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Comment: I love my wife's brown eyes (Score 1) 2

by PenguinJeff (#49201389) Attached to: Make those Brown Eyes Blue
This is a one way procedure. You can not go back. This can really screw with ones psyche. Sure I bet some people would say I don't want brown eyes I want blue eyes. But years latter when they realize they gave up something that they can not go back it could eat at them like nothing else. I guess the same could go for a tattoo but I can just imagine looking at myself in the mirror and missing something that once was.

+ - Mozilla Follows In Sun's Faltering Footsteps

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "The trajectory of Mozilla, from the trail-blazing technologies to the travails of being left in the dust, may be seen as parallelling that of the now-defunct Unix systems giant. 'Mozilla has become the modern-day Sun Microsystems: While known for churning out showstopping innovation, its bread-and-butter technology now struggles.' The article goes on to mention Firefox's waning market share, questions over tooling for the platform, Firefox's absence on mobile devices, developers' lack of standard tools (e.g., 'Gecko-flavored JavaScript'), and relatively slow development of Firefox OS, in comparison with mobile incumbents."

+ - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Submitted by Forbo
Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

Comment: JQUERY is not that kind of HACK (Score 1) 573

by PenguinJeff (#46169879) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
The way they are using the word hack; JQUERY is not a hack. They are using the word hack as code that breaks or uses flaws in order to accomplish a task that could not be accomplished anyways. JQUERY is nothing more then a wrapper. None of what jquery does executes code outside the environment of javascript itself. All the browser specific code in JQUERY are well defined by the browser maufactures and are legal to do so by the lax javascript standard. (I'm ok with some of the lax standards as it allows future proofing code.) However when every browser manufacture decides to do there own thing for an unimplemented feature such as getting GPS coords. And if all browsers do it differently something like jquery to detect and use these all in one wrapped call is nessicary for codding sanity.

Comment: JQUERY is in no way a hack. (Score 1) 573

by PenguinJeff (#46169761) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
JQUERY is so common it should be built into all browsers and incorperated into the javascript standards and even replace the standards in some cases. JQUERY is nothing more than wrappers that make it so much easier to port between browsers and do things you would need to do outside of it. If anything the standard javascript that JQUERY wraps that does something different in all browsers to do what is called one thing under JQUERY is the browser hack and JQUERY covers it up nicely. To redo JQUERY by making your own wrapper functions is ludicrious and dumb. I would describe JQUERY as a javascript library that wraps up similar browser specific calls into a standard one call for all browsers. I feel so strongly on this I may need to contact the people that make the javascript standards and get them to update javascript standards. The lack of standards to do specific tasks and browser developers wanting to implement non existant standards is what prompted JQUERY in the first place.

Comment: My experiance with Oracle. (Score 1) 372

by PenguinJeff (#44267237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

Installing and testing.
I installed Oracle a few times and played with it. I didn't put a proper shutdown method in the shutdown scripts and there was also a mishap while testing the UPS. Both times I was unable to recover the Oracle database and had to reinstall. I had never had that much trouble with mysql. I installed it for someone else that had an Oracle expert and they where able to recover when we had a similar mishap there but all the googling in the world is nearly useless without a properly trained Oracle administrator. I'd suggest sticking with a database where the documentation is fully available and many many more people that can help you. There are easy free forums for mysql, maraiadb and postgresql.

Comment: This is extreamly unfair. (Score 1) 347

First off: Why does it need to? Its a desktop OS the buisness aspect is minimal as a domain. The amount they charge vs usefullness is a bit over bearing any sufficent admin should look into samba and make do. It is easyier dealing with users with a Microsoft Server but I don't see it as a necessity. The new versions are getting better with command line tools you can use in scripting. But they lack so much in making scripting easy that it is a pain to get things all the way you want. How hard it was getting printer settings via having to create registry entries for example is just a bit of crap. Even on the buisness side it really doesn't need to be. Secondly: There are millions more linux programs all greed(good greedy) in their own right of what they want in a kernel. Some benifit from others and even companies that have steake in it to make it better for all sorts of crazy reasons. Thirdly: What difference would it make for Windows? They aren't after that aspect of the market. With linux being capable of getting free and replicating at no extra cost for super computers. Trying to come in now and sell something just doesn't make sense.

Comment: China may just be a stepping stone for Hackers. (Score 2) 96

While watching ssh brute force on some of my systems I found myself blocking whole subnets based in China. I also discovered some in the US. Long before this one of my machines (old slax bootable CD) at home had been attacked itself and used as a stepping stone for hacker for the few hours it had gone unnoticed, a slow internet has the advantage of when I hacker was on it would get unbearably slow. I rebuilt that machine even looking for MBR trojans. However a sufficiently fast internet might not be bogged down enough for people to notice and hackers can use machines as stepping stones. Couldn't we give China the benefit of doubt and suspect they are hacked? Just a thought.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928

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