much people hate it.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I tried the beta this morning. There was no obvious way to show only the comments rated 4* and above. There are ways of seeing funny or insightful posts, but you don't get to control how many.
I think I did this on the beta site by clicking on the gear icon to the left of the "funny" "insightful" etc. filters, which allowed me to select a filter level.
So there is a way to do it (or was, I don't know if it is still the case today). Not an obvious way, but a way.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
If you were browsing through modern news sites and you stumbled across this, would it not give you pause?
The BBC site from that link looks designed to be viewed on a small monitor so has a fixed width. Current slashdot doesn't have that so it isn't an issue.
The BBC site from that link also looks cluttered and is more like the slashdot beta site (which is cluttered) compared to the current slashdot site. If you are using the BBC site from 2001 as an example of how not to design a news site, why is the new slashdot beta moving more towards it?
Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
Whoa, I don't think ever seen that low a UID here before.. or I just never noticed.
...or you've been using the beta where you can't see anyone's UID next to their name in a comment
Microsoft's IE Is the Most Targeted Application By Security Researchers
The way I interpreted it was that an assumed profile of someone using IE is that of a less-knowledgeable user (so one that would be more susceptible to not noticing something "bad" happening to their computer).
Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
Don't let any negative experiences with iOS portable devices put you off of Mac computers. It's as if OSX and iOS are made by two different companies.
I think the person asking the question wasn't looking at Macs due to a cost issue, not necessarily because of iOS
Code Is Not Literature
If musicians read sheet music like programmers read code, then why do a lot of programmers insist that everyone else comments their code?
If you're reading sheet music just to play it, then you wouldn't need comments (like a computer doesn't need comments to execute code). I would be surprised if music composition is done exclusively in notation without some text alongside it, particularly if there are a number of composers collaborating (disclaimer: I'm not a composer).
If people could write perfect software first time (and software requirements never changed), code probably wouldn't need comments.
Google Confirms Shut Down of Schemer
I have to agree. This is the first time I've ever heard of it! I have no idea what it's for, what it's limitations are, or where it might have gone had it survived. It is, literally, zero loss: it never existed as far as I'm concerned.
I think I have heard of this once before, but it was saying how it sounds nice, but most of the stuff on it was just spam.
1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info
There is App Ops in android >=4.3. Install App Ops Starter and disable the permissions you don't want to grant to an app.
I have that installed (first Nexus 7, Android 4.3) - it looks like there are some permissions that can't be disabled (internet access for example). Otherwise it is quite nice (it also says the last time the app used the permission, and if it has used it)
Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card
I don't know where people get this idea that you have to have a chip-and-pin CC to get by in Europe. It's just not true.
I live in the UK, so examples of things you wouldn't be able to buy with a card include:
- train tickets (you'll need cash, or else a long queue if there's a human option)
- car parking (sometimes cash won't be an option, though that's rare)
- occasional smaller businesses (shops, restaurants) who will want cash instead due to the fraud risk
- any other ticket machine (e.g. cinema)
OK, it's more of an inconvenience than a necessity. It's ridiculous that the US has barely started to use the system though -- it's almost 10 years old.
(I don't think Brno is much to brag about...)
I live in the UK and almost always get train tickets using a card, both at the counter and using the machines. This is from train stations an hour or so away from London, so maybe they don't have them further away.
I have seen some smaller businesses in the village near me only accept cash, however that was mainly because there was an ATM across the road and it would cost them to process cards themselves.
Glenn Greenwald Leaves the Guardian To Start His Own Site
P.S. Why is it that the best American investigative journalists work for British publications? Do British investigative journalists work for American publications?
The Private Eye (UK publication) seems to do a lot of the investigations into British affairs that a lot of the rest of the British media avoid.
Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks
Dear slashdotters, The Guardian is quickly becoming one of my preferred references. Can you help me broaden my horizons by naming other good newspapers? (English/French/Spanish language only sorry)
Not sure if it counts as a newspaper (it comes out fortnightly), but in the UK there is the Private Eye. A lot of the content is satire, but they also report on topics not covered by other papers.
As an example, when the Leveson report was being released, they covered the bits that the other papers were not reporting on (namely the bits that made them look bad), and also recently have reported on some of the big the tax evasion techniques being used by big companies (again, some of the other newspapers either use these techniques or are owned by someone who do, so miss out on this reporting)
US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test
"Any idiot can solve 100-(20/(37-5)*100) especially if they have a calculator."
What are these slash and star things? How do I do parentheses on my calculator?
I selected the equation text, right clicked and went "Search Google for..." and it told me the answer - no typing or calculator needed.
Apple and Nokia Outraged That Samsung Lawyers Leaked Patent License Terms
"- using what practically amounts to slave labor at Foxconn"
The same company that a dozen other companies use
Just because "someone else does it!" doesn't make it ethical. Everyone else who does it is also behaving unethically.
First Few Doctor Who Episodes May Fall To Public Domain Next Year
There is the Tom Baker episode Shada which wasn't completed as opposed to being wiped.
Researchers Show How Easy It Is To Manipulate Online Opinions
Moderators shouldn't have complete freedom in choosing which comments to moderate. In each discussion, they should be given a random sampling of comments from which to choose, and not just those high enough to pass the browsing threshold. Then every comment would have an equal chance.
That might be interesting. I always browse at a fairly high level even when moderating because I don't have enough time to read everything (this usually means I don't use up all my mod points because a lot of things are already scored correctly). Actually having two settings of comment thresholds ("General" and "Moderating") would be useful to make it easier to change quickly.
California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing
they will tend to refuse short trips, trying to hold out for the more profitable longer ones, so taxi availability gets worse.
They already do that. Routinely. Regularly. You simply CAN NOT get a taxi in many parts of San Francisco. They will refuse to come.
So if the monopoly solution is a failure, and you're saying the free market solution is also a failure, guess we need a third solution.
I would like to think that a self driving car would be a good third solution.