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+ - How Bomb Gaza Remained on Google Play Store Undetected For a Week-> 2

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Bomb Gaza was a game that challenged players to drop bombs on people and buildings in Gaza. It was only removed from Google's Play Store a week after it was first published. David Gilbert at IBTimes UK looks at how Google's policy of publish first, ask questions later leads to inappropriate content appearing on the platform."
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Comment: Oklahoma: new land of the earthquakes (Score 1) 49

by jmcbain (#47479377) Attached to: New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes
Oklahoma has recently had a spate of earthquakes. From the LA Times:

The state had 109 temblors measuring 3.0 or greater in 2013 — more than 5,000% above normal. There have already been more than 200 earthquakes this year, Holland said.

There is controversy in that the quakes have occurred after the start of fracking (and the disposal of wastewater), and the oil companies refuse to acknowledge the connection. However, I find this stance akin to the cigarette companies refusing to acknowledge a direction connection between smoking and lung cancer.

+ - Apple and IBM announce partnership to bring iOS + Cloud services to enterprises

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain (1233044) writes "According to an article on Recode, Apple and IBM have announced a major partnership to bring mobile services to enterprise customers. "The deal calls for IBM and Apple to develop more than 100 industry-specific applications that will run on the iPhone and iPad. Apple will add a new class of service to its AppleCare program and support aimed at enterprise customers. IBM will also begin to sell iPhones and iPads to its corporate customers and will devote more than 100,000 people, including consultants and software developers, to the effort. Enterprise applications will in many cases run on IBM’s cloud infrastructure or on private clouds that it has built for its customers. Data for those applications will co-exist with personal data like photos and personal email that will run on Apple’s iCloud and other cloud services.""

+ - Apple announces new programming language called Swift

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain (1233044) writes "At WWDC 2014 today, Apple announced Swift, a new programming language. According to a report by Ars Technica: "Swift seems to get rid of Objective C's reliance on defined pointers; instead, the compiler infers the variable type, just as many scripting languages do. ... The new language will rely on the automatic reference counting that Apple introduced to replace its garbage-collected version of Objective C. It will also be able to leverage the compiler technologies developed in LLVM for current development, such as autovectorization. ... Apple showed off a couple of cases where implementing the same algorithm in Swift provided a speedup of about 1.3X compared to the same code implemented in Objective C.""

Comment: Re:Adios MOHAA (Score 1) 329

by jmcbain (#46984621) Attached to: EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault was such a good game! I remember playing that back in 2002-2003 when I was in grad school. I can still visualize the Omaha Beach multiplayer level in my mind, like it was an actual physical layout. Land on the beach from the landing craft, use the sniper rifle to take out the machine gunners in the high turrets, storm the base, and make your way to plant the dynamite on the big guns at the back of the map. Good times.

Comment: Lawyers didn't do their job (Score 5, Informative) 215

by jmcbain (#46978997) Attached to: Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement
From the NY Times article:

Mr. Devine said he told his lawyers that he found the settlement inadequate as it was being negotiated, but they ignored him. Lawyers in the case declined to comment on Sunday. ... As a class representative, he is eligible for an incentive award for the time and effort he put into the case. His lawyers have asked the court to approve a $20,000 payment for each representative from settlements reached last year against three other defendants in the suit — Lucasfilm, Pixar and Intuit. A similar payment might be forthcoming from the settlement with Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe. Even if the case went to trial and the plaintiffs got the full $9 billion, he would not get much more.

Comment: Re:Never forget where you came from (Score 1) 390

by jmcbain (#46797465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
I actually do have almost 200 hours in community service, but almost all between high school and grad school. I volunteered at hospitals, homeless shelters, and habitat for humanity. Since becoming a professional, though, I have little time for that now. What's most disturbing is that I've now become more libertarian, i.e. disgusted that I have to pay so much tax for socialist services after having spent the entirety of my 20s in CS degree programs.

Comment: Never forget where you came from (Score 3, Interesting) 390

by jmcbain (#46796485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

I finished my CS PhD about 10 years ago at a top-20 US university. My first year I was not paid, but after I hooked onto an advisor later, I received an RA or TA position for $23k/year, and in my last few years, I received a fellowship for about $40k/year.

That first year was horrible. I recall eating spaghetti and ketchup, and I distinctly remember having to ask one of my rich friends for a $500 loan just to pay my rent one month. That was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life, and it really shaped my financial planning. Now, 10 years later, although I'm making well over $150k/year, I keep my expenses very low like I'm still a grad student, and I always have at least 6 months' expenses in short-term accounts.

Comment: Re:Donald Knuth (Score 1) 197

by jmcbain (#46443203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?
Hello, anonymous coward. I would say I know about computer science because I have three degrees in the field, namely BS, MS, and PhD from top-20 US universities. I would also say I know about programming because I've worked at some of the biggest companies in software and online services. I also know how to distinguish between "you're" and "your". Now, regarding your comment, computer science is in general the application of the theory of computation to practical computers and practical applications. There are fields in CS which are purely theoretical, but in general CS applies theory to real computers (e.g. Von Neumann architectures; you should look that up some time when you're not too busy with your HTML and CSS). CS is thus an extremely broad field.

Comment: Re:Donald Knuth (Score 3, Interesting) 197

by jmcbain (#46440899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?
"Computer Science" is a very broad field covering both theory and programming. Here are some great books:

-- Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd ed., by Cormen, et al. ABSOLUTELY MUST-READ.
-- Computer networking: a top-down approach, by Kurose and Ross. Great book; skips the physical layer.
-- The C Programming Language, by Kernighan and Ritchie. This is the one book you need on programming language pragmatics.
-- Modern Operating Systems, by Tanenbaum.
-- An Introduction to Statistical Learning: with Applications in R, by James, et al. Have not read this machine learning book myself, but the Amazon reviews say it's great.

+ - Samsung preparing Context keylogger, spyware in upcoming Galaxy S phones 1

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain (1233044) writes "According to the technology blog The Verge, Samsung is preparing new smartphone software that acts as a keylogger and spyware in their future phones, like the upcoming Galaxy S 5. "Samsung has been developing a service called Context that would collect what a person types, what apps they use, and what data their phone's sensors pick up, and then allow developers to tap into that pool of data to enrich their apps." The article suggests a scenario where "by using Context a video service might be able to automatically display sports videos to someone who frequently searches for sports." Looks similar to the Google Now service, but still scary stuff in the age of the NSA."

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject -- the actual enemy is the unknown. -- Thomas Mann