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BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

T-Ranger Re:Yea what a great idea (118 comments)

It was the greatest switcheroos in my knowledge of IT corporate M&As.

NeXT was paid to take over Apple.

about a year ago

Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

T-Ranger Re:Getters and setters (543 comments)

Presuming you can trivially create the getters/setters, the advantage is that once created, any future customizations to accessing/setting data on that object doesn't require any refactoring of code that does those things. While its possible to refactor simple blah->property17 to blah->getProperty17() in _your own code_, its not at all possible to do for external users.

Might as well setup the access methods early. And with autogenerated methods, no reason not to.

about a year ago

Have We Hit Peak HFT?

T-Ranger Re:Good (476 comments)

Well, you are proportionately responsible for the actions of companies you own. Up to exactly the price you paid for that share.

about a year ago

Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work

T-Ranger Re:MBAs and Investment Bankers ruin companies. (317 comments)

DEC is a great counterexample to "business interests" destroying a technology company. In fact, it was a company with great technology products which the market just didn't care about. An MBA in charge would have said "Skip this VMS shit, boys"

about a year and a half ago

Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

T-Ranger Re:I'd go further... (418 comments)

They do have cleanup mechanisms - comments and downvoting.

about a year and a half ago

USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

T-Ranger Re:Leave the units alone (909 comments)

If you called it a "bob" then people would think of bob-wide walls. The convention is simply wrong. A 2x4 isn't within any realistic tolerance of 2"x4". They are all cut to a reasonable tolerance of 1.5"x3.5". So, wrong by 25%! It isn't like half the "2x4"s that one buys are larger then the described size.

Its marketing. Technology to cut wood [in a factory setting] got cleaner and more accurate over time. Lumbar lines could have gotten more accurate and closer to the actual advertised size, but at every opportunity to refine the standard, the actual size was reduced.

And "two inches less a sixteenth" in metric is easy. 74.6125 mm. Or if your example is really "how to say 1 minor tick less then the major ticks on this measuring device", "4 less 1" is 3.9.

about a year and a half ago

Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System

T-Ranger Re:Can we get a real Linux filesystem, please? (210 comments)

If you ... your employer ... are prepared to spend money, then why not spend money? I mean, and this is a serious question, why not go with something like a EMC VNX or VNXe? Byte for byte of real physical storage SANs are pretty expensive, I grant, but the features can oft make up for that.

about 2 years ago

One Cool Day Job: Building Algorithms For Elevators

T-Ranger Re:maybe they should release it as a game (203 comments)

I'm not sure about that, but the original Sim City *was* based on Will Wight's previous project, Raid on Bungeling Bay. Or rather, how his Bungeling Bay map editor was as much fun as the end game.

about 2 years ago

Google Vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Interviews

T-Ranger Re:No work life balance at Google (215 comments)

That is a pretty small sample size - and easily explained away. Was he a student before being a Googler? You always have more time as a student. Did he previously have a fairly normal 9-5 gig, fixed salary, no profit sharing or options? Maybe he wants to work harder for a company he has some long term financial investment in. Was his previous job something very mechanical, pumping out stupid, never to be read TPS reports? At Google, maybe he is doing something which is constantly hours away from being visible by millions of people. Maybe he is planning on working his ass of for 5 years, and retiring.

more than 2 years ago

Does Higher Health Care Spending Lead To Better Patient Outcomes?

T-Ranger Where the money goes (504 comments)

Everywhere except the US, increasing money on health care increases health care. In the US, increased money to healthcare increases funding for insurance companies coming up with new ways to deny claims.

more than 2 years ago

Email Offline At the Home of Sendmail

T-Ranger Re:Only 70000 accounts? (179 comments)

And those 78,000 users, many of which used email for about 20 minutes a week. In 2011, those 78,000 users each have a desktop, laptop or tablet, and phone, connected to the system 24/7.

Very different.

more than 2 years ago

The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

T-Ranger Re:Screenshot? (403 comments)

It looks like a standard Gnome 3 window to me.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does SSL Validation Matter?

T-Ranger SSH (243 comments)

There is a model of how to have an encrypted system replace its clear-text equivalent. SSH.

Math nerds are just making everything too complicated. Yes, there may be some technical perfection which we can strive for, in version 3.0 Version 1 is just totally fucked, it is both unsuccessful at being perfect, both technically and politically, and is just too fucking hard. Make 2.0 work, and work everywhere. When faced with a technical question, see what SSH does. can solve 90% of the problem basically overnight, and put those bloodsucking extortionists out of business. Do what SSH does.

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

T-Ranger Re:Sweet Lord No (1173 comments)

In addition to changing the circle itself, over the past 5 years they have also added a 3rd lane to both Chebucto (reversible) and the Bay Rd.

Traffic volumes have increased. I think that goes without saying. Maybe down in the past couple of years with gas prices and slightly better transit, but the 2000s are higher then the '80s.

It is always backed up at rush hour now, and it was before, too. But so is North St getting onto the bridge, and the Joe Howe interchange getting to the other bridge or the Bedford highway, and the 102/Joe Howe lights getting onto the 102. Fortunately, as much as we like to bitch, rush hour doesn't even last an hour. Try getting off Manhattan, at 4:30....

Meh, anyway. The guys with the iron rings hire high school students to count cars. All the statistics say that roundabouts are better in general, and specifically in Armdale too.

Indecently, they are adding/converting to roundabouts a lot in NS. The new interchange on the 102 for Bedford west has no less than 3 roundabouts within 500m. I don't know what has happened with the rotary at Picto, the one at the causway hasn't changed, but given its grade changes, it has had special rules and been barely recognizable as a circle for ever.

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

T-Ranger Re:Sweet Lord No (1173 comments)

It used to be a rotary, with lights. Now it is a roundabout, without lights. And it is unquestionably better now.

When a "rotary" the main circle had two concentric lanes. And traffic entering the circle had the right of way. Traffic in the circle having the right of way is so mindbogglingly stupid it isn't worth further discussion. Anyway: concentric lanes means that to use the inside lane, you need to cross traffic twice: once to get in, and once to leave. When at all busy, the outside lane cars really have no chance at all to see signals, so changing to the outside lane, and especially crossing lanes to leave was borderline impossible.

With a "roundabout", the lanes are nested spirals. And you choose your exit when you enter, the lanes are clearly marked with overhead signs. You only cross traffic once, entering. Which means usually from a stopped position (unless there is no traffic, and then it doesn't matter). So the one question of dangerous movement you make when stopped. Leaving the circle happens automatically, as the spiral lanes leave the circle.

The rotary did have lights, but these were necessary given that design. The lightless roundabout is slightly more efferent then the signaled rotary it replaced. All the engineers and city planners were on the record that lights could return, if necessary.

Oh, did I forget to mention that the rotary was not fully operational all the time? I did.... During rush hours some of the entrance/exit options were blocked off by a commissionaire. Unless you were a taxi or a bus, you couldn't exit onto Quinpool during the afternoon rush.

As is, better than before. Safer, easier, more functional. Without the cost of lights and commissionaires (which, I grant, are pretty minimal).

more than 3 years ago

Java's Backup Plan If Oracle Fumbles

T-Ranger Re:Java is already dead for new development. (276 comments)

Lets grant your point then. Lets assume that the general problem of updating software hasn't been solved by your local admin, your OS or the universe in general. Lets assume that updating software is the responsibility of the software VM and the various miscellaneous politics and technology that surrounds it.

Java imposes a set of problems *at least as bad* as just straight upgrading software.

I'm faced with the problem of updating firewall rules on an ASA. So I fire up ASDM to do so. And it fails, because its been a couple of weeks since I did it last, and Java doesn't want to work any more. So I try to upgrade Java, and am faced with the decision of installing the Yahoo toolbar in my browser or not. Really? Are you fucking kidding me?

Personally, I don't really care if the ASA OS is written in 6502 ASM, or in VB on an embedded 386. And I especially don't care if the fancy management tool is written in GWT (which actually does "just work", unlike JWS stuff), Java, or for that matter, even Flash. In this example, what I *want* to do is write a firewall rule. In dealing with this minor problem, I'm forced to deal with the insanity that is desktop Java - which is neither provided by SMS or a zypper repository, due to Suns apparent desire to annoy me.

Unsatisfied with just making me think of Java and Sun when I just click on some link somewhere and upgrade, I'm force to go through a barrage of links and licenses before I can download the software. On Linux, I'm forced to agree to the license *again* before I'm allowed to create a symlink by-hand to get it to work. Under Windows I'm forced to uncheck someones desire to force the Yahoo toolbar on me.

Again: Are you fucking kidding me? Faaaaahk! I don't have to jump through this many hoops to get MSDN software. Or trials from Novell, let alone shareware or OSS stuff.

Has no one at Sun ever tried installing software from anywhere? Is installing Java easier then it was in 1994? Sure. What is the hardest desktop software to install in 2010? Java.

Is building a JWS cheaper then paying for an Installshield license? I suppose. Is building a JWS easier then writing a .spec? It couldn't be harder, that I know. But I'm not a developer. I have 0 desire to have Java on any of my systems; it is a means to an end. Why must I think about it? Why is a developer tool trying to install a shitty search toolbar on my user centric web browser?

Java may (or may not, I'm not really willing to grant that point) make life easier for developers. But Java makes everyone else life harder. And does so with pleasure.

Of course, this is entirely beside the larger issue of "Java Web Start" that it not running in a browser (and this includes Flash), by definition, makes it not web based.

more than 4 years ago

Java's Backup Plan If Oracle Fumbles

T-Ranger Re:Java is already dead for new development. (276 comments)

But the reality is that with DEBs and a repository, RPMs, and a repository, or MSIs and a SMS or Zenworks server, things Just Work(TM).

With Java, and "Java Web Start", any regular person runs such JWS programs so infrequently, that something working the last time is little guarantee that it will work this time. They upgrade their browsers between sessions, and break Java. Upgrade Firefox from 3.0.17 to 3.5.0 and *boom* everything gets faster, except Java applets, which break. For that matter, upgrade from 3.5.1 to 3.5.2, and things break. Go to and spend an hour finding the right JVM, JRE, JSE, JEE, JWTF, and click through licenses 3-4 times per, and you might get the right thing to make Java work again. Or give up trying.

Java - Sun, Oracle, whatever - has shot themselves in the foot here, I grant. Their asinine redistribution policy's all but forbidding anyone else solving this really trivial problem for them. The Java technology (in the billion senses of that word) is passable.

The Java politics is so mindbogglingly stupid that it managed to drag down a pretty good hardware company to scraps a software company bought up for pennies on the dollar.

Personally, I deal with a bunch of things that run Java. The server stuff isn't that bad, it does generally Just Work (though, I'll point out that Atlassian generally encourages people to run their "bundled" apps, rather then trying to add a .war to an extant Tomcat install.... .WARs solve only self-imposed problems, but don't even bring one back to the normal of 1993, let alone making a sysadmins job easier then everything else in 2010). But the applet which was built inhouse, and the Cisco ASA tool just about never work when I try to run them after an arbitrary amount of time.

I'll grant that JWS stuff works better then getting the unbathed masses to install a fat app. Is that a really high bar to get over? Has no one at Sun looked at management tools in the last 20 years?

Comparing JWS to DEBs, RPMs, or MSIs with a reasonable and quite doable management infrastructure, Java isn't playing the same sport, let alone being in the same league.

more than 4 years ago

How I Saved the Gaming Industry

T-Ranger If I had a billion dollars (252 comments)

(Well, Id be rich and not bother doing anything. But lets say I did...)

I would expend my efforts on developer tools, not game engines.... Correction: content authoring tools, not developer tools or game engines.

My perfect end-game would be that some map developer could load in the raster format of a 1:50000 topo map, set some parameters like "Forest = Canadian Shield" "Season = Summer", click go, and boom, you have a new map. Trees where there are trees, buildings where there are buildings, roads, etc, etc. You don't only have roads that are relevant to the "story", you have roads and trails randomly as in real life. Your buildings all work, you don't have sealed doors because you got lazy.

Either there is a library of 1,000 trees, or the tool just generates some; there is a library of 5,000 buildings, or the tool generates some, etc.

So my money would be spent on building up that library of 1000 trees and 5000 different buildings, and auto generating the landscape from real GIS data.

Now, I grant that I don't know anything about developing maps, and I'm sure that the actual map part isn't the hard part. For something like Half Life, you are really building a special map around a story. But for some really hard core FPS - a team CTF, or whatever... the maps get boring. Some moderate player can be an expert at a given map and really dominate over an expert FPS player.

If you can generate a map in an afternoon, then you would. And that really would remove any bonus people get from being map experts.

more than 4 years ago

Apache May Stop 1.3, 2.0 Series Releases

T-Ranger Re:Fully backwards compatible, or dead end. (77 comments)

I was going to say. Yeah, you do have bigger issues then upgrading your webserver software... Like replacing your broken keyboard.

more than 4 years ago



T-Ranger T-Ranger writes  |  more than 7 years ago

T-Ranger writes "From the press release: Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. today announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft® products work better together.

If this isnt a slap in the face to the millions of Linux fans, and the hundreds (I kid, I kid) of Novell fans, I dont know what is."


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