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Why the New Guy Can't Code

janwedekind They brought it onto themselves (948 comments)

Companies are consciously creating incompatible platforms (Android, iOS, WP7, Flash, Silverlight, ...) in order to make developer skills non-transferable. Nobody should be surprised to hear that it costs more time to train new developers.

more than 3 years ago
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Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter

janwedekind What about Stumbleupon? (307 comments)

You can rate websites with "like" and "don't like" and then Stumbleupon starts to show you websites submitted by people with similar interest vectors. Stumbleupon also shows you the people with similar interest vectors so you can chat with them or just subscribe to their feeds.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Earth To Include Google Deep Sea

janwedekind First dive will be to the deepest place (37 comments)

That doesn't sound wise to me. I would recommend to leave the ambitious trips for later. Use a series of incrementally more challenging trips to test the design and gain experience with the controls of the vehicle. Chances are there is software involved and I don't want to see more bad news on Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Is Introducing the +1 Button

janwedekind Re:Google doesn't get it (218 comments)

Actually it's not quite that easy. Once your browser loads the button, the website and your IP goes into Google's log. From there on it's just a matter of connecting the dots.
However for Firefox with Adblock Plus there is a list to prevent loading of "social" buttons: http://www.fanboy.co.nz/
Note that Google Chrome's ad-blocking only hides content but still loads it.

more than 3 years ago
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FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript

janwedekind Re:In other news.. (413 comments)

I couldn't have said it better. I think Redhat is way more efficient than Microsoft or Apple. They deliver more value for a fraction of the cost. They are also less noise because they don't waste so much money on advertising and retail.

more than 3 years ago
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A New Class of Nuclear Reactors

janwedekind Why is this on Slashdot? (560 comments)

The last thing we need now is Intellectual Ventures and their toxic patents. Nuclear research already is crippled enough in the interest of national security.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Open Sources Their Linux Video API

janwedekind Re:this is good news (64 comments)

My laptop has an Intel Mobile Series 4 graphics card. KDE compositing rarely drops below 25 frames/second.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Open Sources Their Linux Video API

janwedekind Re:this is good news (64 comments)

If you don't need cutting edge graphics, give Intel Graphics a go. The drivers are free software -> distributors are permitted to integrate them properly -> installation is a breeze.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Gives Some Hints On the Future of Qt

janwedekind Strategic alliance (329 comments)

I'd really like to know whether not supporting Qt4 on WP7 is part of the agreement.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Gives Some Hints On the Future of Qt

janwedekind Dual-boot phone? (329 comments)

In a few years we will have phones with WP7 and Linux dual-boot. The market of mobile devices is just like the PC market and worse: Full of politics, platforms, and redundant software. As a software developer I am appalled by the waste of developer time.

But as Steve Ballmer so eloquently says: "We are going to give customers exiting choices."

LOL

more than 3 years ago
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A Kinect Princess Leia Hologram In Realtime

janwedekind Princess Leia + Kinect (112 comments)

Princess Leia + Kinect = red hot blob changing shape in real-time

more than 3 years ago
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Model Says Religiosity Gene Will Dominate Society

janwedekind What's the problem? (729 comments)

If you think this is a bad development, just do your job and outbreed them.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's Next-Generation Airplane Concepts

janwedekind Re:Two problems with flying wings (120 comments)

Another problem is that you need to be able to evacuate the airplane swiftly. If it wasn't for this, the Airbus A380 would have a wider body today.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Pulls VLC Media Player From AppStore

janwedekind Re:Spin much? (754 comments)

Why? I mean, it's not like they didn't know that as soon as they released their software under the GPL then anyone could modify and compile it for any platform they liked? If they wanted to retain control they should have picked a different license.

Porting VLC to another operating system is good for the project and that is not the issue here. The issue is that VLC should remain free software and it should not be controlled by anyone.

And: what 30% Apple tax? You mean the cut they take from paid apps (in case you missed it VLC is free) for providing all the services (payment, bandwidth, iTunes presence) you otherwise would have to get elsewhere?

Bandwidth? Give me a break. Have you looked at Amazon EC2 prices for hosting bandwidth recently? And they are not even the cheapest. If Apple's offering was so great, they wouldn't use DRM to technically lock out potential competitors.

That cut is small compared to what a J2ME developer has to live with for instance. Do you also consider the 50% of CD proce that the store gets to be a "record store tax"?

AFAIK GetJar charges 0% for hosting paid J2ME applications.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Pulls VLC Media Player From AppStore

janwedekind Re:Nokia developer pulls VLC from AppStore (754 comments)

However, the spirit of the GPL software is that anybody should be able to get the source code, adapt it, and use the modified software. Here we have a developer who actively prevents people from doing just that. You can argue all you want about app store rules and walled gardens and so on, but this guy clearly does not want people to have the freedom to modify software that he participated in developing and to make it work on the device that they want it to work on.

What prevents you from just downloading the application from somewhere else? It's not as if the binaries are not available any more.

more than 3 years ago
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Plan To Tax Romanian Witches Draws Curses

janwedekind What's the fee (12 comments)

for cursing the banks?

more than 3 years ago

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Ruby 1.9.1 released

janwedekind janwedekind writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Janwedekind writes "According to Ruby Inside Yuki Sonoda yesterday announced the release of Ruby 1.9.1. The VM of Ruby 1.9 (formerly known as YARV) was initiated by Koichi Sasada and has been in the making for quite some time. Yukihiro Matsumoto (the creator of Ruby) already presented many of the upcoming features in his keynote at RubyConf 2007. Most notably Ruby 1.9 now supports native threads and an implementation of fibers. A lot of work also went into encoding awareness of strings. It will take some time though until the majority of existing Ruby-extensions get ported to 1.9."
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