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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

hinchles Who cares (152 comments)

Considering ISO certification costs money and most companies refuse to spend money on stuff that isn't ISO 9001 then very few will probably get it. Most dedicated software houses I've encountered seem to prefer getting the TickIT certs instead of ISO certs for actual code certification but nobody bothers with the testing side of things.

about two weeks ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

hinchles Re:I wonder how much damage... (285 comments)

We're migrating people onto libra office and OWA from the exchange server there's really very little need for dedicated outlook the web mail side of exchange is actually very good though it could do with some work on its signature support and drag and drop to attach files but for the most part its fully serviceable.

about 5 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

hinchles Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

I wonder how AT&T would feel if Netflix, or Amazon or hell even google/youtube decided that AT&T should pay them for consuming their provided content....

about 6 months ago
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IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

hinchles Re:Good (393 comments)

No it doesn't, overall PC ownership isn't in decline its just people are stopping buying pre-built from places like HP, Dell etc.
Alot more people are building their own or having their own built which do not count towards these figures. I'd also be highly surprised if all the thousands of "boutique" sellers of complete systems on places like ebay are counted towards the figures too.
If pc sales really were in such decline you'd see an awful lot of component suppliers going under like scan, ebuyer, newegg for you americans etc. Not seen any of them go under yet and theres even more boutique high end PC sellers around now than there was 2 years ago when all this doom and gloom started.

Its purely the old guard that's struggling there's nothing to see here move along let them all rot away in peace we'll be better off without them

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

hinchles Re:Wake up (524 comments)

Perhaps the car route was a little incorrect but the point still stands.

Obviously anything outside of spec IS paid for that I fully agree with but if I specced the system to add 1 + 1 and your system returns 16 then that is a bug/fault/defect and I'm not paying for it resolving. There is always the muddy ground in the middle where the spec was 99% there but missed one thing and thats open to discussion I've not found a contractor yet that wouldn't do say "10 mins extra" just to finish off that little bit to keep me happy so I'll reuse them again.

There's abit of both ways here and both sides have to agree, but out and out bugs aren't paid for as you're providing a product that "isn't fit for purpose" the purpose being the spec. Now if your product meets the spec 100% and still doesn't function as the end user requires or the spec writer expected then thats not a software bug that mis specced and I (not saying what others do here) would certainly be paying for it as its been MY fuck up not the contractors.

I say the above as someone who contracted as a software developer for 20 years and I'm now the owner of a software development house with 20+ inhouse developers. I use contractors when I need additional hands on to deliver larger projects within required time scales. (Note I say contractors not freelancers as most people mix them up)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

hinchles Re:Wake up (524 comments)

I don't pay for bugs either! My standard contract for contractors is that the project must be completed to specification (I allow for overruns and spec changes etc) but I expect the final product to be defect free at sign off and the contractor to provide bug resolution and support on any code they have produced at no additional cost.

Expecting someone to pay for bugs is like buying a new car with a broken gearbox then having to pay for a new gearbox ontop of the initial purchase.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

hinchles Re:Where are the games? (782 comments)

Its ok I watched most of the presentation thinking wtf do I care about NFL or ESPN the entire presentation was only really relevent to US based users what do the rest of the world get or is it going to be like the current generation where if you're outside of the US you loose a large chunk of functionality for no reason.

about a year ago
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BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

hinchles Re:Priority Failure. (338 comments)

You, sir, are either American where you've always had NAT or too young to remember the early internets

about a year ago
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BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

hinchles Re:Priority Failure. (338 comments)

My first ADSL connection back was with BT it was a 512kb service it was nearly £80 a month and came with a block of static IP address's 7 in total but lnly 5 usable as one was reserved for the router and one was your personal gateway on their network their little black router also had no NAT facilities.

And it was CONSUMER level not business level :)

about a year ago
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BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

hinchles Re:On the other hand.... (338 comments)

Wonder if it'd open up the potential for exploiting since you and other subscribers are potentially on the same vlan kinda perhaps you could packet sniff it or find out the internal ip's of the others in your nat session. Perhaps you could simply just get yourself ddos'd taking out your entire nat block for connectivity and simply reconnect your own router to get a new nat block.

I suspect this won't end well.

about a year ago
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BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

hinchles Re:How about.... (338 comments)

I'd love them to put me on ipv6 if I ever need to get to the v4 range I can always vpn to one of the work servers and use that as a bridge as they're both v4 and v6 enabled.

about a year ago
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EU Antitrust Chief: Google "Diverting Traffic" & Will Be Forced To Change

hinchles Re:nonsensical allegations (329 comments)

install adblock+....... what ads?

about a year and a half ago
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EU Antitrust Chief: Google "Diverting Traffic" & Will Be Forced To Change

hinchles Re:nonsensical allegations (329 comments)

I believe they mean stuff like putting "favoured" search results at the top in return for cash. Either their own or partner/advertiser sites

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Combines Social API and WebRTC

hinchles Great news for camwhores (44 comments)

It'll now be easier to camwhore all day without relying on unstable flash or java \o/

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

hinchles I currently have installed (951 comments)

Borderlands 2
Starcraft 2
Diablo 3
steam +
Natural selection 2
Team fortress 2
Civilisation 4 and 5
Firefall
Minecraft

about 2 years ago
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Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

hinchles If only more companies acted on their thoughts (768 comments)

I've read alot about companies saying win8 is bad for gaming yet very few are actually willing to put their money where their mouth is and actually produce linux native games (or at least games that work perfectly well under wine). Couple that with the lack of installed userbase with capable hardware and the commercial aspects of linux don't really stack up. As much as I'd love to run mint full time its stuck on its vm currently or on underpowered hardware (where linux really shines as a desktop making old/low powered hardware useable!) neither of which are gaming capable.

about 2 years ago
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Spectacular Fireball Lights Up UK Sky

hinchles Saw this (68 comments)

I was watching this went out for a smoke saw something bright and green coming directly towards me. I live close to an airport so thought it was just a plane coming in to land at a funny approach. After a minute or 2 it started getting bigger and brighter still coming directly towards me then a piece fell off it with a massive trail and I realised what it was (late night i was being slow). Continued to watch it as it kept getting bigger and bigger. Almost directly overhead and it split into loads of little pieces from green to orange they all developed massive trails and then just vanished there was nothing blocking my view and I was looking almost vertical at this point so I must have just caught the end of it. Would be nice to know where it actually impacted as by the time it vanished it was bright enough it was actually lighting up the fields around me.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious

hinchles Re:Phew! I'm safe! (625 comments)

thats ok I guess this makes me a mass murderer with no friends :)

more than 2 years ago
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Best Language For Experimental GUI Demo Projects?

hinchles Why limit yourself to existing WM's (278 comments)

As many have said opengl. How about going down a slight variation of that theme though rather than doing ogl on the desktop or as part of another frame work why not approach it as more of a "game" ui where the elements of data are elements within a 3d world. your 2d data can be represented as "pictures" on a wall and your 3d date could be truely interactive. Perhaps ogre3d for your engine (or any other engine would work too) and awesomium (http://awesomium.com/) for your html rendering engine for doing the whole html5 stuff you mentioned.

more than 2 years ago

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Another Is linux ready for the desktop article

hinchles hinchles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hinchles writes "After 7 years of not using Linux on a desktop I attempted to try the new "desktop" ready version of linux and came up with some surprising results. For me anyway. Some things have improved leaps and bounds some things worked out of the box I was expecting not to work and a whole host of new problems have appeared due to the push to make Linux "user friendly"."
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What free/os PHP IDE's are any good?

hinchles hinchles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hinchles writes "Windows update has killed my Vista install for the 3rd time in the last 6 months I've finally had enough and have decided to swap over to Ubuntu.
I'm a freelance PHP developer and until the latest crash I was using the WAMP stack and either Dreamweaver or Editplus as my IDE on windows. With the switch to Linux however I'm struggling to find a good IDE for my work. My requirements are quite basic and mostly run to colour coding/syntax highlighting, Autocomplete/AutoSuggest and if possible also a preview mode. Really I'm after a Linux equivalent of Dreamweaver. A quick google search turned up quite a few possibilities but they're all commercial and on the rather expensive side for my wallet.

What PHP IDE do you use and what would you suggest as a replacement for my old windows tools?"

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