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Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 1051

Some managers think shouting and yelling is appropriate, others manage to do without.

Rumor is Apple managers are all like that, but I can't comment on that rumor.

I’ve come across an occasional rude manager at Apple, but in my experience they constitute a tiny minority. Most engineers here wouldn’t stand for that kind of treatment. Jobs could certainly be that way at times, but luckily this part of his style was not all that contagious.

Comment Re:Bizarre choice (Score 1) 345

Cocoa crucially depends on reflection features of the underlying language (obtaining classes, calling methods and manipulating data members by name). Lisp would obviously qualify for this (for sufficiently large values of "Lisp"), but standard Ada and Eiffel would be completely unsuited to the task, and I doubt OCaml would be suited.

I could see Ruby become an increasingly serious contender, though. Right now, the primary problem is that debugging is messier than in an Objective-C app, but otherwise, it's an excellent match.

Comment Re:Does anyone care? (Score 1) 220

The problem is that programming in Perl quite often is not a happy experience for the programmer. Too much magic. Too much line noise.

From the Perl 6 examples I've seen so far, the Perl 6 solution to this seems to be—more magic, and more line noise.


Nmap 5.20 Released 36

ruphus13 writes "Nmap has a new release out, and it's a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, 'Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumbies, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify. This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat and Ndiff. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. '"

Submission + - When your backhoe cuts "Black" (Top Secret (

bernieS writes: "The Washington Post describes what happens when a construction backhoe accidentally cuts buried fiber so secret that it doesn't appear on public maps--and what happens when the Men in Black SUV's appear out of nowhere. Apparently, the numerous secret fiber and utility lines used by government intelligence agencies are being dug up with increasing frequency with all the increased construction projects in the DC area. It's amazing how quickly they get repaired!"

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