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Comment "syntactic sugar" except for OOP (Score 4, Interesting) 292

I would agree with you except for the fact that Java, C++, C#, Objective C and even Javascript all have Object Orientated Programming aspects to them which is much more than "syntactic sugar" (which is a great term).

Unfortunately for some, C saddles the user with the dreaded pointer. I'm not sure how pointers are taught today, but "back in the day" when I was taught pointers in university, the approach taken was pretty sadistic with the goal of instructors to demonstrate their intellectual superiority over their students by showing (and testing) the most bizarre and unlikely combinations of * and &. I suspect that this is reason for the fear of C and pointers (when all you really need to know about pointers is how to pass data to and from methods and how pointers can be used with strings).

Comment Cost/Entertainment Analysis. (Score 1) 325

I totally agree with what Mr. Cameron says; going to movies is a fun, social experience. Maybe this isn't true for other people, but I enjoy being part of a group performance (which is really what this is). It's a chance to get out with family and friends and treat yourself.

But why is it so bloody expensive? Taking a family of four out to see a movie will cost $150 CAN minimum, - $65 for four tickets (this includes a "Child") plus popcorn, drink and candy. Now, compare this to waiting a few months for the DVD - normally around $25 CAN for a Blu-Ray. Wait a year or two and it ends up in a bin at WalMart for $8.00 CAN (Blu-Ray again - DVDs are $5.00 or less).

So, when we go out to a movie, it's something that *everyone* wants to see and expects to enjoy. We do reasonably well with our picks but there are often duds which makes you question why you spent all that money and become more wary in the future.

Comment The IOC is run by clueless, stupid lawyers (Score 1) 238

This is not a facetious comment - I've been involved with a few things for kids over the years and the Twitter restrictions listed in the article are minor compared to what you have to put up with trying to promote *their* event with kids.

For example, you can't have any kind of media publicity without the local IOC's permission. You cannot use the terms "Olympian" or "Olympic Athlete", instead you must use "Athlete that has/is going to compete in the Olympics". You cannot display the five rings (even if it's adorably drawn by a five year old). You cannot have your own "Olympic medals".

It's amazing because you are promoting *their* event for free, for them.

Submission + - Class of Large but Very Dim Galaxies Discovered

schwit1 writes: Astronomers have now detected and measured a new class of large but very dim galaxy that previously was not expected to exist.

‘Ultradiffuse’ galaxies came to attention only last year, after Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and Roberto Abraham of the University of Toronto in Canada built an array of sensitive telephoto lenses named Dragonfly. The astronomers and their colleagues observed the Coma galaxy cluster 101 megaparsecs (330 million light years) away and detected 47 faint smudges.

“They can’t be real,” van Dokkum recalls thinking when he first saw the galaxies on his laptop computer. But their distribution in space matched that of the cluster’s other galaxies, indicating that they were true members. Since then, hundreds more of these galaxies have turned up in the Coma cluster and elsewhere.

Ultradiffuse galaxies are large like the Milky Way — which is much bigger than most — but they glow as dimly as mere dwarf galaxies. It’s as though a city as big as London emitted as little light as Kalamazoo, Michigan.

More significantly, they have now found that these dim galaxies can be as big and as massive as the biggest bright galaxies, suggesting that there are a lot more stars and mass hidden out there and unseen than anyone had previously predicted.

Submission + - Cisco: Potent ransomware is targeting the enterprise at a scary rate (

coondoggie writes: Enterprise-targeting cyber enemies are deploying vast amounts of potent ransomware to generate revenue and huge profits – nearly $34 million annually according to Cisco’s Mid-Year Cybersecurity Report out this week.
Ransomware, Cisco wrote, has become a particularly effective moneymaker, and enterprise users appear to be the preferred target.

Submission + - Why Belgium leads in IPv6 adoption (

netbuzz writes: Every time you read a story devoted to worldwide IPv6 adoption rates, sitting atop the list of highest achievers is Belgium, otherwise better known for chocolate, waffles, beer and diamonds. Google, for example, has worldwide IPv6 adoption at about 12%, Belgium leading at 45%. Why Belgium? Eric Vyncke, co-chair of Belgium’s IPv6 Council, explains a unique set of circumstances involving technology, geography, politics and culture.

Comment This validates how many cheesy movies? (Score 1) 93

Yet another case of popular media predicting actual science.

Seriously, I think there was at least one James Bond ("Never Say Never"?) with this theme as well as one in which eyes were carried around in plastic baggies to break security. I think the big part of this was the "ick" factor to create audience buzz.

Submission + - $5000 Student Loans Default the Most (

minstrelmike writes: You can read horror stories about people with $150,000 student loans, but they aren't the ones with the most problems. The "typical for-profit student is a 24-year-old from a first-generation family earning less than $40,000, who eventually drops out of school. The completion rates for two-year and four-year for-profit institutions is about 40 percent and 25 percent, respectively." These are the people most at risk of default.

Submission + - Pending bill would kill a big H-1B loophole (

ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the minimum wage for an H-1B holder from $60K to $100K, and place limits on the body shop companies that employ mostly H-1B holders in a pass-through arrangement. Whether it's enough to stop the direct replacement of workers, or whether it will just accelerate offshoring, remains to be seen. But, I think removing the most blatant and most abused loopholes in the rules is a good start.

Submission + - Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for Misconduct

schwit1 writes: Almost half of all TSA employees have been cited for misconduct, and the citations have increased by almost 30 percent since 2013.

Of the total allegations filed, 90.8 percent were against TSA officers, while 4.8 percent were filed against managers or administrators. Of the areas of misconduct, “Attendance & Leave” sees the highest number of offenders, while “Failure to Follow Instructions,” “Screening & Security,” “Neglect of Duty,” and “Disruptive Behavior” round out the top five.

It also appears that the TSA has been reducing the sanctions it has been giving out for this bad behavior.

Submission + - Maximizing economic output with linear programming ... and communism (

mkwan writes: Economies are just a collection of processes that convert raw materials and labour into useful goods and services. By representing these processes as a series of equations and solving a humongous linear programming problem, it should be possible to maximize an economy's GDP. The catch? The economy needs to go communist.

Submission + - Library of Congress Hit With A Denial-Of-Service Attack (

An anonymous reader writes: The Library of Congress (LOC) announced via Twitter Monday that they were the target of a denial-of-service attack. The attack was detected on July 17 and has caused other websites hosted by the LOC, including the U.S. Copyright Office, to go down. In addition, employees of the Library of Congress were unable to access their work email accounts and to visit internal websites. The outages continue to affect some online properties managed by the library. "In June 2015, the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, published a limited distribution report — undisclosed publicly though it was sourced in a 2015 GAO testimony to the Committee on House Administration — highlighting digital security deficiencies apparent at the Library of Congress, including poor software patch management and firewall protections," reports FedScoop.

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