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Comment: Re:Population is not a real issue here (Score 1) 625

by TheCount22 (#44590063) Attached to: Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

I noticed that everyone quickly jumped to the population problem. In fact this is not an issue at all.

Everything that grows exponentially has a doubling rate. One could easily argue that the real problem is in the newer generations since they will always represent significantly bigger population than the previous one. So the issue is not people not dying quickly, the problem is people being born. If everyone stopped having kids and would magically become biologically immortal the growth rate would be negative or 0% (due to the fact that people die in accidents).

Oh and by the way the only sustainable growth rate is exactly 0% not more. Anything more would mean it has a doubling rate. It's basic math.

It's true that population is not a big issue. But I am afraid the corrupt would use it to maintain their status indefinitely.

+ - Java concurrency is orders of magnitude harder than people think->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A user on StackOverflow claims to have lost $12 million of equipment due to a seemingly obscure behavior with concurrency in Java. A commenter on Hacker News writes

How can anyone program sanely in the presence of this: currentPos = new Point(currentPos.x+1, currentPos.y+1); does a few things, including writing default values to x and y (0) and then writing their initial values in the constructor. Since your object is not safely published those 4 write operations can be freely reordered by the compiler / JVM. [...] I'm not anywhere near smart or careful enough for that... I think I'll stick with Haskell.

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+ - Syrian Electronic Army has proven one thing about the cybersecurity community

Submitted by Jeff Peters
Jeff Peters (3013237) writes "From an editorial at HackSurfer describing the problem with cybersecurity that has emerged following the SEA hacks:

The state of the cybersecurity profession today, as well as the software industry it drives, is best described by using a religion analogy. Our business leaders are dependent on a largely crowded, confused, splintered, factious, self-righteous community of “holier than thou” experts and engineers convinced of the supremacy of their 10 billion differing points of view. If you've worked in the information technology industry as I have for 20 years (recovering software engineer), you may not admit it openly, but you know exactly what I’m talking about. One of my closest friends, a name most of you would recognize in the IT industry, once described most system administrators by saying:

“They’re either completely terrible or they’re self-righteous dicks. I always choose the dicks because at least I’ll be a little safer.”

Kinda captures it for me. “Sharing” and “plays well with others” not anywhere in the definition. I won’t even repeat his sentiments on most CISSPs."

+ - Media Campaign Against Snowden?->

Submitted by sl4shd0rk
sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "With Snowden living somewhere in Russia, and the US having very little course of action in way of damage control, it would seem the best US option would be to attack Snowden's credibility. Perhaps muddy the waters with something germane to System administration, yet somehow easily construed into a criminal act. According to Reuters, Snowden "began downloading documents" related to illegal US spying programs perhaps as early as April of 2012. Of course, the sources of this claim are "U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter" which roughly narrows it down from Gen. Michael Hayden to just about anyone who blogged on it. Fact of the matter is, without more details, Snowden could have accessed documents simply by performing backup routines or investigating file system issues. Things which happen quite regularly during the daily course of system adminstration. Without more specificity on the method in question, one is left with an impression from the headline, one of a nefarious circumstance."
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+ - FISC Secret Court Chief Judge: We can't effectively oversee the NSA-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Via the Washington Post: "The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government’s vast spying programs said that its ability to do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans. The chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said the court lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules that aim to protect Americans’ privacy. Without taking drastic steps, it also cannot check the veracity of the government’s assertions that the violations its staff members report are unintentional mistakes."

President Obama: "We also have federal judges that we’ve put in place who are not subject to political pressure,” Obama said at a news conference in June. “They’ve got lifetime tenure as federal judges, and they’re empowered to look over our shoulder at the executive branch to make sure that these programs aren’t being abused.”

Not so much, Mr. President."

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+ - Carbyne: A Form of Carbon Even Stronger Than Graphene 1

Submitted by Dialecticus
Dialecticus (1433989) writes "Sebastian Anthony at ExtremeTech has written an article about research into the physical properties of carbyne, an elusive form of carbon. A new mathematical analysis by Mingjie Liu and others at Rice University suggests that carbyne may achieve double the strength of graphene, stealing its crown and becoming the strongest material known to man."

+ - Happy birthday, Debian!->

Submitted by stderr_dk
stderr_dk (902007) writes "According to Wikipedia the initial release of Debian happened August 16th 1993. In other words, it's Debians birthday and you're all invited.

Over the years, Debian has been forked a number of times. Some of the more well-known forks are Ubuntu and Knoppix.

The latest release of Debian pure blend was Debian 7.1 "Wheezy" on June 15th 2013."

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+ - Incredible Footage Shows a Perseid Meteor Exploding->

Submitted by Nancy_A
Nancy_A (1774904) writes "Photographer and digital artist Michael K. Chung said he couldn’t believe what he saw when he was processing images he took for a timelapse of the Perseid meteor shower this week. It appears he captured a meteor explosion and the resulting expansion of a shock wave or debris ring.

After this article was posted, Universe Today received more 'explody' footage from the Perseid meteor shower, which has been added to the article."

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+ - Ubuntu Edge Now Most-Backed Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

Submitted by Volanin
Volanin (935080) writes "After nearly a month of its assumed happening, Ubuntu Edge has now passed the $10.2 million mark, thus making it the most pledged-to crowd-funder in history. While the Ubuntu Edge campaign is to be commended for reaching such a mammoth milestone as this, it can’t quite claim ultimate victory yet, since it's just short of making one-third of its $32 million goal with a little less than a week left. Can they do it?"

+ - Aging Is a Disease. Treat It Like One. 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Burger Schmurger. In a Letter to Sergey Brin, Maria Konovalenko urges the Google founder to pursue his interest in the topics of aging and longevity. 'Defeating or simply slowing down aging,' writes Konovalenko, 'is the most useful thing that can be done for all the people on the planet.' Calling for research into longevity gene therapy, extending lifespan pharmacologically, and studying close species that differ significantly in lifespan, Konovalenko says 'it is crucial to make numerous medical organizations recognize aging as a disease. If medical organizations were to recognize aging as a disease, it could significantly accelerate progress in studying its underlying mechanisms and the development of interventions to slow its progress and to reduce age-related pathologies. The prevailing regard for aging as a "natural process" rather than a disease or disease-predisposing condition is a major obstacle to development and testing of legitimate anti-aging treatments. This is the largest market in the world, since 100% of the population in every country suffers from aging.'"

+ - NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds"->

Submitted by NettiWelho
NettiWelho (1147351) writes "The Washington Post: The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls."

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+ - New GMail compose inspires user backlash 1

Submitted by s13g3
s13g3 (110658) writes "Yesterday, Google finally rolled out the "new compose" as a mandatory change to all users, eliminating the "old" compose option with no way to revert. The move has sparked such a significant amount of user backlash on Google's product forums that moderators are having to close hundreds of "I hate the new compose" threads as "duplicates" and are directing people to the main feedback thread, which is currently over 21 pages some 24 hours later. So far, there appears to be nothing in the way of a response or recognition from Google of the amount of hate the change has inspired, only an insistence that somehow the input of "Top Moderators" from their forums since October 2012 resulted in a number of "improvements" to the new compose in response, which supposedly makes it easier to use, but does nothing to address the laundry list of complaints and issues people have with it: simply put, no one likes the new compose, and significant numbers of users are threatening to abandon the service as a result of this forced change."

+ - "451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "To fend off the chilling effects of heavy-handed internet restriction, the UK consumer rights organization Open Rights Group wants to create a new version of the “404 Page Not Found” error message, called “451 unavailable,” to specify that a webpage wasn’t simply not there, it was ordered to be blocked for legal reasons."
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+ - Rare 388-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived Hiroshima Atomic Blast-> 1

Submitted by Rebecka
Rebecka (2914231) writes "According to a report from TwistedSifter.com, one in particular, a rare Japanese White Pine from Miyajima is not only 388-years-old, but also reportedly survived the Hiroshima blast in Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. The bonsai, currently on display at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United State National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., has been deemed a “Hiroshima Survivor.”

The bonsai which was originally created in 1625 and owned by the late Masaru Yamaki, a bonsai master and longtime member of the Japanese bonsai community, was reportedly caring for the specific tree among others the day of the Hiroshima bombing. According to the National Bonsai Foundation the tree survived even after the bomb exploding less than two miles from their family hom"

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Comment: It does matter (Score 2) 479

by TheCount22 (#41791423) Attached to: Does Coding Style Matter?

When writing code everything matters.

Forcing people to follow a style I think is counter productive. It prevents the styles from evolving. In recent years for example people have been moving towards using better naming rather than commenting.

Strict rules prevent creativity and for that reason I disagree with the conclusions of the article to require one. Requiring anything more than just to follow a style no matter what that style may be and to try to maintain the existing code in the style that it was in is about as much as you can do.

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