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Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From ‘Hacker’ To ‘Engineer’?

January 31st, 2012 01:10 admin View Comments

Programming

antifoidulus writes “I’m about to get my masters in Computer Science and start out (again) in the ‘real world.’ I already have a job lined up, but there is one thing that is really nagging me. Since my academic work has focused almost solely on computer science and not software engineering per se, I’m really still a ‘hacker,’ meaning I take a problem, sketch together a rough solution using the appropriate CS algorithms, and then code something up (using a lot of prints to debug). I do some basic testing and then go with it. Obviously, something like that works quite well in the academic environment, but not in the ‘real world.’ Even at my previous job, which was sort of a jack-of-all-trades (sysadmin, security, support, and programming), the testing procedures were not particularly rigorous, and as a result I don’t think I’m really mature as an ‘engineer.’ So my question to the community is: how do you make the transition from hacker (in the positive sense) to a real engineer. Obviously the ‘Mythical Man Month’ is on the reading list, but would you recommend anything else? How do you get out of the ‘hacker’ mindset?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From ‘Hacker’ To ‘Engineer’?

Downloads of DoS Attack Tool LOIC Spike

January 20th, 2012 01:41 admin View Comments

Music

wiredmikey writes “As Anonymous initiated what it said will be the ‘largest attack ever on government and music industry sites‘ in response to actions taken by the Justice Department against operators of file sharing site Megaupload.com, downloads of a popular DoS attack tool have spiked. While the Denial of Service tool known as the ‘Low Orbit Ion Cannon’ (LOIC) was developed by the ‘good guys’ to stress test websites, it has been a favorite tool of Anonymous to take its targets offline via denial of service attacks. Interactions seen on Twitter and IRC, made it clear that the action against MegaUpload has sparked many more individuals to get involved in the online protests and download the LOIC to take part in the attacks and has resulted in a massive spike in downloads according Slashdot sister site Sourceforge.”

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Running Great Britain? There’s an App For That!

December 30th, 2011 12:20 admin View Comments

Government

judgecorp writes “Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron will get a personalised iPad app to help him run the country. The ‘government dashboard’ will include health waiting list figures, crime statistics, economic statistics and a real-time news feed. Cameron is a committed Apple user — but British members of Parliament have only been allowed iPads in the House of Commons since March 2011.”

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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

November 8th, 2011 11:10 admin View Comments

GNOME

Brad1138 writes “You see complaints about the ‘next gen’ GUI’s all over the place, but do we really all hate them? Personally, I don’t like them — I tried very hard to like Unity in Ubuntu 11.04/11.10 before giving up and switching to Mint (I am very happy there currently). But is it the vocal minority doing all the complaining, or is it the majority? Are we just too set in our ways?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

Is the Creative Class Engine Sputtering?

October 6th, 2011 10:06 admin View Comments

Businesses

Geoffrey.landis writes “The ‘creative class’ was supposed to be the new engine of the United States economy, but–according to Scott Timberg, writing in Salon– that engine is sputtering. While a very few technologists have become very wealthy, for most creative workers, the rise of amateurs and enthusiasts means that few are actually making a living. The new economy is good for the elite who own the servers, but, for most, ‘the dream of a laptop-powered “knowledge class” is dead,’ he says.”

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Are Small Rocky Worlds Naked Gas Giants?

September 17th, 2011 09:48 admin View Comments

Space

astroengine writes “The ‘core accretion’ model for planetary creation has been challenged (or, at least, modified) by a new theory from University of Leicester astrophysicists Seung-Hoon Cha and Sergei Nayakshin (abstract). Rather than small rocky worlds being built ‘bottom-up’ (i.e. the size of a planet depends on the amount of material available), perhaps they were once the cores of massive gas giant planets that had their thick atmospheres stripped after drifting too close to their parent stars? This ‘top-down’ mechanism may also help explain how smaller worlds were formed far from their stars only to drift inward toward the habitable zone.”

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Obama To Sign ‘America Invents Act of 2011′ Today

September 16th, 2011 09:57 admin View Comments

Patents

ideonexus writes “President Obama will be signing the ‘America Invents Act of 2011′ into law today at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. The bill will transition America from a ‘first-to-invent” to a ‘first-to-file” country, but critics argue that the bill fails to address the more important problem that ‘nobody can tell what a patent covers until they’ve spent months or years working it out, often in the courts.’”

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Wolfenstein Ray Traced and Anti-Aliased, At 1080p

September 15th, 2011 09:04 admin View Comments

Graphics

An anonymous reader writes “After Intel displayed their research demo Wolfenstein: Ray Traced on Tablets, the latest progress at IDF focuses on high(est)-end gaming now running at 1080p. Besides image-based post-processing (HDR, Depth of Field) there is now also an implementation of a smart way of calculating anti-aliasing through using mesh IDs and normals and applying adaptive 16x supersampling. All that is powered by the ‘cloud,’ consisting of a server that holds eight Knights Ferry cards (total of 256 cores / 1024 threads). A lot of hardware, but the next iteration of the ‘Many Integrated Core’ (MIC) architecture, named Knights Corner (and featuring 50+ cores), might be just around the corner.”

Source: Wolfenstein Ray Traced and Anti-Aliased, At 1080p

Mining Browsing History With Google Cookie Data

September 2nd, 2011 09:48 admin View Comments

Google

mikejuk writes Recent research reveals details on how Google’s SID cookie can be used to discover what websites a user has visited. In principle, the cookie is a low security risk because it doesn’t allow acess to any data without authentication — thus it is sometimes transmitted in the clear and easy to intercept. With a little help from Google Search History and the ‘Visited Pages’ filter, researchers were able to list up to 80% of the pages visited by volunteer victims. Throw into the mix the ‘social’ filter and you can discover a lot more.”

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Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

September 2nd, 2011 09:56 admin View Comments

United States

McGruber writes “Vivek Wadhwa has written an article in the Washington Post titled, ‘Mr. President, there is no engineer shortage,’ which addresses the perceived national shortage of engineers. Wadhwa slams China for its practice of applying the ‘engineer’ label to auto mechanics and technicians, yet fails to slam the US for its practice of applying the ‘engineer’ label to sanitation workers, building janitors, boiler operators, FaceSpace coders, MSCEs and DeVry graduates. He also says, ‘Some of [the U.S.'s] best engineers are not doing engineering, and some of its best potential engineers are not even studying engineering, leaving us short-changed in solving the important problems of the day.’”

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