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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

DerPflanz Fire (231 comments)

Do matches, sticks and gasoline count as technology? Then yes.

about two weeks ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

DerPflanz Re:I just use a real Android device (167 comments)

You can also setup a large phone to render smaller screen resolution, using adb, for example

adb shell am display-size 640x480

I have never ever used the Android emulator for testing, because it is annoyingly slow and a real device works just fine.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

DerPflanz Release early, release often (270 comments)

Why are slashdotters so angry about the release schedule? Isn't this what is supposed to happen? According to ESR, release early, release often (and listen to your customers) is what makes open source great.

Is it really the release cycle, or is it that you feel that Firefox isn't listening to its customers. And who are the customers, really? The extension developers, or the people that use it on a daily basis to surf the web?

In my opinion, the customers are the people who browse the web. And if I look at it as that kind of customer, I am quite happy with Firefox and its release schedule. I get updates automatically and often and they often make the browsing experience better. Sure, sometimes something breaks, but they are keen to fix many of these problems.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

DerPflanz Re:CSS sucks (256 comments)

It's all about "the semantic web". If a table is used as a design, its semantics are incorrect.

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

DerPflanz Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

That's like saying "yeah, but of the crashes in which nobody survives, what are are the odss then, huh!?"

It is about the amount of money you have to spend to save lives. And yes, there is a price for a human life. You have to outfit *all* planes for this system to work, so you have to take *all* crashes into consideration.

about 6 months ago
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Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production

DerPflanz I liked the N900, but.... (109 comments)

the world moved on. When the N900 came out, it was one of the best phones available, both in package and in software. But it has been over four years now. The world has moved on. It has moved on to slimmer phones, larger screens, not to mention better touch screens (yes, I have used the N900, and the screen is way worse than the touch screen of my Galaxy Nexus). I type faster with Swype than I ever did with the QWERTY-keyboard, the screen is better, it fits better in my pocket, it is lighter, etc.

about 9 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

DerPflanz Re:Would probably be found (576 comments)

Being compromised isn't the issue. The Linux kernel has been compromised as well.

The issue here, is that there is a backdoor being built-in deliberately. That could compromise trust.

about a year ago
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Zynga Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role

DerPflanz Re:Oh! "Borrowing" Some UI Stuff, Huh? (158 comments)

Given Zynga's code of ethics (or lack thereof), I would wager this e-mail found its way into "their" product by way ...

No, it was the email given in the standard Apache 500 Internal Server Error message, as you can see in the article. They put ***@themepark.com as contact address on the fb.themepart.zynga.com server.

It was a configuration mistake, not a stolen site.

about a year ago
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Apple-1 Sells For $671,400, Breaks Previous Auction Record

DerPflanz Re: iPhone 1 (79 comments)

It would really depend on the popularity (and existence) of Apple in 40-50 years. I think this thing wouldn't have raked in so much money if Apple did go bankrupt in the late nineties.

As technology goes, the Apple I is not that revolutionary. Not like the first mouse or first transistor.

about a year ago
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Firefox 21 Arrives

DerPflanz Re:No. .Just No. (246 comments)

I think having mostly small incremental changes in new full version numbers has really upset some people's sense of normal software conventions and their brains have melted.

It is amazing that these so-called "smart people" and "nerds" here on slashdot cannot grasp just a different way of numbering things. I have been amazed about that before, the nerd community is extremely conservative. Every innovation or new idea is bad at first and has a really hard time getting adjusted to.

For me, the numbering scheme Firefox uses is actually easier. Firefox is "done". Every feature they add or list of bugs they find is grouped together and lumped into a new version. That new version will be oldversion+1. It is extremely simple. You see this in many other software projects, the Linux kernel being one as well. It will probably never see 4.x (and if it does, it will be arbitrary, like the 3.x release). Java is doing it, Internet Explorer is doing it, hardware like iPhone is doing it, Ubuntu is doing it. All these things are "done" and upgrading won't (shouldn't) break anything.

Software development follows a asymptotic line; in the beginning many things change and there is the need to subclasses updates (using major.minor.build), later in the lifecycle of the project, changes are smaller or less intrusive. There simple is no need to have such large granularity in version numbers.

Hell, I don't even know which version of Firefox or the Linux kernel I am using. Everything just works and I hardly see any changes after an update.

about a year ago
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KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

DerPflanz Again, a bad name. (129 comments)

No one will be able to spell your product name correctly if you use a weird combination of upper and lower case letters.

You don't need to focus on the fact that it is a DE. In fact, you already decided that when you came up with a name, instead of an acronym. Make a choice: is it an acronym, or a proper name? You can't have both, it confuses.

Just name it "Klyde".

about a year and a half ago
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Bill Gates Answers Questions From Redditors

DerPflanz Re:Handwriting (154 comments)

Read again. I am in the Netherlands. There is no Wal-Mart here.

about a year and a half ago
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Bill Gates Answers Questions From Redditors

DerPflanz Re:Handwriting (154 comments)

That's because you work stocking shelves at Wal-Mart.

No. I work as the CEO of a industrial automation company in the Netherlands. We actually sell these things, and are well informed on what the market has to offer. Even the suppliers of barcode scanners agree that there are just a few Android devices.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

DerPflanz Simple solution (736 comments)

Show progress of the work, not the time. You never know what other things the machine is doing, and is better to give no estimate than a bad one.

And don't suffice with a bar, also provide information on what the process is doing.

about a year and a half ago
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Bill Gates Answers Questions From Redditors

DerPflanz Re:Handwriting (154 comments)

Windows CE didn't fail. It is all over industrial handheld devices (barcode scanners mainly, but also embedded computers). I have yet to see a multitude of Android / Windows Phone devices. There are some, but the large majority is Windows CE5.

about a year and a half ago
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German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

DerPflanz Re:She was stripped? (123 comments)

My moter always warned me about fast women.

Nice, in-context typo.

about a year and a half ago
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Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

DerPflanz What's new? (141 comments)

Okay, I only looked at it for a few minutes, but I can't see the difference with classic boards. Yes, it is more fancy, more JavaScripty, but functional, I couldn't get any differences. Just a list of topics, when clicked go to a list of replies.

No voting system, no "highest votes on top", no threading, ...

about a year and a half ago
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For personal printing, not work, I usually use ...

DerPflanz Work printer, but it's mine (266 comments)

I use the printer at work for personal printing, but since I own the company it is also my printer .....

I choose "my own printer" because it fits the bill best.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

DerPflanz Re:Why back in my day... (307 comments)

It builds character.

For the parents yes. They have to get up in the middle of the night to calm them down. Our kids don't see any TV after dinner, just so WE can have a decent night's sleep.

about a year and a half ago

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