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Comment OSX apps (Score 1) 531

On OSX, these are the apps I installed first:

Homebrew and Homebrew Cask - Almost every application I need, effortlessly installed / updated / uninstalled

Chromium - Mainly synchronising web sessions across machines

TextWrangler - Free, simple editor that can handle most common programming languages very well.

VLC - opens just about any type of video files

Fluid - generate native OSX apps for websites. I use it for Google Tasks

IntelliJ - most productive IDE for myself

Nosleep - prevents Macbook from going to sleep when closing the lid, great for moving around within the office, presentations

Tarsnap - backup with encryption and deduplication

ImgurBar - drag and drop to share images

Comment Re: Citation Needed (Score 1) 354

In the grand scheme, Node and Mongo are still quite new; for the most part, ace JavaScript developers who can write brilliant code on both sides of the request transaction have yet to emerge, but if and when they do, the things they build could be jaw-dropping.

Can any real developer explain why having a javascript backend would be any different to any other backend in such a way where something jaw-dropping could only be the result of the javascript backend?

Not so much the Javascript backend; but the fact that node.js is highly scalable, as well as event-based and non-blocking IO features.


Submission + - 12 More Enlightening Free Linux Books (linuxlinks.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The purpose of this article is to identify insightful and well written Linux books that can be downloaded without charge. The majority of the books featured in this article are themselves released under an open source license. All of the books featured here are written in English.

We have chosen a wide range of books with titles of interest to complete newcomers to Linux, programmers of all levels, administrators that are wanting to brush up on their skills, as well as books that focus on a single software application.


Submission + - ARM, Intel Battle Heats Up 1

An anonymous reader writes: Low-power processor maker ARM Holdings is stepping up rhetoric against chip rival Intel, saying it expects to take more of Intel's market share than Intel can take from them. With Intel being the No. 1 supplier of notebook PC processors, and ARM technology almost ubiquitously powering smartphones, the two companies are facing off as they both push into the other's market space.

"It's going to be quite hard for Intel to be much more than just one of several players," ARMs CEO said of Intel.

Submission + - MS will remove OEM 'crapware' for $99 (zdnet.com)

walterbyrd writes: "Microsoft even offers up numbers to show how detrimental this OEM-installed crapware is to your system. Microsoft claims that Signature systems start up 39 percent faster, go into sleep mode 23 percent faster, and resume from sleep a whopping 51 percent faster compared to their crapware-ladened counterparts. (A "Signature" system is one without crapware). But now, Microsoft will offer customers the opportunity to give their Windows 7 PC the Signature treatment by bringing it to a Microsoft Store and paying $99, according to the Wall Street Journal."

Submission + - Researchers Use Google Algorithm to Find Cancer Biomarkers (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The strategy used by Google to decide which pages are relevant for a search query can also be used to determine which proteins in a patient's cancer are relevant for the disease progression. Researchers from Dresden University of Technology, Germany, have used a modified version of Google's PageRank algorithm to rank about 20,000 proteins by their genetic relevance to the progression of pancreatic cancer. They found seven proteins that can help to assess how aggressive a patient's tumor is and guide the clinician to decide if that patient should receive chemotherapy or not.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is Spotify the solution to all my music problem I never had?

NicApicella writes: After getting over the fact that, at least here in Germany, one needs a Facebook account to sign-up, I finally tried out Spotify. And I like it. Just a few days later, I find myself typing away in the program's search field instead of browsing through my own, local library. The future, it seems, is here: Is it time to nix (most of) my physical CDs and delete \data\music\ from off server for good? Isn't the service's monthly fee worth it? Or am I missing something? (Disclaimer: I use 'Spotify' as a placeholder for any decent and fairly-priced music streaming service; also, I plan to continue to support local as well as independent artists by buying their music and visiting their concerts!)

Submission + - Nikola Tesla Wasn't God and Thomas Edison Wasn't the Devil (forbes.com)

dsinc writes: Forbes' Alex Knapp writes about the Tesla idolatry and confusing his genius for godhood: "Tesla wasn’t an ignored god-hero. Thomas Edison wasn’t the devil. They were both brilliant, strong-willed men who helped build our modern world. They both did great things and awful things. They were both brilliantly right about some things and just as brilliantly wrong about others. They had foibles, quirks, passions, misunderstandings and moments of wonder."

Submission + - Twitter confirms support for Do Not Track (arstechnica.com) 1

oyenamit writes: In a significant boost to online privacy, Twitter has announced that they will officially support the Do Not Track feature in browsers. While this is a good news for privacy advocates and users in general, it leaves Twitter to use only the information that is handed over to them by the users for advertising purposes.

Submission + - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a virtual no-show at the ballot box (envisionseattle.org) 1

reifman writes: "Last week, The Seattle Times ran a four part series on Amazon hitting the company hard for a weak record of philanthropic contributions. One thing they missed is that CEO Jeff Bezos rarely votes, he's skipped 18 of the past 21 elections. Bezos gave $100,000 in 2010 to help defeat a progressive income tax reform initiative and Amazon spends about $60,000 annually lobbying for state interests."

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