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Comment: Release early, release often (Score 2) 270

by DerPflanz (#47210435) Attached to: Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

Why are slashdotters so angry about the release schedule? Isn't this what is supposed to happen? According to ESR, release early, release often (and listen to your customers) is what makes open source great.

Is it really the release cycle, or is it that you feel that Firefox isn't listening to its customers. And who are the customers, really? The extension developers, or the people that use it on a daily basis to surf the web?

In my opinion, the customers are the people who browse the web. And if I look at it as that kind of customer, I am quite happy with Firefox and its release schedule. I get updates automatically and often and they often make the browsing experience better. Sure, sometimes something breaks, but they are keen to fix many of these problems.

Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by DerPflanz (#46462249) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

That's like saying "yeah, but of the crashes in which nobody survives, what are are the odss then, huh!?"

It is about the amount of money you have to spend to save lives. And yes, there is a price for a human life. You have to outfit *all* planes for this system to work, so you have to take *all* crashes into consideration.

Comment: I liked the N900, but.... (Score 1, Interesting) 109

by DerPflanz (#45581847) Attached to: Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production

the world moved on. When the N900 came out, it was one of the best phones available, both in package and in software. But it has been over four years now. The world has moved on. It has moved on to slimmer phones, larger screens, not to mention better touch screens (yes, I have used the N900, and the screen is way worse than the touch screen of my Galaxy Nexus). I type faster with Swype than I ever did with the QWERTY-keyboard, the screen is better, it fits better in my pocket, it is lighter, etc.

Comment: Re:Oh! "Borrowing" Some UI Stuff, Huh? (Score 5, Informative) 158

by DerPflanz (#44187917) Attached to: Zynga Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role

Given Zynga's code of ethics (or lack thereof), I would wager this e-mail found its way into "their" product by way ...

No, it was the email given in the standard Apache 500 Internal Server Error message, as you can see in the article. They put ***@themepark.com as contact address on the fb.themepart.zynga.com server.

It was a configuration mistake, not a stolen site.

Comment: Re:No. .Just No. (Score 1) 246

by DerPflanz (#43729139) Attached to: Firefox 21 Arrives

I think having mostly small incremental changes in new full version numbers has really upset some people's sense of normal software conventions and their brains have melted.

It is amazing that these so-called "smart people" and "nerds" here on slashdot cannot grasp just a different way of numbering things. I have been amazed about that before, the nerd community is extremely conservative. Every innovation or new idea is bad at first and has a really hard time getting adjusted to.

For me, the numbering scheme Firefox uses is actually easier. Firefox is "done". Every feature they add or list of bugs they find is grouped together and lumped into a new version. That new version will be oldversion+1. It is extremely simple. You see this in many other software projects, the Linux kernel being one as well. It will probably never see 4.x (and if it does, it will be arbitrary, like the 3.x release). Java is doing it, Internet Explorer is doing it, hardware like iPhone is doing it, Ubuntu is doing it. All these things are "done" and upgrading won't (shouldn't) break anything.

Software development follows a asymptotic line; in the beginning many things change and there is the need to subclasses updates (using major.minor.build), later in the lifecycle of the project, changes are smaller or less intrusive. There simple is no need to have such large granularity in version numbers.

Hell, I don't even know which version of Firefox or the Linux kernel I am using. Everything just works and I hardly see any changes after an update.

Comment: Again, a bad name. (Score 2) 129

by DerPflanz (#43439237) Attached to: KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

No one will be able to spell your product name correctly if you use a weird combination of upper and lower case letters.

You don't need to focus on the fact that it is a DE. In fact, you already decided that when you came up with a name, instead of an acronym. Make a choice: is it an acronym, or a proper name? You can't have both, it confuses.

Just name it "Klyde".

Comment: Re:Handwriting (Score 1) 154

by DerPflanz (#42880757) Attached to: Bill Gates Answers Questions From Redditors

That's because you work stocking shelves at Wal-Mart.

No. I work as the CEO of a industrial automation company in the Netherlands. We actually sell these things, and are well informed on what the market has to offer. Even the suppliers of barcode scanners agree that there are just a few Android devices.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist

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