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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

gbjbaanb Re:Well (310 comments)

Some progressive offices have desks that can be raised or lowered with a little motor, so you can sit and then stand when you feel like it.

Typically the guys in the office would sit all morning and stand for part of the afternoon.

2 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

gbjbaanb Re:Weak (310 comments)

eh?

Assuming intelligent design for a moment, we were designed for stuff our ancestors were used to - running about and generally standing up.,

We were not ever designed to slouch in front of a TV/monitor with a little tool in our hands waggling it up and down (or side to side) pressing buttons.

So,much as I really don't care if ID is true or fantasy, citing proof of our sedentary lifestyles is not and argument against it.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

gbjbaanb Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (289 comments)

oh god Remedy....I used that once.

But the concept is good- you need a 'bug tracker' where the requests for patches can be made to you, and you can then assign tot he CCB. Once they agree it, then assign it back to you for implementation.

Any dev bugtracker will provide you with this kind of audit trail - think 'requirements' for the CCB authorisation, 'development' for the implementation, 'test' for the testing. You might want to rename these though.

I'd make it web based so access is simple for everyone involved - last thing you need is a Excel based solution. I've used Mantis, or Redmine but Bugzilla would work too as would any number of web based bug/task tracker tools. Get one installed before someone on the CCB says "we'll use a spreadsheet", seriously.

3 days ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

gbjbaanb Re:Not a surprise, but no reflection of O/S vs Pro (132 comments)

are you sure about that?

unsafe
{
// srcPtr and destPtr are IntPtr's pointing to valid memory locations
// size is the number of long (normally 4 bytes) to copy
    long* src = (long*)srcPtr;
    long* dest = (long*)destPtr;
    for (int i = 0; i < size / sizeof(long); i++)
    {
        dest[i] = src[i];
    }
}

that's valid C#, all you need to do is inject something like that into the codebase and let the JIT compile it (using all the lovely features they added to support dynamic code) and you're good to get all the memory you like.

Now I know the CLR will not let you do this so easily, but there's always a security vulnerability lying around waiting to be discovered that will, or an unpatched system that already has such a bug found in any of the .NET framework, for example this one that exploits... a "buffer allocation vulnerability", and is present in Silverlight.

The moral is ... don't think C programs are somehow insecure and managed languages are perfectly safe.

3 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

gbjbaanb Re:whine (225 comments)

Yeah, I remember the good old days, when there weren't many demands on developers, and release schedules were easy, and if you said to your boss, "can I have more time?" He said, "Sure, no problem my good friend, have a raise too!"

hey, I still work as a government contractor, you insensitive clod!

4 days ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

gbjbaanb Re:I have serious doubts.. (101 comments)

There is - but its very boring.

You generally look at the map from a distance, grouping your units into manageable armies. Then your entire interface looks more like a few points on a map and a spreadsheet as the relevant army stats are displayed in a grid.

This is the way real life Command and control interfaces are designed. A police 911 dispatcher will manage individual units rather than armies, but they will still need access to their stats (eg what equipment and training the unit has), their location and the location of any event (and the details of said location).

If you want to compare that to SC, you'll see it way different - much less frantic, which is important as you don't want the operator to be overwhelmed with information. You want them to see the "bigger picture" so they can plan the resource allocation effectively, calmly and with thought.

4 days ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

gbjbaanb Re:Ergonomics (101 comments)

My feeling is that a lot of older computer users suffer from no longer giving a fuck, after years of mismanagement and youthful exuberance, many older users have finally realised that having a life and not thinking computing is the be-all and end-all of everything is important.

4 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

gbjbaanb Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (188 comments)

rubbish. I can get it to do merging of sorted payroll data and, erm.. and.. and... yeah ok.

4 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

gbjbaanb Re:Funny (689 comments)

Oh I am not a libertarian. I just point out that most people in high office are psychopaths with their own pushing ambition and lack of care for anyone who gets in the way of their own agendas.

This applies to men and women, but as the topic concerned a woman abusing her position to push her own agenda, I felt it was unnecessary to mention psycho male execs too.

Most women do like "feminine" jobs, hence the number of women in nursing, childcare and similar.

5 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

gbjbaanb Re:Funny (689 comments)

only the "executive" women are the ones who can't hack real-world jobs. Don't belittle most women by comparing them to these self-appointed attention whores.

The fact is that most women prefer different jobs, more social ones like teaching or nursing. These are valuable jobs that have a disproportionate amount of men in them too,, there's always more calls for men in primary schools for example, but strangely never any outreach programmes for male primary teachers.

So girls don't like working in computing... so what. There are plenty other careers available.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

gbjbaanb Re:That's not the only thing that's gone... (270 comments)

.NET is not dead - there are far too many developers who are unable to code in anything else. They won't give it up easily.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

gbjbaanb Re:Good for devs. (270 comments)

It is the preferred solution... unfortunately.

Try the Windows Web Services alternative (a compatible system designed by the Windows team, significantly faster and less memory intensive).

I also thought the new preferred way to write back-end services was to sue the REST toolkit that came out with VS2013 (ex codename casablanca). WCF is only still around because the ,NET devs don't have much of an alternative, that's all.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

gbjbaanb Re:Good for devs. (270 comments)

no, they'd be using win32 and C based APIs for system services.... a lot like a certain alternative OS.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

gbjbaanb Re:ya ya.. (445 comments)

but a unit test wouldn't show this up - nobody would write a test, testing that the function worked, and start looking at external impacts of that function.

For this to be caught using testing, you'd need a fairly good coverage integration test. Unit tests are just too focussed on small things. They prove the unit works as expected, they never consider interaction with other parts of the overall system.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

gbjbaanb Re:on purpose or not, couldn't happen if... (445 comments)

why is C++ a problem then? I've not written malloc or new a C style array for years.

I just hope your unnamed other language has no scope for other bugs... its Jva isn't it, lololololol.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

gbjbaanb Re:Whatever you may think ... (445 comments)

I think he should go further than that. Considering the damage caused, I say he should refund triple what he received, as a show of contrition and to serve as an example to other OSS developers.

about two weeks ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

gbjbaanb Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

not of our conscious mind only, but of the semi-conscious awareness

what you're saying is that subliminal advertising is where its at :(

about two weeks ago
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Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

gbjbaanb Re:Needs x86 emulation. (47 comments)

even Windows programs (ie created with visual studio) can recompile to ARM instructions. I guess he just can't install Windows itself on it.

Moral: don't lock yourself in to anything!

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

gbjbaanb Re:Where do you draw the line? (650 comments)

and yet everyone who comments on the XP obsolescence issue always mentions health-care situations where some microscope or other device is hooked up to a controlling workstation running XP..

Though maybe such devices aren't mission critical in the same way as nuclear reactor control software.

about two weeks ago

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AMD's new gfx API Mantle offers 40% framerate improvement over OpenGL and Dx

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about 3 months ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "AMD has a new low-level graphics API to take on OpenGL and DirectX. It works by reducing the amount of overhead involved in most graphics operations and getting closer to the metal which results in some substantial frame rate improvements, especially on CPU bound systems.

AMD have been talking about the possibility to hand over control to Khronos Group in the future and that they have a SDK scheduled later this year which will make it possible for Intel and Nvidia to start working on support for Mantel if they want to."

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Fight ash dieback disease.. on facebook

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about 8 months ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Remember folding@home and similar massively distributed programs that tried to get enough computing power to help fightr diseases, the latest one is a little different. In the UK, Ash Dieback disease is has been imported from the continent and is killing all the native ash trees, so researchers have created a crowd-sourced game to match genetic sequences of resistant trees.

Computer systems to match thousands of sequences are difficult to do, but humans are very good at pattern matching, which is why the game was created.

And released on Facebook to reach a wide community, who can play an entertaining puzzle game without having to pay for a single f*** sheep (or leaf). About time."

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Interplanetary Internet tested on the ISS

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "At last — we have a new Internet protocol (eat your heart out IPv6) — called DTN (for disruption tolerant networking).

This "interplanetary internet" has been used by an astronaut at the International Space Station (ISS) to send commands to a robot on Earth and will be used primarily for communication with distant nodes."

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Windows 7 finally overtakes XP

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Microsoft Windows 7 has finally overtaken the 11-year-old Windows XP operating system on web-based market share figures from Netmarketshare

So what does this mean for Windows 8? Another 5 years before it has as many installations as Windows 7, does that mean that writing Metrp-only apps on a OS that doesn't have critical mass will be as successful as Silverlight?"

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Nokia sells Qt to Digia

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Finnish software company Digia announced today that it is acquiring the Qt software business from Nokia. Digia plans to pick up where Nokia left off, continuing Qt development but renewing the toolkit’s focus on cross-platform support."
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Apple assisting the trade in stolen iPhones

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Need a new iDevice? Simple — first steal one, then 'accidentally' break it and take it to your nearest Apple store and present it for warranty repair, and an Apple 'genius' will hand you a brand new one, no questions asked.

So Apple could help make stolen iPhones useless to the thief by locking them, or they could be encouraging thieves who know they'll get a brand new one to sell on. More worryingly, this will invalidate your insurance:

Charlie Durrant was a victim of iPhone theft. After her handset was stolen last year she reported the theft to Apple and her insurer. However, when she requested a replacement phone, her insurer told her that one had already been issued in her name. The thief had taken advantage of Apple's lack of checks. ... "someone had just gone in and got a brand new one, making my insurance invalid.""

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European eID announced

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "On Wednesday, the European Commission published a strategy document aimed at setting up systems to protect children online. In the document — but not in the accompanying press release nor the citizens' summary — the Commission mentioned that it will soon propose a "pan-European framework for electronic authentication", full details will be announced on 30th May.

The launch of the strategy follows a push to strengthen internet security in the EU. It also outlined legal measures to make it easier for people to use a single e-ID for online services across borders, which would underpin a move toward a pan-European framework for electronic identification, authentication and signature (Pefias) framework."

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Amazon accused of bullying small firms, and inflat

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Online shopping giant Amazon has been accused of artificially inflating prices by banning firms that trade on its website from selling goods more cheaply elsewhere on the internet.

Amazon has ordered them to ‘maintain parity between the terms on which you offer or sell each item through Amazon’ and the amount they charge for the same product on other sites."

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Nokia sells 12 phones per second

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "no, don't worry Windows Phone hasn't taken over the world... this is the S40 "burning platform" success story.

What surprised me: To make S40 phones attractive to them, the software — and the hardware it runs on — now supports a wide range of apps, from the wildly popular Angry Birds game to instant messaging and apps to connect with social networks. Ms McDowell says that "a lot of work is being done to get such marquee apps" on to the S40 platform, to boost its attractiveness.

So why run a smartphone when a 'dumb' phone can do everything you want, including 3.7 million app downloads per day.

Last year, this low-margin business contributed about half of Nokia's profits."

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Spanish bank BBVA to use Google's cloud

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Spanish banking giant BBVA is switching its 110,000 staff to use Google's range of enterprise software.

The bank told the BBC it would use Google's tools only for internal communication, but the deal can be seen as a breakthrough in corporate adoption.

The customer and bank data will still be held on internal systems, but all communication will be via Google services, mainly driven by a need to serve the bank's increasingly mobile workers."

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Winner of Microsoft Excel World Championship

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The world of competitive computing has another winner to add the the honour-rolls. This time its UK student Rebecca Rickwood who has beatuen 78 other finalists to be crowned best user of Microsoft's spreadsheet software, Excel 2007.

Sincere congratulations to Miss Rickwood, but please — find out about boys soon."

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the Longhorn dream reborn

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "Early this month, Microsoft dropped something of a bombshell on Windows developers: the new Windows 8 touch-friendly immersive style would use a developer platform not based on .NET. Cue howls of outrage from .NET developers everywhere, but here Ars Technica descibes what's more likely to have been going on and why Microsoft is finally getting its act together for developers."
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New runtime for native Android apps on Windows

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A startup called BlueStacks has developed an Android runtime environment for the Windows operating system.

BlueStacks has overcome the performance barrier by building a native x86 Android runtime that doesn't have to rely on emulation. The company says that Android applications running on its stack will be highly responsive on Windows and won't suffer from the kind of lag that developers are accustomed to experiencing when using Google's emulator.

No product is availablefor download to the great unwashed, but partner Citrix showed a demo of the system at Citrix Synergy conference. An alpha of the runtime will be available for download in July."

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Skylon spaceplane passes key review

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A revolutionary UK spaceplane concept has been boosted by the conclusions of an important technical review.

Skylon is a design for a workign spaceplane that uses revolutionalry engines that work as normal jets near the ground and switch to rocket propulsion in the upper atmosphere. The concept means the plane will not have to carry as much fuel and so will not need disposable stages.

Its estimated the cost of delivering payloads to orbit will drop from $15000 per kilo to $1000 making this the best prospect for commercialisation of orbit."

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Web standard gets EU funding

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The BBC is reporting news of project Webinos, an initiative to provide a common platform for web applications that would sidestep current operating systems and allow devs to create web-based apps that would run anywhere — PCs, TVs, cars, mobiles.

The project aims to sidestep operating systems and proprietary app stores by providing a web-based approach.

The idea would enable a given app to work, for example, on a web-ready television, in a car and on a mobile, no matter the makers of the devices... Companies can afford to have an app on two or at most three platforms — they're extremely costly to develop and ensure the user experience..


Makes sense for all, except companies that thrive on having their own, proprietary systems to 'differentiate' themselves from the other proprietary systems."

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ISP's top data hog gobbles 2.7TB of data in a mont

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "In a rare turn of events, a Belgian ISP has released figure for its "super users" by bandwidth usage not to demonise them, but to show how good their network and plans are! 1 User downloaded more than 2TB, 7 others hit the 1TB mark.

Its only a matter of time before there's a competition for who can clog this network up with the most traffic :)"

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Want HiDef DrWho? Now its DRM only

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The BBC has been granted provisional approval to introduce copy protection for Freeview HD after they resubmitted an amended plan.

Quote:
"In view of the fuller submission provided by the BBC, Ofcom is currently minded to approve its request for a multiplex licence amendment subject to consultation responses, on the basis that in principle, content management is a justified objective which ensures that the broadest range of HD content is made available to citizens and consumers," said Ofcom's statement.
However, its not too late yet — you can submit your comment and tell them you'd like to be able to record broadcast HD TV.

I'm sure the 'content providers' will continue to sell content to the BBC, ITV etc if this is not implemented. They'll still take our licence fee money (or advertising) and sell us the content, but refuse to let us record or copy it, hoping we'll go out and buy the DVD/BluRays as well."

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An x86 smartphone? - here comes the LG GW990

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "I love stories about new smartphones, it shows the IT market is doing something different than the usual same-old desktop apps, maybe one day we'll all be using super smartphones as our primary computing platforms.

And so, here's Intel's offering: the LG GW990. Running a Moorestown CPU, which gives 'considerably' better energy efficiency than the Atom, it runs Intel's Linux distro — Moblin.

"In some respects, the GW990 — "which has an impressive high-resolution 4.8-inch touchscreen display — "seems more like a MID than a smartphone. It's possible that we won't see x86 phones with truly competitive all-day battery life until the emergence of Medfield, the Moorestown successor that is said to be coming in 2011. It is clear, however, that Intel aims to eventually compete squarely with ARM in the high-end smartphone market.""

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