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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

coder111 Swearing is not much of a problem (387 comments)

I prefer people who swear and yell at me to people who sit there doing nothing while bad things are happening. Or people who sit there and hate you silently and scheme behind your back. Or people who do the wrong thing just to avoid conflict and it ends up tanking the project. Or people who always quietly do what they are told instead of saying "this is wrong, this idea is stupid, we need to do things differently".

There are much worse things than swearing and being offensive, especially if soneone deserves it.

Getting results is what's critical. Being nice is a nice to have, but ultimately less important. In other words I'll take competent assholes who get things done over impotent nice guys. And competent assholes tend to stop acting like assholes when you earn their respect.

On the other hand, I would be reluctant to work with an asshole who's being an asshole without a good reason just because he likes hurting people. That is wrong. But this is now what we are talking about here- I never heard Linus being like that.

--Coder

about a week ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

coder111 Re:Jolla- open and Linux based (132 comments)

I think you can flash Nexus 4 with Jolla and play with it. Not sure how risky or hard it is. And it's half-broken on Nexus4 AFAIK.

http://www.jollausers.com/2014...

If you want a cheap phone with Linux, I wonder how much is a Nokia N900?

--Coder

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

coder111 Jolla- open and Linux based (132 comments)

If you need open, Linux-based and hackable, try getting a Jolla. http://jolla.com/

It is not available in US yet, and it's a bit pricy, but it's being developed at a good pace, and I hope it will get there. I'll get one when I retire my current phone, just because Google is closing up Android more and more with each release.

I wonder how Jolla would cope with low-end hardware like in this 35$ phone. It's supposedly faster than recent Androids on same hardware, not sure how low can you go though.

--Coder

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

coder111 You need to learn how GPS works (132 comments)

GPS is a RECEIVER UNIT ONLY. Unless your phone keeps GPS always on and transmits your GPS location via wireless or mobile connection, GPS is useless for tracking.

And government, your network provider and emergency services can track your phone just fine without GPS by using triangulation and comparing signal strengths from several mobile towers surrounding you.

--Coder

about two weeks ago
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The World's Most Hackable Cars

coder111 These are not HACKABLE, these are INSECURE (53 comments)

Slashdot of all places should know the difference.

Hackable- I can install Debian on it and tweak the engine to play mp3s.

Insecure- Some asshat will ruin your day because the vendor doesn't provide timely patches, or the patches they provide make things worse so you cannot install them, or there is no way to patch things at all, or it's so tedious nobody does it.

--Coder

about 3 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

coder111 I switched to kate after this (402 comments)

New gedit is completely unusable. I abandoned GNOME years ago in favour of XFCE, but I kept using gedit when I needed an editor with a GUI.

Now even that is useless, and I've switched to kate. Maybe I should give geany a shot...

--Coder

about 3 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

coder111 Right, "defending" "other slavs" with genocide... (417 comments)

Like they "took care" of Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Chechens, Tatars, Hungarians, Germans, Poles, lots of other people who weren't slavs but weren't liked by Stalin. Millions of them ended up dead in Siberia.

Be glad that Russia never reached as far as Western Europe. Not for the lack of trying though... They planned to "bring the communism to Europe on the tips of bayonets" since 1920s, but their hands were too short. Oh, and then there was this guy Hitler who got 20 million of them killed... And then there were nukes.

I agree, do go and read some history books

--Coder

about 5 months ago
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Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

coder111 Government? What government? Corporations FTW! (84 comments)

Yes, in theory government should check the power of corporations. However, in most capitalist democracies sooner or later corporations gain enough power and influence and governments stop serving people and starts serving interests of big business.

That happens especially easily in small countries when huge multinationals come in. Or in places like USA where lobbying (aka bribes for politicians) is fully legal and two party system makes it impossible to get the corrupt politicians out of government.

I used to believe that communism doesn't work. Well, it doesn't. But what they forgot to tell us is that capitalist democracies don't work that well either... They degenerate into corporate oligarchies...

Sorry for the rant :)

--Coder

about 5 months ago
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Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

coder111 Society? What society? Corporations FTW! (84 comments)

Ads are demanded by business, espcially big business. It doesn't matter if society wants ads, if ads are harmful by distorting society's views, creating false demand (see broken window fallacy), or at least wasting everyone's time.

If corporations pay for ads, ads will happen. And corporate money matters much more than society does in today's world.

--Coder

about 5 months ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

coder111 Re:No no no not more "Health And Safety" please... (153 comments)

Sorry for late response, but where did I say "blame the worker"?

I did point out that IMO main causes of accidents are stress,fatigue,haste and inexperience/incompetence/lack of training and "gung-ho" attitude.

Stress, fatigue and haste are mostly down to failed project management- workers are pushed to do long hours, and frustrated or stressed because of lack of progress or bad management or low pay. This is all down to management. Lack of training/inexperience/incompetence is also quite often a management failure- either you train your people, or you don't give them tasks they are not ready to cope with. Gung-ho attitude is mainly cultural or youth thing. It's only down to worker if they should have known better, and decided to cut corners themselves without any reason.

And I do believe safety equipment should be available when the occasion calls for it. Although I have done my share of soldering without feeling the need to wear glasses- but there weren't any people around me to bump into me or disturb me.

--Coder

about 8 months ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

coder111 No no no not more "Health And Safety" please... (153 comments)

Yes, wrap everything in red tape and "health and safety", wear a helmet and a high visibility jacket all the time inside the university and even going to bed... That's the answer. Oh, and more stupid courses on how not to break your neck sitting at a desk.

Labs are more dangerous, because they are doing non-standard groundbreaking stuff in the labs, not some conveyor repetitive stuff that people have been doing for 100 of years and every move is known. That's why it's a lab and not a factory- you do risky unproven stuff there. Also, you get young hotshot students/postdocs working in labs, not professionals with experience and a mortgage and a family, so they are more accident prone as well.

I'm not working in a lab, but in my experience accidents happen in following circumstances:

* People are too tired or stressed out. * People are being rushed too much. * People don't know what they are doing. * Well, small number of "Hold my beer and watch this" moments. I guess students are somewhat more prone to those.

So if you want less accidents to happen, make working hours reasonable first (I know post-docs and students in universities work insane hours). And train them better. Of course safety equipment should be available when needed. But more red tape is not the answer, and getting higher-ups involved will wrap everything in so much red tape that getting anything done will require even more hours and frustration, probably leading to more accidents.

--Coder

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

coder111 Yay! Another Midnight Commander user! (531 comments)

I cannot survive without mc as well. First thing I install on a new Linux machine. And I judge distros based on if they ship mc with base distro or if I need to get it off the net :) Configuring network without mc is a pain.

And I do install Far Manager first thing on any windows machine I run across as well.

My habit probably comes back from old DOS and Volkov Commander days... Two panels, Text User Interface, F-key shortcuts for everything and efficient operation without mouse was quite a good way to develop user interface. Current GUIs are horrible if you need to use them without a mouse.

--Coder

about 8 months ago
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Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

coder111 OpenACC, OpenCL and HSA? (109 comments)

I think if you do computations, these things should help as well. As far as I know, they should be on Java roadmap somewhere already...

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

coder111 Open source what exactly? (109 comments)

Java itself is open-source already- OpenJDK.

There are several JavaEE servers that are open source, Jboss and Glassfish are the biggest two. As far as I remember, Glassfish is the reference implementation. It's as open-source as it can be.

Or are you talking about Technology Compatibility Kits? Or Java trademark? Development model itself? Or what?

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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AMD's Kaveri APU Debuts With GCN-based Radeon Graphics

coder111 Radeon Drivers are getting better. (123 comments)

Radeon performance increases by ~20% in each new Mesa release. I think it should be ~60-80% Windows performance with Mesa 10 and Linux 3.12. It still doesn't support OpenGL 4.x, but it's getting quite good. Latest Mesa also has VDPAU video decoding acceleration (still a bit buggy), better power management, PRIME switching between integrated/discrete GPU also works. Unfortunatelly no crossfire yet.

Given that I don't play latest and greatest games (there are plenty of good 3 year old games), performance is sufficient for me.

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashot: Looking For Alternatives To Gmail

coder111 Encrypt, probably roll your own (3 comments)

1. Email is not encrypted unless you use GPG/PGP.
2. Email is transferred not encrypted, so it's vulnerable to interception by 3rd party during transmission.
3. Any 3rd party service provider has your information, so it can be passed to marketers/NSA/RIAA/IRS/blackmailers/whatever.

The only way to get security with email is to encrypt everything with GPG. Most of the time that means using a proper email client with GPG support. However, there are javascript GPG implementations, like openpgpjs.org. I haven't heard about anyone using them to provide an integrated web-mail solution. On top of that, if you are using webmail + openpgpjs, where do you store your keys?

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

coder111 and Hudson automated build system (223 comments)

AFAIK authors had to fork and rename it to "Jenkins" after Oracle filed for trademark for original name "Hudson".

I hate Oracle with passion, although they seem to be doing OK job with Java.

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

coder111 Big corporations are the same (341 comments)

While I've seen exceptional incompetence in Government officials, I've seen things not much better in big corporations. They are a bit better since they kinda need to support themselves, but not by much.

Management is ncompetent- check
Feuds between departments- check
Covery your arse attitude to everything- check
Lots of red tape and internal regulations- check
Endless meetings- check

And I can definitely use "frustration" as a word describing my experience in one of the places where I tried to "cut through the rubbish" and get things done. Right now I don't think there is much difference between government and big corporations- both are big organizations with way too much power to screw with people's lives.

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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Helicopter Rescue For All Passengers Aboard Antarctic Research Ship

coder111 Cheers for the crew! (168 comments)

While the world watches the researchers and tourists being "rescued", these guys stay to save the ship if that is at all possible. These are the guys who are doing all the work and should be getting all of the attention and respect they deserve.

--Coder

about 10 months ago

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