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Comment Re:Employees are now training their replacements. (Score 1) 474

The writing has been on the wall for a long time.

I wrote this post back in 2007*. I'd be genuinely interested in hearing the Slashdot community's thoughts on how a union/trade group for IT could get started. How did plumbers & electricians do it? Does it have to be the "right time"? Is this the "right time"?

*apologies for the rant. I was younger and working for a very badly run organization at the time.

Comment My Nephew And I (Score 2) 244

Last summer I saw my nephew for the first time in a couple of years (he was about twelve years old) and found it eerie when he sang "Judy In Disguise" as "Judy In The Skies".

I'd made the same misinterpretation at his age; watching him sing those same wrong lyrics was like a time warp. First time I felt that weird "oh we've got some of the same 'DNA stuff' floating around in us" feeling. Wouldn't surprise me if it's because our brains are wired up quite similarly in some key places.

Comment Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 1) 147

Xojo (formerly RealStudio) is a visual basic-like language except that it's realy OOP (has nice things like interfaces and delegates for example) that compiles to programs that use native GUI widgets on Windows, Mac, and Linux. No, it's not as powerful as C/C++, but it's a lot easier/quicker.

It's biggest weakness (IMHO) is that it's developed by a small, private firm that seems resource constrained. This leads to some releases having real issues and it taking some time for those issues to be sorted. That can mostly be mitigated by only updating once you know the current version is quirk-free.

Xojo also has a decent plugin architecture/SDK so you can write "heavier things" in C if you need to. It also handles decalres against C libs pretty well.

Xojo's definitely worth taking a look at (again IMHO) if you really need to build cross-platform software (small business applications for example).

Submission + - EU Considers Strict Data Breach Notification Rules (

JohnBert writes: The European Commission is examining whether additional rules are needed on personal data breach notification in the European Union.

Telecoms operators and Internet service providers hold a huge amount of data about their customers, including names, addresses and bank account details. The current ePrivacy Directive requires them to keep this data secure and notify individuals if such sensitive information is lost or stolen. Data breaches must also be reported to the relevant national authority.

"The duty to notify data breaches is an important part of the new E.U. telecoms rules," she said. "But we need consistency across the E.U. so businesses don't have to deal with a complicated range of different national schemes. I want to provide a level playing field, with certainty for consumers and practical solutions for businesses."

Submission + - TSA Violated Federal Law with Body Scanners (

FtDFtM writes: Federal Appeals Court ruled that TSA violated federal law by not taking public comment prior to implementing body scanners.

Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Ginsburg found there was "no justification for having failed to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking," and said, "few if any regulatory procedures impose directly and significantly upon so many members of the public."


Submission + - Scientists Derive Gelatin from Human Tissue (

An anonymous reader writes: Conventional gelatin is made from collagen inside animals’ skin and bones, however a group of researchers has managed to replace that animal base with a human one. The process involves taking human gelatin genes and inserting them into a strain of yeast, which can be cultivated to grow gelatin with controllable features. Jinchun Chen, the leader of the study, and his colleagues believe they can scale this process up to produce large amounts of human-based gelatin for medical uses. The research appears in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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