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  • Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
    By on January 26, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes In the recent Slashdot discussion on the D programming language, I was surprised to see criticisms of Pascal that were based on old information and outdated implementations. While I’m sure that, for example, Brian Kernighan’s criticisms of Pascal were valid in 1981, things have moved on since then. Current Object Pascal largely addresses Kernighan’s critique and also includes language features such as anonymous methods, (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?
    By on October 16, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    ZahrGnosis writes I’m in the midst of a rather lengthy job interview; something I haven’t done for some time as I’ve worked as a contract employee with a much lower barrier to entry for years. Recently, I’ve started patenting some inventions that are applicable to my industry. One hope is that the patents look good to the prospective employer on a resume, but I don’t want them to take the existing IP for granted as part of the deal. I’m worried I (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?
    By on September 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes: Every programming language has its own unique quirks, such as weird syntax, unusual functionality or non-standard implementations — things that can cause developers new to the language, or even seasoned pros, to scratch their heads in wonder (or throw their hands up in despair). Phil Johnson has rounded up some of the strangest — from the + operator in JavaScript to the trigraphs in C and C++ and indentation level in Python. (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Scientific Computing Workflow For the Cloud?
    By on November 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    diab0lic writes “I have recently come into the situation where I need to run cloud computing on demand for my research. Amazon’s EC2 Spot Instances are an ideal platform for this as I can requisition an appropriate instance for the given experiment {high cpu, high memory, GPU instance} depending on its needs. However I currently spin up the instance manually, set it up, run the experiment, and then terminate manually. This gets tedious monitoring (more…)

  • Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe’en?
    By on October 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hallowe’en is my favorite holiday: I like seeing costumes (and walking around in my own), and seeing what people do to decorate their houses, yards, etc. For the second year in a row though, I’ve failed to come up with a really good scheme for making my own place appropriately spooky. So, in hopes of loosing some inspiration for myself and others, I ask today what you’re doing to spookify your surroundings (or your person) tomorrow, especially if (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?
    By on July 10, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    theshowmecanuck writes “I’m working at a small- to medium-sized company that creates software for mobile devices, but came from a ‘large enterprise’ world before. I see node.js being used increasingly in smaller companies (including ours) or in web/mobile related software. Meanwhile we see languages like Java/JEE, C/C++, and .NET continue to be used for medium-to-large enterprise corporate software. Compared to the status quo in the enterprise (JEE/C/C++/.NET (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?
    By on May 6, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter gagol writes “I recently took a position at a small industrial equipment manufacturer. We are looking to buy a new ERM software package and my boss, who is looking forward to buy the thing, knows nothing about computers or software. I will be providing basic IT training to the senior management and I am looking for your input on the scope and content of said training. I am thinking: basic components and architecture -> networking -> (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Archive and Access Ancient Emails?
    By on March 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “I started using email in the early 90s and have lost most of that first decade due to ignorance, botched backups, and so on. But since about 2000, I’ve got most — if not all — of my email in some form or other. I run Linux, so this has mainly been in a mix of various programs: Kmail, Evolution, Thunderbird. The past 2-3 years are still on the IMAP servers. My problem is that I only rarely NEED to look back to (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Ideas and Tools To Get Around the Great Firewall?
    By on September 26, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter J0n45 writes “I will soon be traveling to mainland China. While I’m only a tourist, I will still be working freelance for a company back home. I know for a fact that a large amount of the websites I need to have access to on a daily basis for business reasons are censored by the Great Firewall of China. I have been using the Tor Browser for a while now for personal purposes. However Tor has been blocked by China. I was wondering (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Collecting and Storing User Information?
    By on September 10, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter isaaccs writes “I’m a mobile developer at a startup. My experience is in building user-facing applications, but in this case, a component of an app I’m building involves observing and collecting certain pieces of user information and then storing them in a web service. This is for purposes of analysis and ultimately functionality, not persistence. This would include some obvious items like names and e-mail addresses, and (more…)