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Comment ugh. (Score 0) 444

reading the comments in this thread reminds me why i rarely read comments on slashdot.

mirah is java, with a friendlier type system and ruby-like syntax. like jruby, but without having to drag around a huge runtime library, or maintain language compatibility with a language with no spec (ruby).

mirah compiles directly to bytecode, just like java, so it's as fast as java. it has type inference, so types are still there if you want/need them. the syntax is a matter of religion and/or taste, i tend to like it. you also get the entire corpus of java frameworks and libraries for free.

i personally am _more_ excited about mirah than i am about jruby (or even ruby for that matter).

charles nutter is one of the main (the main?) guy behind jruby for those who (for some reason) think this is some sort of attack on jruby.

Comment Re:First... (Score 1) 357

Most companies are cool with this. A lot of them like to hire right out of college so they get cheap labor for 2-3 years until the junior employees realize that they've gained enough skill to get paid more elsewhere. In some cases, this is short-sighted on the part of the employer. In others, it can make sound financial sense.

I've become more valuable exactly because I've hopped around a bit, myself. The company I work for now hired me years ago as entry level, never gave me a raise, so I left. I learned a bunch of new skills, and they sought me out and hired me back at a much higher salary. I'm much, much more valuable to them now than I was then, precisely because I went to work for other companies and gained a different skillset.

Comment Re:Press Release (Score 4, Informative) 176

And it's full of misinformation:

1) The A5 is not meant to take on Atom. The A9 is.
2) The A5 is not architecturally identical to the A9. The A9 is an in-order, multi-issue core. The A5 is an out-of-order, single-issue core. The only thing similar is it has the Cortex A-series ISA.

What the A5 is is a CPU that completely obliterates the ARM11-derived cores, used in everything from NVIDIA Tegra to the Nintendo DS. It's an update of the ISA, and a more capable core, with better thermals. That's it. Whereas every low-end smartphone now has the same damn QualComm ARM11-based core, in a year, they'll all have the A5.

Comment Re:About Linux... (Score 1) 368

I then interpret this as if people playing with wine would switch to Linux, we would have only the expense to realize a new version of WoW, *next game*.

Unfortunately there are ongoing costs associated with developing a game client; it's not a one-time expense. I've talked with Linux advocates who think that it would be rather cheap to create and maintain a native Linux client, but I don't really buy that..

So is he paradoxically suggesting that to show how many people play with wine, and to ask Blizzard to create a Linux version, all those people should leave WoW until a Linux native client is released?

I think he's asking "would the people using the linux client be totally new subscribers or would they be people who used wine to play before?" Basically, reading between the lines, he's wondering if they can get away with having Linux users use wine, and at the moment, that seems to be the case.

Back when Blizzard's Warden program misidentified a bunch of cedega users as hackers, there was a fair amount of frank talk from cedega maintainers and blue posters (reps from Blizzard who post on the official forums) about cedega/wine and wow. Blizzard posters mentioned they would be tracking the use of wine/cedega (since it's possible to do so, though some douchbaggery from Microsoft made the wine maintainers put in some features that make it harder for programs to detect if they're running in wine). Also, cedega devs mentioned that they are in contact with Blizzard developers to ensure that cedega will run wow. Unfortunately, cedega has fallen by the wayside as their codebase atrophied, customer support became inadequate, and wine overtook it in compatibility and bugfixes, so I'm not sure what the status of all that is now.

Couldn't Blizzard realise a poll on their website/whatever, only for subscribed, asking if they would play on Linux if a native client was there?

They've done that before -- I remember filling out such a poll a few years ago. I don't really remember if it was for World of Warcraft, but it was a Blizzard game, at least.

I think they fear 5~10% of players would answer yes, thus forcing them to release a Linux client.

I don't think they would. At least, I have no plans to stop playing.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 386

My biggest flaw with the test was that they were testing multi-taskers ability to single task... Not their ability to multi-task. A good test for mutlitasking would be to press a button when a new odd number came up and say the vowel when a new vowel came up. Test self-reported multi-taskers and self-reported single taskers at multi-taskings... Maybe?


Your Browser History Is Showing 174

tiffanydanica writes "For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit. Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!) for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing."

Comment Re:Unemployed? (Score 1) 586

Seriously... I'm known in my company for being an HTML/CSS wizard, but I'm also a full fledged software engineer who can and does work on all the tiers. At least learn some of the services and Javascript/AJAX stuff -- without that, you can't do any real work. Heck, at least learn some common frameworks so you can apply your HTML into a JSP decorator or CodeIgniter template or something...

Unless all you want to do for a living is get paid $20/hour slicing up someone's PSD's. My company does use services like that. They're cheap. Particularly the ones who don't do any DHTML/JS.

Comment Re:neodarwinism (Score 2, Insightful) 951

I think it depends on where you were taught and who you were teaching. I've known both sane biology professors, and some who practically canonized Darwin as their patron saint. I agree with the Author's premise; there is too much religious zeal among many biologists. Religion is not science, and confusing the two is detrimental to both.

I say this as a deeply religious man, and a scientist.

Comment Re:Short and long answers? (Score 1) 503

The problem is, mot employees seem to cringe at the thought of any progress being made with technology.

Yes, it is a problem. It may be a problem born of closed-mindedness, but the problem is real nonetheless. That's why we're doing phased deployments. We're doing the technical people first, so the technical people can answer any questions people have. Then production, then copy and editorial, then marketing, then sales, and finally management. We've only got ~65 employees, and we don't have budget for a helpdesk.

I frankly prefer OOo Writer to MS Word, particularly 2007. It is, however, different.

Comment Re:Short and long answers? (Score 4, Insightful) 503

You're absolutely wrong. This isn't "just a little bit of re-training". This is a big deal. The thing is, everyone uses MS Office. If someone can't do some little task, chances are they can ask one of their co-workers. You can't ever really under-estimate this kind of knowledge, and what it's worth. The cost of an entire corporation which is switching over all at once to a new piece of productivity software is quite high, in terms of productivity.

I say this as a low-level project manager who successfully convinced my company to move to OpenOffice 3. We're doing phased deployments, one team at a time, over the course of the next year, that way the whole thing doesn't grind us to a halt. We're sticking with Outlook, at least for now, but the rest of MS Office is going away, starting with Word. Why are we doing this?

1) cost
2) extensibility (plugin development)
3) stability of the ODF format

We've built some automation tools that leverage ODF to save us hundreds of man-hours per year. ODF is more elegant and stable than any of Microsoft's solutions, and so we built a whole stack of XSLT's and tools around it. We support MS Word formats, but only by running them through OO.o's conversion filters to ODF first.

If we didn't build this, the cost of switching to OO.o would far outweigh the licensing costs.


Submission + - Building Linux applications with JavaScript (arstechnica.com) 1

crankymonkey writes: The GNOME desktop environment could soon gain support for building and extending applications with JavaScript thanks to an experimental new project called Seed. Ars Technica has written a detailed tutorial about Seed with several code examples. The article demonstrates how to make a GTK+ application for Linux with JavaScript and explains how Seed could influence the future of GNOME development. In some ways, it's an evolution of the strategy that was pioneered long ago by GNU with embedded Scheme. Ars Technica concludes: "The availability of a desktop-wide embeddable scripting language for application extension and plugin writing will enable users to add lots of rich new functionality to the environment. As this technology matures and it becomes more tightly integrated with other language frameworks such as Vala, it could change the way that GNOME programmers approach application development. JavaScript could be used as high-level glue for user interface manipulation and rapid prototyping while Vala or C are used for performance-sensitive tasks."

Submission + - Ubuntu Mobile looks at Qt as GNOME alternative

Derwent writes: The Ubuntu Mobile operating system is undergoing its most radical change with a port to the ARM processor for Internet devices and netbooks, and may use Nokia's LGPL Qt development environment as an alternative to GNOME. During a presentation at this year's linux.conf.au conference in Hobart, Canonical's David Mandala said Ubuntu Mobile has changed a lot over the past year in that it now includes netbook devices in addition to MIDs and the ARM port. "I worked on ARM devices for many years so a full Linux distribution on ARM is exciting," Mandala said, adding one of the biggest challenges is reminding developers to write applications for 800 by 600 screen resolutions found in smaller devices. "The standard [resolution] for GNOME [apps] is 800 by 600, but not all apps are. For this reason Ubuntu Mobile uses the GNOME Mobile (Hildon framework) instead of a full GNOME desktop, but since Nokia open sourced Qt under the LGPL it may consider this as an alternative."

Submission + - Belkin's President Apologizes for Faked Reviews 1

remove office writes: "After I wrote about how Belkin's Amazon.com sales rep Mike Bayard had been paying for fake reviews of his company's products using Mechanical Turk (Slashdot story here), hundreds of readers across the web expressed their umbrage. As a result of the online outcry, Belkin's president Mark Reynoso has issued a statement apologizing and saying that "this is an isolated incident" and that "Belkin does not participate in, nor does it endorse, unethical practices like this." Amazon moved swiftly to remove several reviews on Belkin products it believed were fraudulent, although now fresh evidence of astroturfing has surfaced. Now I'm curious: what steps do Slashdotters think that online retailers can do to protect themselves and their customers from fake reviews?"

Comment Re:With Circuit City and CompUSA all but gone... (Score 3, Insightful) 587

My guess is that as the economy manages to sort itself out over the next year or so you'll see a comeback in smaller individual stores, local/regional chains, etc. that provide MUCH better service. I think consumers are becoming more and more savvy when it comes to realizing that they need to think about things like after-sale service & support, and the big box stores simply don't provide that with any sense of reliability or consistency.

I wish you were right, but I think the opposite is true. I love local electronics/hi-fi stores. The masses won't go to them, however, because they typically don't stock the low-end, low-priced products, and can't beat Walmart on the prices. In a recession, people won't go for premium.

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