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Comment: Communication skills (Score 1) 112

by Pascal Sartoretti (#46571793) Attached to: JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla
I once saw Brenda Eich at a conference in Amsterdam maybe 10 years ago, where he did the final keynote.

As usual for such conferences in Europe, 90% of the audience was not of English mother tongue, but spoke and understood it quite well (thanks, Slashdot). But Eich's keynote was barely understandable to many people : he managed to speak at the same time too fast and too low, with inside jokes that only a few Americans seemed to understand.

Most of us thought "What a jerk".

Comment: Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (Score 2) 257

by Pascal Sartoretti (#46298125) Attached to: WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

The funny thing is Facebook bought for billions a company which makes software running over XMPP.

Now that they have plenty of cash, what refrains the WhatsApp founders from starting over a concurrent application ? Especially if Facebook begins to do the evil things that WhatsApp didn't want to do (store messages, sell ads, etc...) ?

Comment: SimpleNote (Score 1) 133

by Pascal Sartoretti (#45831371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?
For the "note taking" aspect of your question, I use the SimpleNote service, which works with all my tools :

- Windows PC at work, using the Resoph Notes client
- iPhone in my pocket with the official SimpleNote app.

- Mac at home with the client

All these tools and the service are free for basic usage. nvAlt is open source; the other clients are probably not, but as long as my data is in a format which is not application-dependant, that's enough for me.

Comment: Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (Score 1) 333

by Pascal Sartoretti (#45765555) Attached to: Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

Every time I take a look at my boss's MacBook Pro I feel my eyes relax a bit compared to the jagged fonts on my Air.

It depends on your eyesight. Mine is not so good, I don't really see the difference between a Retina display and a regular one. And I am happy with the low price I paid for my MacBook Air :-)

Comment: Re:NEVER roll your own authentication. (Score 1) 251

by Pascal Sartoretti (#45377789) Attached to: Feedly Forces Its Users To Create Google+ Profiles

Software developer should NEVER try to roll their own authentication, just like they shouldn't try to roll their own encryption.

It depends on what you mean by "roll". For both authentication and encryption, I think that it is wise today to use solid tools developed by experts (ideally open source tools), but to deploy your own system in order to keep your data (keys, passwords, etc...) under your control.

Comment: Re:Over 40s (Score 1) 453

Here is my list of stuff that is rude that over 40s do that I wish would stop:

  • ...
  • Complain that "new" technologies like version control are too complicated and therfore not worth learning (I'm not kidding).

I am close to 50, and I experience just the opposite : younger developers who think that version control is an outdated stuff.

Concerning meetings : I have no problem with people texting during meetings, but answering calls is only for assholes

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