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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Qbertino MS would like to become a service company. (210 comments)

MS is transitioning, ... trying to transition to a service company. Which they should've done 10 years ago, imho. Couldn't tell if they're to late. Even FOSSing .Net came to late, imho. If they succeed, they'll become something like another IBM and Oracle.

However, I expect them to feel even more pressure in the next few years. At least in the consumer and services market MS looks like a toddler joining an NBA Final between Apple and Google. And in the new-gen consoles department they're currently getting their ass kicked by Sony. Doesn't look to good, if you ask me. They've got nothing for the consumer they can offer, that any of the above mentioned can offer better and/or cheaper with less tie-ins. The latest Surface devices appear to be at least somewhat pleasing to the consumer crowd, but I couldn't say it's enough to gain critical mass in that market. Apple has to much mindshare and their margins are *huge*. For anybody for whom Apple is to expensive, there's the devices with Google's Android and Chrome OS. With things and computer time spent moving further and further into the web, it's not looking good for MS.

My 2 cents.

yesterday
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Qbertino FTFY (190 comments)

Jaguar and LandRover show of amature video masking in tacky engineer-made product video.

'nuff said.

2 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Qbertino Jumping to conclusions, are we? (186 comments)

Of course, for men who are circumcised and so who already lost most of their ability to feel what sex is...

Sorry, pal, but I think you're on the wrong foot here. I happen to be circumcised - my dad was a Baptist and considered it standard procedure - and while I do find the idea of the ritual and especially its religious reasons to be beyond bizar, I personally, gladly, am fine with being circumcised. I've heard there may be medical arguments that are pro-circumsision - couldn't say for sure though and don't really care. It was done when I was freshly born, by a doctor and with anesthesia - which is the *only* acceptable way to to it, btw.! . As a kid I thought of it as a simple anatomic variation, such as color of hair. Now I know better of course.

I could imagine that from constant exposure the tip of the penis of somebody who is circumcised perhaps gets less sensitive over time, not sure about that though. Could also be the regular manual work I do and access to infinite pr0n I have - just like the rest of us. (BTW, fellas, check out the Nobnom challenge).

As for the sex, I can assure you, I *do* know what sex is (gladly) and I've had my fair share of female intimate partners, most of which, thankfully, were awesome up to flat-out stellar, p*rnstyle playmates. And I can also assure you, do hookiepookie in the right mood with the right partner and the right amount of moisture in her vulva and Ooomph in your member way more than anything else determines wether you feel what sex is or not. Likewise, play Closet-Polo with someone who is a turnoff and can't keep the mood for 5 seconds, and you'll never know what sex is, no matter how intact and sophisticated your foreskin may be.

Keep that in mind before you go about telling everybody that circumcised men don't know what sex is - some might take offense in that, as you can see here in this thread already.

My 2 cents.

2 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Qbertino Wow, the language! (186 comments)

Only faggots such as yourself are obsessed with whether or not a penis is circumcised and adopt such an elitist stance that circumcised men don't know what sex feels like.

Wow, what's with all the hatred? I don't see anything offensive in the above, just an incomplete perception. Maybe simply explaining the matter would've been enough.

2 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

Qbertino This just shows the truth: Grading is mostly bogus (305 comments)

Grading is mostly bogus. You have a maximum of 30 numbers on a sheet of paper at the age of 19 that's supposed to determine wether you are suitable for this or that specialist job. Utter bullshit in specialist cases such as CS.

Think of specialist cases as the same with musicians. If you haven't plaved the piano since the age of 12 at least - good luck finding a conservatory that will take you. Same with ballett: You have to be good and dancing and have the right body measures and start in your single digit ages. Grades be damned, if you don't have that, you won't become a professional ballett dancer.

To go into CS simply based on a grade average, with no affinity to abstract thinking, a solid math foundation and solid teenage experience with computers and some fundamental programming skills is like joining a dance-company at the age of 19, overweight and never having moved your body around other than to get from a to b the easiest way possible, with no sports or anything similar. Silly, wouldn't that be? Excactly.

Same should apply for CS. People who have bad grades but are genius programmers - I'd bet there are quite a few of those - should have mentors asking them to join college, no matter what their report card says. Likewise, people who just won't cut it and bog the industry down with crappy experience should be asked to leave.

Here in Germany CS has no NC, because it's so hard. Which means whenever I join a CS track I have to waste 3 semesters of the college filtering out the idiots in mandatory "Programming for idiots who took CS because they like playing Wow all day 101" courses. It's a huge PITA and is the largest downside I see in taking a path to an academic degreee. I so whish I could take Math and leave programing for n00bs out and skip a semester or two.

4 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Qbertino Beer - you're doing it wrong. (130 comments)

Beer is supposed to have foam! Of course, the donkey pee-pee you guys and the dutch call beer doesn't have any foam, but in Germany a Beer is only well-tapped if it's "Foamcrown" (that's what it's called) can carry a 2-Euro coin.

Ok, so much for the education. Here comes a beer-joke, somewhat on the subject:
A guy from Collogne, a guy from Duesseldorf and a guy from Muenster walk into a bar. Mr. Collogne order a "Koelsch", Mr. Duesseldorf an "Alt" and the guy from Muenster a Coke. Both Mr. Collogne and Mr. Duesseldorf turn to him and ask: "Why do you order a coke?" - "Well, if you guys don't drink any beer, I won't either."

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Qbertino His last movie is crap, aparently. (294 comments)

Aparently his last movie, Exodus, is crap. ... I hope he doesn't screw this up.

4 days ago
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Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

Qbertino Open Source matters for sensitive *anything* (73 comments)

Captain Obvious submitted again.

Open Source matters for sensitive anything. In fact, I, and any professional I've talked to, would say if it's not FOSS or at least using a free open standard in data format, it's of no use for anything sensitive or mission critical. We've arrived at the point where critical systems that are not FOSS aren't even considered to be enterprise ready by a large portion if not even the majority of IT experts. Which is a good thing, IMHO.

For instance, anybody nowadays talking Unix and not thinking of a FOSS *nix but suggesting something other (exotic I guess you'd call it today) would be laughed out of the room. One of the reasons I find RMSes insistence on the GNU/Linux term a tad backwards - although he is right about most of the important things.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Qbertino Neat. Good. Like it. It's FOSS. Let's adopt it. (377 comments)

Looks good. Better compression and better looks.
How performance intensive is the decompression/decoding? If that's in the green area, I see no reason not to adopt it.
Let's adopt it. ...
Would need some marketing though. Flashy logo and a pronounceable name. How about "Bepog"?

about a week ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

Qbertino I use Unity. It's OK. (125 comments)

I use Unity. There, I said it. Said it before, in fact.

Unity is buggy. Quite buggy, to be honest. Compiz sucks - it has since the beginning - and Keyboard behavior is sometimes erratic right up to unusable.

However, I get the overall concept of unity and I think it's a good one. My Mom can use it, which is a good sighn. And it's not nearly as intimidating as the crap we see on other desktops.

This summer I've gotten myself a 15" ThinkPad, installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it and bought a Logitech Performance MX mouse to operate all the extra expose functions and stuff as I'm used to on my Mac at work. It's cool. For a FOSS based OS it is really neat - can't complain about that.

That said, it's far from primetime, especially since the hardware integration is no where near the experience you get with the fruit company.

I do hope to see a full-blown convergence device based on linux one day - if it's unity based and they've fixed the glaring bugs until then, I'd have no problem with that either.

My 2 cents.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Qbertino Gotta love the creativity. (285 comments)

You gotta love the creativity the geek community comes up with time and time again. It is plainly obvious that you can't sue adblockers away, but it's fun to watch the battle unfold in front of us anyway. I'm grabbing my deck-chair and my popcorn just now. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Qbertino Certs are topping. (317 comments)

Cert, diplomas and degrees are topping.

If you can't - with a straight face - say: "Gigs were low at the time, I thought I might aswell take a cert, to see if I could make it." then certs won't add anything. If, however, you want to raise your marketability as a freelance or in a setting where politics count for a lot, a certification can be the little extra that gives you the edge. Just don't rest on them or boast to much about them, then you're fine.

Perhaps a certification trail on a certain topic - SAP or Oracle - might even be a prerequisite. But then it's the equivalent of a college degree anyway. And the same rules apply for those, if perhaps on a larger scale.

about two weeks ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Qbertino Movement in space creates time. (107 comments)

I always thought this to be quite obvious once I though about it for a little while.
You need space, matter and movement.
Those together create what we call time, when we observe it.
All four of those are interdependent. ... I came up with this at about the age of 9. Since then I've been doing fine with that answer. Couldn't say if science found anything new, but I really don't care. That philosophical answer (I suppose it is one) is sufficient enough for me. :-)

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Qbertino I think of it all as the "C" family of languages. (641 comments)

We know that problem in and out: People mixing up C, C++ and Objective-C. Especially non-experts. That's no surprise. Then saying, despite requireing "C/C++" in the confidential: "Oh, you only have 20 years of C - I thought you knew at least a little C++ - OK then, sorry, you're the wrong guy."
Me: *pictures Vincent and Jules pulling out their 9mm parabellums and pumping the HR guy full of bullets" ...

Non-trivial JavaScript only caught on on a large scale when the term Ajax was coined and with it we finally had a better word for JavaScript - until then most decision makers would mix up Java and JavaScript. Sometimes without anybody noticing that. ... In hindsight, I really can't blame them all that much.

I think of all the C stuff as the "C" family of languages.
As far as I can tell, coaxing C into some OOP thing is a little tricky, but doable. C++ is different, yea, but if you turn on your brain and are willing to ditch the habit of writing your own stacks, any C dev worth his money should be up to pro-level C++ development in a few weeks. Same for Objective-C. It's not that C people write everything from scratch these days. Where to you think those bazillion libs in Linux come from?

As for the C-Family of languages: Of course there still relevant. What kind of stupid question is that? What's Linux built with? C. What's Windows built with? C++. What's Mac OS X built with? Objective-C. What is any non-trivial system critical component built with? C, C++ or Objective-C (in the case of OS X / iOS).

And that's not changing any time soon, trust me on that one.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Qbertino In other news in 9 months ... (687 comments)

In other news in 9 months:
Closing of "Adblock Plus" forces millions of ABP users to waste 90 seconds to search for an alternative. Film at eleven.

Seriously, WTF?
This is probably just some publishers organisation trying to show publishers that "they are doing something!".

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Qbertino Byebye Node.js. (254 comments)

If these guys know how to play it right, Node.js is history. He had the same thing with the Mambo Fork Joomla. Hardly anyone remembers Mambo anymore, and Joomla is a leading project.

I hope this new project knows how to manage things and do good marketing.
Thumbs up. Let's see where this goes.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Qbertino Marked troll. That's interesting. (409 comments)

So my post got marked troll? That's interesting.
Could there be some techno-religious blindness going on here?
How about an insightful rebuttal?

Like, "no you're wrong, there are new designs for fission reactors that are reasonably safe and leave no bad garbage and no nuclear wasteland if they blow up" or "study x,y and z show 70% of humanity is going to die of agonizing pain if we cut power usage by 40% so we're damned to use it" or something.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Qbertino Nuclear fission is too dangerous. End of Story. (409 comments)

Nobody can take the responsibility of their garbage for 400 000 years or more. Nobody.

One gram of Plutonium can terminally poison 50 million people and has a half-life of 24 000 (twenty-four thousand) years.
The danger of nuclear may be exaggerated wrongly, but not to much. You can't exaggerate the risks of nuclear to much.

Nuclear fission power was a cute, albeit not very elegant, techno-romantic idea of the 70ies. Right now fauna is flourishing in chernobyl, because humans moved away. It's the last generation of mamal-scale life celebrating. If the microbiology in chernobyl is any indication, it will be a nuclear wasteland in a century, maybe with some fungi flourishing.

There is a plain and simple fact: Nuclear Fission is too dangerous, especially in the hands of short-sighted, rather unwise human beings. It's a naive toy that produces wast amounts of heat, small amounts of incredibly long-term dangerous waste and a little electricity on the side.

Anybody with two braincells to rub together can see that, TV sensationalism or not. Friggin' high-tech Germany isn't decommissioning fission for no reason.

Chernobyl, Fukushima and just these minutes some plant in the Ukraine again. A longer stretch of those in the next few decades, and we have yet another huge environmental problem on our planet. I hope we get the curve.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

Qbertino Wrong. It's the companies that need to do that. (139 comments)

It's exactly the other way around.

Want experienced pros who can rescue your projects from total disaster?

Treat them like humans.

It's the companies that need to hone their social skills. End of Story.

Point in case: I am - once again - in a gig with an agency. They took some effort to convince me to give them a try. We did 2 months of contracting to try things out, then I came on.
"Change Management" "Corporate Publishing" ... any marketing buzzword you can think of - you're b-bingo cards would be filled many times over in one regular workday. We even have a whole department specialized in producing power-point presentations (No joke!). The naivety with which technical issues are approached here leaves me gasping for air every odd week. It takes effort to remain calm, explaining even the most basic concepts of web-development to people who do and sell web to our customers 24/7. Our headroom is a bunch of outlet multipliers from the hardware store and a bunch of off-the-shelf home-SAN-drives piled into one heap for company backup purposes, managed by a student on the side. A truly scary sight. The only host that come close to anything a pro would use I salvaged from a ancient Acer laptop lying around that I cleaned and installed Debian 7.6 on. Our production pipeline is a sight to make a grown man cry.

However, and here is where it gets interesting:

I've rarely worked with such kind, forthcoming and polite people. The respect that I'm treated with and the patience with which the team treats me when I can barely hold back my techie-frustration I've rarely seen. I've seen so many asshole agencies in my life that I'm still genuinely suprised how this shop completely breaks the mold in my book. It's a team that lacks the in-house experience and actually is aware of the fact. Aside from that, they are a refreshing experience after years of too much crap.

I've seen so many shops in which devs are treated like shit - that they themselves have lost their social skills or have no interest in using them, is of no surprise to me.

I've come to the conclusion, that I'd rather work with the sort of company I am in now that with some so-called dedicated web-development team that can't treat their members like normal people.

Bottom line:
That social skill thing works both ways. I've taken such amounts of crap from corps and companies in this industry that I find conclusions like those of the GP laughable at best. In most cases their just plain wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Qbertino Re:Rails never had 'steam'. (291 comments)

I agree that Rails is a fad. But touting PHP as better is... odd.

Never said PHP was good.
But PHP *is* better - in more ways than one. If anything, PHPs badness is its advantage.

Rails and the Ruby team try to do everthing right - that's why they get stuck in layer and layers of package management, mandatory deployment automation, to many options, crummy documentation and constant breakage, dependancy hell, etc.

It takes minutes to get to real work on the app layer in PHP, days in Rails/Ruby. I can download the newest Zip of Wordpress and have a site running in 30 minutes. Yes, WPs architecture is bizar and beyond sanity, its ERD is a crime against humanity, but it works! Same with Joomla, Drupal and the lot. ... Not seeing anything of that magnitude coming out of the Rails community, not in the past, not in the future.

Yet the PHP people had Frameworks up and running in no time. CakePHP is an official Rails clone in PHP - and by now way more stable and consistent. Symfony, Zend and Flow are all three Frameworks that tout the newest and bravest of programming paradigms and just as easy to deploy and set up as any old PHP WebCMS. Meantime Rails is still navel-gazing. I doubt it will maintain its critical mass. If anything JavaScript all-over (Client- and Serverside) is coming with Node.js. If anything, that will touple the PHP reign - allthough I'm not holding my breath on that one - for one, Node.js is callback hell for large non-trivial applications.

about three weeks ago

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MS open sources .Net (MIT and Apache 2 license), seeks porting to other OSes

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about a month ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "On wednesday, the 12. of October 2014 Microsoft announced that they are releasing their .Net framework under the OSI certified MIT and Apache 2 open source licenses. Techcrunch reports that MS wants to work closely with the mono project and its 'business arm' Xamarin to spread .Net to other non-MS plattforms. The sourcecode is available here at the official MS Github account. In other news relyable sources from hell have reported temperatures of 20 centigrade below zero and the FAA has seen a spike in reports of flying pigs. And no, it's not April 1st."
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hard- & Software based Security Token Thingie?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about 5 months ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Hoi Slashdotters. I'm just musing about a security setup to allow my coworkers/users access to files from the outside. I want security to be a little safer than pure key or PW based SSH access and some super-expensive RSA Token Setup is out of question, so I've been wondering if there are any feasible and working FOSS and open hardware based security token generator projects out there? Best with readymade server-side scripts/daemons.
Perhaps something arduino or rasberry pi based or something? Has anybody tried something like this? What are your experiences? What do you use? How would you attempt an open hardware FOSS solution to this problem? Discuss! And thanks for any input."
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Is it feasible to revive an old Linux PC setup?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about 6 months ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "I’ve been rumaging around on old backups and cleaning out my stuff and have once again run into my expert-like paranoid backups and keepsakes from back in the days (2001). I’ve got, among other things, a full installset of Debian 3 CDs, an original StarOffice 6.0 CD including a huge manual in mint condition, Corel Draw 9 for Linux, the original box & CDs — yes it ran on a custome wine setup, but it ran well, I did professional design and print work with it.

I’ve got more of other stuff lying around, including the manuals to run it. Loki Softs Tribes 2, Kohan, Rune and the original Unreal Tournament for Linux have me itching too. :-)

I was wondering if it would be possible to do an old 2001ish setup of a linux workstation on some modern supercheap, supersmall PC (Rasberry Pi? Mini USB PC?), install all the stuff and give it a spin. What problems should I expect? Vesa and Soundblaster drivers I’d expect to work, but what’s with the IDE HDD drivers? How well does vintage Linux software from 2003 play with todays cheap system-on-board MicroPCs? What’s with the USB stuff? Wouldn’t the install expect the IO devices hooked on legacy ports? Have you tried running 10-15 year old Linux setups on devices like these and what are your experiences? What do you recommend?"
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Would you now bet on server side JavaScript (Node.js)?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about 7 months ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "How realistic is it to place most bets on server side JavaScript / Node.js rather than a P language (PHP/Perl/Python)?

Back in the day, when Netscape had the only useful web server, server-side scripting was done with JavaScript — that was somewhere around 96 or so. Along came LAMP and got rid of proprietary solutions (for the most part that is) and somehow PHP got critical mass for being at the right place at the right time and having good documentation and a very low bar of entry.

However things have changed. Flash as a rich client technology is basically dead, just about everything web-based done client side has its logic coded in JavaScript, and with HTML 5 & CSS 3 being the go-to platform of today (also for wrapped x-platfrom mobile apps) and Node.js has recruited the remarkable V8 JS VM for serverside stuff. I’m now seriously considering the move away from PHP / Python to JavaScript for non-trivial server side development aswell. It would be so cool to have one PL for everything, and finally getting rid of PHP / mod_php doesn’t really hurt either.

I am wondering if it is feasible to bet on server side JS and Node.js in particular for large non-trivial web apps. I’m talking about Apps with the functional depth compareable to Pimcore or Typo3 here.

Concrete Example: Let’s say a client would come up to me and say he want’s a custom DTP platform that runs entirely on the web, with heavy Ajax/JS/HTML Canvas coding in the client (modern HTML 5 browsers) and a large app model in the backend (x86 Linux with print PDF generation and lots of other features).
Would you say it’s a risk worth taking to do the lions share of server side logic in JS running on Node.js with C/C++ extensions to Node.js for the speed-critical parts (Node offers some neat features in that dept) or would you suggest to play it safe and use existing PHP setups and toolkits, such as Zend or Symfony for such a thing? I’d say if the client is heavy JS lifting already, you might aswell use the same PL on the server — especially since I know how to abstract persistence and app layer, no matter the PL and could probably write the framework for all my persistence needs in a week. That would be a week in a project planned for 6 — 10 months.

Basically it would mean to restrict PHP work to quick and simple hacks on existing platforms such as Wordpress, Drupal or Typo3 and do every other from-scratch‘ project on JS / Node.js from here on out.

What do you think? Feasible or just to risky? What would you do? Have you been itching to go full force on Node.js yourself? Educated opinions of slashdotters desperately needed. Thanks."
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One Phone to rule them all

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about 8 months ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "The Oneplus One, brazingly subtitled "2014 Flagship Killer", is a mobile phone specifically designed to go head-to-head with and beat the flagship products of existing behemoths in the industry and apparently also caters to the opinion leading crowd, i.e. us. It sports a quadcore 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon CPU, 3GB of RAM with a Sysclock of 1.8Ghz and 32GB (299$) / 64GB (349$) of storage, a replacable battery, a 6-lens 13 Megapixel sony camera and a 5 megapixel webcam for videochat. It runs CyanogenMod 11S based off Android 4.4 KitKat. Specs, especially when compared to pricing, blow the lid off current expectations and definitely raise the bar for next gen phones. Three concluding words: I want one."
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How do I wrap my head around (My)SQL?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about a year ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Hi fellow slashdotters. I've got a problem. Basically I'm the regular Type A 80ies computer-geek, starting programming on a Sharp PC (PocketComputer) 1402 back in 1986 and been coding for money since the web-boom back in 2000-2001. There is one thing that has been bugging me ever since, and that is the developer communitys obsession with SQL as a means to automatically access persistance from the app layer. I'm not quite sure if it may just be MySQL, but the strange, human-communication-emulation syntax of SQL and it's ever-present ambiguity never fail to piss me off on a day-to-day basis.

However, I now have a job that requires me to become at least mid-range fluent in MySQL. Modifying the setup to avoid MySQLs SQL, such as adding ORM layers or frameworks, is not an option, for various reasons, some of them silly, some of them quite resonable. One being that we actually do access and analyse data direct and manually — what SQL originaly was built for.

My specific questions:
What can I do to get solid results and make measurable progress with non-trivial SQL (JOINs and beyond) whilst not constantly running into MySQL annoyances like, f.i. its bizar error messages to often?

What strategies do you recommend for a born SQL hater to grow a little acceptance and get to learn to handle the strangeness of this PL? Maybe a book of sorts that adresses issues more experience developers may have with (My)SQL? Perhaps you have some personal advice on how you tackled this problem — if you had it?

Finally, what do you recommend to get more firm and less confused with the non-trivial pieces of set theory and day-to-day data analysis ... books, online resources, games/riddles or excercises and explanations for pratice? I'd like to get quicker and more fluent at this in general.

Thanks for your input."
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What's the best State-of-the-Art FOSS Product for Java (Web) Projects?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Hi Slashdotters. After 12 years of realtive abstinence I'm looking to get my hands dirty with Java again and thought I'd do so by attempting one of the countless non-trivial Web projects on my idea list. I'm looking for something that removes a few layers of the crufty LAMP stack that so many of us got used to, in order to compensate for the Java typical hassles I'll inevitably run into. For this I'm looking for a FOSS Java Product (Framework, Toolkit, Enterprise CMS, Appserver, whatever) that has a certain set of features and attributes (see below). I've allways been keeping an eye on the PHP and Python projects on a regular basis, but couldn't say so about Java, so I need some input from you guys.

The following attributes are a must:

1.) Must be a pro-level/enterprise tool, meaning: When I learn it in the end I should be closer to typical enterprise products like jBoss, Glassfish, Oracle Whatever, SAP Whatnot, IBM Websphere, etc. with the knowledge gained. Ergo: Not some avantgarde experiment that has me crying myself to sleep once I get a gig at some Java shop that uses todays regular products, but something that prepares me for the things to come. At least a little.

2.) I'm willing to use some avantgarde stuff if it is stuff I can easyly integrate into existing enterprise toolstacks later in my career (SAP, Oracle, IBM, ect.) without having to install countless things below the regular Java level. Or obscure Java Libs that are a licencing liability to my employer/client.

3.) This one's a little contradiction with point 1: I which it to have absolutely zero fuss in integrating application and persistance. Think Zope/Plone. If I build a type/entity I want to do that exactly once and only once and I do not want to be manually editing XML in order to do so. Best would be if it had some kind of modeller where I can click together my entities and objects, maybe in some Java Application or a Web/Ajax Backend Interface (very fancy I know). I wish to avoid seperate persistance level logic programming with a specific language (read: No SQL or XML Situps!) entirely. In other words: In terms of persistance/applevel integration I really would like to leave the current state of things which to me appears to have been stuck in the early 90ies. I have no problem if this is all covered by fully automated scaffolding/crud or whatever and tons of autogenerated SQL in the background — I just would like to avoid having to deal with seperate layers alltogether whilst prototyping. Basically I'd like to stick to building my objects/types in Java and nothing else.

4.) The product should be either a one-command install on x86 Debian stable and other x86 Linux distros or should be easy to deploy manually with just a runtime as a prerequesite and a jar or something. Likewise it should be easy to deploy the required runtime environment and sub-libs on Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It should have a webserver option that is production ready and tried-and-true tested. It would be nice if that webserver option would either be an intergrated HTTP thingie inside the Java product or a first-choice integration with a FOSS HTTP Server binary that is *not* Apache, like lightHttpd or whatever the newest hype in enterprise ready lightweight HTTP-thingies is. I'd like to avoid Apache Configuration hassles just as I'd like to avoid SQL hassles.

6.) It should be established as a product — at least in the FOSS community (not just on one obscure mailinglist somewhere deep in the massive Apache Java Project grabbag) or be notably promising with a small company or dedicated team behind it. Something like PHPs ZendFW, Symphony, the Typo3 or Rails community — they've got a hang at pushing their stack in respective markets. (I.E.: Their websites don't look like shit and the projects opinion leaders actually know that marketing is important — even for a FOSS product) If it's a young but promising project I have no trouble helping out once I'm up to speed, so don't hesitate to advertise your own below, just don't ignore the requirements above completely.

Bonus points if the product has a braggable enterprise customer/user list and a real shot at pissing into the soup of the established players (Oracle, SAP, IBM, etc.).

Number 6 and 7 are nice to haves:

6.) Native integration with a well-established seasoned Ajax Toolkit like Sencha/Ext3, jQuery UI, Tipco GI or something of the sort. Perferably with a FOSS interface builder along with it.

  7.) Built with zero-fuss Mobile App integration (Android & iOS) in mind, since I think we all agree that that is the next big thing. Perhaps Android/iOS Libs already in place/available or something like that.

Thanks for you input, it's allway a great help."
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Late-ish Career Boost via degree: CS or Business Informatics?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Hoi Slashdotters. I'm in my early 40ies and after a little more than 10 years of web, scripting and software development as a freelancer and some gigs as a regular fulltime employee I'm seriously considering giving my IT career a boost to be more able to move up the food chain by getting a degree. I'm your regular 80ies computer kid and made a career switch to IT during the dot-bomb days. Now I'm with quite a bit of programming and project experience but sans a degree and find myself hitting somewhat of a glass ceiling with maybe a little age discrimination thrown in there — i.e. at my age you're either moving up the ladder or out. Since I'm in Germany, degrees count a lot (70% of IT staff have a degree) so getting one seems fitting and a nice touch to my portfolio. However, I'm pondering wether I should go for CS ('Informatics / Informatik' in German) or Business Informatics.

I'd like to move into Projekt Management or Technical Account Management and am in a little dilemma: CS gives me the pro credibility and proves my knowledge with low-level and tech stuff and I'd be honing my C/C++ and *nix skills and emphasising my tech cred. BI would teach me some bean-counting skills, I'd be doing modelling, ERP with Java or .Net all day (creepy, I know) and give me some BA cred but I'd lose karma with the T-Shirt wearing crew and the decision makers in that camp. Help me make my move with some educated opinions please. I'm leaning a little toward BI because I suspect that's where the money is in my case, but am not quite sure wether a classic CS degree wouldn't still be better — even if I'm wearing a suit. Any suggestions?"
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LSE drops .Net for Linux & Solaris Solution

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Heise.de reports (text in German) that the London Stock Exchange will drop its .Net based trading software solution for a Linux/Solaris alternative. Its mostly performance and cost issues that bring Microsofts prime example for the feasibility of .Net for large installations to a grinding and unpleasant halt. What really gives the .Net camp a major blow in the TCO arguement though, is that amoung 20 evaluated solutions the one chosen was buying the entire Sri Lanka based company MilleniumIT that offers the chosen alternative for the equivalent of 30 Million Euros. In comparsion, the mere rollout of the current insufficient .Net infrastructure cost LSE the equivalent of 65 Million Euros. ... 'gues I'll continue stearing clear of .Not."
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Ton Roosendahl recieves Honorary Doctorate

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "BlenderNation, a Blender News site, reports that Ton Roosendahl, lead developer and founder of the Blender Project, will recieve a PhD HC at the University in Leeds (UK) today. Blender isn't just a flagship open source project, it also has gained a solid reputation in the scientific community. Honor whom honor is due, i say. He very much deserves it. I'm sure the Blender community as a whole is happy and proud for and with him."
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3rd Blender Open Movie Project 'Durian' Announced

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "After 2 Blender Open Movie projects (Elefants Dream and Big Buck Bunny), both of which where huge successes for the blender communtiy and did a remarkable job at achieving the target goals, the blender foundation has announced it's third open movie project codenamed 'Durian' which is to be another animated short film made with an entirely FOSS production pipeline with Blender at its core. This time with an epic setting, an action-oriented presentation and a heroine as main character. The scenario rollout will be provided and overseen by the renowned dutch comic artist Martin Lodewijk. To all artists, blenderheads and 3D programmers: If you want to participate, now is your time to apply. The project team will be finalised and announced by June 20th this year. Shortly after the project will start in Amsterdam and go for the usual 6 to 9 Months. With Blender versions and projects increasing in quality and impact in leaps and bounds at each iteration, this is yet another gem from the Blender crew to look forward too. Especially with Blender 2.5 coming up with a large redo and overhaul of core components and features."
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Removing naggapps and clutter from a fresh Vista

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about 6 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Hello fellow Slashdotters. I've got a rather unusual problem: I'm a Linux veteran and haven't used Windows for production work since 8 years ago and stopped using it entirely about 6 years ago. However, I'm about to recieve a brand new Laptop as an xmas present from my employer and it comes with Vista preinstalled. I'd like to use the preinstalled OS as a foundation for working with some apps I use at work that only run on Windows, so I'd like to keep the install if possible. And, no, there are no replacements for these on Ubuntu. What can I do to clean up Vista and remove any crap that bogs down the system or gets me angry by nagging me with "Please register this OS and give us your genetic fingerprint" popups and simular shite MS has been pissing off people with lately? I'm even willing to pay 30 Euros or so for Windows cleanup utilities, maybe there is something you Windows guys can recommend? Any free tools I should run before doing anything on Vista? Thanks for any help."
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Are you also growing sceptical of todays IT?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  about 6 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "I am, just as many other slashdotters, the typical Generation X geek. I started programming in my teens in the mid-80s and have done it ever since, with maybe a few year break inbetween. In 1999 I joined the first web craze full-scale and have since then been developing software and contributing to IT projects for a living. I currently have a compareatively safe and fun job in a currently booming market (MMO Gaming) and a chance to yet again try out the newest of technologies in my field and even get paid for it. However, I've grown increasingly weary of a world embracing IT technologies where I feel they don't belong. IT-Bots deciding wether someone is elligeble to a credit or not or a terrorist or not based on some obscure metadata, indian taxi-drivers required not to smile in order for bots to be able to read their faces, bizar amounts of virtual/digital money being leveraged to unhinge entire economies, ect. pp. ... you get the picture. Don't get me wrong, I don't think the world will end because of this, but I do think people will have to move away from IT in order to reclaim their lives and that this will hurt our field of expertise where it actually *is* usefull and meant to advance humanity. On the other hand, people are starting to think this is normal. They don't see the nature of computers or the web, but simply take it in without even reflecting it. And the scary part about it is that no matter how ineffective it is, it is actually more effective for everyday life to mostly stear clear of IT and not become to dependant on it. Which — as I see it — only IT experts can actually really do proactively. What I'm saying is that more and more I see it becoming increasingly difficult to actually see the work I do actually benefit the people around me. What I see is a huge machine decoupled from humanity, squeezing the last bit of net gain out of everything and sinking people to mere co-dependant parts of it rather than empowering individuals. What are your observations? Similar, or is this just some sort of a winter depression I'm having? I don't see myself as overly romantic or backwards — on the contrary — but could it be that we as IT geeks more proactively have to embrace a counterculture? And maybe stand up against a world in which *everything* is ruled by IT? What do you fellow slashdotters think?"
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CakePHP 1.2 RC 1 released

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "After a long developement time and massive improvements in functions and featureset the CakePHP project has released RC1 of their Web Application Framework. CakePHP is one of the popular full-scale MVC web frameworks written in PHP. Unlike most others, it still actively supports PHP 4, allthough not with all features and it is officially inspired by Ruby on Rails."
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German Supreme Court blocks 'Big Eavesdropping'

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "The 'Big Eavesdropping Attack' ('Großer Lauschangriff'), a set of german anti-terrorisim laws forcing network and telco providers to store any connection data for 60 days (amoungst other things), is a major YRO/privacy issue in Germany. According to Spiegel Online (Article in German) the German Supreme Court has invalidated substancial portions of the bill in a short-notice arbitration. This is yet another instance in a series of swattings of the German gouverment for this sort of thing from the Judges of the German Supreme Court. A big relief for all whom it concerns. Nice to see the authorities still believe in citizens rights. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside."
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Microsoft offers 44 Billion $ for Yahoo

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "According to the major German news-site Spiegel Online, Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo for $31 per share, adding up to 44 Billion for a majority in shares. Prices for Yahoo shares started climbing after the news. Tricky thing. This would reduce the amount in Microsofts piggybank considerably and could backfire big time if their plan doesn't work out. And this time there'd be not much left to pay off the mistake. It's suprising to see MS announcing such a bold move. Is Yahoo really worth that much? And doesn't this appear a tad desperate?"
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Workplace Shell replacement for Mac OS X?

Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "I'm proud owner of an older 12" G4 iBook (1,0 Ghz) from a few years ago, the one many geeks have and liked to use because of it's price/performance ratio for a subnotebook. Many people I met use it to run Debian Linux PPC or some other OSS operating system and do their programming on it. However I mostly do web developement where the OS hardly matter and I've come to like the benefits of running the native OS and the neat and frictionless hardware integration that comes with it. I do quite a lot of Flash developement aswell and need to be able to use the official Flash IDE from Adobe. The downside is that the desktop bogs down the systems performance which I'd like to use for other things by running a replacement of the Aqua Workplace Shell & desktop enviroment. There are quite a few wps replacements for windows — I've use Litestep with Windows 2000 — but I'm looking for one for OS X. What lightweigth WPS replacements are there for OS X and what other strategies are there to take some weight off an OS X desktop?"
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Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "The high-end open-source 3D engine Crystalspace has reached Version 1.0. From the website: "After almost 10 years of development we finally release Crystal Space and Crystal Entity Layer 1.0!" Crytalspace has several sub-projects: A game engine called CEL, a scripting exstension for that game engine called Cellstart, and CrystalCore, a single-player FPS Demo-Game built to show off Crystalspaces features. Crystalspace is generally considered a modern and extremely powerfull 3D engine and allready is in use in commercial products."
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Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "A company called Applied Business Technologies Inc. has recently released an open source web RAD system and application server based on Java and Java EE. It's called jVantage and seems to do away with the usual 1995ish grind Java developers have to put up with before having a decent web application ready. The developement enviroment is completely web based and somewhat reminiscent of the way the Python web application server Zope handles things. The screencast demonstrations (front page, bottom right) — in django/rails/cake/yourFavoriteWebFramework style — display an impressive set of features and a developement speed that is nearly breathtaking and faster even than with the aforementioned code-generating frameworks. It's nice to see now that Java has completely joined the OSS world it also is quickly catching up with the goodies other enviroments have to offer. And even picking up the Zope concept. With projects like these and the mature OSS developement pipeline Java has it may even be able to step back into the ring with PHP in the everyday web developement game. They've got me (Python, Zope & PHP Fanboy) curious anyway."
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Qbertino Qbertino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Qbertino (265505) writes "Apple introduces the iPhone. The Specs go as following: Touchscreen controlled with a patended gesture system, OS X, 61x12x115 mm, 480by320 Screen resoltution, 4 or 8GB storage, 4-Band GSM, Edge Bluetooth, WiFi, 2 Megapixels Camera, Battery Time for Talk, Video, browsing: 5 hrs, Audio Playback 16 hrs., Weight: 135 grams. Looks: Sweeet. ... I want one."

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