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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

dragonquest Re:Awesome! (99 comments)

Have you tried Seamonkey? It feels a lot like Firefox classic.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where to Host Many Small, Related Projects?

dragonquest Freepository (69 comments)

Freepository is a reliable solution if you are willing to shell out some cash. I think they stopped their free offering sometime back, but plans start from $9/month if your contributers are limited in number.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Will Cut 1,200 More Jobs At Motorola Mobility

dragonquest Re:Wake up Google (112 comments)

I agree here. Motorola was one of the few companies whose handsets felt good. Their hardware was the only thing that came close to Nokia. This is before Apple came along. And no, Samsung was not in the same league. I still believe Motorola could make good high end phones. Couple this with Google's money and the preferential software cohesiveness and we might see a great comeback.

about a year and a half ago
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C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index

dragonquest Re:Using the TIOBE methodology (535 comments)

And yet they procrastinate to no end about it.

about a year and a half ago
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Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon

dragonquest Re:Another kick in the balls for Intel. Thanks ARM (372 comments)

AMD did one very important thing though. It made people realize that Intel is not a given, there are alternatives. Before K5 and K6 processors, the only choice people thought existed was choosing between P-I and P-II.

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo "Loses" $2.7B In Mysterious Mexican Yellow Pages Lawsuit

dragonquest Re:Does Yahoo even still exist? (85 comments)

Yahoo is more than just a search engine.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which OSS Database Project To Help?

dragonquest Re:Postgres, Ingres, NoSQL (287 comments)

I agree with the Ingres option. It widely recognized, open source and in need of contributers.

about a year and a half ago
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Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

dragonquest Re:Suckers! (365 comments)

Its because using that is punishment enough, no need to tax the poor soul.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Teach Programming To Salespeople?

dragonquest Re:Hire bad programmers with good social skills (211 comments)

"Hire bad programmers with good social skills"

"You want to hire people who have programming background, but weren't interested or talented enough to pursue that full time"

And the good news is that these people are in abundance in the lead architect/team leader/technical manager positions. I can confirm their existence and numbers (did I mention abundance?) from all the organizations I have worked with.

more than 2 years ago
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Mandriva Not Shuttering Its Doors, Yet

dragonquest The early switcher newbie distro (97 comments)

I remember back when it was called Mandrake, it was the best easy Linux distro out there. The one big plus it had was the installation process, where the auto-formatter tool decided the space for the /, /home and swap mountpoints. For anybody switching from a Windows only background this was a big plus.

Plus it had drakconf, a control panel UI, and tons of neat looking applications. While its best times remain in the past, it still is a great distro (or atleast was in 2010) and deserves a look.

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times: Microsoft Tried To Unload Bing On Facebook

dragonquest Re:The fundamental differnence between companies (230 comments)

I'd disagree to either Windows or Office facing significant competition. The market shares of Mac or OpenOffice are nothing but blips on the radar. But MS is gaining market share in other fields - C#/VS is increasingly relevant, SQL Server is stiff competition to Oracle/DB2. Apple did create new markets, but their old ones are not money churners like before. In contrast Office has been pulling in billions for 2 decades.

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times: Microsoft Tried To Unload Bing On Facebook

dragonquest Re:The fundamental differnence between companies (230 comments)

"Take away any two Apple products, even product lines, and you still have a viable company"

Take away the iPhone product line and you cut Apple's revenue in roughly half. Source: Reuters. For the bonus, take away the iPad product line also and you get a company with a loyal but small customer base. Viable? Sure, but its not going to remain a behemoth like today only on the basis of the Mac line and iPod's.

more than 2 years ago
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The Apple II Turns 35 Today

dragonquest Re:Maybe the most important PC ever released (173 comments)

I'd agree to this. But the reason PC was more important was that it gave rise to Open Architecture and that too from the big blue. Suddenly clones popped up everywhere ensuring the long life of the PC.

more than 2 years ago
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Privacy-Centric Search Engine Scroogle Shuts Down

dragonquest Re:DuckDuckGo (128 comments)

StartPage is run by the IxQuick guys. They are basically the same meta-search engine with Startpage adding Google to the fray.

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Pushes Out Enterprise Linux 6.1

dragonquest Re:Again ships with unsupported Perl (90 comments)

Ah, but they can't stop CPAN module authors from releasing newer versions of modules depending on features found in 5.12+.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Pushes Out Enterprise Linux 6.1

dragonquest Again ships with unsupported Perl (90 comments)

RHEL 6.1 is shipping with Perl 5.10.x which went legacy with the release of Perl 5.14 this week. Ah, moving targets! Though doesn't seem too bad since Debian Squeeze is also shipped with 5.10 in February this year.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: Apache JMeter

dragonquest Re:The problem is Packt (53 comments)

Are you sure they are from India? Looking at their careers page, they seem to be based in Birmingham.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

dragonquest Re:Unleash the recruiters (623 comments)

And the recruiter will get hundreds of replies starting with "I've been picking tea leaves since 2001 in Sri Lanka, thus fulfilling your criterion of production Ceylon experience.."

more than 3 years ago

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