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Nokia Closing Australian Office, Looking To Sell Qt Assets

Blob Pet probably a good thing for Qt (125 comments)

Over the last few years, whenever I looked at a changelog for a new release of Qt, I noticed quite a bit of of work was being done to support Symbian or Meego. When I went to their annual conference a couple of years ago, some of the stuff they were showing off (namely, basic UI control widgets for QML) seemed to be focused on Symbian or Meego first and maybe other platforms later. Meanwhile, I noticed that some releases of Qt (especially around 4.6.2) had some surprisingly bad bugs that I wouldn't have expected in the past. I wasn't alone. A friend of mine at Nokia doing Mac development with Qt admitted as much. The whole thing made me think that far more resources was going into getting Qt support for Nokia's platforms at the expense of Qt's traditional desktop platforms. That's an uncomfortable feeIing to have when you're a software firm and you're paying Nokia (and now Digia) for commercial support for the toolkit. I'm hoping that what's going on now will refocus Qt development.

more than 2 years ago
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Higher Hard Drive Prices Are the New Normal

Blob Pet collusion? (268 comments)

I haven't been keeping up on this subject the last couple of months, but I was under the impression that the operations at the drive manufacturing plants were going to return to normal sooner rather than later. I would think that would cause prices to drop, even with the consolidation of the vendors. Otherwise, I'd suspect price-fixing.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?

Blob Pet Not Worth It (403 comments)

I have worked at two major tech companies where they've tried this. At my last company, the COO used to be a senior exec at an outsourcing firm. Regardless, the results in both cases were the same: a waste of time and money.

If you're going to pay an outsourcing firm peanuts, you're going to get engineers who lack the necessary skills. You and your managers will spend an inordinate amount of time hand-holding these contractors. If you don't, you'll get really poorly written code. It may work, but it'll be completely unmaintainable spaghetti.

That's assuming you'll get a finished product. The turnover rate for outsourced engineers is ridiculously high. The moment these guys hear about some other firm that pays another dollar an hour, they'll jump ship. Every 6 to 12 months, you'll be training new people to replace the old ones.

There's also the question of logistics. It's hard to communicate with people who live on the opposite side of the world. It's bad enough that things get lost in translation, but when two groups get together for a conference call when one of the parties should be in bed, that's just not productive.

more than 2 years ago
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Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

Blob Pet Re:In Other Words... (342 comments)

It is fitting then that at the random quote machine at the bottom of slashdot currently says:

"It might help if we ran the MBA's out of Washington." -- Admiral Grace Hopper

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Linux 10.04 Review (Lucid Lynx)

Blob Pet don't forget to run... (567 comments)

sudo apt-get purge libmono* libgdiplus cli-common

more than 4 years ago
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What IT pioneer do you respect the most?

Blob Pet The Admiral... (737 comments)

Grace Hopper

more than 4 years ago
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Charter Cable Capping Usage Nationwide This Month

Blob Pet Re:Just like slashdot (369 comments)

Your logic is seriously flawed, just as is your reaction to my previous post. Just because you claim Comcast's prices are "more or less" the same in different regions doesn't make the pricing "competitive." Competitive pricing suggests that there's competition that gives you a basis for comparison. There is next to no such thing in most broadband markets when communities grant official monopolies. You also should consider backing-up your claim about the Comcast pricing with some facts. I can just as easily claim that Comcast's pricing in one region is 15% more than in another region.

more than 5 years ago
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Charter Cable Capping Usage Nationwide This Month

Blob Pet Re:Just like slashdot (369 comments)

"They price their offerings to be competetive."

You're kidding, right? Comcast has no competition where I live, and neither do many providers around the country. There's no incentive to be competitive. Why do you think ISPs have gone so far as to sue whenever a city or town even whispers the words "municipal wifi"?

more than 5 years ago
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Charter Cable Capping Usage Nationwide This Month

Blob Pet Re:Just like slashdot (369 comments)

"and of the 1% who "need" more bandwidth, 99% of them probably aren't using it for legitimate downloads. "

That stat may have been true a few years ago, but I strongly suspect, if it hasn't changed already, it'll be different over the next few years. Video streaming services are becoming very popular, and it's gotten to the point where many Netflix users prefer the Watch Instantly option over receiving DVDs in the mail. The bitrate for HD Netflix content on the Roku box is 3.5 Mbit/sec. Let's suppose that some people keep increasing their usage of streaming services to the point where it replaces their usage of broadcast TV. Hell, why not? Netflix and Apple TV are cheaper than standard or premium cable. Let's then consider the statistic from http://www.digitalhome.ca/content/view/3134/283/ that the average person spends about 142 hours in front of a TV per month. That means downloading over 218 GB in one month just from watching TV through a streaming service.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft In Mobile Search Deal With Verizon

Blob Pet Re:Let me be the first to say... (104 comments)

Last month, I had a broken Verizon phone and a year left on my contract. I really wanted an Android-based phone as a replacement, but I figured that would happen later rather than sooner with Verizon given how they like to take their time qualifying new phones (i.e. removing features), so I paid the early termination fee to jump-ship to T-Mobile. With this agreement, it seems even less likely we'll see an Android phone on their network. Even if we did, it'd be amusing to see how they'd try to make MS Live Search the default search engine for it.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Now an Equal Flash Player

Blob Pet Satan just called... (437 comments)

He's wondering why it's so cold down there.

more than 5 years ago

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Blob Pet Blob Pet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blob Pet (86206) writes "To the surprise of some, it was recently reported that Massachusetts governor-elect Deval Patrick named Microsoft's anti-ODF lobbyist Brian Burke to the technology advisory group of his transition team. Well now that same transition team is soliciting comments from the masses on their website on what policies the new administration should make. It would appear to be an excellent opportunity to express your thoughts on how the Commonwealth should or shouldn't take advantage of technology such as ODF, especially if you're a Massachusetts resident."
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Blob Pet Blob Pet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blob Pet (86206) writes "A few years back Jon Katz disappeared from Slashdot. I don't remember if there was any formal announcement made, but at some point I did notice that I hadn't seen any of his diatribes in quite some time. Well, according to CNN, Katz has apparently been writing books about his border-collie Orson who apparently changed his life. His first book, "A Dog Year," is being made into a movie."

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