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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

jbohumil HDMI woes (244 comments)

The new Chromecast device looks awesome! Unfortunately my old generation HDTV only has Component Inputs. I wonder if I can plug a Chromecast into some kind of HDMI->Componet converter? Will Chromecast require a secure HDMI connection?

1 year,5 days
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Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

jbohumil Re:Conclusion: meh (543 comments)

Why not ISPF?

1 year,13 days
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The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

jbohumil The problem isn't COBOL it is bad management (345 comments)

The problem isn't COBOL is is bad management. I think that really says it all. You have to manage a project and that means you have to have support at a high enough level that the impacted departments get their marching orders in agreement with the master plan. Otherwise you are doomed if you have to fit the solution to the middle management tier's "requirements" because their "requirements" are that everything stays the same so their jobs and departments are unaffected by the new solution. That's not going to happen in a ground up re-implementation.

1 year,18 days
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The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

jbohumil Re:Typical government efficiency... (345 comments)

You totally get it. It takes strong leadership to tell the business units that they must conform their procedures to the new system and it will be installed as is. That is the way to succeed. Then once it's in you can start opening it up.

1 year,18 days
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The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

jbohumil Re:Typical government efficiency... (345 comments)

Amen to this. Automating a system from scratch is much harder than tweaking an existing work flow. It is not at all unusual to see entire departments built around the failures of the automated system. In other words, lets say there is some inefficiency in an implementation. Because it is difficult to get the IT prioritized and modified to address it, another option is to hire someone to fill the gap and do the work that you might have been able to automate, but would require reworking the system. Now try to totally overhaul the work flow from top to bottom when jobs and departments on the line.

1 year,18 days
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The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

jbohumil Re:Cobol is self-documenting (345 comments)

It depends. I've seen some Cobol systems where programmers created truly unreadable layers of code with all kinds of convoluted methods. IN some cases it almost looks like they tried to make it impossible to read the code. I once saw a simple date routine that for some reason was running forever, only to crack it open and find out that the program proceeded to build through the most complex and inefficient ways an actual calendar of every possible date within several decades - perhaps even the whole century, I can't remember, only to subtract one date from the next. It took forever. Another implementation of this might have been done in 20 lines of code. But because of really really bad programming, it took a thousand lines of really messy hard to maintain code.

1 year,18 days
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The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

jbohumil Re:Cobol is self-documenting (345 comments)

I work on Cobol systems where the documentation has literally yellowed and begun to disintegrate.

1 year,18 days
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Latest Target In War On Drugs: Google Autocomplete

jbohumil Google's self censorship .. slippery slope? (154 comments)

I was surprised. Yesterday I wanted to play John Lennon's song "Woman is the nigger of the world" for a friend who had never heard it. Google autocomplete shut off at the "n" and wouldn't show the song's title. Google has made their own bed here by manipulating their autocomplete for a variety of reasons already. They certainly can't complain that they can't do it, or that it is too hard. They are doing it, and for fairly trivial situations such as avoiding presenting a disturbing word to a search engine user. This opens up the door for all kinds of requests for censorship, whether the politically correct ones like preventing the dread "n word" from appearing without someone actually typing it, or this idea that people can be prevented from visiting questionably legal sites by manipulation of autocomplete.

As soon as they deciding to do all kinds of manipulation they left themselves open to this kind of thing, and it seems like they pretty much have to go along with it, don't they? I mean, do they really want to make the case that showing someone an offensive word is worse than letting people see dangerous and questionably legal activities?

How much protection do Google users need from the horrors of the raw unfiltered internet? Gradually this will reduce the effectiveness of their search engine.

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

jbohumil Bigotry (814 comments)

I'm surprised at all the bigotry here on Slashdot. I hope you guys get a chance to know a transgendered person at some point, it might change your attitudes. I have, and it totally changed my misunderstandings on the subject. I suppose it is natural to be unbelieving in things which seem foreign to our way of thinking, but even if you cannot accept the idea right now, at least give people the benefit of the doubt rather than spew your ignorance as if it were facts. Why not have a look and see attitude? You might be surprised. I feel lucky to have met the transgendered persons I have known in my life, I hope you get the chance.

about a year ago
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Congress Demands Answers From Google Over Google Glass Privacy Concerns

jbohumil IR face masking (201 comments)

This is slightly tongue in cheek, but one insidious way Google could address the privacy concerns would be to equip all Glass headsets with a special IR signal beam that would instruct other Glass devices to obscure the face of the person wearing the IR enabled Glass when it was detected. People who were concerned about their privacy would buy Glass as a means of protecting their own privacy. Just switch on the privacy beam switch.

about a year ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

jbohumil Re:Not really an Android tablet (62 comments)

You could look at it that way, but I kind of disagree, I think there is a truth in labeling problem and I wonder if people area really are being fairly informed. It is not immediately obvious looking at the Fire HD page on Amazon that you are not getting a full Android experience. Yet Amazon is pitching these as "Android tablets." Try typing Android Tablet into the Amazon search box and see what is at the top of the list, the Kindle Fire HD. It's misleading to refer to these as Android tablets when really they are a closed Amazon tablet. If they called these Linux Tablets it would be equally misleading because even though they might be based on Linux they do not provide the features normally associated with an open source Linux install. These tablets do not provide the features normally associated with open source Android and they shouldn't be marketed or compared side by side to true Android tablets.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

jbohumil Not really an Android tablet (62 comments)

I wanted a larger Android tablet and thought maybe the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 was what I was waiting for so I ordered one the day they were announced, but yesterday I cancelled my order, and decided I will wait for a larger Nexus or maybe go with something from Samsung, Asus or Motorola. For me, any Android tablet that cannot access the Google Play Store cannot really be called an Android tablet. It's not what I'm looking for and it really can't be fairly compared to other tablets running Android that have access to the Play Store. Android's promise of being more open and being able to share applications purchased through the Play Store on all my Android devices is a big selling point and one of the main reasons I stick with Android and avoid Apple products. Sorry Amazon. I love the Kindle readers, and I ordered a Paperwhite reader which I'm looking forward to getting, but if I wanted a closed system tablet I could have bought an iPad. I don't want it from Apple, and I don't want it from Amazon either.

about 2 years ago
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US Watchdog Bans Photoshop Use In Cosmetics Ads

jbohumil Aren't all digital photos post-processed? (383 comments)

I was under the impression that all digital photos have gone through some kind of post production even before they come out of the camera they are manipulated to achieve various qualities.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

jbohumil Re:Zynga addiction (554 comments)

It has an addictive quality, I think it is related to the timers. You get to click on things and earn certain bonuses or items necessary to go click on other things. There are limits to these bonuses based on time, they replenish at a certain rate that is slower than you wish it was. You could opt to spend cash to get the items, and that's where they make money, or you can wait until they replenish automatically. The element of waiting/reward cycle is I think where the addictive pattern is centered, but it is easy to shake off when something new comes around to fill the time you used to spend moving your mouse around clicking on things. The difference in game over time is actually very little if anything, in order to make room for both the money spending players, and the non money spending players, other wise the players who spent money would totally dominate. As a result the games never really materially advance, there are just more things to click with different pictures on them. Ultimately it is extremely boring.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

jbohumil The new pets.com (554 comments)

Zynga has product that people can walk away with in the blink of an eye. After spending how many hours clicking mindlessly on games that do not materially change no matter how long you click on them, you are just a couple of days away from breaking the habit and moving on to the next click fest, or better yet, opening a book and reading something that actually is not brain numbing. Or doing gaming that is actually fun. Games are entertainment, Zynga games aren't entertaining, they depend solely on the addictive nature of the click-reward, it is a real force to be sure, but ultimately the little mini click fest games fail for lack of actual entertainment value.

more than 2 years ago
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Kindle Fire Will Be Hotter Than iPad This Holiday

jbohumil Re:Kindle's biggest strength is it's biggest weakn (258 comments)

I don't get this at all, especially with programs like Calibre, Amazon makes it as easy as possible to get documents into your Kindle using the Personal Documents feature it is a piece of cake! I have never met a document format I could not easily get onto my Kindle device. True, if you want things that are DRM'ed you have to jump through some hoops but that would be no different on any device.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe

jbohumil Re-boot and call me in the morning (148 comments)

Now when work calls me at 3AM because a mainframe job failed I will have to say "Please reboot the mainframe and call me back again if it still fails!" Then I can go back to sleep.

more than 2 years ago
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A Third of Sun-Like Stars May Have Warm Earth Analogs

jbohumil Re:And then there's the Fermi Paradox (188 comments)

There are several other possibilities, I tend to favor the simulation hypothesis, if for no other reason that it has a certain postmodern aesthetic to it I appreciate.

more than 2 years ago
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Why did Paul Simon change to 'Sound of Silence'?

jbohumil He addressed our demons instead of our angels (2 comments)

I think he decided it would be better to seize the moment to call out the ways in which the failed responses by those in power to 9/11 polarized and deepened our isolation and fear. To me the song speaks of awaking from a dream with a memory so vivid it could not be erased, of living in a changed world where deep emotions and thoughts are dominating our minds but cannot be adequately shared or communicated. Of being entranced by bright messages of distraction and conveniently packaged interpretations of what is true and what is a lie. The themes symbolize not only the shock of waking up to the reality of terrorism as a possibility in America, but the rapid polarization which came about by the opportunism and packaging of that fear by those in power. They point out the failure of our leadership to use those same emotions to build unity and strength in our highest ideals of freedom and liberty. Instead they took advantage of those fears and weakened and scattered us like those who were confounded after the building of the Tower of Babel. Paul Simon as a veritable symbol of idealism and of New York City, in essence the High Priest of New York, wielded his power and his song became a kind of public excorsism through speaking and naming of the truth of those symbols.

more than 2 years ago

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jbohumil jbohumil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jbohumil (517473) writes "Borland is rolling out Delphi for PHP.
According to the press release ...

Important features of Delphi for PHP include:
  • RAD environment for PHP
  • VCL for PHP — Open source PHP 5 visual component library with more than 50 extendable and reusable components with seamless AJAX integration
  • Out-of-the-box database integration with InterBase, MySQL, Oracle®, Microsoft SQL Server, and other popular databases Integrated PHP debugger
  • Deployment of PHP applications on Windows, Linux, Solaris and other platforms
  • Internationalization support for applications
  • Drag and drop database application development using the Data Explorer for InterBase and MySQL
  • Code editor with Code Insight, Code Explorer, and Code Templates, making it easier and faster to write PHP code
VCL for PHP is based on the most popular open source PHP scripts and libraries, including Qooxdoo, Adodb, DynAPI, Smarty, XAjax and JSCalendar. Inspired by VCL for Delphi, the component architecture is 100 percent written in PHP. Developers can create and integrate components into the IDE and extend the existing components to fit their needs. VCL for PHP is an open source library available on SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net/projects/vcl4php

This sounds pretty cool, I loved Delphi for win32 up until version 3. What do you all think? Does this have the potential to take web applications to a higher level of sophistication by using reusable components and drag and drop ajax controls?"

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