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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

TheNinjaroach Personal Preference (264 comments)

My personal preference is web-based, with apps running on a Linux webserver (dirt simple & highly reliable) and data being saved to SQL Server. It's a fairly rare combination, which we used to accomplish using the FreeTDS library but more recently switched over to Microsoft's official ODBC Driver for Linux.

As a big fan of RDBMS, I would say stay away from MySQL, it can be convenient but it's generally crap. (Citation: ALLOW_INVALID_DATES) If I had to use an open-source DB it would be Postgres all the way.

Programming language? For you, I'd suggest Java based on your familiarity with C#. That would open you up to doing both web and "fat client" development and as a bonus your fat clients would be cross-platform.

about two weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

TheNinjaroach Posting from MacOS.. (598 comments)

Apple's last 12 month's at software have been pretty impressive. The iCloud / Continuity / Handoff stuff is awesome and well-integrated into their OSes and I don't see Microsoft replicating that soon enough. Google without a real desktop OS isn't even in a position to compete with it yet.

That said, their hardware and software both have their fair share of frustrating warts. Finder sucks, Yosemite broke GPU-switching and some of the newest Macbooks suffer embarrassing Bluetooth vs Wifi conflicts. Some good, some bad, Apple seems to be the way they've always been.

about three weeks ago
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Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

TheNinjaroach ircmaxell (112 comments)

I would have never recognized him by the name Anthony Ferrara, but ircmaxell immediately rings a bell for me. That dude is smart, kind and helpful in situations on IRC where most people aren't. He took a lot of time helping me get a patch or two submitted and accepted into PHP, in spite of my rudimentary git submissions.

If you're reading this ircmaxell, thanks for the help. The PHP Project is better for it.

about a month ago
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Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away

TheNinjaroach Don't Order From Slashdot Deals (70 comments)

Sorry to hijack, but I'm leaving this post (with UID) to warn other Slashdotters to NOT order from Slashdot Deals.

I asked my girlfriend for the cheap pair of headphones they are selling over there. She received a blank shipment confirmation (no tracking number, no ship date, all basically details missing from a form letter) and then waited two more weeks before following up with customer service. They told her her order still hadn't shipped (19 days after ordering!) but then it was received the very next day.

What did we receive? A retail package for the headphones... without any headphones on it. All the accessories were still there but somebody ripped the headphones out before shipping the package.

It's been 22 days and this issue has yet to be resolved. Bottom line: DO NOT order from Slashdot Deals.

about 1 month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

TheNinjaroach Please (229 comments)

One major drug smuggling gang has been able to continue flooding the UK with Class A narcotics unimpeded for the last year after changing their operations.

As if Class A narcotics weren't available in the UK when these excuse-stuffed buffoons did have unimpeded access to everyone's private communications.

about a month ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

TheNinjaroach Re:Really? (772 comments)

Wait a minute. They forced pureed food into detainees butts, in one case causing severe tearing and prolapse.

But hey, this Anonymous Coward says that's not brutality so we can all go back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Seriously, fuck you.

about a month and a half ago
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Using OwnCloud To Integrate Dropbox, Google Drive, and More In Gnome

TheNinjaroach OwnCloud = Excellent (30 comments)

Saw OwnCloud in the title, stopped by to say that it is EXCELLENT. One of the most exciting (new) packages to hit open source in many years. Some things I use mine for:

Syncing OneNotes across multiple devices - 2 PCs, a Mac and a phone.
Automatic file sync (with binaries for Mac, Win & Linux)
Publishing documents to clients
Contacts & Calendar sync across multiple devices
WebDAV file shares offer native access for Mac, Windows and Linux.
... In a seriously slick interface with fairly simple and flexible deployment.

Seriously, can't recommend it enough. This reminds me, I should get back to submitting my patch for LibreOffice Spreadsheet previews..

about 2 months ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

TheNinjaroach Slashdot has fallen so far (1128 comments)

A landmark national issue and the quality of comments on Slashdot are the shittiest they've ever been.

The comments around here aren't worth taking the time to read them anymore.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

TheNinjaroach Amazon Misses Again (102 comments)

The reason people aren't switching away with Oracle has nothing to do with the lack of cheaper alternatives.

about 2 months ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

TheNinjaroach Re:Puzzling (162 comments)

The kernel just picked up and accepted whatever new hardware was in the replacement machine. Much, much easier than Linux.

Wow. That seriously sounds too good to be true.

about 3 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

TheNinjaroach Euchre (274 comments)

Short of the missing CowboyNeal option, I'd play euchre.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

TheNinjaroach Blend It (209 comments)

We use an Oracle-owned (bought) ERP as well. We had pretty fantastic success during ERP upgrades with the external systems that used the API - which remains remarkably consistent across versions. I find it to be cheaper, quicker and more robust to build and maintain tools around the ERP than within it.

In any case, that business data absolutely belongs in the ERP, all I'm talking about here is the manner in which the data gets there.

about 6 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

TheNinjaroach Airline Flight (322 comments)

I was on an airliner once that had movies running to screens built into the back of each seat. I wasn't watching the movie, but at some point the host announced there was an issue with the movie playback and that they had to restart the system. A minute later I was looking at the Linux boot process scrolling across every screen on the plane.

about a year ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

TheNinjaroach Re:Yikes (419 comments)

Tea Party "values" were the primary cause of a 2-week federal government shutdown. A complete shutdown. That wasted $26 billion. All of those salaried federal employees are still going to be paid for all that sitting around we told them to do. That is not fiscal responsibility, but the Tea Party was right there in the very middle of it. There is no contrived caricature here, the Tea Party is a fucking joke.

about a year ago
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The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later

TheNinjaroach Re:What kills AMD is a per-core license. (259 comments)

Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise costs $6,874 [microsoft.com] per processor core.

Ha! Did you know that Microsoft reduces "per core" licensing costs for SQL Server on AMD processors, because otherwise nobody could justify buying them?

about a year ago
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Android 4.4 Named 'KitKat'

TheNinjaroach Advertising Company (247 comments)

This is the result of what happens when an advertising company makes an operating system.

about a year ago
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Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

TheNinjaroach Re:Waste of resources (242 comments)

Don't provide the verification tool to the client until they call. Support then loads a single program that verifies the integrity of the rest of system.. checksums of application code would just be one of the tests.

about a year ago
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Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

TheNinjaroach Re:Waste of resources (242 comments)

Wouldn't file checksums do a good enough job of identifying tampered code?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

TheNinjaroach Re:Varnish Moral Licence (301 comments)

The first useful and informative comment in the thread gets no attention. This makes me think that OP's situation is not as unique or as stupid as most Slashdotters are making it out to be.

about a year and a half ago
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PS4 Launch Date: November 15th

TheNinjaroach Re:Given Sony's Track Record (151 comments)

Given the shitfest that was the Nintendo Wii (tiny VirtualConsole releases, horrible Internet experience), the XBOX360 (RROD, XBox Live Gold) and the PS3 (Other OS removed) there's no way in hell I'm interested in any next gen gaming system.

about a year and a half ago

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