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Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

by Baki (#48648507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

Working at a large bank, we have 75% java and 25% .net for new server software. Old software is on the mainframe.
Recently it was decided to drop .net and go 100% to java.

We'll keep .net run-time capabiltiy for the occasional 3rd party software that requires it, but I think, java has won in the enterprise. At least in banks, all large payments infrastructure software and the likes are JEE packages.

We used to have .net for more front-end stuff. But HTML5 has made that superfluous. Fat clients are still losing ground, and web-based apps using HTML5 with rich GUI's can be served from a JEE container very well.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 1) 515

by Baki (#48588429) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Indeed and many other civilized countries show that it can be different. In the UK the police don't even carry guns. Their job is much less dangerous than the para-military job the police is in the US, obviously.

Violence and agression provokes reaction. The first job of the police should be to calm down and de-escalate, not behave almost like an army.
But most US citizens probably don't remember (and never look abroad for guidance) that it could be different.

Comment: Re:Fire them. (Score 1) 515

by Baki (#48588421) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

If any cop that can be proven to have abused his power is fired, it will stop.
If the root of the problem here is actually not the policy, but the individual cops not sticking to the policy, firing is the only thing you can do.
If the root of the problem is in local politics indeed, then these people are lying and those have to be fired (and locked up).

Comment: Re:Not necessarily good news (Score 1) 172

by Baki (#48511565) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

I read that we have lot of old retro-virus material in our DNA. Maybe this is how it went before, we get into a kind of symbiosis with the virus until it somehow merges into our DNA permanently? I'm not a microbiologist though, just guessing.

In fact, the (my) first google hit for symbiosis retrovirus was http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm..., which superficially seems to think in the same direction w.r.t. past.

Comment: Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (Score 1) 284

by Baki (#48478719) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

At my first employer we had exactly this situation. The secretary used to change the backup tapes on the server. We, as a team of 10 developers had been working around 6 months developing software modules when we got a crash. It turned out the backups had been made on cleaning tapes.

This was in 1992, noone had the opportunity to make multiple copies, we only had our disk and the backup. 60 man months of work gone.

Comment: Re:Global market for talent (Score 1) 441

by Baki (#47736419) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Race to the bottom then, for all employees? Corporations, even though they have not been elected or are properly under democratic control, have more negotiation power than the employees?

That cannot work for too long, sooner or later a revolution will come. Either that, or massive military suppression of the people.

Comment: Changing attitudes, i.e. brainwashing (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by Baki (#47507141) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

I hope and think that the brainwashing of the younger "freeloading" generation will fail.
It is truely disgusting to see the attempts to brainwash the people to protect vested economic interests.
The collateral damage to prevent sharing of bitstreams is just too high.
We cannot prevent this, neither with laws nor with brainwashing. Sharing is just too easy and natural.

We'll have to adapt our economic model to the new reality instead, the "new normal".

Comment: Re:To what end? (Score 4, Insightful) 219

by Baki (#47426835) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

No they don't. The supreme court actually has something to say in Germany, and its constitution is pretty strong (also in practice) w.r.t. privacy and citizens rights. I'm not german myself (but living near germany). My impression, also from German newspapers etc., is that most germans including politicians are truely mad and are seriously considering to cool down relations with the USA. The USA is risking to loose one of the few remaining friends it has in the world.

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