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Comment: Re:First... (Score 1) 357

by Paladin128 (#30150198) Attached to: Total number of conventional, paid positions I've held:

Most companies are cool with this. A lot of them like to hire right out of college so they get cheap labor for 2-3 years until the junior employees realize that they've gained enough skill to get paid more elsewhere. In some cases, this is short-sighted on the part of the employer. In others, it can make sound financial sense.

I've become more valuable exactly because I've hopped around a bit, myself. The company I work for now hired me years ago as entry level, never gave me a raise, so I left. I learned a bunch of new skills, and they sought me out and hired me back at a much higher salary. I'm much, much more valuable to them now than I was then, precisely because I went to work for other companies and gained a different skillset.

Comment: Re:Press Release (Score 4, Informative) 176

by Paladin128 (#29863535) Attached to: ARM Launches Cortex-A5 Processor, To Take On Atom

And it's full of misinformation:

1) The A5 is not meant to take on Atom. The A9 is.
2) The A5 is not architecturally identical to the A9. The A9 is an in-order, multi-issue core. The A5 is an out-of-order, single-issue core. The only thing similar is it has the Cortex A-series ISA.

What the A5 is is a CPU that completely obliterates the ARM11-derived cores, used in everything from NVIDIA Tegra to the Nintendo DS. It's an update of the ISA, and a more capable core, with better thermals. That's it. Whereas every low-end smartphone now has the same damn QualComm ARM11-based core, in a year, they'll all have the A5.

Comment: Re:About Linux... (Score 1) 368

by Rakarra (#29192555) Attached to: Blizzard Answers Your Questions and More

I then interpret this as if people playing with wine would switch to Linux, we would have only the expense to realize a new version of WoW, *next game*.

Unfortunately there are ongoing costs associated with developing a game client; it's not a one-time expense. I've talked with Linux advocates who think that it would be rather cheap to create and maintain a native Linux client, but I don't really buy that..

So is he paradoxically suggesting that to show how many people play with wine, and to ask Blizzard to create a Linux version, all those people should leave WoW until a Linux native client is released?

I think he's asking "would the people using the linux client be totally new subscribers or would they be people who used wine to play before?" Basically, reading between the lines, he's wondering if they can get away with having Linux users use wine, and at the moment, that seems to be the case.

Back when Blizzard's Warden program misidentified a bunch of cedega users as hackers, there was a fair amount of frank talk from cedega maintainers and blue posters (reps from Blizzard who post on the official forums) about cedega/wine and wow. Blizzard posters mentioned they would be tracking the use of wine/cedega (since it's possible to do so, though some douchbaggery from Microsoft made the wine maintainers put in some features that make it harder for programs to detect if they're running in wine). Also, cedega devs mentioned that they are in contact with Blizzard developers to ensure that cedega will run wow. Unfortunately, cedega has fallen by the wayside as their codebase atrophied, customer support became inadequate, and wine overtook it in compatibility and bugfixes, so I'm not sure what the status of all that is now.

Couldn't Blizzard realise a poll on their website/whatever, only for subscribed, asking if they would play on Linux if a native client was there?

They've done that before -- I remember filling out such a poll a few years ago. I don't really remember if it was for World of Warcraft, but it was a Blizzard game, at least.

I think they fear 5~10% of players would answer yes, thus forcing them to release a Linux client.

I don't think they would. At least, I have no plans to stop playing.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 386

by Devout_IPUite (#29191615) Attached to: Habitual Multitaskers Do It Badly

My biggest flaw with the test was that they were testing multi-taskers ability to single task... Not their ability to multi-task. A good test for mutlitasking would be to press a button when a new odd number came up and say the vowel when a new vowel came up. Test self-reported multi-taskers and self-reported single taskers at multi-taskings... Maybe?

Comment: Re:Unemployed? (Score 1) 586

by Paladin128 (#27576355) Attached to: What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?

Seriously... I'm known in my company for being an HTML/CSS wizard, but I'm also a full fledged software engineer who can and does work on all the tiers. At least learn some of the services and Javascript/AJAX stuff -- without that, you can't do any real work. Heck, at least learn some common frameworks so you can apply your HTML into a JSP decorator or CodeIgniter template or something...

Unless all you want to do for a living is get paid $20/hour slicing up someone's PSD's. My company does use services like that. They're cheap. Particularly the ones who don't do any DHTML/JS.

Comment: Re:neodarwinism (Score 2, Insightful) 951

by Paladin128 (#26796065) Attached to: Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

I think it depends on where you were taught and who you were teaching. I've known both sane biology professors, and some who practically canonized Darwin as their patron saint. I agree with the Author's premise; there is too much religious zeal among many biologists. Religion is not science, and confusing the two is detrimental to both.

I say this as a deeply religious man, and a scientist.

Comment: Re:Short and long answers? (Score 1) 503

by Paladin128 (#26538683) Attached to: Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To OpenOffice.org v3?

The problem is, mot employees seem to cringe at the thought of any progress being made with technology.

Yes, it is a problem. It may be a problem born of closed-mindedness, but the problem is real nonetheless. That's why we're doing phased deployments. We're doing the technical people first, so the technical people can answer any questions people have. Then production, then copy and editorial, then marketing, then sales, and finally management. We've only got ~65 employees, and we don't have budget for a helpdesk.

I frankly prefer OOo Writer to MS Word, particularly 2007. It is, however, different.

Comment: Re:Short and long answers? (Score 4, Insightful) 503

by Paladin128 (#26535181) Attached to: Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To OpenOffice.org v3?

You're absolutely wrong. This isn't "just a little bit of re-training". This is a big deal. The thing is, everyone uses MS Office. If someone can't do some little task, chances are they can ask one of their co-workers. You can't ever really under-estimate this kind of knowledge, and what it's worth. The cost of an entire corporation which is switching over all at once to a new piece of productivity software is quite high, in terms of productivity.

I say this as a low-level project manager who successfully convinced my company to move to OpenOffice 3. We're doing phased deployments, one team at a time, over the course of the next year, that way the whole thing doesn't grind us to a halt. We're sticking with Outlook, at least for now, but the rest of MS Office is going away, starting with Word. Why are we doing this?

1) cost
2) extensibility (plugin development)
3) stability of the ODF format

We've built some automation tools that leverage ODF to save us hundreds of man-hours per year. ODF is more elegant and stable than any of Microsoft's solutions, and so we built a whole stack of XSLT's and tools around it. We support MS Word formats, but only by running them through OO.o's conversion filters to ODF first.

If we didn't build this, the cost of switching to OO.o would far outweigh the licensing costs.

Programming

+ - Building Linux applications with JavaScript-> 1

Submitted by crankymonkey
crankymonkey (666) writes "The GNOME desktop environment could soon gain support for building and extending applications with JavaScript thanks to an experimental new project called Seed. Ars Technica has written a detailed tutorial about Seed with several code examples. The article demonstrates how to make a GTK+ application for Linux with JavaScript and explains how Seed could influence the future of GNOME development. In some ways, it's an evolution of the strategy that was pioneered long ago by GNU with embedded Scheme. Ars Technica concludes: "The availability of a desktop-wide embeddable scripting language for application extension and plugin writing will enable users to add lots of rich new functionality to the environment. As this technology matures and it becomes more tightly integrated with other language frameworks such as Vala, it could change the way that GNOME programmers approach application development. JavaScript could be used as high-level glue for user interface manipulation and rapid prototyping while Vala or C are used for performance-sensitive tasks.""
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GNOME

+ - Ubuntu Mobile looks at Qt as GNOME alternative

Submitted by Derwent
Derwent (666) writes "The Ubuntu Mobile operating system is undergoing its most radical change with a port to the ARM processor for Internet devices and netbooks, and may use Nokia's LGPL Qt development environment as an alternative to GNOME. During a presentation at this year's linux.conf.au conference in Hobart, Canonical's David Mandala said Ubuntu Mobile has changed a lot over the past year in that it now includes netbook devices in addition to MIDs and the ARM port. "I worked on ARM devices for many years so a full Linux distribution on ARM is exciting," Mandala said, adding one of the biggest challenges is reminding developers to write applications for 800 by 600 screen resolutions found in smaller devices. "The standard [resolution] for GNOME [apps] is 800 by 600, but not all apps are. For this reason Ubuntu Mobile uses the GNOME Mobile (Hildon framework) instead of a full GNOME desktop, but since Nokia open sourced Qt under the LGPL it may consider this as an alternative.""
Communications

+ - Belkin's President Apologizes for Faked Reviews 1

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remove office writes "After I wrote about how Belkin's Amazon.com sales rep Mike Bayard had been paying for fake reviews of his company's products using Mechanical Turk (Slashdot story here), hundreds of readers across the web expressed their umbrage. As a result of the online outcry, Belkin's president Mark Reynoso has issued a statement apologizing and saying that "this is an isolated incident" and that "Belkin does not participate in, nor does it endorse, unethical practices like this." Amazon moved swiftly to remove several reviews on Belkin products it believed were fraudulent, although now fresh evidence of astroturfing has surfaced. Now I'm curious: what steps do Slashdotters think that online retailers can do to protect themselves and their customers from fake reviews?"

Comment: Re:With Circuit City and CompUSA all but gone... (Score 3, Insightful) 587

by Paladin128 (#26489059) Attached to: Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

My guess is that as the economy manages to sort itself out over the next year or so you'll see a comeback in smaller individual stores, local/regional chains, etc. that provide MUCH better service. I think consumers are becoming more and more savvy when it comes to realizing that they need to think about things like after-sale service & support, and the big box stores simply don't provide that with any sense of reliability or consistency.

I wish you were right, but I think the opposite is true. I love local electronics/hi-fi stores. The masses won't go to them, however, because they typically don't stock the low-end, low-priced products, and can't beat Walmart on the prices. In a recession, people won't go for premium.

Comment: Re:Lack of imagination? (Score 1) 1475

by Paladin128 (#26488185) Attached to: Google Challenging Proposition 8

I'm a conservative Roman Catholic, who views homosexual activity as mortally sinful, and would prefer to live in a traditional Catholic monarchy where the monarch is answerable only to God and the Pope. I don't expect anyone on Slashdot to see eye-to-eye with me here, and this is not the point that I wish to debate.

I realize, however, I live in a modern, liberal, pluralistic republic, and will likely never get to live in a society that I want, therefore I am more than willing to compromise to be at peace with the rest of society. I feel in a secular republic, such as the US, the best solution is for the government to stay out of it -- best would be no legal recognition of marriage at all. Nor should it recognize anything resembling a civil union. Marriage, from a legal standpoint, should be built out of pre-existing contract law. Simple and elegant -- Catholics could have a standard marriage contract drawn up that would fit their framework, Jews could do the same, as could atheists, Freemasons, Jedi, etc. Employers would be free to do what they wish in terms of insurance -- if you don't like it, work somewhere else.

Unfortunately, this would require serious amount of changes at the federal, state, and municpal laws, including modifications to the US constitution. I would certainly support this sort of effort, though it is unlikely to ever happen.

Handhelds

Here Comes iPhone Nano, But Not In the US 177

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the rampant-speculation dept.
jehovajerieh writes to us in the time-honored tradition of rampant Apple speculation, pointing to an article over on IBTimes suggesting that while the iPhone Nano may be on the way, the US might not be the first to experience this gadget bliss. "Despite limited information in the supplier channels and typical secrecy with new Apple products, insiders have confirmed that the iPhone nano is not yet in the testing labs at AT&T, Marshal says, leading him to believe that the launch will most likely be with a non-US carrier. 'Obviously, the best-case scenario here would be a China launch (~600mil+ wireless subscribers total in the country), but we have no definitive knowledge of this and are working on identifying the [locale] of launch and other pertinent details,' he said."

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.

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