HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port
to those of us who know and love this OS. Very big. VMS is secure, stable (can run for years - yes I said years - without need of reboot), and the UI is about 99%
intuitive (unlike unix/linux, windows, and others). Sometimes I think I'd un-retire for a chance to work in a good vms shop ...
Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads
in VMS (you know, that semi-mainframe OS invented by DEC and now owned by HP).
Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift
Just what we need! Better compilers is what we really need, but that apparently is too difficult.
Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game
Nintendo needs to tell the LGBT crowd to get a life, be concerned with real issues, and pound some sand in the process.
Kids To Get the Best CS Teachers $15/Hr Can Buy
The idea is to teach kids to code? In what language? And how long will that language be in vogue? Are we ever going to have a "universal" programming
language? Or is the idea to teach the kids the fundamentals of computing, computers, programming, file structures, algorithms, etc? At present, we
have a plethora - perhaps an excess - of programming languages, and new ones are popping up like weeds all the time. It seems to me that an ability
to program - at least in some high level query-only language - is highly desirable, rather like the ability to use a calculator or smartphone. But if we
try to teach everyone to program, are we not simply creating even more potential hackers than we already have, thus making everyone's everyday
experiences on the internet even more insecure than they already are?
Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source
I don't trust "free" software. And never will. If you pay for software and it does not perform, you probably have a comeback on the vendor. If "free" software does
not perform, you have no comeback on anyone, OpenSSL being exhibit one. And in case anyone was wondering, the ONLY reason "free" software has been so
widely accepted by corporations is because it is supposedly "free". IMHO, free = crappy.
The Ways Programming Is Hard
Bad code keeps many, many, many people fully employed at good hourly rates. So be thankful for it.
Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
there would be more women it IT. Seems that IT is not an attractive career option for the ladies. BFD. Interior design is not an attractive career
option for men, BFD. I worked in IT for 30+ years, but wouldn't do it again. Too much sitting, too much listening to incompetent management,
too many clueless users who didn't know what they wanted or needed and couldn't be bothered to figure it out ("how do I know what I want until
I see what I get"), never-ending software updates, greedy and incompetent vendors. But it did pay pretty well.
Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem
The PC crowd have their collective shorts in a knot over this one, as they did with the Mozilla CEO situation. Seems you can't hold a political view which disagrees
with the official PC/libtard position without them having a temper tantrum. And it's so easy to set these people off on a tantrum that it's tempting to do it on a
regular basis just to watch them scream. But I digress. There are only 2 reasons I can think of to put Rice on the Dropbox board: her business acumen and her
OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
There are security vulnerabilities seemingly EVERYWHERE. Do programmers not test their code anymore? Is there no testing protocol for security issues? Is
no one embarrased to have released a piece of software that's so porous? I'm retired, and I can tell you that if I had written code with the security holes that modern
programs and apps seem to have, I would have been unceremoniously fired very quickly by any and all of the several employers for whom I worked in my career.
But that doesn't seem to happen today, unfortunately.
Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services
encrypt your message, send it in clear, no one but no one can decrypt it unless you give up the key. Never heard of one time pads? Google it.
Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?
Stay right where you are: max out your pension fund contributions, enjoy the perks your current employer provides, and take some contract work on the side to
satisfy your need for challenge. Figure out how much money you need to retire comfortably and work toward accumulating that money as fast as you can. Then
retire. You'll be much happier. Trust me, not having to respond to an alarm clock 5 or more days a week is very nice.
Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?
Doesn't matter to me whether my ISP is feeding me data at 50 mbs or 100 gbs. 50mbs works just fine and handles my every need. Unless I am trying to watch
4 movies at once or somesuch as that. I suppose the average mormon family, with 2 adults and 6 or more kids, might need faster speeds, but I just don't
believe the average household needs 100 gbs.
Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire
Ken Follett - The Pillars of the Earth
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged (I know, the (il)liberals here have no concept of what the woman is trying to get across, which does not surprise me, but it truly describes the situation into which we are ever more rapidly descending).
Researchers Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds Using Hubble Telescope
How advanced is that!!
If UNIX Were a Religion
VMS forever. Far more secure, far easier to use, far more features, and has an excellent built-in file system.
Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment
As we know, there is no privacy anymore. Hence, prosecutors are going to be facing more and more of this sort of thing. You cannot hide. Ask that DA
in Texas. Once prosecutors become aware of this, they might become smart enough to NOT mount silly prosecutions like this - but I doubt it. If you as a
prosecutor think your own bureaucracy can protect you, think again. I'm predicting an increase in violence against prosecutors and law enforcement in
Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?
They're cheap. I've managed to live without a "smart" phone for a very long time. Yes, they have some nice features, but nothing I cannot live without.
And yes, your employer is perfectly justified in banning personal electronics on company property or a company functions. He does, after all, pay your
New Documents Detail FBI, Bank Crack Down On Occupy Wall Street
1. Do not carry any kind of ID on you. None. And remember, personal cell phones, esp. smart phones, are a form of ID. If you absolutely MUST have a
phone with you, make sure it's not registered to you. 2. Do not talk to the cops. Not one word. 3. And, instead of "occupying wall street", you might
try "occupying a job". Lastly, a question: did you vote for Obama? Remember, it's his minions who are spying on you.
Book Review: Version Control With Git, 2nd Edition
Version control was a solved problem 20+ years ago ... if you used VMS, that is ... Unfortunately VMS was never cool, for some reason I can't fathom.
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