top Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot
I've watched everything they've made so far, it really is well done. I like how the stories flow from the original episodes on which they are rooted.
top The Joys and Hype of Hadoop
... back in my day we played nethack on the VAX-785!
I started out playing rogue on the Vaxen. Then there was plain hack. Those were the days. Still play nethack now and again.
top Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland
Nothing new, I saw one of these flying over one of the Florida Keys when I was down there a few years ago.
top Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End
Linux Journal is still around as an electronic only publication. They keep sending me emails to subscribe again years after I gave up on it for becoming too light weight.
As far as leisure reading, track down the IBM z-Series and Unisys Clearpath architecture reference manuals and see how things are done in mainframe land.
top Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars
And is too embarrassed to admit it farted to its NASA overlords.
top 45-Year Physics Mystery Shows a Path To Quantum Transistors
Interestingly this article, also from U Mich, talks about observing Dirac electrons:
top Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications
Yes, the neighbors will love it when you take off in yours for work at 7 AM. It would be damn cool, though.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
I second this. When the Century Link customer service drones stated, for the second time, that my third party ISP could not support the upgraded DSL connection (much to my ISP's surprise), I said "goodbye" and ditched my land line at the same time. I ordered a $20/mo VPS from my ISP, with whom I was very happy with their service, to host my email. I use a VPN connection initiated from my Comcast provided dynamic IP address to my home. A happy side effect is that I no longer receive unsolicited phone calls on an expensive land line either.
top Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
A real pain in the ass it is, we should abolish it completely.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
1) GPS / pedometer for running
It isn't clear to me from the info available yet if the watch has stand alone GPS functionallity, or has to be tethered to an iPhone. Anyone know?
top Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
So much of the code that I've seen is poor because the people writing it have not learned the fundamentals of requirements determination and problem solving skills. Then you need to understand how to choose appropriate algorithms and tool sets to apply. Then you learn what you should have known in the first pass and you start again on a better solution. While colleges attempt to produce people having those skills, they often do not provide enough practice. For all four years of my degree program, only one course was about software engineering itself, and because it was only for a quarter, not nearly long enough to cover what takes years to pick up once you are out in the real world.
top Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?
Ekornes Stressless recliners are very comfortable, and have a swiveling table (Stressless PC-table) that holds a laptop, but can be moved out of the way when you don't need to use it.
top Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office
Nine openings, seven list at over 100K/year. Good luck!
And nary a one is for the job category in question: Patent Examiner.
top The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought
The Milky Way Galaxy was seen running off while crying about its impending demotion to dwarf galaxy status.
top New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes
A deep waste injection well was drilled at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NE of Denver in 1961 as a test for the disposal of toxic wastes. A test was run injecting water, and earthquakes resulted. I experienced a magnitude 3 or 4 quake myself as a result of this test. A report by David Evans documented this in 1966.
top Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?
Nothing beats post it notes on windows, doors, other people's foreheads to get the creative juices flowing.
I've only seen this technique described in one of those all hands employee training meetings. You know the type, a useless meeting that is a mandatory attendance training session. Never once seen post its used in any meetings after that. What a waste of money.
top Perl Is Undead
Meanwhile, Perl 5 being phased out of system building / admin tools and web frameworks. Even Perl 5 is dying.
Not for me, I write new Perl 5 code all the time. Get some real useful work done with it too.
top Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record
My cousin served on an attack sub years ago, and he told me about the "diving parties" they had to break in the new junior grade lieutenants on their first patrol. When said lieutenant was standing watch, the diving party call would go out. The party members would all run to the rear of the boat, and the Lt would call for the necessary trim changes. Then the party would run to the front of the boat, repeat as required until the Lt figured out what was going on. Good training for the newbie.
top German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator
FTFY: think in Russian
top Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later
Is that IIIum, Illum, or IlIum?
The font slashdot uses makes it impossible to tell.
Quite, but feel free to override their fonts to make it obvious.
:-) I really hate sites that think setting a small font size is the right thing to do, and always have the minimum font size override turned on.
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