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Comment: I am working on Shiny 0.9.0 right now (Score 4, Funny) 148

by HannethCom (#49700049) Attached to: Rust 1.0 Released
Rust is old and creaky. Now introducing Shiny! It is the programming language that gets rid of all cruft of Rust and adds a layer of NICKEL (Non-Intrusive Code Keying for Easy Learning) to make your programs shine forever. It is a high level language that anyone can learn to code in, but brings almost assembly level of performance.

Get Started Coding Today!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: No, Agile is a Failed Concept (Score 1) 507

by HannethCom (#49691291) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?
There is no one methodology that works for everyone. Usually the purest form of any of the major concepts is fundamentally flawed in that in general you will not get what you want with Waterfall, you will never have a finished product, or even know the feature set for the next iteration in a pure Agile development.

What you need to do is look at the work you are doing and borrow from the main two, and any other, methodologies to come up with what works for your group for the type of software you are developing.

I have been in a group where the Waterfall with added iterations worked really well. We were working on embedded office automation controllers.
I have been in a group where we were making a tourism web site and a more Agile approach of faster iterations and showing the customer was more appropriate

I say Agile is a failed concept, because all the concepts are failed. You just need to take from them what is appropriate and modify it if things don't work, or the nature of the work changes.

Comment: Better Tell Intel Their 4nm Process Isn't Real (Score 4, Informative) 166

by HannethCom (#49634079) Attached to: AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016
Intel develops technology which doesn't doesn't make it into their plant for 5 to 10 years. Also they don't put things on their roadmap until they've proven possible.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/c...
Intel's 2012 roadmap shows 4nm process in 2022. Which means they have a process that has been tested to work, they are just tweaking it to reduce errors and working on the best way to outfit a plant for it. Also costs billions and time to refit a plant.

Comment: Linux was Easy and Worked! (Score 1) 469

by HannethCom (#49632341) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?
Some people may debate me on the easy part, but it was easier that most free OS to install. I tried FreeBSD(or OpenBSD, it was a while ago) but quickly gave up when it wanted me to put in what Cylinder Head Sector to start the partition at and which CHS to end at. Slackware at the time needed you to tell it which CHS to start at, but also told you the first CHS that was free, then it would ask for the size of the partition, telling you the maximum size for the CHS you had chosen.

Linux took some thought, and a couple of tries as you had to leave room to create a swap drive, which it didn't tell you at first, but it gave you some hints about how big to make it after you had made your OS partition. It was vastly easier than BSD.

I had already had the fun of installing and using WinSock on Windows 3.11, so the Microsoft world had prepared me for the pains of setting up PPP and TCP/IP under Linux.

It may not have had the best coding, but it worked on most X86 computers that people had at the time. DOS with Windows was the only OS that was easier, and it wasn't much easier. Also DOS with Windows wasn't free. Timing is everything.

It was almost as easy to setup as the best paid product at the time. One it was working, you could easily download and use many productivity tools. Bash was familiar to Unix people, and anyone who had done any programming. X was pretty easy to get running, even it if was really hard to get running at the full resolution/colour depth of your video card.

It hit at the right time, was easy to setup, easy to install more software, and free.

Now it is easier to initially install than Windows. Where I find it lacking is that tweaking of the setup after installation that has lagged behind. Windows has the control panel. Each X windows manager has its own control panel which all seem to miss this or that feature. I'll admit, it has been a few years, so this may have improved, but Linux on the desktop just needs easy, graphical configuration tools for everything and it will be ready for everyone to use. Microsoft has given everyone else a window of opportunity with the debacle of where is this setting in Windows 8.x.

Comment: Re:My 2c (Score 1) 35

by HannethCom (#49573849) Attached to: RealTek SDK Introduces Vulnerability In Some Routers
Shaw Cable in Canada allows you direct access to the configuration of the modem/router/wifi box. Unfortunately, if you turn off the wifi, it doesn't completely turn off the wifi. You have to call Shaw and get them to disable wifi on their side as turning if off in the software doesn't actually shut off the wifi, it just disables people seeing and connecting to it. The modem/router/wifi sometimes cuts out the cable modem part for a couple of minutes a few times a day if the wifi is enabled at all.

Comment: Star Trek Hating Women in Command Roles (Score 2) 143

by HannethCom (#49514123) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space
Unfortunately Janeway was one of the examples of this. There is no way she would have been a captain of a ship. Every time I saw any part of Voyager it was Janeway making an extremely stupid command decision. I had no problem with them having a female captain, I had a problem with her character being so incredibly stupid and annoying. Though Kirk was pretty good at doing bone headed things as well.

Comment: Over 381 TSA Officers Fired for Theft (Score 1) 294

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/top-20-airports-tsa-theft/story?id=17537887
October, 2012

1. Miami International Airport (29)
2. JFK International Airport (27)
3. Los Angeles International Airport (24)
4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (17)
5. Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (15)
6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York-Laguardia Airport (14 each)
8. Newark Liberty, Philadelphia International, and Seattle-Tacoma International airports (12 each)
11. Orlando International Airport (11)
12. Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport (10 each)
14. Washington Dulles International Airport (9)
15. Detroit Metro Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (7)
17. Boston-Logan International, Denver International and San Diego International airports (6)
20. Chicago O'Hare International Airport (5)

Comment: 2GB More Than Enough With Windows 8.1 (Score 3, Interesting) 128

by HannethCom (#49382159) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet
As much as I hate Windows 8.1, one thing they have done right is greatly reduced the memory load.
Windows Vista 64-bit took about 2GB RAM, you basically had to have 3GB+ to run anything.
Windows 7 64-bit took about 1GB RAM, or practical tests 0.8GB, you basically had to have 2GB+ to run anything.
Windows 8/8.1 takes a whole 0.28GB RAM, you basically need 1GB+ to run anything.
The Surface 3 is made for word processing, browsing the web, watching video, taking notes, or simpler tasks like that. 2GB will work well for this role.
Will it work well for you? Maybe not, this is why there is the full line-up of the Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro models.
Unlike the ARM based Surface models, these will run any X86 program, this opens up all sorts of possibilities. Portable sound studio? Why not, the voice of Honest Trailers uses Audacity and since the Surface 3 has a standard USB 3 Port, you just need a good USB Microphone, or a good converter.

Comment: Humans Constantly Screw Up at Mundane (Score 1) 451

by HannethCom (#49293459) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
95% of driving might be mundane, but an alarming number of people where I live seem incapable of doing that 95%. The number of times I've seen someone on the side of the road that have run into a telephone pole. Daily I see at least 1 car that can't stay in a lane. Definitely multiple times a day that people just doesn't use their turn signals at all, and I know some of them. People driving through stop signs and red lights.

According to local statistics most accidents are caused by drugs and failures to follow traffic rules. Our police keep on going on about how speed kills and there are articles in the paper quite frequently about how these people were racing, or just driving really fast. The thing I find funny about these articles is that usually they will have the smallest line about them being way over on their blood alcohol level, high on heroin, or stoned on marijana, but they really try to downplay these parts.

Right now self driving cars would stop the majority of accidents.

How about that 5%? Well as more self driving cars would get on the road, that 5% would probably shrink to less than 1%, depending on the area. Plus there are already real time algorithms for detecting moving objects, coupled with multiple cameras the car can see things like deer and children much sooner than humans and react to them.

The main problems will be in the transition where there are still human drivers doing really stupid things and the self driving cars. We humans are affected by lack of sleep, by drugs, but not getting enough vitamins, distractions, tunnel vision, bad driving habits, missing signage, having two eyes facing one direction at a time, and sometimes just pure stupidity.

Comment: IE Slowness of Development and Why People Hate It (Score 1) 317

by HannethCom (#49279871) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand
Some problems in IE were from implementing things before the standard was complete. Other browsers did this as well, but the other browsers would usually change their browser to match the standard when it was complete. Microsoft would not change to the standard to keep backwards compatibility with pages made specifically for their non-standard implementation.

Now I can't blame them for trying to get ahead of the curve, but not fixing things I do blame them for. The really annoying part was Microsoft purposely implemented some parts of the standard incorrectly, so that things wouldn't render correctly in other browsers. The guy who implemented the original IE box model admitted that they purposely did not follow the other browser implementations to break compatibility, but they could claim ignorance since the standard wasn't 100% specific on how it should be done. They also implemented some standards in a non-standard way as they did not agree with how it was standardized. These were kept in place for a long time for backwards compatibility as well.

As for the slow pace of development of IE, they won the browser wars with IE6, so they disbanded the IE team for 4 years. IE7 came out 5 years after IE6, which means that they only spent 1 year working on IE7. Well, kind of. Most of the team ended up working on WPF for Windows Vista and the Trident Engine really became part of the OS. Yes, the Trident Engine was a core component included with Windows before that and integrated in the Explorer, but Windows Vista it became truly part of the graphics subsystem. Thus why IE7 on Windows Vista and Windows XP don't render exactly the same, IE7 on Vista and later have some improvements that Windows XP didn't get because they were part of the graphics subsystem redesign.

Comment: One Problem With Music Games is External Companies (Score 1) 163

by HannethCom (#49151249) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?
1. I agree.
Rock Band 2 improved on Rock Band in many ways. Rock Band 3 it was nice that people could join at any time, but it felt like in many ways it was not as good as the first 2 to me. Then came the point were new DLC songs would not work in RB2 because of the format change.

3. To be fair Harmonix tried hard to use standard USB. At least on the PS2 and PS3. Certain other console companies did not want this. Activision was the one that didn't want to be compatible and did everything they legally could to stop compatibility. They blocked Harmonix from publishing a patch to make Rock Band compatible with the Guitar Hero 3 controller. In 2010 Bobby Kotick of Activision said that it was a mistake that they didn't talk to Harmonix after acquiring the Guitar Hero brand.

4. The joys of licensing. That being said, I thought I read about them making sure they were licensing all the tracks in RB2 so they would be exportable to newer versions of Rock Band. Obviously something went wrong. One of the things I liked about RB was that you could export most of the songs, unlike Guitar Hero.

5. I think the songs available had a lot to do with licensing again. You want a big name band's less known song, $0.99 a song. You want one of their top songs, $2.99 a song. They had to balance number of songs, with licensing costs and the selling price of the game. This was true of DLC as well. Even the devil (Apple) has to deal with this, and they have a much stronger bargaining position.

Comment: Video Editor and PCs Not Fixed Specs (Score 1) 146

I'm not sure how many people are going to care that there is a built in video editor, and not sure why they couldn't have released the port then added it later, but it was a decision they made.

The fact is that console platforms are fixed specs, the myriad of different hardware PCs can have makes it hard to get decent performance and look good on the widest range of hardware. Some people want to play on Intel graphics. Maybe you have 2 cores, or 6 cores on your processor. The game engine needs to take these things into account and adapt to the different configurations.

While some people think that nVidia's drivers and hardware are the best, the truth is that many developers write the game engine to work on DirectX, then spend extra time on working around image quality and speed issues related to major hardware bugs, or driver bugs that only exist on nVidia. I'm not claiming that AMD, or Intel are perfect, but generally if you use standard DirectX constructs, your game will work and perform decently, that is not generally the case on nVidia.

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