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2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

Sesostris III Re:Why would I buy 2600 or attend HOPE X? (59 comments)

Perhaps Timothy actually read the article, specifically the second paragraph where they say;

This caused us to scramble to find alternative methods of getting our magazine into stores around the world, a feat we accomplished without too much difficulty.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Ah well, you beat me to it! I should've refreshed before typing.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Actually, it's worse. Ideally it would be:

Set<Object> s = new LinkedHashSet<Object>();

Or, I believe in java 8 you can infer the type as follows:

Set<Object> s = new LinkedHashSet<>();

That's why I suggested in an IDE. It will generally help the coder. However, I take your point!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Sesostris III Java in an IDE (466 comments)

Java in Eclipse or NetBeans. It's not interpreted but you can create it and run it in-situ ('Run As' in Eclipse). It also ticks most of the other boxes (web - Apache Tomcat. Mobile - not looked int this but there's mobile Java or there's Dalvik. GUI - Swing, SWT or JavaFX). I believe that NetBeans may be better for visual GUI development (I'm not familiar with NetBeans. I use Eclipse and set things up manually with Swing if required).

The only down-side is the learning curve. However there are lots of resources on the Web, and many books available. It is also cross-platform, maintained (by Oracle) and free (Gratis and, if you use OpenJDK, Libre). There are also plenty of third-party libraries you can download.

If I need something quick and dirty, it's what I use. (But then, I'm a Java developer so probably biased!)

about a month and a half ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

Sesostris III ICL 1900 (230 comments)

That was my first computer in 1979 (British Government). Not only was coding (COBOL) done on coding sheets, but you hand drew flow diagrams first before you started coding. When complete you sent the code off to be punched (onto cards) and compiled. Frustratingly the source code was only stored once one got one's first 'clean' compile. Before then one got the listing back (with compiler errors) along with the punched cards, and one had to replace the incorrect punch cards by hand. If I remember rightly, the Operating System was called George III.
Once compiled and stored, you could book your half-hour per day on the teletype! We did hear stories about terminals, but we didn't have any. This was the time you could do your daily compile, and then wait for the compilation listing to come back.

I've still got a few of the punched cards, along with the flow-chart template. They live at work and I bring them out occasionally to show the young 'uns.

By the early 80s I was on a team working with one of our first mini-computers (a Perkin Elmer). This lived in it's own air-conditioned room, with a large wardrobe-height CPU unit, an equally bit tape unit, and two massive removable disk drive units - big both physically (desk height) and in capacity (300 Mb each!). Input was via a terminal (so no more punched cards). Also, enough terminals for all us programmers ('programmers', not 'developers'). Again in COBOL.

One final part, I got an email circa 2003 to say that the first program I ever wrote, in 1979, had just doe it's final run (system EOL). 20 something years - not bad (although how much of my original code was left is anyone's guess).

One interesting technology that came and went was graph plotters. You could get desktop versions of these connected to early IBM PCs. They were fascinating to watch. Replaced by ink-jets and laser printers.

So in short, my journey; started with COBOL on 1900; continued with COBOL and some ICL specific 4GL (that I can't remember the name of - AML or something) on 2900; C (on DEC), VB6 in 2001 (yes, after 20 odd years I progressed to the dizzy heights of Trainee VB Programmer!), and currently Java.

I think I prefer the Java!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Sesostris III Re:OneNote is very good (170 comments)

Then use onenote. Of course you'll then be tied down to a specific application and even (as I seemingly trollishly demonstrated above) to a specific operating system!

Should I want to reference a document, presentation, audio, video or something else in a text file, I just record the file location. OK not embedded, but I haven't found this to be problematic, especially if I group things into folders.

about 3 months ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

Sesostris III Too many lawyers? (88 comments)

As a foreigner, I can't help wondering whether you've perhaps got too many lawyers over there in the States.

Unfortunately, where the States leads, we follow.

(Sig possibly relevant for once!)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Sesostris III Re:OneNote is very good (170 comments)

Actually (and seriously), as per some comments above, I use simple text files, both at home and at work. I'm not then dependent on a specific application. I'm not even dependent on X.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Sesostris III Re:OneNote is very good (170 comments)

sudo apt-get install onenote
[sudo] password for xxx:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package onenote

bummer!

about 3 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

Sesostris III Re:Quoted from Miod Vallat (379 comments)

Just curious, but why has the OpenBSD team lost respect from you? They're not the maintainers of the official OpenSSL branch. What they're creating is a fork.

about 3 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Sesostris III Re:Quick question (179 comments)

It does not suck that bad anymore. For anyone still having a grudge against Unity, I recommend trying it again at this point.

How would you feel about the sentence: "Your brain surgeon does not suck that bad anymore."

I think the sentence "Your brain surgeon does not suck that bad anymore." is not applicable in this instance. If your brain surgeon sucks, then your brain is is irretrievably damaged. If your Gnu/Linux distribution sucks, then your computer is not irretrievably damaged - you could back up your data, wipe your disk clean, and install another distribution (or wait until the original distribution no longer sucks).

A better sentence would be "Your hair stylist does not suck that bad anymore".

Sorry to hear about your brain surgeon, by the way.

about 3 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Sesostris III Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (179 comments)

You know, it occurs to me that if Mark Shuttleworth hadn't been "too ambitious and stubborn", he wouldn't have acquired his fortune in the first place - a fortune that he's subsequently used to bankroll Ubuntu and Canonical, and generally drive the Gnu/Linux ecosystem forwards.

Now he might fail (as you state, he is up against Apple, Microsoft and Google), but I think it is very good that someone is making the attempt - even if this does occasionally annoy his existing user base. For those there is always Xubuntu!

about 3 months ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Sesostris III Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (179 comments)

I'm currently with Linux Mint Debian Edition on my desktop (I migrated from Ubuntu as Unity and Gnome 3 were somewhat new at the time!). If only rolling upgrades were approximately every three months, I'd be happier. Unfortunately, they're not. (UP4 was on 2012.04.05, UP5 was on 2012.09.17, UP6 was on 2012.12.19, UP7 was on 2013.09.23, and UP8 was on 2014.02.04. Only one of these was a three-monther). When I installed LMDE it was a "rolling" release. Now it's described as "semi-rolling".

To be honest, I think the issue is lack of resources within Mint. When I installed LMDE, there was an XFCE edition (which I installed). This has been dropped. Fair enough, if the 'market wasn't there, no point in using resources unnecessarily.

Which leads us back to Ubuntu. This has been successful because Mark Shuttleworth has been using his personal fortune to keep things going. I sense a need for Canonical to get (at least) to a break-even point so it can continue even after Shuttleworth's fortune is no longer available (I doubt his pocket is bottomless!).

That either means relying on donations (like Mint) or getting some commercial success. Canonical have decided on the latter, and are have adopted their behaviour accordingly. I do not begrudge them this, and wish them well.

I will try the Unity (and Gnome) editions in VirtualBox (XFCE 12.04 LTE is on the laptop). I will then make an independent judgement as to what I think of them. For my next desktop build, I might revert to one of the Ubuntus (or if I'm feeling masochistic, I might even try Arch!)

And to compare - I recently bought a retail version of Windows 8.1 and installed it in VirtualBox. To be honest I don't think it's as bad an Operating System as has been made out - but the privacy issues are horrendous (I paraphrase, but one default install option seems to be to "send all browsing history to Microsoft to help Microsoft 'improve' the user experience etc."), and the default location for documents is Sky Drive. Microsoft also dream of "monetization and profits"! Now Ubuntu might be as bad (although I doubt it), but at least I don't have to pay to install it!

Canonical is an Organisation. It needs to keep going and thrive, and I (for one) hope they do. There is worse out there!

about 3 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Sesostris III Re:Map projections (286 comments)

The Union of the Crowns happened in 1603, even before the Act of Union of 1707. Even if they gain independence, I believe the plan is for Scotland to keep the current monarchy.

about 5 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Sesostris III Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

Yes, I don't get a say (as in voting in the referendum) on this, and I accept that as right and proper. The decision whether to become independent or not is being rightly left to the voters of Scotland. I don't need to be referred to an article by Roger Scruton to "educate" myself on this! Actually, What I was trying to point out is that the voters of Scotland haven't as yet has a say on this themselves - they will do in September - so to indicate that they have already come to a decision (and that the decision was for 'moral' reasons) is incorrect.

Yes, I'm sure the rUK could vote in a Labour government on it's own. That was not the point I was trying to make. What I was pointing out was that the phrase "Successive Tory governments" seems to ignore the existence of the last Labour government (1997 to 2010), a government where much of the 'top brass' was Scottish.

(Talking of governments and parties, the McCrone report, although commissioned by a Conservative Government, was suppressed by the Labour Government under Harold Wilson!)

Finally, if Scotland does vote to become an independent country, then I shall wish it well, and hope for ongoing friendship between Scotland and the rUK. If Scotland votes to remain in the UK, then I hope we all continue to strive to make the UK work well for all its citizens.

about 5 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Sesostris III Re:Map projections (286 comments)

G.B., England, its all the same viewed from our east coast.

Maybe, but it really pisses off the Scots!

about 5 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Sesostris III Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

Although probably economically beneficial to Scotland, most people want independence for moral reasons.

Oh, has the referendum happened? I thought it was due in September.

Or are we talking only about those (in Scotland) who so far have expressed a preference for independence. Although substantial, I don't believe this is (yet) a majority of those eligible to vote. And we won't know for certain until September.

As to "Successive Tory governments", from 1997 to 2010 we (the UK - I'm rUK) had a Labour government, with two Scottish Chancellors (Brown and Darling), a Scottish Prime Minister (Brown) and a Prime Minister, who if not Scottish, was educated at one of Scotland's top Public Schools (Blair, went to Fettes, in Edinburgh).

about 5 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Sesostris III Re:Map projections (286 comments)

Actually you fought to get away from Great Britain, not (just) England. The Union was in place when America declared it's independence (I assume you're US-American).

about 5 months ago

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UK organisation set up to encourage IPv6 adoption, closes

Sesostris III Sesostris III writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Sesostris III (730910) writes "In April 2010, with £20,000 of government money, 6uk was set up to encourage the adoption of the IPv6 protocol in the UK. In December 2012 the board resigned en-masse in protest at official indifference to its work.

"The biggest organisation we needed to join 6UK was the government" the former director, Philip Sheldrake, is quoted as saying. Without government support "There's no material incentive for any organisation to go for IPv6". Government interest can be gauged by the fact that no government website currently sat on an IPv6 address.

The UK is among the nations that have done the least to move to IPv6, and lags behind other nations in adopting the new protocol. In contrast, governments like that in the US are encouraging adoption of the new protocol by mandating IPv6 compliance in contracts."

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