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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

gbjbaanb Re:Options... (141 comments)

and CodePlex, which although hosted my Microsoft does a better UI job of the overall thing than Google Code (which has dropped support for binary releases, telling you to use dropbox or something instead), and has a pretty poor tracker.

I found github to be a bit 'meh' too in terms of usability, though still better than google code.

I'm not sure what the best one to use is, based on functionality and usability rather than something that has 'git' in the name or some vague "startup coolness". If anyone can enlighten us, I'd appreciate it.

yesterday
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

gbjbaanb Re:how pretty (205 comments)

I thought they'd turned off all extraneous 'eye candy' to get a slim, lean, 'clean', look that was very efficient... and so I fully expect them to start making some tiles translucent in the next release, and then with shiny graphical highlights too.

Maybe one day they'll make buttons that look like buttons so you know where to click!

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

gbjbaanb Re:I am not going to convert (242 comments)

You have the same log history in git as you do in Svn - a linear chain of commits. What you describe as a tree is due to the branching and merging. SVN has the same thing, you branch just as much as you do with git, the difference is how the 2 store this information internally.

eg where I work, we use feature branches for independant development. Then the final fixes get merged to the product release branches and trunk. Not too dissimilar from how you tend to use git.

I worked at a place that used git (alas, not me, I was in the Windows team and had to use TFS :( ) and too many people used ot have to call the git guru over because they would munge up their repos. I don't know how they did it, but the fact that they did it too often for my tastes suggests git is a tool that is only for advanced, or experienced users only. Unfortunately that means nowhere near enterprise development.

Today, I'd never suggest git, I'd go with Fossil if I needed a DVCS.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

gbjbaanb Re:I am not going to convert (242 comments)

the trouble with DVCSs is there is no repository to backup. Everyone has their copies and a vape in one can (and will) be propagated to the others. Restore your repo from backups and watch as someone then commits the vape when they push their changes to you - the system doesn't know that it shouldn't take that commit.

Its not like a centralized system where you can have proper backups.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

gbjbaanb Re:I am not going to convert (242 comments)

you can have a pop at SVN for many things (hell, you can have a pop at anything for the same reasons) but seriously, you're trying to use those arguments?

SVN's security is like all the others, except for servers like VIsualSVN that implement active directory auth. Its not unstable at all, more people complain about it not being more bleeding edge, but of course its job is to be stable. They updated to serf, 3 years ago? and there were issues in the betas. Whoop, what did you expect.

And the 'philosophy' that you cannot ever obliterate history is a good one, one that all other SCMs should follow. If you commit something you shouldn't, it should be a serious thing to remove that history - otherwise everyone will screw your SCM up, and your SCM is the one thing you do not ever want screwed up.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

gbjbaanb Re:I am not going to convert (242 comments)

Exactly. I don't know why there's such nerdage against SVN except that git is hard, so therefore its better somehow. Despite the fact you can lose your history (irrevocably if you try) and screw things up even if you don't.

If something is working, there's no point in trying to break it. And if you were to go break it, you'd go with Fossil anyway, git done right.

2 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

gbjbaanb Re:Obvious solutions (330 comments)

of course an even more obvious solution is to open your own ice franchise at Burning Man, there's obviously the demand if queue's are an hour long, and £3 for a bag of water.... and he can implement his idea, make a fortune *and* post smugly about how great he is for thinking it up!

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

gbjbaanb Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

but if Debian drops systemd, what will "automagic" Ubuntu do, seeing as its very much based on Debian?

What it will do is divide the Linux distros into systemd and dependencies, and those without (or with something better). If projects like Gnome become more tied into systemd, will this mean they won't work on non-systemd distros?

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gbjbaanb Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (836 comments)

Production is essential to the mix here, we tried the concept of simply driving an economy by selling each other non-produced things (typically services, like mortgages and loans) and you saw what happened there around 2007/2008.

An economy cannot be spun out of thin air, we need to sell stuff to each other - sure, but we need to sell stuff we need to buy and make sure its regulated so we don't go into another spiral of 'profits' generated out of our imaginations. After all, my house is worth a million dollars, so I'm incredibly rich.

There is an issue with investment - as you noted. As the rate of return drops due to too much investment money chasing yields, investors demand more interest-bearing investments, which is why housing (as 1 example) has gotten out of control. Instead of investing in productivity, they are simply inflating a bubble (again). This can't be healthy for an economy.

about a week ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

gbjbaanb Re:incremental backups (150 comments)

The colo server - if the provider goes bust, you might turn up att heir doors only to find it locked down and facing a lengthy battle with the administrators to prove its your kit. Even then, when you get it back both hardware and data will be obsolete.

about a week ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

gbjbaanb incremental backups (150 comments)

This is the same problem we've always had, whether its someone's website on a shared host or a colo server. You need to back it all up and doing a naive dump of the entire thing will take too long and cost too much in bandwidth, so you take a dump of the entire thing once (preferably when you have the thing you're deploying locally) and then take incremental backups from there.

The big question is what's the best backup tools to do this, and do they work on cloud systems that don't look like real servers? eg. I recall rsoft that did very good incrementals based on disk blocks changing so the backups were also continuous. Not sure if that'd fly on AWS.

about a week ago
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Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday

gbjbaanb Re: IE 6? (63 comments)

the difference is: when Linux has a critical bug, its front-page news; when Windows has a critical bug, its just another Tuesday.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

gbjbaanb Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

Its not about the flexibility, its about the solidity. I want the keyboard to stay still, even if I knock it sideways or with the palm of my hand accidentally. A heavy keyboard sits there and takes it, a cheapo one bounces around slightly, its annoying.

I do have a build machine at work that sits on some drawers between desks, the keyboard is just too wide to sit nicely on the drawers so one end is always raised. A good keyboard would improve that situation, but its so little used directly that we live with it.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

gbjbaanb Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

Biggest problem for me is that I'm in the UK and the layout is different from the standard US-style keyboards (and far superior :) )

So Deck, Code and similar new manufacturers just don't cut it.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

gbjbaanb Re:Wait a minute... (304 comments)

if they can be taken apart, you can put the mechanical bit in the dishwasher (detergent not really recommended). Do not put the electronics in though, some people say it works if you leave it to dry out, but I think it's probably not as guaranteed as they think.

I did it with the keyboard part of my old compaq, when I spilt beer on it (sticky keys... for sure). Came out squeaky clean.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

gbjbaanb Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

The thing is, its more than the keys.
A good keyboard must have weight to it, so its solid and won't wriggle or bend. It must have a decent size so its not slightly cramped to save plastic, It must have decent legs to raise the typing angle up, and it should have a little runner to store your pencils without resting them on the top of the function keys.

Cherry keys are a good thing, but there's more to it than just those.

Myself, I use an ancient compaq keyboard that I'm sure will be classed as a deadly weapon if I ever have to beat off burglars with it. Best thing is it doesn't have those 2 crappy Windows keys either!

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

gbjbaanb Re:Sounds like he hasn't gotten the message (993 comments)

I recall a quote:

FreeBSD is what you get when you take a unix developer and ask him to write a PC OS. Linux is what you get when you take a PC developer and ask him to write a Unix OS.

I guess this now is shown to be true in ways the original author never thought possible!

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

gbjbaanb Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

I prefer:

When you look back at all your failed relationships, you will find a single common factor in all of them .... you.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

gbjbaanb Re:Yes (481 comments)

I recall an article about a aquarium that had a big tank of cuttlefish installed. Then every night one cuttlefish would disappear and no-one could figure out who'd come and steal cuttllefish, so they stuck some night-vision camera in and waited.

An octopus in a tank across the walkway would pop out the top of its tank, shimmy across the floor, up the side of the cuttlefish tank, grab one, eat it and then retreat back to its tank. I figure anything that figure out that its human keepers had put a fresh source of food for it across the hall is intelligent enough to not be eaten. Incidentally octopi are intelligent enough to take the trapped crabs and lobster from traps.

but hey, human eat fucking everything, destroying the environment it lives in as we all know nothing is more important than our bellies, and the profits made from selling it for other people's bellies.

about three weeks ago

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Dear Apple, pay tax or we'll sue you

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about three weeks ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The EU is to decry Apple's tax arrangements with Ireland, Luxembourg and Holland tomorrow, stating that their tax deals amount to "illegal state aid". Penalties if found guilty are massive fines (probably still less than if Apple had paid the 'expected' amount of tax). It suggests an interesting way of making companies pay tax, and I imagine Google, Microsoft et al will be next if this case succeeds."
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Why Banana skins are slippery wins IgNobel

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about a month ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "This year's Ig Nobel prize was won by Japanese researchers investigating why banana skins produced a frictionless surface compared to apple and orange peels.
(apparently "The polysaccharide follicular gels that give banana skins their slippery properties are also found in the membranes where our bones meet." so its not all fun and jollity)

Other prizes were awarded for noting that dogs only defecate when aligned with north-south magnetic fields, and that 'night owl' people are more likely to be psychopaths than early risers. Yes, that probably includes you."

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So black you can't see it.

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about 3 months ago

gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A British company is developing a new material that’s so black it absorbs all but 0.035 percent of the visual light, making it the darkest material ever created.

Of course, apart from making album covers, it conducts heat 7 times better than copper and is 10 times stronger than steel.

the pictures are the best, it looks like its sitting on some foil, but its grown on the foil which is all crinkled and bent — only people who have seen it say that it looks smooth because so little light is being reflected."

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

gbjbaanb gbjbaanb writes  |  about 9 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 a year 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 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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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