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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

hcs_$reboot The problem is not what to learn (380 comments)

Languages are not equally accessible. The most popular languages , like PHP, allow many people - almost everybody - to program, whatever their background is, and whatever the outcome (performance, maintenance, ...) of the application may be. Among this many people is diluted a rather low percentage made of some good developers who could easily adapt and program in something else, like R or Haskell (they don't do it because they don't need to).

In other words, hire R developers to make better PHP programs.

about a week ago
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

hcs_$reboot Re:It's not the knife... (118 comments)

it's the cook that prepares the food. It's not the camera, it's the photographer that shoots the picture. It's not the racing car, it's the driver that wins the race. It's not the programming language, it's the programmer that creates the application.

Yes but a good cook will do better with a good knife, a good photog will be better with a good camera, and a good programmer will perform better with a well designed language.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

hcs_$reboot Re:Not exactly news for nerds (848 comments)

This Russian move represents a serious deterioration of the world unity as we knew it, and is likely to affect most of us, directly or indirectly, and more or less severely. Yes I want to read here the various opinions on this crucial topic, moderated the /. way.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

hcs_$reboot Re:Most are ill-prepared (191 comments)

One thing the Japanese never forget: toilet paper.

about three weeks ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

hcs_$reboot Amazing (34 comments)

...what we could do 25 years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

hcs_$reboot Re:Simple solution: (521 comments)

...or build a power plant near each KFC

--
"Götze" by the way

about a month ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

hcs_$reboot and Kofi Annan (170 comments)

One for me too, thanks Annan.

about a month ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

hcs_$reboot Re:Harsh, but... (249 comments)

Why would you want to keep a 7 year old application that had 2 downloads?

Because more than 50% of all apps have never been downloaded. This is one of the problems we are trying to solve here.

about a month ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

hcs_$reboot Re:Betteridge (248 comments)

"Is it time to switch to all IPv6 yet?"

No.

Sure. When most people will have adopted IPv6, we'll have a lot more IPv4 available!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

hcs_$reboot Re: Real Programmers don't use GC (637 comments)

Fortunately JavaScript solved that. These days, programmers type == instead of ===! Progress!

Wow that '===!' must be a new PHP operator

about a month ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

hcs_$reboot Re:Well, I'm impressed. (149 comments)

I would imagine that there they implemented RFC6532, which involves a lot more than changing a regular expression

So we get sometimes unreadable mails because the encoding of the content is unknown. Then some mails will be rejected because of an encoding problem in the address itself. At least in the first case the mail was received and we had enough time to fix the problem.

about a month ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

hcs_$reboot Re:Over paid (442 comments)

For most jobs, an initial scale is used to calculate earnings based on how much time you spent doing that work. The scale itself depends a lot on what you could get somewhere else for the same job. Main actors, like traders and many salesmen earn something more or less directly linked to the expected/realized profit. It happens that for such a show, the profit is huge. Hence the high salary.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

hcs_$reboot Re:Hash Collision (790 comments)

2^33 x 2^17 = 2^50 ... And if winning the lottery is 1 / 2^24 then 1 / 2^49 is much closer to winning the lottery (only) twice in a row, not 2^25 times in a row!

about a month and a half ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

hcs_$reboot Re:XP losing Market share is not bad news. (336 comments)

I'm only using Windows to test web applications on older browsers. And it's Windows XP (in VirtualBox). I agree with you that newer does not always mean better. Windows 8 is an example. But I'm on a Mac (latest OS) and my feeling is that Apple is also ( since a couple of years ago ) on a slippery slope. Annoying bugs not fixed, lack of innovation...

Back to XP, the reason I'm glad it disappears - and that explains my parent post - is that I'm writing web applications, and supporting IE < 8 is and has always been a pain. At least from Windows 7, users smoothly upgrade to an earlier version.

Also, please see jbolden post above.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

hcs_$reboot Re:XP losing Market share is not bad news. (336 comments)

it's good news for Microsoft

Not only. At least we'll have less and less outdated browsers and insecure machines.

about a month and a half ago
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Dear Museums: Uploading Your Content To Wikimedia Commons Just Got Easier

hcs_$reboot "Dear Museums..." (24 comments)

According to the number of posts, the "Museums" ain't reading /. much...

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

hcs_$reboot Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (170 comments)

I used CodeWarrior at the time, for some time, and then switched to prc-tools. CW was pretty buggy.

about a month and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

hcs_$reboot Re:Linux, a miracle (739 comments)

I keep wondering how Linux could become as good as it is, with a coordinator being a person like Torvalds

Well you must have no much management experience, or at least not the management of a team you never meet in person, you don't choose, and which basically has no working obligation. The Linux kernel is one of the best (the best?) thing that happened for the OS community.

about 1 month ago

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Microsoft Surface drowning?

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a month ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Again, no much good news for the MS Surface. Computerworld reports a Microsoft's losses on the tablet device at $US1.7 billion so far. But, still, Microsoft is serene

"It’s been exciting to see the response to the Surface Pro 3 from individuals and businesses alike. In fact, Surface Pro 3 sales are already outpacing prior versions of Surface Pro. The Surface business generated more than $2B in revenue for the fiscal year 2014 and $409 million in revenue during Q4 FY14 alone, the latter of which included just ten days of Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 3 sales in Canada and the US".

Should Microsoft pull the plug on the tablet? Or maybe it's just a matter of users getting used to the Surface?"
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Bill Gates: Snowden is No Hero!

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 6 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In a lengthy interview from Rolling Stone, Bill Gates, among many other subjects, is asked: "Do you consider [Snowden] a hero or a traitor?". The Microsoft founder answers: "I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero (...) You won't find much admiration from me".
What about Government Surveillance? "The government has such ability to do these things. (...) But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they're discussed in detail"
Rolling Stone retorts that Privacy can be an issue, "We want safety, but we also want privacy" says the journalist. Bill Gates's tells his main priority focuses on stopping the bad guys: "let's say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys.""
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How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 6 months ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Masatoshi Son, SoftBank CEO, remembers the early days when he tried to cut a deal with Steve Jobs in order to be the first to offer the -not even named iPhone yet- "new phone" from Apple, back in 2005. At the time, Son didn't even own a mobile carrier. He then purchased Vodafone, and was indeed the first to sell the iPhone in 2008 (then Au-Kddi in 2011, and DoCoMo in 2013). Today, 75% of smartphones sold in Japan are iPhones."
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China hits back on U.S. human rights record

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Xinhua news agency reports that the China's State Council, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012" issued by the U.S. State Department, published in turn his own report on "The Human Rights Record of the United States", arguing that "the U.S. turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation".
Notably, the report mentions "Closer surveillance of citizens", "More violent crimes involving guns", "Money wars in politics", "Growing gap between the rich and poor", "Violating human rights in other nations"."
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Fukushima power plant blackout II

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The well known Fukushima daiichi power plant suffers from a power black-out since yesterday Monday evening (local time), leading to stopping the flow of cooling water to four fuel storage pools. However, "No need to worry, temperatures will remain in the safe range for 4 days" said the also well known company in charge, Tepco. The cause of the blackout is still being investigated."
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is:

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "- heading towards an airport, as usual
— heading towards a hangar
— heading towards an airport, by road
— heading towards a sea (pick one)
— Much Ado About Nothing"
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Japan Grounds All Its Boeing 787s After Emergency Landing

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has already occupied some of Slashdot news space recently: FAA to investigate the 787 (Jan 11) or 787 catches fire in Boston (Jan 08). Today (Jan 16 JST) happened another incident that makes Japan grounds all of its 787s fleet until an internal investigation gives more information about the problem: a 787 from ANA had seemingly a battery problem and some smoke has been seen inside the cockpit. The plane had to proceed an emergency landing and passengers had to be evacuated.
This is the latest setback for Boeing and its problem-hit Dreamliner planes that takes another turn today with the grounding of the Japan 787s fleet."

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Google Maps finally available on iOS

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google made a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It's available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format). At least."
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Surface sales 'modest' so far said Ballmer

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer. Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see how soon Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone.
(Update originally from French Le Parisien)"

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Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. He gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident, describing a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

On Oct. 30, he filed a complaint with a labor standards office in Fukushima, asking authorities to confirm TEPCO's safety violations and issue improvement orders. He also is seeking penalties--up to six months in jail or fines of up to 500,000 yen ($6,250) under the Industrial Safety and Health Act--against the company that supervised him."

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Laser speed sensor promises safer air travel

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Airplanes use currently the (un)famous pitot tubes to get an estimate of their current speed. Unfortunately the tubes may suffer from the very low temperatures at high altitudes, and send wrong data to the captain — that may lead to a crash in the worst case scenario. Australian engineers offer a brand new technology to calculate the plane speed: two lasers beams are emitted in opposite direction, the difference in frequency gives the speed, thanks to the Doppler effect."
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Apple now shipping Lightning adapters

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Apple started shipping the Lightning (iPhone 5 connector) to 30-pin adapters, that costs from $29 to $39. Some iPhone 5 owners complained about its new connector being incompatible with the previously well known 30 pin connectors (iPhone 4S and before, iPod, iPad, chargers, music combos...). And the adapter comes to the rescue...
However, considering the recent wave of disappointment engendered by the new Apple device (Maps, iOS6 bugs, lack of innovation, lack of staff motivation, etc...), some people may argue that what Apple really needs is a Cook to Jobs adapter..."

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Nikon announces Android-powered compact camera

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Nikon announced the S800c — the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system. The S800c is a full Android 2.3 device, that can run any available apps an equivalent smartphone could offer. The Photoshop app for instance could be an obvious choice. But one may prefer to play a famous game on the camera, like Fruit Ninja. Compared to a classic smartphone, the Android powered device offers the advantages of a Nikon Coolpix camera — like a larger sensor and 16MP.
While smartphones cameras tend to get closer to compact cameras specs, it seems Nikon took the initiative and opened their camera to the Android world. So, in the end, will we have smartphones offering true-camera specs, or compact cameras offering all the smartphones features?"

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French shootings suspect found thanks to an IP address

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "According to breaking news the French shootings suspect was found thanks to the IP address of his brother. The brother contacted one of the soldiers who was killed (March 15) to purchase his bike, and the police could trace that exchange and identify the buyer's IP address.
Fortunately, those killers are not IT experts and have no clue how they can be traced back thanks to the various logs they sow on the way."
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Movie about Steve Jobs

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "It is reported that Sony bought the rights to a biopic on the life of Steve Jobs with the intent of making a movie. The biography on which the movie would be based was written by former CNN chairman and current managing editor of Time magazine, Walter Isaacson (biography to be released October 24).
There are discussions about what could be the best title, and which actor would fit the best for the main role.
While the biography was approved by Mr Jobs, what about some other people who crossed Steve's life and who may not have always been portrayed in a friendly way in his other biographies (the most famous one being probably Bill Gates).
Is Sony able to provide an unbiased work, without having Steve Jobs around to make sure they do?"

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Japanese space craft misses Venus

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes ""A Japanese space probe on a £190 million mission to orbit Venus has missed the planet completely – but could be more successful when it next passes by in six years' time, scientists said."

While the reason of the failure is not confirmed, it is likely the probe didn't slow down enough when approaching Venus."

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Guy Fined For Posting Links To Official Broadcast

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Over in Sweden, it appears that a guy has been fined for linking to an online broadcast of a hockey game. We've heard stories of people getting in trouble merely for linking to unauthorized content, but this story is even more ridiculous. The guy wasn't linking to unauthorized content. He was linking to an online video feed from the official broadcaster, Canal Plus.
The issue was that Canal Plus was apparently technically incompetent in how they set up the feeds, and never intended to make the feeds public."

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