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Comment: Re:Hakija (Score 1) 264

by ILongForDarkness (#48808201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

Mah IMO git is still pretty broke in 2013, hopefully they fix it for 2015. Lots of common features weren't there: cherry pick, rebase, gated checkins etc. You essentially could use the features you learn with git on day one but you have to throw away your continuous integration system to do it. We use git at my work but we use Jira/Stash for bug tracking/source control, and Jenkins for CI because we found TFS too broke under git and common things (admittedly not necessarily the best git work flow) like cherry picking from a release branch into the current dev branch required jumping over to git extensions/command line anyways.

If they fix Git support, or you can live with the legacy workflow TFS is again probably best in breed: nothing else integrates bug tracking, CI, and reporting so well. Web based solutions like Atlassian supplies just end up being a sea of links to other services you are paying for and you quickly run out of room for new tabs in your browser, FOSS tools I've dealt with each seem to fit a piece of the puzzle but need hours of massaging to get them to talk to each other. TFS: next, next, install, wait 10 minutes and you are 90% there and you get it with MSDN anyways so you might as well try it if you are a MS shop.

Comment: Re:Hakija (Score 1) 264

by ILongForDarkness (#48808169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

I totally agree. Linux devs live on the command line so much that they think if you have syntax highlighting you have an IDE. How about remote debugging? How about well designed UI designers that also have an XML/HTML like codeable component (Java comes close here I suppose), multiple languages sharing the same intermediate language, etc. Then there is the tooling, fairly well supported ORMs, plugin ecosystem, integration with THE major OS, THE major office suite, one of the major DBMSs, one of 2 mainstream cloud providers etc.

If you are coding for Linux that is one thing. But if you are coding business productivity software you usually have a reason to make things work well with MS products. VS just works out of the box for 99% of those scenarios versus lots of late nights figuring out how to do office interop via COM from Ruby using Emacs or whatever. Given that my time in a couple weeks is easily worth the cost of an MSDN license (let alone all the free stuff coming out now) I know what IDE I'm using. Now if I was working for someone making the hardware to run the POS systems on in the first place yeah I might go for a FOSS solution and get the specs of the device as far down as I can but given I'm making business software to either customers already running windows or customers with such high margins that my time is worth more than the cost of spinning up a couple more instances of windows VMs: I'll use whatever is easiest for me.

Comment: Re:Not a joke, Microsoft is open sourcing good bit (Score 1) 264

by ILongForDarkness (#48808069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

Just like they released iOS and Android versions of office before Windows? They are releasing things ad hoc now not always for their own platform first. Might buy them some cool factor I suppose but I'm worried they are going the way of Sun: "Everything is free and runs on commodity hardware, wait, what is it people are going to pay us for? I forget."

Comment: companies don't care (Score 1) 73

In my experience US companies don't bother to determine who they are sending notices too. I worked in Germany and we got DMCA notices etc (people in our network with personal laptops with torrents etc on them). They just say "according to such and such law you may be libel for up to X" yadda yadda even when you aren't living in the wonderland that is the US.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by ILongForDarkness (#48771715) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

I got the same impression from some "real" US universities. Example Berkley came around to my physics department recruiting for grad students. At least course material wise we all had as requirements for our undergrad what was required for their masters. Admittedly the school has some big names and resources for research and as a grad student that is probably more important then what classes you take. Still the fact that their recruiter was surprised we had 6-8 calculus courses (depending on how you count mathmatical physics which was effectively all Greens, complex analysis, fourier/Laplace transforms, ODEs etc), 4 quantum mechanics etc, leads me to believe some big name schools play off their reputation or trade a lot of expertise for "well rounded" (aka Theatre, "intro to psych" etc electives) students.

Comment: Re:Stranglehold (Score 1) 161

It isn't to me that I think everything should be free. It is a matter of balancing the creators rights to income versus society's rights to its cultural material. Patents are long term because you might very well need to build a factory, find a product that your little widget will help with etc before you get the big review stream. That isn't the case with a lot/majority of film, music etc after it is released. Also often patents are for things that the user doesn't know about where as media by definition is playing around in the cultural space and so more rightly belongs to society. Regardless, the intent of copyright is to allow for a reasonable reward for creating cultural material not to insure that those capable of creating great works never have to work again (and thus deprive society of any further benefit). It might take years before someone takes the script but once the movie is out there it very quickly switches from a review generating object to a part of the cultural background material. People without a large media budget shouldn't be locked out of cultural references.

Comment: Re:Stranglehold (Score 1) 161

I'd argue even 20 years is too much. 20 years was back in the days before big box stores, online retail etc. Now anything culturally relevant gets to market saturation in a year or two. Everything else is a trickle and you could probably still gobble up via the luddite/collector types being willing to actually pay for a box set of stuff. Say you missed a few episodes of Chuck. Not enough to justify purchasing a season on Bluray but enough that you are annoyed that you can't catch up. The show is doen and you have the general jist of how things work out so the value to you might be fairly low, lower than the studios are willing to part with their precious bits. At some point, and at a much earlier point than current copyright requires the customers value should be the approximate value charged for the content (ie near zero).

Comment: Re:Snowden found dead in Moscow loft (Score 1) 132

Yeah not necessarily relevant to the masses anymore but Blackberry and Win phone's piece of a very big market is still a nice profitable company. Last I saw Win Phone had something like 2.5% market share which would be the equivalent of Nissan or Hyundai in the car space: small companies but they don't just give up because there is still a lot of money to be made especially since Blackberry and Microsoft make the devices too so they make money on both ends.

Comment: Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (Score 1) 232

by ILongForDarkness (#48631139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

How much of this is reality now though? My understanding is you still need to get your device close to the readers now. I already have that with my transit pass and credit card. Moderately more convenient than waving my wallet at the device I suppose but couldn't we just add a band to our credit cards? I guess the combination of features makes it useful. Doing away with passwords would be huge assuming we have a secure way of transmitting the success/failure around the net. Would be great to not need dozens of passwords. My guess though at least for the next 10 years the market will be really fragmented and no one device will have their biometric credentials trusted everywhere. It'll be like walking around with an AmEx: accepted in a lot of places but not in enough places to make it a pain to use as your only cc.

Comment: Re:What can I do with a smart watch? (Score 1) 232

by ILongForDarkness (#48630285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Yeah I'm in the same boat. Apple's long hyped device comes out and, oh hum. It is the new 3D TV: a device looking for a purpose. Wow now I have a remote control for my phone when I take selfies. So as long as I have a really stable place to put my $600 phone on and don't mind taking a couple steps away from it (often in public places) I can use my $350 watch to click the snapshot button. Hey look my $400 smartwatch can ... look like a watch. Act as a pedometer (which is something that I literally got in boxes of cereal as the toy in the 80's, a heart rate monitor: again something that if I cared to I could have had 20-30 years ago. Yet we are supposed to be excited. IMO this is the tech industry trying to make up for the fact that people by a tablet and are for the most part happy with it and never bother upgrading it. They need a new product category so they hype it up and hope lots of people bit.

The OP: chances are if you are looking for a reason why you could use a new piece of tech you don't need it. You shouldn't start with a product and try to find a place for it in your life, you should start with a problem and if a tech solves it great. You hinted at one: needing to use a phone hands free from a clean room. So how about a bluetooth headset? Your employer doesn't mind you leaving your workspace to take calls all the time? If it is work related can't they supply you with some system to answer emails/phone calls etc in side of the clean room? (Generally I don't spend my own money to solve my employers problems). Lastly prefer Android but will consider Apple: I'd say don't even consider them: from all I saw the Apple watch is meant, and they'll probably fight like crazy to keep it, to only work with Apple phones. The thing is useless without a phone and your phone has to be an iPhone. Unless you have an iPhone but prefer Android for some reason (and if so why do you have the iPhone?) Apple Watch isn't even a possibility.

Comment: Re:Let them eat cake! (Score 0) 307

My point is more we shouldn't categorize people and then provide advantages or disadvantages based on that group. If people chose to group themselves and then go on a crusade to right a perceived wrong it is, quite literally, their problem. There are laws already to punish those that discriminate because of race, religion etc. Outside of that you're on your own. It shouldn't be government/corporations etc job to try to do the Goldie Locks "just right" amount of reverse discrimination to make things equal.

Comment: Re:Screw you white boys (Score 1) 307

Exactly. Kind of like they are saying "most people like you (whatever that means) are well off, so what the hell is your problem?". or "in the past other groups were excluded so it doesn't matter how qualified you might be because of who your ancestors were we want to treat you differently". Hmm where have we heard that thought process before. Treat everyone the same no worst no better. No incentives should your parents be part of a particular group whether is is Nation of Islam or a country club. Only allow scholarships based on merit and financial aid based on financial need.

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