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Comment Re:COBOL (Score 3, Interesting) 300

The COBOL programmers at my place are actually using it to develop new functionality that's keeping up with the financial world and actually pushing the leading edge. They've done nightly program releases since literally decades before the term "agile" was a thing. The notion that COBOL is just a legacy hold on that is in maintenance mode everywhere is also somewhat of a misconception. That's probably the case in some locations where it's providing a core business function and the rest of the infrastructure has evolved around it to patch the functions that support whatever the modern requirements are but there are plenty of people using it to create new function as well.

Comment Re:Why does Shockwave exist? (Score 2) 58

I attended college back in 2000, a "Multimedia" course that focused heavily on teaching us Director with the intention of sending us out into the world to create interactive CDs. It was the very tail end of the interactive CD era but I always enjoyed using Director. Shockwave games were awesome for browser-based games in the early 2000's when compared to their Flash cousins.

Submission + - Injunction Granted Against VidAngel

shadowknot writes: The online video streaming/filtering service VidAngel, that promises to allow you to "Watch movies however the BLEEP you want." has had a preliminary injunction against it granted while it is battling with several major Hollywood studios over the legality of its business. From the article:

On Monday, Judge Andre Birotte Jr., of the Central District Court of California, ruled that while the case is being decided in court, the streaming company needs to discontinue its current model of video streaming. Birotte said in his ruling that while "VidAngel argues that the public interest in protecting every person’s right to watch filtered content in private would be severely undercut by the issuance of a preliminary injunction," the argument "strongly relies" on VidAngel's claim that it is "the only filtering service under the (Family Movie Act) that supports streaming digital content to mobile devices, tablets and smart TVs."

Submission + - Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe Dies At 91

shadowknot writes: The New York Times is reporting that Erich Bloch who helped to develop the IBM Mainframe has died at the age of 91 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. From the article:

In the 1950s, he developed the first ferrite-core memory storage units to be used in computers commercially and worked on the IBM 7030, known as Stretch, the first transistorized supercomputer. “Asked what job each of us had, my answer was very simple and very direct,” Mr. Bloch said in 2002. “Getting that sucker working.” Mr. Bloch’s role was to oversee the development of Solid Logic Technology — half-inch ceramic modules for the microelectronic circuitry that provided the System/360 with superior power, speed and memory, all of which would become fundamental to computing.

Submission + - Slackware 14.2 Released

shadowknot writes: After nearly three years of development Slackware 14.2 has been released. Patrick Volkerding made the announcement today:

Yes, it is that time again (finally)! Following a long period of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.2!

Eric Hameleers (aka AlienBob) has also produced a live version of Slackware 14.2 for those wishing to try it out without modifying their hard drive or spinning up a full install in a VM. ISOs are available from the official mirrors as well as the torrents page.

Comment Re:Ubuntu?! (Score 1) 157

I spoke with some guys running the Ubuntu booth at last year's IBM Enterprise conference in Vegas. They were there to tout their System p distro and when I quizzed them on the potential of a z port I got the deer in the headlights, what are you talking about look. Now that could've just been the guys I was talking to and there may well be some z enthusiasts back at Shuttleworth Towers but from my experience they really didn't seem interested. If you're really serious about running Linux on z you most likely run SUSE (SLES), Red Hat is actually rather behind on the platform.

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