Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Delete the fucking delete button. Apple would. (Score 0) 348

Why not just delete the delete button from the keyboard? Many other 'meta-keys' have disappeared in order to dumb-down the keyboard. Keyboards used to have both backspace and delete, which did two slightly different things. Now my Macbook pro only has a delete button that acts like backspace (not delete), no home/end keys, and all sorts of other missing keys. So, just fucking delete the delete button too. Just like the 'Forward' and 'Refresh' buttons in Firefox. Dumb everything down for the people who do nothing but watch videos on their computers. And before you say, 'Those keys were removed to keep the keyboards small for smaller laptops'... ever hear of modifier keys like fcn, control, alt?

Comment Decryption is FORCED by March 22 2016? (Score 1) 202

Does this mean the OS upgrade is forced (thereby forcing decryption)?: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/...

Customers using an outdated software version on Kindle e-readers require an important software update by March 22, 2016 in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on their device.

Submission + - The more humanely a fish is killed, the better it tastes (sciencemag.org)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: If you’re an eco-conscious eater, you’ve probably asked how your fish journeyed from ocean to aisle. But have you ever asked how the fish died? Researchers have shown that meat from stressfully slaughtered fish may have a shorter shelf life—and a worse taste—than fillets from quickly killed fish. In the study, to appear in the 1 January 2016 issue of Food Science, the team compared two groups of rainbow trout. Fish in the first group died from a swift strike to the head. In the second group, lingering asphyxiation above water—a common practice—killed them. After 75 days in the freezer, fatty acids like omega-3s—the heart-healthy chemicals that attract so many people to consume fish—started to break down in the fillets from stressed-out trout. When the researchers measured the breakdown products of fatty acids, they found twice as many in asphyxiated trout after 135 days in storage. To determine the potential impacts for fish aficionados, the scientists enlisted four judges specially trained in detecting “marine off-flavors” to taste test the samples. Fillets from the asphyxiated group tasted bitter and smelled rancid after 105 days, they reported, whereas fillets from the quickly killed fish never started to smell. The authors suggest a higher concentration of hydroperoxides—compounds that accrue in the body during stress—led to the quickened rancidness. Hydroperoxides break down into aldehydes and ketones: the chemicals behind the foul smell and bitter taste of unsavory meat. The results could encourage faster slaughter for more fish, whose expressionless faces tend to inspire less empathy than cows and pigs, the authors say.

Comment Re:Can anyone keep up all these bullshits? (Score 2) 166

Contrast that to "pre-agile" style where managers would just poke in and out and ask about whatever random bit of functionality they happened to care about at the moment or re-prioritize stuff because someone send them an email

Um, no. pre-agile we had the Capability Maturity Model, Rational Unified Process (RUP), Adaptive Software Development (ASD), Extreme Programming (XP), and many others. And to do any of these "properly" required spending serious amounts of money on training, consulting, auditing, and oooo... don't forget "certification". Entire mini-industries are spawned to handle each of these, for each new "process". Each of them spawn "experts" or "gurus". Some are even able to make doctoral theses out of it.

Sound familiar? Agile is just another one of them. It is not a paradigm shift.

Whoever said in an earlier comment that this is about money is right: all of these software engineering paradigms are money grabs. Doesn't mean they don't work for very specific projects in specific circumstances, but the primary goal is for the Tailors to sell the Emperor some New Clothes.

The bottom line is that there isn't any single software engineering/development process that works well for all organizations, for all projects, just like isn't a Unified Field Theory.

Comment Outreachy: isn't hiring by race/sexuality illegal? (Score 1) 696

The current round of internships is open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, it's open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Isn't that discrimination? Why must I be of a certain race or sexuality to be considered for a job? Aren't there laws against this in the US?

Submission + - Hunt for the Dangerous Defecator—company demands DNA swabs, employees sue (arstechnica.com)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: Who left offensive fecal matter throughout an Atlanta warehouse that stored and delivered products for grocery stores?

Two employees, who were forced to give a buccal cheek swab to determine if their DNA matched the poop, are suing in what could be the first damages trial resulting from the 2008 civil rights legislation Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which generally bars employers from using individuals' genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decision.

Although there was no DNA match, the two were offered a combined $200,000 settlement. The plaintiffs rejected it and "said the offer was a load of doo doo".

Submission + - USA Freedom Act passes unamended, limiting NSA surveillance (betanews.com) 1

Mark Wilson writes: Today the US Senate passed the USA Freedom Act without amendments, signalling the start of the significant surveillance reform that has been called for since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the agency's activities. It had already been determined that the bulk collection of phone metadata was illegal, and the expiry of Section 215 of the Patriot Act at the end of May brought this data collection to an end anyway.

The USA Freedom Act sets in concrete the end of the phone data collection program and is seen as a major victory for privacy advocates. It will come as good news to Snowden himself who will undoubtedly feel a sense of relief that his risk-taking paid off. The bill is still to be signed into law by President Obama, but this is now little more than a formality.

Slashdot Top Deals

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759