Adobe Creative Cloud Is Back
While I agree in principle that "cloud"-based services are overrated for reasons we are all aware, the issue with Creative Cloud was a minor one.
I use Adobe software every day and I noticed the error just because I tried make a change in the subscription plan.
The apps run locally and the license is checked every 90 days. Yes, some people could not activate their licenses or they couldn't download an application. This is a DRM issue, like Microsoft's or EA licensing servers being down. This could have happened regardless of Creative Cloud.
The only cloud services are their Typekit and Edgefont font distribution and Behance portfolios.
So let's make this clear: Creative Cloud is a fancy way of saying "rented software". Compared to the traditional model, it may cost more or less, depending on the upgrading habits (personally I used to always upgrade and use the newest version, other users upgrade to every other version)
50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal
I haven't coded in Pascal since the good old DOS days, when I was about 17, but at the time was writing TSR apps, picture viewers (GIF, PCX, BMP, TIF), some graphic-mode UI, including mouse support, even some VGA graphic demos. I can't think of anything that I couldn't do in Pascal (and some ASM, I give you that). In fact, it's the reason I never got too heavily into C...
New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression
This is not for the benefit of the users but for webmasters.
If you have a site with any decent amount of traffic, you pay for bandwidth and you have a content delivery network. 10% smaller images translates into 10% savings.
Moreover, Google takes site speed into account when ranking sites.
The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014
SWF has 2 shortcomings:
- it's proprietary
- it doesn't integrate seamlessly with its environment (browser).
For standalone apps, these are not big issues.
The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014
I fail to see how AIR is a problem worse than Phonegap or what Chrome is offering right now as a wrapper over html5.
Making a cross-platform game is world of pain, especially when you're small.
I was able to make my chess game available on web, as a chrome app, as a native app for PC, Mac and Linux and for mobile on iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, even the now-dying Blackberry Playbook. The game is quite complex but 99% of the code is cross-platform, there are very few platform-specific lines.
4 Tips For Your New Laptop
First, syncing to cloud is not backup. Second, being at the mercy of a provider doesn't strike me as a good idea in long-term.
Better invest in a NAS. A 2-bay Synology would suffice. 2 4TB drives in Mirrored Raid work great. WD has the "red" line of drives specifically made and tested for NAS storage. They are not as fast but run cool, silent, no vibrations.
Most NAS units run on linux so you can easily add syncing, versioning, "personal cloud", maybe use to play movies on smart TVs via DLNA and so on.
Finally, from time to time do proper backups. For home use, proper backup means burning data on DVD/BD - on 2 separate discs.
Scientists Predict Earthquake's Location and Strength
This is beyond useless.
I live in a country with significant seismic activity.
We know for hundreds of years that every 30 to 50 years a big (7.6 - 7.8) earthquake will happen. We even know where the epicenter will be. We know how it will propagate.
It's been 36 years since the last one so many people who live in problem areas are beginning to get nervous. But we don't know when it will happen. Could be tomorrow or ten years from now.
Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?
For a while, MSSE was good, then it took a steep dive to the point it's not even tested by the labs anymore. Quite sad really.
Personally I went back to Bitdefender.
Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd
DigitalOcean is seriously oversold. If all you do is host a website you may not notice it though.
For small stuff I recommend RamNode. For bigger things, RackSpace.
I tried AWS and a bunch of others.
The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'
Anecdotically, I have two kids, a 9 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. Since the boy is older, I was expecting the girl to copy everything he does. She does, to a point - plays with his Legos and so on. But she also loves to play with anything remotely resembling a doll. She cooks for the doll, feeds it, argues with it. It's definitely not something learned or encouraged. Also, she wants to look pretty, has her own choice of clothing, again something her older brother simply doesn't care about. She's also not copying my wife, she's completely independent and different in these areas.
Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?
Exactly. Don't know about other countries, but Romania has a population density of about 90 people / sq. km. If we take only the major cities, we won't exceed 500 people / sq. km. Total land area is 240,000 sq. km.
We have 100 Mbps internet via fiber optics pretty much everywhere except remote areas. For remote areas, 3G is everywhere (over 99% coverage) and H+ and 4G is available in many rural areas.
I pay $10/month for 100 Mbps (tested). Fiber end to end. No caps, no traffic shaping.
US Forces Undertake Two African Raids, Capture Embassy Bombing Figure
The second raid failed, it's pretty clear by now. What do you want, confirmation from the US government that the SEAL forces had to withdraw? You'll never hear it. They'll redefine 'success' and say the mission was successful.
For Overstated Claims, Gore, Tesla Upbraided By NWS, NHTSA Respectively
Not sure about UK, but elsewhere in Europe home appliances were also rated from G to A initially. Then they had to add A+ and even A++
Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA
And this surprises you?
Last time I was surprised was in 2003, after it became evident there were no WMDs in Iraq. I expected public outcry, heads to roll. Nothing happened.
Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality
Well, Bill Gates was showing a special container that doesn't require electricity and can keep medicine refrigerated for up to 50 days at high outside temperatures.
The whole point of a malaria vaccine is to make it affordable for poor nations. The demand for a malaria vaccine in rich countries is pretty low.
Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features
Romanian here. Everyone worth their salt here writes code, comments and docs in English. I have my own pet project where I'm basically the only one who ever needs to see the code, yet everything is in English. Considering that the programming language has English keywords (if, while, class, etc) and the text strings are in English too, it's simpler for me to keep everything consistent rather than to make any mental switch.
Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison
Agreed. I use Eclipse regularly (FDT and PDT) but whenever I get to work in Visual Studio, it's a much smoother experience.
Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
The major cause of war/unrest in the world isn't skin color, it's religion
No. Religion has been used in the past in the same way "the war on terror" is used now. It's a way to rally people against a seemingly powerful, brutal and subhuman enemy.
Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised
According to an article on Ars Technica, salted hashes are no longer relevant - they are cracking the hashes anyway without using rainbow tables. Using SHA256 instead of MD5 has more benefits in this regard than salted vs. unsalted.
Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?
I stand corrected. Indeed it looks like the Persuasion was simply abandoned and none of their programs can read those files.
gaspyy has no journal entries.