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Comment Re:OFFTOPIC: Slashdot "disable ads" feature is gon (Score 1) 448

Based on other comments I don't doubt there is something broken about it. But for me, when mine went away I spent some time searching, trying to figure it out. Gave up and lived with it after a few minutes. Surfed /. for a few days in a row and magically it was back. Then I got busy, life and all that, and hadn't been to /. in months. When I finally came back the ads were back. A few days of consistent visits and one day the box was back and checking it removed the ads.

I chalked it up to a change that basically works like ( good karma + consistent visits = remove ads ). Have no idea if that's right, just the behaviour I observed. I can say, unlike other commenters, that if the box was there and I checked it then it worked and ads were removed. I typically surf /. with Firefox or Seamonkey fwiw.

Submission + - Bitcoin's Nightmare Scenario has Come to Pass

HughPickens.com writes: Ben Popper writes at The Verge that bitcoin's nightmare scenario has come to pass as the bitcoin network reached its capacity, causing transactions around the world to be massively delayed, and in some cases to fail completely. The average time to confirm a transaction has ballooned from 10 minutes to 43 minutes. Users are left confused and shops that once accepted Bitcoin are dropping out. For those who want the Bitcoin system to continue to grow and thrive, this is troubling. Merchants can’t rely on digital transactions that can take minutes or hours to validate. A number of prominent voices in the Bitcoin community have been warning over the past year that the system needed to make fundamental changes to its core software code to avoid being overwhelmed by the continued growth of Bitcoin transactions. A schism has developed between the team in charge of the original codebase for Bitcoin, known as Core, and a rival faction pushing its own version of that open source code with a block size increase added in, known as Classic. "Many in the US Bitcoin community had hoped that hitting this crisis point — a network maxed out, transactions faltering — would result in closure, with miners quickly moving to adopt whichever chain proved more valuable to their economic interests," says Popper. "But so far the debate is dragging on without one side claiming a clear victory, leaving tens of thousands of consumer transactions stranded in limbo."

Submission + - Oracle Open Sources JET (theregister.co.uk)

just_another_sean writes: Oracle's JET flies into open source skies — Oracle has published the code for its long-awaited open source JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) version 2.0.0.

Comment Re:Optimization (Score 1) 149

Yes, thanks, I read another comment saying the same thing after I posted. I guess I was forgetting the whole replace only aspect of .net now. I don't use it a lot and back in the day you could sanely maintain multiple versions on the same system. So in my mind when reading the summary and skimming the article I was thinking this only referred to people specifically targeting the freshly released 4.6.

Here's hoping for a quick patch release. And, as also pointed out in other comments, if you are able the .Net git repository has the patch available for those who don't want to wait for the official release.

Comment Optimization (Score 1) 149

this means developers must make the difficult choice between using the latest tools or risking crippling bugs such as this one.

I don't know much about this but isn't it possible to just reduce the optimization level to avoid this behaviour? Sounds to me just skimming things that this the result of overly aggressive optimization. I know that's not a long term fix but is it a short term option until MS rolls out the patch?

Submission + - NASDAQ Expects to Be First Exchange To Use Blockchain (bloomberg.com)

SonicSpike writes: Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. expects to become the first major exchange operator to use the technology behind bitcoin when a project in its private-companies business goes live in the fourth quarter.

The stock market operator is partnering with infrastructure provider Chain to use blockchain to issue and transfer the shares of privately held companies. Blockchain is the ledger that drives the bitcoin digital currency.

The technology will be “of fundamental importance to Wall Street,” Nasdaq Chief Executive Officer Bob Greifeld said during a phone interview Thursday. “The benefits to the industry are immense and cannot be ignored.”

Advocates for the software say it will dramatically speed up and simplify how trading of everything from stocks to loans and derivatives is processed. Wall Street professionals endorsed blockchain in a recent Greenwich Associates survey, with 94 percent saying it could be used in finance.

Earlier this year, Nasdaq joined a clutch of companies seeking to adapt blockchain for mainstream finance, saying it would “leverage blockchain technology as part of an enterprise-wide initiative.”

“We also plan to announce further blockchain initiatives in the future,” Greifeld said Thursday during a conference call with analysts. “The application of blockchain technology within Nasdaq’s private market aims to modernize, streamline and really secure cumbersome administrative functions,”

Submission + - Slashdot for Sale (again) 4

Defenestrar writes: DHI Group (formerly known as Dice Holdings) will auction off Slashdot and Sourceforge. The stated reason for the sale is that DHI has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base.

The future is uncertain, but at least it doesn't have Beta

Submission + - Discovery of a 200 000 year old metropolis in South Africa (viewzone.com)

BuFf0k_SPQA writes: South African amateur pilots and farmers have been aware of the stone circles for years, always attributing them to some unknown earlier culture but never examining them. Only when South African pilot; Johan Heine teamed up with researcher and author Michael Tellinger did they discover the scope of these designs, buildings, mines and roads covering 10 000 square miles of inland South Africa.

Submission + - Comcast Killed The Ed Show For Talking About TPP (ringoffireradio.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It has to be noted that Comcast, the company that owns MSNBC, is a big supporter of the TPP. Comcast hired a phalanx of lobbyists to spearhead a targeted campaign to push for Trade Promotion Authority, which recently passed. Included among the individuals it was paying was the former chief of staff for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

Submission + - Why children should NOT be taught to code (davidbuckingham.net)

XxtraLarGe writes: David Buckingham gives an argument that runs counter to the modern "Everyone should learn how to code" consensus that seems to be rampant in today's education circles. Buckingham writes"...programming was a means of teaching logical or ‘procedural’ thinking, especially in the context of mathematics. The argument depends upon assumptions about learning transfer – the idea that learning in one context will automatically transfer across to others. Yet there is no convincing evidence that learning computer programming enables children to develop more general problem-solving skills, let alone that it will ‘teach you how to think’, as its advocates claim."

As an adjunct who teaches computer programming courses, I'd tend to agree. What do you think? Is Buckingham off the mark?

Submission + - Wizards of the Coast ban sex offender from Magic, allow drug dealer (wordpress.com)

Andy Smith writes: Possibly the biggest controversy to ever hit the world of Magic: The Gathering is the banning of top-eight player Zach Jesse, a convicted sex offender who was 'outed' by another player. Adding some flavour to the mix is that another top Magic player, Patrick Chapin, is a convicted drug dealer. Rather than banning him, though, Wizards employed him as an intern and added him to the Magic Hall of Fame. This raises the issue of companies over-ruling laws that should, in theory, allow time-served criminals to step back in to society and rebuild their lives.

Submission + - There Is No Honeybee Crisis (theglobeandmail.com) 1

iONiUM writes: An article today claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurance (caused by neonics or nature — the debate is still out). The data used is that from Stats Canada which claims "the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high [in Canada]." Globally, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization says that "worldwide bee populations have rebounded to a record high." However, many corporations and pro-environment groups have much to gain by creating a panic about Honeybee deaths, and as such continue to publish stories claiming the situation is dire.

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