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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

CaptainOfSpray Re:Who want to play games on Linux? (159 comments)

700+ games ifor Linux in the Steam store. Clearly lots of people want to play games on Linux.

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

CaptainOfSpray Green with Envy (164 comments)

I found this in the Overview of the Announcement Letter

"The name change serves to signal ... the role of the mainframe in the new digital era of IT."

Us old farts are envious of the new digital mainframes - we were seriously handicapped back then, working on all those old analog mainframes.

It isn't that mainframes are eternal, it's that marketing wonks who write this sort of stuff are allowed to breed...

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

CaptainOfSpray Re:they are dying (164 comments)

What did you pay to replace the software and test the new version?

Oh, and what is the name of the place? I don't want to have an account there for at least 10 years.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

CaptainOfSpray Cake PHP Framework - easy and fast (264 comments)

Cake PHP will generate an app extremely quickly if all you want is Create-Read-Update-Delete (CRUD) of records, in a Model-View-Controller structure.

1. Define the database in MySQL
2. Run the delightful commands "./cake bake model all", "./cake bake.controller all", "./cake bake view all"
3. And you are done, 20 minutes after you started. Cake exploits naming conventions to give you auto generation of code, auto lookup of encoded values, etc etc. I have not yet discovered all it can do.

And best of all, you don't need to write any interface code, that is what a browser is for.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?

CaptainOfSpray Eben Upton: Raspberry Pi, its community, and more. (299 comments)

1. For the Raspberry Pi, for thinking up the idea, for getting people and companies engaged to make it happen
2. For the community around the R-Pi that formed after the launch, dirven by both Eben and Liz Upton (she deserves credit for the Blog on the R-Pi Foundation website, which has been an inspiration to many)
3. For the metric fuck-ton of creativity that the R-Pi releases. Almost evrybody who plays with it gets a wild idea and goes off and implements it. God only knows what it is that makes that happen, but that flow of white-hot creativity is what drives the whole R-Pi phenomenon.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

CaptainOfSpray Witness Statement (415 comments)

In my career, I have seen Microsoft try 4 times to get a subscription model for Office working. Failed miserably every time. No-one wants to buy software that locks you into paying forever.

So if Microsoft go down the subscription route for the operating system, they will kill themselves stone cold dead.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

CaptainOfSpray Re:Bad PR (155 comments)

Me too. I have taken care to avoid buying any Sony product since then. And I have told plenty of people why not.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

CaptainOfSpray Dear Sony, I am delighted! (155 comments)

Couldn't happen to a "nicer" bunch.

Would I be right to believe the Sony Pictures, being part of the Sony conglomerate, are infected with the same high-handed corporate arrogance that we have seen at Sony Music? "cough" root kit "cough"

I shall be wearing the smile today, all day.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

CaptainOfSpray Really Excellent Professional Resources (107 comments)

Raspberry Pi Foundation has loads of stuff - see under Resources, Teach and Learn and Make http://www.raspberrypi.org/ - all intended for young people (and its on Creative Commons licences). The "Teach" stuff is written by Carrie-Ann Philbin, who is a professional teacher - she has quite a few videos of good stuff on Youtube.

The Mag-Pi, a magazine free to download (28 issues already) , has tutorials for games in both Scratch and Python, and Minecraft - anfd there's plenty of stuff in there that might fire YOU up! http://www.themagpi.com/

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

CaptainOfSpray Re:Raspi Ripoff (141 comments)

Name those boards, or didn't happen.

about 3 months ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

CaptainOfSpray Personal Experience (131 comments)

Three-and-half years of shift work (interesting, well-paid work for a good employer and decent working conditions) did me physical harm that did not wear off for many years after the experience. I felt listless, short on energy and intitative and thinking power, slightly better while on days, but very bad while on nights. That listlessness was still with me for years afterwards.

During those years, I experienced three different shift patterns. Rotating once a week (day, evening, night) was worst - pretty hellish. Rotating once a month was bearable. I once did 4 months straight on nights - to my surprise, that worked OK (physically). At the end, I was back on weekly rotation and couldn't wait to get out.

Shift work wrecks your social life. Your friends never know where you're at, so they don't include you in their plans, and you don't have the energy yourself to organize anything.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

CaptainOfSpray EventBrite (104 comments)

Not happy with Eventbrite ticketing process (recent purchase of tickets). EventBrite emailed me some PDFs, and the event asks me to print paper tickets. But the PDF is in US Letter format instead of A4 (which the rest of the world uses). After a lot of fiddling with printer settings, I can print but the printout is one big black block – not enough lettering visible to identify it as a ticket. EventBrite have abused PDF format or just did it badly.
I would definitely DISrecommend Eventbrite to anyone who wants to run a pain-free event.

about 3 months ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

CaptainOfSpray "Proprietary vendor sets up to screw customers" (240 comments)

is this news? No. Surprising? No. How come it was so easy for them to set up? That's the interesting question. Who outside the company itself profited from the health industry's failure to create a single mandated standard? Poliician somewhere blocking the iniatives? What a surprise.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

CaptainOfSpray Your sales people are cr*p... (159 comments)

..if they cannot sell in an atmosphere in which you are a trusted, open, and reliable partner. That is the most powerful position from which to sell.

Your problem here is lazy salesmen who don't want to be bothered dealing with the phoney issues the competition bring up - they just want an easy sell, or they are undertrained and scared salesmen who are afraid they don't know how to counter the phoney arguments....EVERY such issue is a selling point on trust that differentiates your company and your product from the competition. Your company is straight - the competition aren't, because they keep the truth hidden.

Can the sales people really prove that the openness is the reason why they can't win the sales? I doubt it very much - salesmen don't do numbers, don't do proof, it's all hearsay and presenting single anecdotes as universal truth.

And I say this because I was trained by the best, worked with the best, and sold software successfully when everything we sold was 15-20% more expensive that the competition - and we succeeded because we were trusted.

Your Plan B, if you can't get the bosses to back you: close Bugzilla to the public, open it to third-party and developers and (KEY IDEA) to the relevant IT staff at customers. You sales people MUST MUST MUST use the customer IT staff as recommenders - if they aren't, they are NOT doing their job properly.

about 4 months ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

CaptainOfSpray I thought we already knew... (80 comments)

..that they died of a combination of lead poisoning (very early tinned food, forensic examination of the grave found a few years ago), and Imperial stupidity (refused to talk to the Inuit, who knew how to survive in that landscape).

about 4 months ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

CaptainOfSpray Re:Looking at the past... (145 comments)

Not off-topic .. TFA is claming to know where "the next IT revolution" is coming from, and I'm saying he is looking in exactly the wrong direction.

about 5 months ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

CaptainOfSpray Looking at the past... (145 comments)

...like a dinosaur in the last days before the meteor. The future is over there in the Makerspaces, where 3D printing, embedded stuff, robotics, CNC machines, homebrew PCBs at dirt-cheap prices are happening. It's all growing like weeds, crosses the boundaries between all disciplines includg art, and is an essential precursor to the next Industrial Revolution, in which you and your giant installations will be completely bypassed.

You, sir, are a buggy-whip manufacturer (as well as a dinosaur).

about 5 months ago
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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

CaptainOfSpray Re:Here's a novel idea (47 comments)

Banana Pi has one serious problem. The GPIO etc connectors have a non-standard pitch (not 0.1 mm). No industry-standard connector/shield/daughter-board fits onto it. AVOID.

about 6 months ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

CaptainOfSpray Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

Oh sorry, should I be encrypting my NSA Food, to make sure they read it?

about 6 months ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

CaptainOfSpray Re:Classic Spook Stuff... (132 comments)

F**k 'em both, and the equivalents in Canada, Oz, and NZ, and the lazy, corrupt and incompetent oversight committees. Oh and by the way, did you notice the Germans have been at it too, though not on the same scale.

I am now Officially In a Bad Mood, at which point I am quite likely to send a sizable donation to the people who make Tails, and I encourage y'all to do the same.

about 6 months ago

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New Anti-Boat Weapon With Anti-Terror Potential

CaptainOfSpray CaptainOfSpray writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CaptainOfSpray (1229754) writes "BBC reports a new non-lethal weapon designed to stop speed-boats without killing the occupants. In the story, it is billed as anti-terror, but clearly has uses against drug-runners (US Coast Guard allegedly interested) and against pirates in speed-boats (to prevent ships being boarded by preventing the pirates from catching the ship)."

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