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The Big Technical Mistakes of History 244

Posted by kdawson
from the seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time dept.
An anonymous reader tips a PC Authority review of some of the biggest technical goofs of all time. "As any computer programmer will tell you, some of the most confusing and complex issues can stem from the simplest of errors. This article looking back at history's big technical mistakes includes some interesting trivia, such as NASA's failure to convert measurements to metric, resulting in the Mars Climate Orbiter being torn apart by the Martian atmosphere. Then there is the infamous Intel Pentium floating point fiasco, which cost the company $450m in direct costs, a battering on the world's stock exchanges, and a huge black mark on its reputation. Also on the list is Iridium, the global satellite phone network that promised to make phones work anywhere on the planet, but required 77 satellites to be launched into space."
Programming

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

Posted by Soulskill
from the take-your-pick dept.
igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Comment: Re:Say what? (Score 3, Insightful) 433

by chrispycreeme (#29932133) Attached to: Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

I've never met one of these mythical windows fanboys. Can someone point out to me where they are? I mean the unpaid rabid fanboys like the ones apple (or linux) has. I use windows almost exclusively, not because i like it but because:

1. I am lazy
2. I make a living because i can make it work pretty well
3. I am lazy

I would make a longer list but.. eh, why bother? I just don't hear people ever saying how awesome windows is for anything (except games maybe). Windows jockeys just like using something that is standardized, supported by a large company and is easy to google answers for, and make a living at managing. Plus you can do almost everything without learning any messy command line stuff (although the stuff you do have to do with command line is just as cryptic if not moreso that any *nix flavor)

Windows fanboys are as rare as screwdriver fanboys, sure screwdrivers are useful but they are just a tool that works okay, why get excited about them? I've never understood the whole religious operating system wars.

The Internet

The Pirate Bay Sails To a New Home 244

Posted by Soulskill
from the wonder-if-they-considered-arrrrrgentina dept.
the monolith writes "Back in August, the company supplying bandwidth to The Pirate Bay was forced to disconnect them. Quoting TorrentFreak: '"It took just 20 minutes before the Hollywood companies telephoned the new host who took over operation of The Pirate Bay," commented Patrik from the ISP which had been indirectly supplying bandwidth to TPB. Despite initially putting on a brave face and standing strong, Patrik's company continued to feel the heat. It is not a large outfit and doesn't have the resources to fight the entertainment industry and its threats. Last night, Patrik could hold off no longer after receiving mounting threats from the entertainment industries, which culminated in threats of a court summons. Having come this far, there is little doubt that IFPI and the MPAA would litigate if necessary. ... On the heels of several rumors today, Patrik said he could confirm news of the move, saying that he believes The Pirate Bay is now hosted in Ukraine.'"

Comment: Re:Threatening plurality? (Score 3, Funny) 703

by chrispycreeme (#29246389) Attached to: James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"

Isn't it funny how 90% of Americans are "far left of center" according to Fox News Viewer? That crazy majority of rational people are just the "far far left"... I guess that could happen but for some reason I doubt it. Of course we'll all be sorry when the proof comes out that Iraq perpetrated 9-11 and that Obama is going to kill our grandmothers.

Comment: I worked for Nielsen for a several months (Score 1) 248

by chrispycreeme (#29194777) Attached to: Nielsen Struggles To Track Modern Viewing Habits

and I can tell you they are struggling to stay current with 1980's technology. Their tracking equipment looks like something out of a steam punk novel and doesn't really work worth a crap. The stuff they expect their field technician to work with would be send the average slashdotter into fits of uncontrollable laughter and/or tears. Here are some of my actual questions during training: "Are you joking? Is that really how you do it? What is the best method of duck tape application? Does every installation take 50 usb cables?" I just couldn't believe it. It's really that bad. Not to mention the fact that any one of their low level field technicians with any smarts could easily manipulate the television ratings for fun and profit.

It's not surprising they aren't going to track "them fancy computer thingies", since they haven't even figured out exactly what them thingies are used for.

Nielsen is a dinosaur waiting for a comet..

Comment: Re:within the rules doesnt mean its within the rul (Score 1) 895

by chrispycreeme (#28600897) Attached to: Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

within the rules doesnt mean its within the rules

Yes. It does. Reverse tautology aside. The coded rules of the game are analogous to the rules of physics in real life. The social conventions are a layer on top of those rules created by the players. While I can't break the laws of physics I can certainly break the laws of man, and I'll pay the consequences if I do. If I determine that I can accept the consequences, (in this case being threatened by strangers on the internet)or I have enough money to hire good lawyers, then I am free to do so unless someone stops me.

Get used to living in the real world.

Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.

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