Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine
At least they didn't choose DuckDuckGo - one of the worst search engines I've ever used.
Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills
I'm not really sure this is applicable to the real world since most software developers don't live/work in Silicon Valley so the concept of taking a break to go play volleyball or hackeysack is pretty much a "non-starter". I think they should really evaluate the productivity of developers in the two scenarios that most apply to the real world: 1) Your managers are incompetent when it comes to what it is that you do, how you do your job, and what makes you happy. They do, however, understand obnoxious "development methods" resulting in a countless number of ways for them to waste your time doing everything BUT developing software. 2) Your managers DO understand your job and work very hard to give you a productive environment and support you in what you do. They keep everything other than software development off your plate so that you can focus on doing what's best.
Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance
I think one of the major issues here is that voting has become a joke. "We" (and I mean the collective American people, not just myself and the others responsible for the next statement) vote for these idiots based on the fact that they have someone sending amusing tweets and know how to talk in circles about things. We definitely don't vote for them based on anything reasonable (like experience, previous ACTUAL accomplishments, etc). If we want that to stop, we need to stop voting for prom queens and vote for a leader.
Ask Slashdot: Linux for Grandma?
You're probably just looking for Zorin OS. It's basically something like XP and has all these features to make life easier for people who don't know their way around Linux. If my mother needed a new system and I didn't still have Windows 7 for her, I'd do Zorin.
Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop
The Google "public private partnership" is corrupt too; but not quite as bad since it doesn't involve guys with guns.
Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I think ReactOS will become viable right about the time that nobody cares... or is that now?
Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
I think a lot of people have a problem in the tech world because they reach certain "platforms" and decide they aren't going back. Let me break it down:
1) You worked for company A for 10 years and got promoted to Senior Software Engineer. Unfortunately, unknown to you, company A didn't actually know anything about software engineering so you're actually not much of a software engineer.
2) You try to find another job. You probably won't find another job as a software engineer if you don't actually know how to do that job; even if you had the title.
3) There are jobs available. However, they have titles like Analyst or Specialist and those are so "beneath" you, right? You were an ENGINEER for gosh sakes. You couldn't possibly bring yourself down.
My advice: Get over yourself and let your skills speak for themselves. Your title and current position don't define you or your capabilities. When you start understanding that, you start developing real skills and enjoying your job.
Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?
I'm sad to see that I'm the only one that thinks that congestion has gotten worse due to the abundantly clear lack of thought in traffic engineering. I think there might be two scenarios that potentially account for this: 1) I learned about the idea of planning less capacity than is required to "force people's hands" on using public transit. Idealistically, it sounds great. Like most idealistic plans, the real world doesn't work that way and it just pisses people off and, viola, traffic congestion. 2) I don't feel like traffic engineering is keeping-up with our technology. At least in my area (and in many to which I travel), I see no efforts being made to use the technology we have to better improve traffic. Instead of having connected, intercommunicating and load-sensing intersections, we still have a lot of unconnected, unaware intersections that induce a lot of the congestion problems.
New Tool Makes Android Malware Easier To Create
This would appear to be a solution marketed to the less intelligent software developers and schemers. The tool's "dashboard" is hosted by the tool creators. Let me help you out: You do all the work of baking our toolkit into your stuff and, at some random point in the future, we'll take the client off your hands at no charge.
Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound
I'm glad to see a post that positively promotes development in science. For some reason, our "science" has stagnated lately in my opinion with "scientists" taking hard-line approaches to situations - they are no longer thinking out of the box and force everyone to think in the box or be ostracized and labeled "stupid". I agree that there is more likely a part of the brain that helps us "see". I believe that the data used by that brain center can be different to produce different results: 1) You see with your eyes the events happening in front of you. 2) You see with your mind when you recall a sequence of events, situation, or even dream.
Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes
I, personally, am shocked to see this out of Oracle.
In other news, having worked on many of the less-common Oracle products (not Database or AS), I've actually found that the majority of their crap doesn't work at all. When you report a bug, they have a team dedicated to basically finding a reason why the bug shouldn't be fixed/resolved. One product in particular never works out of the box and always requires patches on the GA version in order to work. Also, when you go to upgrade this product (which is required constantly due to bugs), you have to figure out how to upgrade crap yourself when they decided to break/change/modify configurations between versions. They also have no problem with introducing major architectural changes in minor releases.
Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?
I think it's important for them to understand the sequences and logic aspect of programming. Even if they don't necessarily have to "code" anything, there's a lot to be learned.
In another approach: Teach them something about programming so that they won't be the jerk that you have to put up with in meetings that doesn't understand what programming means. You know who I'm talking about: "I hear you say that will take 3 weeks to write. Why don't we see if we can get that down to 1.5 as that's when we really need it." ... "Oh! Well why didn't you just say you had a deadline? I was definitely basing my quote around how much project time I was going to spend play Sudoku and drinking Coke rather than the actual amount of time that it would take to write what you asked for."
Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week
Let's bring all the security of iOS to your car... sounds great.
DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe
How, exactly, would you propose that this is done by carriers? You say that it would be obvious if someone were attempting a DDoS attack but that may not be true. One of the major issues with DDoS is that it doesn't require tremendous bandwidth on the client sides. There could be millions of those (and with the fact that everyone thinks they need 50Mbps home internet for their web surfing) and there's plenty of bandwidth available that could be limited to appear like legitimate traffic.
It has been my experience that the best attacks against things involve greater quantities of remote hosts and less bandwidth than fewer hosts with more bandwidth.
DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe
The ISPs of the world keep letting this kind of crap happen.... It should be pretty obvious when someone is trying to DDoS a server. Even if they don't want to lose a "paying customer", simply cutting access to that server for x amount of time for that IP would be more than enough.
I understand where you're coming from but I think that may be a premature observation. I doubt this is just an attack against a single IP address. You should also remember that there comes a point where the incoming volume of traffic destined for the IP address(es) under attack overwhelms the upstream carriers prior to the null-routing of said addresses. The lower the null-route is set, the greater the chance for upstream impact. Mitigating heavy DDoS isn't always just a simple matter.
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