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Programming

Submission + - Why Coding at Fifty May be Nifty 4

theodp writes: Enough with the dadgum naysayers. Google's Vivek Haldar lists some good reasons for why you would want to program at fifty (or any other age). Haldar's list would probably get a thumbs-up from billionaire SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, who had this to say about coding when interviewed at age 56: 'I would be happy if I just stayed in my office and programmed all day, to tell you the truth. That is my one real love in life is programming. Programming is sort of like getting to work a puzzle all day long. I actually enjoy it. It's a lot of fun. It's not even work to me. It's just enjoyable. You get to shut out all your other thoughts and just concentrate on this little thing you're trying to do, to make work it. It's nice, very enjoyable.'
Microsoft

Submission + - In Windows 8 the desktop is "just another app" (extremetech.com) 4

MrSeb writes: "Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live, has detailed how the tiled Metro interface and the standard Windows Desktop (with a capital D) will peacefully coincide. You will have complete control over which interface you use — and you can use both at once, if you like. Tablets (and devices missing a keyboard and mouse) will probably boot up in the Metro UI, but it isn’t clear what the default for desktop and laptop PCs will be. Implementation-wise, Sinofsky points out that the Windows Desktop will now be "just an app", in that you launch it by jabbing a tile in the tile-based Metro interface; in other words, it won't steal RAM or CPU cycles unless you actively want to use it."
Open Source

Submission + - Stealing My Free Code! (wordpress.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: I recently found out that the company I used to work for is removing all the open source licenses (GPL and MIT) from my work and distributing it as proprietary software and taking all the credit despite the fact that they contributed nothing to it. They are even renaming it something really silly. What should I do?
Facebook

Submission + - Cisco social software lets you "stalk" customers (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Cisco this week unveiled software designed to let companies track customers and prospects on social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other public forums and sites. Cisco SocialMiner allows users to monitor status updates, forum posts and blogs of customers so they can be alerted of conversations related to their brand. The software is designed to not only enable enterprises to monitor the conversations of their customers but to engage those that require service, Cisco says.
The Internet

Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard 527

snitch writes "Apple has created an HTML5 Showcase that presents its vision for the next generation of the WWW. The fact that this page is only accessible using the Safari browser, while Apple advocates about web standards, has caused many to criticize the company's lack of broader platform support. The showcase demonstrates several HTML5 capabilities and features that have to do with video, typography, transitions, audio, etc. Further, on the front page the company states that 'Standards aren't add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can start using them today.' The latter statement falls short by the fact that the featured examples only work with the Safari browser, and in the case of the CSS 3D transforms demonstration, require Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Safari PC or plain Leopard won't do)."

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