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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

undulato Lovely (608 comments)

Great to hear the rantings of other human beings *also* getting older and *also* temporarily unable to cope with the realities of it.

about 5 months ago

X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

undulato xtank (204 comments)

First time I saw it was on Sun 3s and Sun Sparcs I think in 1991 - might be too early for Sparcs? X11 blew me away right after I'd got used to terminal sessions - having a graphical interface and being able to send windows anywhere was just.. well.. futuristic. It still is. Played a lot of xtank, perpetually fiddled with the .XDefaults.

about 6 months ago

The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

undulato ObPr0nFTW? (339 comments)

Energy saved enables cataracts surgery

about 7 months ago

AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

undulato Ban 'em (109 comments)

If there is a direct link to be discerned from a Github user to an AWS stack then surely that user should simply be banned and then made to fix their crap before being allowed back on. Back in the 'old days' if the sysadmins on a system I was leasing time off could show that through my action or inaction one of their servers (even my virtual instance) was leaky they wouldn't flinch from shutting my crap down if I didn't comply straight away - and as far as I'm concerned they are quite within their rights to do it.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

undulato Rediscover your joy (306 comments)

As others have said - find something you enjoy programming. I started making games for mobile a couple of years ago using Unity3D and Mono/C# - it ticks a lot of boxes for me, just enough coding, just enough creativity and other bits, just enough story telling. If you get bored of one bit you try another and eventually you get there. Plus you learn something about your target platforms along the way.

Games or mobile might not be the way you rediscover your joy but there is bound to be some great tech out there that you just can't wait to get your teeth into. Word to the wise - Kinect and Leap are not it.

about 9 months ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

undulato Already Won (413 comments)

The fact that the Kickstarter is now already over $2m after two days suggest that Mr Young or his business has hit on something. Obviously getting a load of big name stars to endorse the product helps not only Pono but themselves.

So a few facts:

  • Neil Young has always been about the sound (if he's not feeling grumpy) - if you see him play live you can find out how live is supposed to sound
  • Everyone in the music business knows this and that's why they are on his video (aside from the fact they are going to get a slice of pie)
  • Using an open format for the store and having the player alongside is a great move - you're not locking anyone into anything
  • The PonoPlayer may be a pocket sized audiophile slab of genius however even if it doesn't work out it's going to start a hi-def sound revolution - equate it with the Rio PMP 300

Pono wins either way - they have have access to the hi-def source and they start a hi-def revolution with the backing of all the big names. The fact that it's taken so long to get to market but has finally (almost) arrived with this kind of offering also suggests some serious thought has gone into the business and the business model - and now a couple of days in they are already justifying this. I'm impressed although I suspect that the apparent freedom and slickness of the marketing hides a deeper truth which will probably only come to light after the kickstarter finishes i.e. there are tentative deals in place to fold this in with more traditional offerings. Basically if you were iTunes would you like it if a lot of 'your' artists heavily promoting a rival service?

about 9 months ago

IsoHunt Settles With MPAA, Will Shut Down And Pay Up to $110 Million

undulato "fourth most popular BitTorrent site" (245 comments)

I think the release was remiss in not naming the other sites for *cough* comparison's sake..

about a year ago

Chemical Experts Begin Destroying Syria's Chemical Arsenal

undulato Self congratulatory piffle (86 comments)

Stopping people make and/or deploying chemical weapons = good. Destroying chemical weapon stockpiles after a well publicised atrocity and somehow selling it as a victory = disingenuous.

about a year ago

NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS

undulato Thanks for the spoilers, DOOFI (97 comments)

Great, I've been assiduously avoiding finding too much out about this movie so I can go and actually find out what happens at the cinema and you give the outline of the plot in the first sentence. Nice going editors, nice going EVERYONE.

about a year ago

In Praise of Micromanagement

undulato Agile (136 comments)

Agile is the perfect platform for establishing micromanagement. Break your tasks down into really small pieces, keep daily tabs on progress, make the team responsible for delivering it. They used to call them 'daily progress meetings' when a project had got on the deathmarch and now they just call them 'standups'.

about a year ago

Changing a Single Gene Allows Mice To Live 20 Percent Longer

undulato Yes (79 comments)

But are they 20% happier?

about a year ago

Microsoft Will Allow Indie Self-publishing, Debugging On Retail Xbox One

undulato Indie Kids (99 comments)

Well, there is no XNA any more but this is still good news for Indies and makes it an attractive platform whether there is additional developer support or not. And I'm sure there will be more announcements coming. When you compare the MS developer relationship to any of the other console producers they still have developer goodwill in the bank.

about a year ago

Alan Cox Exits Intel, Linux Development

undulato Good decision Coxy (214 comments)

I quit Linux development 10 years ago and I never looked back. You get your life back. Hell perhaps you even *get* a life. Linux can be fun but it can also seriously bad for your health, wealth and fun factor.

about 2 years ago

David Braben Kickstarts an Elite Reboot

undulato Cashflow? (173 comments)

I played Elite on the BBC B back in the 80s and I loved it. Out of some misty eyed loyalty I will probably back this Kickstarter to some degree and look forward to a potential release. However I wonder how much of this money will be used as cashflow for Frontier Development Ltd and how much it is about Elite itself. The published accounts for last year don't make pretty reading. This might not of course tell the whole story but it might have some bearing on it - and they are certainly asking for a lot of money.

more than 2 years ago

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

undulato Light Table (586 comments)

Sounds like somebody is a shoe-in for a Light Table licence.

more than 2 years ago

Malicious PhpMyAdmin Served From SourceForge Mirror

undulato Sourceforge problems.. (86 comments)

I think someone's head is in the clouds at the moment what with the recent buyout of sourceforge, slashdot et al. I'm with a big ol' (12 year) open source project on Sourceforge and it's going through the migration procedure currently to the new Sourceforge look and feel - lots of problems, lots of broken stuff, unhappy admins and developers and slow response to tickets.

There are plenty of alternatives out here now for the open source types to host their code. It might be time to start thinking about exit strategies..

more than 2 years ago

Upgrading Software From 350 Million Miles Away

undulato Wow (228 comments)

NASA doing a software upgrade is not big news. This is going to be phenomenally safe. Much scarier doing software upgrades on millions of unknown hardware configurations globally than on one totally locked down platform no matter what distance or cost is involved.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Reportedly Considering Huge Investment In Twitter

undulato Great (90 comments)

Now I'll _have_ on to Google plus..

more than 2 years ago



Best console for the kids this holiday?

undulato undulato writes  |  about 2 years ago

undulato writes "I've got an aging, fat PS3 with only a couple of games that I still play on it but three kids under 9 who love Skylanders, iPet, Lego whatever etc. We all watch movies on it and it has been pretty much the centre of our entertainment world for a few years now.

I've already got a spare HDMI monitor we could use for a screen so my question is — should we go for a new console this Christmas? Just buy another controller or two and a new game or two for PS3 and be done? Or get the still pretty viable Xbox 360, or even plump for a cheap Wii or even a Wii U if we're feeling flush. What does Slashdot think?"

Silly season on domains again?

undulato undulato writes  |  more than 2 years ago

undulato (2146486) writes "I've owned a dictionary word .com domain since I randomly discovered it as being free on register.com in the late 90s. In the meantime I've had various pet projects up on this site and a few years ago when I was strapped for cash I put it up on Sedo and then promptly forgot about this. The other day I received an offer for the domain out of the blue. While it's not a huge amount it's a good starting bid and even though I don't want to sell the domain at the moment I'm not going to turn down a stupid offer.

So my question is — is it silly season on domain names again and just what is a reasonable price to ask for this kind of domain?"

A Friendlier Solution

undulato undulato writes  |  more than 2 years ago

undulato writes "Friendlier is a text editor (for Windows) and a light IDE which works in 3D. Why you might say? Well, we might say in reply, why the devil not? If you want to try out the beta then please have a look here. We love it and we're looking for more feedback even if it's just "Get back to the shed!""
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