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Comment Re:Hey look! (Score 3, Insightful) 182

At first I was a bit excited. Compiling a fancy high level language to C or C++? Sounds interesting, right?

Then I clicked through from the standard Slashdot post to the Infoworld article to see what was really going on.

Nothing good.

(1) The language is (after _10_ years of effort) in release version 0.16 (2) under the heading of "What it takes to get to 1.0" we get: "[...] Nim's biggest disadvantage right now is the relatively small community of users involved in its development -- an understandable drawback given its status as an independent work. Development is led by the language's creator, Andreas Rumpf, but it's not a full-time effort. Compiler bugs still pop up regularly. Even moderately old code examples may no longer be useful due to changes, and it can be hard to find out what those changes are without closely following the project's development. [...]"

Right. I've heard enough. Keep that crap and don't bother posting until you've got version 1.0 done.

I would be interested in a tool, not in yet another half-baked DIY project.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 2) 466

It's probably a daily drive for some people, a weekly drive for others, a monthly drive for a few, etc.

I'm not anti-electric by any mean, but we do have to admit that we have to drive a lot between major cities.

Me? I could probably charge an electric car with a small 50km range only once a week and be more than okay. But I'm not going to pay 20K$+ for such a car.

Submission + - Watch out for this convincing Gmail phishing scam that's rifling through users' (

drunkdrone writes: Gmail users are being warned of a fresh phishing scam that tricks victims into giving up their Google credentials, before scouring their sent messages folder for new victims to pass the malicious email on to.

The attack uses image attachments that masquerade as a PDF file. Once clicked on, users are directed to phishing pages disguised as the Google sign-in page.

The user's Gmail account becomes compromised once they enter their information. After doing so, the attacker rifles through the victim's sent messages folder so that they can browse correspondence they have sent to their contacts, and pass on the scam using familiar subject lines and attachments.

Submission + - Wikipedia celebrates its sixteenth birthday

Andreas Kolbe writes: Wikipedia is celebrating its sixteenth birthday. Since the site was first put online in January 2001, it's become everyone's go-to place for quick info. But people's reliance on Wikipedia has also spawned a new phenomenon: bogus information inserted in Wikipedia spreads all over the world. The Register has documented examples of this – newspapers and academics repeating fake names and alternative histories inserted in Wikipedia, corrupting the historical record. Wikipedia users, above all journalists and academic writers, need to understand the limitations of Wikipedia's anonymous crowdsourcing process and learn how to distinguish trustworthy and untrustworthy information in Wikipedia.

Submission + - SPAM: It Can Power a Small Nation. But This Wind Farm in China Is Mostly Idle.

schnell writes: The New York Times reports on a massive wind farm in remote Gansu province that boasts more than 7,000 wind turbines but whose capacity goes more than 60% unused. The wind farm epitomizes China's struggles in its efforts to become a world renewable energy leader: the Chinese economy is slumping, leading to decreased energy demand; the country lacks the infrastructure to haul power from remote wind-producing regions to industrial centers; and government policies continue to favor the domestic coal industry. China has 92,000 wind turbines, more than double the US's capacity, but China generates only 3.3% of its electricity from wind compared to 4.7% in the United States.

Comment Re:Or just go back to the way things were before (Score 1) 5

This is personal to me. A friend I knew in high school, went into the service with, and kept in touch with couldn't afford insurance and caught appendicitis. It ruined his credit and nearly his family. In 1992 when he had a heart attack, he just laid down and died rather than calling 911.

That's what happens in the US when you work full time and can't afford insurance.

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