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Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247

by alexandre_ganso (#46449393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

People coming from the CS background just hate Fortran, but that thing just doesn't go away. Physics and Math people love it.

The performance excuse is mostly excuse, you can have pretty much the same performance with C or well-made C++. The fact is that it's easier to come from a mathematical model to code in fortran than in C.

Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247

by alexandre_ganso (#46449367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

That depends on the small world you live at.

PHP WAS used for those things. People moved to ruby, python, etc. Which is bad, now when finally php does not suck anymore.

C is HUGE. The open-source world is C. Everything unix is C. Pretty much every compiler for other language is C. The embedded world is C as well.

Fortran is not legacy AT ALL. In my world, which is that of Supercomputing, about one third of new codes is in FORTRAN. It is simpler for the people in Math and physics fields to use it and achieve high speed using hundreds of thousand processors. (the other two thirds are roughly C and C++).

Perl and python are used for data analysis in science. And some R.

Python is used everywhere in Linux distributions.

Functional languages are used in wall street.

You can't even compare those with stuff like cold fusion.

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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server? 420

Posted by Soulskill
from the any-given-solution-will-do-80%-of-what-you-want dept.
rueger writes "We live and breathe Netflix, but sometimes want to watch programs downloaded from the 'net. I've been carrying them downstairs on a USB stick, but would prefer to run a small media server on my Mint Linux box. As usual, I thought this would be simple. Install a package on my PC, and use our Netgear NeoTV Max box to play stuff off of the server. Plex was highly recommended, and installed easily, but will see some .mkv files, but not others, for no obvious reason. The one file that does show up plays fine, except that subtitles don't work. And it completely refuses to see the partition full of music. A quick tour of the Plex forums suggests that making this work would take more hours than I'm prepared to spend. Serviio looked good too, and 'sees' my music, and sees the movie folders that Plex couldn't, but won't show the actual .mkv files. And again, it looks like configuring the thing could consume half of my life. So I'm asking: is there a fairly simple, works-right-out-of-the-box, fairly resource friendly media server that will just allow me to play movies that I download without a lot of headaches? (One obvious issue is that movies and TV shows downloaded can be in a any of a dozen formats. I'd love it if the server dealt with that. I'm also open to suggestions for a Roku style box that does Netflix well, but which will also play nicely with a media server. And if any or all of these things can also let me play streaming video off the web (like BBC iPlayer content), I'll be in heaven.)"

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