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Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Vendor lock-in .... (272 comments)

if the customer is changing the version requirements mid project, of course, why not.

either way you'll have to bill the customer for all the additional work of upgrading and validating again all the past and present deliverables, so in the overall bill the 2.5K of the super uber duper version of the creative master collection are dwarfed by the bill for the additional work you're billing to your client for their upgrade decision.

it's not like that a version come out every other month, so you're not going to have this problem unless the project is going to last a bit. and the more you did, the more you have to check and validate and get paid for.

on the other hand, if you're taking from start on a project for which you didn't have the software, well, that's your problem. make sure to check twice the next time to not look dumb when the client gives you a file you can't open or work with unless you spend additional 2.5k.

by the way, in every project I worked on, just because you ask, the client knew about the excruciating pain of upgrading the tools mid project and after the initial (and paid for) tool evaluation phase versions were set in stone.

some of the more sensitive clients had data so old and so precious (to it) that they were still using the 3.5 forté version in 2009. (and that's just as bad, but hey, it was their choice, not mine)

more than 3 years ago
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Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Vendor lock-in .... (272 comments)

if a customer wants to dictate the technology the customer is to provide the required licenses for the work to be done. or, at least, that's what happens when you and your customer are serious and professional about your work.

and then there are the other improvised self learned 'professionals' that work on the six-month-project-soon-to-be-discarded-because-it's-a-mess-of-incompatibility-and-misunderstandings.

more than 3 years ago
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Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Vendor lock-in .... (272 comments)

that's why they sell volume licenses.

more than 3 years ago
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Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Vendor lock-in .... (272 comments)

or, you know, don't upgrade at all. keep the damned 2004 version. it's not like the 2004 (or something) version was so bugged that no quality stuff came out that year.

so shut the hell up, go see some doctor for the obsessive compulsive problem about using the latest and greatest release of all and get the job done.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Reveals the Next Generation Portable Console

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Does anyone care about handheld consoles? (244 comments)

I've the impression that it's not "racing games, flying games, fighting games, shooters (2D and 3D) or platformers" that made the DS the most handheld sold out there.

as clicky adventures died as soon as the graphic was good enough, old genres will die as soon as the new touch/giroaxis controls are refined and perfected.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Reveals the Next Generation Portable Console

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Does anyone care about handheld consoles? (244 comments)

games are not yet adapted to touch interfaces, that's why they suck.

look at something like R.U.S.E. or draw race which have a proper point interface and are much better suited for touch phones: they are far superior in playability/intuitiveness than a stick+button controller.

trying to cram the old input schemes on the new interfaces will result in failure, haptic available or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Reveals the Next Generation Portable Console

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Good market move (244 comments)

I see a flaw in their plan:
ultra mobile devices ought to fit in your pockets.

just sayin'.

more than 3 years ago
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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:In other news... (158 comments)

sign me up to be modded down.

also, does this the fix idle damned css, other than breaking everything else?
(oh wow now I'm forced to preview too?)

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Shows Dell Hid Extent of Computer Flaws

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Ha (272 comments)

because if you start not fulfilling warranty obligations on the enterprise market, you'll find yourself pretty much screwed

more than 3 years ago
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'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:MBP (349 comments)

the april mbp could really use an updated fan design... specially the i7 ones.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Developers Have Access To Production?

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:For me (402 comments)

on the other hand, having no access to production means you need to place a good deal of effort in creating a test case for the bug and that helps in the long run in catching regressions and corner cases - but that's useful only for those long running projects that have automated testing and nightly builds in place.

it's worth nothing that with the testing on testing environment only policy there is not an absolute guarantee of confidentiality of the production data as you may need sooner or later access to the exact data causing the fault.

but to me, what really gives an advantage in not having developer accessing the production environment is that it forces them to create a detailed and repeatable installation procedure for the program, from the sources to the environment. that avoids in having hidden steps in one of the most critical process of the delivery. In a lot of place I worked with the installation process was done by trial and error, with most of the knowledge about it in sparse documents and delivered as an ancient oral tradition one sysad to the other.

more than 3 years ago
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Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Yeah, but where does this get ME? (973 comments)

evolutionary speaking, they're already as valuable as it gets: you have to spend all your productive life time(mid 40) just to get the first one out of college (if you're quick).

and if you aim low, they still take at least 16/18 years to be able of sustain themselves on civilized countries; if you sum it all up you're going to be mentally and physically burnt out by the time you've secured your first dna sample.

more than 3 years ago
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OAuth, OpenID Password Crack Could Affect Millions

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Or do not have variable delays at all (304 comments)

again, it is not like the login page is the one most hammered and expensive (til you take no protection against generators using a three strike rule or something, but then that's the programmer fault)

about 4 years ago
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OAuth, OpenID Password Crack Could Affect Millions

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Or do not have variable delays at all (304 comments)

naaa it's the login, it's not like you see the login page so often. once per session, at most.

also the random scheduler delay is just the kind of thing that would be very hard to guess and thus very good to throw in a system to fool timing attacks.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Zapp Brannigan's Reporting Strategy (588 comments)

those below are the terms you have to agree for use the apple service known as the Apple Discussion Forum.

Apple does not prescreen information submitted by users of the Site ("Submissions"). Apple retains the right, but not the responsibility, to edit or remove any Submission, including those deemed by Apple to violate the Agreement. Apple will make good faith efforts to investigate allegations that Submissions violate the Agreement but (a) makes no warranty to you that it will edit, remove, or continue to permit the display of any specific Submission, whether or not subject to such allegations, and (b) will have no liability whatsoever for editing, removing, or continuing to permit the display of any Submission whatsoever.

It may be wrong, it may be right, it may be unethical, it may be dumb. That doesn't matter, because for post on their forum, you have unconditionally accepted them during the registration process for the use of their service.

So, people have been screwed by buying a product without reviewing it, then the same people complains on a forum where they gave the censorship power to apple in exchange of using the service and then they complain they got censored because they again registered for a service without reviewing the service terms and the condition attached to it.

that goes a long time in describing the generic fanboi wit

but hey let's make a newsworthy article out of this, with strong emotional wording like censorship and some sarcasms added.

lets make another new from this using the same tricks of strong wording: first adopters are once again screwed while purchasing an item directly from television advertisement. not happy enough, they register for a service without looking what they were registering for, and now are up in arms complaining about a thing that were never given nor promised to them (free speech on the apple forums). Meanwhile, sensible users asks refunds and uses pro consumer forums and the apple trouble ticketing system to get their opinion where they matter most.

[1] http://discussions.apple.com/help.jspa#terms

about 4 years ago
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Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Apple (507 comments)

don't worry, apple will sell a multitouch capable oven mitten branded iOvenTouch
http://harrogatechefshop.co.uk/store1/images/uploads/DW29_Gauntlet.jpg

about 4 years ago
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ICANN Approves .xxx Suffix For Porn Websites

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:What is the point? (273 comments)

...and who gets to define which content is .xxx only?

it is an incentive for business to test the boundary of what could get out the .xxx domain (if it were a "all porn on .xxx" legislation) because anything you can get on a .com is still clear from getting blocked by parental filters, gaining a commercial edge on .xxx stuff.

hence the controversy.

strange that nobody is referring to the evil bit in the tcp header proposal...

more than 4 years ago
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New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:Scratches disc and improved dpads (176 comments)

I've one of the falcon board and that too scratches the discs while stationary. it may be a resonance effects from the shelf on which it stands, but I've seen this effect too. fable II was getting more and more difficult to play, randomly showing the unreadable disc with greater frequency as time passed. now I'm the habit of copying stuff to the hard disc, luckily the software update that allowed this came before having any disc irreparably damaged.

more than 4 years ago
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Is the CodePlex Foundation Truly Independent Now?

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:If MS was really serious... (123 comments)

they opened it a while ago
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=00/01/14/1223213

and closed it again after some time.
I think an open source community driven competitor started using that code and then got killed or something, can't remember for sure.

more than 4 years ago
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How HTML5 Will Change the Web

lorenzo.boccaccia Re:"Offers one way of doing things" (208 comments)

we've waited almost fifteen years for the browser war to settle, we can wait a couple more

also, 40 years of ninja coding (since the beginning of time) gave programmers a great deal of tool for handling platform incompatibilities. just don't do your own cross platform library but rely on precooked libraries

we can make games that run on pc, xbox, and ps3 but we can't manage some browser quirks? just let others provide you compatibility scripts and code happily your stuff on top of them. maybe you'll be hit by the occasional bug, but years of tuning made them pretty good by now.

more than 4 years ago

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