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 Re:Dice sucks dick. (Score 3, Interesting) 197

Ok... it's DICE but I'll bite... What I have found: IF time allows, the technical debt can be revisited and cleared/reduced. Some schedules don't allow for this, but during non-peak times (like the week between Christmas and New Years) when stuff is slow, I like to revisit some of the bad places and do damage control.

I think spotting these issues, and giving the developer enough time to re-visit the bad section of the code is ESSENTIAL to maintain a relatively clean code base.

Code reviews can help, but the project deadline pressure-cooker usually prevails. My .02

Comment Re:Sad, but not surprising (Score 1) 319

Isn't that what a belief in God (or gods) is for?

I'm not trying to be sarcastic. What if the concept of 'religion' or belief in the intangible acts as a _pressure-relief_ valve for the mind?

The popular thing is to consider having religous beliefs as 'weak'. But maybe there is a value in believing in a higher power? "Why am I here...", "what happens when I die...", etc.

It seems having a belief in a higher power can make it easier to cope with some of the larger questions. *shrug*

Comment Video. Transcriptions. Please! (Score 1) 263

Just have one of those nifty "click to expand for transcription" link under the videos. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! It would probably take less than 10 minutes to transcribe a 3 minute video. For people who WORK in an OFFICE, this would be essential.

I know /. TV is not going away, because you need to stay "relevant" and "hip" with all the kids with their ipad thingies, but for actual people with actual jobs, no one is going to stop and watch a video on the site.

Content wise, I remember a while back there was a guy who was firing home made rockets off on the Great Salt Flats. @#$@ YES, I want to see videos of stuff like that.

Or videos of the IIS passing in front of the sun or something. Product reviews, meh, not so much. Before you post a video, think to yourself... "IS THIS 100% BADASS enough to need a video?" If not, then it's a story. If yes, then post the video!

Thanks for soliciting feedback.

Also, if you REALLY AND TRULY don't accept money for posting review stories, please MAKE IT KNOWN THAT YOU DON'T ACCEPT MONEY FOR POSTING STORIES. I saw soulskill or someone say that the very idea makes you "chuckle". Well, 99% of the readership believes that you do this (I did until I saw soulskill's comment above), and you would be doing yourselves a favor to get some good PR out there, and fight back, explaining that you actually don't take bribes for posting stories!

Thanks for a great 10 years... here's to hoping I'm still reading in another 10 years, not watching videos about hoodies! ;-)

Comment Re:DOE?????? (Score 3, Interesting) 276

They have HUGE amounts of data kicking around from various simulations/experiments.

Check out the wikipedia article for supercomputers, and you'll see DOE mentioned.

Tools like this could help with analysis and finding certain data sets. IIRC, regex are already used in DNA sequencing. There is probably a similar application and use for tools like this with their data.

Slashdot Top Deals

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing