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Comment: Re:Fascinating (Score 1) 24

by gstoddart (#49623257) Attached to: Extreme Exoplanet Volcanism Possibly Detected On 55 Cancri E

Maybe. Maybe not. I'll be a wet blanket here and say that until we have the opportunity to test some of the conclusions that are coming out of the theories and scant data behind these announcements, we won't really know if we are getting it right. I think its cool that we are generating testable hypotheses, but we don't yet have a way to test them, do we?

Honestly, I'll take that you could have an actual question if we're interpreting the imaging of the exoplanet correctly as proof of my point.

At this point, I don't care if it's volcanoes, or if the planet is hatching to become a space alligator.

We're comparing data from observations spanning several years of an exoplanet which is 40 light years away ... you can wet blanket all you like, it's still freakin' cool.

I'm not qualified to defend the science. I'm here to defend the awesome. :-P

Comment: Re:The challenge of common sense... (Score 1) 107

Simple, the idiots who produce IoT products will simply suggest you have an open wifi so they don't have to solve the problem.

Mark my words.

Exactly like how web sites give you instructions to enable javascript, cookies, and turn off your Windows firewall.

They don't give a crap about security, so they'll just write it such that you can't have any if you want your IoT buttplug to be able to send tweets.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 4, Interesting) 107

Voice recognition is what comes to mind but some will say it's not private enough and they are right.

Dude, I'll tell you straight up .. if people start having voice controlled wearable devices, someone's gonna get hurt, and have their device stuffed into an orifice which wasn't intended to receive it.

Because it you thought people talking loudly into Bluetooth ear pieces was annoying, wait until some ass in the checkout line is trying to compose an email or bring up his calendar.

Now picture an office full of people trying to use this kind of thing.

No. Just no.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 107

More broadly, I have no interest in some dorky gimmick which will have incompetent security, and which mistakenly thinks that my life will be some how improved by an internet enabled soap dish. It's technology for the sake of technology.

Honestly, it's a solution in search of a problem, and something for the marketing wankers to latch onto an say "now with more internet security holes".

Until corporations carry a penalty for being lazy/incompetent with security, you should assume these products are terribly written.

Because they probably are.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 3, Informative) 107

Yeah, no kidding. You'd be using a tiny little stylus to hit a square less than about 0.5mm or so (yes, that number came out of thin air).

If you're trying to cram a keyboard on a display that small .. you're probably doing it wrong.

Of course, if you're involved in the "IoT" you probably need to be smacked about the head with a tuna, as you're an annoying prat dedicated to making pointlessly connected devices with no security.

So, in that regards, I won't ever need to care about your keyboard. Because I think the IoT is a purely marketing term for crappy products.

Comment: Re:Hmmm Tasty Whale Tongue (Score 1) 46

Yeah, sorry about that, it was an attempt to use google translate for:

"LOL, no, it wasn't obvious that 'here' meant Iceland and that you were Icelandic.

But thanks to Google Translate, I can look like an idiot in two languages. Assuming of course Slash dot doesn't wreck the unicode. ;-)"

How the hell do you get the accents to work? As your signature points out, Slashdot's support for unicode is pathetic.

Programming

Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language? 183

Posted by timothy
from the worth-it-to-whom? dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: Ask a group of developers to rattle off the world's most popular programming languages, and they'll likely name the usual suspects: JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby, C++, PHP, and so on. Ask which programming languages pay the best, and they'll probably list the same ones, which makes sense. But what about the little-known languages and skill sets (Dice link) that don't leap immediately to mind but nonetheless support some vital IT infrastructure (and sometimes, as a result, pay absurdly well)? is it worth learning a relatively obscure language or skill set, on the hope that you can score one of a handful of well-paying jobs that require it? The answer is a qualified yes—so long as the language or skill set in question is clearly on the rise. Go, Swift, Rust, Julia and CoffeeScript have all enjoyed rising popularity, for example, which increases the odds that they'll remain relevant for at least the next few years. But a language without momentum behind it probably isn't worth your time, unless you want to learn it simply for the pleasure of learning something new.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 122

by anagama (#49621701) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Not only is it outrageous and unconstitutional, it's totally valueless. The Feds can't even stand in the way of people for whom they have good information that they might be interested in doing harm, let alone find anything new. The real purpose of a program that is so ineffective, can only be to retroactively find dirt on political outcasts and then put them in prison.

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Comment: Re:Hmmm Tasty Whale Tongue (Score 1) 46

LOL, nei, þaà var ekki augljÃst aà "hér" þýddi Ãsland og aà þà værir Ãslensk.

En þÃkk sé Google Translate, get ég lÃta Ãt eins og hÃlfviti à tveimur tungumÃlum. Ef gert er rÃà auÃvitaà Slash dot er ekki flak Unicode. ;-)

In which case I'll look even more the moron. :-P

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