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Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

Bogtha Re:FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (50 comments)

Love how you just can take a single message, completely out of context, quote a bunch of text which is perfectly true, and claim it says anything about your use case.

It was a release announcement, it wasn't out of context, and it was entirely relevant.

Your bullshit is old, has been debunked multiple times over

How could you debunk the point I'm making when all I have to do is link to their own release announcement and point out what it says directly disagrees with you?

nothing but hot air from the camp of the other, abandoned desktop

Nope, I was using KDE from the 1.0 betas all the way to the 4.0 betas. I only switched to GNOME after the KDE 4 debacle, and I found that even worse and ended up moving off Linux altogether.

about three weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

Bogtha Re:FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (50 comments)

KDE 4.0 was pretty much the same way. The developers proclaimed quite loudly that it was not meant for everyday desktop use. A few Linux distributions took software that they were clearly told was not ready for end users and gave it to end users.

There wasn't a single hint of this in the official release announcement and they were pushing it like crazy to end-users. Quote:

The KDE 4 Desktop has gained some major new capabilities. The Plasma desktop shell offers a new desktop interface, including panel, menu and widgets on the desktop as well as a dashboard function. KWin, the KDE Window manager, now supports advanced graphical effects to ease interaction with your windows.

KDE 4.0 is the innovative Free Software desktop containing lots of applications for every day use as well as for specific purposes.

The idea that KDE 4.0 wasn't intended for end-users and that the developers were clear about this was just an excuse they fell back on when it became apparent 4.0 was a miserable failure in the eyes of end-users.

The cause of the problem was a piss-poor attitude towards release management compounded with a complete inability to take responsibility for their choices. Yes, I'm aware of all the excuses, but they don't hold up to the slightest bit of scrutiny. Read that press release. Can you honestly say that's warning non-developers to stay away?

about three weeks ago

Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

Bogtha FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (50 comments)

It's a release candidate, so it's meant for testing and preview purposes, like the developer preview of Android L.

If you label something as a release candidate, what you are saying is "we think this has been completely finished. Everybody check it out, and if we haven't screwed up, we'll rename it as the final version". Hence the name - it's a candidate for release. "Release candidate" is not another name for "preview" or "beta".

This is the kind of crap that gave KDE 4 such a bad reputation. Labelling things as done when they are still major works in progress. If you don't think it's finished, don't call it a release candidate. Don't label it as a new major version. If it's not finished, then it's neither of those things.

about three weeks ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Bogtha Re:How fitting (333 comments)

I could sit in an empty room for days without issue.

So could I. But if I was sat in an empty room with a button that gave me a shock, I'd definitely press it - not because I couldn't handle the boredom, but just to see what it's like. I'm not sure this study really measures what it intends to.

about three weeks ago

Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

Bogtha Re:They never answered the question... (137 comments)

there's no way to tell if this is significant, or if it's a problem the average person is likely to run into.

I spent approximately 5-10 seconds typing phone theft statistics into Google and it led me to the Office of National Statistics, which says that 4% of 14-24 year-olds were victims of phone theft in the 2011/12 year.

It seems pretty obvious that this is being pursued because it gives the semblance of government helping consumers while at the same time giving government one more tool they can use to control the population.

It seems pretty obvious that people carrying small, expensive gadgets around with them are a prime target for thieves, that this is a legitimate, pervasive problem, and that this solution is effective in combating this crime.

about a month ago

Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

Bogtha Re:x86 Android Virtualisation: native performance! (167 comments)

Stop making excuses for a shitty UX. Android development is an utter pain in the arse in a lot of ways and as long as people like you make excuses instead of complaining about it, it's going to continue to be an utter pain the arse for years to come.

about a month ago

Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

Bogtha Re:A little too late (39 comments)

Consistent experiences across mobile platforms is not useful. You want consistency across the applications on the platform that the user actually uses. Normal iPhone users aren't going to care if Android users get a different UI to them, and normal Android users aren't going to care if iPhone users get a different UI to them. But both groups of users do care if the application they are using works differently to the other applications they use on their phone.

about a month ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Bogtha Re:Why? (309 comments)

The point of the web is not so that resources are dynamically loaded from servers every time you access them. The point of the web is that you have a decentralised set of resources that are linked together.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Bogtha Did none of you watch the keynote? (711 comments)

This was clearly a tongue in cheek remark. He put a bit of mild ribbing in to get a laugh out of the audience. Calling it "berating" is a complete mischaracterisation. See for yourself, it's 45 minutes into the keynote video.

about 2 months ago

UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

Bogtha Re:But... (490 comments)

When you start comparing crime rates, violent crime rates, gun deaths, or any other socially important data, you really need to pay careful attention to terminology. It matters little that the UK may experience only 1% of our gun deaths, if they also experience 800% of our violent crime rate. After you are mutilated or dead, is it really going to matter to you that you were killed with a gun, or a knife, or a stone, or you were choked to death? Violent crime is violent crime.

You're half right. You are right in that you really need to pay attention to terminology. You are wrong when you say "violent crime is violent crime". Why? Terminology.

"Violent crime" in UK stats is a very wide term that covers a lot of things. "Violent crime" in USA stats is a very narrow term that doesn't cover a lot of things. The terminology means different things in the two countries, so what is being measured is different.

Read this for more details, including links to the definitions being used. The fact is that the UK is less violent than the USA once you look at what's being measured instead of assuming "violent crime" means the same thing in both cases.

about 2 months ago

Apple's 2014 WWDC Keynote Will Be Streamed Live; Hopes For a Microconsole?

Bogtha Re:What is the point of this story? (147 comments)

What on earth is the point of publishing the story days before we know for sure what will happen?

That's nothing. In previous years, Slashdot has quite happily published stories about Apple products while the presenters were still on stage announcing them. Hence the discussion is useless because everybody is talking about things that are shown to be irrelevant five minutes later and the stories invariably leave a bunch of things out, necessitating updates and subsequent articles. It's a real clusterfuck sometimes.

about 2 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

Bogtha Re:Style over substance (188 comments)

The $649 iPhone 5S costs Apple about $199 to build. And of course, that doesn't account for things like the cost of developing the software, or operating the servers that supply service to these devices.

Also unaccounted for: royalties of around $120-$150. So in total, an iPhone doesn't cost Apple about $100, it costs them upwards of $350.

about 2 months ago

Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

Bogtha Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

why is paying by phone so much better than with plastic?

One less thing to carry around. No need to hunt for the right card. Fingerprint sensors rather than having to enter a PIN. The ability to incorporate new features with a software update. The ability for your phone to keep track of your payment history instead of relying on what your bank tells you. All kinds of features that are possible with a proper CPU and data storage behind it.

Cards are essentially dumb custom hardware that do a job in the cheapest manner possible. If cards weren't already pervasive and somebody came along offering the choice between cards and phones, everybody would be questioning why on earth you would pick cards.

about 2 months ago

Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Bogtha Billions? Try zero. (355 comments)

USB's installed base is in the billions. Thunderbolt's biggest problem is a relatively small installed base

If they are changing the connector type, there is absolutely no reason to consider the installed base of USB. USB-with-C-type-connectors has an installed base of zero, not billions.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Bogtha Re:Mod parent up (589 comments)

Why are you ranting about Stallman's ideology preventing a stable API? Stallman's got no say over the Linux kernel. Torvalds decided on the Linux API policy, and it was for pragmatic reasons not ideological ones.

about 3 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

Bogtha REST API? (57 comments)

Any idea where the REST API documentation is? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

about 2 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

Bogtha Re:Most Popular? (57 comments)

MailChimp? Campaign Monitor? Google Groups?

It may be the most popular open-source mailing list manager, but that's not what was claimed.

about 2 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Bogtha Re:Apple is on very shakey ground (386 comments)

Actually iPhone sales have been falling.

They sold 37.4m iPhones in 2013Q2 and 43.7m iPhones in 2014Q2. That's a year-over-year increase of about 16%.

I'm afraid you fell for a classic misleading graph.

I didn't fall for anything, that article is just dumb. It makes no sense to compare quarterly reports with immediately preceding quarterly reports for highly seasonal products like the iPhone because different quarters perform differently.

Of course if you look at the numbers that way in early September 2013 you're going to see decline - that year's iPhone model was released in late September. iPhone sales spike after launch and during the holidays, tail off through the rest of the year, then spike again when the next model is released. You can only gauge trends properly if you compare year-over-year numbers. And the year-over-year numbers show that iPhone sales are continuing to grow.

about 3 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Bogtha Re:Apple is on very shakey ground (386 comments)

Apple's entire business is based on breaking new ground with an innovative new product, exploiting that products uniqueness before the rest start copying them and flood the market with "me too" devices. Then Apple has to move on to something else.

The smartphone market has been flooded with iPhone copies for years now, yet iPhone sales continue to grow. Their Mac division is still profitable and growing, despite it being decades old.

I agree that Apple get a huge first-mover advantage - this is to be expected. But I think you're dead wrong about Apple being reliant upon it. Apple will still be making money hand over fist with the iPhone when it's a decade old. They don't need to move away from old products at all.

about 3 months ago



BBC creates 'Perl on Rails'

Bogtha Bogtha writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bogtha (906264) writes "Long-time users of Perl for their public websites, and having successfully used Ruby on Rails for internal websites, the BBC have fused the two by creating a 'Perl on Rails' that has the advantages of rapid development that Rails brings, while performing well enough to be used for the Beeb's high-traffic public websites. This is already powering one of their websites, and is set to be used in the controversial iPlayer project as well."


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