U.N. warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by Friday

Image result for U.N. warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by FridayPalestinian men take part in evening prayers inside Jerusalem’s Old City, next to the Lion’s Gate, July 24, 2017.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned on Monday that a solution was needed by Friday to the Jerusalem mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have “potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City.”

Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem after two police guards were shot dead on July 14, triggering the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.

Incensed at what they perceive as a violation of delicate decades-old access arrangements at Islam’s third-holiest site, many Palestinians have refused to go through the metal detectors, holding street prayers and often violent protests.

“It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday,” Mladenov told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors. “The dangers on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of Friday prayer without a resolution.”

He also warned that the crisis was not a localized event.

“(It has) the potential to have catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City, well beyond Israel and Palestine, well beyond the Middle East itself,” Mladenov said.

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Israeli police officers stand guard next to recently installed metal detectors at an entrance to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City July 23, 2017.Ammar Awad

The 15-member Security Council met on the crisis at the request of Sweden, France and Egypt.

Sweden’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Carl Skau posted on Twitter after the meeting that Security Council members “agree on need for de-escalation, condemnation of violence and urgent dialogue to calm tensions in Jerusalem.”

Non-Muslim visitors wait to enter the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City July 24, 2017.Ronen Zvulun

The Security Council is due to hold its quarterly Middle East briefing on Tuesday. Mladenov appealed to member states to “avoid further inflaming the situation” when they address the public meeting.

The violence began on Friday, when Israeli security forces shot three demonstrators dead, Palestinian medics said. Israeli police said they were investigating the charge.

On the same day, a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis in the occupied West Bank after vowing on Facebook to take up his knife and heed “Al-Aqsa’s call.”

“We will enable everybody to come and pray on the Temple Mount, but at the same time we will do whatever is necessary to maintain security of this important site,” Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said ahead of the meeting.

Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters: “We are against violence … and we want the Security Council to have the political will to protect the Palestinian people against such violence from the Israeli occupying authority.”

Additional reporting by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Tom Brown and Lisa Shumaker


German govt says sees no signs Mercedes used illegal software

Image result for German govt says sees no signs Mercedes used illegal softwareDaimler allegedly sold more than a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

FRANKFURT: German officials probing carmaker Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by Daimler, have found no signs so far that the carmaker made use of illegal software to manipulate emissions, a government spokesman said on Friday.

Daimler said based on current information available to the carmaker they would fight allegations about using an illegal software defeat device with all legal means.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker was summoned for a meeting on Thursday to address allegations that it had sold more than a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday said, without citing sources, that officials from Germany’s vehicle certification authority KBA believe Mercedes-Benz may have diesel cars equipped with an illegal defeat device, and that KBA is optimistic it can deliver proof.

Upon being asked about the article in Der Spiegel, a KBA spokesman said, “We need to wait for the results of investigation to be published.”


Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates for Windows mobile devices

We received a tip earlier today that Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer be supported on Windows mobile devices.

Since receiving the tip, we have confirmed with sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans that Minecraft Pocket Edition will no longer receive updates for Windows Phone 8.1 or 10 Mobile, but it will still be available in the store.

This will come as a considerable blow for Windows mobile fans of the game, but the amount of users spending time in Minecraft PE for Windows 8.1 and 10 Mobile is reportedly very low, making the development hours needed to keep it up to date is simply no longer economically viable.

At this point, I’d say it’s pretty clear that the future of Windows on mobile devices lies with full Windows 10 on ARM, recently announced for future handsets powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. Microsoft demonstrated World of Tank Blitz running on a Snapdragon 820 with full Windows 10, which implies that the newer 835 would make short work of Minecraft for Windows 10, which already supports touch. I suspect this is where the bulk of Minecraft development will be spent moving forward.

You can still download and play Minecraft Pocket Edition on Windows Phone devices, at least for the time being, using the link below.


[Source:- Windowscentral]


This university has no teachers, syllabus or fees

It’s 9.30am on a grey Thursday morning in May, and long banks of iMacs stand idle in a former government building on Boulevard Bessières in north Paris. The morning lack of activity, explains Xavier Niel, a French billionaire who is leading a tour of his three-year-old experimental university, isn’t a concern; rush hour is 2 or 3am.

“You’d see 300 or 400 students here at night,” Niel says. “We’re open 24 hours – the French president was here taking selfies at midnight. And you’ll notice that there are no teachers – this is a project-based school. You get no diploma.”

Niel, who made his fortune by taking on France’s telco establishment with his Free ISP and mobile businesses, declared in 2013 that “the education system doesn’t work”. So he decided to reinvent it, by funding an ambitious merit-based coding school without teachers, without a syllabus, without entrance requirements and without fees.

The school, called École 42 (the answer to the question of “life, the Universe and everything” in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), is funded, in Niel’s words, “by my credit card”: ˇ20 million (£17m) for launch costs, and around ˇ7m a year in running costs for the first decade. “After that,” he says, pointing to three American students, “we hope one of you guys will be the next Zuckerberg.”

Peter Thiel, Jack Dorsey and Tony Fadell have come here to marvel at how Niel’s school has challenged existing notions of higher education. Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel is among the converts: “You feel you’re walking into a school from the future,” he declared. “It’s a transformative way to learn.”

So, to the acclaim of his Silicon Valley friends, Niel in autumn 2016 opened a second branch in Fremont, in California, with a $100m (£76m) commitment. It’s all part of his mission to make talent and merit, not means, the gateway to a quality tech education.

And it all comes down to talent-spotting via a merit-based game. “We have 80,000 applicants a year who play an online game, and 25,000 finish,” Niel explains. “We take the 3,000 best and ask them to come to the school for a month – that’s 450 hours of 15-hour days, including Saturday and Sunday. After five or six days, a third of them leave. And then we take the 1,000 best.”

The survivors – 80 to 90 per cent of whom are French, but which also includes many Americans – win a free education, help in finding accommodation (Niel is building 900 flats), loan guarantees of €15,000 if needed, and access to high-quality internships. “Forty per cent don’t have a Baccalaureate, and half the students in this school are from poor families and wouldn’t be able to afford it,” Niel says. An American woman, with a biology degree from Yale, smiles and says: “We’re the lucky ones.” Niel counters: “There’s no luck.”

The project-based curriculum consists of 21 modules – or, as Niel calls them, “game levels” – designed by six staff in an upstairs enclave called “the cluster”. Apart from a five-minute instructional video and PDF, students are left to learn in groups. After a month, they should be able to code in C; they’re challenged to build Tetrisand Sudoku from scratch using their new skills. They then move at their own pace: the fastest student finished school after 18 months; others will take five years.

Game dynamics are everywhere: to get projects corrected, students must spend “correction points” – which they earn by correcting someone else’s project. If there’s a disciplinary breach, they have to spin a wheel to learn their punishment: “Take orders at the coffee machine”, or “Clean the windows with a toothbrush”. Good behaviour earns “wallet points” which can be spent.

There are still some bugs to iron out: fewer than ten per cent of students are women, which 42 is trying to change by inviting secondary-school girls to spend holiday time at the college. Graduate salaries, Niel says, are typically €42,000-€45,000 in the first year, “yet with better coding levels than US graduates earning $140,000”.

École 42 is far from the only ambitious ed-tech experiment being led by a bold tech 
entrepreneur. California- and Hong Kong-based Age of Learning raised $150 million last May; China’s 17zuoye recently raised $100 million; and Udemy raised $113m. Then there are Udacity, Coursera, iTutorGroup, Pluralsight, the hyper-selective Minerva Project university… indeed, AngelList documents a staggering 11,812 education startups.

Kevin Carey, author of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, sees a global $4.6 trillion market being disrupted. That may not be a bad thing: under the current university system, student debt in the US alone is now estimated at exceeding $1.2 trillion.

But Niel, who learned to code at 16 on a Sinclair ZX81 and dropped out of school to work on Minitel phone-connected monitors, doesn’t see himself as taking on the establishment. “France is amazing,” he tells WIRED. “I’ve helped finance a thousand startups, and I like to have a good relationship with the French establishment. I like to help entrepreneurs.”



[Source:- Wired]

New MacBook 2016 release date, price, specs rumours UK: No 12-inch MacBook announced alongside new MacBook Pro 2016 – now expected March 2017

New MacBook

s a 13in MacBook going to launch in 2016? When will the 2017 12-inch MacBook be released? What can I expect from the next 12-inch MacBook in terms of tech specs? How much will the 2017 12-inch MacBook cost? Will the 12-inch MacBook replace the MacBook Air range?

Apple only released the 2016 variant of the 12in MacBook back in April 2016, but we’re already looking to the future and what we could expect from next year’s model, the 2017 12in MacBook. Here, we sift through the latest rumours surrounding the 2017 MacBook and also our personal predictions based on previous Apple events, and knowledge of the company.

Those of you that want to find out more about the current 12in MacBook released in April 2016 can take a look at our 12in MacBook review, which covers everything from pricing to performance and design, sprinkled with our personal opinions of Apple’s latest MacBook.

Apple decided not to update the MacBook or MacBook Air line during its October 2016 event, and decided to cut the 11in MacBook Air completely. This suggests that the MacBook is set to replace the Air line. We suspect a refresh to the MacBook line in March 2017.

Read more: Best MacBook buying guide | Best Mac buying guide 2017 | Best cheap MacBook deals UK

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours: When is the new 12in MacBook coming out?

So, when are we likely to see the next-generation 12in MacBook? Considering that Apple only recently released the 2016 variant of the laptop, we assumed we wouldn’t be seeing another upgrade until next year, 2017.

Apple has trademarked three new MacBook mode numbers, according to a Russian trademark filing. The three new model numbers, A1706, A1707 and A1708, were tipped to be a 13in and 15in MacBook Pro, and a MacBook with a 12in screen. This is all according to the reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – we aren’t sure if these model numbers correspond with the new MacBook Pro models – but we will update this article once we confirm the model numbers.

We had originally expected to see the 2016 variant of the MacBook announced during 2016’s spring Apple event, which was one year on from Apple’s unveiling of the very first 12-inch MacBook models. But instead, Apple revealed the iPhone SE, a 9.7in iPad Pro and new Apple Watch straps, with no mention of an updated MacBook. A few weeks later Apple surprised us by updating the MacBook without any bells and whistles or another event.

Apple is a company of habit – new iOS software is showcased every June (along with macOS, tvOS and watchOS) which is then released alongside the latest generation iPhone months later, in September. It has been that way for more than a few years now, with the only exception being with the launch of the iPhone 4. Following Apple’s MacBook habits to date, it suggests to us that we’ll be seeing the 2017 MacBook sat on our laps between March and May 2017.

New MacBook 2016 rumours: Will the 12in MacBook replace the MacBook Air?

In October 2016 Apple showcased four new MacBooks, none of them an Air model. It seems Apple wants us to believe that it hasn’t officially killed off the Air, but it all looks like an indirect confirmation of the 12-inch MacBook replacing the Air in Apple’s affection and ongoing product portfolio.

Apple’s MacBook Air design is now eight years old, and it’s quite possible that the MacBook is lining up to replace it in the near future. When the MacBook Air first launched, its biggest selling point was its thin and light design, hence the name; but the MacBook now outshines it in those areas. To be honest, barring a major and revolutionary redesign it seems unlikely that the MacBook Air has much of a future ahead of it. Plus, for those looking for ultimate portability there’s the new iPad Pro with a 12.9in screen.

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The last time there was a Mac laptop that had more advanced specs than a more expensive model was the old MacBooks (white and black, and then eventually aluminium). Those were eventually discontinued and the price of the MacBook Air reduced. It seems likely that the same will happen with the new MacBook models replacing the MacBook Air models at a lower price than they are now, at least eventually – especially considering the MacBook Air’s less-than-exciting 2016 update.

According to trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 12in MacBook is now Apple’s best-selling computer, closely followed by the 13in MacBook Pro, which adds further fuel to the rumour that it’ll soon replace the MacBook Air thanks to its popularity.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claims that Apple is planning to introduce a 13in MacBook to sit alongside the 12in model in the third quarter of 2016. Kuo is a goldmine for inside Apple information and has been called “the most accurate Apple analyst in the world”, providing accurate rumours regarding the iPhone 6s months in advance of its release, along with a flurry of predictions about the upcoming iPhone 7which many assume to be true. Current rumours suggest an October hardware event where Apple will announce the 2016 MacBook Pro – will the company announce a larger MacBook alongside it?

However, while Kuo is usually accurate, we’re not too confident about this one. The rumour hasn’t been backed up by any leaks or other sources, and it seems like a pretty strange move to release a new MacBook only 1in larger than the current model, so it’s best to take this with a pinch of salt. If true, we think it signals the end of the MacBook Air range. See more MacBook Air rumours here.

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours UK: UK price

While we’re still a way away from the official announcement of the 2017 MacBook, we can already speculate about the pricing as Apple rarely changes the price of its range from generation to generation, unless it’s a fairly hefty upgrade.

With that being said, the 2016 MacBook Pro will set you back £1,449 for the basic variant and £1,949 for a more powerful variant – and the prices have all gone up since Brexit too (Basic Air is £100 more, and basic MacBook is £200 more expensive!)

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours UK: Design and features

Looking at the change in design from the 2015 MacBook to the 2016 MacBook, it suggests that we won’t be seeing huge physical changes. In fact, the only change in design from the original MacBook and the 2016 MacBook was the addition of a new colour option, Rose Gold, to go alongside the readily available Gold, Silver and Space Grey options.

Aside from that, the design hasn’t changed for the MacBook. It’s incredibly thin at 13.1mm, and it weighs just 0.9kg, making it 24 percent thinner than the MacBook Air, and we don’t expect that to change dramatically in future.

Will the 2016 MacBook have a Force Touch keyboard?

Update 14 October: According to 9to5Mac, Apple is in talks with the Foxconn startup, Sonder – a company that uses E Ink technology to display its keys (see a video here). This allows a way of customising keys and even adding symbols which would not be possible on a regular keyboard. It’s rumoured that Apple will use this technology in their next MacBook.

Back in autumn 2015, it emerged that Apple had filed a patent that appeared to show its design for a Force Touch capable keyboard. Along with the 2015 MacBook Pro, the 2015 MacBook has a Force Touch trackpad, which gave electric pulses that feel like clicks, but is a glass plate that doesn’t actually move. Like on the iPhone 6s, you can press harder for a deeper click to access menus and options within certain apps. The new MacBook also has keys unlike any other Mac, which have very little travel in order to make the chassis ultra-thin.

The newly discovered patent shows what seems to be a whole keyboard and trackpad area fit to house this technology.

As this shows, the whole keyboard and trackpad, plus areas to the left and right of the pad, could theoretically be customised to the user’s tastes and, for the first time, not have a physical keyboard. However, we have seen Apple file patents in the past that are to bookmark ideas for the future.

It’d be amazing if this technology were included in the new MacBook next year, but we feel this is one for the coming years. It would potentially allow you to have several language keyboards saved and switch between them on the adaptable display. We can but dream.

Imagine typing on a surface that felt like a keyboard, but was actually electric feedback telling your brain you’re pressing keys? If this is Force Touch’s future, we are excited.

Will the MacBook feature an Apple Pencil-compatible trackpad?

It’s not the only new addition to the MacBook either, if the latest patent approval is anything to go by. According to a patent filed by Apple which was recently approved, an upcoming Mac could boast compatibility with the Apple Pencil – although the Apple Pencil depicted in the patent is far more advanced than the one on sale at the moment. The Pencil in question features a number of sensors that could detect movement, orientation and depth and, according to the patent, could be used with a Mac as an ‘air mouse’ or possibly even a joystick for gaming.

The patent reads: “Inertial sensor input may be gathered when operating the stylus in one or more inertial sensor input modes such as an air mouse mode, a rotational controller mode, a joystick mode, and/or other inertial sensor input modes.

It doesn’t end there, either – apparently an upcoming Mac trackpad will feature Apple Pencil support, allowing users to use and draw directly onto the trackpad with the precision of the iPad Pro. While the patent doesn’t mention whether the trackpad will be built into a MacBook or offered as a standalone Mac trackpad, we imagine that if Apple plans on utilising the patent, it’ll do so with its newest line of laptops – the MacBook.

Will Apple discontinue Thunderbolt?

One question that has arisen is whether the introduction of USB-C spells the end of Thunderbolt. We don’t think that Apple will drop Thunderbolt from its Pro Mac line up any time soon, but the standard may well disappear from the consumer level Macs eventually.

The reason we think it will remain on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and the iMac is Apple’s efforts to convince the industry to adopt it since its introduction in 2011. However, Apple also promoted FireWire to the industry and eventually removed that from its Macs.

New MacBook 2016 release date rumours UK: Tech specs

What can we expect to see from the 2017 MacBook in terms of design? While rumours are scarce at these early stages, there is one interesting rumour that, if true, could herald in a new generation of Force Touch-enabled keyboards for Apple’s laptop line.


The next-generation MacBook is likely to feature next-generation Intel processors, as well as graphics and RAM upgrades. Intel has started shipping its Kaby Lake processors: that’s the generation of chips after Skylake, and offers support for Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2.

But there’s another, less predictable, possibility. The Dutch-language site Techtastichas spotted a reference in the kernel of macOS Sierra to “ARM HURRICANE” being supported.

This isn’t a chip family that anyone has heard of, but it’s probably an Apple custom ARM chip: the A7 (in the iPhone 5s) was codenamed Cyclone, the A8 Typhoon and the A9 Twister. Apple might be about to put ARM chips in its new MacBooks.

Will the 2016 MacBook have LTE connectivity?

It seems that sharing your iPhone’s cellular connection with your MacBook wasn’t enough for Apple, if the latest patent approval is anything to go by. The patent, as described by the US Patent and Trademark Office, will allow the company to embed LTE hardware in the 2017 MacBook, making it the first cellular-enabled Mac in Apple’s range, past or present.



[Source:- Macworld]


Java loses no luster in popularity index

Java loses no luster in popularity index

Java is coming off a banner year in language popularity indexes, and it looks to continue its momentum in 2016.

Named the Programming Language of the Year on the Tiobe index and scoring the largest increase in popularity, Java remains in the top spot for the first month of this year as well. Tiobe’s index is calculated based on a formula assessing searches on languages in a variety of different search engines.

“At first sight, it might seem surprising that an old language like Java wins this award, especially if you take into consideration that Java won the same award exactly 10 years ago,” said index author Paul Jansen, managing director of software quality services vendor Tiobe. “[But] Java is currently number one in the enterprise back-end market and number one in the still-growing mobile application development market (Android). Moreover, Java has become a language that integrates modern language features such as lambda expressions and streams. The future looks bright for Java.” Java had been stuck in second place on the Tiobe index behind C for a year and a half until April 2015.

Java’s rating on the index grew nearly 6 percentage points in 2015, and its share for January is 21.465 percent. It topped the alternative PyPL Popularity of Programming Language index this month as well, with a 24.4 percent share. PyPL measures popularity by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on in Google.

Runner-ups behind Java for 2015 were Visual Basic.Net (an increase of 1.51 percentage points) and Python (1.24 percentage points). “I don’t have a clue why VB.Net is increasing,” Jansen said in an email. “I would expect that it will gradually go extinct, since there is no reason why one should adopt this language for a new software system, because C# is built upon the same intermediate language and much more powerful and with a much larger community.” Python, he added, benefits from ease of use in creating small scripts.

Rounding out the top five in this month’s Tiobe index behind Java were C (16.036 percent rating), C++ (6.914), C# (4.707), and Python (3.854). Finishing second to fifth in PyPL’s index were Python (11.8 percent share), PHP (10.7), C# (8.9), and C++ (7.6).

Along with continued success for Java, Tiobe predicts a big year for PHP, thanks to the newly released version 7 of the language, which could erase a decline it saw in 2015. Tiobe also expects gains for JavaScript, Apple’s Swift, and Scala, whichprovides functional programming on the JVM. “Scala might gain a permanent top 20 position, whereas Rust, Clojure, Julia and TypeScript will also move up considerably in the chart,” Jansen said. Tiobe also sees Go, Hack, and Clojure about to enter its top 50 languages list.

This story, “Java loses no luster in popularity index” was originally published byInfoWorld.

[Source:- JW]

Russian teenager born with no fingers becomes celebrated piano playe

Alexey Romanov tells Russia Behind the Headlines about winning the heart of the nation with a Twilight performance on TV

Alexey Romanov plays for the nation
Alexey Romanov plays for the nation Photograph: Screengrab: YouTube

Teenager Alexey Romanov has become a promising piano player despite a debilitating illness that has deprived him of his fingers since birth.

Sixteen-year-old prodigy Romanov from Zelenodolsk, a village in the Republic of Tatarstan, first took up music two years ago after being inspired by the works of Mozart and Vivaldi.

In the short time since he has performed for the republic’s orchestra and has found fame on national TV.

Romanov’s music teacher at a specialist school for children with disabilities helped him get started, beginning with the melodies from films including vampire series Twilight and 1990s Hollywood blockbuster Titanic, both popular in Russia.

He credits two friends for teaching him the basics of music and how to read notes. “They still help me. They send me sheet music, which I study and if I like something, I let it settle inside me,” he said.

Romanov, who is at boarding school in Tatarstan’s capital Kazan, was adopted two years ago.

Watch Alexey Romanov perform

His adoptive parents, Vladimir and Luisa Levachkovye, noticed his predisposition for art and bought him a synthesizer. With time and a lot of practice, Romanov began participating in competitions – and winning them.

In February he performed with Kazan’s respected La Primavera chamber orchestra, which led to an invitation to join a music school in the capital.

The orchestra’s chief conductor also invited Romanov to participate in the television programme Guests from Tomorrow, where he performed River Flows in You, a composition written by South Korean pianist Lee Ru-ma for Twilight.

The young musician’s performance, seen across Russia, attracted admiration from the public and attention from the media.

One Facebook user said: “Alexey is a hero, he deserves respect and praise! [I] wish you health and happiness in life.”

“We all are constantly complaining about life. One can only admire such people. The guy is fantastic,” added another.

“During the [TV] concert I was shaking from the tension. I can’t even remember what was happening,” reflected Romanov.

“I walked on to the stage, sat down and started playing. I felt my knees shaking. Then I realised that I was doing well, it’s as if the melody started flowing by itself.”

He explained how hard it was for him to learn the music early on, and how worried he was about trembling when he had to speak in front of a large audience.

Romanov, modest to the point of being shy, seemed embarrassed when it was suggested that his story provides inspiration for young musicians and the wider public.

Last week he travelled to Moscow for the first time to take part in the reality show Let Them Talk and met Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, which he said was a lifelong dream.

As for who inspires him, he said: “Sometimes it seems that there is an invisible, endless spiritual source out of which I can draw strength.”

[Source:- Gurdian]

22 insults no developer wants to hear

22 insults no developer wants to hear

The technology world is a bit different than the pretty, coiffed world of suits and salesdroids where everyone is polite, even when they hate your guts and think you’re an idiot. Suit-clad managers may smile and hide their real message by the way they say you’re doing “great, real great pal,” but programmers often speak their minds, and when that mind has something unpleasant to say, look out, feelings.

Parsing, unpacking, and sorting the insults that developers sling takes a thick skin. No one likes being told their ideas and code are anything less than insanely great, but some slights are better than others, cutting to the core of your coding faults. In fact, a good insult can contain a road map for moving your project forward. If your rival is willing to explain what you need to do to make your code worth using, well, that’s worth putting up with someone calling you or your code “heavy,” “crufty,” or “full of anti-patterns.”

Some people are explicitly rough, and part of that might be the mechanisms by which we receive insults — almost never face to face. Linus Torvalds argues that email is an inherently flawed mechanism that often hides subtle cues, like the ones that the marketing department swaps by moving their eyes. Torvalds once told a thin-skinned developer, “it’s damn hard to read people over email. I think you need to be *more* honest and *more* open over email.”

For a bit of fun, he inserted a logic bomb into the calls for more sensitivity by saying that his culture includes cursing. Whiners might try remembering that he comes from Scandinavia, the home of Viking warriors.

In the interest of helping the technology world cope with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, here is a list of some common insults that no developer wants to hear — but often will. Brace yourself.

“Code doesn’t compile”

These three words may seem innocuous, factual even, but they hide true venom. After all, they signal that the code may run smoothly on your machine, but that doesn’t matter to anyone else. They gave it a go where they wanted your code to run, and it bricked. It could be that they don’t have the right libraries installed. Maybe they’re using a different version of the compiler. They may even have a different switch set on the optimizer. Whatever the real reason, nobody knows, and nobody cares. All they want to tell you is that you skipped the second lesson of programming class, the one when the instructor teaches where to put the semicolons.


Here, coding and stoner rock diverge. For some reason, “light” is a compliment when it comes to programming and “heavy” is an epithet, like putting way too many notes in your guitar solo. But “feature rich” is a compliment and “missing features” is an insult, so go figure. You can’t have features without adding code and making the stack fatter and thus heavier.


If you associate fine dressing with power and status, in the programming world, you have another thing coming. After all, only the clueless ninnies who know nothing about computers but want to wade in and manage a project would ever wear a suit. The people who build software wear something more comfortable. A cross between a kimono and kilt might be nirvana — otherwise, that old Phish tie-dye or a hoodie if you’re younger.

Linus Torvalds once wrote, “if you want me to ‘act professional,’ I can tell you that I’m not interested. I’m sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I’m not going to start wearing ties, I’m *also* not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords.”

If you, as a programmer, even seem to be guilty of one of those, you’ll be wearing the epithet, regardless of how you dress for work.

“Full of antipatterns”

Some call them bad strategies, stupid ideas, or sloppy thinking, but programmers like to toss around the phrase “antipattern” to describe a way of building code that isn’t recommended. It sounds more scientific — and because science is the religion of the console, saying your code is full of antipatterns is worse than saying it’s bad. It’s saying your programming is immoral.


Long ago when PCs ruled the planet and Apple was almost bankrupt, a few loyal users continued to sing the praises of Apple and predict that the world would one day come to cherish the beauty and sophistication of its products. The PC-lovers dismissed their addiction by calling them “fanbois.”

Though the Apple-loving nuts were right, it doesn’t mean that someone is now paying you a compliment by calling you a fanboi. They mean you’re willingly ignoring reality because of overzealous devotion to a weird principle or idea, such as Perl or maybe .Net, not that we’re making any suggestions.


Computers are fast. As they say in the marketing department, that’s part of their brand. You might even say it’s a foundation of the brand. After decades of Moore’s Law, everyone simply expects computers to get faster and faster.

Alas, programmers don’t always deliver something that’s fast. Many hardware designers like to crow that they’ve delivered their side of the bargain. It’s the software teams that produce bloated, inefficient code that sucks the life out of the faster chips.

Although turning down the temperature and taking your time results in the best-flavored meats, slow-roasting your code is a no-no.


Could anyone be as clueless as a new hire? They would probably spell this with letters and not digits. (See also: “gnubie”: one who doesn’t grok open source.)


Funny, there’s a whole department bent on relating what’s human in us to the economic term “resource.” It seems vital to our employability to at least appear to be resourceful. But if a programmer calls you a resource, he might as well call you a Lego brick in the wall or another cog in the machine. You’re not even a piece of meat — you’re an automaton or function call that spits code.


Crufty: A design that’s tossed together, often with leftover detritus from other projects. A cobbled-together mess assembled with little foresight or intelligence. A sloppy, stitched-together Frankenstein that barely works. Take your pick, when you see the word “crufty.” Likely, it’s not only your code they’re commenting on; it might be you and your ideas.


In Unix world, the null device is a black hole that forgets all information sent to it. It’s mainly used to test device drivers and other code that processes data. As a metaphor, it’s a perfect offhand way to say the memo you wrote isn’t worth storing on disk or sending to the printer.


Sometimes you don’t have time to polish that side project you put together on the weekends, only to find 2,000 other devs suddenly depend on it. With the second wave of interest come the insults. What is this thrown-together repo in a single file? A solution that’s expedient, not elegant. A cob job. A virtual collection of baling wire and duct tape designed in an instant because that’s all the time there is. This is how your code gets to wear a badge marked “kluge.” At best your programming is seen as a fix that may succeed temporarily but will eventually fail because it isn’t thorough enough to solve the problem correctly — even if it stands the test of time.


Code will generally start to fail as the operating system, libraries, or other systems are updated. The newer versions have more features, take different parameters, or sometimes make different assumptions. In other cases, the programmers have fixed a bug that your code assumed was there. The old code doesn’t fail completely, at least at first. But it starts to get creaky as more and more calls to the OS or the libraries begin to fail. If you don’t invest in renewing your knowledge and improving your code, you start to rot like an old fish. Folks can be harsh when pointing this out.


Electricity travels through a stream of electrons. Light travels via photons. Stupidity? The bogon particle is responsible for bogus behavior and general bogosity. You’d better hope the bogon flux through your fingertips and the keyboard isn’t measurable. (Note: Opposite of a cluon.)

“Bozo bit”

In the early days, Apple tried to append copy protection to software by adding an extra bit to the application file header. If it was set, the operating system would refuse to copy the file. This worked well until everyone figured out how to edit the header and flip a bit. Although everyone enjoys being compared to Apple, no one likes hearing that a slick new architecture or feature set reminds someone of the bozo bit.


Code that is fragile and unable to function with any necessary resilience — that is, what they are saying about the results of your labor. Sure, when your code compiled and passed all of the unit tests, you celebrated. But then someone changed the inputs or tossed in a divide by zero and your code crashed. That’s when you realize there’s more to writing code than making sure it works on the first test.

“Cargo cult programmer”

This insult references a famous tale from Richard Feynman about an ancient tribe that lashed together some logs to build what looked like an airplane. Why? They knew the winged contraptions brought amazing visitors with valuable cargo from the sky. They thought that building something that looked like it had wings would produce the same results. In the case of software, the one who builds a system based on a shallow misunderstanding of the problem is the one who gets labeled a “cargo cult programmer.” One day the half-baked theory you based your work on might look humorous even to you.

“Eye candy”

Some people write command-line code that delivers the answers in simple text. Others build flashy user interfaces with dancing code, flashing buttons, and eye-catching colors. They may even embed several videos, sometimes with beautiful models with eyes that never quite meet yours. Is there anything underneath? The boss isn’t going to look at the code. In other words, a pretty visage covers an empty core.


The work “hack” is overloaded with various meanings, some positive and some negative. “Hackish” is much the same. Some use it to suggest a clever maneuver that would be appreciated by the wiliest hackers. Other times it’s a trick that’s not quick enough to be a hack, not solid enough to be real.


“Mangler” has an obvious insulting quality and a subtle one. If you’ve mangled the code — well, what else can you expect? The term is also used, at least in coding cubicles, as a replacement for the word “manager,” as in “project mangler” or “division mangler,” to show how the artisans feel about the bureaucrats. Of course, managers have a different term for the people who overpromise and underdeliver. They’re called programmers.


Someone who does nothing is a no-op, in reference to a blank binary instruction that flows through the CPU without changing anything. No-ops pad the instruction stream and help with debugging. Some processors use no-op codes with clever representations in hexadecimal. (See “deadbeef.”)


Some of the cleverest algorithms rely on a steady stream of completely random numbers to find solutions — some, that is, but not all. In fact, most don’t. You can see how those perturbed by perturbations in your code might label it as such. You certainly don’t want your emails, memos, or documentation to be seen as random tacking in hopes of hitting on something important. (Antonym: knowledgeable.)


The only thing worse than being insulted is being ignored.

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New 12in MacBook 2016 release date, specs and rumours UK: No new MacBooks at Apple’s March event

Apple launched its incredibly thin and light 12in MacBook in March 2015 during the company’s Spring Forward event. Monday 21 March saw Apple host 2016’s Spring launch event, so naturally we expected to see a new MacBook one year on. Instead, Apple revealed the iPhone SE, a 9.7in iPad Pro and new Apple Watch straps, but no Macs. Read on for the latest 12in MacBook 2016 release date rumours and feature speculation.

New MacBook 2016 release date: When is the new 12in MacBook coming out?

The current new MacBook, which is really just called MacBook but was introduced as the new MacBook and we can’t shake it, was unveiled on 9 March on 2015 and then became available to buy on 10 April 2015. That means that it’s quite possible that the successor to Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop could be right around the corner. But Apple hosted its Spring event on 21 March and there were no new Mac announcements at all.

Now we think it’s possible that Apple might use WWDC 2016 in June to demonstrate new MacBooks, or maybe the company will even sneak in a surprise update before then as sometimes happens without an event at all.

We’ll update this article with new information about the 12in MacBook’s release date as it emerges, so check back regularly for the latest information.

New MacBook 2016 rumours: What new features will the 12in MacBook have?

The current MacBook is an impressive machine, and it’s good-looking too. It’s available in familiar Gold, Silver and Space Grey colour options (although this represents the first time they’ve been used for a Mac rather than Apple’s iOS devices), and it’s an incredible 13.1mm thick. That’s 24 percent thinner than the MacBook Air.

Plus, it has a Retina display, a Force Touch Trackpad and a new butterfly mechanism beneath the individually lit keys on the super-thin keyboard. You can find out more about the Force Touch Trackpad and how it works here.

In a controversial move, the new MacBook also has just a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack. The USB C port offers power, USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI and VGA capabilities in one single port, but that also means you’ll be likely to require adapters if you want to use more than one of those functions at once. Find out more about Apple’s USB-C adapters and adapters from third parties in our USB-C Adapters article.

Right now, the MacBook uses Intel’s 14nm Broadwell-Y Core M processor, and it’s likely that Apple will use a new Intel Core M processor for the new 2016 model of the MacBook. However, there has been some chatter about the possibility of an A10X processor for the laptop. We think the latter is unlikely, but we certainly can’t rule it out.

If our prediction is correct, the new MacBook will have Intel’s 14nm Core M chip. However, that could mean a wait until late in 2016 for the new MacBook if Apple wants the newest chips, as Intel’s tablet processor map suggests that the Core m5/m7 chips with the 14nm fabrication process are expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Will the 12in MacBook replace the MacBook Air?

Apple’s MacBook Air is now eight years old, so it’s quite possible that the MacBook is lining up to replace it in the near future. When the MacBook Air first launched its biggest selling point was its thin and light design, hence the name, but the MacBook now outshines it in those areas so it seems unlikely that the MacBook Air has much of a future ahead of it. Plus, for those looking for ultimate portability there’s the new iPad Pro with a 12.9in screen.

There is the question of price, though – the MacBook is much more pricey than its Air sibling, starting at £1,049 compared with the Air’s £749 starting price.


[Source:- Macworld]