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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

ILongForDarkness Re:Hakija (264 comments)

Mah IMO git is still pretty broke in 2013, hopefully they fix it for 2015. Lots of common features weren't there: cherry pick, rebase, gated checkins etc. You essentially could use the features you learn with git on day one but you have to throw away your continuous integration system to do it. We use git at my work but we use Jira/Stash for bug tracking/source control, and Jenkins for CI because we found TFS too broke under git and common things (admittedly not necessarily the best git work flow) like cherry picking from a release branch into the current dev branch required jumping over to git extensions/command line anyways.

If they fix Git support, or you can live with the legacy workflow TFS is again probably best in breed: nothing else integrates bug tracking, CI, and reporting so well. Web based solutions like Atlassian supplies just end up being a sea of links to other services you are paying for and you quickly run out of room for new tabs in your browser, FOSS tools I've dealt with each seem to fit a piece of the puzzle but need hours of massaging to get them to talk to each other. TFS: next, next, install, wait 10 minutes and you are 90% there and you get it with MSDN anyways so you might as well try it if you are a MS shop.

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

ILongForDarkness Re:Hakija (264 comments)

I totally agree. Linux devs live on the command line so much that they think if you have syntax highlighting you have an IDE. How about remote debugging? How about well designed UI designers that also have an XML/HTML like codeable component (Java comes close here I suppose), multiple languages sharing the same intermediate language, etc. Then there is the tooling, fairly well supported ORMs, plugin ecosystem, integration with THE major OS, THE major office suite, one of the major DBMSs, one of 2 mainstream cloud providers etc.

If you are coding for Linux that is one thing. But if you are coding business productivity software you usually have a reason to make things work well with MS products. VS just works out of the box for 99% of those scenarios versus lots of late nights figuring out how to do office interop via COM from Ruby using Emacs or whatever. Given that my time in a couple weeks is easily worth the cost of an MSDN license (let alone all the free stuff coming out now) I know what IDE I'm using. Now if I was working for someone making the hardware to run the POS systems on in the first place yeah I might go for a FOSS solution and get the specs of the device as far down as I can but given I'm making business software to either customers already running windows or customers with such high margins that my time is worth more than the cost of spinning up a couple more instances of windows VMs: I'll use whatever is easiest for me.

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

ILongForDarkness Re:Not a joke, Microsoft is open sourcing good bit (264 comments)

Just like they released iOS and Android versions of office before Windows? They are releasing things ad hoc now not always for their own platform first. Might buy them some cool factor I suppose but I'm worried they are going the way of Sun: "Everything is free and runs on commodity hardware, wait, what is it people are going to pay us for? I forget."

about two weeks ago
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Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

ILongForDarkness congrats (105 comments)

You've invented the wave/nod.

about two weeks ago
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Canada's Copyright Notice Fiasco: Why the Government Bears Responsibility

ILongForDarkness companies don't care (73 comments)

In my experience US companies don't bother to determine who they are sending notices too. I worked in Germany and we got DMCA notices etc (people in our network with personal laptops with torrents etc on them). They just say "according to such and such law you may be libel for up to X" yadda yadda even when you aren't living in the wonderland that is the US.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

ILongForDarkness Re:Free? (703 comments)

I got the same impression from some "real" US universities. Example Berkley came around to my physics department recruiting for grad students. At least course material wise we all had as requirements for our undergrad what was required for their masters. Admittedly the school has some big names and resources for research and as a grad student that is probably more important then what classes you take. Still the fact that their recruiter was surprised we had 6-8 calculus courses (depending on how you count mathmatical physics which was effectively all Greens, complex analysis, fourier/Laplace transforms, ODEs etc), 4 quantum mechanics etc, leads me to believe some big name schools play off their reputation or trade a lot of expertise for "well rounded" (aka Theatre, "intro to psych" etc electives) students.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

ILongForDarkness Re:Free? (703 comments)

Hey it says in my college application that community organizers have gone on to several different career paths including president, fuhrer etc.

about three weeks ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

ILongForDarkness Re:Stranglehold (161 comments)

It isn't to me that I think everything should be free. It is a matter of balancing the creators rights to income versus society's rights to its cultural material. Patents are long term because you might very well need to build a factory, find a product that your little widget will help with etc before you get the big review stream. That isn't the case with a lot/majority of film, music etc after it is released. Also often patents are for things that the user doesn't know about where as media by definition is playing around in the cultural space and so more rightly belongs to society. Regardless, the intent of copyright is to allow for a reasonable reward for creating cultural material not to insure that those capable of creating great works never have to work again (and thus deprive society of any further benefit). It might take years before someone takes the script but once the movie is out there it very quickly switches from a review generating object to a part of the cultural background material. People without a large media budget shouldn't be locked out of cultural references.

about a month ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

ILongForDarkness Re:Stranglehold (161 comments)

I'd argue even 20 years is too much. 20 years was back in the days before big box stores, online retail etc. Now anything culturally relevant gets to market saturation in a year or two. Everything else is a trickle and you could probably still gobble up via the luddite/collector types being willing to actually pay for a box set of stuff. Say you missed a few episodes of Chuck. Not enough to justify purchasing a season on Bluray but enough that you are annoyed that you can't catch up. The show is doen and you have the general jist of how things work out so the value to you might be fairly low, lower than the studios are willing to part with their precious bits. At some point, and at a much earlier point than current copyright requires the customers value should be the approximate value charged for the content (ie near zero).

about a month ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

ILongForDarkness Re:Snowden found dead in Moscow loft (132 comments)

Yeah not necessarily relevant to the masses anymore but Blackberry and Win phone's piece of a very big market is still a nice profitable company. Last I saw Win Phone had something like 2.5% market share which would be the equivalent of Nissan or Hyundai in the car space: small companies but they don't just give up because there is still a lot of money to be made especially since Blackberry and Microsoft make the devices too so they make money on both ends.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

ILongForDarkness Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (232 comments)

How much of this is reality now though? My understanding is you still need to get your device close to the readers now. I already have that with my transit pass and credit card. Moderately more convenient than waving my wallet at the device I suppose but couldn't we just add a band to our credit cards? I guess the combination of features makes it useful. Doing away with passwords would be huge assuming we have a secure way of transmitting the success/failure around the net. Would be great to not need dozens of passwords. My guess though at least for the next 10 years the market will be really fragmented and no one device will have their biometric credentials trusted everywhere. It'll be like walking around with an AmEx: accepted in a lot of places but not in enough places to make it a pain to use as your only cc.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

ILongForDarkness Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (232 comments)

Yeah I'm in the same boat. Apple's long hyped device comes out and, oh hum. It is the new 3D TV: a device looking for a purpose. Wow now I have a remote control for my phone when I take selfies. So as long as I have a really stable place to put my $600 phone on and don't mind taking a couple steps away from it (often in public places) I can use my $350 watch to click the snapshot button. Hey look my $400 smartwatch can ... look like a watch. Act as a pedometer (which is something that I literally got in boxes of cereal as the toy in the 80's, a heart rate monitor: again something that if I cared to I could have had 20-30 years ago. Yet we are supposed to be excited. IMO this is the tech industry trying to make up for the fact that people by a tablet and are for the most part happy with it and never bother upgrading it. They need a new product category so they hype it up and hope lots of people bit.

The OP: chances are if you are looking for a reason why you could use a new piece of tech you don't need it. You shouldn't start with a product and try to find a place for it in your life, you should start with a problem and if a tech solves it great. You hinted at one: needing to use a phone hands free from a clean room. So how about a bluetooth headset? Your employer doesn't mind you leaving your workspace to take calls all the time? If it is work related can't they supply you with some system to answer emails/phone calls etc in side of the clean room? (Generally I don't spend my own money to solve my employers problems). Lastly prefer Android but will consider Apple: I'd say don't even consider them: from all I saw the Apple watch is meant, and they'll probably fight like crazy to keep it, to only work with Apple phones. The thing is useless without a phone and your phone has to be an iPhone. Unless you have an iPhone but prefer Android for some reason (and if so why do you have the iPhone?) Apple Watch isn't even a possibility.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

ILongForDarkness Re:Vinyl refuses to die too (269 comments)

That is why I didn't join one just went to the parties: skip the hazing and go straight to the parties that have girls.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

ILongForDarkness Re:Let them eat cake! (307 comments)

My point is more we shouldn't categorize people and then provide advantages or disadvantages based on that group. If people chose to group themselves and then go on a crusade to right a perceived wrong it is, quite literally, their problem. There are laws already to punish those that discriminate because of race, religion etc. Outside of that you're on your own. It shouldn't be government/corporations etc job to try to do the Goldie Locks "just right" amount of reverse discrimination to make things equal.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

ILongForDarkness Re:Screw you white boys (307 comments)

Exactly. Kind of like they are saying "most people like you (whatever that means) are well off, so what the hell is your problem?". or "in the past other groups were excluded so it doesn't matter how qualified you might be because of who your ancestors were we want to treat you differently". Hmm where have we heard that thought process before. Treat everyone the same no worst no better. No incentives should your parents be part of a particular group whether is is Nation of Islam or a country club. Only allow scholarships based on merit and financial aid based on financial need.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

ILongForDarkness Re:PC Failure? (307 comments)

I don't think they should be called native American at all. They immigrated from Asia, as did others, some from Europe, some from Africa etc. Who cares? IMO anyone actually born in a country is "native", anyone born in another country are immigrants. Regardless discriminating against people because of their race, whether or not it is to right a "wrong" or not is itself wrong to me. If a particular ethnicity has issues with their relative proportion of certain professions let them start their own programs to encourage their kids to go into those fields. Having the government or corporations create university programs that exclude the others to try to help the minorities out is condescending at best "Hey poor little black boy here's an extra scoop of opportunity I sure hope it helps." and encourages discrimination to continue since it reinforces the idea that people should be treated different depending on what their background happens to be.

Anyways find this even worse in some ways in Canada where I live. We don't generally call ourselves American though I have ran into that a fair bit with europeans some of which that call the whole continent the Americas and people from there American. Anyways makes me laugh when I run into a "proud African-American" supporting affirmative action in Canada.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

ILongForDarkness Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

Oh and single payer heathcare: yep that is good. Obamacare can work too though. I'm Canadian and lived in Germany. There if you work you have to buy insurance but are free to pick the provider, the provider charges a fixed percentage of your salary (at the time I was there typically 8-10%). If you don't work you are covered by the government. Either way you always have coverage and the "haves" subsidize the cost of the "have nots" just like would happen in a single payer system. Either way I'm happy with: seems kind of silly to have people stuck with a poorly matched job for medical reasons, or loose all their family assets at the same time they lose a family member that they depend on.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

ILongForDarkness Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

Of course not everyone is under this program but H-1Bs at least need to be paid the going rate for their job/geographical location. The funny thing is citizens have no such protection, so if you are too easy going, not well informed, desperate to move etc and except a salary that is 50% of what the going rate is that is your problem, but a foreign worker with the situational/personality traits would have some protections by the nature of the H1B system. Canada's Skilled Worker program has the same requirements I think, unless that is another exception that MS bought to the law. It's a part of the free market I suppose but the problem is people often aren't free in the truest sense. Life happens: spouse gets another job and you are forced to change markets, your young and feel forced to accept a ridiculously low salary because everyone is telling you you need 10 years experience to shovel manure, so you buy your way into "gaining experience" by working for poverty level wages etc.

I agree we need more investment in people over abstract concepts like "economy". Funny how the economy can be doing fine while people with full time jobs at Walmart still need welfare to get by. Funneling all the money to a few people or overseas makes the "economy" look very productive but the people aren't really improved very much.

Education: it is a hard one. I have friends in all walks of life. Some simply are not very bright or interested in learning. Making the student bare the cost acts as some filter to at least make sure that they have some interest in what they are doing. People can still study pretty silly things because they want to party for 4 years but it helps and as long as they are paying for it no one else is harmed. An alternative way of funding education might be an education "tax". Say 5% of what you make for the next 15 years or whatever it needs to be. It has to be a long time to prevent people just living with their parents for a couple years till the bill collectors go away. The good thing with this is it would incentivize schools to offer programs where people actually get good jobs. The "basket weaving" programs would also get their appropriate amount of funding.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

ILongForDarkness Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

I kind of ignored that comment in the article I'm not really clear who the source is and lets face it immigration issues will always have people interested in looking at the worst possible outcome and explaining it that way. It isn't Mexican farm workers doing jobs Americans don't want to do, it is Mexicans, some with cartel ties ... Yeah some do but the vast majority.

Not going to happen but the least they could do is since they are immigrating to work for a foreign companies benefit force MS to pay for their healthcare not BC. The other problem is MS will get 1 employee but that employee will likely bring their whole family. So yeah Canada might get taxes paid on an $80k salary but it will also have likely 2-4 people all coming from places with less than stellar healthcare coming over for a year to get themselves a tune up. That is why I'm not a fan of the skilled workers visa allowing you to bring your family. MS saves doubly: they likely get foreign workers willing to work for under market rate and they save on healthcare expenses because they can just ride the Canadian system for them.

Skilled labor immigration: IMO everyone of working age should have to qualify on their own merits not just one person with an in need job (or the need should be really desperate because a family will likely cost $40k a year or so to the system for the first couple years what with outstanding medical issues to sort out, english training, etc). Often we get a doctor and wife/husband, plus 3-4 kids, an uncle, their parents in a few years etc. But we don't recognize the doctors training so he ends up driving a cab and his family have no interest in integrating so they move to a suburb where they can hangout with everyone who's the same nationality just like they never left home. Lots of reforms to be made like: if you get in under skilled workers you should actually be qualified to work in Canada from day 1: its not a fair trade for either party otherwise, false promise to the immigrant, false promise to the citizens footing the social programs bills. If you can't work in your field when you get here then you don't get in (without going through the normal slower process). Also even if you yourself do qualify then we should still weigh the benefits you bring working in your skilled profession versus the social costs you bring by bringing lesser qualified workers and dependents along for the ride.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

ILongForDarkness Re:The real issue is... (269 comments)

Usually it is major improvements for me. I buy shinny but I use the hell out of them. My current computer is a late 2008 iMac. The one before that was a 1998 PIII 450. I'm thinking about a new computer earlier than normal now because: a) I started a few months working from home 2 days a week and having comparable hardware would mean I could clone the code base and compile locally rather than use VPN, and b) I'm making crap loads of money that I'm not otherwise doing anything with. Even this "early" upgrade will be about a 2X speed improvement in the CPU, 5-10X on my usb devices, and about a 10X on the disk performance (my disk has always sucked not sure why but I get 30-40MBps out of the 1TB drive in my box, SSDs are easily in the 500MBps range).

Anyways I buy fairly high end when I buy but not very frequently and can live with the same hardware for a long time. I get my new gadget fix every 1-2 years from work and sometimes get a laptop from them to take home too (though not for the last 6 years). Since I buy high end generally their isn't support for more RAM on the mobo, the GPU slot is filled with a fairly high speced card for its generation and new generation cards will need a new bus (ex my PIII 450 had a AGP if I remember correctly which went away before (in my mind) the computer became "slow") etc. So closed but fairly maxed out box works just fine for my uses.

about a month and a half ago

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