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  • Free WiFi and Coffee at StarBucks

    , ScanIAm wrote

    I rewarded myself with a French press a few years ago...

    I cannot drink instant coffee any more, you get 15-20 cups using a cafetière. 20 years ago people would have laughed at you if you told them a coffee would cost the same as a pint of beer

  • Free WiFi and Coffee at StarBucks

    , Proton2 wrote

     I got a free Coffee un-expectantly when I went for my daily coffee house outing. :)

    So they know you already then, a visual loyalty points scheme.

    Personally I find their latte extremely bitter.

  • just tried the iWatch.

    , Ian2 wrote

    Looks like James Bond is holding out for a Bremont ....

    http://mashable.com/2015/04/24/james-bond-sony-phone/

    All credit to Daniel Craig for turning down 5 million .....

    I still think a Rolex is a better investment. In 10 years time an iwatch will be practically worthless, but as far as conspicuous consumption goes, the iWatch is a winner.

  • These Windows 10 ​adware/prel​oader patches are packaged with important security updates. JUST WTF?!

    @wastingtimewithforums:

    Microsoft forced the world to move from 8 to 8.1, and the world did not complain (neither did you at the time)

    If they decide to force everyone to move to Windows 10, 99.99% of people won't complain. In life you have to accept that some people will never come round to progress, you clearly are the 0.01% of people that don't want the upgrade, so rather than post in this forum, open your PC and remove the network interface card or wait for the workarounds as Windows always let you control issues like this.

    You are complaining that you don't like the music on a radio station that millions enjoy, change radio stations or use another OS, but please stop sounding like a broken record.

  • VB may finally become usable language

    , evildictait​or wrote

    *snip*

    The one true language is C. There is nothing that you cannot do in it, and so many things you cannot do in any other language.

    I've been listening to Codes That Changed The World on my lunch break, and today there was mention of the entire source for the Mars Rover being built in C.

    That's every single line of code.

  • There is no escape from the suck-train!

     

    , Ray7 wrote

    I'm a bit confused. What is the problem here?

    As far as I can tell, this does not force you to install anything. It's just a notifier. It doesn't even qualify as crapware. 

     

    Apple can do it, Android can do it, but for Microsoft it is an issue, how?

  • VB may finally become usable language

    , Jim Young wrote

    You guys. Think VB.Net is a bummer, my company is still supporting a product written in VB6.

    Just the one? I've come to treat VB6 as just another language, with its own beauty and quirks, a very simple language, but it gets the job done, though I muss confess that the dynamic keyword is what its all about when dealing with COM in C#. You will find posts of me questioning anyone using dynamic in the .NET 4 timeframe, but I get it now, pixie dust when dealing with COM.

  • VB may finally become usable language

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    I'm sure it will change as data science becomes corporatized and segmented like the computer industry writ large. But it's a breath of fresh air right now.

    I'm not so sure. Unless you use Azure which a lot of business don't, then Hive, Pig and Hadoop are going to be very time consuming to implement. Microsoft used to inject all their time and effort into enabling us the customer to innovate, that simply isn't the case anymore.

    A few years ago, not working at one of the big three technology giants meant you could still build cutting edge technology e.g. TapeStation 2200.

    I built this, and am incredibly proud as it is used in all the best research institutions world wide and will affect medicine for the next decade. The market is lumping big data along with SQL developer roles and paying the same.

    I think there are two tiers of developer emerging now, those that work at the big three and the rest of the world that are effectively the second tier of developer, and the more these technology companies grow, the bigger this divide is, granted there are companies like Mercedes and BMW that do value data science and AI, the market is just too clever and realises the level of human intelligence required to write these systems but dumbs it down, and gets you to write systems that will make them millions for next to nothing.

    I see data science being marginalised like SQL development, with below average salaries, so even though it will be technically interesting, you will still get paid less than a bricklayer.

     

  • VB may finally become usable language

    , Bass wrote

    I'd argue that languages like Python have gotten so popular is because they are so simple. Literally anyone here can learn all there is to know about Python in a language level in maybe 30 minutes. It's really that trivially designed.

    I have a Python book on my bookshelf behind me that is 1000 pages long 

    That's why Python or even R [it's technically a Microsoft language now!] so hugely popular with NON-programmers, like scientists and statisticians who just want to get their real work done. What I'm saying is sometimes less is more.

    I have seen Python used by scientists in lifesciences and usually it is to parse thousands of research text files generated by various third party equipment, it is easy to use but none of the applications I have written in the last decade could have been written in Python alone

    I haven't done pro .NET work for awhile but if I had to I wouldn't even know where to start anymore. Should I use C#? F#? What of the multiple huge GUI libraries should I use? Is WCF still used and why does it have so many random extensions?

    WCF is pretty much done and has been for the last 5 years with a minute amount of changes. WCF is very difficult because it is a black box so restful technologies like oData and WebAPI have been developed to allow the average developer to use web services. A lot of Azure is build around WCF and the Sync Framework.

    Then I have to learn how to use this whole huge IDE that changes every year. There is so much to learn you pretty much have to be a ".NET Developer". I can't just stay a "Computer Scientist".

    Get a Job in a research department at a University and use Matlab. The commercial world is about building Platforms as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). File - New Project in Visual Studio usually abstracts away all the unnecessary libraries.

    I am considering a change of career as .NET development is no longer about computer science, if you don't work at Apple, Google, or Microsoft the pay is very poor when you consider the years of knowledge and coding practice it takes to build multi-million pound software products. A lot of businesses are paying and treating developers very poorly when they are the ones developing the systems that are generating all the revenue.

  • How BIG is big data?

    , Spectate​Swamp1 wrote

    The so called "Big Data" isn't that BIG for today's computers. I have more personal data than "ALL the ETLs combined"!!! 

    So does the internet, the challenge is making sense of the data.

    Your world leading SpectateSwamp search algorithm will have to incorporate aspects of artificial intelligence like data mining, natural language processing, computer vision, artificial neural networks and a whole host of other computer science challenges.