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Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?

donatzsky Re:Just do it the other way around (332 comments)

For instance, suppose you need to run a regexp function over the 12nd column of a matrix; usually I save data as a CSV, cat file.csv | perl -ne '@a=split/,/; $tmp = $a[11]; .... ' > new_file.csv, load the new CSV, check for errors, debug, repeat... sometimes is just a one-time task I need to do.

You should have a look at awk, it's exactly the kind of job it was made for.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the E-Ink Dashboards?

donatzsky Re:Call Centres (242 comments)

They do exist. See this video:

This interview explains a bit about the technology, mainly what the constraints are in terms of PPI:

More on colour displays:

Mobile phones:

Matrix and segmented displays:

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?

donatzsky Re:Culture (366 comments)

A nice essay, however it has nothing to do with being able to convince a team to write good code.

Not directly, no. But sometimes (often) it's management you need to convince first, and in that case this is a good way to go about it.

As for the rest, I absolutely agree: If the team isn't motivated then that's the place to start.

about 2 years ago

Google Fiber Draws Startups To Kansas City

donatzsky Re:Why? (123 comments)

You already can: Crashplan and Backblaze will do exactly that.

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?

donatzsky Re:Advice from a DAE veteran (330 comments)

The differences lie in ripping speed, error correction handling, caching, lead-in/-out awareness and so on. Yes, the final result should sound the same, but one drive may be able to do it much faster than another (despite having the same speed rating), especially with poor quality discs.
One thing that's important in a drive, if you're serious about it, is whether it can read the lead-in and lead-out. Some CDs actually have sound there and without a drive that knows how to handle it, the rip won't really be complete. It's not terribly common for CDs to do this, but it does happen.

more than 2 years ago

Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site

donatzsky Re:Thanks, Toshiba (crosses off purchase list) (268 comments)

You might want to learn the difference between a User Manual and a Service/Repair Manual. If you want to know how to change the motherboard, those user manuals you linked aren't going to be much use.

more than 2 years ago

Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays

donatzsky Re:Bring back 4:3 aspect ratio+full-layout keyboar (661 comments)

Frankly, this is something I've never understood. I mean, I've got a bloody netbook (a Dell Latitude 2110) with a mostly-normal keyboard, yet even 15" or bigger consumer laptops have absolutely crazy keyboard layouts with the keys all over the place, or, as you say, even missing.
It's almost as if they try to make them as user-hostile as possible.

more than 2 years ago

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

donatzsky Re:What is he on.. (586 comments)

Why do people always lump notepad/vi/emacs together?

Probably because they've never truly tried to use Emacs or Vim. Of course, actually getting Emacs to do what you want, the way you want it, can be a bit of an adventure...

more than 2 years ago

How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco

donatzsky Re:What a bunch of douche bags (273 comments)

Besides that, anyone that thinks they can run a company with this business model and survive is a business moron, or a scam artist trying to make a quick buck. This is 90's dotcom level idiocy at it's finest. Unlimited storage for $5/mo? Unlimited bandwidth too I guess? Completely 100% unsustainable.

Seems like it's you that's the business moron, as they're actually profitable. And until that $5M funding they got this year, they had been growing entirely through that profit. You can find all the details on their blog somewhere.
Also, they're not the only ones to do this. There's also CrashPlan (and others I assume) that offer essentially the same thing at about the same price.

more than 2 years ago

EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation

donatzsky Re:DRM Free to maybe? (99 comments)

While B&N doesn't operate in Europe, Amazon most certainly does - in fact the Kindle is absolutely everywhere this Christmas, here in France.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Curbs Wi-Fi Location Database

donatzsky Re:Published? (69 comments)

You're probably thinking of Apple. They used to use Skyhook, but then decided to use their own tech.

more than 3 years ago

CSS 2.1 Becomes W3C Recommendation

donatzsky Re:CSS *2.1.*! (97 comments)

The big difference with CSS3 is that instead of one huge all-encompassing standard it's broken up into modules. Each module goes through the process independently of the others.
Two modules (colors and selectors) are currently Proposed Recommendations, with eight more being Candidate Recommendations.

more than 3 years ago

IMSLP Taken Down By UK Publishers Group

donatzsky Re:WhoreDaddy. (117 comments)

For domains you could try Gandi or Hover, both of which generally get high marks.
Gandi is a French company, so that should give some protection against trigger-happy US companies.

As for hosting there's certainly plenty to choose from, but I'm quite happy with WebFaction. It's even one of the few shared hosts that tells you how much memory you can use (upgradeable). As long as you don't intend to do reselling they're hard to go wrong with.
It's a UK company, but their servers are in Texas (at The Planet).

more than 3 years ago


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