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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Maltheus Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (114 comments)

Modern IDEs practically write half your code for you and you know if you have a problem, before you even compile it. Developing in emacs will never be as fast, I don't care how good you are at it.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Maltheus Re:Scrap heap (400 comments)

I did too. Until Chrome started sucking more. Then I went back to Firefox. I'm not comfortable with some of their recent moves, but no other browser is as flexible.

about a month ago
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81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

Maltheus Re:Where does the right to privacy come from? (136 comments)

Uhh, from the Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

about a month ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Maltheus It's Called the Avalanche Model (133 comments)

They already have a name for this.

From the wiki:

The Avalanche model is a Software Engineering project management anti-pattern, it is a combination of a sequential process such as the Waterfall model and Agile software development methodologies. It is the result of a Project Manager's attempt to apply Agile techniques to a project, when all they really understand or were taught was a sequential development cycle. Instead of breaking the project into parts that each sequentially go through the phases of development, the entire project inhabits all phases of development simultaneously. Usually the result of attempting to use the Avalanche model is mass confusion, wasted effort, and a product that cannot meet the specifications of any requirements document.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Maltheus Re:Pass - Had major issues with Nexus 5 (from LG) (201 comments)

LG messed up the 7 too. I read somewhere that it's battery issues may be tied to the substandard wiring people were observing, when they took the unit apart. I have much better luck with the 10.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Maltheus Bring the 10 Back (201 comments)

I have the 4, the 7 (2nd gen) and the 10. The Nexus 10 is the best smart anything I ever bought. Good speakers and nice sized screen. I can go a couple weeks between recharges. That should have been their flagship product.

I thought the 7, despite all the stellar reviews was garbage. Crummy battery life makes it unusable. I might get a day or two on this. The random reboots don't help either.

I have pretty much the exact same software on both, except that I confine my video watching to the 10. I'm lucky if I can even check my twitter feed on the 7, without having to plug it in everyday.

I don't see the point of the 9. A 7 is about the best you can comfortably manage with one hand. If you have to use two anyway, then they should have just moved up to an 11 or a 12.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Maltheus Do more people smoke pot than download illegally? (580 comments)

Didn't the FBI just have to relax it's restrictions against pot smokers, in order to attract the talent they need? And are not illegal downloaders more common?

about 2 months ago
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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Maltheus Re:Different things... (126 comments)

If you set up your swipe pattern first, and then encrypt from the command line, you can have a strong password for boot with a swipe to bring it out of sleep.

about 3 months ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Maltheus Re:The Future! (613 comments)

Good! The reason I'm using Linux is precisely because I've seen every one-size-fits-all solution fail. If that's what you're looking for, stick with Windows, Apple or the borg.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Maltheus Most Companies Aren't Looking for "Real" (637 comments)

Most companies aren't interested in you recreating the wheel, they want you to get a working, maintainable product out the door in as little time as possible. Design patterns are more important to focus on than memory management these days.

C and C++ have their uses, but at the end of the day, C is little more than a macro-assembler and is completely inappropriate for most tasks in the business world. I've never worked anywhere where the C/C++ side of the project (there's always one group of holdouts) isn't consistently the long pole in the tent. After seeing several projects fail over this, I'd rather they "keep it real" on their own time.

about 4 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Maltheus jEdit Should Have Ranked Better (402 comments)

Seems like they knocked it because of the Java and it wasn't Fedora/RPM friendly. But I've been through all of these and the plugin capabilities put jEdit on top IMO. With a little customization, it easier becomes the most powerful of the lot. The other editors are just Notepad clones by comparison.

about 5 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Maltheus Water? Like out of the toilet? (377 comments)

Why don't they just use Brawndo? It's the thirst mutilator.

about 5 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Maltheus Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (226 comments)

I've just made it back from RTFA and Phoronix is calling it "Optional systemd Support".

about 5 months ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Maltheus Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

When Germany rolled over the first time, it was an invitation for more. Same is true here with the American people.

about 5 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Maltheus Re:Stay away from the UK (353 comments)

I understand because we're in the same situation in the US. People have had plenty of time to wake up, they just don't care. It's depressing.

about 5 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Maltheus The Internet Needs More Random Data (353 comments)

I would love for gmail to give people the option of a random noise uuencoded .sig to be attached to each and every e-mail. Flood the world with random data and this issue goes away. No one would be able to say for sure what was encrypted or not. If done ubiquitously, it could bring all the STASI-like agencies to their knees.

about 5 months ago

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