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Microsoft May Back Off of .NET Languages

k-zed Not backing off .NET languages; backing off Ruby (443 comments)

Has noone considered that maybe, just maybe the real reason is that Ruby is a terrible, terrible language with no good implementation and a community that's worse than 4chan and CounterStrike COMBINED?

It was a fad; fad is over. Bury it and move on to better things.

more than 4 years ago

Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth

k-zed It's not the tribalism, it's the bad software (655 comments)

...or, rather, people who design and perpetrate software like:

  - networkmanager
  - dbus
  - gconf & gnome
  - pulseaudio
  - mono
  - ...

more than 4 years ago

Scaling Algorithm Bug In Gimp, Photoshop, Others

k-zed Not a bug (368 comments)

This isn't a bug. Don't call it a bug. It's a specific way of operation.

The results in these program differ from what a *single* person expects - and this person is not a computer graphics person. On the other hand, the results are exactly what many computer graphics people expect.

The operating domain of these scaling algorithms is a computer image. It has nothing to do with "real" things, and nothing to do with the mistaken imagination of the author of TFA.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP 2.8 Will Sport a Redesigned UI

k-zed Re:Smartest workflow move ....ever! (401 comments)

So now they're screwing up a totally fine UI and degenerate into the train wreck that's Photoshop. Nice.

As for "clicking on every single window", you should be using focus-follows-mouse - and if managing many windows is a problem, use a good (tiling) window manager.

more than 4 years ago

Mono Squeezed Into Debian Default Installation

k-zed Incredible horrifying bloat (503 comments)

tomboy package "Description: desktop note taking program using Wiki style links"

"..except for the 50 MByte size of the Tomboy package..."

What's wrong with this picture?

more than 5 years ago

FTC Shuts Down Calif. ISP For Botnets, Child Porn

k-zed Shutting down a last bastion ISP (224 comments)

... because "pornography featuring violence, bestiality, and incest" is very illegal, right?

ISPs that don't do the mandatory spying on citizens, storing of logs, keeping tabs on the copyright-protection evading, crippleware-breaking terrorists, they have to be eliminated! For the sake of our civilization and of our children.

more than 5 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

k-zed Troll -1 (1365 comments)

The TFA is a worthless troll, even more so than usual in these "Linux is not ready for the desktop" Slashdot articles.

It has the usual list of ignorant complaints (oh no, there is a choice of distributions, boo hoo! oh no, there is a choice of GUI toolkits, boo hoo!), but some points stand out in their sheer stupidity.

"Bad security model: there's zero protection against keyboard keyloggers and against running malicious software (Linux is viruses free only due to its extremely low popularity). sudo is very easy to circumvent (social engineering). sudo still requires CLI (see clause 4.)"


Who admits these articles to the front page anyway?

more than 5 years ago

Ext4 Data Losses Explained, Worked Around

k-zed The applications are broken, not the FS (421 comments)

So as expected, there is a veritable army of people demanding the old behavior restored; also, most probably a lot of them will "downgrade" or stay with using EXT3.

Of course, the things at fault are really the buggy applications. But even deeper than that, the *paradigm* of having a lot of generated files (that store important user data) that are rewritten unconditionally at each program startup is wrong. What the hell is up with that?

Can't they come up with a method where you rewrite a file only when absolutely necessary? Why must all icon locations, thumbnails and other such GUI desktop bullshit be written and rewritten zillions of times?

Not to mention that EXT3 is just one file system out of many, and arguably not even a very good one. It's rather weird that it was chosen as a default option for so many "popular" distributions (maybe out of some misguided desire to be backwards compatible?). If your application (or again, *paradigm*) works well on only one file system, then it's most probably not the file system's fault.

more than 5 years ago

Why Corporates Hate Perl

k-zed Re:Why not Python? (963 comments)

From a more technological point of view there is also a fundamental difference between the philosophies of the two languages.

Perl subscribes to "there is more than one way to do it"; Python is all about "there should be only one way". The latter is what made Java such an insipid and annoying language to develop in. Python is probably saved from this only by its much better standard library and generally smaller verbosity.

Personally, if I had to choose from the two, I would still choose Python because of the gentler learning curve, and because I hate forced indentation/whitespace slightly less than Perl's type sigils.

But if you can choose any language, try one of those newly popular "modern" languages - finally get down on your ass and learn Haskell (as I should), or Kaya, or LISP (which, as one of the oldest still in use today, is more "modern" than almost anything that has seen light ever since), or Ocaml, or even F# or something. (Any one of these can also show you that OO is not the only way of abstraction, or the best way, or, god help me, even a particularly good way.)

more than 6 years ago



k-zed k-zed writes  |  more than 7 years ago

k-zed writes "A bill has been introduced that will save independent internet radio by setting royalties at the same level paid by satellite radio services, a reasonable amount (7.5% of gross revenues) which will benefit the artists as well as not bankrupt net radio stations. Call your Representative right now and ask to cosponsor the "Internet Radio Equality Act", just introduced by Representative Jay Inslee. This bill will set royalty rates that internet radio pays to the same reasonable level that satellite radio pays."



k-zed k-zed writes  |  more than 12 years ago

The only cause why I don't write a Slashdot journal is that I have my own blog located on my own server, running my own engine etc. etc., at hactar.net. BTW, not everything, but the blogs on that site are in Hungarian...

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