top Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required
I sunk countless hours into this, not sure I produced anything particularly good. But was huge fun.
about a year and a half ago
top Samsung Accuses Foreman Hogan of Misrepresentation
This is the part that I don't get either. Even with him lying, why did even even get in the jury? It really seems that Samsung should have researched him entirely.
top Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?
Focus-follows-mouse is exactly the setting I use. KDE 4.8 supports this no problem without annoying auto raise or click to raise. In fact it supports the slightly better than the old sloppy focus-follows-mouse (mouse isn't in a window, focus remains on the previously focused application). If anything KDE supports all the various focus policies nicely and well.
For copy / paste I'll agree with you. KDE does support Windows style and X style copy paste. It does this at the same time and the combination often doesn't work correctly, particularly when interacting with an application that only supports X style copy paste. But, I'm not actually sure that the issue KDE and not the various applications. The pinch point for me has been copying from google-chrome and pasting into Emacs. It seemed that google-chrome was inconsistently marking the source and Emacs was failing to use to Windows style copy paste buffer. It annoying me for a long time until I finally switched Emacs to use the DE copy buffer instead of the X buffer.
top Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8
I've been using Emacs as the editor and Visual Studio as the compiler at my current job for a couple years. I made a genuine effort to use Visual Studio for editing when I first started, but, even with intellisense, it just isn't nearly as good for editing code.
top Aero Glass UI No More On Windows 8
I still have difficulty telling which window has focus.
top Why Microsoft's Keeping the Next Xbox Under Wraps
It seems that MS is trying to blame accounts getting hacked on people sharing their password online. My son had his account hacked while he was playing a game, they purchased $90 in points and transferred them to another account. It took him a month to get his money back from MS and have his Live account reactivated and that was only after his pleading to get refunded. MS appears to be denying this like they denied red rings.
top Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens
I haven't even finished them because of this. Still have the last half season to watch.
top See the Tesla S at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)
It is a family car, has four normal seats (the expected ones), and has optional additional 2 seats. The rear facing seats are in the trunk. (it is a hatch back).
top B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire
I chatted with the Barnes and Nobles sales guy via their website and asked that same question. They said it will be rootable. (Gave me the warning about voiding warranty). So, I'm guessing that it is, although the sales guy is likely ignorant and just repeating what he has heard.
top Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie
Installed Windows 7 recently (Windows Vista ate itself on the machine previously.) It was about as simple as installing Ubuntu or Fedora. Might have actually been easier.
It was a far cry from Windows 98 installs.
top Talking To Computers?
We would yell open minesweeper from the other room. I think my friend had it enabled for one evening only.
top Steam Prompts OS X Graphics Update
Flash also sucks on Linux. Even with setting the configuration to force hardware acceleration my core I7 machine struggles with full screen flash. The newest version of Flash is a huge improvement, but it still has a ways to go.
top Android Compatibility and Fragmentation
I'm not sure Google needs to do anything about it. Instead carriers need to. I personally am a bit pissed that my G1 is stuck at 1.6. When I replace it (fairly soon), one of the requirements will be that it is on the current Android release and that it follows the current releases for at least awhile (G1 followed for 4 months?) If the carrier cannot do this I'll just go to a different one.
I suspect that most people will feel the same way, so, it is only a matter of time before it becomes the standard (hoping).
top How To Behave At a Software Company?
Failing gracefully is very important. Typical software projects are complicated - you will be assigned too much work, assigned work that has such poor requirements that you wonder who was gathering them, have co-workers that fail to deliver their parts of the system in a timely manner (might not be their fault either), and be completely surprised when new requirements appear as if from nowhere. Make sure you keep good notes (lessons the surprises), keep your boss informed of what you are doing and any difficulties or successes you are having (so he knows if you are overloaded, if there is any assistance you can be given, or if you need more work from someone else). Keeping the boss informed is important even when you are senior as you tend to get more complicated work that requires more interaction with other people.
So, simply, communication.
top Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable
Why would they replace the code that already works with different code? I can sort of understand the not invented here, but that is a plain waste of money.
They already owned the code, rewriting it would just introduce bugs and take lots of time. I'm sure they have modified it extensively, but rewritten, no.
top Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly
Hell, my copy of Windows 7 - picked it up using the MSDN subscription my work gives me - installed out of curiosity. It worked fine after installation and I was fairly impressed that the tablet functions worked right out of the box. The last time I booted it (it is installed on a rather old and unused tablet computer) it kindly told me my copy of Windows 7 wasn't genuine. I was stunned by this, I'm using the software key that the MSDN website generated, how can this key be invalid?
If it is this faulty in determining valid from invalid I shudder think of what it will be like in the wild.
I didn't bother to even attempt to figure out what was wrong with it; the machine is used purely for fiddling with different OSs.
top When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?
It all probably depends on who / what is cheaper. If organizing, feeding, educating, and controlling a bunch of people is cheaper than designing, building, maintaining, and programing a bunch of robots then people will be used, otherwise robots will be used. Basically it comes down to resource usage.
As people have pretty low minimum needs I suspect we will be used (that is the correct term) to work in our computer overlords salt mines (or equivalent).
top KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign
Agree 100%. Amarok jumped the shark when it went to version 2.x. To the point where it was one of the best mp3 players to what the hell is this?
That said, KDE was almost unusable at 4.0 but is now quite nice (I used Gnome for a bit).
top Carriers, Manufacturers Are Strangling Android
At least with the G1 the turn by turn directions were added as a download from the applications store. So, the phone is still at 1.6, but the maps application has the turn by turn directions.
top SFLC Sues 14 Companies For BusyBox GPL Violations
While neither of us knows all the specific details of the case there are a few important points:
1) Just including GPL code -i.e. shipping and using Busy Box does not require the whole shebang to be GPL'd. If it wasn't linked to it then they just need to provide the source for Busy Box and all their modifications to Busy Box.
2) If they are indeed linking to a GPL (instead of LGPL) library then they do indeed need to GPL the whole shebang, or more likely if this is the case, remove the linking.
I worked for a place that shipped Emacs as part of the application install (we basically included a development environment). Emacs as all properly noted and the source was provided if needed, and the elisp extensions were provided as source. Including Emacs didn't require everything else to be GPL'd.
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