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Submission + - RIP Agile ? (dzone.com)

techfilz writes: Is Agile dead and if so, can parts of the body be reused (the whiteboard with post-its on it is going nowhere) ? DevOps Zone have an interesting article on the demise of Agile practices amidst the emergence of DevOps and the continuous delivery movement.

Submission + - Is COBOL getting cool again ?

techfilz writes: Romanian developer Bizu Ionic has engineered a software bridge called node.cobol which can execute Node.js script from within COBOL programs. In this example source code a web server is run and renders an ASCII art picture of COBOL founder Admiral Grace Hopper.

Comment Re:Didn't Really Care For It (Score 1) 351

Ah yes - Quake. Playing it late at night for the first time with the Trent Reznor soundtrack echoing around the bedroom. Then standing in the lobby and looking at the different entrances and the roof, just amazed at the effects and 3D imagery. Quake 2 - not so great with the sci-fi stuff and then Quake 3 Arena : rocket jumps & intelligent bots !

Submission + - Iran Arrests Eight For 'Un-Islamic' Instagram Modeling (bbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Tehran cybercrimes court said the country has arrested eight people working for online modeling agencies deemed to be "un-Islamic." The women models were arrested for starring in photos on Instagram and elsewhere without wearing their headscarves, which has been required in public since 1979. A total of 170 people have been identified by investigators for being involved in online modeling, including 59 photographers and make-up artists, 58 models and 51 fashion salon managers and designers. The court's prosecutor Javad Babaei announced the the threats on TV, claiming modeling agencies accounted for about 20 percent of posts on Instagram from Iran and that they had been "making and spreading immoral and un-Islamic culture and promiscuity." He added, "We carried out this plan in 2013 with Facebook, and now Instagram is the focus."

Submission + - Why Kickstarter Products Fail (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: The rise of crowd funding has opened a vector for new hardware companies that simply didn't exist before and with that comes one failed campaign after another. Having been around for some time now, this ground is not unexplored, we just don't necessarily hear the stories of every failure. Kickstarter failures are indeed stereotypical and anyone looking to launch their own crowd funding campaign should learn from the common types of failure, be it lack of interest, failing to raise the goal, underestimating production time and cost, botching quality control, defrauding the customer (or appearing to), and not being prepared to actually succeed.

Submission + - Security Expert Jailed for Reporting Vulnerabilities in Lee County, FL Elections (theregister.co.uk)

rootmon writes: Information Security Professional David Levin was arrested 3 months after reporting un-patched SQL injection vulnerabilities in the Lee County, Florida Elections Office run by Sharon Harrington, the Lee County Supervisor of Elections. Harrington's office has been in the news before for voting systems problems (for example in during the 2012 election, 35 districts in Lee County had to remain open 3 hours past the closing of polls due to long lines and equipment issues , wasting $800,000 to $1.6 million of taxpayer money incompatible iPads for which her office is facing an audit. Rather than fix the issues with their systems, they chose to charge the whistle blower with three third-degree felonies. The News Press also has several related interviews.

Submission + - 15 years old make stunning discovery of a new major maya city with his brain (journaldemontreal.com)

Eloking writes: Many teens (and adults) don’t know much about the Mayans, if it is not that their schedule has led some people to believe that the end of the world would occur in 2012. But at age 15, William Gadoury, has discovered a new Mayan city which we had been unaware until now of the existence, as reported by the Journal de Montréal.

The teenager from Saint-Jean-de-Matha has made this extraordinary discovery with his theory that the Maya chose the location of their cities as a function of the shape of certain constellations of stars. This correlation was previously unknown to researchers. He had indeed impressed the researchers from the canadian space Agency and NASA by introducing them to his research, in November 2014

His discovery has enabled him to be selected to participate in the Expo-Sciences international du Mouvement international pour le Loisir scientifique et technique (MILSET) , which will take place in Brazil in August 2017.

Submission + - When a developer goes bad (atavist.com)

techfilz writes: Paul Le Roux is a South African Programmer who went from running dubious pharmacy web sites to controlling an international cartel of drug and gun runners. He also set up his own private militia in Somalia, commissioned hitmen to murder his opponents and apparently considered invading an island off the coast of Africa. He was arrested in Liberia in 2012 in a DEA sting and taken back to the USA where he has since been assisting authorities with their investigations. The Atavist has been serialising Evan Ratliff's investigation of the Le Roux story and it makes for a gripping read. Five out of seven installments are available on the site now.

Comment Re:the War on Cash (Score 1) 208

Spot on with your comments. And in a modern DevOps environment, you dont need to treat the Mainframe Developers (and their associated Ops colleagues) any different to the Java (or similar) guys. Put them all together and get them collaborating and treat the Mainframe like any other Server (albeit with a bit more care). There are enough people out there looking for jobs that you can get a code academy to train some junior COBOL devs for you or x-train some of the Java guys. The offshore guys in Eastern Europe (Belarus for example) can do some quality COBOL code if needed. The Indians also built up a lot of COBOL skills for Y2K that they can still deploy and they are not adverse to retraining if required. I dont think that you can beat the mainframe for transaction handling right now (like overnight batch for ATMs) except in some isolated cases. Compare some modern Core Banking platforms with MF on transactions per second - as in actually do performance testing and not just listen to the Vendors empty promises. Sure you have places like Google and Amazon where the Devs are brilliant & can manage just about anything on new platforms but that's not the case in the Banks :-)

Submission + - Bethesda To Unleash The Hounds Of Hell On May 13th, Doom Release Date Confirmed (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Bethesda and id Software are in the process rebooting the Doom franchise and it seems like it's been in development for ages. When we last visited the upcoming Doom remake, Bethesda had posted a giblet-filled trailer which showed some pretty impressive gameplay visuals, killer hand-to-hand combat and plenty of head stomping. Today, Bethesda clued gamers in on something that Doom fans have been anticipating for years, an actual release date. http://hothardware.com/news/be...">Mark your calendars for May 13th, because that's when Doom will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and of course, the PC platform. Bethesda also dropped a new http://hothardware.com/news/be...">campaign trailer for you to ogle.

Submission + - Don't hate perky morning people: It might be their DNA's fault. (arstechnica.com)

Striek writes: Aggregated genome data from 23andme.com was analyzed and published in Nature magazine, and now further evidence has been added to the belief that being a morning person or a night owl is wired in our DNA.

It's not the first time such research has been published, either.

So those of us who work late into the night and prefer to rise at noon, much to the chagrin of our partners, can point to our DNA as the reason, not our lazy habits.

Submission + - Bruce Schneier: China and Russia Almost Definitely Have the Snowden Docs (wired.com)

cold fjord writes: Writing at Wired, Bruce Schneier states that he believes that China and Russia actually do have the Snowden documents, but that the path by which they got them may be different than what has been reported: "... The vulnerability is not Snowden; it’s everyone who has access to the files. I’ve handled some of the Snowden documents myself, and even though I’m a paranoid cryptographer, I know how difficult it is to maintain perfect security. It’s been open season on the computers of the journalists Snowden shared documents with since this story broke in July 2013. And while they have been taking extraordinary pains to secure those computers, it’s almost certainly not enough to keep out the world’s intelligence services. .... Which brings me to the second potential source of these documents to foreign intelligence agencies: the US and UK governments themselves. I believe that both China and Russia had access to all the files that Snowden took well before Snowden took them because they’ve penetrated the NSA networks where those files reside. After all, the NSA has been a prime target for decades."

Submission + - Assange's Stay In Embassy Has Cost British Taxpayers $17 Million

HughPickens.com writes: Harriet Alexander reports in The Telegraph that Julian Assange's three-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy has cost British taxpayers more than $17 million for around the clock. police surveillance at the embassy. The Metropolitan Police refused to discuss how many policemen were deployed to the embassy, but they did confirm the cost. The Met said the figure included $10.3m of what they termed "opportunity costs" – police officer pay costs that would be incurred in normal duties – and $4.3m of additional costs such as police overtime. A further $1.7m was put down to "indirect costs" such as administration. Assange challenged his extradition order to Sweden through the courts, but when his appeals failed he absconded and sought refuge inside the embassy of Ecuador – a country whose president has spoken publicly of his support for the 43-year-old computer hacker. Ecuador granted him asylum in August 2012, but as soon as he sets foot outside the building Britain will deport him to Sweden. He has been indoors ever since.

The Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, has grown impatient. In March she said that she would consent, reluctantly, to interview Assange inside the embassy – because the statute of limitations for some of the alleged crimes runs out in August. "Now that time is of the essence, I have viewed it therefore necessary to accept such deficiencies to the investigation and likewise take the risk that the interview does not move the case forward, particularly as there are no other measures on offer without Assange being present in Sweden."

Comment Java is the new COBOL (Score 0) 382

The most boring and brain-sapping 'Enterprise' technology out there. Honestly - who goes home and thinks 'Aah - a couple of nice quiet hours programming in my favourite language on my favourite projects'. Even the outsource Indians at work seen tired of Java. Or life. Can't tell.

Comment Re:How... (Score 1) 131

Spot on. Everyone with a degree or a diploma wants a better life, and there is simply not enough money going around to provide that. Helping the populace develop some basic coding skills is useless - what do they do with these skills ? It does not mean that lots of people become coders capable of working on enterprise level software ? And if they have half a brain they will know that IT is not going to be the field of their dreams. The competition with India and China is economic - they can survive on a lot less money and in the USA you can't. So yes, this is a drive towards the bottom. As salaries and living standards in China and India adjust upwards, it will be easier for the West to compete - but our salaries and living standards would need to go down substantially. And there will be no money for the welfare state to support us if we are ill or out of work. There are plenty of other nations like Vietnam standing by to provide coders when the Chinese or Indian ones get too expensive. What I find most appalling is that when I started out in IT , it was a middle class White Collar job. We were well paid professionals with some respect in the market and aspirations. Now the best we can come up with as a replacement job is fixing toilets or cutting hair.

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