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Comment ugh. (Score 0) 444

reading the comments in this thread reminds me why i rarely read comments on slashdot.

mirah is java, with a friendlier type system and ruby-like syntax. like jruby, but without having to drag around a huge runtime library, or maintain language compatibility with a language with no spec (ruby).

mirah compiles directly to bytecode, just like java, so it's as fast as java. it has type inference, so types are still there if you want/need them. the syntax is a matter of religion and/or taste, i tend to like it. you also get the entire corpus of java frameworks and libraries for free.

i personally am _more_ excited about mirah than i am about jruby (or even ruby for that matter).

charles nutter is one of the main (the main?) guy behind jruby for those who (for some reason) think this is some sort of attack on jruby.


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tiffanydanica writes "For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit. Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!) for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing."
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Submission + - Disaster recovery

moogoogaipan writes: After a few days thinking about the quickest way to bring my website back to the internet users, I am still stuck at DNS. From experience, even if I set the TTL for my DNS zone file as low as 5 mins, there are still DNS servers out there won't update until a few days later(yeah you, AOL). Here is my situation. Say, I have my web servers and database servers at a remote backup location. They are ready to serve. So my question for ./ers is that if we get hit by an earthquake at our main location, what can I do in a few hours to get everyone to go to our backup location?

Submission + - South Korea developing robot code of ethics

thefickler writes: A 12-member task force, consisting of top lawyers, doctors and scientists, has been set up by the South Korean Commerce Ministry to develop a code of ethics for robots by the end of the year, according to

"We expect the day will soon come when intellectual robots can act upon their own decisions. So we are presenting this as an ethical guideline on the role and ability of robots," said South Korea's Commerce Ministry.

Submission + - Myspace eliminates "Gay" option

ishboo writes: "Just recently myspace abolished the option to select "Gay" as a sexual preference in your profile while still leaving bi and lesbian. This comes form chairman of News Corps. (Myspace's parent company) Rupert Murdoch who made this choice based on "Personal Family Values" who has a history of being accused of being homophobic. ity_of_users_to_0503.html"

Submission + - Tikal Bugzilla with features won't find elsewhere

kanfil writes: Tikal, an open source provider of application development and deployment suites, has launched an enhanced version of Bugzilla, positioned as a high performance issue tracker with a new GUI and the much sought after "custom fields" option (due also in version 2.23 of the community edition of Bugzilla).

Tikal Bugzilla is available for download from Tikal's project at SourceForge.

While Bugzilla is considered an excellent and reliable bug tracker, it is lacking in usability and flexibility. On the other hand, extreme flexibility can be a drag on usability (see Scarab). Balancing all, Tikal has released a "crowd pleaser" version of Bugzilla which includes:
  • New, easy to use GUI
  • "Custom Fields" creation via a GUI, no coding needed
    True multi type issue tracking
  • "Easy Orientation" via a personal dashboard
  • Sub task fields (each can be attributed to a different user)
  • "View Version Control Activity" feature
    And more

Tikal's Bugzilla lets you manage and process the myriad of issues that are part of the development process — change requests, tasks, patches, features etc. Each issue can have several sub tasks, each can be attributed to several owners.

Certified versions and full support is available for Tikal subscribers.

Tikal previously released Tikal Update Manager (TUM), a YUM Extender like, GUI based update manager for Eclipse IDE.

Tikal provides additional open source high performance tools for application development and life-cycle management. is open for feedback and comments.

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