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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

popeyethesailor Simple Design/Low Bandwidth (2254 comments)

See subject. Please do not fuck these up - revert at least these two to the original. I don't wanna waste my time with user styles for now.

more than 3 years ago

Nobel Prize Winner Says DNA Performs Quantum Teleportation

popeyethesailor Re:umm (347 comments)

Dude, you made me RTFA - that's unfair :/

more than 3 years ago

Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter

popeyethesailor Re:I was not aware what RepRap was (137 comments)

How many self-replicators would a self-replicator replicate if a self-replicator could replicate self-replicators?

about 4 years ago

Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

popeyethesailor Re:A more appropriate quote seems to be... (775 comments)

(c) The .NET runtime is a moving target. I know developers who have had to basically trash all of their work to target the latest .NET Runtime. 1.0 -> 1.1 -> 1.3 -> 2.0 all required major rewrites, lots of refactoring, and lots of work. This is not just to get the new features, this is just to make it compile. Heck, even going from 3.5 to 4.0 will cost MAJOR development time and money because they changed everything around AGAIN.

Rubbish. Version 1.3? Where did you get that? 3.5 to 4.0 is a MAJOR development effort? You don't know what you're talking about.

more than 4 years ago

Random Hacks of Kindness

popeyethesailor Re:If You Build It - Mod Parent UP (69 comments)

Nice hack. And that's $24 large, as in millions. Heals the world, and somebody makes money out of it - win/win.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Says PC Folks' World Is Slipping Away

popeyethesailor Re:Steve held his own... (1067 comments)

I thought it was a pretty cheap shot. One has to be a prolific achiever now to even criticize Steve Jobs? Sorry that doesn't sound so smart to me. I could've imagined that coming from Steve Ballmer, but I imagined Jobs to be better.

I'm disappointed in this industry in general. With the advent of internet and open communications/standards, I thought the era of odious restrictions placed by software companies would go away. Looks like nothing will change; only the players change. We need more Stallmen.

more than 4 years ago

Google Renames Itself "Topeka"

popeyethesailor Re:In other news (84 comments)

More like MicroGoogle(TM) Content Search Services 8th series 5th Edition...

more than 4 years ago

Of the options below, I'd most like to learn more ...

popeyethesailor Arts/Crafts. (515 comments)

I'd like to learn more arts or crafts.

Things like :
- Driving a race car
- Play a musical instrument expertly
- Do some carpentry
- Develop a garden
- Play more with kids.

I'm bored with science/math. Maybe I'm getting too old...

more than 4 years ago

Write Bits Directly Onto a Hard Drive Platter?

popeyethesailor Re:A real (but expensive) solution: (578 comments)

i don't know what you're talking about. The replies have been pretty good so far. It's a sort of inane question, and the submitter isn't participating. What do you expect? Ask the submitter to post the actual requirements or atleast hint at them.

more than 4 years ago

Interstellar Hydrogen Prevents Light-Speed Travel?

popeyethesailor Re:easy solution (546 comments)

Yeah, why can't they just put ABS on it?

more than 4 years ago

Has a Decade of .NET Delivered On Microsoft's Promises?

popeyethesailor Re:Java too complex (558 comments)

However, I think I see a glimmer of hope (for the not-more-blinking-MS-stuff view) in scripting languages..

Powershell is pervasive now. Every MS product now has powershell hooks. Most command-line utilities are being folded into Powershell extensions. While the language itself is not to my taste(I much prefer the *nix shells still), it's a big improvement alright.

more than 4 years ago

Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

popeyethesailor Re:My Guess on Cost (664 comments)

My guess - it'd be 50 dollars. With a service plan. 100 dollars per year. 200GB cloud storage, 10GB/month bandwidth, and pay more as you go.

Sweet enough? Of course you can hack and get onto local storage. But will you want to? Have you backed up your gmail mails lately?

more than 4 years ago

The NoSQL Ecosystem

popeyethesailor Re:hmm (381 comments)

Why not use the DB features? Most enterprise-y databases have PITR(Point-in-time Recovery features).. Although it's not designed for that sort of thing, it could be used in such a fashion.
Most DBs do the same thing you guys do, i.e, use a transaction log. The transaction log could be replayed to get into a Point-in-time state. The one disadvantage is it's all or nothing i.e, you can't do it for specific transactions(although I'm sure some DBA will wander in correct me on this ;)

more than 4 years ago

Cracking Open the SharePoint Fortress

popeyethesailor Re:Uhm... (275 comments)

Yes, but it's useless if you want to get at it remotely - like getting data for an ASP.Net app. Which means, you end up writing your own web services using the OM, and wrestle with your SharePoint IT management to get it deployed on the SP server. And if you're doing any non-trivial queries, it's back to CAML again. It can all be done, doesn't mean it's good though.

Is it that hard to come up with a coherent, usable API that can be remoted? I don't know; I'm hoping the next version does better.

more than 4 years ago

Cracking Open the SharePoint Fortress

popeyethesailor Re:Uhm... (275 comments)

Yeah, blindingly trivial; if you like munging through some hideous CAML fragments to extract meaningful metadata.. (CAML is SharePoint's XML schema nightmare). Getting the documents is the easy part; metadata, authorization info, and all those nifty bits is the tricky part.

Don't get me wrong - there's little standardization around this subject, and every CMS vendor fucks up quite a bit. They all have proprietary APIs; at least SharePoint spits XML.
It still feels like pulling teeth. Next version is supposed to have a LINQ interface; hopefully that's better.

more than 4 years ago

EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

popeyethesailor Re:"Committed Suicide?" (538 comments)

Well, please read the article. He was suffering from Stage 4 lung cancer, diabetes and high BP. I'm no doctor, but that looks fairly terminal to me. Why the fuck should I hang around as a vegetable?

Suicide is devastating to those who care, yes; but in this case at least, there's no selfishness. He saw that he was beyond extended support; and decided to go. Committing suicide takes a phenomenal amount of courage, and/or some mental instability. In this case, it seems to be mostly the former. Rest in Peace.

about 5 years ago

US Navy Tries To Turn Seawater Into Jet Fuel

popeyethesailor Re:But the beauty is (402 comments)

Can't that "non-fossil-fuel-based electric power" alone propel the car? Why do we need to make more fuel, resulting in more emissions, and poor energy conversion efficiency?

more than 4 years ago

Most Expensive JavaScript Ever?

popeyethesailor Heh. (405 comments)

Classic case of a company not knowing what their product is used for.

Opera != Work Browser.
Opera == Bestest P0rn Browser ! Swift image resizing, superior mouse gestures, and remaining responsive even after a gazillion tabs are opened.

It's like turning up with your purpose-built race car at the city center, and whining about speed humps.

more than 5 years ago

The Hidden Costs of Microsoft's Free Office Online

popeyethesailor Re:well duh (174 comments)

Well SharePoint doesn't do any of those things, and the Office integration part sucks. Have you seen system requirements for SharePoint for a large organization? Have you administered a non-trivial sized Sharepoint instance? Have you managed a SharePoint version to version migration? It's a PITA, and completely overkill for most applications. The OP was right, most people don't need SharePoint.

It's the new generation nightmare - almost like MS Access and Lotus Notes rolled into one - easy for some tasks, ridiculously painful for others. And don't get me started on the whole song & dance people go through to build custom applications on top of it...

Dunning-Kruger indeed.

more than 5 years ago



Opera Unite

popeyethesailor popeyethesailor writes  |  more than 5 years ago

popeyethesailor (325796) writes "With the introduction of Google Wave, Live Mesh etc, web technology seems to be heading into a different direction; the action is moving to a more familiar place — your computer. Instead of a central aggregator providing an interface for people to collaborate on, the next generation is all about federation; your computer talks to your peers directly, and also hosts the interface with your peers communicate with you. None of this is completely new or innovative; IRC, Chat rooms, file sharing programs, etc have all done this in the past. However, the new platforms attempt to integrate all of these in a standards compliant fashion, and make this tech available to common folks.

Opera Unite is the latest in the line of federated collaboration platforms; their trick is to bundle the platform as part of the browser. There are detailed screenshots, and explanations in this article."

WinFS - what really happened.

popeyethesailor popeyethesailor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

popeyethesailor (325796) writes "Everytime a story on Vista/Windows 7 or any other new version of Windows comes up, there are a bunch of folks who ask "What happened to WinFS?". Well, it seems a good deal of WinFS tech has already shipped — Quentin Clark, the GM for MS SQL Server division, explains."

popeyethesailor popeyethesailor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popeyethesailor (325796) writes "Redhat Legal has been busy of late. They've been sending out C&D letters to several consultants offering training services for Hibernate and JBoss. Apparently, it has to be HIBERNATE(R) Object Relational Mapping Software Training or, as another example, JBoss(R) Application Server Training."


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