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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

clockwise_music link broken (322 comments)

The link to the actual article "a unified release" is completely empty... nice to see all the comments from people who haven't even read the article yet.

about 3 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

clockwise_music Where does the money go?? (164 comments)

> When we meet our initial goal of $1,000,000, we will launch a new version of Reading Rainbow on the single most-used digital platform: the web.

A million dollars for an "interactive" website? Clearly this man is a marketing genius.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

clockwise_music Re:Dale Carnegie (352 comments)

...when the sales and marketing and pointy-haired businessmen try to manipulate you

You have entirely missed the point of the book. It is not about manipulation. It's about being genuine and being persuasive. They are different things.

I definitely agree that it is good to know when and how someone is trying to persuade you something, and it's a very valuable skill to increase your communication skills.

"as a geek type you'll likely never be able to pull it off anyway"

Resigning yourself to having bad communication is not helpful - it is possible to vastly improve your communication skills, you can do it and you should learn how.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

clockwise_music How To Win Friends and Influence People (352 comments)

"How To Win Friends and Influence People" By Dale Carnegie.

A classic, every programmer (and person) should read it.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

clockwise_music Relax (309 comments)

Relax buddy.

There's plenty of time for you to get into a job and begin working for the next 40 years of your life.

Enjoy university. Travel during your holidays. Volunteer. Go to church. Go ice skating. Play with lego. Don't do drugs. Floss.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

clockwise_music Re:CSS variables? (256 comments)

I'd rather say their creation proved that CSS needed to be fixed

Fixed that for you.

about 7 months ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

clockwise_music Re:CSS variables? (256 comments)

Some more brilliant standards by w3c:

Unlike other CSS properties, custom property names are case-sensitive.

Fantastic! Let's make some things case sensitive and some things not! Genius! If you're going to introduce something new (like, you know, VARIABLES), you might as well make it break all of your existing conventions.

Now even better, here's how you define a variable:

var-my-color: #06c;

And here's how you reference it:

color: var(my-color);

Oh that makes sense. You declare it as var-name but then when referencing it you refer to it as var(name)! Wow just like that other language... ooh um... oh yeah NONE OF THEM.

Honestly this is the reason why web development is utter hell. Confusing and stupid standards that no-one bothers to stick to.

And why the hell can't I do width: 50% - 10px? What century are we living in again?

about 7 months ago
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Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

clockwise_music Re:Reality check (413 comments)

I can't believe that $2,000,000 has already been pledged. I assume by "audiophiles".

Hey guys, 99% of mastering these days has been brickwalled. The recordings that you're buying and downloading before encoding, at the mastering stage has already had all "the nuances, the soft touches, and the ends on the echo" removed. You can't get that back. In fact, all this device will do is make these artifacts more obvious.

Getting a 30 gazillion kbps FLAC file is utterly pointless when the same data can be represented in a 320kbs mp3 file.

I can personally guarantee* (*worth nothing, not redeemable for anything) that sound studios will not start producing multiple mixes just for the audiophiles. It's just not going to happen. People do not care about this stuff and are happy with their iphones/androids, so the sound studios are not going to bother.

about 7 months ago
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Kicktaxing: The Crazy Complexity of Paying Tax Correctly On Crowdfunding

clockwise_music What country are we talking about? (128 comments)

...Paying Tax Correctly for USA citizens on Crowdfunding

Fixed that for ya. Remember guys, the internet is WORLDWIDE.

about 8 months ago
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Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

clockwise_music Re:In other words - they were doing their job (133 comments)

Maybe from an American point of view this isn't such a story. But I can assure you from an Australian and Indonesian point of view this is going to be massive.

The Australian government has already received heaps of flak about phone tapping the Indonesian president's wife which was a very big deal. Indonesia were not happy. The president even took the unprecedented step of tweeting his displeasure. Then the Australian government decided it was a good idea to start towing asylum seeker boats back to Indonesia - they claimed the policy was to "turn the boats back" - turns out they've been actually towing them and going straight into Indonesian waters with our war boats. Stupid, stupid. Plus they "accidentally" did this 5 times.

And only two days ago some Aussie girl was just released early after having been locked away in an Indonesian prison for 10 years. This will have raised the Indonesians ire too. This will just give them another excuse.

In 2 hours there will be another spluttering prime minister on the TV trying to put this fire out claiming that it's nothing new, "all's fair in love and war" etc etc, but it really depends on how the Indonesians react - if the headline is "Aussie's listening to ALL our phone calls, 1.8 million keys stolen, collaborating with the US", the people will react and protest, the government will look weak in front of their people, and they will have to react.

I think there's going to be a bit of a storm about this one.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

clockwise_music Re:Your boss is an idiot. (716 comments)

Having worked with a lot of software developers, I can assure you that some bugs can definitely be caused by developer incompetence. There are people who don't know the language they are coding in, people who are just plain sloppy, people who don't test their code, people who compile it and check it in, and people who only test it with "right" data. Maybe you've been lucky and only worked with great developers.

The brick wall analogy is not nonsensical. I bet there are lots of edge cases, requirement changes and mortar leaks to consider when building a wall.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

clockwise_music Re:Tell your boss... (716 comments)

A builder builds a wall. A week later, bricks begin to fall out of the bottom, but he continues to build the wall higher.

There is an important question here. Did the builder know any better, and should the builder be expected to know any better?

If this is something that is clearly taught in brick laying school, and the company expects their builders to conform to the rules of bricklaying school, and the person just knowingly willingly continued on, then the builder's company "technically" should suck up the cost. This is not the client's fault.

Whether the builder is fired or has to fix it outside of hours is a completely different question. That's up to the discretion of management. If the builder had continued on their merry way knowing they were doing the wrong thing, then asking them to fix it outside of their paid hours could be a good learning opportunity. Or if it's willful negligence then maybe it's a firing issue (if the building will fall down). Of course the best way to get them to learn their lesson is to show them the impacts of their work - now everyone has to stay back and fix their shoddy work, and they won't be popular for a while :)

However, if this is something that isn't taught in bricklaying school, but is something that only a bricklayer with 5 years of experience should know, and this dude was a fresh-faced apprentice, then the company needs to ask themselves "should we have had better quality control methods to stop this problem occurring earlier?". Should he have been supervised? Should he have been doing it in the first place? Should someone have inspected his work periodically?

This is actually quite a good question and not a silly analogy.

The next step is to try to apply this to software engineering. As we all know, building a wall and fixing up a shoddily built wall is quite a different thing to fixing bugs. Most (I would hope!!!) bugs are not caused intentionally or as a result of willful negligence. If a developer is committing work that is full of bugs and other people are building on top of that work, The same analogy applies as to the builder scenario. You expect someone to work according to their level of expertise. If they don't, you better start reviewing their work more often or move them to an easier task.

about 8 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

clockwise_music Re:Checking out the beta.. (136 comments)

I know what you mean, but I think it would actually have the reverse effect than what you think. Not having some basic formatting tools just reduces the quality of posts - because it's harder to do decent formatting. It won't keep people away, if anything it would reduce the quality of comments, as people who don't know HTML will just post lower quality posts. I wonder if there's some good stats on this.

The best way to improve comment quality is to vote up the good comments. Not to make it more difficult to enter good comments. Look at stackoverflow. Great commenting system with a realtime preview, fantastic.

about 9 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

clockwise_music Re:Checking out the beta.. (136 comments)

In ten years I never knew that !!!

about 9 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

clockwise_music comments disappearing (136 comments)

When I hit "ok" on my reply, I have to then reload the page. C'mon guys, get a clue! Add my comment to the page so that I don't have to refresh it!

about 9 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

clockwise_music more commnets on the beta... (136 comments)

"Load More"??? What the hell??? When I post my comment I expect to be able to see it, not have to click "Load more" 3 times and then hunt around to find it.

Some of the comments use font size 0.85rem (never heard of REM before for a font size), and some of them use 1.5em. Can't work out why some are different. Don't care either.

Scrolling through the comments the big problem is that the important stuff, like you know, the actual content of the comment, isn't given prime position. It's hard to find the actual comment inside all of the "subject, commenter, whitespace". It's hidden. Stupid, very hard to read. Notice how reddit comments the actual comment text is bigger? That's so you can read it. They should also condense the subject into the "who" section, and be in the same line. There's enough room.

Oh and I can't see the member ID now of the commenter. That sucks. I liked looking at it to see how long the person had been a member for.

I like the "comment threshold" gears icon to make it easier to filter per level. But damn, it uses Ajax. Could be nice, but I bet if it runs on a post with 500 comments it's going to run slower than a snail. When I choose one of those thresholds I just get a "load more" button - what the hell? There's nothing to load. So those filter options are pointless as well if there's nothing to show.

Ok I can see what people are complaining about now.

about 9 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

clockwise_music Checking out the beta.. (136 comments)

Ok, I like the "Leave comment" box right at the top instead of having to pick a random thing to reply to.

I don't like the fact that there are two boxes, and neither are labelled. It's obvious to me that the first one is a subject but it's not explained. Not a good UI.

The "From you're-grounded dept" is below the article, that doesn't make sense.

The comment box isn't a wysiwyg editor. Can't I just highlight text and hit control-B and make it bold? C'mon, this is 2014, we had this functionality 20 years ago.

Menu bar static at the top of the screen? Pointless. If I need that I'd scroll to the top.

Ok I've previewed my comment... newlines aren't converted to BR's. What the hell. Apart from a slightly different CSS what the hell is this beta all about?

about 9 months ago
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

clockwise_music Re:Still using it (155 comments)

Actually, it didn't, I believe you could type 10 then newline, and then it would auto generate them for you. But this is remembering stuff from 25 years ago so I could be wrong :)

about 9 months ago
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

clockwise_music Re: Giant contribution (155 comments)

You can choose between monstruous XML formats with no real type checking, leading to a whole lot of runtime errors, or annotations that are slightly less verbose, and yet are just as prone to runtime errors.

This. THIS.

I was so happy to ditch Java after 2 years and move to .NET. Java is just configuration hell. Everything takes twice as long because you're fighting the infrastructure instead of actually getting stuff to work. The language itself is the easy part - it's the setup, the config files, the extra config files, the extra extra extra XML files... hell on a stick. Eclipse didn't make it easier, it made it even harder. I couldn't believe how easy c# and visual studio was in comparison. And because Microsoft seemed to have completely ripped of Java's syntax for .NET it was a cinch making the switch.

about 9 months ago

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Why hasn't 3D taken off for the web?

clockwise_music clockwise_music writes  |  about a year and a half ago

clockwise_music writes "With HTML5 we're closer to the point where a browser can do almost everything that a native app can do. The final frontier is 3D, but WebGL isn't even part of the HTML5 standard, Microsoft refuse to support it, Apple want to push their native apps and it's not supported in the Android mobile browser. Flash used to be an option but Adobe have dropped mobile support. To reach most people you'd have to learn Javascript, WebGL and Three.js/Scene.js for Chrome/Firefox, then you'd have to learn actionscript + flash for the microsofties, then learn objective c for the apple fanboyz, then learn Java to write a native app for Android. Phew!

When will 3D finally become available for all? Do you think it's inevitable or will it never see the light of day?"

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clockwise_music clockwise_music writes  |  more than 8 years ago vortigern00 (443602) has started reading up on intelligent design. I am very interested to hear his thoughts.

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