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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

smcdow Re:software (169 comments)

Um, so how does one break into this dull field?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

smcdow Handheld GPS code as benchmark of elegance? (373 comments)

I would love to see the code running in handheld GPS units that first find a variable number of satellites and then calculate the latitude, longitude, and elevation of the unit.

No you don't. Trust me, you'll be very disappointed.

about three weeks ago
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Using Java In Low Latency Environments

smcdow Re:Huh? (371 comments)

The article suggest that one solution is to simply not do GC until the end of the trading day. I have to admit that's a good pragmatic solution, certainly so for HF prop traders.

Not enough memory on your servers? Add more. Still not enough? Add even more. The cost would be a pittance for any prop trading company worth its salt.

about 8 months ago
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Why Your Sysadmin Hates You

smcdow Re:Hire professional people, get professional resu (572 comments)

If a syadmin is abusing their position of power then they need to be removed.

Aye, but how do you know when they're abusing their position of power? Tread lightly out there.

about 10 months ago
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Dao, a New Programming Language Supporting Advanced Features With Small Runtime

smcdow embedding/extending (404 comments)

built-in support for concurrent programming for multicore computers, very friendly C programming interfaces for embedding and extending, a LLVM-based JIT compiler, a Clang-based module for embedding C/C++ codes in Dao, and a Clang-based tool for automatic binding generation from C/C++ header files

I don't know the first thing about Dao, but I'm always interested in any environment that makes embedding/extending easier. When you're working with a 15 year old code base, it's a lot cheaper to embed existing libraries into a new system than it is to re-write them. (Or, add new capabilities to a old system via extending).

Alas, there has never been a language where this capability doesn't end up being an absolute CM nightmare.

about a year ago
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Comparing the C++ Standard and Boost

smcdow Re:Bit stale (333 comments)

boost.function, boost.asio, boost.optional, boost.foreach, boost.shared_ptr, boost.ptr_container

start using those libraries (at a minimum), and C++ coding starts to become as easy as scripting. Of course, you'd have to learn C++ first.

about a year ago
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Real World Code Sucks

smcdow Re:School v. Reality (292 comments)

See, you want the ones that write quality code and test-drive the crap out of everything so they don't have to put in 15 hour days to make the latest milestone.

Yes, exactly. So that when the inevitable mid-project changes to requirements, scope, and/or milestones happen, they'll be better able to cope with throwing away all that up-front planning and preparation -- and start working 15 hour per day to meet the new deadlines.

about a year ago
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Oracle Proposes New Native JavaScript Engine for OpenJDK

smcdow node? (80 comments)

If you want server-side javascript, then why not just use node.js, like everyone else is doing?

about a year ago
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Former Facebook Employee Questions the Social Media Life

smcdow Rural West Texas Town? (171 comments)

Marfa is where hipsters go to be alone.

about a year and a half ago
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More Hot Weather For Southern California, Says UCLA Study

smcdow I know it's all relative and stuff, but... (218 comments)

FTA sidebar:

Average and projected annual days exceeding 95 degrees:
Downtown L.A.: (1980-2000):1.4 -- (2041-2060): 4.6

In Austin, a year with only 4.6 days exceeding 95 degrees would be a miracle indeed!

In conclusion, downtown L.A., here I come!

about 2 years ago
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Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow

smcdow Look, someone has to say it... (510 comments)

Integrated multi-language solutions are teh suck.

I know that Python is much better than a lot of other languages for integrating C/C++ code. But in the end, if you're doing production systems, you'll end up getting bitten by some unforeseen incompatibility caused by some upgrade somewhere.

It will happen.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

smcdow Re:Who can blame them? (649 comments)

Ah, grasshopper, you haven't yet learned the truism that states: your customers hate you and want you to fail.

more than 2 years ago
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Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music

smcdow Re:Hey, the pirates can help (312 comments)

If you want to put those FLAC downloads on your iOS device, keep in mind that FLAC to ALAC is easy-peasy using ffmpeg. It even preserves the tags.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

smcdow IT Dept (715 comments)

A quick rule of thumb:

If the company you work for is large enough to have an "IT Department", then the company you work for is too large, period. It's time to go find a job in a smaller company.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

smcdow Re:It would be good to have optional GUI (780 comments)

If your home linux desktop isn't behind a NATing firewall, then your home setup is not correct.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

smcdow Scale (960 comments)

If your company has an "IT Department", then the company too large. It is time to quit and go work for a smaller company.

more than 2 years ago

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