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Comment: What kind of software do astronomers need? (Score 1) 193

by 0xdeadbeef (#47939537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

I'm like this guy, wanted to be an astronomer but went into CS because it was the lazy easy thing.

Now I'm probably going to retire in a few years and would like to do something that matters before I'm too dumb and slow. I doubt I'll ever learn enough physics to advance the science, but I've seen what passes for software in academic settings, and I could certainly make the software suck less.

So what kind of software does astronomy need?

Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 135

by jedidiah (#47937641) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

>> The Scottish people, like people everywhere, have the right to self-governance. Right now they don't have that, and even if they destroy their country in the process of gaining independence, they'll at least be free to choose their own destiny.
> Please, stop trying to make it look like the Scots are somehow shackled and oppressed by the English.

Your remarks are entirely irrelevant to the original point.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 293

by Bogtha (#47936995) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

You're massively overreacting to a biased headline. What is meant by "Apple locks NFC to Apple Pay" is simply "Apple have only provided APIs for Apple Pay so far".

This is pretty standard practice with new Apple hardware features.

Bluetooth? Originally developers couldn't access that at all, only the higher-level gaming APIs used it.

Touch ID? Again, developers couldn't access that at all to begin with, but iOS was released yesterday and that introduced an API for developers to use it.

The camera? Originally developers could only tell the system that they wanted a photo. Now we've got fine-grained control over shutter speed, etc.

Apple have a habit of introducing hardware features then providing a third-party API after they've had a chance to see it deployed at a large scale. If you are a long-time iPhone user, you've seen them do this time and time again. The fact that there isn't an API for it on day one doesn't mean that they are trying to lock it away.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 280

by SpzToid (#47936033) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Maybe you should consider living somewhere else than if you want a career in IT. Through all of history the characteristics and features of a geographic location have dictated the type of economic activity that goes on there.

Umm, I am not so sure I agree with what you have just written. Isn't the very industry of Information Technology based upon the predicate of a solution in response to a requirement?

Comment: Re:What is the guy saying here??? (Score 1) 95

by Bazman (#47934553) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

It'll be Java on the server to replace the PHP on the server. Nobody writes Java applets any more. If they do it will be the end - do Java applets even run on phones? I've not seen one (by which I mean a "You need a Java Applet Plugin" placeholder) for years.

I just take issue at the "Most Importantly". How is that most important? Because the end-user shouldn't care. The only people to whom its most important are the Java devs getting the gig. I suspect the PHP devs getting their final wages might be a bit upset. But then again, maybe Y! don't bother maintaining the code and retaining any PHP expertise.

Comment: Re:Sorry (Score 1) 315

by peragrin (#47933057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Not really. Install a wifi router, with a modem. I haven't tried plugging a usb modem into a usb port on a dd-wrt box with a custom config might just do it too. google search, SFW, no idea on reliability, read all fine print)

Even a macbook won't last long with now a days without care.

Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 1, Insightful) 315

by peragrin (#47932999) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

True but a chrome book, is all they need. can one install a third party email client on a chrome book? I haven't looked.

Bonus it is already locked down and they can't screw things up.

My really question is this. How do they get viruses? most viruses require a constant high speed connection. without it the virus itself can't do much.

Comment: Re:No good for older iPhones (Score 2) 201

by Anonymous Freak (#47932763) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

Find me an Android from 2010 that can run KitKat.

Find me more than two Android devices that got KitKat on launch day.

Yes, Apple ruthless abandons old devices. But you KNOW it's happening. The iPad 1 was the only "surprise! We discontinued support earlier than you thought!" device, but even then, you knew when iOS 6 was first announced that it was going to happen. And if you get support, you get it on day 1. Today, the iPhone 4S and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPod touch 5 all get iOS 8.

Android devices are a complete mixed bag. You may get good support for 2-3 years, you might get screwed with zero updates ever. You might get the update on day 1, you might get it 6 months later.

Android has many ways it is far superior to iOS, but release reliability and long-term device support are *NOT* among them.

A modem is a baudy house.