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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

RandomStr DevManPwn is better. (226 comments)

The permutation of so-called devops that works best for me (and successful start-ups IMHO) is where the developers are also management(being the owner is the cherry on top), of course it only really works in a software company...

You'd be amazed at how much more accountable(function) non-devops managers are when they know then can't pass the buck the developers(threaten outsourcing, etc.). Think Bill, Woz, Sergey & Larry etc...

about 4 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

RandomStr Re:Better article (342 comments)

The story of how the IEX came to be is a compelling one, and considering the inertia behind it, it would seem that most exchanges would be well advised to consider implementing an analogous system; even if it only ends up being a short term solution...

about 4 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

RandomStr Re:Apple doesn't make PC's either... (474 comments)

I would point out that technically Apple doesn't make PC's any more either(and perhaps never did), they are Intel(PC) boxes running a bsdSkin(OSX) rather than Windows. They only thing that differentiates them from, say, Dell, is that they adopt closed standards and have vertical branding(but certainly not vertical integration)...

...and that they develop their own OS for them (yes, the lower levels are based on Mach and BSD code, but it's not as if they just take off-the-shelf Mach and BSD code and slap a thin GUI skin over it).

I do concede that OSX so more than just a skin, perhaps comparing it to Metro/ModernUI sitting on top of the NT Kernel might be a better comparison... ...just kidding. It's more like Gnome/KDE/Android/Chrome sitting on each's respective flavour of UNIX. :)

Ultimately I think UNIX is a solid core for any OS, and that if Microsoft hadn't dropped their flavour, we wouldn't have had to endure the growing pains of 95/XP/Vista. But that's another story.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say that, Intel/IBM/Motorola(the three companies that have supplied them with chips) are essentially the only "PC" makers in the world, and are still going strong.

Neither IBM nor Motorola make processor chips used in any significant personal computers these days (unless you have your own personal IBM Power System, IBM System z, or IBM BlueGene supercomputer :-)), so neither of them are "PC makers" any more.

Yes ok(and not really), but my point is that the chip is the computer, and that each generation of Apple(Moto/IBM/Intel) has had "Less Apple", this current, Intel, and the next, ARM, are little more than reference designs, configured to fit in the box...

  • XBOX360/PS3/Wii/WiiU/WiiU2 all contain PowerPC chips, many Tablets/Phones/ChromeBooks?/etc. contain Moto chips; the line of distinction of what a PC is these days has blurred, but they all have their roots in the PC concept...
  • And since the vast majority of Apples business is those other non-PC devices...
  • Also until this new Lenovo deal goes through, IBM still make Intel workstations too...

Perhaps the line from the Apple guy should have been, "While you can't run software from any previous generation(or our next) of our PC's, well still sell you something called that.". I know I'm being cynical, but hey the original story/line was from a PR guy...

about 7 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

RandomStr Apple doesn't make PC's either... (474 comments)

I would point out that technically Apple doesn't make PC's any more either(and perhaps never did), they are Intel(PC) boxes running a bsdSkin(OSX) rather than Windows.
They only thing that differentiates them from, say, Dell, is that they adopt closed standards and have vertical branding(but certainly not vertical integration)...

In fact, I'd go so far as to say that, Intel/IBM/Motorola(the three company's that have supplied them with chips) are essentially the only "PC" makers in the world, and are still going strong.
Apple and almost every other brand just make the boxes containing the said company components.

about 7 months ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

RandomStr Parody or prophecy? (726 comments)

Great movie, still love it(when in the mood), but unfortunately ahead of its times; it seems less like a parody these days.

about 9 months ago
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Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics

RandomStr E8 mathematics (600 comments)

It appears reminiscent of another of my favourite contenders, E8 mathematics.
Feels like we are almost on the right track; exciting times...

about a year ago
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

RandomStr Re:then make them better (385 comments)

Yeah, I suppose it's the price of computers being mass market consumer devices.

At least they are significantly cheaper these days(laptops), but I do also feel that they all cater to consumers that don't know what's good(i.e. average screen rez is lower these days than 5 years ago)... It's all about churn not innovation.

If you haven't seen the new Fujitsu Lifebook UH90 4k laptops(also HP and one other I think), I suggest you Google it. They are very impressive.

about a year ago
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

RandomStr Re:then make them better (385 comments)

I agree about the high res displays, it's the only thing I'd purchase right now, if there were any products available...

Asus's 30 is a step is the right direction, but I want a(3) quality 4k 24inch lcd at the right price... ...and by that I mean cheaper than a 14inch laptop with a 4k screen.

And I'll buy a new pc when the haswell e5 xeon chips(with DDR4) are out, until then there's no point for me.

about a year ago
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Stanford's Flying Fish Glider

RandomStr Oh yeah, that's interesting too... (12 comments)

Upon reading the title I was expecting a cellular automaton glider.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_automaton

The engineer in me can appreciate the effort though...

about a year ago
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Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects Master, Dies Aged 92

RandomStr Farewell Ray, you change our world, thank-you. (49 comments)

As someone who had the honor of meeting Ray, I say, he will be missed.

At the time of meeting him I was a nubie to the effects industry, one that he was instrumental in developing, yet he was as fascinated and inspired with our modern processes as we where by his. His insight, creative vision and pioneering sprite transcended time, and I value every word of advice that he bestowed upon me.

His works(seminal) will ensure that he continues to inspire, an immortal of our modern age.

about a year ago
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Spinning Black Hole's Edge Rotates At Nearly the Speed of Light

RandomStr Re:Seems obvious to a naive engineer! (227 comments)

...I imagine a black hole to be so massive not even light can escape its gravitational pull. Which technically means the escape velocity is the speed of light. So anything at the event horizon should be at the speed of light. ...

Also consider that at the event horizon, space-time itself is travelling at the speed of light towards the black hole.

So when the medium light is travelling through is travelling at the speed of light, light can't escape; i.e. the event horizon...
Think swimming upstream when the current is faster than you can swim; the steepness of the hill has little consequence.

Having said that, I'm also not a physicist, but I also came that same conclusion...

about a year and a half ago
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Has the 3-D Hype Bubble Finally Popped?

RandomStr Re:3D is lame, head-tracking is cool (261 comments)

I agree, head-tracking is very effective and without all the annoying aspects of stereoscopic - flickering glasses, fixed focus, crosstalk, etc...

Its a shame the Kinect isn't good enough to do this(I assume; where are the games?).

more than 2 years ago
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How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry

RandomStr Re:Download a iPhone from pirateBay, and print... (199 comments)

Remember that to get gold you need to provide gold.

Not in the long term, Nanofabrication and eventually sub-atomic-fabrication, will let us literally re-build lead into gold, all ya need is the right amount of electrons, protons and neutrons to feed into the machine. My point is, there will be a point where the evolution of "3d-Printing", will destabilise the basic premise of economics, haves and have-nots...

But yes I was eluding to the fact that eventually currency will go totally virtual, if there is even a need for money by then; Atomic fabrication has the potential to eliminate poverty and free the world from the devastating effects of global industrialisation, if we let it....

Not *all* manufacturing will cease,

Someone will need to make the first one of these units... ;)

more than 2 years ago
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How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry

RandomStr Download a iPhone from pirateBay, and print... (199 comments)

Ultimately all manufacturing will be "3d printed", eventually...

The only question is what is going to stop people from downloading an iPhone from pirateBay, and printing a copy.

And what will happen when the technology matures to the point where you can print out a gold bar?

more than 2 years ago
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Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

RandomStr Cyberpunk's back! (256 comments)

I hope it happens, Snow Crash is one of my favourite books of all time.

The Diamond Age would also be an incredible film too; if the Syfy Channel miniseries doesn't materialise, or even if...

And to top off a(non-Gibson) cyber-punk trilogy/cycle, I'd vote for a film adaptation of Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith.

more than 2 years ago
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Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?

RandomStr Moore's law(should) also apply for displays... (565 comments)

There is no reason why Moore's law shouldn't also apply for displays, but there are/where a few stumbling blocks along the way:

-Manufacture collusion - for far too long a good portion of the manufactures where artificially controlling the price, and in turn holding back innovation and competition...
-Cable standards - Getting a sufficient amount of data to the screen is still a problem, current DisplayPort cable are barely capable of 4K...
-OS support - Better that is was a few years ago, but there still seems to be a prevailing view that high-PPI means small text rather than crisp text...
-Changing Markets - Computer where once the realm of tech. heads(who knew what was good and not), but times have changed, computer are largely consumer devices, bought by people who don't realise that FullHD is all probability a lower rez./PPI monitor than the CRT they had ten years ago...
-A change of tides in the management of the IT - Most IT company both hardware and software, are now run by non-technical management types seeking shot term goals to satisfying their myopic bonus objectives, rather than the tradition model of perusing long-term technical-research-development objectives...

As to the article, nice that they mentioned the IBM T220, I don't subscribe to their conclusions(obviously); chances are its just apple astroturfing...

more than 2 years ago
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Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Robot or Android?

RandomStr AstroBoy! (608 comments)

How about AstroBoy, for the kid in all of us...

I would vote for any/all of the BladeRunner characters, but they are Replicants("A genetically engineered creature composed entirely of organic substance"), so don't count...

As for the choices, Bishop is cool, but Ash is so much more sci-fi!

more than 2 years ago
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Court Rules Code Not Physical Property

RandomStr Code not physical, how about money? (125 comments)

This is just the sort of affirmation GS needs;

So, if code is not a physical object, and therefore stealing it is not theft, what dose that say about the digital currency (also non-physical) they trade every day...
And how about loosing it(the money)?

Back to the point, what if he printed the code...

more than 2 years ago
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On Slashdot Video, We Hear You Loud and Clear

RandomStr Video, but only when the subject of discussion. (263 comments)

I agree with the comments about not wanting to see news/articles in video form; but there is a place/requirement for video on /.

-This site is about commenting/discussion on things/events; in some instances, video is the original source(of discussion).
-A picture tells a thousand words, and a video... There are some thing that must be seen; also a relevant and appropriate usage IMHO.

Video for videos sake is never going to gel with the tradition /. crowd, but staying relevant is also important; video is a major source on the net today, and can be complementary to discussion, but redundant video, that's not worth my time.

There must be a "ted talk" or "technical seminar" video each month that warrants a discussion or two. Limiting discussion sources to text/web pages would seem to be excluding an increasingly important portion of the net...

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Introduced To Ban Sale of MA15+ Games To Anyone Under 18 in SA

RandomStr Burning plastic is toxic... (161 comments)

Just politicians demonstrating how irrelevant and out-of-touch with they are with society in general...

Imagine if they where trying to ban sales of a board game, or books? Talk about inappropriate usage of public funds!

Also, how ironic that they would target an age group of people who are just about to make the first political decision/vote in there life; Which way do you think they'll vote. First impression count much for you?

And who is this supposed to be scoring points for? Could it be that there is an ulterior motive; history has showed us that's a slippery and dangerous path...

more than 2 years ago

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New Features in next Xbox Update

RandomStr RandomStr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RandomStr (2116782) writes "Just heard from a Microsoft support representative that the next xbox dashboard update will include options to remove credit card details and also a feature to disable the automatic renewal.

Since these features have always been a bit controversial, I thought that the community at large would like to discuss this surprising move by Microsoft.

Dig in!"

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