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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

mgkimsal2 fast food changes (93 comments)

I have nearly quit bothering to try to support any 'new' things that come out from food places - anything I *like* will end up getting pulled anyway. I'm still bitter over the scrapping of the McDLT. The McDonald's Chicken Strips? Gone. Wendy's breakfast stuff? Liked them - gone. Wendy's super bar? Gone. I suspect the Taco Bell gorditas will go within 6 months of me developing a regular taste for them. It's a shame, because I want to support innovation, but the larger companies don't seem to be able to commit to things long term any more. Yes, the McDLT was... 5 years? That's about the longest I've ever seen any variation from a menu core last.

about 3 months ago

How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy

mgkimsal2 Why did it take so long? (240 comments)

Why did it take 100+ years for people to think "Hey, read up on something at home, and we'll talk about it and work through problems in class tomorrow"? Actually, that sounds a lot like many smaller university classes I had. Wondering why this is suddenly capturing everyone's imagination. It's pretty obvious, but then again, many ideas are obvious yet don't catch on.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

mgkimsal2 Re:A better approach (619 comments)

maybe we could just have 50 state laws instead? :)

more than 3 years ago

The Future of Shopping

mgkimsal2 Re:I always liked this concept (163 comments)

Was going to mention this as well - I remember seeing a system like this in the UK in 1997, and it was pretty impressive. I think it may have been Tesco or Sainsbury's, but same idea. Not sure why it's taken 15 years to get this to America.

more than 3 years ago

Expensify CEO On 'Why We Won't Hire .NET Developers'

mgkimsal2 Re:Money (758 comments)

Wow... you *only* get upgrade licenses for Windows 7. They are *still* only/manly targeting people who are already Windows shops. So on top of this I still need to go out and buy Windows desktop licenses if I don't already have them. In this otherwise all-inclusive bundle (really, it looks nice in some respects) I still need to spend more money. Just include full licenses (read - non-upgrade licenses). This seems to prove that MS is still too inward-looking and not really interested in reaching people who aren't already using Windows on a regular basis.

more than 3 years ago

Last Days For Central IPv4 Address Pool

mgkimsal2 Re:Risk aversion (376 comments)

The most risk averse institutions likely will also be most able to afford higher costs for continued ipv4 living, perpetuating the situation for far longer than most people will think feasible.

more than 3 years ago

66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

mgkimsal2 Re:Price (931 comments)

People calling looking for help because they can't get on their bank's web site anymore. (java out of date, OS issue, NOT browser) Or they bough software that says it can't install. (not enough memory or OS too old) Or they have a special piece of hardware that broke, bought a replacement, and the newer software it came with won't run on their OS.

Well, at that point, it's not really a case of "it still works fine" - it's demonstrably broken. In many cases there may be workarounds, but it's just the start of a continual exercise in finding workarounds as time marches on.

more than 3 years ago

Throwing Out Software That Works

mgkimsal2 Re:Wait for Google then... (622 comments)

I do not think that people prefer the user experience of the iphone over similar phones, most people haven't tried multiple phones.

People tried multiple phones for *years* before the iPhone, then ran to it in droves when it came out.

I personally think that most people would like droid just as much as the iPhone, if not more so.

Huh? I might be getting one for development purposes, but it's simply not as smooth an experience as the iPhone. I'm talking specifically about touching and sliding stuff, moving between screens, etc. The basic UI stuff. The droid and other android devices I've tried are all slightly to very jerky and delayed in their response to touch. I was aggravated after about 10 seconds using one, and likely would have been even before the iPhone.

There were/are no light, small, big screened devices at bestbuy that allowed you to do email / web

There are now archos 5 tablets at bestbuys near my house, but last I looked, they weren't *on* and able to be played with or touched.

O/T rant: Not sure what Apple's doing, perhaps other than simple insistence, but Apple products displayed at bestbuys (do they do other retailers too?) always are displayed and positioned to be attractive and enticing. Products *on* and usable with real screens and apps, not stuck-on plastic scratchy pictures of what some artist wants you to think the phone/mp3 player *might* look like after you plunk down hundreds of dollars. And Apple laptops and desktops are just *running* - again, without lame "buy our geek squad support" wallpapers and 'click to see lame videos about which MS apps come bundled with generi-brand X desktop' apps running on 30 screens at the same time all lined up and down store aisles.

In general, I'm not sure why letting people *try out* the product in question before plopping down $500-$1000 is such a distasteful concept to retailers. It seems to work well for Apple.

more than 3 years ago

Java's Backup Plan If Oracle Fumbles

mgkimsal2 Re:What could possibly go wrong ... (276 comments)

So *why* was/is Apple in charge of the Java implementation for Mac? I don't buy the 'too much resources' argument I've heard. If your entire company is about Java (changing your stock symbol to JAVA for goodness' sake!) why cede control of implementation on a major developer platform (or one which could become a major developer platform)?

about 4 years ago

FSF Response To Steve Jobs's Letter

mgkimsal2 Re:To me, it's a question of mobility. (572 comments)

At least currently, if you own a Mac computer, you are free to write, use, sell or give away applications with zero involvement from Apple other than your initial purchase. If you own a Zune or WinMo phone, you're required to interact with MS to do some of those things.

You (for all practical purposes) need to use their tools to write an app.
But, AFAIK, you do not need their permission to distribute an app.

more than 4 years ago

Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

mgkimsal2 Re:Doesn't sound so bad (510 comments)

"Covered businesses range from neighborhood dry cleaners to Fortune 100 companies, but the law stipulates that the program be appropriate to the size and resources of the business."

It seems like they really do mean just about everyone. Within a year we'll start seeing stories about how part-time small business people doing exactly what you described are the new source of major data breaches, because their Excel files and whatnot are being stolen via trojans and viruses. And the data security industry will push for more laws and expensive software to remedy the situation. Just a cynical hunch...

Would having a password on a spreadsheet file constitute enough 'security'?

more than 4 years ago

Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

mgkimsal2 Who does this apply to? (510 comments)

What constitutes a 'business'? And how does this affect companies that might be using any one of the myriad of forums or blogging software in addition to their core "enterprise" software? Pretty much every blog or forum software out there keeps PII in plaintext format, and they're in use by many large companies.

From the article:

"Covered businesses range from neighborhood dry cleaners to Fortune 100 companies, but the law stipulates that the program be appropriate to the size and resources of the business."

So, they really do mean pretty much all businesses - anyone conducting any business online, it seems. Should I start turning in every business that doesn't SSL encrypt their 'contact us' forms? After all, someone from MA might use that form.

more than 4 years ago

Google Street View Logs Wi-Fi Networks, MAC Addresses

mgkimsal2 I use LINUX (559 comments)

so I guess only people unsavvy enough to use MACs will have their addresses recorded! Whew!

more than 4 years ago

Regulators Investigating Unpaid Internships

mgkimsal2 *never* understood this practice (182 comments)

Really... never understood it. I get the idea of working 'cheap' to gain experience, and I understand volunteering. I also have offered to work at some places for a short time (week or so) to get a feel for the place. But I've never understood applying to ask to be considered to be approved to then go spend months of my life working for a company which is in the business of making a profit. I guess I never travelled in those sorts of circles where unpaid internships led to high-paying positions of immense money and power, which is why so many people would be lining up to do them.

If anyone would care to engage in some unpaid internships for me, let me know.

more than 4 years ago

Digg Says Yes To NoSQL Cassandra DB, Bye To MySQL

mgkimsal2 New acronym in order? (271 comments)

From the Digg blog -

"And if that doesn't sound like a big enough challenge, we're replacing most of our infrastructure components and moving away from LAMP."

Cassandra Linux Apache PHP?

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

mgkimsal2 Re:Use a persistence library (267 comments)

PDO has been around for years, and offers standardized escaping and binding for all the major db platforms. If you're stuck with an "old PHP ways" host, they probably are still using PHP4 and have register_globals set to on - IOW, time to move to a modern host. Just like you wouldn't stick with a Java host only offering 1.3 or 1.4, it's time to vote with your wallet and move to modern hosting operations.

more than 4 years ago

The Smashing Book

mgkimsal2 MOD UP (51 comments)

Wish I had mod points to give you for that one :)

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

mgkimsal2 Re:It's not a "serious" machine (671 comments)

Then perhaps you're very fortunate. While not common, I have seen them often enough to know what the grandparent was referring to. Typically I see them with issues around networking. If there's a DNS issue or wireless networking issue, you will almost inevitably see a message about "ask your system administrator xxxxx".

more than 4 years ago

Restructured Ruby on Rails 3.0 Hits Beta

mgkimsal2 Re:I think everyone would agree here... (197 comments)

In my previous post, I'd meant to say "grandparent", rather than parent (your post). Still, given my position, I'm always happy to hear about Grails adoption successes. :)

Rails popularized a lot of ideas that have since been adopted/adapted by many other frameworks, including Grails. I'm not sure many people could argue that "convention over configuration" has overall been a *bad* thing for web development, especially in the Java world.

more than 4 years ago

Restructured Ruby on Rails 3.0 Hits Beta

mgkimsal2 Re:I think everyone would agree here... (197 comments)

I think the parent possibly could have used JRuby for Rails, getting to stay on the JVM platform they were already comfortable with. But perhaps when they considered it JRuby wasn't as mature as they needed it to be.

Even for someone without a lot of Java experience, Grails can be very productive. I prefer the 'domain first' approach Grails allows, rather than the 'database first' which Rails promotes. There's no 'right' answer, but I prefer the Grails way. I've had my fair share of headaches with Grails over the last couple of years, but I'm typically more productive with it than other platforms on many/most types of projects.

I've got some high hopes for Rails 3, from what I've heard from my Ruby-lovin' friends. There's apparently been a lot of refactoring at various levels, so speed and resource handling should be much improved. I'm expecting some backwards compatibility breakage, but I've nothing to base that on other than speculation - major version numbers are the best time to do those sorts of changes, if any are required.

more than 4 years ago



Computer languages and religious affiliation

mgkimsal2 mgkimsal2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mgkimsal2 writes "Last month I put together a survey to get developers' views on their languages of choice and their religious affiliation. We had over 3800 replies from all over the world in just a few days, and I've gotten around to starting to visualize the data. While the survey wasn't perfect, the results are still interesting, and the raw data is available for download to do with what you will."

Computer language and religious affiliation

mgkimsal2 mgkimsal2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mgkimsal2 writes "Is there a link between computer language use and religious affiliation? I've been wondering what sorts of computer languages people use, what religion people associate with, and if there's any interesting conclusions that might be drawn from this information. Please take a moment to fill out this survey. I fully realize that this is wholly *not* scientific — I don't claim that it is, but it'll be interesting to see the results at the end anyway. I plan to make either the raw data or the compiled results available by the end of Feb, 2008."


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