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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

jfbilodeau Re:Yo, its 2014! (279 comments)

Ruby On Rails originated in 2003. The crash of the global economy followed.

So...RoR crashed the economy then?

2 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

jfbilodeau Re:To What End? (429 comments)

I, for one, am thankful that people through history pursued 'pointless' research such as the motion of the heavenly spheres, the strange phenomenon known as electricity and though experiment involving looking at one self in a mirror approaching light speed.

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

jfbilodeau Re:Yesbut does it run Linux (236 comments)

Something like a Surface Pro is useful for its convenience, not its raw power, right?

What conveniences? The OS or the keyboard?

Since the Surface Pro is limited to Windows, that flushes 'convenience' down the tube. On the other hand, if you are referring to keyboard/trackpad, I already have tablets and ultralite that do not have Windows on them. I don't see the convenience there.

If I offered you a Surface that will be a total hassle to work with Linux, or a Surface that was a bit slower but would work in Linux without a hitch, wouldn't you take the latter?

Hassle has never stopped me from using Linux. Now let me be clear that I am not generalizing and speaking strictly for myself: I use Linux because I like being in control of my PC. I'm a professional developer and I dream in C/C++. No matter the hassle, I like to ensure that my computer (table or otherwise) runs the way I like--and that's usually close to the metal.

Again, the above statement is _not_ a generalization but my personal preference. I realize this is not what the vast majority of user wants.

However, this said, I would like to know why someone would want to run Linux as their primary OS in a virtualized sandbox under Windows. Seems like an expensive--and limiting way to run Linux.

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

jfbilodeau Re:I have an idea (236 comments)

IQ test != IT savviness

Most people probably have no idea what a MicroSD and would probably want to steer clear of it. (A micro sexual disease??? Is that like Ebola???)

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

jfbilodeau Re:Yesbut does it run Linux (236 comments)

I don't have a problem running Linux on tablet. What WM are you using?

about three weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

jfbilodeau Re:Yesbut does it run Linux (236 comments)

Hyper-V to run Linux? Sure! Let me spend $$$$$$$$$$ on a tablet just to virtualize my favourite OS and get access to a tiny fraction of what the hardware offers. There are cheaper tablets out there where I can natively install Linux AND get uncompromised access to hardware.

The reality is some people don't want Windows on a tablet (or other computers for that matter).

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

jfbilodeau Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

"acceptance into society" isn't a right.

Obviously. They are being discriminated against and in many places, do not share the same rights and privilege as the rest of society.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

jfbilodeau Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

Wow. I've known LGTB individual for years, and the lifestyle that you describe is completely new to me. I've don't know a single person that is being a pervert, anal sex, drugs, rape, life constantly centered around sex, acting crazy, misoginy, low morals, irresponsibility, polyamory, huge vector of STDs, generally distrustful, known to play the victim, and the worst of all pederasty. Where did you get this from?

tl;dr: citation, please.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

jfbilodeau Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

Gays are equal to straights and should have the same rights.

That's the whole problem. They do not have the same rights everywhere. I think it's important for GLBT to allow themselves to be seem for who they are to continue to ease their acceptance in society.

about a month ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

jfbilodeau Yay! Another Unix! (230 comments)

Now that Windows is kinda-sorta-Unix-like, should it be on DistroWatch.com? </sarcasm>

about a month ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

jfbilodeau Re:Welcome to America! (462 comments)

What?

about 3 months ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

jfbilodeau I, for one, and thankful for Stallman (326 comments)

I will be snide and I will not post as AC. There are too many comments labelling Stallman as a uncompromising, communist, extremist, liberal, etc... Though it may be true, without his uncompromising stance on freedom, would we have GNU/Linux? Would the Open Source movement even exists?

Sure, there would be source code out there on the web, and the BSDs would probably exists, but he's fighting to ensure that we do not lose the very freedoms that we enjoy with (forgive the term) FLOSS software.

Yes, I run a Linux distro with non-free warts (Mint), I use proprietary software (Steam). But for the most part, I'm in control of my computer, and quite thankful of that. I may not live in the 'ideal' free world of Stallman, but without folks like Stallman and their extreme position on freedom, I suspect the world of computers would be much more closed.

Thank you Richard Stallman for your fight.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

jfbilodeau Re:+ operator for string concat? (729 comments)

I beg to differ ;)

int x1 = 10;
int x2 = 20;

String message = "Total: " + x1 + x2;

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

jfbilodeau + operator for string concat? (729 comments)

How is that a language quirk for JavaScript? The + operator has been used for string concatenation in a number of programming languages (C++, Java, Python...) long before JavaScript. It is still implemented as such in newer programming languages like C#.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

jfbilodeau Re:taxi? or limo? (507 comments)

...or is it a third type of service?

about 6 months ago

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This article is best viewed in Internet Explorer

jfbilodeau jfbilodeau writes  |  3 days ago

jfbilodeau (931293) writes "Welcome to 1995. The browser war is back and the 'best viewed with...' returns. Microsoft partnered with a number of sites to ensure an 'optimal experience' with Internet Explorer. Most, but not all of the sites showcasing Internet Explorer seem to work fine with Google Chrome on Linux, but the return of 'best view with Internet Explorer' sends shivers down my spine. Are we entering the age of the Browser War 2.0?"
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US Law Enforcement Officer money extortion program

jfbilodeau jfbilodeau writes  |  about 3 months ago

jfbilodeau (931293) writes "The CBC is warning Canadians about a US program where America law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can"
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New Precambrian Fossil Bed Found

jfbilodeau jfbilodeau writes  |  about 10 months ago

jfbilodeau (931293) writes "Scientists recently located a new fossil site in B.C. and west of Calgary that is already yielding major new discoveries about early animal evolution. The Marble Canyon fossil beds were located in 2012 by a team of Canadian, U.S. and Swedish researchers in Kootenay National Park, about 40 kilometres from the 505-million-year-old Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, which is considered one of the most important fossil fields in the world."
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Trademark attack on Open Source project

jfbilodeau jfbilodeau writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jfbilodeau (931293) writes "I've been contributing and releasing open-source projects for a number of years now, and managed to stay (mostly) clear of conflict. One of my projects BSOD(roid) have been available on the Android Market for nearly a year. Last night, I've received a email asking me to rename my product because it infringes on the trademark ROID. This trademark has been filled nearly six month after my project was on the market. The two projects are completely unrelated and do not compete. Renaming the project is not the issue here. Responding to mindless corporate bullying is. I'm curious to know if this happened to other slashdotter and what suggestions you may have."
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CodeWeavers package Google Chrome for Linux &

jfbilodeau jfbilodeau writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jfbilodeau writes "The fine folks at Codeweavers performed an 11 day experiment in getting Google Chrome working on Linux and Mac. Their efforts resulted in the Chromium proof of concept. Having test-driven Chrome on a Windows machines, I could not wait to get my hands on the Linux version. Caveat: their implementation is free as in beer but not free as in speech."
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