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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

techfilz My money is on SpaceX (211 comments)

If anyone can get it done, it will be Elon Musk and SpaceX. They have the vision and agility that NASA lost in the sixties.

about 3 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

techfilz Java is the new COBOL (511 comments)

Its been around for ages (in IT terms) and has caused more heartburn to developers than bad doughnuts. Used a lot in the monstrous systems that run the Corporates but not so much for developers looking to have a bit of coding fun. Java is as cool as Vanilla Ice was back in the early nineties.

about 3 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

techfilz Re:Ho Li Fook (541 comments)

I could not agree more. Eugenics is a short cut to the abyss and some very unsavoury people have played this card before. It ended up with Concentration camps.

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

techfilz Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

And Java is the new COBOL : verbose language, large install base, mainly corporate users, bored developers...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

techfilz Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

Data Structures are a must on a CS course, and you need C or C++ to do Linked Lists.

about 3 months ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

techfilz Java is the new COBOL (197 comments)

You use it at work but nobody gets excited to use Java at home.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

techfilz Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Java is the new COBOL. Lots of developers use it a work but few use it at home because it is so tedious. You will spend most of your time learning how to drive frameworks and not coding.

about 5 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

techfilz Re:Virtual slave (664 comments)

In related news, I am pleased to announce my new "virtual slave" hardware, which intercepts communication from the "Virtual Boss" device to PHBServer and provides an excellent replacement stream of communication indicating you always participate in meetings, visit precisely three fellow employees for ten minutes each day, and never go to the bathroom. ("Virtual Slave eXtreme" will be available soon, with many customization options.)

And so began the Umbrella Corporation ...

about 10 months ago
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Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

techfilz Re:Real mature (109 comments)

If you become a Java developer you will lose your mind, quickly followed by your soul.

about 10 months ago
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Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

techfilz Re:CORBA ?!? Bloody hell. (109 comments)

Thats why they are calling Java the New COBOL. Just not as cranky yet.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

techfilz A successful project (610 comments)

The only thing that surprises me is that they actually got all of this to work. I have seen far less complex IT projects that failed miserably.

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

techfilz Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

Back in the eighties I saved up for a 48k ZS Spectrum. This was pretty revolutionary as it had colour and 48 times as much memory as the previous model. I used to type in machine code programs taken from computer magazines. My own programs were coded in Sinclair Basic and saved (usually unsuccessfully!) onto cassette tapes. The Macbook I am typing this on has 16GB Ram ...

about a year ago

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Iconic ZX Spectrum Home Computer Reboots

techfilz techfilz writes  |  about a year ago

techfilz (1881458) writes "The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a popular 8 bit home computer in the 1980's. Its colour graphics and 16K / 48K RAM for a low price made it a big hit in the UK at the time and helped launch the games industry there. One of the early game developers has now started a Kickstarter campaign to reboot the Spectrum as a Bluetooth keyboard for IOS and subsequently for Android and Windows, using the original form factor and rubber keys. The keyboard can be used with a catalogue of old Spectrum games available from App Stores."
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Mars One selects second round candidate astronauts

techfilz techfilz writes  |  about a year ago

techfilz (1881458) writes "The Mars One Project has selected 1058 second round candidates out of more than 200 000 applicants from over 140 countries. There are another two selection rounds to go before the lucky few get a one way trip to Mars. Starting in 2018, four astronauts will leave for Mars every two years to begin a human settlement partly funded by crowdsourcing and a reality TV show."
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Indian outsourcing company settles lawsuit of visa fraud

techfilz techfilz writes  |  1 year,21 days

techfilz (1881458) writes "A whistleblower working for Infosys in the United States has been vindicated after the Indian outsourcing company agreed to pay a settlement of $34 Million in a federal civil lawsuit. Court documents alleged that Infosys were circumventing higher payments for H-1B working visas by applying for cheaper business visas intended for meetings and visits. Infosys compiled handy guides for workers with advice like 'Do not mention activities like implementation, design and testing, consulting, etc. which sound like work' ."
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Mars One accepting applications

techfilz techfilz writes  |  about a year and a half ago

techfilz (1881458) writes "The organisers of the one-way trip to Mars are now accepting applications from the public. Candidates from all over the world have been uploading short videos explaining why they want to go and what they can offer. As one of the major funding options for the expedition is a reality TV series, consider this the start of the season."
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Another Java exploit for sale

techfilz techfilz writes  |  about 2 years ago

techfilz (1881458) writes "Brian Krebs is reporting that no sooner than had Oracle patched the latest Java 7 exploit that another Java exploit has been offered for sale on underground forums. Following the latest concerns about the security of Java, this is going to help push more users into getting rid of Java on their computers."
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Ray Ozzie of Microsoft retires

techfilz techfilz writes  |  about 4 years ago

techfilz (1881458) writes "Ray Ozzie succeeded Bill Gates at the Chief Software Architect of Microsoft in 2005. Prior to that he was known as the creator of Lotus Notes. In his last memo to the Company entitled "The Dawn of a New Day" he shares his vision for the future : ... "It’s the dawn of a new day – the sun having now arisen on a world of continuous services and connected devices." The memo is on his blog : http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day/"
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One week of LibreOffice

techfilz techfilz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techfilz (1881458) writes "One week after the Document Foundation fork of Open Office, over 80 000 copies have been downloaded. The wider community is starting to get involved after fears as to Oracle Corporation's future intentions towards Open Office."
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