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Comment Re:Android (Score 1, Redundant) 351

Freaking joke of a language? It's the number 1 or 2 language in use today (along with C) if you consult language ranking sources... The reason it stood still for a few years is due to Sun going under. But we can't complain. Sun created Java and languages directly inspired by it (such as C#) owe a lot to them.

Comment "Useful twitter?" (Score 1) 50

Sorry, but this is the most awful example I've heard of how Twiter can be a useful "service"... What's the moral of the story? She didn't have to send the text multiple times? Or that she didn't get billed for multiple texts? She could always call or text directly...
Politics

Submission + - Faith-based highways in Texas (statesman.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Rick Perry and Phil Graham have appointed a lobbyist, Phil Wilson, to head the Texas highway department. Wilson has no engineering background whatsoever, he just knew the right people. (The prior P.E. requirement for this job had to be removed so he could be appointed.) His salary will be double that of the last head of the department, an engineer. Yes, a national search for the best candidate was conducted at a cost of $57,000 and Wilson was the winner!

It looks as though Perry and Phil Graham's man had the inside track to head the highway department. No, no promotion from within, no engineering background whatsoever, he just knew the right people. Welcome to the world of faith-based highways...

Wilson's salary will be double that of the recent head of the department. A national search for the best candidate was conducted at a cost of $57,000 and Wilson was the winner!

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Ergonomic Office Environment?

relyte writes: "In the spirit of the recent poll--where many people recommended ergonomic upgrades--what's the best way to get a comfortable, efficient work environment? I'm just starting my career in software development, and I already know I want a great chair, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. What should I get, and am I missing any categories?"
Java

Submission + - Better Java LINQ querying (github.com)

nicholas22 writes: ""A new type-safe LINQ implementation for the Java language has been developed leveraging the compiler pre-processing Java agent lombok-pg, making use of features not found in standard Java such as extension methods, block iterator yield co-routines and higher order functions. The source code is compiled down to standard Java bytecode (supporting the javac and ecj compilers) and works with all tools you're used to working with, such as Eclipse, Ant, Maven, Hudson, JUnit, etc. in a way that is transparent to the developer (i.e. there is no explicit pre-compilation step). LINQ queries provide compile time type-safety, allowing you do things like date range queries against date fields but keeping you from trying to do a date range query against a string field. Hopefully this catches on, resulting in fewer uses of String-based untyped querying (e.g. quaere), exploding at runtime and with less boilerplate and fewer lines of code than other alternatives (e.g. lambdaj).""

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