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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

Baki Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

Working at a large bank, we have 75% java and 25% .net for new server software. Old software is on the mainframe.
Recently it was decided to drop .net and go 100% to java.

We'll keep .net run-time capabiltiy for the occasional 3rd party software that requires it, but I think, java has won in the enterprise. At least in banks, all large payments infrastructure software and the likes are JEE packages.

We used to have .net for more front-end stuff. But HTML5 has made that superfluous. Fat clients are still losing ground, and web-based apps using HTML5 with rich GUI's can be served from a JEE container very well.

about a month ago

Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Baki Back to the good old hosts file (388 comments)

Just spread the ip addresses, like in the old days.
In 1988, I used to know lots of IP addresses by heart. Though that will be a bit more difficult with IPv6.
But we have /etc/hosts for that. Almost like a bookmark...

about a month and a half ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Baki Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Indeed and many other civilized countries show that it can be different. In the UK the police don't even carry guns. Their job is much less dangerous than the para-military job the police is in the US, obviously.

Violence and agression provokes reaction. The first job of the police should be to calm down and de-escalate, not behave almost like an army.
But most US citizens probably don't remember (and never look abroad for guidance) that it could be different.

about a month and a half ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Baki Re:Fire them. (515 comments)

If any cop that can be proven to have abused his power is fired, it will stop.
If the root of the problem here is actually not the policy, but the individual cops not sticking to the policy, firing is the only thing you can do.
If the root of the problem is in local politics indeed, then these people are lying and those have to be fired (and locked up).

about a month and a half ago

Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Baki Re:Not necessarily good news (172 comments)

I read that we have lot of old retro-virus material in our DNA. Maybe this is how it went before, we get into a kind of symbiosis with the virus until it somehow merges into our DNA permanently? I'm not a microbiologist though, just guessing.

In fact, the (my) first google hit for symbiosis retrovirus was http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm..., which superficially seems to think in the same direction w.r.t. past.

about 2 months ago

Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Baki Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (284 comments)

At my first employer we had exactly this situation. The secretary used to change the backup tapes on the server. We, as a team of 10 developers had been working around 6 months developing software modules when we got a crash. It turned out the backups had been made on cleaning tapes.

This was in 1992, noone had the opportunity to make multiple copies, we only had our disk and the backup. 60 man months of work gone.

about 2 months ago

Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Baki Re: Double-edged sword (118 comments)

Onthe other hand, incentives might increase. Is there any proof?

about 4 months ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Baki Re:Global market for talent (441 comments)

Race to the bottom then, for all employees? Corporations, even though they have not been elected or are properly under democratic control, have more negotiation power than the employees?

That cannot work for too long, sooner or later a revolution will come. Either that, or massive military suppression of the people.

about 5 months ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Baki Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

You put it as if there is only a choice between all or nothing (communist versus totally unregulated capitalist).
In addition, one would not be allowed to try to improve ones own country/system, but one should leave if you don't like it?

I think that is rather absurd.

about 6 months ago

For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Baki Changing attitudes, i.e. brainwashing (143 comments)

I hope and think that the brainwashing of the younger "freeloading" generation will fail.
It is truely disgusting to see the attempts to brainwash the people to protect vested economic interests.
The collateral damage to prevent sharing of bitstreams is just too high.
We cannot prevent this, neither with laws nor with brainwashing. Sharing is just too easy and natural.

We'll have to adapt our economic model to the new reality instead, the "new normal".

about 6 months ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

Baki Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Victims of slander should have the origin removed, not the index by google or others.
It was wrong to put the burden on google and other search indexes, and it will fail.
This site just proves that this method of "forgetting" will fail.

about 6 months ago

After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Baki Re:To what end? (219 comments)

No they don't. The supreme court actually has something to say in Germany, and its constitution is pretty strong (also in practice) w.r.t. privacy and citizens rights. I'm not german myself (but living near germany). My impression, also from German newspapers etc., is that most germans including politicians are truely mad and are seriously considering to cool down relations with the USA. The USA is risking to loose one of the few remaining friends it has in the world.

about 7 months ago

Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

Baki Re:Drat! Still only 8GB RAM max. (316 comments)

Java software development, running a few weblogic or other JEE appservers for testing etc?
At work we get slightly underpowered laptops, but with 16GB RAM.

about 8 months ago

Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

Baki Re:What Level 3 can do (210 comments)

Millions of customers being out of internet, might wake up some politicians.
Would be interesting in the light of the net neutrality discussions.

about 9 months ago

NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Baki Respect must be earned (173 comments)

Times that policemen got respect automatically are over. The enforcement of unjust laws, such as most related to the war on drugs, undermines public respect for the police, at least amongst a large minority. I think that it the greatest danger of unjust or ineffective laws.

The best thing the police could do to improve its image, would be to advocate the abolotion of unjust laws, even if these provide them with easy money.

about 9 months ago

NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Baki Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (115 comments)

Fortunately, if there Is a real God, I suspect "he"s not going to be that hung up on whether his creations beleived without evidence or not.

Most religions claim otherwise. I think those religions that "survive" the competition from other religions (like an evolutionary process), are those that "procreate" well into the next generation.

Therefore, successful religions must force people (with the threat of divine punishment) to adopt the theory, like belief in god.
Religions that would not mandate a belief in god, and promise punishment to those that don't, would die out fast.

about 9 months ago

Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

Baki Re:Conditions of instability: (207 comments)

But some of these extensions are the reason for me to run firefox.
I may not complain if they don't work, but I'll stop using firefox too.

about 10 months ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Baki When robots do 90% of the work (676 comments)

then the government transfer will either be somewhere between 90 and 100%, or if ower, a significant amount of the population will starve.

Long term joblessness is bound to go up to extreme levels, meaning we get a lot of spare time. I just hope a system will be in place to redistribute wealth. If not, future looks really awful.

about a year ago


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