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Comment: Re:MATLAB! WTF!?!?? (Score 2) 415

by random coward (#47410337) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
Digging further than the fine article to the blog that it was based on. It appears that the methodology of the study is wrong for what it purports. There were multiple languages and courses from each school; It speaks as if this is the intro for CSC majors, and then adds CSC courses that wont go towards a CSC degree; I.E. programming for engineers with matlab at Georgia Tech for example.

Comment: Re:And once they have learned all they can? (Score 2) 80

by random coward (#46760137) Attached to: Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan
This is a bigger problem in the US than in Japan. This is good to see someone coming up with a solution. The problems are that there aren't any good employees to get for these jobs with these compentancies. There has to be a way to bring up newer people to get a path to being the masters. The technology allows a small number of very good employees to run everything, but how do you bring up new employees to that level when they retire?

The US is having this problem all over: for example we can't get workers qualified to work on hoover dam and the current workers are all about to retire.

Comment: Re:Accountability (Score 1) 459

Ah but here's the rub; these scientists do control whether they make predictions or not. They made negligent predictions. They should be held responsible for those. If their job requires them to be responsible for something outside their abilities or competence than ethics requires them to resign, even, or rather, especially, if they think it is impossible to do

Comment: Re:Accountability (Score 0) 459

With no scientists around, they could just sacrifice a virgin to the volcano gods and that would prevent the earthquakes.

Well that would only lead to one dead virgin instead of the 300 dead in Italy. Regardless of what you think scientists don't design buildings, unless they're architects and engineers as well. If they did they'd be arrested for practicing engineering without a license. If an Engineer signs off on a building design and it fails in an earthquake when it shouldn't, believe me he's going to be held liable. But if he's a scientist, well, they can't be held liable for their practice, because hey Its SCIENCE! Its not like they told everyone to not worry when the people in the area were getting scared and deciding to leave, oh wait that's exactly what happened!

+ - "My Sister is the Zelda Gymnast... and she's a lifelong gamer."->

Submitted by MickyTheIdiot
MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Of course we didn't get to see it in the US because of the #NBCfail, but many people were pleasantly surprised to hear one of gymnasts did her floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda theme songs. Kotaku has the story behind the gymnast and the routine."
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+ - The Pacific Ocean is Polluted With Coffee-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "People aren’t the only ones getting a jolt from caffeine these days; in a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, scientists found elevated concentrations of caffeine in the Pacific Ocean in areas off the coast of Oregon. With all those coffee drinkers in the Pacific Northwest, it should be no surprise that human waste containing caffeine would ultimately make its way through municipal water systems and out to sea – but how will the presence of caffeine in our oceans affect human health and natural ecosystems?"
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+ - ReactOS Presented to Russian President Putin-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "While President Putin was touring the area of Seliger Youth Forum, Marat Karatov demonstrated what can only be described as a fair amount of daring when he called out to the president and requested to present ReactOS to him. Putin agreed, and the project has now presented ReactOS to two successive Russian presidents. Putin responded to the presentation by stating he would think on it."
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Operating Systems

+ - Linux Developer Working on Windows 8 Secure Boot Bypass->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Windows 8 is going to be equipped with a secure boot technology from Microsoft dubbed Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) that will effectively lockup the operating system tightly and will prevent users from installing other operating system – be it Linux or Windows XP, Windows 7 and as a matter of fact another instance of Windows 8. This is definitely not good news and there has been already a lot of talk going on about the secure boot option of Windows 8. To bypass this, James Bottomley, chair at Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board has made public Intel Tianocore UEFI boot image along with some code. Developers can use this to get around the secure boot option of Windows 8."
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+ - Meet Jolla, the startup combating Apple and Google by breathing life into MeeGo->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "A new Finnish company called Jolla made a bit of a splash earlier this month by declaring it will become a new smartphone vendor using the MeeGo operating system to power its devices. Interest in MeeGo in United States is tepid, but in Europe and Asia, the OS attracted a lot of interest before Nokia chose to effectively kill its development in 2011. Can Jolla help resurrect MeeGo as a viable mobile OS alternative, or is this crusade just a lost cause in a market dominated by Google and Apple?"
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Open Source

+ - Why isn't there an Open Source EMR project? 2

Submitted by tripleevenfall
tripleevenfall (1990004) writes "We've seen FOSS projects take on operating systems and other key desktop applications — so where is the major project effort to develop an open source Electronic Medical Record suite? With only a few major corporations like Cerner and Epic controlling the market and delivering spotty quality at times, is it time for a major effort to show what Open Source can do to reduce cost in the health care industry?"

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