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Is MySQL Slowly Turning Closed Source?

ta bu shi da yu Re:Oracle doesn't care about developer people (336 comments)

I have to disagree. I remember reading the mailing lists when StarOffice was first open sourced. The developers of StarOffice had a very closed source approach to development, and outsiders were not encouraged whatsoever. You'll notice the leaps and bounds taken by LibreOffice - from all the way to improving the build tools to improving the code base.

That wasn't an Oracle issue, but a StarOffice development issue.

about 2 years ago
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Aussie Politician Threatens To Contact Employers of Satirical Article "Likers"

ta bu shi da yu Re:This guy's a liberal? (195 comments)

Yeah, the Labor Party are getting less liberal every day.

more than 2 years ago
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Aussie Politician Threatens To Contact Employers of Satirical Article "Likers"

ta bu shi da yu Re:warning: don't post! (195 comments)

I can't believe you just asked that on Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple Over iPad Marketing

ta bu shi da yu Re:IMHO Apple is becoming a scummy advertiser (193 comments)

That's not cruel. My aging mother in law, who doesn't speak English, signed up to one of these deals the other day. She had no idea what she was signing, but she wanted the man to go away.

I immediately called the power company and demanded to speak to someone to cancel the control. Which I can do, because we have a 10 day cooling off period AS LAW in Australia. No commission for scum-sucking salesman. A total waste of their time.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Washington State Sue Firm Over Clickjacking

ta bu shi da yu Re:Incentivized likes (71 comments)

It's (usually) hated amongst the smart people. There are more stupid people than smart people.

I'll bet that you use it though.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?

ta bu shi da yu Re:Just keep calm... (1059 comments)

The US has done the isolation bit before, and found out the hard way you're part of the world, and if shit goes badly, you're getting bombed or torpedoed or whatever, whether you are involved or not, and whether you were at fault or not.

Citation needed.

As the original author of [citation needed], consider this a [citation provided]!

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint Will Adopt Gnome 3

ta bu shi da yu Re:GNOME Survey (315 comments)

"And they might take advantage of the fact that the shell is built on web technologies."

I thought you said it was designed for non-posers?

about 2 years ago
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Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

ta bu shi da yu Re:BASIC (709 comments)

LOL! love it

more than 3 years ago
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Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

ta bu shi da yu Re:BASIC (709 comments)

OO has, time and time again, led to more bloat and more confusion due to so much abstraction rather than direct commands. Want to reuse code, here's a thought, use copy/paste. Having to find objects and then discover their methods is a waste of time, a rich api with built-in ready to run statements and functions that only require simple plug-in values is the way to go.

Oh that's right. Copying and pasting is FAR more efficient. Cause when you find a bug in the original code, there's nothing easier than locating all the spots where you copied and pasted that code to make similar modifications.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

ta bu shi da yu Re:Use C# (709 comments)

Someone mod the parent up.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

ta bu shi da yu Re:This is it! (535 comments)

I'm hoping they decide to faithfully translate this article.

That's the problem here - all their material is controlled by the state, so they can't translate everything.

more than 3 years ago
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Tron: Legacy — Too Much Imagination Required?

ta bu shi da yu Re:Neither reviewer liked it (429 comments)

If they are like you but more awesome, then they are nothing like you.

more than 3 years ago
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How To Be Popular On Facebook, Quantified

ta bu shi da yu Re:You can win (97 comments)

Being the most popular person on Facebook is an honour reserved for the very stupid.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers

ta bu shi da yu Re:Or maybe... (481 comments)

This has been discussed before. If a gaming website caused them issues, then I've always thought that blocking AOL would pretty much cause a huge problem for AOL customer support.

more than 3 years ago
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Former HP CEO Selected As Oracle Co-President

ta bu shi da yu Re:Larry Ellison Doesn't BS (133 comments)

For example, a DBA should keep up with how much diskspace each database is taking. Warnings will show up on an Oracle DB when it reaches the limit. MS SQL just allows the DB to grow automatically. That seems more management friendly until the entire disk fills up (with no warning). Then it's more complicated to solve.

You're doing it wrong.

MS Support isn't great. From my experience (and your mileage may vary), though we had Enterprise Support, they were often slow to respond. It would sometimes take a week for them to acknowledge that they received and understood our problems. And often they offered no real solution. For example, one night the SQL Server went down for no reason. The server didn't go down, but the SQL server stopped responding until we rebooted the whole server. When I left I don't think they ever figured out why it would randomly shut down.

Really? We logged a ticket with Oracle about a problem with their 10g OLEDB components, where it was giving the wrong DefinedSize for NCHARs. Initially they said it wasn't a problem, but 18 months later when my manager escalated the issue (on their advise!) they finally admitted they had an issue. Sadly, we were told that they couldn't implement the fix in 10g because it was outside of their fix lifecycle. But remember: we reported the issue 18 months ago, when 11g had only been on the market for a short time.

I've seen nothing but bad support from Oracle, and I'm not the only one. Oracle support sucks balls. MS Support, on the other hand, has been nothing but excellent for us when we have issues with SQL Server.

about 4 years ago
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Former HP CEO Selected As Oracle Co-President

ta bu shi da yu Re:The price of bigamy (133 comments)

Getting laid by multiple mother-in-laws is really pretty twisted.

about 4 years ago
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Australia To Fight iPod Use By Pedestrians

ta bu shi da yu Re:What the.... (450 comments)

Make that about an hour... thanks for boring the living crap out of us, Oakshot!

about 4 years ago
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Prosecutor Loses Case For Citing Wikipedia

ta bu shi da yu Re:Wikipedia is useful... (315 comments)

Yup. Not even the WMF would have cited Wikipedia in a court of law. They don't recommend using it as the sole source of info for University, and they sure don't recommend that it be used to argue law!

about 4 years ago

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Collision attacks on MD5 algorithm

ta bu shi da yu ta bu shi da yu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ta bu shi da yu (687699) writes "According to Microsoft Security Advisory 961509, "research was published at a security conference proving a successful attack against X.509 digital certificates signed using the MD5 hashing algorithm. This attack method could allow an attacker to generate additional digital certificates with different content that have the same digital signature as an original certificate. The MD5 algorithm had previously shown a vulnerability, but a practical attack had not yet been demonstrated." Further information on MD5 collisions can be found on the web site of Peter Selinger, who is a Associate Professor of Mathematics at Dalhousie University, Canada."
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Mark Shuttlesworth announces Intrepid Ibex

ta bu shi da yu ta bu shi da yu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ta bu shi da yu writes "Mark Shuttlesworth has announced on the Ubuntu developer's mailing list that the release after Hardy Heron will be called "Intrepid Ibex", is tentatively planned to be released on October 2008 and "is likely to have the version number 8.10." According to Shuttleworth, mobile computing will be the central feature of the distribution, and "a particular focus for us will be pervasive internet access, the ability to tap into bandwidth whenever and wherever you happen to be.""
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Pioneer's SyncTV built on... GTK+ and GStreamer!

ta bu shi da yu ta bu shi da yu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ta bu shi da yu writes "Pioneer have released a private beta of a new application called SyncTV, which they bill as providing "home-theatre quality TV shows on an unlimited download service". I found this fairly interesting, but more interesting is their decision to base the core application on GTK+ and GStreamer. Mikael Hallendal, founder of Imendio, writes on his blog that "SyncTV provide this service on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, all through the cross platform capabilities of GTK+. SyncTV also shows that you can make really slick applications with GTK+ that look identical no matter which platform you run it on." Is this the first commercial application of this nature built on GTK+ and GStreamer?"
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Microsoft charges customers for free services

ta bu shi da yu ta bu shi da yu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ta bu shi da yu writes "According to Windows Secrets, "thousands of customers are paying almost $120 USD per year to Microsoft for an Internet subscription service that includes e-mail, security, and other features. But Microsoft gives away almost identical services absolutely free in Windows Live and the Windows operating system itself, while neglecting to inform those who pay through the nose." I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, but nevertheless this seems like a bit of a rort."
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MS OneCare causing Windows PCs to reboot?

ta bu shi da yu ta bu shi da yu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ta bu shi da yu writes "Sometime ago, Microsoft was accused of changing Windows Update (WU) to automatically download and install updates, even if users changed the auto-update setting off. This was denied by Microsoft. Well, it appears that they were right. Windows Update doesn't automatically install patches. According to Windows Secrets the culprit is MS OneCare. It appears that it automatically switches the updates to automatic without any warning to the end user. Given the problems with OneCare (deleting mail, flunking anti-virus tests and now this issue), is it really worth the effort?"
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Out of memory in Vista while... copying files?

ta bu shi da yu ta bu shi da yu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ta bu shi da yu (687699) writes "It appears that, incredibly, Vista often runs out of memory while copying files. ZDNet is reporting that not only does it run out of memory after copying 16,400+ files, but "often there is little indication that file copy operations haven't completed correctly". After several billion dollars spent developing Vista, surely Microsoft could get their OS to copy files properly?"
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