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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

guacamole What are the implications for the textbook market? (166 comments)

Having passed away, since Mr Stewart can no longer update the textbook every year or so, does this mean that this Calculus text will finally stabilize, stop being updated, and the prices would drop?

2 days ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

guacamole Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

That's why most application developers will not touch C with a ten foot pole. C remains extremely fast and simple programming language, but it has little built in support for "safe programming".

To be honest, some of that is not the failure of the language but the libraries. For example, string handling is a big source of programming mistakes in C. So why isn't there a _standard_ library for safe string handling? (I know there may be several third party libraries) A library could abstract away the management of pointers to chars, things like growing and shrinking storage of the strings, creating string objects, destroying them, etc. without programmer ever touching a raw pointer to memory containing the string data.

about two weeks ago
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Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

guacamole Re:I'd take that kind of Exile (130 comments)

My thoughts exactly. One week in Paris, and then another in Singapore. What a horrible life. Where is it going to take Durov the following week, perhaps Buenos Aires, Tokyo, or Morocco? Hard to say... such crazy world.

about three weeks ago
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Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

guacamole Re:I'd take that kind of Exile (130 comments)

A rather pointless and misguided post and a list.

Trotsky was Stalin's own arch-enemy. It's very hard to think of who could possibly play such role to Putin's regime today. Berezovski was the last one, and he was a non-player since the end of 20th century. The other guy, Khodorkovky, the CEO of now dead Yukos, has already served a decade in prison and has been pardoned.

Litvinenko's killing in London was clearly a very public execution to send a message to major politically involved oligarchs in exile, such as Berezovski, who used to think he owns and runs the Kremlin in the 90s. Durov is a very small fry, and one out of hundreds. I can't imagine that FSB is possibly losing sleep over him.

about three weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

guacamole Re:If only that were enough... (236 comments)

Why exactly was the MH17 flying over a well known war zone, where many aircraft were shot down just days ago? Answer: the Ukrainian air traffic controllers apparently allowed civilian airliners to fly over this war zone, as long as they flew high enough. Stupid. Stupid decisions. Ukrainian air traffic authorities should share the blame here.

about a month and a half ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

guacamole Re:how pretty (209 comments)

I have worked for nearly a decade as a sysadmin in a science environment, and I hardly witnessed people demanding to switch from Linux to OS X. For the most part, MOST science software actually happens to work best under Linux distributions. Your Mathematica example is only one piece of evidence. However, the Linux distributions track much better packages like R, Octave, or Latex, which are bread and butter packages in a lot of scientific fields. While I never used Mathematica, I never had any issues with commercial software packages like Matlab or SAS under Linux.

about 2 months ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

guacamole Re:what you've done is more important than where (130 comments)

In my opinion, other things being equal, the businesses hiring from the top schools are right. My background is in a bit of math and cs from one of the schools on the list above, and let me tell you I have been surprised by the mediocrity of the training people from "lesser" schools had. A guy with a math degree from a prestigious Southern university didn't know what a "proof by induction" is. I was shocked. I don't think we need to discuss the importance of understanding the concept of induction for either math or coding.

about 2 months ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

guacamole Re:CS is (extreamly) soft morph between EE and Mat (130 comments)

EE deals with hardware. Math deals with abstractions, structures, and all that. CS is a lot more than these two IMO. You don't learn CS theory, algorithms, the coding paradigms, or software engineering principles in either Math or EE fields. I used to work as a sysadmin in a leading math department and I saw no indication that the mathematicians are specially more adept at coding or even using computers. The ones who were experts in computing and coding actually chose to do so.

about 2 months ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

guacamole Re:Missing the point (130 comments)

If I bury myself in the parents basement, fill it with PCs and books, learn things on my own, get a junior job and then move up the ranks of the industry, in this sense you can argue that CS degree is not required. In terms of math logic, you statement means that CS degree is not necessary. However, you can't argue with the logic proposition that CS degree is sufficient to break into most junior level developer positions.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

guacamole Re:Wait... (178 comments)

Personally, I never got why the Open Source companies didn't get behind a project like LPRng. In the early 2000s, LPRng was awesome. It was basically an lpd on steroids. It worked like LPD and read printcap, but had support for pretty much any printing protocol, filter, access control lists, quota system, etc. The syntax of the configuration file made managing large site a breeze.

But you see, the open source companies like RedHat decided that simple printcap syntax was too complicated, so they had to throw away LPRng and switch to a significantly more complex syste like CUPS, just because it has a nice GUI and all that.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

guacamole Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

Agreeing on white space conventions are important regardless of what programming language you use. In Python world, it's always better not to use tabs and only use whitespace.

about 2 months ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

guacamole Why does Gnome continue using horizontal panels? (267 comments)

In this age of widescreen LCDs, the vertical space is limited. Yet, Gnome seems to be wasting it with not just one, but two horizontal panels. Wouldn't it make more sense to make them vertical?

about 2 months ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

guacamole Re:HoPeless (118 comments)

A diverse company like HP was bound not to have a consistent leadership and direction. This is why activist stockholders were calling for company's split up for decades.

about 2 months ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

guacamole Re:PERFECT! (118 comments)

You can't be serious. The division of HP that actually makes lots of money is the consumer electronics printers and PCs. The enterprise portion of the company has been mismanaged for ages, and there were call to split off the profitable consumer part of the company for more than a decade..

about 2 months ago
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

guacamole Re:HP doesn't understand how the two support... (118 comments)

It doesn't work this way. I worked as sysadmin for near decade in academia, where HP had a near monopoly grip on the network printing. Users were mostly happy with the HP printers, but that never really made anything think: "HP's printers are good.. why don't I buy some PCs or servers from them.." HPs desktop machines always had a pretty weak reputation among sysadmins and users. Dell and Apple were always number one when it came to desktop systems, while the data centers had all kinds of computers, starting with RISC unix servers in the 90s, and slowly transitioning to Windows and Linux x86 machines in the last decade.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

guacamole Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

IMO, the biggest issue is not the OS, but the third party apps. Think of the dozens of apps that the users installed over the life time of a PC. A lot of them will run scripts and services on start up and shut down. Many processes will hang in memory: automatic software updaters, license managers, useless tray apps, and daemons that may "call home" the company. Also remember about software that's either borderline or outright spyware or malware, such as the infamous Search Protect garbage by conduit, that's highly likely to be installed at some point on your PC if you download lots of freeware apps and you're not careful.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

guacamole Re:Funny (261 comments)

Rampant, unabated population growth is just as bad and irresponsible as rampant unabated pollution. So, under the excuse of low per capita energy consumption, does it seem fine for china to say triple its population and triple all forms of pollution? Eventually all those people will need resources, the resources that China does not have. Personally, I am in favor of limiting CO2 emissions based on the land mass of a country, but I know this will never happen..

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

guacamole Re:Porn of course. (287 comments)

Impossible. All my pron can now fit on a portable laptop hard drive. There has gotta be something else.

about 3 months ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

guacamole Re:why? (182 comments)

Even a monitor is useless.

about 3 months ago

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