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Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

Jane_Dozey Re:Linux-oriented? (33 comments)

I'm guessing (and it really is just a guess), that it's because neither Windows or Mac have ever used it as their primary desktop toolkit, while Linux has.

4 days ago

Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

Jane_Dozey Re:The southern ocean doesn't take prisoners. (67 comments)

Who says you have to be looking for survivors? Finding bodies in a life raft or even the schooner itself would bring closure to the families. Not knowing what's happened to a loved one can be worse than finding them dead.

1 year,26 days

Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

Jane_Dozey Re:One outcome possible? (261 comments)

Adder would be a more appropriate substitution, surely.

about a year and a half ago

The Programmers Go Coding Two-by-Two — Hurrah?

Jane_Dozey Re:Suck it and see, it's not for everyone (318 comments)

Yes, I've worked with people who are great at pair programming and those who are not so good. I find that when working with someone who really gets PP you end up with two programmers (or more!) working together, both of them on the same page, catching mistakes and improving how the code is written.
When working with someone who just starts coding and expects their partner to magically understand what they've decided to do then it can be impossible to keep up or figure out what on earth they're doing. At that point you have a programmer programming and another programmer wasting their time scratching their head.

PP works wonderfully when you pair people up correctly and train everyone involved how to effectively work like that, but if you don't then you waste resources and frustrate your coders.

about 2 years ago

Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

Jane_Dozey Re:32 hour week! (615 comments)

Er, I don't think Europe actually has that kind of attitude. I work in the UK and have never come across a company (white collar or otherwise) where colleagues don't socialise.

more than 2 years ago

Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

Jane_Dozey Re:If you have to ask... (615 comments)

I'm another who would keep on working if I won the lottery. It not that I have no imagination, I just honestly like what I do. I like the people I work with (they also happen to be friends), I like the work (most of the time) and I would be doing something similar at home as a hobby if I wasn't doing it professionally. Though doing stuff at home by yourself when you could be working with other like-minded people is not nearly as fun.

That said, I'd definitely have more exciting weekends and holidays :)

If you ever find work that you love doing then I would think you'd change your mind about the whole having no imagination thing.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?

Jane_Dozey Re:PythonAnywhere (386 comments)

+1 for . Not only a good solution but some great folks run the site.

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

Jane_Dozey Re:Best Distro For the KDE (356 comments)

Mint is probably the closest to Kubuntu you'll get.

more than 2 years ago

Juror's Tweets Overturn Trial Verdict

Jane_Dozey Re:Consider this (423 comments)

That's certainly a possibility. I would prefer the occasional unjust (unjust IMHO anyway) outcome that sets nasty men free provided it also allows outcomes that allows good men from having their lives destroyed :)

more than 2 years ago

Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services

Jane_Dozey I actually have prior art for this (323 comments)

My final year project for my CS degree was pretty much doing what this patent describes, and it was submitted in 2008, two years ahead of this patent being filed. I even have a conference paper (published with my project supervisor) published in the same year, so there's lots of hard evidence. I also know that there's a few other projects that could claim prior art to this patent, and precedes my own work. I'm pretty sure there's more than enough prior art in the world to blow this out of the water should it be challenged in court. Heck, I'm surprised the USPTO had the gall to allow this one through at all.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

Jane_Dozey Re:Do you want a job as a software developer? (520 comments)

IMHO you should change that to just "Do something on the side to improve your skills and experience in the area you want to be in." :)
Even if it's the area you currently work in. If you don't love the thing you're either already working in or want to work in enough to do so, then it's the wrong thing for you.

more than 2 years ago

UK Developers Quit US App Store Over Patent Fears

Jane_Dozey Re:Doesn't the US have patent treaties with the UK (192 comments)

Don't forget to add in the European laws to that. Even if the UK decided to recognise US patents, developers could still get rulings overturned in European courts.

more than 3 years ago

I Name My Servers After:

Jane_Dozey Re:Hostnames (722 comments)

You're mixing your Gods and throwing in a titan or two by the looks of it... :)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

Jane_Dozey Re:70% if the revenue? (280 comments)

I'm sure they can claim that the IP agreement was just for the W7 app and these new ports are exempt from the agreement. So now they own the IP for your ports and still get 30% from the revenue of the original W7 app. They most likely also charge a 30% fee for the apps listing.

Of course, you could always use the W7 app as a litmus test for popularity and if you then think you can make some real cash, leave you MS job and then write the ports.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Complains About Wiretapping Difficulties Due To Web Services

Jane_Dozey Not in the US (228 comments)

Many Internet services are not covered by the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)

They do realise that even more Internet services are not even in the US....right? Or does their jurisdiction actually extend to other countries now?

more than 3 years ago

UK Research Aims For 100x Speedup In Fiber-Based Broadband

Jane_Dozey Re:hit your download usage limit as fast as possib (180 comments)

What are you talking about? Nearly every single provider has unlimited download offers. They're not usually too expensive either. This is been the case for many years.

Heck, I can't remember the last time I went to someone's house and they had a limit.

more than 3 years ago

SourceForge Down After Attack [Updated]

Jane_Dozey Re:Attack by prononymous? (143 comments)

I have a sourceforge project. All I did was pull down the repo to another location and run a diff on my working repo and the one I pulled down. There were no unexpected differences. I'm struggling to see why this is so hard to understand. It's simple to figure out if your project has changed in an unexpected way. It also easy to overwrite the repository on the sourceforge server with a clean one if you are suspicious.

Seriously, an attack this public will not catch out many projects. And I fail to see how someone would be able to "prove" that a project stole code when it's been made so public that SF was compromised. Just that fact would cast a huge amount of doubt over that sort of claim. Especially when one of the developers hands over an untainted version from their home machine for inspection.

more than 3 years ago

SourceForge Down After Attack [Updated]

Jane_Dozey Re:Attack by prononymous? (143 comments)

Um...each developer will have a working copy on their local machine. This is most likely to be the last known good version. A quick diff will show up the changes that they've recently made and they can verify that the differences are valid. It's really not that complicated.

If someone wants to go through the trouble of hacking the version control to the point it can propagate to the developers machine, stop them from reverting changes that may have been pulled down just before the repositories were locked down, I'm pretty sure they'd be smart enough to break into sourceforge without making such a big mess and alerting everyone. We can go around with increasingly unlikely scenarios forever but the fact is, a quick check is all that's realistically required.

more than 3 years ago

SourceForge Down After Attack [Updated]

Jane_Dozey Re:Attack by prononymous? (143 comments)

It's simple for the devs, now alerted to a potential compromise, to just branch the repo and do a quick diff between the last known good revision and the one on the server. I doubt a big public attack is going to compromise many projects and those it does manage to compromise are probably mismanaged anyway.

more than 3 years ago


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