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Comment: Re:Hmm, maybe (Score 1) 213

by Anrego (#49092613) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

I don't think they are claiming noise in the stored data (although from the articles they don't really claim anything), so much as noise that would effect a near by audio input or output. That is, say, you've got some kind of device that records an analog signals (from say a mic) to an SD card, and the act of writing to that SD card is generating noise which is then making it's way into your analog input.

I still say bullshit. This is right up there with specialty wooden volume knobs in the "maybe with scientific equipment you can see an effect, but practically speaking forget it" category, but at least we're not in Monster "high end digital cable" territory.

Comment: Re:After 15 years (Score 1) 83

by Anrego (#49082229) Attached to: Building a Procedural Dungeon Generator In C#

I've noticed that too.

Even in the bad old days, stuff would occasionally break, but the whole site usually stayed up, and in either case things were fixed very quickly. Outright outages up until Dice took over were pretty damn rare, but now as you said, they've become rather frequent, and when they do happen, it's for hours. Also the alignment of various elements occasionally goes wonkey and comment boxes only fill up half the screen.

I almost wonder if they are trying to degrade the performance of the site on purpose in a really desperate attempt to push us into their beta disaster.

Comment: Re:Peanuts (Score 2) 411

by Anrego (#49031611) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds


I love Java, but not even a diehard fanboy will argue that it isn't excessively verbose and loaded with boilerplate code. The amount of code attributed to various getters, setters, and comparison methods alone often eclipses the actual functionality of a class. Not to mention doing just about anything with most Java APIs involves all kinds of intermediary wrapper objects.

Comment: Re:WTF- DRM-free please! (Score 1) 106

by Anrego (#49002893) Attached to: Kickstarted Firefox OS HDMI Dongle Delayed, DRM Support Being Added

Idealism hits up hard against pragmatism. Software is one thing, but when you are selling a physical device with a real cost to manufacture, it has to actually do stuff for people to buy it.

I'm all for fighting DRM, but building what would be a mostly useless device and having it sit unsold serves no purpose.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 3, Informative) 288

by Anrego (#48940699) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

Generally agree. I use it for a handful of Windows apps I still need (like the updater for my GPS) and a few purpose specific Linux installs and it works fine for that. I'll probably keep using it as long as it still works. Worst case, KVM will probably do what I want just as well.

Sure there are other (paid) alternatives out there but VirtualBox does it's job well for me.

KVM is probably the closest alternative and is free (probably more so than VirtualBox is you go all church of Stallman mode).

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Insightful) 98

by Anrego (#48932355) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

Hey now, normally the CRTC is as corrupt as they come. This is a group that has been heavily infiltrated by big media, who tried to institute 1996 level data caps, and who's outgoing president whined that the internet is their biggest obstacle to controlling what Canadians watch.

I'm actually somewhat baffled by what seems to be a series of decisions on their part which appear at face value to be in the interests of the Canadian public and not their telecom friends.

Comment: They shot first (Score 5, Insightful) 431

by Anrego (#48924265) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

They shot first, they eroded the trust to a point where people, not criminals or terrorists or pedophiles but ordinary law abiding people have stood up and said "we don't trust the government any more, nor the systems in place to protect our privacy, and so we have to take it into our own hands."

The proliferation of wide spread encryption is almost a direct result of actions by the NSA, FBI, and friends. They brought this on themselves. If they want people to once again accept them as partners in protecting their rights rather than adversaries, they need to regain the trust they've lost.

Comment: Re:Levels (Score 4, Interesting) 214

by Anrego (#48919827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

To be honest, I think a "team play" level is in there as well.

Working on your own software pet project, working on an open source project with other developers, and working in a corporate software environment are very different experiences. The rock-star programmer cliche still exists, but I think your average run of the mill programmer's success is more determined by how well he plays with others and balances his relationship with management and other forces of evil.

Also throw in a requirements level. A lot of people struggle with this early (and sometimes late) in their careers. It sounds simple, but figuring out what the customer wants (what they _actually_ want), and what you've agreed to provide, and what the program _actually_ needs to do (all three are often exclusive concepts) is a big deal. Sometimes the customer doesn't know what they want (but won't be happy until they get it). Sometimes the customer thinks they want the wrong thing, and won't be happy if you deliver it to them. Requirements analysis is a specialization all it's own, but speaking the language is a huge asset if you go into "big software" (aerospace, medical, defence, etc).

Comment: Re:Encryption first (Score 1) 251

by Anrego (#48916427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Or something like duplicati which lets you have the benefit of encryption without the downside of having to upload your entire volume every time you want to update it. There's probably a security trade off (I don't know of any specific attacks, but I assume a single encrypted volume is probably more secure), but to me it's worth it for the convenience.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.