top Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?
I'm still waiting for FORTRAN to make a comeback. And none of this sissy FORTRAN 77 or FORTRAM 95 stuff either; real FORTRAN IV.
Yay for old timers!
I once worked in a shop that used
RATFOR. One of my cow-orkers took great pride in the fact that his code passed through the preprocessor unscathed.
top Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates
I know I have trouble remembering when I'm high. Seems like electronics should have the same problem.
top PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years
Ah, good old 014747.
top Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?
What about that is contradictory?
OP said he was happy. OP said he uses weed to forget work stress. To some that appears contradictory.
about a year and a half ago
top The Day Leo Traynor Confronted His Troll
So you have "for all intensive purposes"
I used to design physiological monitors. They monitored ECG, BP, PPO2, and one or two other things (this was a while back). They were used in CCU, ICU, NICU, SICU, and stepdown units. So, I designed heart monitors for all intensive purposes.
top Apple Rejects Drone Strike App
would allow users of the app to kill foreigners with drones as easily as they are currently allowed to kill fellow Americans with handguns.
I assume that would be through an in-app purchase? What an awesome way to work on deficit reduction.
top Former Facebook Employee Questions the Social Media Life
The town's beloved food truck, the Food Shark, has nearly 1,700 'Likes' [...] According to Wikipedia Tammy Wynette died in 1998. Facebook was launched in February 2004.
The Food Shark is that good. Went there on Spring Break this year while visiting Guadalupe Mountains, Davis Mountains, and Big Bend. Best meal we had all week.
top Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?
Great..so, now, the group turns into a souless, business only work entity...no more joking around, camaraderie, or for that matter....discussing many things as innocuous as what was on TV last night...because someone might get offended.
I find what was on TV last night to be offensive. You should be fired.
top TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl
"TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child," the agency said.
TSA is a bureaucracy interested in following procedures rather than creating any sort of real security. It will always be invasive because they will constantly add new rules to deal with old threats. It will never be effective because they only follow the rules rather than looking for real threats.
top This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China
Seriously, exactly how much fact checking do you expect someone to do when someone presents them with news?
Fact checking is hard. One of the great benefits of publications or shows that are less frequent should be that they have time to fact check. As an example of what I expect:
My son was interviewed for a Sports Illustrated cover article (he was not the subject, but was on the cover) and was apparently interesting enough that the interviewer included two paragraphs about my son in the article. I was on the phone with an SI fact checker for 10 minutes about those two paragraphs, confirming every little detail (and in a couple of cases pointing her to external confirming
An example of what I don't expect:
The Boston Globe published an article about a friend of mine who went missing and died as a result of an accident. I was the one who initiated the search that found him and was there several minutes after they found him. My name was on the police report (I'm certain since an insurance investigator tracked me down). The Globe did an article based solely on a single interview with his two apartment mates (who barely knew him and hadn't noticed he was missing) and got all sorts of details wrong. Never contacted me (or anyone on the team that did the search) to fact check.
This incident probably falls in between the two, but too far towards the latter. Certainly a show with the production time of TAL should perform, and honor the results of, some
fact checking. The good news is that they fixed it, and did so far more visibly
than most corrections.
top Apple Could Lose $1.6 Billion In iPad Lawsuit
That's a huge topic, but is partially summarized by the
1992 Consensus which is basically that both PRC (mainland China) and ROC (Taiwan) agree there is only one "China", but disagree over which government is legitimate.
top Huge Freshwater Bulge In Arctic Ocean
When fresh water is over $100 a barrel, we will have the pipelines.
top 5th Edition of
Dungeons & Dragons Announced
1970 - Waterfall, 2000 - Iterative, 2010 - Agile
Wow, it would be hard for those dates to be less accurate. Phased software development was described at least as early as the 50s, and by 1970 the "waterfall" method was being criticized (by Royce most publicly in what Wikipedia credits as the first formal presentation of the method) . The
history of iterative goes back to the 50s with the name being applied in the 60s and was (in my world of medical software development) in common usage in the 80s. The Agile Manifesto was created in 2001 and was the result of meeting about a variety of already existing agile processes.
As a last ditch attempt to not get totally labelled off-topic: my very best DM ever was an awesome storyteller, but wanted to appear to be "always following the rules". He would roll dice and do table lookups, which he would then completely ignore in creating a story. He only told me this when our group disbanded. He also saved my character's life several times "just because I loved the way you play him."
top The Challenges of Building a Mars Base
I think you just designed a new reality TV show: The Biggest Loser Goes to Mars.
top Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?
[...] all the liberals were complaining (rightfully) about these attacks on our civil liberties. But now that Obama's in charge and he's making them 10x worse, they're all for it.
I think you are confusing Democrats with liberals. I am continually disgusted (by both parties, and the system that supports only having two strong parties) when they support stupid ideas simply because they are the ones promoted by the leadership, usually as a wedge issue or to respond to a wedge issue.
Without the party politics, civil liberties should be a bipartisan issue. They are part of our founding principles.
top Book Review: The Economics of Software Quality
On the other hand,
/bin/false is totally broken. It returns an error every time I run it.
top Should Social Media Affect Your Creditworthiness?
"Anyone can run for office" in the same sense that "anyone can bench press 400 pounds"
Maybe true if the statement were "anyone can win an election", but really
anyone (who meets basic eligibility requirements) can run. We have a homeless man who has run for Mayor in Austin several times. I'm pretty sure Leslie didn't transform anything about himself in order to campaign, right down to the women's underwear he wears.
top Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android
I also remember that some years ago there was lawyers paying really high clicks for some really specific cases.
"Mesothelioma" netted me $38 a few years back for one click in an article I wrote about Warren Zevon.
top Out of Sight, Out of Mind
"Are you supposed to start in the basement or the attic?"
This is Slashdot--I think you know the answer to that question.
Just for clarification: You start
and finish in the basement.
top House Panel Moving Forward With SOPA
...gets on board with limited Constitutional government and stops supporting liberals....
I am unsure how this comment applies here. Lamar Smith (the committee chair and SOPA bill lead sponsor) is a conservative Republican. He supports any strong IP law despite complaints from constituents and rests on such a solid majority in his district that it would take a disaster of epic proportion to unseat him.
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