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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

goruka Guys, make it work on OSX and Windows. (47 comments)

I know KDevelop is great and used it for a while. However, Qt-Creator will continue being the best open source IDE because it allows to keep working on projects no matter the platform, and has a much broader appeal. How difficult is it to get it to work on something other than Unixes, given Qt is portable?

about a week ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

goruka Re:Not so sure (369 comments)

Not only that, a guy is decapitated by a british speaking terrorist. The timing was just too good, specially because it helped to move the public opinion away from Israel/Gaza. Coincidentally, the moment Hamas stopped getting press they basically surrendered.

about three weeks ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

goruka Re:Abandoning Desktop was a BIG Mistake for RedHat (232 comments)

apt-get and yum are similar, but Ubuntu Software Center and Update Manager, (as well as the way they handle PPAs) are miles ahead more friendly than Red-Hat's Package Manager.

about three weeks ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

goruka Abandoning Desktop was a BIG Mistake for RedHat (232 comments)

More than a decade ago, when they abandoned desktop and regular users and only focused on enterprise, they made their biggest mistake. Where do you think Ubuntu Server users come from?

Even most of us who are highly knowledgeable and understand Linux to it's most profound depths appreciate a good desktop experience. The fact we can compile a kernel or any software does not mean we prefer that to a nice end-user experience.

It is still not too late for RedHat, and given the horrible direction Ubuntu has been going recently (trying to run on Phones and Tablets), and the fact that the tablet fad is starting to pass and the desktop did not die (as evidenced by Microsoft's direction with Windows 9), they have a great chance to re-capture the desktop user. They will definitely not be able to do that by supporting Gnome 3 (something a large part of desktop users hate, even if a small minority likes it), and their very unfriendly package manager. They now have Ubuntu as example of how to do some things right, and as proof that this is a desirable business direction.

about three weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

goruka DropBox is terrible (275 comments)

Unlike Google which uses ownership to determine size used, you can run out of space in DropBox by someone sharing you a large folder. DropBox also make is impossible from the web interface to see the sizes or usage of files to make room or clean up. I ended up paying Google for 100gb because their service is simply better.

about a month ago

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

goruka Re:Economic risk (143 comments)

Don't worry, the Lithiumpoly mafia will make sure that no alternative energy is economically viable in the next decades, so their business remains intact.

about 1 month ago

New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

goruka Yes they are called Netbooks (215 comments)

And are not trendy anymore. I don't think Chromebooks are only appealing because the hardware is cheap..

about a month ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

goruka PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

Even if thee free publicity would lead to more people watching and consuming soccer-related products and services in the long run, It's always good to see honorable institutions such as the Premier League inciting everyone to be a good citizen and abide the law, at the cost of them losing money. A true example to follow.

about a month ago

NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

goruka Pointless because Android will not support it. (52 comments)

Google "do not be evil" single handedly decided that OpenCL will never run on Android and instead is pushing for their crappy alternative, RenderScript:

No matter how valid the arguments of those who favor OpenCL are, Google just answers with FUD.

about a month ago

Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

goruka Fuck languages, Standarize a VM ! (180 comments)

How difficult it can it be to agree on this? This way anyone can use any language they wish. It's a win-win situation for Firefox and Google and probably for Microsoft because their underperforming new platforms will get loads of new applications. I seriously don't get corporations sometimes..

about 2 months ago

A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

goruka Lies, they want to make killer robots. (87 comments)

How obvious is it that, in reality, they want to make killer robots? Start with the synthetic memory, then continue with the synthetic consciousness and put it in a highly sophisticated mechanical armature and you have a killer robot.

We are doomed.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

goruka You have to pay $$ to use C# in a game. (254 comments)

Everyone is getting into C# because of Unity, but this is actually a trap. If you want to make a C# game and publish it on mobile without restrictions you have to pay. The only portable C# implementation that works on mobile (besides Windows Phone) is Mono. Their class library is LGPL, which is in a grey area, Xamarin says:

"Typical examples of commercial licensees include device manufacturers embedding Mono in hardware where the user is not able to independently upgrade the Mono virtual machine from the source code"

This rules out Android and iOS. Unity has a free version but also has restrictions:

Unity Free, which include the free platform add-on products, may not be licensed or used by a commercial entity with annual gross revenues (based on prior fiscal year) in excess of US$100,000, or by an educational, academic, non-profit or government entity with a total annual budget for the entire entity (based on prior fiscal year) in excess of US$100,000.

So, again, make sure you are doing your research well, because you might end up in an unexpected situation.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

goruka There is no such thing as "Learn Game Programming" (254 comments)

The best way is to make games first, then see what language do you need later. Most games do not even need something such as C# and what might seem as " more powerful" can also be seem as "more wasted time doing something more complex than needed".

about 3 months ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

goruka We don't need more languages, we need bytecode. (309 comments)

Web browsers should at this point be able to parse some sort of bytecode that can be translated to native. This way anyone can use whatever programming language he or she pleases. Google did a great work with PNaCL, but I don't think that will ever gain traction from the other vendors.

Mozilla's ASM.JS is much better idea and much closer to a real-life usage scenario, but Google itself is not doing enough to promote it and their support is half assed (even though It would definitely benefit them).

about 3 months ago

Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

goruka Thank You Google, you were Wrong. (230 comments)

> two thirds of the top 2,000 apps in the Google Play Store use natively compiled C code

Of course, how else would one make code portable between platforms? Yet their support for using their native Java API from C or C++ is horrible. JNI is unsafe and crash prone and the NativeActivity is so limited that barely anyhthing can be made with it.

about 3 months ago

Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

goruka Why is asm.js not listed!? (173 comments)

I know it's not a "standard" (yet?) but asm.js is one of the best things that happened to web browsers. It already works well in Firefox, Chrome and Safari, yet performance in IE is much worse than in the other platforms. Given all platforms support WebGL at this point, we are pretty much only waiting for IE to adopt proper support for asm.js.

about 4 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

goruka Re:Double down? How about "No." (566 comments)

Regulation? But this is what America is about! the big rich companies are the ones that dictate the regulation. And hiring overseas is MUCH more convenient to them. Why do you think the American government is one of the highest proponents of free trade treaties? I'm surprised you are american and you don't know this.
Next time there are elections you can vote the national socialists if you want more labor protectionism, see how it goes.

about 4 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

goruka Re:Double down? How about "No." (566 comments)

Typical american short-sightedness. You believe that if there were no more foreigners, companies would hire Americans and pay them more because there would be less competition. You are completely wrong because in reality:

1) Large sized American companies open offices overseas and hire foreigners there, which are cheaper than H1-B workers. They also hide their headcount info very well by many different methods. Travel a bit around the world and see the size of IBM, Oracle, Ford, etc offices there.
2) Medium sized American companies hire small sized foreign companies, which are most of the time incorporated in the US too (In Delaware of course), because they are cheaper than small sized American companies.

So, what you believe is the solution to your problem is actually just fighting for breadcrums while someone else already came and took your cake and ate it. The truth if you have trouble getting a job, you are either underqualified, irrelevant or unaffordable, so pardon my single tear for you.

about 4 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

goruka Silly americans, understand your own country... (566 comments)

I had this argument plenty of times, as I visit USA often.
The fundamental problem is that Americans think they are the best at way they do, because they do something that no one (or at least they believe no one) else does outside America. Americans have a huge pride and pisses them off to no end that someone from the outside can come into the country and do a better job than them. Period. This is the root problem with H-1Bs and everything else is indirectly linked to this.

I always hear the same arguments coming from Americans regarding to H-1B or Outsourcing, like "They just bring those workers because they are cheaper, so it doesn't matter if they are worse!" or "They sent to India but those guys are terrible at doing their job!".

To understand why you already lost, you have to accept the fact that other people is as good as you or better outside America. I'm not talking about bringing Mexicans to do construction work, I'm taking about scientists, engineers, etc. There is PLENTY of birllant people outside, and guess who do they work for? Their local companies and governments? Some might, but they will work for the highest bidder and that includes American companies and American government (through companies). Most of that people is in countries where the standards of living are cheaper or much cheaper, and with an entry level American salary they are rich, have their whole family and they don't care about H-1Bs.

That is the people responsible of less jobs for the Americans, and you have no idea how many are there, probably more than americans themselves. Remember that I mentioned at the beginning of the post that I travel often to the USA? Guess why. America makes it very easy for foreigners to open an American company.

So, complaining that H-1Bs are responsible for the loss of jobs is like blaming a cold for the death of a patient with HIV.
In fact, if you were not short-sighted, you might even see the positive side of having foreigners come and work in american soil. One foreigner will take away at much one job, but one foreigner can also create many jobs, and they don't need to be Elon Musk or Satya Nadella.

But no blaming your problems on those inferior immigrants. Right. I can tell you that there is plenty of jobs and plenty of people willing to invest in endless amount of opportunities in America, Been in many countries and no other country compares to America in this regard, your country is the best.
Also met and have known of more foreigners living outside America taking these opportunities than there are individuals under H-1B.

So, if you are worried about your job or unemployment, it definitely is because you either are not qualified, relevant , or affordable enough. That's the hard truth. America is a free country and promotes free trade with every other country. Vote for the national socialists next time there are elections if you don't like this.

about 4 months ago



Godot Game Engine Released Under MIT License

goruka goruka writes  |  about 7 months ago

goruka (1721094) writes "Godot is a fully featured, open source, MIT licensed, game engine. It focuses on having great tools, and a visual oriented workflow that can deploy to PC, Mobile and Web platforms with no hassle. The editor, language and APIs are feature rich, yet simple to learn. Godot was born as an in-house engine, and was used to publish several work-for-hire commercial titles.

With more than half a million lines of code, Godot is one of the most complex Open Source game engines at the moment, and one of the largest commitments to open source software in recent years. It allows developers to make games under Linux (and other unix variants), Windows and OSX."

Link to Original Source

Reducing Executable Size of a C++ App?

goruka goruka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goruka (1721094) writes "Often, when programming large applications in C++, the executable tends to get huge (several megabytes). I know that some factors (C++ features) such as inline abuse, templates, constructors, strings, etc. contribute to adding fat to the binary executable. Although this isn't a big problem in desktop PCs, which have gigabytes of RAM nowadays, it is very serious when writing for mobile or embedded devices. So my question is, are there any tools or profiling techniques to somehow "detect" which sections of a binary (functions, constants, , etc) are consuming the most space? I know that there are many memory, cpu, I/O profilers around, but executable binary size profiling seems not to be a common area of optimization..."

Providing a closed source license upon request?

goruka goruka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

goruka (1721094) writes "As a citizen of the open source community, I have written several applications and libraries and released under the BSD license. Because of my license choice, I often run into the situation where a company wants to write software for a closed platform using my code or libraries. Even though there should be no restrictions on usage, companies very often request a different license citing as a valid reason that the creator of such platform has special terms forbidding "open source software" in the contracts forced upon the developer. So my question is, has anyone else run into this situation, and are there examples of such licenses that I can provide? (Please keep in mind that I'm not a US resident and i don't have access or resources to afford a lawyer there)"


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