top Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere
Perl is still tremendously useful as system scripting language (one may prefer bash iif does not know Perl) and text processing. Perl was extended beyond its natural scope because in a certain time lapse, it was the only tool available to do quick prototyping and an aid to quickly deploy complex web applications (particularly).
Maybe its true that it has come to the final developement phase. Other languages, more focused on specific purposes and without the limitations/quirks of Perl (TMTOWTDI - There's more than one way to do it - is a problem more that an advantage), have picked up its most useful characteristics, so Perl is no more so central in application development and it will go back to its original scope.
If Perl will go extinct it would mean that other , better languages have took its place, but this is not a problem, it's normal evolution.
about a year and a half ago
top Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building
good question.. If most if not all of the jobs can be carried out by machines how can a growing population earn a decent living? I think it depends on who owns the land and the means of production. In a capitalistic world in which only the rich can afford this kind technology this will end up with war and famine, in a communist world in which all belongs to the state maybe people will share the output of the production, in theory. We saw however that amongst communist there are people that are more equal than others and so
about a year and a half ago
top The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler
In general, if you need a debugger while developing your code then you may not know what you are doing. Maybe you are developing very special stuff, otherwise the intensive use of a debugger means either lack of experience and/or skill..
top Apple Wants Another $707 Million From Samsung
If I were a shareholder I would be quite worried about the (cr)Apple strategy. IMHO this is a clear signal of lack of innovative ideas. Innovation cannot be a continuos flow and they are reaching their limits. I doubt that the iphone 5 will be a planetary success because of the lack of real innovation in it. It's a sad black thing with infamous rounded corners. It's not appealing neither aestethically nor tecnologically. The competitors do at least the same and also much better. They appear on the descending path.
top Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing
The patent attack unleashed by Apple against the most important Android manufacturers and indirectly against Android itself could benefit M$ , eventually.
If manufactured get pissed against Google because of its patent vulnerabilities they could switch to windows 8 that is far more safe from this standpoint (M$ and Apple have cross licensing agreements). This "Bing" story is another element that make me think about at some secret agreement between the two most evil companies in the IT.
top Samsung Expected To Sue Apple Over iPhone 5 LTE Networking
Maybe Apple will win and will rule them all using the "rounded corners" of the power. As a consumer I think that this is the last thing that we need and fortunately I have high hopes that this won't happen.
Apple is going against the entire industry, against the consumers, against the policy makers (well, those of them that are not yet bribed
:-) ) and maybe more.
She can't succeed mostly like Hitler and the Nazi Germany couldn't win.
Apple is rich and powerful but can't win if everybody will join forces.
top Google Distances Android From Samsung Patent Verdict
Apple can't win because Apple is, at the end, against the general interest. An entire industry cannot be at the mercy of a single player. Even if they are right (but they aren't) under the current patent's law system, the civil society will perceive the injustice and that they don't need another modern, greedy tyrant that imposes its extortion against consumers and competitors.
top Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion
I suppose that when people will go to the mall and see then Samsung's shelves empty (as happened to me when the Galaxy 10.1 was banned in Europe for a while) and is forced to buy Apple crap or desist, will get the perception of what Apple actually is and will realize that this company is evil.
I recommend anyone I know against buying Apple products because Apple is bad for the consumers and for the innovation.
This is a really stupid idea!
Totally agreed! Coders use a formalism to build programs. The base symbols used don't matter.
top Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?
IMHO we are nearing a radical shift in desktop user interface technology driven by the evolution of the web.
to develop desktop components in a separate way so that instead of a monolitic desktop system like KDE or GNOME
we will have a standard framework (maybe gecko, like on B2G) on which the components will fit.
I am a longtime Linux-On-The-Desktop user (about 18 years), I love KDE and I'm using it since version 2.0 but I am finding
myself more and more using applications that don't rely on KDE.
Konqueror is not up with the competition any more (it was always lagging behind), so I use mainly Firefox I don't use Kmail any more cause the mess they did with the akonadi stuff so i am using Thunderbird now (not a good looking program but
fits my needs. It's fast, it's reliable, has a lot of useful extensions, the html rendering is way better) I used Kdevelop but it cannot compete with Eclipse or Netbeans for my needs at least (and it has more bugs, some really annoying) Libreoffice is more complete ad reliable than Koffice or whatever it calls itself now Social stuff is migrated mainly on the smartphone...
So... what remains is the desktop, not enough..
top Google Releases Chrome 6, Pays $4337 In Bounties
I have been using 6 Beta for two months because of the instabilities of version 5.x. Typing something in the location bar was often enough to crash the browser. Chrome is not complete or flexible as the the other browsers on the market but for sure is the faster. This only thing makes me to prefer chrome over the others.
top Italy May Hold Its Own Pirate Bay Trial
If one knows that the government in Italy is "owned" by the richest Italy man and owner of the biggest MEDIA concentration. He's only protecting his business (which is the very reason that led him into politics).
top Italy May Hold Its Own Pirate Bay Trial
What you said is true in theory, only. In practice this government is doing all it can to limit the judiciary power. This power is particularly hated by the premier which had (and still has) many legal problems. Some judges that were investingating about corruptions worth many millions of euros and involving many politicians and possibly the southern italy mafia, were recently removed under the government pressure.
Thus, not all the judges are exactly ready to risk their career by running investigations undesired by the government.On the contrary many of them are ready to brown-nose the politicians.
If one ADDS to this the fact that mr. Berlusconi is the owner of the bigger MEDIA concentration in Italy (his family owns newspapers and TVs and, being the premier, has a strong control on the state televisions) and has sent his legals against Youtube which is responsible to publish parts of Belusconi's TVs shows, s/he can understand the reasons of this action against Pirate Bay.
top UK Libel Law Is a Global Threat To Web Free Speech
We in Italy are experiencing the rise of a party founded by a rich moron which controls newspapers and televisions. He was (still is?) the member of the covered masonic lodge names "P2" which had in his plans exactly what this government is doing, i.e., concentrate the power in the hands of the premier and destroy the democracy. This party absorbed the post-fascist party.
In UK there is something strange going on. The power has been is in the hands of a the labour party for many years but I noticed that several Big-Brother laws were passed during these years. Laws aimed at the electronic control of the people and at the suppression of the democracy.
top The Handwriting of Type Designers
Can be effectively used to serialize/de-serialize messages with whatever content and avoid the XML parsing overhead.
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