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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

nicc777 Re:Yes (356 comments)

Reminds me of this story.

about a year ago

Hong Kong Team Stores 90GB of Data In 1g of Bacteria

nicc777 Where's that Word doc ??? (164 comments)

My hard drive ate it :-)

more than 4 years ago

At Commonwealth Games, the World's Largest Aerostat

nicc777 Next time... (76 comments)

... put down the slideshow first - I'm really not interesting in reading the story :-)

more than 4 years ago

The Ancient Computers Powering the Space Race

nicc777 So that proves it... (253 comments)

If NASA systems doesn't require more than 640KB RAM, nobody does.

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

nicc777 DBMail (385 comments)

DBMail. I use it on a Linode host (small fee every month).

more than 4 years ago

Ancient Nubians Drank Antibiotic-Laced Beer

nicc777 Of course (249 comments)

It's because of the irresponsible waste of antibiotics by Adama and Roslin that humans had to learn it all over again :-)

more than 4 years ago

Better Development Through Competition?

nicc777 Isn't that part of LEAN? (251 comments)

Just worked on a project using LEAN. What we would do is let all developers deliver the same prototype. At the end we evaluate each one, pick the best and move on. In diverse projects, different developers will excel in different areas. This was one way we could quickly see who is strong in which areas making later task assignments easier - especially when you are done with prototyping and now need to add all the other functional requirements. This sounds very similar...

more than 4 years ago

Can Employer Usurp Copyright On GPL-Derived Work?

nicc777 Depends on the date? (504 comments)

I would say that you should be able to release all your independent work done PRIOR to them hiring you, as that you own.

But then again, can you survive a law suit? Do you want to fight them if they just fire you? Probably not - and most of these corporate types know it.

more than 4 years ago

What Aspects of Open Source Projects Do You Avoid?

nicc777 Re:Trivia (344 comments)

If you paid for it, you might as well use it...

more than 4 years ago

What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

nicc777 Some suggestions (396 comments)

I was learning and coding on my own steam for about 15+ years. Then I joined the ACM (two years now) and my eyes opened. I am now about 1/3 though a B.Sc in CS (part time) and I'm also following a CPD program at another University. I have also joined the IEEE as I required access to more material for my studies. What I realized was that I should have done it from the start. So my advice is simply this: start to follow some part time programs and get the theory as well. I have learned in the last two odd years a lot on subjects like modelling, quality assurance, frameworks and architectures which I otherwise would not have known. I also found that the quality of my code has greatly improved since I now work in a much more structured way.

Experience helps, but the real killer deal is experience backed by a CS/Eng. degree.

more than 4 years ago

Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network

nicc777 Re:IT makes sense to align costs and revenues (212 comments)

On that line of thought, if they have a subscription it means they can lower the purchase price of the games, since it no longer needs to pay for the PSN network.

more than 4 years ago

Making It Hard For Extraterrestrials To Hear Us

nicc777 Re:Sufficiently Advanced (374 comments)

That was exactly my first thought as well.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points

nicc777 Logic can be applied in more cases (107 comments)

How about the so called "enterprise" software you buy for an arm and a leg. When there are serious bugs, can you not also apply the same logic, specifically "collecting revenues for digital goods and services which were not provided" - assuming your expectation was "working" and "secure" software as promised... Mmmm...

about 5 years ago

Visual Studio 2010 forces tab indenting

nicc777 Will be fixed... (2 comments)

Reading the comments on the page leads me to believe that they will eventually fix it, so it will be just a little inconvenient in the beginning.

I see this as the real example of where Open Source development shines - these things would be thrashed out in discussions long before a final release.

On the flip side - no matter what happens in any project, there will always be people who don't like certain features. The only thing that makes this case "special" is that they took away peoples option to set preferences the way they like it.

about 5 years ago

NASA Designs All-Electric Personal Flight Vehicle

nicc777 Re:My question is.. (276 comments)

Will work for me too! Where do we place orders?

about 5 years ago



How do you manage the "knowledge" you download?

nicc777 nicc777 writes  |  about 5 years ago

nicc777 (614519) writes "My problem is simple: Since the Internet early days (1994'ish) I've been downloading copies of web pages, TIFF and PDF documents, CHM and MHT files and other files that I thought would be interesting at some point in time. When I need information I first try to get the information on my local "knowledge base", but lately it's becoming a real mission and it's easier to just search for the information on the net. Now I sit with a dilemma... Do I (a) dump all my precious info and just stick with google searches for the rest of my remaining life; (b) Implement a open source solution that will index all my info and give me the same results as that of an Internet search engine (as far as possible with what is available anyway).

Personally I'm leaning to option (b) but only because I know I've got so much information available locally — some of which I know are no longer available on the Internet. But if I go with this option, what is out there that can handle all my different file types?

I really hope to get some interesting and meaningful comments from you all :-)"

South African Blogger Arested

nicc777 nicc777 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nicc777 (614519) writes "A South African blogger of the blog South Africa Sucks was arrested by the ANC government. The original article is in Afrikaans and translated using the Google translation service. Updates can also be read on the blog. Question is: to what length will governments go to stop bad press? Another question: is the new ANC government really that different from the old SA government (apart from Apartheid, of course)?"
Link to Original Source

Google Mail Down?

nicc777 nicc777 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nicc777 writes "It appears Google mail has been down for certain people for some time. I have experienced it down since about 12:00 CAT (Central Africa Time). So here's my question to slashdot: if a small business rely on a service like GMail, how can it (the business) ensure continued e-mail service when Google goes down? Maybe some one can suggest an alternative to GMail with small businesses in mind? I know Google is relatively stable but long outages like the current one does not do me a lot of good and I need options! Thanks for all the great help I just know I'm going to get!"

nicc777 nicc777 writes  |  about 8 years ago

nicc777 writes "I have just heard that Rex Farrance, senior editor for PC World magazine, died. From the article: 'Rex Farrance, 59, the San Francisco-based magazine's senior technical editor, was shot in the chest after four masked men broke into his home on Tuesday evening, Pittsburg police said. ... We have substantial reason to believe that the victim and his wife were involved in the possession and, potentially, the distribution of illegal narcotics," said Pittsburg police Inspector John Conaty, who declined to specify what type of drugs were involved.'"



Stallman warns of cloud vendor lock-in

nicc777 nicc777 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Stallman warns of cloud vendor lock-in

It's amazing for me to see many people ignore the obvious. Here Stallman explain in plain English why to avoid online solutions, yet most people are happy to put all their very personal and intimate stuff on the web - potentially for any one to see. Granted, gmail is very cool, but I am not going to save a spreadsheet with all my passwords on Google Docs! Then again some people deserve to be locked in :-)


nicc777 nicc777 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

This is probably going to be one of those journal entries that will grow arms and legs, but I am interesting in putting together a high end home system in a dual boot role:

The Windows Partition - this will mainly be for games. Although I do not yet have any of the latest games (released in 2008), I have a stack of older games. In fact, for some games I will probably have to install an older version of Windows. Here is my dilemma: the older versions of Windows may give problems on the "ultimate" home system, so I guess one of my questions is if it's worthwhile to play the older games (think Win9* days) in VMWare or something... Will have to think about this a bit :-)

The Linux Partition - I have a lot of development and infrastructure related projects, so already I am running out of steam on my current desktop when it comes to a Xen/VMWare dev environment (I can run up to 4 VM's at times, but ideally I would like to run 8 or 10).

summary - The Windows partition is for games and the Linux partition is for real work :-)

Ideally I would like to try and let the all the hardware be supported in both Windows and Linux environments. One frustration I currently have (as an example) is my scanner (a Canon CanoScan 4200F). At the time I got the scanner, I was still running Windows exclusively on my home desktop. Now that system is liberated, and I lost the use of my scanner - highly frustrating! I would like to make better decisions this time with a fair amount of planning.

The Hardware Selection

So here my journey starts. I need to make purchasing decisions on the following hardware:

  • Case
  • Power Supply
  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • RAM
  • Cooling
  • Sound Card
  • Video Card
  • Storage
  • Input Devices
  • Other (TV card, printer, scanner, speakers)

the Case - I am not fussy about cases, but my concern for a high end system is around cooling, so I really need some input from old hardware hackers as to which cases is ideal. My budget for just the bare case is around US$200. I was thinking along the lines of a "LIAN LI PC-V1000BPLUSII W"... Any ideas/pointers would be most welcome :-)

The Power Supply - I'll admit that I have no clue when it comes to power/electricity. My current guess is to go from something like a 600 to 800 watt power supply ??? Again any advice here could be most helpful. I am hoping to spend less then US$100 on a power supply.

Motherboard - Because of my DEV requirements and the outlook to run many VM's, I am thinking quad core... The current board that looks like it will do the thing is the "GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 X48". I am hoping to spend less then US$400 on a motherboard :-)

to be continued... I have to get to work now...

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