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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Bob Gelumph Re: How about over 10 years? (291 comments)

You're talking about designers. The thread is about programming.

about three weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Bob Gelumph Re: How about over 10 years? (291 comments)

HTML is trivial though. There's almost nothing to it, unless you're including JavaScript, which opens up more possibilities.

about three weeks ago
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$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

Bob Gelumph Re: Because they can. (252 comments)

No, not at all. That's just where your mind went. I did download a copy of one lecturer's book, which he had written himself. I told him about it and gave him $20. It was for a cybercrime subject, so I only did it for the irony. I don't think I more than glanced at it to use a quote or two in an essay, surmising that the lecturer would like seeing himself quoted.

about 7 months ago
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$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

Bob Gelumph Re: Because they can. (252 comments)

What on earth is unethical about using online resources to study? My university has heaps of online resources for legislation, cases, journals, some text books, etc. You do realise what century it is, right?

about 7 months ago
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$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

Bob Gelumph Re: Because they can. (252 comments)

A top Australian university.

about 7 months ago
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$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

Bob Gelumph Re: Because they can. (252 comments)

Pfft. I've done a law degree and I rarely bought the books. When I did, I almost never read them. Still did pretty well. View with your mouse instead of your wallet, because everything's online these days.

about 7 months ago
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Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World

Bob Gelumph Re: Why fight it? (205 comments)

By market cap, those numbers are totally wrong. Google is bigger than all those companies, other than Apple.

about 10 months ago
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Julian Assange Runs For Office In Australia

Bob Gelumph Re:He plans to campaign and work from London? (192 comments)

He can run as long as he hasn't been convicted and gone to jail. If he runs and wins and is unable to take his seat, he can nominate a replacement, though possibly just from his party.

about 2 years ago
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Idle: File-Sharing Is Not a Religion, Says Swedish Government

Bob Gelumph Re:there is no way to disprove a person's religion (250 comments)

I wasn't trying to say that the loopholes are justified or rational. I guess one difference is that if you tried to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa (for what it's worth to "disprove" something's existence), nobody would even argue against you, as long as you didn't do it in front of kids... Personally, I'd probably do it in front of kids.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: File-Sharing Is Not a Religion, Says Swedish Government

Bob Gelumph Re:there is no way to disprove a person's religion (250 comments)

The Judeo-Christian god isn't even omniscient. It can be seen in Genesis when god asks Cain where Abel is because he knows something is wrong. He doesn't actually know exactly what has happened. Seems pretty straight forward that he's not omniscient... But that's all off-topic.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: File-Sharing Is Not a Religion, Says Swedish Government

Bob Gelumph Re:there is no way to disprove a person's religion (250 comments)

Santa's meant to have a physical presence here on Earth, which can effectively be disproved. Plus, his "actions" can all be attributed directly to other causes (with no close examination of causality).
The god thing has far too many loopholes to be refuted so easily. Believers can always say that it's because god isn't in our universe, but merely pulling strings from outside of it, or that god doesn't want to get directly involved, etc. and works "through" people, blah, blah, blah... There's always a new dodge, and god's actions aren't considered predictable.
Santa is really meant to go flying around the world each year, in a physically impossible way, and deliver presents that have never been seen, once you take out all the presents from parents.

I think you can fairly distinguish different supernatural stories from each other, based on what claims are being made. Like leprechauns can be disproved if the assertion is that you can find them at the end of *any* rainbow, and you create a small rainbow in a lab, where both ends can be seen at once.

more than 3 years ago
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Idle: File-Sharing Is Not a Religion, Says Swedish Government

Bob Gelumph Re:there is no way to disprove a person's religion (250 comments)

Time to Godwin this thread: When you live in Nazi Germany and you believe that the fervour, by what seems to be the majority of the populace, over extermination of millions is mentally ill, you should be a coward and keep your mouth shut.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police

Bob Gelumph Re:It's prison time (361 comments)

Habeus corpus, innocent until proven guilty, jury trials, etc. were all used in England before they were used in the U.S.. And in answer to all the others who are talking about due process with respect to the authorities, I was referring to the posters presumption that the guy is guilty. According to LulzSec, he merely runs an IRC server that LulzSec uses, among others, and while they didn't specify, I got the feeling they meant that the IRC server was used by non-LulzSec people as well. If that is true, then next, they'll arrest the guy who runs pastebin.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police

Bob Gelumph Re:It's prison time (361 comments)

How about some due process, first?

more than 3 years ago
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Intel 310 Series Mini SSDs Now Shipping, Benchmark

Bob Gelumph Re:$200 for 80gb? (121 comments)

At my workplace, we replaced most of the devs' spinny disks with SSDs. SVN checkouts went down from about 5 minutes to around 30 seconds, with most of that being due to the SVN server not having an SSD. Other tasks across thousands of files have reduced by heaps as well. On average, easily an hour or two can be saved per developer per week, which pays for itself within a month. Developers don't need more than that kind of size, typically, and large files, like database backups can be kept on the old HDD if space really becomes an issue. The main issue has been a ridiculously high failure rate (over 10% in around 3 months), in this case with Corsair disks, though I don't know if the problem is limited to that brand or the particular model. Also, the lower power consumption and quieter operation are features that nobody could argue with. 10krpm spinny hard drives might not be too much slower for some operations than SSDs, but they are certainly a lot louder and thirsty.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Buyers Say They Were Told "No iPad Without Accessories"

Bob Gelumph Illegal (412 comments)

In Australia, you aren't allowed to limit the sale of something because a person doesn't also buy something from a different provider.
The ACCC will rip shit into Apple over this if it is true.
They'll probably also lay into the retailers that are performing the actual transactions. Any clause like that in an Apple agreement is illegal and therefore void, so the retailers shouldn't be enforcing it.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Weighs In On iPhone Programming Language Mandate

Bob Gelumph Re:Apple's hindering itself (711 comments)

Firstly, I didn't do that much iPhone development, partially because I disliked it so much. I admit that I am not educated enough about the language to speak authoritatively. I'm just giving my impression. If Apple doesn't like it, there are several options. One of them is to improve the experience for developers like me. Another is to ignore me, because I'm just one developer.

1. You're right. Syntax is subjective, and I personally think that Objective C's syntax is horrible. It's just my opinion.
2. Part of the reason I don't like it admittedly comes down to the fact that I jumped into some iPhone programming without actually learning the language properly. With that in mind (my lack of understanding), I find the way modifiers are specified to be strange, such as the - for instance methods.
3. XCode is primitive. It only seems modern until you use VS.Net 2008 or later. Visual Studio blows it away. I'm happy to be shown to be an idiot in most of the other points, but until you have used Visual Studio, you can't really talk about what makes a modern IDE.
4. I understand, but I just don't like the amount of modifiers involved in declarations, and it feels like a step back. I learned about memory management back at university. I always give thought to what data structures I use for an given purpose, but I have grown beyond actually wanting to manage the memory of objects myself. I acknowledge that when there are experts writing software specifically to manage memory, they are probably going to do a better job than me. And I could be contributing value to the business by writing software that does stuff, rather than managing the memory of the software that does stuff. I've done assembler, but I'd like to work at a higher level of abstraction now that I understand how the fundamentals work.
5. I can't remember is that much detail, but I remember having to write the signature, then the autoproperty, and I think there was something else that needed to be written to get them to work.
6. It felt more like a few applications loosely tied together. They are all separate apps that are called from each other, but that is only integrated for low values of integrated. Once again, try VS.NET 2008/2010 and get back to me.

I wasn't trying to troll. I just gave my opinion on not liking the language and tools. I feel dirty when I say that MS has done something well, but I have to give credit where credit is due.

more than 4 years ago

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User Credentials Available with Google Search

Bob Gelumph Bob Gelumph writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bob Gelumph writes "LulzSec often took a pretty low-tech approach to compromising their victims, but few people realise just how little knowledge is required to harvest user credentials. Here is a no-skill, real-world example of a gmail account being compromised."
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Google tampering with Amazon EC2 results

Bob Gelumph Bob Gelumph writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bob Gelumph (715872) writes "I just searched for "Amazon EC2" on while signed in on Google and the first hit that came up was titled "Short Comings of Amazon EC2 HostingFu" and I stopped looking for the service after 10 pages. When using Bing, Yahoo or even Google once I had signed out, Amazon's own EC2 site was the first hit. There should be nothing in the picture of me that Google has built up that would make it jump to conclusions that I wouldn't be interested in the Amazon site for any reason, so I can only assume that they have built up a picture that I am a software developer interested in cloud computing (as I have researched it before) and they are trying to steer me towards Google's own service. Try it yourself and see what you get."
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Pirate Party Australia is recruiting Committee mem

Bob Gelumph Bob Gelumph writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bob Gelumph (715872) writes "Pirate Party Australia completed its election late last week and has a new National Council. The party is following up on this by recruiting for committee positions so that it can contest the next election, due within the year. Committees range from the traditional Campaigns and Fundraising to the Monkey Island themed Snappy Comebacks. Disclosure: I am a member. Full Disclosure: I am the President"
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Stupid icon company

Bob Gelumph Bob Gelumph writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bob Gelumph (715872) writes "Our company are currently looking at buying some icons. We checked out these guys, but after looking at the taskbar items in the screenshot they use as a banner, decided they might not be quite professional enough.
I guess you have to admit, having MyFirstSexTeacher.com open is statistically appropriate for developers."

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