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Comment: Re:Applies to all outside software (Score 1) 320

For the same reason, I'm nervous about all the new features being added to browsers such as WebRTC, video, and 3D support. All of those can and will have bugs and greatly increase the attack area. It seems tedious to have to repeat the cycle of "add awesome new feature, wait for exploits, exploits get serious, disable feature" for every brilliant new idea.


C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index 535

Posted by samzenpus
from the mom's-favorite dept.
mikejuk writes "Every January it is traditional to compare the state of the languages as indicated by the TIOBE index. So what's up and what's down this year? There have been headlines that C# is the language of the year, but this is based on a new language index. What the TIOBE index shows is that Java is no longer number one as it has been beaten by C — yes C not C++ or even Objective C."

Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner? 590

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-gravity dept.
centre21 writes "I've been reading about solar-powered aircraft all over the Internet, as well as solar power in general. But I'm wondering: is it more than just solar cell efficiency that's preventing the creation of a solar-powered airliner? Conspiracy views aside (which may be valid), it seems to me that if I were running an airline the size of United or American, eliminating the need for jet fuel as a cost would be highly appealing. So, I'm asking: what stands in the way of creating true solar-powered airliners?"

Comment: Re:Absolutely not. (Score 2) 767

by AaronLawrence (#41358149) Attached to: Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

This sounds very interesting me, because in the last few years I had some major life changes, and afterwards found that I really quite dislike going into this state that makes for really productive programming. I now try to tackle it much more piecemeal and process oriented, and while I might be more thorough and thoughtful, I'm pretty sure it's much slower.

So my conclusion is that this alpha state for programmers is something really unhealthy and maybe programming is quite damaging ...

Comment: Re:Knife professional (Score 1) 298

by AaronLawrence (#41132451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Did You Become a Linux Professional?

You're right it's not black and white: but the problem is, even if you enjoy it, you probably don't enjoy doing it ALL THE TIME. At work, you have no choice; you've got to keep doing it, even if you don't currently feel like it or there's some aspect you don't enjoy.

Yes, there really can be too much of a good thing.

Comment: So they *really* can't let go of the Windows brand (Score 2) 378

by AaronLawrence (#41102937) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

For years, Microsoft has been stuck on making everything "Windows". "Word for Windows". "Windows Live Messenger". "Windows Phone". Their marketing department seems convinced that it's their strongest brand and needs to be spread to absolutely everything, no matter how irrelevant.

They clearly now have committed the whole company to it, building the Windows logo into the company logo.

Personally, I think it's tedious and repititive and of little value. But they clearly aren't going to let go now...

Comment: EReader ... but (Score 1) 415

I bought a cheap Kobo reader, and it's been a smooth transition from reading paperbacks - rarely - to reading ebooks regularly.
The availability of a store for instant gratification is nice, although it's still severely limited in range (maybe a Kobo thing).
The web browser is too crude to use daily, but I think shows that it would be quite nice to read web pages on an e-Ink device.

The Kobo has a nice looking UI, but everything else is a bit clumsy; PC software was clunky, store is clunky, performance is patchy. I just got it because I had some vouchers and it was cheap. And for plain reading, it's fine.

Comment: Re:I find this depressing (Score 1) 275

by AaronLawrence (#40889481) Attached to: Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

high frequency trading adds liquidity to markets that might otherwise be illiquid

Does it really? Or is that just a hypothetical? I would imagine HFT is only worth doing in markets that are already liquid.

quantitative trading has pushed the boundaries of the high performance computing market

In other news, glaziers are experiencing a boom from the number of broken windows.

Comment: Re:Mac vs. the Linux Desktop (Score 1) 230

by AaronLawrence (#40757109) Attached to: OS X Mountain Lion Out Tomorrow

My impression was there was huge progress from 1995 to (say) 2005ish. But after that things slowed. Essentially the Linux desktop was good enough, but Linux as a platform is now held back by other non-technical things: the kernel "no ABI" philosophy, the fragmented distributions, Windows is now also "good enough", specific applications that businesses rely on (Office, Photoshop, etc) even if there are equivalents.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.