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Arma III Developers Arrested In Greece For 'Spying'

costas Re:Really? (162 comments)

Limnos is the most fortified Greek island and a huge military outpost. What did they expect exactly?

more than 2 years ago

HP Shows Off Power Over Ethernet Thin Client

costas Re:Awesome! (202 comments)

PoE means a single UPS to keep all the thin clients alive during power outages. Think call centers in countries with spotty power grids...

more than 2 years ago

DIY Dropbox Alternatives

costas DIY doesn't work for multiple offices (188 comments)

We evaluated WebDAV on a hosted system and various open-source solutions (like hosted Alfresco) as alternatives to a company-wide Dropbox license. The fact is that if you want to have anything more sophisticated than a simple fileserver (e.g. different folder permissions, multiple file versions, somewhat sane conflict resolution), there is no good free alternative at this point if you have remote people --if you've heard of one, I'd love a pointer.

For a local LAN, I'd stick with Alfresco on a decent box, but Alfresco falls apart on remote connections, and plain WebDAV is too slow / buggy.

In the end we went with Egnyte. It's not without its faults (buggy iOS client for one, and the Windows clients need some optimization), but it does more than Dropbox/Box.net/Sugarsync/Syncplicity, works great for SOHOs and it's actually cheaper than a VPS that can handle Alfresco and the like.

more than 3 years ago

Python 3.2 Released

costas Re:Another great Python 3.x series release (164 comments)

Why not? isn't a programming language a big library of sorts anyway? should you keep supporting every bad design decision for ever and ever?

Python has been extremely conservative about both introducing and deprecating features (the __future__ import is genius). Python 3 had to stay within the rational side of the Perl-6 line, and I believe they pulled it off.

more than 3 years ago

20 Years of Commander Keen

costas What about the great FTP archives? (152 comments)

If you're gonna go back to that era, someone needs to mention the great shareware FTP archives of the pre-Web internet: wustl.edu, garbo.uwasa.fi, simpnet (? it's been too long).

Am I the only one who kept checking the READMEs for new pointers by the maintainers? I probably downloaded way too many games on the recommendation of obscure Finnish professors :-)

more than 4 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

costas Re:three million (1348 comments)

More like a 3rd of that, unless you assume that every man, woman and child regardless of age, owns and operates a PC.

Desktop Linux a marginal market niche of enthusiasts who will continue to consume it regardless of competitive advantage (i.e. either because of politics or because they need a commodity Unix-like OS on their desktops). That means that as a commercial alternative Linux is dead, unless your target market is that same enthusiast market --after all people still sell software for the Amiga.

The larger question that I don't see debated anywhere is: is for-profit open-source software development dead? Exclude the service providers (like RedHat) and 1-2 politically motivated success stories (Firefox; more of an ad service than a software vendor anyway), and who are the software vendors who are making money off of open source?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Releases Open Source Web Server

costas Re:How is this different from / better than Twiste (113 comments)

They explicitly states that they looked at Twisted and chose to write something more user-friendly. Having looked at Twisted (3-4 years ago though) and at Tornado's samples and benchmarks I think they succeeded. Twisted seems to be going the way of Zope: an interesting platform that did everything its own way and shut itself out from the rest of the Python universe, eventually losing relevancy.

I think a Tornado/Django mashup (Tornado infrastructure, Django front-end/application bootstrapping) would be realllly interesting....

more than 5 years ago

Skype Courts Businesses With "Skype for SIP"

costas Re:Skype, see Microsoft (79 comments)

Your setup sounds very interesting and close to what I've been looking for for ages. Is that something you setup yourself? are there services out there that will set something like that up for a small business? links or pointers?

more than 5 years ago

The Evolution of Python 3

costas Re:Oh good. (215 comments)

The whitespace issue is a red-herring: most people get used to it quickly and it's not as strict as it sounds (you can mix-and-match tabs and spaces, as long as you are consistent for each *block*; not even an entire .py file). There's two real-world problems with it: copy-and-paste and generating Python code. Both are much less common than looking at badly-formatted code that it takes a bit to mentally parse which brace-delineated languages have.

about 6 years ago

What Needs Fixing In Linux

costas Re:Problems: (865 comments)

The core of the problem is that this entire argument hasn't changed (much less resolved) in oh, about 14 years. Linux at some point looked like it could succeed Windows 98 to become the OS of choice, and then Win2k (and then XP) killed it. That was what, 1998? Just for reference, there was barely a google.stanford.edu then, AltaVista was still the king of the hill, Novel ruled the small server market, and NeXTStep did pretty much everything OS X does today.

The Linux companies (never mind the 'community'; hackers will do what hackers want to, by definition) need to wake up and band together to fix some underlying core issues with the platform: file structure layout, configuration and preferences storage, device support, user management, etc, etc. They are invested way too much in making their *versions* of the platform work as opposed to making the entire platform work, and their versions excel.

more than 6 years ago


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