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Comment Run docker in a virtual machine (Score 1) 319

I recommend git. It's fast, it's easy, it's decentralized so code cowboy can't burn your project. And there are gui's for it for windows as well: https://git-scm.com/download/g...

Since IT has set the policy to a Windows operating system only server, you've had your hands tied as to what technology you can use. Fortunately for you, you can run Docker on Windows: https://docs.docker.com/instal..., which means you'll have access to tens of thousands docker containers for various purposes such as gitlab: https://github.com/sameersbn/d...

For basic test on the code (Syntax errors, pytest/nose/or alike with coverage (of tests), check coding style) it sounds like what you're looking for might be jenkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... and you can create a docker container for running jenkins on your server: https://github.com/jenkinsci/d... or https://wiki.jenkins-ci.org/di...

Comment Forget teen spirit this smells like desparation! (Score 1) 240

I thought those numbers were bizarre since I recalled that IE usage dropped had below 50% years ago. Now I see what the issue is. This survey is geared towards desktop usage only, and since the majority of desktops run Windows, and Windows comes with IE, it's no mystery that IE comes out on top. What is surprising is that looking at only desktop usage, IE is only barely a majority and not a slam dunk. That tells you how bad IE must be that people are actively switching away from IE. Hell, Microsoft itself is ditching IE for a new browser codenamed "Spartan" to get away from IE. What does that tell you?

Meanwhile, here are some links to actual web traffic usage patterns seen on the internet here and here. They tell a different story.

Comment Re: Why (Score 3, Interesting) 192

google needs to be reigned in and bought to heel on issues where it's power is too complete

i'm glad someone is doing it. i don't really care if microsoft is along for the ride or not, and it doesn't really matter

Why? I'm being serious here. What's the justification for reigning in google? In Microsoft's case it's obvious how much karma is has burned through and why it needed to be reigned in . Here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C....

But what has Google done that was so bad it needs similar treatment? Has it forced anyone to use GoogleOS? Has it forced anyone to use only its browser? Has it forced anyone to use proprietary formats that are patent encumbered and cannot be fully implemented by anyone else? What has it done?

From where I sit all I see is a company that has provided me:

  1. An awesome search engine that doesn't mess with me with some lame "best viewed with our lame web browser" message.
  2. An awesome maps engine that makes navigation so much easier.
  3. A cloud print environment to make it way easy to print to any printer that's cloud print capable and that I have permission to use.
  4. A free e-mail service whose spam filter is so good, I have only received 1 spam message in the past 10 years.
  5. An easy way to share documents using a FOSS document format.
  6. A FOSS operating system for both tablets and phones that does what I need it to do.
  7. A FOSS browser whose javascript engine was so good, it spanked every other browser into getting their act together on javascript performance. No chrome, no awesome javascript performance.
  8. A Linux based laptop that's so easy to use to browse the internet and at the same I can run my Debian or Ubuntu on it using a chroot if I want. No funkytown licenses. No funkytown registrations. No obnoxious "protect your computer from boogie monster viruses, install/update/stick with our crapware!!!" pop up ads.

So I'm honestly asking again, what exactly has Google done that was so bad? Who has been hurt by its actions?

Comment Like Coca Cola, git is the real thing (Score 5, Interesting) 203

As a software developer who's been a git user for 7 years, I don't know how I could have written any serious code without git. Branching and merging is trivial. Cloning is trivial. The staging area makes choosing what to commit trivial. git rebase makes life much easier when it comes to reordering/editing/removing commits out of the history. git blame --- such a nice tool. Binary searching to find bugs is trivial. Every git tool is documented to within an inch of its life.

And the icing on the cake? Code cowboy hates git. Like sunlight or garlic to a vampire, Code cowboy abhors git. He can't hold the source code hostage to his every brain damaged whim. He can't hose anybody with a distributed version control system. It's no wonder why Code Cowboy is always yapping away at git -- he can't show off his genius if his code can be ignored.

Comment Maybe this will give some context. (Score 3, Informative) 142

I've seen a lot of pro and con posts about Microsoft's place in computer history. Maybe this post will help people see it more clearly.

  1. Microsoft didn't invent BASIC. BASIC was around since 1964. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B....
  2. Microsoft didn't invent DOS. They bought something called QDOS and rebranded it DOS. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8...
  3. Microsoft didn't invent ubiquitous computing. IBM created a personal computer based on the Intel 8086. But long before that there was the TRS 80, the Commodore Pet, Apple II, and for those people who preferred to roll their own hardware, there were Heathkit parts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathkit_H8, and http://oldcomputers.net/heathk...) to build one's own computers.
  4. Before there was DOS there was CP/M which could run on Intel 8080, Zilog Z80, Motorola 6502 (it was available as a card for Apple II's). There was even a version for 8086. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP/M)
  5. The PC industry began not with Microsoft, but with Compaq who made the first IBM PC clones. You may be too young to remember, but PCs used to be called IBM PCs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
  6. Others have already pointed out that GUIs began with Xerox PARC, and the mouse itself goes back to 1968 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos)

So what exactly did Microsoft invent? Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

  1. A method of ensuring an operating system monopoly by preventing other operating systems from being preinstalled on OEM equipment.
  2. A method of ensuring that OEMs cooperated by giving them a kickback if they cooperated with Microsoft's strategies.
  3. A EULA (End User Licensing Agreement) making it difficult, if not impossible, for an individual to decline the license, return the software, and receive a refund for the Microsoft software they didn't want to use.

I don't believe it's immoral or wrong for folks to make their livelihood using Microsoft products, but I do think it's unwise to do business with Microsoft while being ignorant of their long history. I also think it's dishonest not to admit that the Microsoft Corporation has a long history of doing shady things to software partners (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyglass,_Inc.#Browser_wars and http://www.justice.gov/atr/cas... for example) , OEM vendors, Standards Boards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standardization_of_Office_Open_XML) and lastly to customers (http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf)

Comment Sounds like horseshit to me. (Score 4, Insightful) 172

said Tom Persechino, executive director of marketing for the association. "When a person buys an American quarter horse, they want to know that my quarter horse has the blood of these horses running through it, not copies of it."

Does Mr. Persechino not understand what the word "copy" means? Perhaps he's never met twins?

It sounds a lot like the diamond industry where they finally perfected an industrial means of making diamonds at a much lower price than the ones that De Beers charge for their "precious" diamonds. So what does the "precious" diamond industry do? They claim that manufactured diamonds aren't as "precious" as the ones they dig out of the ground. No shit Sherlock! The price is set by the supply, but now the supply is not so small now is it? And as for the diamonds? I don't think they "care" whether they're made in some deep volcanic process or in an industrial plant. They're still... DIAMONDS!

Comment Re: The difference between this and Microsoft (Score 2) 149

As I understood it the difference is that Internet Explorer was a web browser that could not be uninstalled, and while individuals could and did install other web browsers, the Microsoft OS only used Internet Explorer to do its updates/upgrades via Internet Explorer.

While in this case, the issue is choice of search engine in the Android OS. And that can be (and is) changed by the individual. Unlike the Microsoft case, upgrades occur through the OS not the choice of search engine. There is no vendor lock in, only a default choice.

Comment Re: You should be aware that (Score 5, Insightful) 690

Europe is composed of socialist countries and has been for about 60 years or so for the ones that weren't communist and the rest became socialist when the communist regime fell. Germany? Socialist. France? Socialist. Sweden, the land of Ikea, Swedish meatballs, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Socialist. Britain, that bastion of capitalism? Socialist. That big ass VAT they pay in Britain? That's to support their socialist regime. Take a look at the health care and welfare systems provided by the European countries. They're socialist.

Taking into account things like technology available to the common people, things like internet access and mobile phone technology, I would have to say that things are a hell of lot better than in the U.S.

So how exactly have they failed?

Comment If you're looking for OCR software, try Debian (Score 1) 96

I just did a quick check for OCR software:

$ apt-cache search ocr | grep -v ^lib | grep -i ocr | grep -i -v language | grep -v motocross
fonts-ocr-a - ANSI font readable by the computers of the 1960s
fuzzyocr - spamassassin plugin to check image attachments
gimagereader - Graphical GTK+ front-end to tesseract-ocr
gocr - Command line OCR
gocr-tk - tcl/tk wrapper around gocr
python-gamera.toolkits.greekocr - toolkit for building OCR systems for polytonal Greek
hocr-gtk - GTK+ frontend for Hebrew OCR
python-gamera.toolkits.ocr - toolkit for building OCR systems
ocrad - optical character recognition program
ocrfeeder - Document layout analysis and optical character recognition system
ocrodjvu - tool to perform OCR on DjVu documents
r-cran-rocr - GNU R package to prepare and display ROC curves
tesseract-ocr - Command line OCR tool
tesseract-ocr-dev - transitional dummy package

Comment What's the point? (Score 1) 175

What niche need does this app fill? If you're using Gmail, don't you already have access to your e-mail, calendar, whatever from any Android device and/or desktop? I'm trying to understand what's the point of this app? I'm a Linux user for example. What does this product give me that I don't already have for free on any platform? I don't use Windows so why should I (or anyone else for that matter) care? What's the killer app here?

Comment Re:Why do Windows programs just run? (Score 2) 126

So would it be fair to say then that this a hardware vendor issue at least in the case of the Lenovo laptop, as it seems that the Microsoft solution is to let just the GPU driver deal with the issue? It seems kind of strange to me though why would the GPU driver have the capability of dealing with the keyboard backlighting feature? Why would the graphics subsystem care about the keyboard? That seems kind of bizarre to me.

Comment Re:Who cares? R is a lousy language, anyway (Score 4, Informative) 105

I think that's being too harsh. As the paper described in its conclusions of the 3 groups who make use of R, the largest and primary group is the users, people who don't do programming in R, but rather make use of it for generating and displaying statistics in an interactive environment. R is a much better language to work I think if one has to access to RStudio, the gui frontend to R.

Is R a good general purpose programming language in the sense of other programming languages such as C/C++, python, perl, shell scripting, etc.? No, I think it's clear it's not a good general purpose language, but for what it focuses on, namely make it easy to do statistical computations it's hard to beat the language.

For statistical analysis the only competitor I see for it is a mixture of ipython notebook + python statistical modules such as pandas, numpy, scipy, pymc, sklearn,statsmodel, pystan, etc.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.