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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator
FTFY: think in Russian
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.
Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
What makes you think the OP would be willing to surrender his arms once he gets there? In the right areas, you could cross where no border agents are stationed, so it probably doesn't matter anyway.
Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
So that normal citizens like you and me can defend ourselves on the way to the Canadian border. Because when these idiot libs and cons start really shooting at each other... the Klondike might be our only hope.
What makes you so sure that Canada is willing to let you in with your firearms?
P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe
TFA boggles me: what does the efficiency of the computation matter?
It seems to me to equate to define the limit where collapse of the wave function is guaranteed?
Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture
The question is, did Sparkfun learn anything from this or will they make another order from the same Chinese company for the same meters and hope Customs doesn't catch them? After all, they got away with it for some time.
I thought they stated they will carry the same cheaper meters, but with the Sparkfun red housing substituted instead.
Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road
a lot of the cities in the US have less than a million people which isn't enough to pay for a train system
Some metro areas with more than a million in population are also finding it hard to afford to install rail. The Denver metro area, which is approaching 3 million, is one exampleis having trouble funding the light rail northern extensions towards Boulder and Longmont, which will have to make due with increased bus service. Of course, it doesn't help that the Regional Transportation District seems to think that everyone must only want to go into Denver and back...
Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living
Don't know about Denver, ...
So why did you even mention Denver if you don't know about it? :-) There are a lot of tech jobs all up and down the Colorado Front Range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins in many different types of industries and national research labs. It is just one factor contributing to the more than doubling of population in this region during my life time.
Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)
I wouldn't call road/racing bikes comfortable, i find an upright bike much more user friendly.
I agree 100%, riding in a lowered position causes numbness in my arms (noticeable after only 10-15 minutes) and causes neck pain. Not everyone who might like an electric bike is 20 years old! Same thing goes for motorcycles.
Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass
Remember the old commercials for the roach motels?
The roaches check in but they can't check out.
Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong
On reading the original I think it is amazingly accurate.
To me, it didn't seem that accurate in terms of the number of correct predictions. The overall flavor of his predictions seems reasonable, however. After all, he predicted flying cars of a type, and they are still not here. I want my flying car!
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