[Poll] Should Domains Like .Porn and .Sex Be Allowed on the Internet?

[Poll] Should Domains Like .Porn and .Sex Be Allowed on the Internet?

Porn is pervasive on the Internet… if you know where to look. It is made and distributed by professionals, amateurs, aggregators, bootleggers and pirates. Really, it is just like any other type of content you can find on the Web.
When the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the applications for new Top Level…

Will Windows Phone Really Overtake iOS by 2015? (Poll)

Will Windows Phone Really Overtake iOS by 2015? (Poll)

These days, the smartphone wars are typically viewed as a competition between the platforms of two companies: Apple and Google. Despite its years-long dominance of the desktop, Windows has hardly been a blip on the smartphone marketshare radar, where it clocks in at just under 2% of the market.

That’s all set to change within three years…

Poll: Which is More Passé, CES News or TV News?

Poll: Which is More Passé, CES News or TV News?

In a live poll published by CNBC.com yesterday, readers were asked whether the tightening of technology product cycles is rendering the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas passé. After some 1,471 votes were cast, some 62% of respondents voted yes.

When my colleague David Strom pointed it out to us here at ReadWriteWeb, I made one of my…

Poll: Now That Spotify’s Free Ride is Over, Will You Pay Up?

Surprise! You know that free, unlimited Spotify account you eagerly signed up for when the service first launched in the U.S. over the summer? That was a six-month trial, in case you missed it in the fine print. Next week will mark the half-year anniversary of Spotify’s long-awaited U.S., which means that those who were first in line to get a free…

Poll: What Is Your Reaction to the Death of Mobile Flash?

The Web is singing this morning. The coming death of Flash on mobile devices has made a lot of tech pundits and developers very happy. There is a big fat “I told you so” coming from all corners the of Internet while all Adobe can do is quietly sit back and rue the day the original iPhone was announced.

There could be several books written about…

Hacker Poll: Is It Time to End Software Patents?

Google’s lashing out at competitors over patent claims has set off another round of discussion about the role and value of software patents (be sure to read Microsoft’s response). It’s an issue that lawyers and technologists have been discussing for a long time.

The nuances of such a debate are beyond the capabilities of a simple poll such as…

Hacker Poll: Is C++ the Language of the Future?

There once was a time that it seemed like C/C++ was going to slowly die out and be replaced by other languages such as Java, Ruby and JavaScript. But now C++’s future is looking brighter than ever. John D. Cook, who once asked whether C++ had jumped the shark recently wrote a post enthusing about the support for lambdas and closures in the…

Hacker Poll: What’s Most Important In a PaaS?

We asked you recently whether you want to use a platform-as-a-service, and it turns out most of you either want to or already do. But outside of ReadWriteWeb, PaaSes have yet to catch fire.

Bob Warfield suggests that the two keys to a successful PaaS are 1) Revenue generation (such as through an app market) and 2) Commodity pricing. It reminds…

Hacker Poll: Do You Want to Develop with the Google Plus API?

Earlier today we mentioned that Google is looking for developers interested in Google Plus, and talked a little about what we might be able to expect from the API once it comes. There are already some mentions by developers wanting to build importers or integrations between other social media, such as Buzz and Twitter.

What about you? Are you…

Hacker Poll: Do You Want To Use a PaaS?

Yesterday on Twitter RedMonk analyst Michael Coté asked whether developers actually want to use platform-as-a-services (such as Heroku or Engine Yard) instead of just setting up their own environment on an infrastructure-as-a-service.

I could speculate as to whether the fact that PaaS vendors do in fact have developers paying to use their…

Is Ruby on Rails Losing Its Focus on Simplicity?

Steve Coast of OpenStreetMap wrote a blog post recently about his view that Ruby on Rails is moving away from its focus on simplicity. He complains that several new features in Rails have made it too complicated for beginners to get started quickly.

Part of Coast’s argument is about the rate of change in Rails, but it isn’t just a matter of…

Hacker Poll: Do We Need An App Store for Algorithms?

Rapid-I announced this week that it will offer a marketplace for RapidMiner extensions to its open source data mining tool RapidMiner. “Over the years, many of you have been developing new RapidMiner Extensions dedicated to a broad set of topics,” the company’s announcement stays. “Whereas these extensions are easy to install in RapidMiner…

Hacker Poll: What’s the Best Way to Do a Technical Interview?

We’ve covered the difficulties in doing good technical interviews before. Recently, Jon Evans wrote a post at TechCrunch on how much the old Microsoft brain teaser interview questions suck. “The fundamental problem is that the skills required to pass today’s industry-standard software interview are not the skills required to be a good software…

Hacker Poll: What Is Your Favorite MapReduce Language for Hadoop?

If you work with Hadoop, or want to, check out Antonio Piccolboni’s overview of eight MapReduce languages. Piccolboni explores each language in search of a language that provides both concise syntax and the power to run both the “‘inside’ of map reduce, that is the code for the mapper and the reducer, as well as the ‘outside’, the logic that…

Hacker Poll: On What Operating System Do You Do Most of Your Development?

Earlier today we asked whether the HTML5 related performance enhancements in Internet Explorer 9 and 10 would be enough to woo developers from other browsers and operating systems to Microsoft’s platform. And we recently asked whether OSX is still a developer friendly platform. But we’ve never asked you what environment you actually do your…

Hacker Poll: Is OSX Still Developer Friendly?

“Apple had about 2.06 percent of the US desktop market in 2003. By 2010, OS X had about 10.9% of the market,” writes Github developer Zach Holman. “There’s a slew of reasons for this growth, but I think a large part of it is the migration of software developers from Windows to OS X starting in the early 2000’s. Attracted by the reasonable UNIX…