Perl Is Undead
Just my personal experiences. Back in 90s I was working for BBN Planet, in a group monitoring network traffic within AS1 (which is *us*). I have inherited a set of tools written in Perl which I had to maintain. Prior to that I had some moderate experience with Perl. So, when I started going through the code, I've found it sufficiently obfuscated to give me a head ache. I guess my predecessor was one of those "Perl kids who like to have fun", not understanding that production environment means, among other things, readability and maintainability. OK, fine. Roughly at the same time the administrator of multiple machines running that code (I think it was Solaris) decided to move from Perl 4 to Perl 5. That broke lots of scripts. So I decided to save time, found out what the functional specs were (from those who actually used those tools) and rewrote lots of the code just from the scratch. Because I was under some serious time pressure, I didn't care too much about either readability and maintainability either. Just to get something out of the doors, and - let my successor suffer just as I did.
Well, BBN Planet, as we all know, is a history, but Perl, unfortunately, isn't. At least it is steadily loosing ground to Python and for reason. Cheers.
Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools
What makes me always amazed about USA: in some respect it is a highly developed country, its science and technology researches are often on a bleeding edge. Yet, at the same time, with all this crap like creationism, televangelists, in general attitude about religion, about sex, and so forth, it is SOOOOO provincial.
NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code
Repeat after me: China = bad! NSA = good!
Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
Presidential medal of freedom (which for some unknown reasons went to Oprah).
MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0
for a long time, till they came up with PL/S. The typical mainframe environment was COBOL or PL/I for application programming, assembly language for system and utilities.
Prison Is For Dangerous Criminals, Not Hacktivists
"Hackers are not dangerous people, they are misunderstood."
So are the serial killers.
Class-action Suit Filed Against Microsoft Over Surface Write Off
hoping RT will be flying off the shelves --- well, you got what you've deserved.
Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND
Virtually every test performed on hybrid drive so far shows that for all practical purposes it performs about the same as a regular hard drive. Research, my arse ...
Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets
Me thinks Apple should purchase all those 6 million Surfaces, for, say 1 cent a piece and have a huge party where every Apple employee can smash at least one Surface with a large iron mallet.. Or more than one, depending on rank. Something like what Vogons did to crabs.
NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" From Suspects
hoppity hop, hoppity hop, hoppity hop. Peek-a-boo!
Windows 8 Killing PC Sales
Just trying to put a positive spin on that.
Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013
and Windows 8, no doubt.
Automated System Developed To Grade Student Essays
A nd then - oh horror - you'll find out that your grader used a different software to grade your essay. *Quite* different.
Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person
> You will believe this so strongly that when you do not land a job, it will destroy you, and nobody outside of academia will understand why.
That is, nobody except Josef K.
Fukushima Cooling Knocked Offline By... a Rat
fights the nuclear power. More news at 11.
Five Internet Founders Share First £1 Million Engineering 'Nobel' Prize
Yes, P. Baran is the first person I was thinking of. The whole idea of packet switching (as an opposite to leased lines) became the foundation of both DARPA and X.25 networks (and many others like Frame Relay). If I remember correctly, he wrote the paper as some kind of research project.
European Parliament Decides Not To Ban Internet Porn
porn bans YOU!
NASA Wants New Space Net To Sustain Big Data Dumps; Moon and Mars Trips
Clearly not, if the Universe is infinite. So seems like there is no point to migrating to IPv6. Time to start working on IPv8 or whatever.
Harvard Secretly Searched Deans' Email
That's *the American* way, dude.
Seattle Bar Owner Bans Google Glass, In Advance
tto get into a brewing business, o open a few pubs where wearing the google glass is encouraged.
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