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Comment Re:Did it make Apple's developer docs usable again (Score 1) 104

I think Dash was driven by the terrible interface to the API documentation that is in Xcode. In particular, the search function sucked donkey balls.

Dash is an app that provides a far better interface to the Apple developer documentation than Apple does. They've also expanded it so that many other documentation sets are available and you can do searches across doc sets. So, for instance, I have the Xcode, Swift and Objective-C documentation. I also have the Java 8 API, bash, vim, Python etc etc etc documentation.

Dash is one of the most popular apps amongst developers of Mac OS and iOS software. I can't imagine the suspension will be allowed to continue for long.

Submission + - SPAM: Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

schwit1 writes: The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine.

Reporters at the event were appalled to find that among the heavily marked-up items they were offered – $150 to rent a lamp, anyone? – was a $200 charge for a "secure wireless internet connection."

Worse than the clear effort to price-gouge people trying to file stories, however, was the fact that the university decided that only its wireless access points were allowed to be used, and even sent someone around with a Wi-Fi signal detector apparently threatening to throw out anyone who was using an "unauthorized" access point.

That action – effectively shutting down people's ability to use their own internet connection in order to force them to use a paid-for service – was ruled illegal in 2014 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a landmark ruling against Marriott Hotels.

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Submission + - What is employers obsession with programming languages? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Just got off the phone with a recruiter for a company and the lady asked if I had 3-4 years C++ and 3-4 years Java experience. Okay, so first off, C++ and Java are two different programming languages used for two completely different purposes.

C++ being used mainly for low-level platform specific programming and Java being platform independent. My response was I programmed in C++ throughout college, but haven't worked any jobs specifically writing C++ and I've had Java experience in past jobs, but mostly used C# which was similar.

She said, "Oh well we are only looking for those two languages so thanks anyways". Is it just me or is this absolutely insane? It's like wanting to hire a mechanic who has 3-4 years experience working with just 1978 ford trucks. I mean really? How did we get to this point as engineers?

As any developer worth their weight in salt can attest, the languages are so similar it's kind of difficult to distinguish between them looking at syntax alone and if you've got a computer science background or equiv what's it really matter if the underlying OOP concepts are the same.

Is this just a result of incompetent managers and ignorant recruiters or as engineers have we set ourselves up by succumbing to a label such as Java Engineer or C# Programmer.

Should I just say yes, and move forward with the interview? I mean, I could probably answer most C++/Java programming questions unless they are truly looking for people who spend all their time memorizing specific libraries or API's which in my opinion is insane. I equate that to trying to memorize a phone book. You can but why would you want to?

Not only is it frustrating as a job candidate, but it seems to really be limiting your hiring pool to a small few who by chance happen to work in a couple different programming languages over the course of their career. How do most of you handle this sort of thing?

Comment Re:WTF??! (Score 1) 125

Emacs users have more time for commenting on slashdot.

Because Emacs is more capable and much faster to use they finish their work quicker and get to relax and peruse idiot ramblings on slashdot while the vim users are still typing away.

Right, so if all the vim users are still finishing their work, who is writing the idiot ramblings on Slashdot?

Comment Re:Well... (Score 3, Informative) 218


That's not what "statistically significant" means. What it does mean is that the result is unlikely to happen by chance. If there have only ever been two fatalities while driving on autopilot, there really isn't enough data to be confident it's not a random cluster and so the number is not statistically significant.

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