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Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 69

Actually, Apple does try to catch those apps that sign out. In the process, they will miss the more cunning ones. And they make false positives.

One of my free iOS Apps, a RPN stack-based scripting language, came with some sample scripts you could in-click install (aka, move from App bundle into the sandboxed Documents). The App also had a button linking directly to a Wiki explaining the language and had copies of the scripts.

Somehow Apple evaluated that my App downloaded the sample scripts from my wiki down to the user device. They considered it violated the TAC concerning the "download of executable code" and had refused my original App submission. No amount of debating on the phone with Christ Whats-His-Name resulted in him even wanting to listen, giving me the cold shoulder. I shrugged it off, reworked some of the app and shipped.

Many revisions later, the App actually still has some sample scripts that it "auto installs". Just no longer has the Wiki link directly (it has a script to access it and now, inline manual).

Comment: Re:Every Damn Day (Score 1) 226

by MouseR (#49600165) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

I get 1 new recruiter request per month. What typically follows is spamming of job offers because one keyword matched in their database. Such as "programming". I've had some pretty interesting offers once in a while. Perhaps not interesting enough to jump ship after all the advantages I have for working 18 years in the same house, but some came very close. But on the average of 10-15 offers a month, most are totally irrelevant to what my profile lays out in terms of specialties and experience.

The problem boils down to the recruiters not understanding the core technologies they're being tasked as manning. So they shoot all around hoping for a positive hit because they want their fees and will go as far as sharing their fees with a sign-in bonus.

Can you imagine a 500$ sign-in bonus would have an 18 year veteran jump ship?

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 472

by Bruce Perens (#49598949) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

OK, I will try to restate in my baby talk since I don't remember this correctly.

Given that you are accelerating, the appearance to you is that you are doing so linearly, and time dilation is happening to you. It could appear to you that you reach your destination in a very short time, much shorter than light would allow. To the outside observer, however, time passes at a different rate and you never achieve light speed.

Comment: Where we need to get to call this real (Score 1) 472

by Bruce Perens (#49596461) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Before we call this real, we need to put one on some object in orbit, leave it in continuous operation, and use it to raise the orbit by a measurable amount large enough that there would not be argument regarding where it came from. The Space Station would be just fine. It has power for experiments that is probably sufficient and it has a continuing problem of needing to raise its orbit.

And believe me, if this raises the orbit of the Space Station they aren't going to want to disconnect it after the experiment. We spend a tremendous amount of money to get additional Delta-V to that thing, and it comes down if we don't.


Paul Hudak, Co-creator of Haskell, Has Died 135

Posted by timothy
from the leaving-a-legacy dept.
Esther Schindler writes: Yale is reporting that Paul Hudak, professor of computer science and master of Saybrook College, died last night after a long battle with leukemia. He was known as one of the principal designers of Haskell, which you probably don't need to be told he defined as "a purely functional programming language."

Comment: Re: Elon Musk (Score 1) 108

by Bruce Perens (#49582987) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost

Obviously I am missing something, then. Please fill me in on your better information sources. Email to bruce at perens dot com if you don't want to put them on Slashdot.

It's time to start planning another trip to Lompoc. The Motel 6 was sort of yukky last time. Maybe I'll try something else. There was an official visitor observation site that I found and got into last time, but that was for the Delta, and it was on Pad 4 if I remember correctly. This one is all the way on the other side of the base on Pad 7 or 8, isn't it? There are some farm roads that might be good observation sites if they are open.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 108

by Bruce Perens (#49582029) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost

I am not confident that the world will remain a hospitable place for life until we are ready by your standard.

Getting the resources and people there is very close to being within our technical capability. The task ourselves, if we perform it, will take care of the remaining gaps.

Creating a self-sustaining colony outside of the Earth's environment is going to need a lot of work, but it is not work that can ever be achieved on this earth. We have to actually put people in space to achieve this. Our best experience so far is with submarines. Academic research has so far yielded only farcial frauds like Biosphere II.

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 1) 141

by Bruce Perens (#49581731) Attached to: Ham Radio Fills Communication Gaps In Nepal Rescue Effort

Technically, making transceivers work when there are 30 of them in vehicles next to each other can get difficult. People wonder why you can buy a dual-band walkie talkie for $60 but the one in the police car costs much more. If it's well engineered, the one in the police car has some RF plumbing that isn't in the $60 walkie talkie.

In order to dial out, it is necessary to broaden one's dimension.