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Comment Launch Bar (Score 1) 449

I know I'd be completely lost without LaunchBar on OS X:

http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/index.html

I initially thought that entering keyboard commands to run a program was completely opposite what a GUI was supposed to offer, but being a command-line driven guy (hey, I'm getting old!), it was amazingly intuitive, not to mention blazingly fast. I rarely use the toolbar to start programs any more, let alone navigate through the Applications folder.

Definitely recommended for all you OS X folks out there.

Comment Re:Possible badges for good code (Score 1) 353

I've always had issues with comparisons that follow the 'constant == lvalue' format. For whatever reason, it always takes me longer to grok what the comparison means. When I use 'lvalue == constant', it makes much more sense. At least to me.

I'm not sure why you say this has anything to do with 'safety' - can you elaborate? I'm curious.

I will say that I've noticed this coding construct more in code written by developers from Asia and India. Something in the curriculum, perhaps? In my formal education I never saw the 'constant == lvalue' construct, and I went to University in N.A.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Anonymous DDOS attacks Sony, brings website down (gamersmint.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous who warned about cyber attacks against Sony has made many of Sony’s sites down, currently. The sites include Playstation, PSN, PS Blogs and Sony (which is partially accessible) and it looks probable that more sites from its stable are going to get attacked.

Comment Literate Programming (Score 1) 198

This sounds very much like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literate_programming/, as introduced by Knuth.

I looked at using Tangle and Weave for C development a long time ago, but found that it was a pretty difficult paradigm to get used to.

FYI, TeX and Metafont were both written using Tangle and Weave. Pretty impressive to read the source code, which had both code and documentation intermixed. It was a novel way (as in innovative, and as in a book :-) )to develop a complex application; I believe that Knuth even stated that creating TeX and MetaFONT were made much easier by using Literate Programming...

Privacy

Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"

Comment How about restricting year-end outages? (Score 1) 284

At my company we have a change freeze from mid-December to mid-January to avoid problems such as this. With a large (40B+) company, you need to have a stable environment to perform year-end financial activities, and an outage like this would be completely unacceptable.

While I don't personally use a Blackberry, I would be asking some serious questions about their change policies before I relied too heavily on a BB for business purposes...

Operating Systems

Submission + - Mac Leopard Server preview (computerworld.com)

johannacw writes: "This operating system could open a whole new market for Apple — as a small-business and home-office server that intuitively supports both Mac and Windows clients. But large companies have lots to like, too; our writer believes Leopard Server's directory services pieces could be "revolutionary.""
Power

Submission + - A pollution indicator on our car dashboard?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "This might soon be possible according to researchers at the University of Manchester. They've designed a near-infrared diode laser sensor able to record levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane directly from your car's exhaust. Their device could be one day incorporated into onboard diagnostic systems and be permanently in use while you drive. So you could be warned that your pollution levels are too high. The system would include dashboard warnings telling you to modify the way you're driving. But read more for additional details and a picture of the test bed the researchers used to take their measurements."
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Soviet Video Games from the 70s

vigmeister writes: "Russian kids have uncovered and rebuilt some arcade games from the Soviet era. These games apparently offered free play when someone played well, but no list of hi-scores. Roughly 32 of them have been found and although they are based on other arcade games, I hope these games were unique enough to offer playability for the present day arcade game lovers. Wonder when they'll be available for download on the Wii though...:))"
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Uncovering the iPhone Mystery

DigitalDame2 writes: The iPhone may well be the most hyped tech launch ever. There, we said it; we said it because it's probably true. And, as always, Apple brass is being cryptic and guarded about details of its new baby — especially about its software and applications. Pulling together clues from countless news reports, executive statements, and comments from the man Jobs himself, we can get a faint picture of what might be ahead. From the phantom twelfth app that may have slipped into a teaser ad, to the big questions of whether or not the phone will be open for third-party software, we're just a bit closer to getting answers.

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