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Comment Car fires happen all the time (Score 1) 329

Just the other day, my neighbor was driving to work when her engine exploded in front of my house. She got out OK, but her car (a Jeep SUV) was totaled. She said she felt like she drove over a large rock, but it was likely a fuel line issue. I originally thought it was battery related, but the fire department said it was the engine. The explosion shook the windows at my house and there was lots of smoke and fire. Do I think Jeep is at fault? Probably not. The feeling I got was that she was having issues with the vehicle and probably shouldn't have been driving it. The point is, we don't know all the details of these stories, yet we're so quick to pass judgement. The number of Tesla fires is a little worrying, but it seems acceptable compared to gas-powered vehicles.

Submission + - Is the Web really the best way to build distributed applications?

simonstl writes: The Web grew up in a tough neighborhood, popular but infested with feuding constituencies and sprawled across multiple platforms. I argue that those challenges have created a best-of-breed solution, even if it doesn't look like the toolbox developers from more civilized environments expect. It's not just that the Web is what we have to do this work — it's that the Web is what we have to do this work because it learned lessons other platforms haven't yet even noticed.

Submission + - The Curious MInd of Ada Lovelace

An anonymous reader writes: Going beyond the usual soundbites about Ada Lovelace, Amy Jollymore explores the life of the worlds first programmer: "When I heard that Ada Lovelace Day was coming, I questioned myself, "What do I actually know about Ada Lovelace?" The sum total of my knowledge: Ada was the first woman programmer and the Department of Defense honored her contributions to computation in 1979 by naming its common programming language Ada.
A few Ada biographies later, I know Augusta Ada Lovelace to be an incredibly complex woman with a painful life story, one in which math, shame, and illness were continuously resurfacing themes. Despite all, Ada tirelessly pursued her passion for mathematics, making her contributions to computing undeniable and her genius all the more clear. Her accomplishments continue to serve as an inspiration to women throughout the world."

Submission + - Open Government & Hacking Healthcare ebooks Free from O'Reilly

An anonymous reader writes: Government shutdown got you down? The folks over at O'Reilly are offering some free quality reading material for you to enjoy while the hill people continue to contemplate this easily avoidable failure. "The government may be shut down, but you don't have to be. Take this time to envision the government you really want: open, transparent, and responsive. Get two free ebooks to spark your thinking: Hacking Healthcare and Open Government."

Submission + - Dart Is Not the Language You Think It Is

An anonymous reader writes: Seth Ladd has an excellent write-up of Dart "When Dart was originally launched, many developers mistook it for some sort of Java clone. In truth, Dart is inspired by a range of languages such as Smalltalk, Strongtalk, Erlang, C#, and JavaScript. Get past the semicolons and curly braces, and you’ll see a terse language without ceremony. "

Submission + - How to Develop for the Mobile Casual Gaming Market

pfignaux writes: In a recent O'Reilly Programming interview, Jesse Freeman talks about developing for the mobile casual gaming market: "Over the next few years, we will see HTML5 completely replace Flash and provide a much richer experience across all platforms. Even Nintendo is looking to include an HTML5 SDK in the Wii U to entice indie web game developers, and on Windows 8, you can publish your HTML5 games alongside native ones and the end user will never know the difference. I hope that more platforms decide to fully embrace HTML5 games as first-class citizens alongside native games."

Submission + - Stop standardizing HTML (

pfignaux writes: When HTML first appeared, it offered a coherent if limited vocabulary for sharing content on the newly created World Wide Web. Today, after HTML has handed off most of its actual work to other specifications, it’s time to stop worrying about this central core and let developers choose their own markup vocabularies and processing.

Submission + - AINO: Agile in Name Only (

pfignaux writes: In politics, the term RINO is used to refer to a candidate who is “Republican in Name Only,” i.e., claiming the mantle of the party, but not conforming to the platform or belief system. In software development, there’s a similar phenomenon: companies that claim to embrace agile development principles, but really don’t understand agile. They’re Agile in Name Only (AINO).

Submission + - Industrial Internet: The Machines Are Talking ( 1

pfignaux writes: Interesting things start to emerge when everything's connected to a network. Car windshield-wipers become networked rain sensors; airplanes become flying data centers controlled through an API; and dishwashers check the power grid for the best time to start in order to save you money on your electricity bill. If you're interested in the opportunities the Industrial Internet has to offer, check out Jon Bruner's recent report on O'Reilly Radar.

Submission + - What is DevOps? (

pfignaux writes: Ever wonder what happens when S3 goes down? If everything's in the cloud and the dwindling IT department is nowhere to be found, who's around to keep the lights on? Find out about the evolving role of "operations" and how it's transformed from the segregated BOFH to the fully integrated DevOps in Mike Loukides' "What is DevOps" over on O'Reilly Radar.

Submission + - The Drivetrain Approach for building data products (

pfignaux writes: Interesting article on O'Reilly Radar that talks about a new Drivetrain Approach to building better data products like recommendation engines and other predictive technologies: "We are entering the era of data as drivetrain, where we use data not just to generate more data (in the form of predictions), but use data to produce actionable outcomes. That is the goal of the Drivetrain Approach. "

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.