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Comment: Re:Great read: The Pragmatic Programmer (Score 1) 598

by adam.voss (#45072183) Attached to: What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?
Here I liked Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship better than Pragmatic Programmer. I guess it just seemed a little more modern to me, though in general the knowledge of both was timeless.

I may have to go back and read Code Complete, it was thick and seemed to cover topics I had already read or been reading about in other other books, so I passed it over.

+ - Larry Ellison buys 98% of Lanai, Hawaii's sixth-largest island-> 1

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The Wall Street Journal has the news that, in June of 2012, Larry Ellison co-founder and chief executive of Oracle purchased the Hawaiian islande Lanai for $300 million.

Ellison now owns nearly everything on the island, including many of the candy-colored plantation-style homes and apartments, one of the two grocery stores, the two Four Seasons hotels and golf courses, the community center and pool, water company, movie theater, half the roads and some 88,000 acres of land. (2% of the island is owned by the government or by longtime Lanai families.)

Now Ellison is attempting to win over the island's small, but wary, local population, one whose economic future is heavily dependent on his decisions. He and his team have met with experts in desalination and solar energy to change the way water and electricity are generated, collected, stored and delivered on the island. They are refurbishing residential housing intended for workers (Mr. Ellison's Lanai Resorts owns and manages 400 of the more than 1,500 housing units on the island). They've tackled infrastructure, such as lengthening airport runways and paving county roads. And to improve access to Lanai, Mr. Ellison bought Island Air earlier this year and is closing a deal to buy another airline."

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+ - SPAM: Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

Submitted by steve_mark66
steve_mark66 (2952741) writes "Australian archaeologists using remote-sensing technology have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that has remained hidden for more than a millennium under dense jungle undergrowth. The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex by 350 years, was part of the Hindu-Buddhist Khmer Empire that ruled much of Southeast Asia from about 800 to 1400 A.D., during a time that coincided with Europe's Middle Ages"
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Comment: I want ChromeOS but not a Chromebook (Score 1) 250

by adam.voss (#43680303) Attached to: Real World Stats Show Chromebooks Are Struggling
I already have a netbook with suitably classed hardware and have no need to buy another. For my use or that particular device, a lightweight, no hassle, Internet centric OS like ChromeOS would be ideal. Unfortunately every time I have looked at installing ChromiumOS there have been video driver issues with my hardware.

+ - Genetically Modified Plants To Produce Natural Lighting ->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "A team has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to develop sustainable natural lighting by using a genetically modified version of the flowering plant Arabidopsis. Using the luciferase gene, the enzyme responsible for making fireflies glow, the researchers will design, print, and transform the genes into the target plant. The project, which was recently launched on Kickstarter, has already raised over $100k with over a month left to go."
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+ - Neanderthal Baby Mama Wanted

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "'I'm a Neanderthal man, you're a Neanderthal girl, let's make Neanderthal Love, in this Neanderthal world.' Harvard geneticist George Church recently told Der Spiegel he's close to developing the necessary technology to clone a Neanderthal, at which point all he'd need is an "adventurous human woman" to be a surrogate mother for the first Neanderthal baby to be born in 30,000 years. Church is also an advisor to the Google-backed 23andMe, which is the baby of Sergey Brin's wife, Anne Wojcicki. Hey, Google X Lab — are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

Comment: Re:Sage or Python + IPython + SciPy + NumPy (Score 3, Interesting) 254

by adam.voss (#42295491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?
Rather than running Sage in terminal, look at Sage Notebook. It is Sage with a web-based GUI. I have not played with it since they went to the new versions that include the OpenID auth; however, the math department at my alma mater host s server and had students use it for class as a replacement for Mathematica in a number of courses. I found it worked well for many things. You could either run a local copy or use one of the freely accessible online servers.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.

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