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Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

tpv Re:Back in the day (452 comments)

when you navigate with a GPS, you turn right on particular coordinates, and the actual road you take can be pretty much anything

That's certainly the case, but it's not what's happening in this particular situation. iOS Maps has placed the "city" in the wrong spot. It's not that the GPS part of the app is causing problems (although I'm sure it does) it's that the map is intentionally guiding you to the wrong place.

If you were following a paper map that had the same mistake (i.e. had marked Mildura as being in the middle of the National Park) then you'd ended up in exactly the same life-threatening situation.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

tpv It's a mindset issue (probably of your doing) (451 comments)

Disclaimer: As others have said it's really hard to answer this well without more information, so this is best guess from the little you've given us

they think a free product should have free telephone support as well

The problem is that you've let them get the idea that this is a "free" (no-cost) product. In one of your comments you mention that the people calling up often aren't the people that installed it, so I asume that they don't think it's no-cost because they downloaded and installed it themselves. They have an idea in their heads that this product is "no-cost", and that is probably because you're branding/marketing it that way. And that's how they can go around and tarnish your reputation after the fact, saying "it's not really no-cost - it's a scam".

So, if your product provides value to your customer, why are you positioning it as a no-cost solution? I think you need to work on your branding. By all means continue to make it open source, and continue to provide your users with all sorts of software freedoms, but stop sending the message that those things mean "free".

It sounds like your produce should be viewed as commercial software (that is also proud to be open source), so say that. Have the splash screen (or about page, or whatever) say something along the lines of: This software package is a commercial product. Annual support and maintenance plans are available for purchase at {our website}. No support agreement has been purchased for this installation. Source code is provided to customers under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

more than 2 years ago

Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

tpv Re:cost? (70 comments)

So far the NBN has been pretty hideous cost wise as the increased speed for many is simply not worth the significant increase in cost

You mean like how internode's 25/5 NBN entry level plan (30Gb quota) is $5 cheaper than their equivalent Naked ADSL plan and their 300Gb quota plan is $15 cheaper than Naked ADSL.

And iiNet's 100Gb (Peak) + 100Gb (Off Peak) 25/5 plan is $5 cheaper than their 100Gb (any time) Naked ADSL plan, for more quota, and 500Gb+500Gb 25/5 NBN is cheaper than 400Gb Naked ADSL.

iPrimus's NBN plans aren't particularly competitive - their 25/2 plans are $10 more expensive than their equivalent naked ADSL plans (unless you "bundle" with an expensive VOIP phone service) and around $5 more expensive than the Internode & iiNet NBN plans, but their 12/1 plans are the same price as their Naked ADSL, so you can switch to NBN with no change in cost (but potentially slower speeds, depending on the length&quality of your current copper)

So what's this "hideous" cost you speak of?

more than 2 years ago

Jboss AS 5 Performance Tuning

tpv Re:Memory Management (45 comments)

While I agree with your argument about the difference between the programmer and the administrator, the original book review says:

Java programmers need to understand JVM tuning, and here it is given a whole chapter

which is a poor choice of words from the reviewer.

Programmers don't need to understand JVM tuning. Administrators do. A lot of the time 1 person will perform both roles, but they are still different roles.

Of course, I'm not sure how that poor choice of words on the reviewers behalf justifies Lunix Nutcase's rants.

more than 4 years ago

Jboss AS 5 Performance Tuning

tpv Re:Memory Management (45 comments)

Right. But server administrators are not programmers.

Nothing (*) in the Java Language Environment (which is what the linked document covers) requires the programmer to do explicit memory management.
Optimally tuning your system requires additional knowledge beyond the language environment. That's true in every system.

CGI removed the need for developers to understand the implementation details of HTTP and TCP/IP, but if you want to tune your web-server, then you're going to need to understand those.
"Everything is a file" is all well and good for a C/Unix developer, but the system administrator needs to know the difference between the kernel parameters for TCP/IP and for Disk I/O.
SQL developers care about tables and indexes and queries and don't need to worry about physical storage or the number of execution engines, or the size of the procedure cache, but DBAs need to care about all those things.

If you somehow believed that because "Java technology completely removes the memory management load from the programmer", then no one was ever going to need to think about how much memory was used by a system built in Java, and somehow system administrators could run large Java applications without even thinking about how to tune them, then I don't know what I can say to help you.

Yes, for good or bad, Java removes memory management load from programmers - but it does not remove it from administrators, and I'm not aware of any documentation that claimed it would.

(*) Direct memory buffers (which were added long after that document was written), allow the programmer to do some memory management if so desired, but they are still not required

more than 4 years ago

Apache Resigns From the JCP Executive Committee

tpv Re:Apache is out of the JCP only (136 comments)

VMWare voted Yes to the Java 7 JSR, without even registering a comment.

On 2010-12-05 VMWare voted Yes with no comment.

If they're not happy, then too bad. They made their own bed.

more than 4 years ago

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

tpv Immaculate conception (478 comments)

Please forgive my pedantry, but...

The "immaculate conception" refers to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the sinlessness of Mary, and has nothing to do with virgin births.

more than 4 years ago

Code Repository Atlassian Buys Competitor BitBucket

tpv Re:OT: Isn't Atlassian Confluence a POS? (150 comments)

You should be able to see recent edits on the user's profile:

The fact that you didn't know about that is probably a validation of the complaints about the UI.

Disclaimer: I don't have any vested interests in Atlassian, but one of the founders is a friend-of-a-friend

more than 4 years ago

FOSS RTS Game Glest Gets Revival — Enter Mega-Glest

tpv Re:The graphics in FOSS games.. (103 comments)

I agree.
His writing style is pretty ordinary, and he expresses his ideas badly, but I don't think that what he actually said was that bad.
It mostly boiled down to:

  • Hiring freelancers through DeviantArt is cheaper than going out to a "professional" artist and gets better results
  • Ask them to set their own price for the work you 're requesting
  • Pay a fixed price, rather than a % of sales.
  • Pay on completion of the work, not upfront.
  • Once the deal's done, and you've paid them the agreed price, it's none of their business how much you are/aren't making from the game.

I think the way he expressed himself leaves a lot to be desired, and it's might well be the case that he's out to screw people. But the actual process he recommends seems to be fairly standard for freelance artwork.

more than 4 years ago

DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

tpv Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

That's completely ridiculous.
Replay value impacts the appropriate price-point, but that doesn't make a game "suck".

There are plenty of movies that are worth renting on DVD for a few dollars, that are absolutely not worth watching a second time (because you know the ending). Do they automatically suck?

Every game has some limits to how many times you want to replay it. For some games that's high. For others it's lower. That doesn't mean every game sucks.
WoG provided you with 3 hours of entertainment. Is that worth $20? Perhaps not. Is it worth $3? I would assume so. (Surely you value entertainment at at least $1 per hour)

Oh, and the other part of your thesis is also false - WoG has an OCD goal, where you try and complete each level within a set of defined limits (like number of moves, % saved, etc). I very much doubt anyone has hit all the OCD goals in 3 hours of playing. If you aren't interested in doing that, then that's your choice, but there certainly is replay value for people who enjoyed the game.

more than 4 years ago

A How-To Website For Australian Voters

tpv Re:Voting Above and Below the line (158 comments)

It would be nice if you were right;

Ras is right - you claimed to disagree with him (or her?), and then proceeded to restate his point.
"stuff your below the line vote up" is colloquial for your vote being ruled informal.

more than 4 years ago

Six More Tech Cults

tpv Re:Not to be taken seriously (179 comments)

But with VI mode in EMACS, who needs VI?

Anyone with less than 8GB of memory in their machine. :)

more than 4 years ago

Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

tpv Re:Let Them (1123 comments)

Any system which relies on a particular assumption to be true (and remain true) needs to be designed so as to create the greatest possibility of that assumption holding true.

In this case, that should mean making the police aware that they are being watched, that their behaviour is being monitored, that certain behaviours are unacceptable, and that there will be consequences if they engage in those behaviours. Since those safeguards are not being supported by the courts, they are making it increasingly more likely that their base assumption will disappear entirely.

Fundamentally, you can't build any system on top of a set of assumptions and then rely on blind hope to make those assumptions true - or worse, actively work to erode them.

more than 4 years ago

Google Chrome's Inclusion of FFMpeg Vs. the LGPL

tpv Re:Terms of The Licences (245 comments)

This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services

So, if I use the decoder to watch a really bad movie (that I don't enjoy) in Chrome, am I violating the license?

more than 5 years ago

Eclipse Makes Java Development on the Mac Easier

tpv Re:what nonsense (205 comments)

Also, I don't see Eclipse having a port to Solaris
You don't seem to be looking very hard.
Eclipse 3.3 for Solaris

more than 7 years ago


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