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Submission + - It Took 33 Years For Someone to Find the Easter Egg in This Apple II Game

Jason Koebler writes: Gumball, a game released in 1983 for the Apple II and other early PCs, was never all that popular. For 33 years, it held a secret that was discovered this week by anonymous crackers who not only hacked their way through advanced copyright protection, but also became the first people to discover an Easter Egg hidden by the game’s creator, Robert A. Cook. Best of all? Cook congratulated them Friday for their work.

Submission + - ESA and Tim Peake to rent out room on ISS on AirBnB

RockDoctor writes: After their successful deployment of the inflatable broom cupboard on the International Space Station, the ESA and Tim Peake are planning to rent it out on AirBnB.


No comment on when the road there will be improved — it's unsurfaced (and un-foundationed) for the last 100+ km — but the parking for your vehicles could easily be described as "spacy". Driving up there — particularly in a convertible car — is literally breathtaking. You'll feel all the pressures lifting from you.

I'm writing like an advertising agent. I'd better commit sepukku with an IBM mechanical keyboard.

Submission + - SPAM: Bringing Brainfuck to the enterprise

flok writes: People have long waited for the Brainfuck language (an esoteric but turing complete language) to be available on the mainframe environment. This has finally been accomplished in the form of a Brainfuck interpreter written in COBOL and a Brainfuck-to-COBOL translator/compiler for maximum efficiency. The translator/compiler reaches optimal performance by optimizing the code during conversion.
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Submission + - Programming Languages We Love to Hate But Can't Live Without

snydeq writes: Tools masquerading as languages, maddening syntax, dusty code that won’t die — InfoWorld's PeterWayner discusses seven programming languages we love to hate even though we can't live without them. 'From Gödel and Turing, we’ve learned that logical mechanisms have edges where scary things occur. Sure, maybe it’s our own fault, we humans, for misusing or misprogramming. But if the programming languages force our brains into weird yoga poses, it’s hard not to blame them for our ills,' Wayner writes. 'And we often can’t do anything about it. The installed base may be too large for us to jettison the language that irks us. The boss may love a stack so much he can’t hear the screams coming from the cubicle farms. The cruel truth is that there may be no better options.' What languages have you shaking your fists at the console?

Submission + - Newspaper chain CEO is 'pleased' to announce IT plan, then fires tech staff (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The McClatchy Company, which operates a major chain of newspapers in the U.S., is moving IT work overseas. The number of affected jobs, based on employee estimates, range from 120 to 150. The chain owns about 30 newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee, where McClatchy is based; The Fresno Bee, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., The State in Columbia, S.C. and the Miami Herald. In a letter sent to the chain’s IT employees in late March, McClatchy CEO Patrick Talamantes detailed all the improvements a contract with the outsourcing firm, India-based Wipro, will bring, but buries, well down in the letter what should have been in its lead paragraph: There will be cutbacks of U.S. staff. The letter received by McClatchy’s IT employees from Talamantes begins by telling them it is “pleased to unveil our new IT Transformational Program, a program designed to provide improved service to all technology users, accelerated development and delivery of technology solutions and products, variable demand-based technology resources and access to modern and cutting-edge skills and platforms.” Seven paragraphs down in the letter, he lowers the boom: "As we embark on the implementation phase, there will be a realignment of resources requiring a reduction in McClatchy technology staff." IT employees thought they were part of the solution to McClatchy's tech direction, not the problem. Said one IT employee: "This has taken us all by surprise. I'm not saying that we felt untouchable as they have been doing layoffs for the past 10 years, but being part of IT we felt that we had a big part in what happens" in the company. Employees are now training their replacements.

Submission + - Braindead staff at BurgerKing tricked into smashing windows - twice!

RockDoctor writes:

[A prank caller] tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding.

Which is pretty fucking funny — though it might cost the restaurant chain 10-30k$ and if anyone gets fired, it should be the manager who was caught by the prank and instructed his staff to start smashing the windows.

But it seems that there was another similar case "in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on Thursday night" ; and there are reports of other cases. So, Burger King's upper management should have been raising the alarm to their store-level management already. Or, perhaps, they might hire people with at least a trace of general science background.

This sounds more fun than pulling the wings off flies — and ethically is more defensible. Where is the printed Yellow Pages ...?

Hang on! When did Burger King get promoted from "sludge purveyor" to "restaurant." And how many restaurants are sueing them for defamation and reputational harm?

Submission + - Insults No Developer Wants To Hear

snydeq writes: Flame wars in the bug tracker might be exactly the right (harsh) feedback your code needs, writes Peter Wayner in his run-down of the insults no programmer wants to hear about their code or coding skills. 'The technology world is a bit different than the pretty, coiffed world of suits and salesdroids where everyone is polite, even when they hate your guts and think you’re an idiot. Suit-clad managers may smile and hide their real message by the way they say you’re doing "great, real great pal," but programmers often speak their minds, and when that mind has something unpleasant to say, look out, feelings.'

Submission + - Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC Blames Unemployment on Lack of H-1B Workers

theodp writes: The non-exempt FY2017 H-1B visa cap was reached Thursday, raising the ire of Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC. "Our broken immigration system continues to hinder America's economic growth and job creation," FWD.us said in a statement. Backed by a Who's Who of tech leaders from the likes of Facebook, Microsoft and Google, Zuckerberg unveiled his H-1B seeking FWD.us PAC in a 2013 Washington Post op-ed, which the Post noted coincided with Facebook becoming legally "dependent" on H-1B visas. The PAC's narrative that there aren’t qualified Americans to fill tech jobs has also been echoed by Facebook, Microsoft, and Google-backed nonprofits Code.org and Girls Who Code, which helped lead a successful national push for K-12 CS for All. Like FWD.us, the learn-to-code nonprofits emerged around the time that Microsoft President Brad Smith — a 'Major Supporter' of FWD.us and a Board member of Code.org — discussed the idea of "producing a crisis" to galvanize action on Microsoft's National Talent Strategy, which calls for increasing the number of H-1B visas until U.S. children become CS-savvy. "We took this idea of connecting immigration to education last fall," Smith boasted in 2013. On its Supporters page, FWD.us notes that Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi is a 'Major Contributor' and Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani is a 'Co-Chair'. Earlier this week, a leader of the nonprofit Anita Borg Institute suggested the H-1B program may be having a negative impact on the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the technical workforce.

Submission + - 'The Coding Man' to Open on Broadway with Bill Gates in Title Role

theodp writes: Drawing inspiration from the play The Music Man, in which "Professor" Harold Hill convinces naive parents he can teach their musically disinclined children to play instruments, Microsoft on Friday announced it is adapting Code.org's What Most Schools Don't Teach video into a Broadway musical starring Bill Gates called The Coding Man (Playbill), in which wealthy tech leaders and their companies convince naive parents — including the President of the United States — they can teach their Computer Science-disinclined children to code. In the play, Microsoft advances its U.S. Talent Strategy by bankrolling a learn-to-code nonprofit and partnering with the National Science Foundation, White House officials, and excited CS educators to make the lack of CS education 'an issue like climate change'. The play concludes with a big production number in which President Obama, Vice President Biden, and schoolkids are 'taught to code' at the White House by Code.org, Disney Princesses, and Microsoft Minecraft characters Steve and Alex. Insiders tell the NY Times that the production budget for 'The Coding Man' is $4.235 billion. Plans for a London production of The Coding Man starring Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt were also announced.

Submission + - Wrecking Crew Demolishes Wrong Housing Duplex Following Google Maps Error

An anonymous reader writes: A demolition company has leveled the wrong housing duplex after one of its employees was misled by a Google Maps error. Instead of bringing down a house destroyed by a tornado in Rowlett, Texas at 7601 Cousteau Drive, the wrecking crew demolished another home at 7601 Cousteau Drive, a block away.

Owners of the second house were waiting for their house to be repaired, since it didn't suffer major damage in the tornado. The demolition company's CEO dismissed the incident as "not a big deal." The wrecking crew used Google Maps to find the house to demolish because they were brought in from a neighboring town, but failed to double-check with a neighbor before starting their work. A Google engineer confirmed that Google Maps was showing the wrong information.

Submission + - Clean out Distros

wnfJv8eC writes: There needs to a user site to survey distro packages. I just went to remove xfsprogs, some hang over from SGI from the early, very early 2000s. Why is Gnome dependent on this package? Remove it, remove Gnome? Really? The dependency tree is all screwed up. Never mind XFS, which by now I can't imagine anyone using, why aren't such addons a plugin? Why are they still supported. Who uses them. Once Linux dropped support for minix. Now one used it.
It's time for a house cleaning. That starts with a good vote on what is and isn't being used. Then dependency trees can be corrected, not just grandfathered in.
There are many examples of stupid dependencies. For example Rhythmbox requires gvfs-afc, which rpm -qi describes as "This package provides support for reading files on mobile devices including phones and music players to applications using gvfs."
So if I never plug my phone or other mobile device into my computer to play music I must have this thing loaded and running? But remove gvfs-afc, and pull Rhythmbox. The dependency is all wrong.

Submission + - SPAM: 2016 Stack Overflow dev survey finds react and rust are the most loved techs

Sklivvz writes: The annual 2016 Stack Overflow survey is out and here are the results: "JavaScript remains the most popular programming language in the world.
React is the fastest growing technology on Stack Overflow. Swift is exploding too, and Objective-C is in decline.
Rust is the most-loved programming language. A higher percentage of developers who program with it want to continue to do so more than any other programming language.
Visual Basic is the most dreaded language. A higher percentage of devs who program with it don’t want to continue with it more than any other programming language."

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Submission + - Typosquatters Running .om Domain Scam to Push Mac Malware (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: Typosquatters are targeting Apple computer users with malware in a recent campaign that snares clumsy web surfers who mistakenly type .om instead of .com when surfing the web.

According to Endgame security researchers, the top level domain for Middle Eastern country Oman (.om) is being exploited by typosquatters who have registered more than 300 domain names with the .om suffix for U.S. companies and services such as Citibank, Dell, Macys and Gmail. Endgame made the discovery last week and reports that several groups are behind the typosquatter campaigns.

Mac OS X users are being singled out in this typosquatting campaign with malware. According to Endgame, when a Mac user stumbles on one of the typosquatters’ webpages a fake Adobe Flash update pops up and attempts to trick users to install the advertising component called Genieo.

Endgame suspects that typosquatters are exploiting a hole in Oman’s domain name registration process. When Endgame tried to register a domain it was asked to verify that it had the authority to registrar a specific commercial domain. “It’s unclear how typosquatters’ were able to register so many domains in such a short period of time,” Endgame said.

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