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Comment: Re:Frameworks (Score 1) 623

by Chief Camel Breeder (#31387710) Attached to: Whatever Happened To Programming?

... Machines today are fast. Much, much faster than what we need for programs to run. ...

If only! If your computer is faster than your needs then you're blessed with an easy project. Or you spent a vast amount on hardware. One of my current projects lies bleeding because we can't afford the machines to run the simple solution; and we're doing some painful redesign to fit the project to the hardware budget

Comment: Re:More to come (Score 1) 220

by Chief Camel Breeder (#31209268) Attached to: Details Emerge On EU-Only "Browser Choice" Screen For Windows

I find this too. But, sometimes being the one providing the advice (for software other than Linux and Unix), I can see why it happens. It's not always snottiness on the part of the experts.

My ideal, as a potential provider of information, is a question that I can answer easily, in one short post, without research, and using jargon. I.e., I like to help but I'm lazy. It's tedious if I have to spend 20 minutes translating the jargon into something a beginner can understand. It's more tedious if the answer turns into a dialogue because the questioner doesn't understand the first answer. It's extremely tedious if a later answer in the dialogue turns out to need research (which the questioner can't do for himself) and where I feel obligated to look for him because I already engaged (mutter mutter).

Basically, answering questions well for beginners turns into writing good documentation for an unskilled audience. It's brain-meltingly difficult and no fun at all.

Comment: Re:There's also functionality to consider (Score 1) 365

by Chief Camel Breeder (#31098644) Attached to: Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

You completely ignore a critical factor: per seat licensing. ...

No, the example in the GP explicitly considers it and provides an example where the licensing costs wouldn't outweigh the OSS costs.

I know you want the per seat licensing always to end the debate in favour of OSS, but life isn't that simple. Wishing doesn't make it true.

Comment: Re:What is considered "terrorism-related"? (Score 3, Insightful) 262

by Chief Camel Breeder (#31020856) Attached to: UK Government Crowd-Sourcing Censorship

Following the links in TFA leads to a goverment web-page listing one-line descriptions of things they consider illegal. But their definitions are broken. They include this:

web pages that show pictures, videos or descriptions of violence against anyone due to their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity

That would sites? Maybe we should all report

Comment: Re:So much for public domain... (Score 1) 290

by Chief Camel Breeder (#30830778) Attached to: Sherlock Holmes and the Copyright Tangle
I thought, perhaps wrongly, that the copyright was attached to a particular edition of a book. Therefore, if a book was published separately in the UK and in the USA, I could make a facsimile of the British edition and distribute that in the USA while the American edition was still in copyright. Correct? Wrong? Different rules for images of the pages vs OCR'd text?

Comment: Re:No more working for the man (Score 4, Funny) 453

by Chief Camel Breeder (#30680628) Attached to: IT Job Satisfaction Plummets To All-Time Low

And then there's ICT, which is probably not quite the same, but I have no idea what the difference really is.

If you provide the servers and workstations and applications for an organization, that's IT. When they cut your budget and make you responsible for the 'phones as well, that's ICT.

Comment: Re:why are they so scared about xray monitors? (Score 1) 605

by Chief Camel Breeder (#30363114) Attached to: TSA's Sloppy Redacting Reveals All

Third guess: X-ray machines are very good at finding weapons in luggage unless said luggage is carefully arranged to confuse the view. To get the right arrangement you'd have to study some of the radiograms to see what worked.

Personal experience supports this. My laptop back-pack, which is full of cables, chargers and peripherals, usually goes through security unchallenged, except when it gets jumbled such that the security person can't work out what they're seeing; then they search. I often get a look at the screen while I'm waiting for it to come through (screens not concealed in most European airports). When it passes, I can identify my stuff. When it's searched, I can't.

This may be one of the rare, non-theatrical parts of the operation. But I still don't see why this particular regulation was redacted.

Comment: Deja vu (Score 2, Interesting) 627

by Chief Camel Breeder (#30161628) Attached to: Laser Weapon Shoots Down Airplanes In Test

This is a bit like gunpowder weapons in the 14th century. They appeared in Europe early in that century, were pretty pointless at first, then useful in special cases, then, after about 100 years, more-generally useful. Professional soldiers at that time must have been pretty skeptical. "Interesting, but I'll keep the trebuchet for now, thanks." Up to, say, 1350, it would have been difficult to predict whether gunpowder would ever become a practical weapon.

Comment: Re:Hoping for Windows 7's success... (Score 1) 350

by Chief Camel Breeder (#29976836) Attached to: Firefox Passes IE6 In Browser Share

What this article tells me is that a quarter of the internet users are still using a web browser that was released on August 27, 2001. From a peak market share of %95, it has only come down to %23 in eight years (and change). [...]

That's telling us something about the replacement cycle for Windows PCs. As discussed on Slashdot before, few private citizens will upgrade a browser on a "working" machine.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein