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Cutting Through Data Science Hype

Futurepower(R) How can she live on such a low income? (93 comments)

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Made $16 Million Last Year -- Is She Underpaid?

Top 10 Reasons Why Ginni Rometty Will Fail as IBM's New CEO

Summary from the article:
1. IBM Forgot Who They Were.
2. Ginni Has No Vision for the Future of IBM.
3. IBM Executives are out of Touch.
4. IBM's Sales Culture is Poison.
5. IBM's Executive Compensation is Misaligned.
6. IBM's Rape, Pillage & Burn Acquisition Strategy.
7. IBM's Offshore Model will kill its Services Business.
8. IBM Sells Futures. What is IBM's strategy? Smarter Planet?
9. Watson is not the Panacea.
10. IBM Seems to be Preparing to Sell its Services Business.

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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

Futurepower(R) Trying the same abuse: Charging monthly (145 comments)

It amazes me how many companies are trying the same abuse: Charging monthly. It is not possible to OWN the software. If an employee uses another computer for 6 months, or is sick for 6 months, you still have to pay for the original computer. Also, there is constant outside control.

And you have to pay monthly for backup computers.

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Futurepower(R) The "definition of broadband" did NOT change. (427 comments)

Seems correct. In this case, the situation is entirely faked. The "definition of broadband" did not change.

The "definition" being discussed is only the electrical connection speed. The actual information delivery speed can be anything a huge, abusive company wants.

What matters is the delivery speed. Supposedly the speed of the connection I am testing is "25 Mbps". SpeedTest.net says the speed is more than "50 Mbps".

The actual information delivery speed measured by numion.com is:
Kilobits/second (Kilobytes/second)
Surfspeed inside United States: 239.24 (29.90)
Surfspeed average (worldwide): 198.64 (24.83)
Surfspeed outside United States: 187.24 (23.40)

A local city leader told me it costs "$400,000" to get elected. Any government that requires leaders to spend huge amounts of money to be elected isn't actually a democracy.

2 days ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Futurepower(R) Lack of social ability at Microsoft (105 comments)

A huge problem at Microsoft seems to me to be that people there, or maybe just the leaders, seem socially unsophisticated. In fact, neither of the articles quoted below explains the underlying reason that Microsoft is buying Revolution Analytics. That needs to be explained. (All quotes retrieved Sunday, January 25, 2015, around 07:00 PST.)

In The Official Microsoft Blog there is a lot of corporate-speak, of the kind used by people with no actual interest in a subject who nevertheless want to be considered knowledgeable:
"find ... value"
"data-driven decisions"
"reduce the ... skills gap"
"enterprise-class platform"
"analytic solutions"
"advanced analytics within ... platforms on-premises"
"we are at the threshold"

From another article linked from that article, Revolution Analytics joins Microsoft, by "David Smith, Chief Community Officer":

"Microsoft might seem like a strange bedfellow for an open-source company..."

It was not a good idea to use the word "bedfellow". That word is more appropriate for a novel. The primary meaning of "bedfellow" is "a person who shares a bed with another".

'CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed "Microsoft loves Linux" '

On the surface, that makes no sense. Below the surface, is Microsoft trying to say, "We want Microsoft to be popular"?

"We're excited the work..."

That should have been "We're excited [that] the work...".

I'm not the only person who feels uncomfortable with those statements. One of the comments to that story is this one:

"What a joke. You're really working hard to try and convince readers that this is a good match, going on and on about how supportive Microsoft is of open-source. You were probably sweating while trying to come up with excuses as to why this is good, knowing that you were typing bullshit. I would suggest growing a pair of balls and just being honest, but I'm sure you've never had to do that in your career. -- Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2015 at 11:22"

David Smith replied to that comment: "Anonymous, I've never been anything but frank on this blog and this is no exception. I'm truly excited for the future, and I'm sure I speak for the rest of the team as well. -- Posted by: David Smith | January 23, 2015 at 11:25"

Sometimes the lack of social ability at Microsoft is shocking. The cover of the January 16, 2013 issue of BusinessWeek magazine has a large photo of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer with the headline calling him "Monkey Boy". See the BusinessWeek cover in this article: Steve Ballmer Is No Longer A Monkey Boy, Says Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The BusinessWeek cover says "No More" and "Mr.", but that doesn't take much away from the fact that the magazine called him Monkey Boy -- on its cover.

In many years of following such things I have never seen such disrespect of a CEO. Of course, whoever wrote the cover headline was merely repeating a common phrase applied to Steve Ballmer by people in the computer industry.

Worst CEO: Quote from an article in Forbes Magazine about Steve Ballmer: "Without a doubt, Mr. Ballmer is the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company today."

Another quote: "The reach of his bad leadership has extended far beyond Microsoft when it comes to destroying shareholder value -- and jobs." (May 12, 2012)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Futurepower(R) Thanks. (467 comments)

Thanks very much for the link. It's helpful.

I've been an advertising copywriter for technology ad agencies. Here is something that may be helpful for you: I suggest you work on creating a better way of explaining what you are trying to say.

I visited the link you gave and became confused. It says, "Powered by Malwarebytes". My guess is that it would take me an hour to decide what is being communicated. And, I already know about host files.

If you put more effort into explaining, every reader would find it far easier to understand what you have to say.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Futurepower(R) Malwarebytes? (467 comments)

I'm interested in anything anyone has to say about Malwarebytes.

about a week ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Futurepower(R) A lot of corporate work is routine. (156 comments)

"... no longer secure..."

OpenBSD is secure because it was examined carefully for vulnerabilities. Microsoft makes more money if there are vulnerabilities, and if its older products are considered likely to be insecure.

"... when it no longer boots..."

We have corporate users who do the same thing every day on computers installed in 2004. They don't want change.

"... when none of the software you use will still run on the old OS"

Yes, you and I. But some corporate users do specialized corporate work on software that ran under DOS. It does what they want. There is little call for change.

"... when you have to employ tech staff with out-of-date skills..."

The Windows command line windows are mostly just the old DOS. There is nothing out-of-date.

"... when the software is a dead do-do that nobody wants to touch..."

Lots of people do lots of things that have remained stable for decades.

"Sorry, but everything has an end-of-life."

I talked to a guy who makes a lot of money per hour maintaining Cobol programs on old mainframes. Yes, end of life. But possibly decades from now.

"When you can't log into your damn bank because it's said that IE6 is too old..."

The browsers are updated frequently, of course. And computers connected only to an internal network have no outside internet vulnerabilities, if there are no DVD drives. I talked to a woman who worked at Tektronix who could not send an email from her work computer because there was no outside access.

Should employees be allowed to explore the internet during lunch breaks? Sure, on a separate network in the lunch room.

I have the latest hardware and software, a 24-port gigabit switch, and multiple 3 Terabyte RAID drives. But that's because I make a lot more techological demands than the average person.

I don't feel conflict of interest. Unfortunately, conflict of interest is a big factor in the lives of many people who are involved with computer technology. Their minds are persuaded by what would make them more money.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Futurepower(R) 20 Windows XP computers: No problems. (156 comments)

What I said may be imperfectly expressed. However, we have about 20 Windows XP computers operated by people who are not intense about cooperating. Those computers are guarded only by Malwarebytes and the fact that are all limited users, and we've had no problems.

The point I was trying to make is that, if there is enough attention given, software can be free of vulnerabilities.

about two weeks ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Futurepower(R) End of support, not "end of life". (156 comments)

Software does not have an "end of life". It continues to do what it always did.

"End of life" is a marketing term used so Microsoft can sell more copies of Windows, apparently. My understanding is that fixing newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 would be fairly inexpensive.

I've explored the issues concerning Windows XP: Microsoft Windows XP "end of life": Conflict of interest.

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Futurepower(R) Antennas. Bands are limited. (290 comments)

WiFi and cell phone reception can be aided by antennas, even antennas that don't have amplifiers.

I wonder what bands are used for the radar. There are limits to what is available.

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Futurepower(R) TV and cell phones: Easy (290 comments)

TV and cell phones: Use an outside antenna, and bring a stronger signal inside. From $29, it says, for the cheapest antenna.

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Futurepower(R) They're not thinking clearly: Side-effects. (290 comments)

Exactly. And maybe one of the radar makers will secretly start a corporation that makes radar jammers. Eventually all radar will become useless.

And anyone re-painting a wall could put aluminum foil on the wall first.

Most importantly: Some of the automobile radar detectors would probably work as house radar detectors.

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Futurepower(R) It's VERY easy to fix the problem with radar. (290 comments)

It's VERY easy to fix the problem with radar going inside houses. Build houses with aluminum foil on the walls.

In older houses, put aluminum foil on the walls, then more insulation, then drywall. Save money on heating and cooling.

Make a law that says no new houses can be built without foil on the walls.

about two weeks ago
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Being pestered by drones? Buy a drone-hunting drone

Futurepower(R) There are many problems with drones. (1 comments)

Thanks for posting that. It amazes me that people don't see the problems with drones.

For example, any crash could hurt someone; the hospital would charge 100s of thousands of dollars.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

Futurepower(R) How can movie makers be so ignorant? (98 comments)

NO ONE shown in the trailer seemed like anyone I've known who had technical knowledge. They ALL seemed like people who have made being cute the most important thing and maybe only thing in their lives.

Also, what about EXPLOSIONS is supposed to make someone want to see a movie? Is the intention to recommend the movie to those who feel attracted to violence?

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Futurepower(R) Software doesn't have a "lifespan". (629 comments)

"Windows XP's lifespan wasn't short."

Software doesn't have a "lifespan". It works the same as it always did, with the same hardware.

Businesses doing the same work every day don't need new hardware or software if the equipment they have now is serving them well.

It wasn't until Service Pack 2 was released on August 10, 2004 that many of the very serious problems in Windows XP were fixed. Windows XP with Service Pack 2 might be considered to be a different version of the Windows XP operating system, it was so different from the initial Windows XP version. See the Microsoft article, List of fixes included in Windows XP Service Pack 2. There were 828 fixes.

See the article, Microsoft Windows XP "end of life": Conflict of interest.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

Futurepower(R) Not just joking, a direction of useful inquiry (95 comments)

"The best theory I've seen so far is that Flash is bit like quantum soup with a black hole in hiding in the extremely odd extra dimensions."

That is not just a joke, it is a direction of useful inquiry.

We need to philosophize about why a company would be so horrible toward its customers. Okay, probably not involving the quantum soup and black holes of Physics, but instead the quantum soup and black holes of Sociology.

There is some recent Slashdot sociological inquiry about Bill Gates and a cancer cure.

Then there is WEIRD, When Every Idea Rates Dumb.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

Futurepower(R) Thanks again. (95 comments)

Thanks for the additional info about AdBlock.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

Futurepower(R) Thanks. (95 comments)

Thanks for the info about AdBlock.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft PAYS people to use Bing!

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about three weeks ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "I learned from CyberInferno's Slashdot comment that Microsoft PAYS people to use Bing search!

So:

1) To get people to use its search engine, Microsoft feels that it is necessary to pay.

2) 31% of Yahoo’s revenue comes from Microsoft paying it to use Bing.

3) Yahoo paid Mozilla Foundation to change the search configuration of Firefox without notice. I imagine that most people won't know what went wrong or how to re-configure Firefox. When people have problems with Firefox, they may switch to another browser, like Google's Chrome.

4) People may think they are using Yahoo search, but there is no such thing as "Yahoo search". Actually, without being notified, Yahoo customers are using Microsoft Bing search, and their search information is being given to Microsoft.

5) Microsoft pays Yahoo to use Bing. Yahoo pays Firefox to use Bing. Eventually, when the news about why Bing use is increasing is more widely known, people who don't feel comfortable with the situation may switch to Google Chrome. In effect, Microsoft is paying for a powerful ad campaign to get people to switch to Google Chrome.

6) Those who want to be paid by Microsoft must use Bing directly, not through Yahoo.

7) The trickiness and dishonesty may cause further collapse of Yahoo. In effect, Yahoo is being paid to decrease the popularity of Yahoo.

8) In effect, Mozilla Foundation is taking money to decrease the popularity of Firefox.

9) In effect, Microsoft is paying Mozilla Foundation to make Firefox less popular.

10) That may be a way to artificially increase search traffic, But It's Not Good (BING). To me, that's another example of Microsoft DIE, the Dastardly Insertion of Evil.

11) And, of course, all of that is bad for Microsoft's reputation, decreasing the popularity of anything from Microsoft. So, Microsoft is paying to decrease the popularity of Microsoft.

That is so WEIRD that I feel compelled to joke about it. (WEIRD = When Every Idea Rates Dumb)"

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Problems with Windows XP caused by Microsoft.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about 9 months ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:

1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.

2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.

3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.

4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.

Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way."
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Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about 10 months ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8, 2014, the date Microsoft calls the "end of life" for Windows XP.

"End of life" is a way for Microsoft to make more money. Governments and big corporations are often influenced by people with no technical knowledge. Because of their ignorance, governments have already paid Microsoft probably more than it costs to fix the few security defects found each year. However, the taxpayers of those governments will not be allowed to have the fixes.

It's like Toyota told all owners of older Toyota vehicles that the vehicles are unsafe now and owners must buy new vehicles or pay millions of dollars to keep them. Except its worse: Software doesn't have mechanical wear.

This article contains tips about how to use any version of Microsoft Windows safely that can be shared with people you want to help. Unnecessary computer maintenance is an ugly way to make money."
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How to turn off Slashdot Auto-Refresh?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about a year ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "Slashdot's Auto-Refresh is annoying. I go to another window to do something, and when I come back, what I was reading is not there!

How do I turn Auto-Refresh off?"
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Book software?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "What is the best software to organize and print a book? The software must order and format all the chapters, generate the table of contents and the index, and allow HTML links inside PDF files. Good documentation and ease of use for non-technical operators would be a big plus."
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Mozilla Foundation should fix Firefox instability.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Unfortunately, Mozilla Foundation suffers from poor management. The rapid unexplained major version changes are only the most visible evidence.

Mozilla Foundation is a rich, rich corporation. No one should make the mistake of thinking that work on Firefox is done mostly by volunteers.

Did you see $78.6 million worth of improvements in 2008?

Did you see improvements suggesting that Mozilla Foundation had $168 million in assets in 2010? (Official PDF file, see page 2. Numbers are in thousands, as it says at the top of the page.)

Firefox is a world-class asset. Firefox is extremely important partly because those who need to do a lot of research online depend on Firefox and Firefox add-ons such as Session Manager, Session Manager Export Tool, Mozilla Archive Format, Flashblock, Multi Links, and Tab Mix Plus. There is no substitute for the capabilities of Firefox together with Firefox Add-ons. (Add-ons are also known as extensions and plug-ins.) For those who do research, Firefox is simply the best browser. Firefox is literally a world-class asset.

Biggest flaw: Firefox is unstable. The first step in improving management would be to fix the instability of Firefox. There would be a huge additional advantage in doing that, as someone else mentioned. Investigating how Firefox can be so unstable under Microsoft Windows might reveal flaws in Microsoft Windows that make the OS so unstable when using Firefox.

Firefox instabilities are experienced most frequently by those who open many Firefox windows and tabs, and leave them open while putting the computer into standby or hibernation several times. That is the pattern of use of those who do a lot of online research.

An example of research: For example, in researching HDMI cables there are numerous manufacturers, distributors, online sellers, explanations of HDMI standards, explanations of the U.S. National Electrical Code, and online reviews. The research is made far more complicated by the many companies that try to take advantage of the ignorance of the average person about cables. Good research is important because HDMI cables are often embedded in the infrastructure of buildings. Poor cables may need to be replaced when video equipment is upgraded, sometimes requiring tearing walls apart. Equipment upgrades may be years away, but are almost certain to happen.

One condition of instability: Windows XP 32-bit with Service Pack 3, for example, becomes unstable when Firefox has taken all the available memory, and is beginning to require the OS to use virtual memory. It seems a reasonable guess that Microsoft will be slow to fix Windows instabilities since poor experiences encourage people to buy new versions. Microsoft requires payment of the full price for each new version of Windows. Microsoft does not allow upgrade pricing even when a previous version has had many flaws, as with Microsoft Windows Vista. The laws against unfair business practices of those who have virtual monopolies have had no effect on Microsoft, apparently.

Firefox crash info: Here are some links for those who want to discover more about the instabilities in Firefox.

about:crashes
Put about:crashes into your URL bar and press ENTER. Firefox will then show a list of crashes of the copy of Firefox on that computer.

Crash info for all users and all versions
https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/products/Firefox

Crashes per 100 active daily users, version 7.0.1, last week's version
https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/products/Firefox/versions/7.0.1

Top crashers, version 7.0.1
https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/topcrasher/byversion/Firefox/7.0.1/14

Notes:

1) The lists of crashes are ONLY the ones that Firefox caught. The lists do NOT include crashes that don't start the crash reporter.

2) Version 7.0.1 sometimes stays in memory even though the GUI was closed.

3) The crashes are often preceded by rapidly increasing memory use. Firefox often corrupts Microsoft Windows, so that Windows needs to be re-started. When Firefox corrupts Microsoft Windows it often damages operations in Windows that are not connected with browsing.

4) The crashes and memory gobbling have been reported for more than 10 years, since version 0.9 of Mozilla Suite, before Mozilla began using the name Firefox. Firefox is still unstable even though the change reports for every version say there have been "stability improvements".

5) Versions 4 to 7 of Firefox were more unstable than the Firefox 3.6.x versions. Version 7.0.1 is more stable than the others, but still unstable. So there has been some improvement. This week's version, 8.0, is too new to have extensive statistics."
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Western Digital buys Hitachi, Seagate buys Samsung

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Western Digital is buying the Hitachi hard drive division and Seagate is buying the Samsung hard drive division. So the major hard drive competitors will be reduced from 4 to 2.

Hitachi recently plead guilty in the U.S. to bid-rigging and price-fixing conspiracies. Samsung recently plead guilty in the U.S. to a price-fixing conspiracy.

The European Commission is investigating both the Western Digital-Hitachi and the Seagate-Samsung hard drive division mergers. Apparently there is no action by the U.S. government concerning the mergers.

Will having only two major makers of hard drives make it easier to raise prices?"
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Western Digital buys Hitachi, Seagate buys Samsung

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Western Digital is buying Hitachi and Seagate is buying Samsung. So the major hard drive competitors will be reduced from 4 to 2.

Hitachi has recently plead guilty in the U.S. to bid-rigging and price-fixing conspiracies. Samsung has also recently plead guilty in the U.S. to a price-fixing conspiracy.

The European Commission is investigating both the Western Digital-Hitachi merger and the Seagate-Samsung merger. Apparently there is no action by the U.S. government concerning the mergers.

Will having only two major makers of hard drives make it easier to raise prices?"

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Best framework for database programs?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "We want to write an application that uses a database. What is the best C++ GUI framework?

Also, what open source database applications are good examples of coding using that framework? We are interested in the PostgreSQL v8.4 and/or SQLite v3.6 free databases.

The cross-platform Nokia Qt 4 framework is impressive, and the database classes look clean, but the license causes concern. The Qt 4 license says that if any work was done with the free version of Qt 4 it cannot be used in a commercial environment unless it is licensed as GPL. Technically that means that someone experimenting at home could corrupt an application written for commercial use. GUI design is done with Qt Designer.

WxWidgets is also cross-platform, free, and has database classes. Apparently there is no support for SQLite. There is a commercial application, WxDesigner, for designing GUIs.

Dabo looks helpful for desktop database applications.

SQLite Database Browser is an example of a open source SQLite database application using the Qt framework.

There is a extensive list at the The GUI Toolkit, Framework Page, but no indication if the frameworks have database classes, and the latest update to the page was in 2007.

An open source example of good coding for database access and good GUI design would help us avoid the usual hassles."
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Lessons from the Haiti earthquake

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Writing in the scientific journal Nature, seismologist Roger Bilham says, "Every possible mistake was evident: brittle steel, coarse non-angular aggregate, weak cement mixed with dirty or salty sand, and the widespread termination of steel reinforcement rods at the joints between columns and floors of buildings where earthquake stresses are highest."

About 15% of the more than 2.5 million people in Port-au-Prince were killed or injured and about 1.5 million people are now homeless, a consequence of many decades of unsupervised construction permitted by a government oblivious to its plate-boundary location.

"Calculations show a 1–2% chance of magnitude-7 earthquakes ... before 22 February [2010]. Such forecasts are not an exact science... Yet there is no doubt that the recent shock has enhanced the risk of another earthquake."

"The catastrophic earthquakes that have occurred since 1999, in Turkey, Taiwan, Sumatra, Kashmir and Sichuan, demonstrate that elementary engineering guidelines for earthquake resistance in crucial civil structures (schools, hospitals and fire stations,) have been alien concepts to local authorities, or have been ignored."
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What makes Windows slow and unreliable?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Windows users often talk about re-loading Windows because it has become slow or unreliable. In your experience, what causes the problems?"
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Dave Chappelle show demonstrates Twitter's power.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Dave Chappelle's surprise show demonstrated the power of social networking. Drawn by rumors on Twitter and Facebook of a free performance, a crowd estimated at 2,500 to 4,000 packed into a downtown Portland, Oregon square after midnight on Wednesday."
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Sun Microsystems: What are your theories?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Why has Sun Microsystems not done particularly well in the last few years? Why are they finding it necessary to sell themselves to Oracle? My theory is that the highly reliable hardware Sun Microsystems sells is no longer popular because it is far cheaper to use consumer-grade hardware with software that is fault-tolerant. The excellent 2008 book Planet Google describes Google's experiences on page 54: "For about $278,000 in 2003, [Google] could assemble a rack with 176 microprocessors, 176 gigabytes of memory, and 7 terabytes of disk space. This compared favorably to a $758,000 server sold by the manufacturer of a well-known brand, which had only eight multiprocessors, one-third the memory, and about the same amount of disk space."

Why would Oracle buy Sun? Possibly because there are difficulties in making Oracle database products work with the new fault-tolerant technology. For example, fault-tolerant technology may require performing all database modifications on 4 computers at the same time, and Oracle may not want to sell 4 licenses for one application at the same price as the 1 license used with the more expensive high-reliability equipment.

What are your ideas about the sale of Sun, and Oracle's interest? There are many people with far more knowledge about this than I have."
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Moving money to and from other currencies?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "We need to move money to and from U.S. dollars, Euros, and Brazilian Reais. It's obvious that the banks are in control; our banks charge a large fee, take a percentage, and decide the exchange rate themselves. Is there a fair way to move money?"

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