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Programming

The Most Important Obscure Languages? 379

Nerval's Lobster writes: If you're a programmer, you're knowledgeable about "big" languages such as Java and C++. But what about those little-known languages you only hear about occasionally? Which ones have an impact on the world that belies their obscurity? Erlang (used in high-performance, parallel systems) springs immediately to mind, as does R, which is relied upon my mathematicians and analysts to crunch all sorts of data. But surely there are a handful of others, used only by a subset of people, that nonetheless inform large and important platforms that lots of people rely upon... without realizing what they owe to a language that few have ever heard of.

Comment Re:Does any one care? (Score 1) 448

I've been wondering for a long time now about this Ashley Madison issue. After the hacking has gone down does any one really still give a shit about this story?

Well, they were trying to go public (IPO). *If* they misled investors about the way their business worked, this might land a few folks in hot water.

Submission + - NASA mulls missions to Uranus and Neptune, using the Space Launch System->

MarkWhittington writes: According to a story in Astronomy Magazine, NASA is contemplating sending flagship sized space probes to the so-called “ice giants” of Uranus and Neptune. These would be probes that would orbit the two outer planets, similar to how Galileo orbited Jupiter and how Cassini currently orbits Saturn. The only time previously NASA has had a close encounter with either of these worlds was when Voyager 2 flew by Uranus in 1986 and then Neptune in 1989. Each of these missions would happen after the Europa Clipper, a flagship-class mission scheduled for the mid-2020s
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Comment Re:Software error ... (Score 3, Interesting) 234

Surgeons leave tools in patients because they have no process when operating on a patient. Read the Checklist Manifesto sometime and read what the author has to say about best practices in the operating room. Everyone makes mistakes. The process we follow is what allows us to catch those mistakes, and prevent any mistakes from re-occurring.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

That lack of global jurisdiction is used by both the rich and the multinational corps to skirt laws and taxation that are unfavorable to them in their home country.

- which is an extremely important right of people, the right not to be enslaved and kept in any particular country against their own will, the right to freedom of association, of private property, liberty and life.

The problem is people do not have these rights. The poor cannot just come to the U.S. and stay as long as they please.

A few people have this ability. For those with wealth, most countries have special investor visas that allow the wealthy to come and go as they please. J. Random Citizen do not have a say whether they have such a right, nor a say that this right will be respected globally.

Until we have global representation, the people will not have any such rights.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

That's quite the double-edged sword you've got there. That lack of global jurisdiction is used by both the rich and the multinational corps to skirt laws and taxation that are unfavorable to them in their home country. These are the same groups that use treaties to enact local laws that would otherwise be rejected by the populace because treaties skirt the popular vote. Lack of global jurisdiction and global representation is fundamentally reshaping all free countries today.

France doesn't have a right to "dictate the behavior of the entire internet", but certainly we all have some right in influencing how we are governed at that scale.

Comment Why Is the Caps Lock Key Still So Prominent On Key (Score 4, Funny) 698

SO THE OLD GEEZERS WHO ONLY GREW UP WITH TELETYPE MACHINES CAN COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER.

Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.
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Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.
Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.
Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY?

Submission + - German scientists confirm NASA results of propellantless 'impossible' EM drive->

MarkWhittington writes: Hacked Magazine reported that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that uses microwaves rather than rocket fuel, provides thrust. The experimental results are being presented at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando by Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology. Tajmar has an interest in exotic propulsion methods, including one concept using “negative matter.”
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