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Scientists Link Deep Wells To Deadly Spanish Quake

Jeppe Salvesen Re:It's too complicated for me to understand ... (118 comments)

Imagine a bucket hanging from a string that will snap once the bucket is full. You hang it from a branch, so that it will be filled by rain water.

Then, before it is full, you cut the string using a scissor.

This is perfectly analogous to what happened in Spain.

more than 2 years ago

Why Are We So Rude Online?

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Anonymity (341 comments)

Nope. Facebook has proven this. People say offensive shit from their facebook profiles.

more than 2 years ago

Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

Jeppe Salvesen Re:It's too bad Intel killed netbooks for this. (513 comments)

You want the 11" MacBook Air. My 2010 model is still humming along fine, vastly outperforming all netbooks while taking up almost the same physical space. However, the Asus Transformer series would probably also meet your requirements - for less money. It's a 10" Android tablet with detachable keyboard/trackpad.

more than 2 years ago

Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04

Jeppe Salvesen Re:What they are actually reporting an Issue. (320 comments)

Not exclusively. (And in this case not at all since the Intel driver is open)

Bug-reporting is extremely important if you actually want to provide a high-quality product. Bug-reports can be seen along two axes.

  2. Whether your product is understandable to the user. If people consistently make mistakes , you've got a design issue somewhere. The usage of the product is obviously not sufficiently clear, or the documentation is not sufficient etc etc etc.
  3. Whether your product has bugs. In this case, getting a clear description of how you can reproduce the bug is key. These "submit error" pop-ups are popular for a reason - they can submit log files and stack traces, core dumps etc etc.

And some bugs are just plain hard to fix. They may also be a manifestation of a design issue, and those are rarely trivial to fix. I hope Ubuntu gets this sorted soon.

more than 2 years ago

Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Jeppe Salvesen Anyone can be a programmer, but ... (767 comments)

Anyone can become a programmer at some level. Simple programming is like coming up with a recipe for a meal - you have some ingredients and combine these to create a hopefully desirable outcome. It's skill, but it can be learned. I mean, I was able to move the turtle using LOGO when I was .. 10? 11?

It does however take both experience and raw intelligence to become a really good programmer. Fully understanding trade-offs takes experience. If you go all-out on even small scripts, you'll waste time. If you just hack away at large projects without design and methodology, your lack of a coherent design will bite you in the gonads. Learning how to communicate effectively with end-users and non-technical team members is also something that takes practice and a certain mind-set. I've seen many, many bad solutions chosen by bright people. I've done some myself, also recently. And I'll make some more mistakes in the future. Why? Because communication is hard. Also for the other party.

more than 2 years ago

Haiku OS Ported To Intel 64-Bit Architecture

Jeppe Salvesen Re:AMD64 != Intel64 (101 comments)

x64 is misleading. The x86_64 still uses the underlying architecture and instruction set of the original Intel 8086.. Changing the name to x64 would imply the instruction set is different from that of x86 - and while the instruction set has been extended it still (as far as I know) still support the instructions designed in the 70s.

I personally find x86_64 the most descriptive designation for a 64-bit x86-processor.

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

Jeppe Salvesen Re:All the power to them. (464 comments)

Hell yeah. Buy games from companies who care about their customers. The more money the nice companies make, the more incentive for the giants to mend their ways - otherwise they might one day become extinct as the nice companies will make so much money that they will out-compete the giants.

more than 2 years ago

John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Before someone is accepted, it's not accepted, (635 comments)

Windows market share is about 80%. Linux market share is about 1.5%. Politics is not the reason behind the lack of games for Linux - market analysis is.

If we want games for Linux, then we gotta systematically buy all good games that are ported to Linux. Otherwise, there will be no business case to port games to Linux.

more than 2 years ago

OS X Mountain Lion Out Tomorrow

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Wifi (230 comments)

After upgrading to Lion, my 2008 iMac suddenly started dropping the wifi connection periodically, while my 2010 MacBook Air is rock stable. Anyhow, that's my experience. Anyhow, we'll need a bigger sample in order to determine if Macs really have more wifi-issues than Windows computers. Statistics matters.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Already warming up my "I told you so" dance. (133 comments)

Nokia was doomed several years ago. They ridiculed Apple while they failed to streamline Symbian app development, while they failed to research and develop touch-screen mobiles, while they failed to build a proper app store that was easy to use, while they failed to build.

Making a deal with Microsoft was just an act of desperation. They were already bleeding profusely from the consequences of all their dumb-ass decisions made around 2005-2007 when mobile internet was beginning to take off. The Ovi store could have been launched in 2005-2006 with over-the-air app downloads. Had Nokia remained on the leading edge and focused on making their products better from a consumer-point-of-view, then Apple would have had a much harder job in invading the mobile phone market.

But Nokia was not focused. Apple and Google had them for lunch.

more than 2 years ago

The Rise of Developeronomics

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Great a new boom. (253 comments)


And: Excellent developers require excellent leadership to perform well! Without excellent leadership (that understand what system development is, how to separate the wheat from the chaff and how to organize system development), the effort of developers will go to waste.

The magic happens only when excellent developers are managed well.

more than 3 years ago

Woz Is First In Line For iPhone 4S

Jeppe Salvesen Re:He's always had my respect (287 comments)

Jobs wasn't a very nice person. Not only do I understand peoples' dislike of the guy, I share it.

Oh please. Of course, I've never met Steve Jobs, but still: Sure he was a very demanding boss and unscrupulous strategist, but that would not automatically make him a bad person in all aspects of life (unless you consider moneymaking and bossing all there is to life)

more than 3 years ago

Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Stallman and FOSS (1452 comments)

Oh bullcrap. There are plenty of us slashdotters who use Apple, and we vary from pleased users to Apple fanatics.

Anyhow, you are completely missing the main point: However much you may or may not choose to dislike Steve Jobs, his company has always been pushing towards making computing grandma-friendly.

On the other hand, FOSS software sadly focuses too much on the feedback from the already-clued-in people. That way, we've created a separate reality in which we thrive - but only until we encounter that other reality. The dreaded user who just don't get it!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term Video/Picture Storage?

Jeppe Salvesen Offsite! (499 comments)

Automatic offsite backup services like Crashplan, Mozy, Carbonite etc ensures your data will survive both media failure, theft and fire. You may also choose to keep a local copy of your media, because downloading hundreds of gigs over the net takes a while. But: I'd first put my money into one of these providers, and if I felt I still have too much money then I'd consider a NAS/Time Capsule kinda solution as a supplement.

And never, ever, ever exclusively store data you care about on DVDs and external hard drives.

For the first time in history, our pictures and videos can live forever - completely without quality degradation. It's amazing. And it's disappointing how few people take opportunity of this.

(Of course, you should take care to double-check your new computer can play back whatever media formats you have used - and convert if necessary. )

more than 3 years ago

How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs

Jeppe Salvesen Re:This would be illegal in the EU (899 comments)

That's actually quite interesting. If "tablets" are found/ruled to be a separate market from computers and phones, then maybe Apple can be ruled a monopolist and therefore be ordered to open up their product.

more than 3 years ago

Researcher Builds Life-Like Cells Made of Metal

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Dear researchers: (259 comments)

Hah. They'll be subject to evolution, so that'll only last for a while.


more than 3 years ago

Adrenaline May Damage DNA

Jeppe Salvesen Re:In other news... (173 comments)

Adrenaline is not about stress. Adrenaline is more about panic.

But yes, your statement is correct: Stress is debilitating to the body. Being in a permanent state of stress means your body tries to put on weight, your state of mind is not easy-going like it when you're not stressed, your immune system is affected etc etc. (Also, there is good stress and bad stress. The stress you impose on yourself is not too harmful, which is why many highly driven people enjoy excellent health)

more than 3 years ago

Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

Jeppe Salvesen Re:Not impossible (583 comments)

There really should be no problem

  1. Performing a backup
  2. Wiping the machine
  3. Installing a clean OS
  4. Updating the OS
  5. Installing proper security software
  6. Re-importing data and applications from backup, and have the security software handle any nasty stuff in what you're importing.

That there is a problem wiping a machine is a serious security issue. There are a myriad ways which different kinds of malware use to hide themselves and bounce back up after surviving a round of security scanning. The malware itself is continuously self-updating.

If I were to engineer a package system, all files within a package (program) would be checksummed, and the list of checksummed would be PKI-signed in order to prevent the malware from hiding its misdeeds by altering the checksums. Of course, this has been done several times in Linux-land. Microsoft has Windows 8 coming up. Let's hope they finally fix their design.

more than 3 years ago


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