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Comment Too late (Score -1, Troll) 89

Unfortunately, Microsoft has completely ruined Skype, and they will probably never be able to recover the users they lost. My grandparents got locked out when Microsoft started requiring a Microsoft ID, so I switched them to gchat. Plugins are easy enough to install and unless Microsoft fixes the ridiculous Microsoft ID requirement, I can't see many people using Skype ever again. Let's face it, Microsoft is just not competive with the new generation of tech companies and the only reason they lasted as long as they did is because they had a near monopoly, maintained by compatibility issues, for decades.

Submission + - NASA names its astronauts for the first Dragon and CST-100 flights

schwit1 writes: NASA today named the four government astronauts that will fly on the first manned demo flights to ISS of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100.

Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley and Sunita Williams are veteran test pilots who have flown on the shuttle and the International Space Station.

NASA said the four astronauts will train with both companies and have not yet been assigned to flights. Two-person crews will fly the first test flights by each capsule, after they have completed an orbital test flight without people on board. Company proposals anticipate an all-NASA crew flying SpaceX's Dragon test flight, with Boeing's CST-100 carrying a split NASA-Boeing crew. Boeing has not yet identified its astronaut.

Comment What are your thoughts on Venus? (Score 3, Interesting) 99

Do you think it might be easier to colonize the upper atmosphere of Venus first? It seems there are several advantages to this approach (easier access to solar power, an existing magnetic field, close to earth-normal gravity). If Venus is an easier target, why not start there first?

Comment I suggest transitioning gradually (Score 1) 175

For client projects, if you've worked with the LAMP stack for a few years and are thinking about making a transition to the MEAN stack, I suggest transitioning gradually. For example, start by doing most of your front-end work with Angular. Once you're comfortable with that, you can move on to node and express, while still using a traditional SQL database. Once you're familiar with node, you can move to Mongo. If you take it one new technology at a time, you can build your skill with each new technology without worrying about falling behind on your deadlines. Alternatively, if you are working on a project in your spare time, there is no harm in going straight for the full MEAN stack.

Comment Another major issues with spreadsheets (Score 3, Insightful) 422

Another major issues with spreadsheets is that they don't handle data typing issues very well. For example, if you try to add a list of numbers, and somewhere in the list you have a number encoded as text, instead of throwing an error, it won't be included in the sum. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced.

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