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Flash Vulnerability Found, Adobe Says No Fix Forthcoming

schickb Re:OH NO!!! (355 comments)

I counted to 4 in binary on my fingers and just stayed with that.

more than 5 years ago

What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

schickb Re:Details on benefits (569 comments)

You have no contract? Or a very incomplete contract? I've never worked anywhere, except perhaps as an hourly dishwasher in high-school, without a contract. That's like accepting a job only knowing that your salary will be "pretty good".

more than 5 years ago

Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss

schickb The stack is just taller (731 comments)

The main thing that has changed over the years is that the software stack has grown deeper, and today there are many more people working at higher abstraction levels where a lot is handled for them.

But under the covers, little has changed. Someone must write and understand code all the way down to the hardware. You can bet that people writing kernels and drivers think a lot about space and speed. Or write some code for one of the low cost micro-controllers that are in virtually all electronic devices and you won't have the luxury of a large software stack.

There are very likely *more* people writing low level code today than 20 years ago. Only the percentage of programmers writing low level code is declining because there are many orders of magnitude more programmers writing higher level code.

more than 5 years ago

What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

schickb Better call log (606 comments)

Aka recents. You can't even tell how long an individual call lasted with the current implementation.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D

schickb The D is product development (580 comments)

TFA seems to get the distinction, but /.ers should note that at software companies like MS the D part of R&D is everyday product development which is always ongoing. So at MS R&D will always be a major part of overall expenses. The article argues that MS isn't getting enough return from total R&D spending (which includes product development). People here just need to remember that R&D does not equate to just the R (research) part.

more than 5 years ago

Linguistic Problems of GPL Advocacy

schickb Re:Probably Not (633 comments)

- BSD ensures freedom of the *producer* of the code to do what they want.
- GPL ensures freedom of the *recipient* of the code to do what they want.

You are implying that licensing under the GPL somehow limits your options as the producer (aka copyright holder), which is not correct. If you are the copyright holder, you are free to re-license at any time. You may not be able to revoke a license that you granted others on an irrevocable basis, but you can certainly apply any number of separate licenses.

For a project that has multiple copyright holders the overall situation is more complex, but you still have the freedom to do what you want with the parts that you created.

more than 6 years ago



Large Scale Web Development Language of Choice?

schickb schickb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

schickb writes "My company is just starting the design and development of a new large scale entertainment website, and I have the fun task of selecting most of the technology used to build it. The overall architecture will feature a back-end running the core application logic and interfacing with data storage, a caching layer, and front-end webservers. Everything will run on Linux and we'd prefer open source. Our team has extensive experience with many languages and can adapt to almost anything. My biggest debate is between using a statically typed language (primarily Java) or a dynamically typed language (python, php, ruby, perl). What programing languages and frameworks would you select to build the back-end and the front-end and why?"


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