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Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 229

by hairyfeet (#49617559) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
Uhhhh Nutscrape 4 was beta in 96, released 97 so sorry kid, your idea of "history" is too damned young. FTR I was using NS before there even was an IE, back when you had to use Trumpet Winsock just to get to your BBS with Windows, so I think I'm a liiiitle more experienced when it comes to ancient OS and browser history than you sonny.

+ - JavaScript Tools for Breathing New Life Into Old Code

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq writes: From Lisp to Pascal, old code is new again, thanks to JavaScript cross-compilers, translators, and emulators. 'In the past, tending to an old code base was a lonely experience, not unlike living on a desert island. The job was to keep everything running with virtual duct tape and baling wire. ... That’s changed in recent years with the emergence of new cross-compilers and interpreters. Suddenly the old can be brought into the present, not with perfect harmony but with enough integration that curators don’t need to feel like they’re living and working alone. The right tools can follow Ezra Pound's dictum to "make it new again."'

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 1) 407

by UnknownSoldier (#49616791) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Indeed. Low level knowledge was true mastery of the hardware. Pure arcane "magic" and bliss.

Back then there was a cool disk util 2M that extended the format of a 1.44 MB floppy from 18 sectors/track up to a non-standard 21 sectors/track for ~1804KB! (It still used 80 tracks.) Even Microsoft embraced it with DMF Distribution Media Format for a total of 1,720,320 bytes!

On the Apple ][ there were 18-sectors/track copy-protection games & programs written by the young and brilliant Roland Gustafsson that Broderbund used. It had the advantage of speeding up loading too in addition to stopping people from copying it!

Prince of Persia used it and took a while for pirates to figure out how to get their "kracked" 3-disk version back down to the original 2-disk version!

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 1) 407

by UnknownSoldier (#49616675) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

> "Digital Native" means you're obsessed with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Opentable, selfies, etc.

Nice summary!

FTFY, Digital Native, noun: A person who cares more about consuming content and other stupid vanity shit then actually learning how to _write_ apps in the first place.

> yet it's hard for me to get a job because I'm old, don't use FB, don't twit, don't insta, don't have a phone full of selfies, etc.

That's sad that companies value people who are more focused on _looking_ good, then actually _creating_ good. :-(

+ - Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers at Comcast->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: The Internet is taking over television.

That shift is occurring at Comcast, where the number of people who subscribe to the company’s Internet service surpassed its total video subscribers for the first time during the second quarter this year.

Announced in an earnings call on Monday, the development signals a major turning point in the technological evolution sweeping across the media business, as the Internet becomes the gateway for information and entertainment.

Comcast, the country’s largest cable operator, abandoned its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable last month after the deal drew regulatory scrutiny regarding concerns that the combined company would have too much control over the Internet.

Comcast is already the country’s largest broadband provider, with more than 22 million high-speed Internet customers.

Brian L. Roberts, Comcast’s chief executive, said in the call that the company was disappointed about the collapse of the deal but had moved on. He said that Comcast’s top priorities now were to advance its existing business and improve its poorly rated customer service.

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Comment: Re:Waitasecondhere... (Score 1) 398

by BarbaraHudson (#49616365) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

The original design was not faulty - it worked fine for years, until people's habits changed to carrying so much junk on their keychains. It would be the same as if people, instead of just hanging a pair of fuzzy dice from their interior rear-view mirror started hanging their purse or pack-sack from it and complaining that it broke off after a bump.

We have way too many common-sense fails nowadays, such as "This plastic bag is not a toy" and "Objects in mirror are closer than they seem" and "6PCS Precision screwdriver set not to be inserted into penis" and "Do not eat Ipod shuffle" (found on apple's website) and "Do not use for personal hygiene" (on Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush) and many many more.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 152

by BarbaraHudson (#49616239) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

That would presume that every writer actually read Tolkien - a very dubious assumption, since (a) there were plenty of writers who wrote fantasy before Tolkien wrote LotR, and (b) that many modern writers would even bother reading it. I bought the series on sale because of the hype, and after 50 pages put it down because it sucks pretty much on the same level as C. S. Lewis.

Have I seen the movie? I walked into a relative's basement and after a minute I asked "What the heck is this anyway?" "Lord of the Rings." "No wonder it's so f-ed up. Bye!"

Tolkien was a poor second-rate wannabe of HG Wells and Jules Verne, or if you want to go back a few centuries, Johnathan Swift.

Comment: Re:Article is total bilge water (Score 1) 152

by BarbaraHudson (#49616119) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Honestly though, you don't have to like Tolkien, but you also can't say anything about the modern fantasy genre without in some way referencing him ... wizards, elves, dwarves, hobbits, and dragons ... you either have these things in the idiom of Tolkien, or you consciously have them not in the idiom of Tolkien.

A pity that Tolkien didn't invent any of those - then his estate could sue the modern fantasy genre into non-existence, and nothing of value would be lost except Anne McCaffrey's works. :-)

Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 2) 407

by IamTheRealMike (#49615521) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

The hardware knowledge argument has become virtually irrelevant in the EC2-world where you can spawn VM pretty much transparently

Right, we forgot, Amazon VMs are magical devices powered by hopes and dreams, rather than CPU cycles like old fashioned "computers" are.

Back here in reality cloud virtual machines are just a shitty containment mechanism that's sort of like an operating system process, only dramatically less efficient. Did you know that Google, not a company exactly famous for lacking clue, doesn't use VMs internally at all? Every internal program runs as a regular operating system process on top of a patched Linux kernel. The system is called Borg and they published a paper on it recently.

Why don't they use VMs, Amazon style? Because VMs suck. Running an entire OS inside another OS just to provide isolation is a great way to waste vast amounts of money and resources. It means sysadmins get to reuse their existing skillset instead of learning some new way of managing software, but that's about it as far as advantages are concerned.

Certainly your Amazon VM will suffer from cache line interference, limited resources, and other things that plague physical devices.

+ - The Programming Talent Myth

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Jake Edge writes at LWN.net that there is a myth that programming skill is somehow distributed on a U-shaped curve and that people either "suck at programming" or that they "rock at programming", without leaving any room for those in between. Everyone is either an amazing programmer or "a worthless use of a seat" which doesn't make much sense. If you could measure programming ability somehow, its curve would look like the normal distribution. According to Edge this belief that programming ability fits into a bi-modal distribution is both "dangerous and a myth". "This myth sets up a world where you can only program if you are a rock star or a ninja. It is actively harmful in that is keeping people from learning programming, driving people out of programming, and it is preventing most of the growth and the improvement we'd like to see." If the only options are to be amazing or terrible, it leads people to believe they must be passionate about their career, that they must think about programming every waking moment of their life. If they take their eye off the ball even for a minute, they will slide right from amazing to terrible again leading people to be working crazy hours at work, to be constantly studying programming topics on their own time, and so on.

The truth is that programming isn't a passion or a talent, says Edge, it is just a bunch of skills that can be learned. Programming isn't even one thing, though people talk about it as if it were; it requires all sorts of skills and coding is just a small part of that. Things like design, communication, writing, and debugging are needed. If we embrace this idea that "it's cool to be okay at these skills"—that being average is fine—it will make programming less intimidating for newcomers. If the bar for success is set "at okay, rather than exceptional", the bar seems a lot easier to clear for those new to the community. According to Edge the tech industry is rife with sexism, racism, homophobia, and discrimination and although it is a multi-faceted problem, the talent myth is part of the problem. "In our industry, we recast the talent myth as "the myth of the brilliant asshole", says Jacob Kaplan-Moss. "This is the "10x programmer" who is so good at his job that people have to work with him even though his behavior is toxic. In reality, given the normal distribution, it's likely that these people aren't actually exceptional, but even if you grant that they are, how many developers does a 10x programmer have to drive away before it is a wash?"

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