top Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
This is simple economics. If the demand for programmers can not be met then there is more opportunity and money for me. Why should I reduce my personal money making capability?
top Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea
Why was this kid this desparate to get into any plane wheel well? Did they return him to an unsafe home environment in California?
top Python 3.4 Released
And everyone will keep using 2.6/2.7, the windows XP of python.
2.6 is the standard that is packaged with popular OSes like Red Hat. Also who has the time to upgrade their python code to the new object model?
top Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You
I would rather it be you than me. I will take the aspirin.
top Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
Differential equations are not advanced math. If you were complaining about topology or having to prove something then that is advanced math. When I was taking a grad school test on OS ( I forgot the exact topic) it involved something about scheduling and it was much shorter and elegant to answer by using limits than having to explain the answer with lots of words.
As a professional who is been in the software world for at least 12 years, at this point in my career I do not need that kind of math. However , understanding that kind of mathematics as well as the numerical algorithms to go with them is very useful as many fields use them. If you don't know the basic mathematics expected of an undergraduate you will be cutting yourself from many opportunities.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?
I would like to know if Google employees are let go every time a project is cancelled.
about a year and a half ago
top 72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"
1 American pilot's life is worth more than hundreds of Pakistanis
top Ask Slashdot: Is the Rise of Skeuomorphic User Interfaces a Problem?
I like that kind of interface design. It looks nice and feels cozy.
top Willow Garage Announces New Open Source Robotics Foundation
This is great. But when a fully assembled robot costs 400,000 as in 400 thousand dollars, more than a house in a major metropolitan area, I am not sure how useful open sourcing it is.
top Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields
I've always had the assumption that organic produce is luxury items, just like up to date comprehensive healthcare. I can afford to eat and drink organics therefore I do.
top Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg
Programming is like working on an assembly line. Developers work on the specific thing they have requirements specs for, in a specific language, following a specific SDLC. They also have hours and hours of code review to make sure that everyone's coding looks the same. Newbie software engineers and programmer's I have met do not think out of the box. They are also willing to work crazy hours, like 16 hours a day during the week and on weekends. Its also ok for them to not be incredibly efficient at what they do because they have 16 hours to fix it.
top Federal Court Allows Class-Action Suit Against Apple Over In-App Purchases
Not all IOS devices are the same. The Ipad allows parents to set enable restrictions which prevent downloading of any application and prevent in app purchases. When I let my kid use the ipad I use these restrictions and I DO NOT DIVULGE my password to her. When it comes to the ipad I have no sympathy for parents. Anyone who lets a child use a technological device should have full understanding of the security and financial risks associated with that device.
An ipod touch for instance does not allow a parent to set any restrictions. This means that while an ipod touch seems like the perfect ios device for a child, being less expensive but able to run most of the same apps, it is financially risky for a child because there is no way to turn off bad behavior. As a responsible parent I will get my
kid an ipod touch.
top Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop
1) Does every video card work?
2) Desktop user's shouldn't be expected to recompile a kernel for functionality. 3) Openoffice / Libre Office is not as useful or compatible with Microsoft office. 4) Is there a good / stable finance package for Linux? 5) I want my wireless networking to work without having to know WEP and wireless security in great detail.
top The Worst Job In the Digital World
top What's Keeping You On Windows?
There is no decent substitute for Quicken on either Mac or Linux. And I mean an older version of Quicken, I believe 2007 because the newer ones on the PC are not that good either.
There are also utilities that I need that are on Windows.
However my windows use is minimal, most of the time I use my Mac.
top Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands
Its amusing that I heard about this first from Slashdot before any other news source.
top Steve Jobs Says PC Folks' World Is Slipping Away
Why is everyone making such a big deal about a supersized ipod touch?
top Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex
Wow, this is really evil
top Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels
Burning the skin of a grapefruit with a laser may be ok, but here are some questions:
1) With the laser burns, it may be possible to cover up blemishes or signs of mold or rot on the skin of a fruit.
2) What happens with apples, potatoes, carrots, pears, and other fruits and vegetables where its good to eat the skin? I don't want some artificial chemical imprinted into the skins that I would normally eat.
I always know a label is there, I know to take it off. For fruits and vegetables with skins that are supposed to removed, the label is not a problem because I peel off the skin.
So this technology does not really solve anything, and it becomes an inconvenience.
top Canonical Halts Ubuntu CD Free-for-all
I would happily buy them from Amazon, if Amazon had up to date Ubuntu CD's. Its especially useful when you need a DVD and don't want to wait
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