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Comment: Getting on, but still hopeful (Score 1) 160

by peetm (#49439587) Attached to: NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts Evidence For Life Beyond Earth By 2025

As the title says, I'm getting on now - and even thinking of properly retiring.

Ever since I was aware of such things, I was always very much more than hopeful - convinced really - that we would receive some signal (in a 'Contact' fashion) before I was placed into my box (cremate/inter :- hey surprise me!) An example of self-centred hubris in the ‘belief of ourselves’, including me of course!

Still, I live in hope.

Goodness knows what it would do to all those religious fundamentalists though!

+ - The Guardian's machine destroyed by GCHQ on show ->

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peetm writes: The remains of computers used to store top-secret documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which were symbolically destroyed by Guardian editors while being watched by GCHQ representatives, are to be displayed at the V&A. Although I query whether it's the remains of a MacBook Air!
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+ - What keyboard for a professional developer?

Submitted by peetm
peetm writes: Christmas is coming, and as my PC's keyboard is near its end (as it is for many a Turkey and Goose), I'm thinking of asking Santa for a new one.

I often work late at night — always in low-light — and so a back-lit keyboard would be a bonus. I should add that I don't play games, and would be completely disinterested in any gaming-type feature on a keyboard.

Santa of course needs some advance warning, and I would very much welcome /. members' keyboard suggestions!

+ - The girlfriend of a student asks - what books for an M.Sc., ...

Submitted by peetm
peetm writes: Having visited with me and my wife recently, the girlfriend of an ex-student of mine asks ..

"... He recently mentioned that he would love to have a home library, like the one you have, with variety of good, useful and must-have books from different authors. I wonder if you would be so kind to advise me on this. Mostly, I was thinking your advice would be priceless when it comes to computer science related books, but .. I would appreciate any sort of advice on books from you. ..."

This ex-student is now taking an M.Sc. in CS (pure), and whilst I could scan my own library for ideas, I doubt that I'm really that 'current' with what's good, or whether my favourites would be appropriate: I've not taught on the M.Sc. course for a while, and in some cases, and just given their price, I shouldn't really recommend such books that are just pet loves of mine — especially to someone who doesn't know whether they'd even be useful to her boyfriend.

And, before you ask: YES, we do have a reading list, but given that he'll receive this as part of this course requirement anyway, I'd like to tease readers to suggest good reads around the periphery of the subject.

+ - Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing->

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peetm writes: A little late in coming, and surely welcomed by all right thinking people, computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon. It overturns his 1952 conviction for homosexuality which meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop the code-cracking work that proved critical to the Allies in World War II.
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Comment: Re:Sad loss. (Score 1) 98

by peetm (#44143271) Attached to: Citrix Founder and Key OS/2 Player Ed Iacobucci Dead At 59

>>and they spent too much time trying to get it to run windows programs

Who did?

I worked on the Windows Libraries for OS/2 (WLO) and it was a pure Microsoft effort, and it worked just fine thank you very much - in fact, thanks to some of the features we could take advantage of, like PM's graphics paths, we could out perform Win 3.1 too.

If all else fails, lower your standards.