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Submission + - How do you deal with programmers who have not stayed current? 1

skaffen42 writes: The recent Ask Slashdot about becoming a programmer later in life got me thinking about a related question. How do you deal with programmers who have not stayed current with new technologies?

In the hiring process this is easy, you simply don't hire them. However, at most companies I have worked at there are usually a few programmers who have been employed there for long enough that the skill-set they were originally hired for has become irrelevant. At the same time they have not bothered to stay current with newer technologies. They usually have enough business knowledge that they provide some value to the company, but from a technical perspective they are a slowly increasing liability. As an example, I work with a developer who is 10 years my senior, but still doesn't understand how to write concurrent code and cannot be trusted to use a revision control system without causing a mess that somebody else will have to clean up. On top of that he is really resistant to the idea of code reviews, which I think is due to him disliking people he considers junior to him making suggestion about how to improve his code.

So how do my fellow Slashdotters handle situations like this? How do you help somebody like this to improve their skill-sets? And most importantly, how do you do so without stepping on anybody's feelings?

Submission + - Samsung reportedly working with Galaxy S4 Zoom (

harsh..itt writes: As the Samsung‘s flagship Galaxy S4 started rolling out globally, Samsung has also reported to also launch an smaller version of its flagship smartphone. Reports has claimed that Samsung is preparing at least two variants of its rumored Galaxy S4 Mini.

A report from SamMobile, which also has reported many leaks about Samsung, says that Samsung is working with Galaxy S4 Zoom. Reportedly, the phone will feature a 16MP autofocus camera with optical image stabilisation and 10X optical zoom, as the name suggests, the original Galaxy S4 comes with an 13MP camera, the company is looking to give users an ultimate smartphone camera experience by offering the highest resolution in a smartphone in its portfolio. In comparison, other Samsung devices such as Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III feature 8MP units.

The reports claims that the Galaxy S4 Zoom will come with a 4.3-inch display with 960x540p resolution and 256ppi pixel density. It will come with 8GB of internal storage, and can be further expandable upto 64FB via microSD card. The phone will run full flavoured Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with TouchWiz Nature UX. In connectivity, the phone includes Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi with White and Black color options. While there are no expectations and rumors about the Processor and RAM for the device.

Submission + - (Highly divided) Federal Circuit opinion finds software patent-ineligible

ais523 writes: The Federal Circuit has divided CLS Bank vs. Alice Corp., a case about various sorts of patents, including software patents. Although the judges disagreed, to a lesser or greater extent, on the individual parts of the ruling, eventually, more than half decided that the patents in question — algorithms for hedging risk — were ineligible patent matter, and that merely adding an "on a computer"-like clause to an abstract algorithm does not make it patentable. Coverage is available at Patently-O and Groklaw, or you can read the opinion itself.

Submission + - Bloomberg Reporters Caught Spying on Terminal Users

theodp writes: Big Bloomberg is watching you. CNN reports that was the unsettling realization Goldman Sachs execs came to a few weeks ago when a Bloomberg reporter inadvertently revealed that reporters from the news and financial data provider had surveillance capabilities over users of Bloomberg terminals. 'Limited customer relationship data has long been available to our journalists,' acknowledged a Bloomberg spokesman. 'In light of [Goldman's] concern as well as a general heightened sensitivity to data access, we decided to disable journalist access to this customer relationship information for all clients.' Business Insider is now reporting on allegations that Bloomberg reporters used terminals to spy on JPMorgan during the 'London Whale' disaster; Bloomberg bragged about its leadership on this story.

Submission + - Snapchats Don't Disappear (

nefus writes: Forensics Firm Has Pulled Dozens of Supposedly-Deleted Photos From Android Phones. A 24-year-old forensics examiner from Utah has made a discovery that may make some Snapchat users think twice before sending a photo that they think is going to quickly disappear. Richard Hickman of Decipher Forensics found that it’s possible to pull Snapchat photos from Android phones simply by downloading data from the phone using forensics software and removing a “.NoMedia” file extension that was keeping the photos from being viewed on the device. He published his findings online and local TV station KSL has a video showing how it’s done.

Submission + - Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate (

wo1verin3 writes: Previously reported on Slashdot was a story about a malware attempt masquerading itself as a Demonoid resurrection. It turns out this really was Demonoid making a comeback. With the site now back online with a new host, TorrentFreak caught up with its admins who tell us they have no malicious intent and simply want to bring a community back to together. While there is still uncertainty, one thing is absolutely clear – they do have the old Demonoid database.

Submission + - Android Apps Found on Google Play Download Spyware 1

An anonymous reader writes: A new piece of Android malware has been discovered with two components: a downloader available on Google Play and the spyware app it downloads. The authors have disguised their scheme under the guise of font-installing apps. The threat, detected as “Android.TechnoReaper” by security firm Webroot, thankfully does not appear to be too popular.

Submission + - The days of the $200 Phone may be numbered... (

Apptopia writes: After T Mobile mostly did away with subsidized phone plans, the other major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) are paying attention. Carriers lose money with phone subsidies for high-end smartphones (particularly Apple's iPhone). If they do away with the subsidy, you will have to pay full retail price for phones, but your monthly bill will be lower.

Submission + - Microsoft Youtube App strips adds; adds download

An anonymous reader writes: "Microsoft appears to be sticking a finger in Google's eye with the launch of its new YouTube app for Windows Phone. The app, ReadWrite has confirmed, strips out YouTube ads when it plays back videos and allows users to easily download video by way of a prominent "download" button."

Submission + - $35 screen protector makes iPhone capable of playing 3-D content (

hebbosome writes: The market for mobile 3-D entertainment has not taken off. To some extent this is a chicken and egg problem. People don't want to pay extra for 3-D capable devices, because there is very little content. Hardly anyone is making content because there are so few 3-D displays out there. It's also to some extent a technological problem. Adding 3-D-ness means reducing the resolution of the screen. But the convergence of two things--extremely high resolution screens and an advanced nanomanufacturing technique called nanoimprint lithography--could now help the market take off. Researchers at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have developed a proprietary fabrication technique, based on nanoimprint lithography, which allows for roll-to-roll printing of plastic patterned with tiny lenses. They've also developed software that can take content made for 3-D and reassemble it in such a way the lenses can "understand" and display it, no glasses required. When content is in 2-D, it is displayed "distortion-free." The product, which only works on the highest-resolution screens on the market, is being sold by a start-up in Singapore called Nanoveu, for all of $35. The company says it is planning to work with game developers to create 3-D gaming content.

Submission + - Scientists light way to quantum internet.

raldingbanger writes: "A GLOBAL "quantum internet" has moved a step closer to reality after Australian scientists succeeded in using light and electronics together to "read" the processing unit of a quantum computer." Scientists at the University of N.S.W, believe they have found the "best of both worlds" combining, electronics and optics. They believe this could pave the way for a quantum internet and it could allow them to overcome distance barriers.

Comment The FBI's testimony on "Going Dark" (Score 5, Informative) 165

Respectfully submitted: Did anyone bother to read the FBI's actual testimony, which was linked in the WaPo article?

Note the date of the testimony: February 17, 2011
This has been on the burner for a while now.

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