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Comment: Affect to existing accounts? (Score 1) 205 205

So I'm still grandfathered in on one of these AT&T "Unlimited" accounts, should I expect to not be limited any longer? It is still very obvious every month when I hit the soft cap whatever it is, then after that things load fairly slow, which I've grown used to over the years. None of this arbitration really seems to focus on the present, but rather the past.

How Much Python Do You Need To Know To Be Useful? 263 263

Nerval's Lobster writes: Since Python is a general-purpose language, it finds its way into a whole lot of different uses and industries. That means the industry in which you work has a way of determining what you actually need to know in terms of the language, as developer Jeff Cogswell explains in a new Dice piece. For example, if you're hired to write apps that interact with operating systems and monitor devices, you might not need to know how to use the Python modules for scientific and numerical programming. In a similar fashion, if you're hired to write Python code that interacts with a MySQL database, then you won't need to master how it works with CouchDB. The question is, how much do you need to know about Python's basics? Cogswell suggests there are three basic levels to learning Python: Learn the core language itself, such as the syntax and basic types (and the difference between Python 2 and Python 3); learn the commonly used modules, and familiarize yourself with other modules; learn the bigger picture of software development with Python, such as including Python in a build process, using the pip package manager, and so on. But is that enough?

Comment: "Just annouced" eh? (Score 2) 72 72

I suppose one could interpret a press release from January 7th as "Samsung has just announced its new", it was announced during CES on January 7th, here's the press release: Linked article says model numbers haven't been released either.. here you go: 128GB NVME SSD SM951 - MZVPV128HDGL-00000 256GB NVME SSD SM951 - MZHPV256HDGL-00000 512GB NVME SSD SM951 - MZHPV512HDGL-00000 They've been shipping these in Lenovo and Apple laptops, they are scarce, but available (Amazon, RamCity, Ebay, Etc) at a little more than $1 per GB.

Comment: Constantly evolving (Score 1) 391 391

I believe the oldest part in my current PC is my PSU, its survived seven years and after having it reconditioned and the leads updated this year I suspect it will last a good while longer. The newest piece would be my case, I kickstarted the red harbinger cross desk and am loving it! It will take quite a while to piece together all the parts needed to fully realize its potential but that's the fun.

Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out 235 235

Bennett Haselton writes: "I was an early advocate of companies offering cash prizes to researchers who found security holes in their products, so that the vulnerabilities can be fixed before the bad guys exploited them. I still believe that prize programs can make a product safer under certain conditions. But I had naively overlooked that under an alternate set of assumptions, you might find that not only do cash prizes not make the product any safer, but that nothing makes the product any safer — you might as well not bother fixing certain security holes at all, whether they were found through a prize program or not." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

Comment: Where's the story? (Score 4, Insightful) 152 152

So we have a link to a story about Company A who has exclusive license to use BigShot school's patents to make a fancy wheel and at the end of the article the reporter asks Company A whats they think about Company B's simliar product. The CEO says "Company B CEO came by 18 months ago wanted to co-lab, hung out and left, but I haven't looked at his patents" and we're slashdotting "impending legal doom", yet neither side has said boo to that nature or is there any other relevant link to anything remotely newsworthy. Where's the story?

Comment: Re:When you have a bad driver ... (Score 1) 961 961

The only thing obvious to me is your lack of information and community's need to use Roger as the scapegoat for Paul's death (hence the +4 Insightful for the idiot comment)

The short story here is that Roger was going out to shakedown the car that was at his shop being worked on for stalling issues when Paul (who was visiting for a charity event) jumped in the car they were for about a 20 minute drive. That is not to say they did not speed or were not reckless, but lets be honest here, you don't shakedown a ~350,000 supercar like a F150 do you? There's evidence of some mechanical failure but nothing that has been officially announced, just what is being discussed close to those involved.

Anyways, there is risk in everything and driving exotic cars is probably on the higher end of the spectrum and both of these fine gentlemen were well aware of those risks and embraced them.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 212 212

Indeed. IBM's reputation is pretty well established. They are slow, tedious and yet effective. They are a glacier in IT. But I see it everywhere -- people making decisions in an IT project that have know knowledge of what it takes to make things happen. The illusion that "it's all so easy" has really gotten buried too deep in someone's head somewhere.

The magic phrase is "All You Have To Do Is..."

Those six words have destroyed more IT projects than anyone can count.

My favorite requirement is: "Works as designed"

Comment: The only title worth playing (Score 1) 212 212

I dragged my feet for some time on this purchase, the console has potential, but for now the only game I've purchased for it is Lego City Undercover. The Wii U is really just a big non portable Nintendo DS. The Lego game makes great use of the gamepad, interactive map, vehicle/character catalogs, video chat, surveillance device, etc. Very likely the best Lego game so far (pretty sure we've played them all now). The problem with most of the other titles is they really don't know what to do with it, even Nintendo has yet to release a convincing title that makes it an exclusive or must have game. The saving grace is the vWii console can play all of our old titles so it still gets a fair bit of use, but the slow rate of good Wii-U releases makes me wonder; I may not bite the next time around .

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (5) All right, who's the wiseguy who stuck this trigraph stuff in here?