Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer
It has always been a crows sourced link repository.
Crow sourced. That does actually explain a lot...
Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil
problem children are expelled
Which is great for the private school. but that just means the problem children end up at the public school. If the private school can cherry pick the students, they can probably provide them with a better education, but that doesn't remove the need for ALL students to be educated, problem or otherwise.
Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday
Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.
Nice to see I'm not the only one who likes George Carlin!
Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"
Me, I keep having trouble with that damn Voight-Kampff test...
Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?
there was a regional grocery store chain where I used to live whose prices were consistently about 40% off of all major competing grocery stores in the area.
I call bullshit. Grocery stores run at about a 1 to 3 percent profit margin. Some individual items might be priced wildly differently, and a discontinued store (one getting rid of merchandise other stores can't sell) might be able to do a larger discount, but 40% off of standard goods just ain't gonna happen.
Malware Strikes Apple iOS App Store Again
Oddly missing from the summary, the name of the infected App: "Instaquotes Quotes Cards for Instagram"
Moving From CouchDB To MySQL
It wasn't until some time later that the relational database was developed, with the idea that the database server would figure out the relations between data, rather than forcing the application to do that work.
That "some time later" was about 50 years ago. I think we can safely declare this "mature" technology that everyone can safely use...
Why New Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail
Could you expand on the Pascal limitations things?
Allow me to just link to a demi-god:
Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan,
Oracle and the Java Ecosystem
Frack, funniest thing in MONTHS on slashdot, and I don't have any moderator points :(
First Look: Oracle NoSQL Database
And before you ask - we're running the 6th busiest Oracle database in Europe - according to Oracle themselves - running across 4*128 SSD drive arrays at a cost of millions.. and for the 3 or 4 features we need to justify the licenses instead or designing our way out of the same problem, at times I really wonder about the hassle, especially when our data is so important and locked up into such a bloated closed up mess.
You might think such things as a fun fantasy, but you would be insane to actually do it. When it (say) turns out your home grown solution corrupts records spanning odd page boundaries, you will be quite sad as you and the one other guy who has a clue how your "clever hack" functions gets to work 24hour days trying to debug the problem, determine the extent of the damage, and try and figure out a solution. It is times like that when having thousands of consultants, and a major corporation with teams of dedicated programmers ready to jump on your problem (for a price, certainly for a price) is the only sane option. If you are really as big as you say, your data is WAY to valuable.
I may not be fond of Oracle either as a corporation or as a product, but there are reasons it rules in the enterprise DB niche.
The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake
Why was C so lame? Because it had to run on PDP-11 machines, which were weaker than PCs. On a PC, at least you had 640Kb. On a PDP-11, you had 64Kb of data space and (on the later PDP-11 models) 64Kb of code space, for each program.
Your relative comparisons are a bit off. The Altair from 1975 (the first versions of C were finished around 1973) had a whopping 1KB of memory. The mini computers of the day ran rings around what PCs there were, both in raw power and in memory.
How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?
I subscribe to the journal Science. While I admit the actual research articles might as well be written in Linear B, the news articles, and the in-depth sections in front are written assuming the reader is intelligent and educated, but just not an expert in the particular field. It is such a joy to read articles that aren't aimed at the lowest common denominator!
I'm sure Nature, or other similar quality journals, would work as well (I choose Science, mostly because I found a subscription card for them).
Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost
We used to have variants of Pascal suitable for systems programming.
No. You might have used Pascal for systems programming, it was never suitable for it. C ate Pascal's lunch for really good reasons, and it has since drifted off into the irrelevancy it deserves. Google Kernighan's "Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language" as a start, the rest I leave as an exercise for the reader.
Telehack Re-Creates the Internet of 25 Years Ago
I'm not sure what 80s system it's supposed to be emulating. .
Seems kinda TOPS/10 to me.
Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge
(I always thought profs were secretly bastards at heart.)
Nope, profs are people too, and just as likely to get caught up in the heat of the moment as anyone else. They might know more than you ever will about Shakespeare, or fluid dynamics, that doesn't make them infallible.
Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge
Come to think of it where does it say that he's allowed to live in that house? The mortgage/rental agreement is in your name, not his.
The rental agreements that I use have a section that describes the rights of minors to live in the space (and they are listed by name). If they are not minors, they are required to sign the lease (you are not allowed to have guest for longer than 2 weeks without permission, no matter their relationship to you).
Roguelikes: the Misnamed Genre
Based on your UID number, you probably remember... but the keyboards at the time Rogue (and vi) came out didn't _have_ cursor keys.
You can't tell by my UID, but I was actually AT Berkeley when Rogue and vi came out. The ADM-3A terminal (which was by far the most common terminal there, and lots of other places) had a left arrow on the H, a down arrow on the J, a up arrow on the K and a right arrow on the L. Not cursor keys per-se, but a dang strong hint.
The Death of BCC
BCC doesnt show other recipients
Not all mail systems handle BCC this way. The X.400 system (at least used to) take the odd approach of hiding the BCC recipients from the main recipients, but all the BCC recipients could see each other. Other mailers may do equally odd things (or have non-standard settings).
SQL in a Nutshell
It's mainly because SQL was the first (only? someone correct me) language to implement Codd's relational model, via the tuple calculus.
Hardly. Quel predates SQL, and was superior in almost every way. However, SQL had IBM behind it, and Quel just had UC Berkeley (guess who won that battle).
Odysseus's Return From the Trojan War Dated
There's overwhelming evidence that early Greek epics were re-told using an enormous set of conventions
While I believe you, can you tell us what this overwhelming evidence is? I'm actually curious where we get evidence of social and commercial interaction that doesn't leave a physical by-product from 3,000 years ago.
Have we found instruction books? Fragments of private notes? Historians describing how storytellers attracted customers in their towns? Other things? How do we weigh what the evidence seems to say (say a book of instructions for young storytellers) versus reality (the books might have been ignored)?
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