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Comment: Re:discussion (Score 1) 515

by clifwlkr (#49329579) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
I actually like this. I think we should consider the logging industry a failure unless we have a tree that is cut down by a female logger, that is then processed into a 2x4 by a female saw mill worker. Then maybe take it that one step further into having it placed into a house by a female carpenter.
This game is fun! (serious sarcasm).

Mars One Delayed 2 Years, CEO Releases Video In Response To Criticism 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-a-little-longer dept.
CryoKeen writes It's interesting how different news sites spin #marsgate. From Yahoo News: "The private colonization project Mars One has pushed its planned launch of the first humans toward the Red Planet back by two years, to 2026. The delay was necessitated by a lack of investment funding, which has slowed work on a robotic precursor mission that Mars One had wanted to send toward the Red Planet in 2018, Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp said in a new video posted today... 'We had a very successful investment round in 2013 that has financed all the things that we have done up to now. And we have actually come to an agreement with a consortium of investors late last year for a much bigger round of investments. Unfortunately, the paperwork of that deal is taking much longer than we expected,' Lansdorp said in the video." This Astrowatch article is a lot more scathing and to the point: "Mars One, the Dutch company planning to send people on a one-way trip to Mars, that recently selected a group of 100 hopefuls, struggles with criticism. In a Medium story this week, Mars One finalist Joseph Roche presented multiple reasons as to why he believed the entire operation is a complete scam. In response, the company published a video Thursday in which Bas Lansdorp, CEO and Co-founder of Mars One, replies to recent criticism concerning the feasibility of Mars One's human trip to Mars. He also revealed that the mission will be delayed for two years. Roche said that the 'only way' to get selected for the next round of the Mars One candidacy process was to donate money. 'My nightmare about it is that people continue to support it and give it money and attention, and it then gets to the point where it inevitably falls on its face,' Roche told Elmo Keep for Medium."

Comment: Re:Some misconceptions (Score 2) 319

by clifwlkr (#49082407) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare
And Java can be concurrent as well. It depends on the framework you are using to run it. Tomcat is thread bound, but things like akka and vert.x are not. In fact I suggest you look at the vert.x site to examine the speed increases you get on multi-core java with vert.x vs. node.js. Plus vert.x is a polyglot so you can also do Scala if it makes more sense. It is all about using asynchronous programming techniques which you HAVE to do in JavaScript, since it is single threaded, and you can do with Java. node.js is more about using cheaper web developers to put together a back end that barely functions. The node.js code I have seen is so unmaintainable with massive promise structures that will make your head hurt. If you truly need to scale to those kinds of levels you can do it even better with Java and the correct runtime environment.

Algorithmic Patenting 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the monkeys-at-typewriters dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Venturebeat reports on companies using software to "create" patents. They say a company called Cloem will use the software to "linguistically manipulate a seed set of a client's patent claims by, for example, substituting in synonyms or reordering steps in a process, thereby generating tens of thousands of potentially patentable inventions." The article says, "There is reason to believe that at least some of its computer-conceived inventions could be patentable and, indeed, patents have already been granted on inventions designed wholly or in part by software."

1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum 286

Posted by Soulskill
from the potassium-iodide-sold-separately dept.
hypnosec writes: The Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab — dubbed the world's most dangerous toy — has gone on display at the Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland. The toy earned the title because it includes four types of uranium ore, three sources of radiation, and a Geiger counter that enables parents to measure just how contaminated their child have become. The Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab was only available between 1951 and 1952 and was the most elaborate atomic energy educational kit ever produced. The toy was one of the most costly toys of the time, retailing at $50 — equivalent to around $400 today.
The Almighty Buck

Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals 158

Posted by Soulskill
from the everybody's-doing-it dept.
Presto Vivace sends a report from the Australian Financial Review on how Apple uses a holding company based in Luxembourg to avoid taxes on its iTunes revenue. Quoting: The 2011 accounts for iTunes Sàrl [the holding company] give the first inside view of how Apple accounts for its growing earnings from digital content. They are part of a massive leak of Luxembourg tax documents uncovered in an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Remarkably, the accounts show Luxembourg has been more effective in extracting tax from iTunes than Ireland has with much larger Apple sales. Turnover for iTunes Sàrl exploded from €353 million ($508 million) in 2009 to €2.05 billion in 2013. Secret appendices to the 2011 accounts break down some of Apple’s costs. It shows that Apple takes a third of iTunes’ revenues as its gross profit margin. The 2011 figures showed that a flat 50 per cent of this gross profit was paid in intercompany charges. (Followup on a similar strategy from Amazon we discussed last week.)

Comment: Re:re Loran (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by clifwlkr (#48287361) Attached to: World War II Tech eLoran Deployed As GPS Backup In the UK
Funny you say they are not being utilized. Last weekend the bands were jammed end to end for the world wide DX contest. On the major bands the waterfall was full end to end. I made hundreds of contacts. Earlier I did a summits on the air activation and made over 30 contacts in an hour. Never mind the digital modes. The ham bands are alive and well, Jim Olsen K7JEO

Comment: Re:Fundamentals (Score 2) 213

by clifwlkr (#48150139) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
Another funny story along that line. I bought my cabin from a former school principal and administrator. When I moved into it, I found a note on the sink reading: "Leek in Fawsett". I at first looked for a vegetable in there, but did not find one. It was deplorable to me that someone in the school system long enough to retire could not even spell these very common words correctly. Then I saw all of his 'fixes' around (split a pipe in two since it didn't fit easily, and tried hose clamping it), and felt very sad for the generation he mentored.....

Comment: Fundamentals (Score 5, Insightful) 213

by clifwlkr (#48149583) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
Whatever happened to teaching the kids the fundamentals of math and logic, never mind reading comprehension? Guess what? All of that is far more important to learning to code than the actual code itself. I find it ironic to imply that the kids are lost if they don't start to learn actual code that young. When I started programming, computers weren't even really available to anyone. I had good knowledge of math and logic, and was able to figure it out on my own over 35 years ago, and keep up with 'all of the latest trends' and have quite a successful career.
What I learned that help me do this, was how to learn. Start teaching that, and you will find they are prepared for whatever comes down the line in the future. Stop making automatons.....

Comment: Re:Age discrimination sucks eh.. (Score 2) 120

by clifwlkr (#47764351) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)
Yes, age discrimination is horrible and very real. I just hit 45 and am seeing it first hand. I work for a 'hot' type company and they actually said in a company wide meeting 'look around you. Notice that you don't see much grey hair. That is on purpose as we want people on their way up, not out'. I was shocked. Meanwhile their people 'on the way up' hack out some of the worst code I have ever seen. We could use a few more people on their way out to actually make some scalable and well architected products so our servers don't fail under the weight of this pile of crap they created. Thing that sucks is I am right now the best I have ever been with all of this experience and I am afraid it is going to get harder and harder to get a decent job.

Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast 99

Posted by timothy
from the bigger-than-rhode-island-and-providence-plantations dept.
As reported by Discovery News, After Toledo had to temporarily ban residents from using tap water last weekend because of a toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie, you probably figured that we’d filled the quota of bad algae-related news for the summer. No such luck, unfortunately. Off the Gulf Coast of Florida, the biggest red tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade already has killed thousands of fish. The bloom, which contains the microorganism Karenia brevis, may pose a public health threat to Floridians if it washes ashore, which is expected to happen in the next two weeks, according to Reuters. NBC News says this is the largest such bloom seen since 2006 — approximately 50 x 80 miles.

Comment: Re:Fundamentals of Comp Sci (Score 1) 315

by clifwlkr (#47560827) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
Agreed to some extent, but how they are actually implemented in languages and what they mean kind of are... You just don't know how tired I am of working with people who can not understand the difference of pass by pointer, value, and reference though. Never mind a slew of other basics that really are important to understanding what you are writing is actually doing. The state of code is rapidly going down hill....

Comment: Fundamentals of Comp Sci (Score 4, Insightful) 315

by clifwlkr (#47560397) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
Or how about learn about the fundamentals of computer science. Actually learn what pointers are, pass by reference, multi-threading, type safety, and all of the things that implies. Then express those in whatever language you want. If you truly understand how computers and languages work, and what an enterprise system is composed of, you will likely have future proofed your career. If your language doesn't support many of those ( I am looking at you, JavaScript), then perhaps consider how much those jobs are likely to pay in the long run....

Comment: Re:Use an Algorithm (Score 1) 445

by clifwlkr (#46307375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
I like to use something that is in my head and I always have with me. That way it works when I scp, ssh, or whatever. Many times, I am not on a browser or necessarily even connected to the net. But I've been around a bit too so I am probably not typical that way..... Never mind embedded devices.

Comment: Use an Algorithm (Score 1) 445

by clifwlkr (#46307203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
I gave up on password managers a long time ago. They are prone to compromise at some point. Instead, I use an algorithm that uses some element of the target as a seed to a simple formula. This gives me one thing to remember only ( or a few ), yet gives me a different password for every single site. A simple to understand, yet bad forumula to use, would be something like this: password = siteurl[2] + mySecret + siteurl[4]; So password for google would be 'omySecretl' Use a better formula for increased protection. Again, easy to remember,no password manager to get to/install, and a different password for every site, Likes it simple, Jim

How can you work when the system's so crowded?