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Comment: Re:Oh sweet Jesus no (Score 1) 162

by phfpht (#30818916) Attached to: Raw Therapee 3 Is Now Free Software
Well... Sedan, Cabriolet, Coupe amd Limousine were all types of horse-drawn carriages that we still apply to types of cars.

One still flies (or some trains) coach.

Though it's also still technically appropriate, Wireless networking in some sense borrows the name from early radio.

Some (old fogies, undoubtedly) still call mobile phones "Cellular" though in many cases the technology is *not* cellular any more.

And so on. There are many *many* more examples of this. Photography is not unique at all in this respect.


Old terms live for a long time. Not because they're technically correct, but because they name a thing and the ability for a groupd to identify what another means is more important than staying up to date. The new comers must learn the "old" termonology.

Oh, and if you don't know the terms.... you're not a Photographer, you're just some one who takes digital pictures. Not the same thing. :-)

Comment: Code-complete counts as referring (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by phfpht (#29117349) Attached to: While Coding, How Often Do You Refer To Language Docs?
If you rely on code-completion in your IDE, that should count as referring to language docs. These days, for anything other than the trivial task, docs or code-completion are nearly a requirement. Even if you live and breath a modern language and associated libraries, almost no-one can remember the signature of *every* function, all the methods of every class etc. Hell, even the most commonly used methods might constitute several hundred functions. Too much to remember all that, plus the architecture of the application your building.
Networking

How Demigod's Networking Problems Were Fixed 65

Posted by Soulskill
from the crunch-time dept.
The launch of Demigod was troubled by piracy and networking difficulties, which publisher Stardock worked quickly to correct. They've now released a documentary that gives a detailed look behind the scenes of diagnosing and fixing those problems. It includes meetings, interviews with the devs, and part of the bug-tracking process during a frenzied 108-hour work week.
Programming

+ - AjaxLife, Second Life-via-Web hack, goes BSD->

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wjamesau
wjamesau writes "Last week, a 15 year old British girl named Katharine Berry created AjaxLife, a groundbreaking hack that lets you access some functions of Second Life via the Web. (This is possible because Linden Lab open sourced their client viewer in January.) This week, she's released the source code under a limited BSD license. Up to now, accessing SL requires a separate client download and a powerful graphics card; now, things are likely to get very interesting very fast."
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Microsoft

+ - Vista makes forensic exam of PC easier for lawyers->

Submitted by Katharine
Katharine (303681) writes "Jason Krause, a legal affairs writer for the American Bar Association's 'ABA Journal' reports in the July issue that Windows Vista will be a boon for those looking for forensic evidence of wrongdoing on defendants' PC's and a nightmare for defendants who hoped their past computer activities would not be revealed. Krause quotes attorney R. Lee Barrett, 'From a [legal] defense perspective, [Vista] scares me to death. One of the things I have a hard time educating my clients on is the volume of data that's now discoverable.' The fun is primarily attributable to Shadow Copy, TxF and Instant Search."
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Space

+ - Giant New Telescope To Find Earth Like Planets->

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Sableye
Sableye writes "A new Giant Telescope has been built by a spanish led group to hopefully help find earth like planets, amongst other things. The telescope itself has taken 7 long years to build and is at an altitude of 2,400m(7,900ft) on the island of La Palma but don'nt expect to get your own anytime soon it cost 130m euros (about $175m). You can view alot of images of the new telescope on there official webpage."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - The Way We Were->

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djmoore
djmoore writes "James Fallows at The Atlantic has abandoned his typewriter for an interesting new technology: computers suitable for home use and costing less than $5000. Fallows uses an already obsolete SOL-20, but Apple and Radio Shack's offerings are popular, and IBM recently introduced a more efficient model that works on sixteen "bits" at a time rather than the usual eight.

Best hardware advice: avoid slow, unreliable tape recorder storage. "I think you're cheating yourself if you get anything less than two double-density 5-1/4" drives, which together should be able to store 400K or more of data....The top of the line among storage systems is the hard disk...each one stores a prodigious amount of data, from two or three on up to several dozen megabytes."

Best software advice: "A DOS called CP/M (for Control Program for Microcomputers)...has become the industry standard....you should be wary of any machine or any program that won't run CP/M.""

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Privacy

+ - "Search warrants not needed to monitor interne->

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Freedom Party
Freedom Party writes ""July 09, 2007 (Computerworld) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the government does not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect's e-mail or Internet activity to determine the addresses of e-mails sent by the suspect or the Web pages he is visiting." Another win for the War on Privacy. Yee-haw. :("
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Math

+ - The Metric System Actually Invented by the English

Submitted by
thesolo
thesolo writes "According to an article in today's Daily Mirror, the metric system was actually invented by an Englishman!
'John Wilkins, founder of the Royal Society, first published his ideas for a metric measure in 1668 — 120 years before the French adopted the metric system. Wilkins' system was complete in that it was based on decimal numbers (10s, 100s, and 1000s) and its measurements were to be based on an internationally agreed 'universal measure', which would become the basis for other measures.'"

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