But is it web scale?
But is it web scale?
how can you be an IT professional of any kind [...]
I'm not. I'm a software developer.
As an American, I think that describing the UK or Ireland as having "a lack of language barriers" to be hopelessly naive.
"The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language." -- George Bernard Shaw
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Germany had a higher percentage of people who are fluent in American English than the UK or Ireland.
Anyway, according to the EU, Ireland speaks Irish Gaelic, and when the UK leaves, there will no longer be any officially-English-speaking countries in the EU. That's going to have some interesting repercussions! (Unless Scotland manages to wrangle a way to stay when the rest of the UK leaves. Which I know they desperately want to do.)
But yeah, Brexit could be a real boon for Ireland. Possibly enough to make up for the fact that their current biggest trading partner is planning to leave the union. I'd certainly be looking at Dublin as a strong alternative to London. If I were the Irish government, I'd be out pitching "we're not leaving!" to all sorts of companies!
I certainly would! Yes, in the rare and unlikely circumstance that there's a problem the autopilot can't deal with better than the human, that could be a problem, but I'm more than willing to play odds tilted massively in my favor.
Yes, it might be even better if the human was paying attention and able to take over in an emergency. But we don't always get everything we want. Attentive autopilot and inattentive human is a great improvement over what we have now: frequently inattentive humans with no backup at all.
The Federal government can't claim copyright, for pretty much the reasons you suggest. But that's because the Feds decided to apply that logic to themselves. Individual states are not required to do the same, and many don't. Sadly.
A new policy (a pilot program) in the US is that federal agencies must (with some important exceptions) release at least 20% of any in-house code they develop as open source.
On hearing this, my brother quickly whipped up a script to print every fifth letter in a text file.
Getting rid of Java completely is the long term plan. You can already (thanks to Debian) tell it to build without Java, and it will compile everything but Base, which is the only component left using Java.
"...Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown." You read that right -- any YouTube video covering any war or natural disaster is considered inappropriate for advertising.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure you didn't read that right. "Controversial subjects...related to X" is not the same as "any video covering X".
There are plenty of ways to criticize this decision without resorting to ridiculous hyperbole. Although, I suppose for some people, ridiculous hyperbole is how they make their bread-and-butter, and such people do seem like the most likely to be affected by all this, so I suppose I'm not surprised.
The level of indentation is plainly visible, but it looks the same (unless you're using an editor that specially marks tabs somehow) whether you're using spaces or tabs. Therefore, the tab characters are effectively invisible.
As for your comment about "wrestling with levels of brackets", what? Do you use Notepad to write code? As someone who likes Python a lot, but is also familiar and comfortable with several other languages, that is utter nonsense. Indenting is fairly straightforward in Python, but outdenting is insane! Let's see, I've got the try block and the for block and the if and the if, and now I need to outdent to match up with...one of those. Which is positioned...somewhere. With braces, it's easy to count the braces, or (in most editors), simply put your cursor on the brace and have the editor automatically show you where the block starts. Furthermore, re-indenting with braces is easy, because the editor has braces to guide it. (Unless, again, you're using notepad or something else unsuitable for the task of programming.) With Python, you have to manually inspect the locations of the previous blocks, and god help you if you outdent improperly, because nothing will offer you any hint that you've done so, except the misbehavior of your code at run-time.
(Let's not even get into what happens in Python if you indent by four, and then by three, and then outdent by eight, or some other doesn't-quite-add-up combination. Python is a great language, but its indentation stuff is its biggest flaw, by far.)
I'd mod you up if I hadn't already posted.
Once again, I think we can turn to Betteridge's law of headlines: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."
Haven't used KDE since the V4 release myself, but I still tend to suspect that Betteridge probably applies here.
Pretty much what I was going for, yeah. Needlessly, pointlessly pedantic.
Is Debian itself "Debian-based"? I mean, technically (the best kind of correct), it is Debian, which is not quite the same as being "based on" Debian. There's a lot of things I'd describe as being "based on Shakespeare" (like the classic movie Forbidden Planet), but I would not describe Shakespeare's plays that way.
(This is Slashdot; we're supposed to pick minor nits, yes?)
p.s. I realize I've violated the unwritten rules of slashdot by actually reading the article and commenting on what it says, instead of leaping to snap judgment based on the headline alone. In my defense, I actually read the article yesterday, before it was posted to slashdot.
I like the "to announce" part. Like, if they haven't announced it, why are you reporting on it? Maybe there's a reason they haven't actually announced it yet! Perhaps the data is tentative and admits of another explanation, which, on further review, will prove to be true. Perhaps it's simply one guy's wild-ass guess based on incomplete data.
Contacted by AFP, ESO spokesman Richard Hook said he is aware of the report, but refused to confirm or deny it. "We are not making any comment," he said.
Maybe, just maybe, there's a reason he's not making any comment? Like, they want to avoid making false statements in public and embarrassing themselves? Quite unlike certain (most?) Internet "news" sites which are perfectly happy both to make false statements and to embarrass themselves? "Who cares? Just give us those clicks!"
Anyway, this is pretty cool if confirmed, but at this point, I'm treating it with all the seriousness it deserves, which is approximately zero.
Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.