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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Spicerun RTFM... (452 comments)

RTFM ... Everything is in the documentation....

about 9 months ago
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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

Spicerun Re:Office 365 (293 comments)

"...but you know, $99/yr for the latest-and-greatest version on 5 PCs, which covers my whole family and my laptop (not to mention the ability to move licenses around very easily and the ability to temporarily run it somewhere else if needed) isn't a bad deal at all as it turns out."

It is a bad deal when compared to LibreOffice that doesn't have a limit on number of PCs, and doesn't require a subscription/year amount of money. Their updates are available anytime you want, too.

about 10 months ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Spicerun Re:Ubuntu has safe updates (627 comments)

Funny.....I've had work systems nuked twice by Ubuntu.

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

Spicerun Re:Gentoo (627 comments)

I continue to use Gentoo, and have used it for a number of years. Only complaint I have with Gentoo is that if you keep updating it regularly (and use the cutting edge version....ie: ~x86), there are really bad periods where the machine will not update and things break because the Gentoo developers haven't yet gotten together to make everything play nice with each other because of a 'debatable' change they put in. Usually, though, once I get that sorted, it stays working for a really long time.

I wish the Gentoo Developers would understand that causing the System to 'break' before they work out their software/portage issues really isn't acceptable to their users.

about a year ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Spicerun Re:I used to share office with some sysadmins (397 comments)

......
"God complex" is really justified when most of the idiots on the system can easily cause significant problems, which are then blamed onto the IT because "it's the software that's broken!" The users are never at fault.

So why is it that the users doing their work on the system that (for which they are blamed when they don't get their work done) cause the significant problems, according to the "God complex" Administrators? Why is it that the only system problems is the work that the users must do?

about a year and a half ago
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USPTO Asks For Input On Software Patents

Spicerun How About.... (209 comments)

1. The Patent Office actually does searches on prior software & methods before granting/rubber-stamping that application, and expecting the courts to do the searching for them.
2. Only Software Experts/Engineers, on more than just Microsoft Development Programming minimally, should be doing the patent examinations/patent searches/patent approvals.
3. USPO should have the power to reject an approved patent at any time, for a minimum of 'patent application in bad faith.

These points would be a start for my satisfaction.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Leaves Out Linux For Initial Web App Support

Spicerun Re:Fork it, then (403 comments)

I have 40 years experience porting code and Drivers to various OSes and processors...OSes like Freescale MQX, TI DSP Bios, WxWidgets APIs, and/or Linux. Most of my C code is written with the 'write once' philosophy.

I know I shouldn't reply to an obvious troll like this, but this attitude of yours bothers me. I've seen that 'can't be done' attitude fthat you are demonstrating in your post.....quite frankly it sucks.

Saying "easily and effortlessly it will integrate into cross-platforms" does not imply that the software is easy to write to begin with. I was implying that the 98% more effort to consider your approach was actually more work up-front when writing your code.....like maybe making your code 'Modular' to begin with, and also follow the standards that all compilers follow (C programming following ANSI standards for example) rather than picking those shortcuts that, for example, only MS compilers let you use, or the Qt macros that require the MOC compiler (ie - compiler shortcuts that no other compiler for other platforms understand).

I'm sorry you are working 60 hour weeks....I used to do that too, until I learned how to work more efficiently (Write source once again) which lets me work normal business hours. Maybe you should consider the 'Work smarter, not harder philosophy', instead of this 'It can't be done because I can't imagine it philosophy' you seem to have.

And, with your post, you have proven it is you without any experience. Maybe you should back off and learn something?

more than 2 years ago
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Mozilla Leaves Out Linux For Initial Web App Support

Spicerun Re:Fork it, then (403 comments)

"Making software cross platform can be extremely time consuming" BULL! Do your software right, and you'd be surprised how easily and effortlessly it will integrate into cross-platforms. Of course, that would require you to consider well your approach as you start to code, which would be 98% more work than most developers want to do.

more than 2 years ago
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Games for Windows Marketplace Merging With Xbox.com

Spicerun It isn't just Xbox... (45 comments)

I got a notice to upgrade my Skype to add Games for Windows there as well. Anyone else get that notice? So the demise of Skype begins....

more than 3 years ago
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Free Software Faces a Test With Qt

Spicerun Re:...so? (177 comments)

This is my only reply to this topic: Anything the MOC (QT metacompiler) understands is a good example of something that doesn't conform to the C++ standard in my view. My point is not that you don't have to use the MOC, but that because it exists, a lot of developers do use it, causing them to not be following C++ standards (ie - not even recognizing that they are not using correct C++ syntax). I have seen myself a few Qt programmers that simply couldn't understand why their moc-based program would not build on embedded hardware that only had a C++ compiler....one of those was an MSVC++ compiler too. It is another subject entirely on how much MSVC++ follows the C++ standard.

more than 3 years ago
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Free Software Faces a Test With Qt

Spicerun Re:...so? (177 comments)

That's your opinion, not mine. Let me know when Qt finally starts conforming to the C++ standard instead of hiding where they don't want to conform to the C++ standard... via macros nobody else in the real C++ world uses. Let the rebuttals from upset Qt fans begin......

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: FOSS, Multiplatform Skype Replacement for PC-to-PC Video Chat?

Spicerun Re:Skype (281 comments)

Obviously you haven't had the joy of using something after MS took it over. I've seen a few programs go down the tubes after MS bought the company. Sure, they didn't go down the tubes immediately, but they did die a long slow painful death. And the customers who stuck with those acquired programs got screwed ultimately.

more than 3 years ago
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After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

Spicerun Re:Somebody save QT Pleeaase! (601 comments)

Now that Microsoft is going to assimilate Nokia, I am sure QT is in great danger. I pray that someone would get it and continue making it great as it is.

Hopefully they'll make Qt totally C++ compliant too without all of those extensions to the language they added from day 1. Reminds me of another company we've heard about.

more than 3 years ago
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After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest

Spicerun Re:Looking for Job (601 comments)

It is impossible to take you seriously when you worship Microsoft above all others....(Heaven forbid someone should abbreviate the name or use symbols).

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Push WebM With IE9, Safari Plugins

Spicerun h.264 Broadcasting consideration? (413 comments)

Has Nobody ever wondered why TV stations aren't broadcasting in h.264? There's something about them having to pay royalties for broadcasting in the format. I'm not sure what the fee schedule is for them, but I know it is a lot more expensive than the ATSC MPEG2 (in the USA) format they are using now.

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

Spicerun Troll Article... (1348 comments)

Gee, another article declaring Linux dead again from a magazine that has years of pushing WIndows on their reading public. I have a feeling that 90% of their readers are exclusively Windows Users....the rest of us find magazines that actually write articles about our preferred OS without comparison to Windows.

more than 4 years ago
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Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected

Spicerun So its the victim's fault then? (938 comments)

Gee, another article declaring that the victim has to be the one to get help to change their behavior, while the Bullies just continue on their way untouched. Don't know about you, but I'm getting really tired of the victims being cited as the root of the problems here.

more than 4 years ago
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How GNOME and KDE Spend Their Money

Spicerun Re:Well, kind of obvious... (167 comments)

For many, it's a no-brainer, so QT gets a lot more developers.

Until the Developer sees the bill for themselves just to develop any program using Qt that they don't want to put under the GPL.

more than 5 years ago
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Should Developers Be Liable For Their Code?

Spicerun Re:Licensing and Accredidation (517 comments)

... nominated by their peers, like a state bar.

Ugh...no thanks. This doesn't address the quality of the software programmer, but it sure works to keep 'good ole boys' in power ... and makes certain a whole lot of others who would be gifted to work in programming, can't work in the programming. Don't believe me? Look at the sham called 'Professional Engineer' as defined in Texas.

more than 5 years ago
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Hans Reiser Leads Police To Nina's Body

Spicerun Re:Choice of file system (1523 comments)

Unfortunately, only a small number of OSS developers would even consider taking up the file system.

There was a time when OSS stood for people who actually liked to program tools and develop a better OSS system, but with the advent of such things like Ubuntu, and "easy to install--don't have to do anything--it just works", people won't deal with it unless it already exists in .deb packages.

In other words, Its the Windowization of Linux with too many 'Windows Users/trolls' coming to take instead of giving to the OSS community. Just like they do with Windows. Personally, I'd wish they'd just stick to Windows, instead of trying to make Linux/BSD, etc. another Windows 2.0.

more than 6 years ago

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