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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

StormReaver Re:Barometers In iPhones! (79 comments)

Smallprint: oh yeah, Android had them for years

I now expect Apple to launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung over the lowercase letter, "i" in Android. Alternatively, I expect Apple to launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung for showing atmospheric pressure in millibars; thereby infringing upon Apple's invention of the word.

2 days ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

StormReaver Re:Not a great loss... (108 comments)

Oracle is becoming increasingly irrelevant....

I snuck PostgreSQL into the organization in 2005 to handle certain Web activity. It worked great for years, and my boss later decided to use it for other projects that were slated to use Oracle. All of those projects were so maintenance free at the database end that we later decided to replace Oracle with PostgreSQL for all of our database needs.

We found that the Oracle "features" we paid for failed when they were needed most, and therefore didn't work as advertised. PostgreSQL's replication and standby features would have been good enough.

I use PostgreSQL for all of my low end needs, too. I tried MySQL off and on for years, and it is still a terrible database (alter the data to fit the contraints!) when data are important. Even more exciting, though, is that PostgreSQL is slowly adding high-end features into its core infrastructure. And those features adhere to the PostgreSQL ACID philosophy.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

StormReaver Why Should We Care? (187 comments)

Why should anyone care what you have to say, since you're almost always in your own little Bizarro universe that is devoid of anything resembling the reality in which the rest of us live?

about two weeks ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

StormReaver Re:Don't bother with AP CS (144 comments)

One of the best things about AP Computer Science is that you get some good experience with recursion, inheritance, interfaces, class design --- more advanced topics that you might not encounter as a self-educated programmer (and many of the students in my classes are extensively self-educated).

All of these things are basic, fundamental, principles encountered early in the process of learning programming. If you're not extensively practicing these things by your second or third week (if not sooner) of learning object oriented programming (with recursion not needing OOP), then you should probably reconsider your career path and stop thinking of yourself as in any way, shape, or form, "extensively self-educated" in programming.

about two weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

StormReaver Re:Samsung has worked with Nuance forever (161 comments)

I am not sure what buying Nuance is supposed to do but it has to be a defense of some sort.

Buy Nuance, raise licensing fees charge to Apple for Siri, make iCrap more expensive, make back money lost in court, make Apple pay for its own court victories.

It's poetry.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

StormReaver Re:Plus what religion might ET bring? (534 comments)

Religion is something that an ET might bring.

Maybe I'm giving so-called intelligent life too much credit, but I would hope that by the time a species could traverse the immense distances needed to arrive at Earth from whatever planet they come from, they would by then have the ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality.

about three weeks ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

StormReaver Re:Simplification has a disgusting track record. (184 comments)

Chances are, we're about to lose the value of KDE, much like we lost the value of so many other projects over the years.

I truly hope that KDE isn't falling victim to the, "We're successful, so let's abandon everything that got us here!" syndrome that infects so many formerly-usable systems.

about a month ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

StormReaver Re: Again? (96 comments)

Netscape was free too, and it was easy to switch from IE for anyone who wanted to...

Netscape wasn't free until Microsoft bundled Internet Explorer (IE) into Windows, which had (and still has) a (what should be illegal) monopoly on desktop operating systems. At that point, no one could charge for a browser. That was leveraging a monopoly in one area to gain a monopoly in another area, which is a felony (for which Microsoft was rightly convicted).

Switching from IE to anything else was almost impossible for most people, because Microsoft's browser dominance was so thorough that a huge number of web sites was created to fully work only with IE. Phoenix/Firefox broke Microsoft's stranglehold only through a rare convergence of events.

about a month and a half ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

StormReaver Re:Again? (96 comments)

No matter what one thinks of Yelp, they were one of the first few place review services around. Then Google tried to buy them and, when that failed, copied their business model and turned it into Google Places which held top place in any location search.

I'm failing to see the problem. That is how competition is supposed to work: doing something better than someone else.

Did Google threaten anyone, or did Google just provided a better service/experience?

Did Google conspire with other companies to put Yelp out of business?

Did Google somehow leverage a monopoly position in search to gain a monopoly position in reviewing stuff?

As far as I know, Google is just a better competitor.

about a month and a half ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

StormReaver Re:Huh? (282 comments)

Several years ago, a kernel developer submitted a patch that greatly increased Linux performance for desktop-oriented tasks; but the patch was rejected because it harmed server performance. In that case, there was no way to reconcile the needs of the two types of systems. Under that kind of situation, the logic for a server/desktop split increases.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

StormReaver Not Enough (533 comments)

Not only is 4/1 not nearly enough, it needs to be symmetrical. 20/20 is just barely servicable for a household. 100/100 would be adequate, but 1000/1000 should be the standard. These companies want to stay at 4/1 so they don't have to "waste" any of their cocaine/hooker money on infrastructure.

about a month and a half ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

StormReaver Re:Huh? (314 comments)

Why the hell is a GUI system dependent on a low level system control daemon?

Just a wild guess (and I may be wrong), but perhaps it's for better communication of events between the underlying system and the GUI.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

StormReaver Switching to AMD (110 comments)

Thankfully, the Open Source AMD video driver has progressed enough to use it for normal computing. I've been using it on cards I already had laying around, and it performs very well for daily use. It performs much better than Nouveau (which isn't surprising, since AMD released full specifications, and nVidia requires complete clean-room reverse engineering), and integrates into a Linux desktop cleaner than the nVidia proprietary driver (nVidia destroys the boot display, for example).

Now I have enough motivation to no longer use nVidia. Thank you, nVidia, for helping AMD gain some ground.

about a month and a half ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

StormReaver Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

It's as if the constitution is completely meaningless.

You beat me to the point. The parts of the so-called "Patriot" Act that authorize warrantless surveillance in violation of the 4th amendment are invalid and illegal. It doesn't matter what parts of our government say otherwise; any law that violates the Constitution is not valid law.

That being said, our governments's actions are backed by a large body of people armed with the most powerful weapons in the world. Unless we're willing to fight and die for the Constitution (which 99.999% of us aren't willing to do), we are truly screwed. That is because the only other option we have is to drop party politics and actually vote in our best interests (which 99.999% of us are too stupid to do) to restore a government which actually exists within its own legal limits.

about 1 month ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

StormReaver Re:Kodak had the right idea decades ago (161 comments)

And [Kodak's] engineers put a lot of time and thought into the Photo CD format and future-proofing it.

And after the patent restrictions expire, this format may possibly become useful. As it is, this format is completely useless because of the patent threat.

Software Patents: killing innovation since 1998.

about 1 month ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

StormReaver Re:Better ways to track users (76 comments)

Because 90% of the time the bad guy knows it takes 20 seconds, and has a stopwatch by the phone, and hangs up at like 19 seconds, just to toy with the good guy.

I'm pretty sure that the U.S. Government doesn't need a stopwatch to know when 20 seconds are up. I'm also pretty sure that toying with Edward Snowden isn't as much fun as it may seem. But then again, the U.S. Government is rather psychotic nowadays.

about 2 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

StormReaver Re:WTF is up with the title of this article... (190 comments)

I don't know whether to think you're funny because of all your errors (each of your points is wrong), absurd because of all your errors (each of your points is wrong), or that you've just come out of cryostatis (Rob Malda hasn't been a part of Slashdot for a few years now).

about 2 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

StormReaver Re:Why wasn't it called Munix? (190 comments)

Munix would have been way better.

It is too close to being (and probably is) a derivitive name of UNIX.

about 2 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

StormReaver Re:Language VS The Virtual Machine VS Client (511 comments)

Sure, you can do it, but it realistically people who do Java Swing apps are writing some sort of thick client that could almost always could run inside a contemporary browser without any plugins.

Swing is where I do all of my Java GUI programming, and I find it to be an excellent fit for that purpose (and so do my customers). I find running Java inside a browser to be, to put it politely, fucking retarded.

about 2 months ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

StormReaver Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (179 comments)

Your posting mirrors my own thoughts. Ballmer has absolutely no business teaching anything even remotely related to business, as he has failed at it horribly. He could potentially be a one-class guest speaker on how to pitch a product by parodying others, but that's his only business qualification outside of, "would you like fries with that?"

The only reason Ballmer got any time at Microsoft is because of his friendship with Bill Gates. Microsoft's janitors probably have more business qualifications than Ballmer.

about 2 months ago

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