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Comment: MS would like to become a service company. (Score 1) 191

by Qbertino (#48621711) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

MS is transitioning, ... trying to transition to a service company. Which they should've done 10 years ago, imho. Couldn't tell if they're to late. Even FOSSing .Net came to late, imho. If they succeed, they'll become something like another IBM and Oracle.

However, I expect them to feel even more pressure in the next few years. At least in the consumer and services market MS looks like a toddler joining an NBA Final between Apple and Google. And in the new-gen consoles department they're currently getting their ass kicked by Sony. Doesn't look to good, if you ask me. They've got nothing for the consumer they can offer, that any of the above mentioned can offer better and/or cheaper with less tie-ins. The latest Surface devices appear to be at least somewhat pleasing to the consumer crowd, but I couldn't say it's enough to gain critical mass in that market. Apple has to much mindshare and their margins are *huge*. For anybody for whom Apple is to expensive, there's the devices with Google's Android and Chrome OS. With things and computer time spent moving further and further into the web, it's not looking good for MS.

My 2 cents.

Comment: Jumping to conclusions, are we? (Score -1, Offtopic) 183

by Qbertino (#48607693) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Of course, for men who are circumcised and so who already lost most of their ability to feel what sex is...

Sorry, pal, but I think you're on the wrong foot here. I happen to be circumcised - my dad was a Baptist and considered it standard procedure - and while I do find the idea of the ritual and especially its religious reasons to be beyond bizar, I personally, gladly, am fine with being circumcised. I've heard there may be medical arguments that are pro-circumsision - couldn't say for sure though and don't really care. It was done when I was freshly born, by a doctor and with anesthesia - which is the *only* acceptable way to to it, btw.! . As a kid I thought of it as a simple anatomic variation, such as color of hair. Now I know better of course.

I could imagine that from constant exposure the tip of the penis of somebody who is circumcised perhaps gets less sensitive over time, not sure about that though. Could also be the regular manual work I do and access to infinite pr0n I have - just like the rest of us. (BTW, fellas, check out the Nobnom challenge).

As for the sex, I can assure you, I *do* know what sex is (gladly) and I've had my fair share of female intimate partners, most of which, thankfully, were awesome up to flat-out stellar, p*rnstyle playmates. And I can also assure you, do hookiepookie in the right mood with the right partner and the right amount of moisture in her vulva and Ooomph in your member way more than anything else determines wether you feel what sex is or not. Likewise, play Closet-Polo with someone who is a turnoff and can't keep the mood for 5 seconds, and you'll never know what sex is, no matter how intact and sophisticated your foreskin may be.

Keep that in mind before you go about telling everybody that circumcised men don't know what sex is - some might take offense in that, as you can see here in this thread already.

My 2 cents.

Comment: Wow, the language! (Score 1) 183

by Qbertino (#48607617) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Only faggots such as yourself are obsessed with whether or not a penis is circumcised and adopt such an elitist stance that circumcised men don't know what sex feels like.

Wow, what's with all the hatred? I don't see anything offensive in the above, just an incomplete perception. Maybe simply explaining the matter would've been enough.

Comment: This just shows the truth: Grading is mostly bogus (Score 1) 304

Grading is mostly bogus. You have a maximum of 30 numbers on a sheet of paper at the age of 19 that's supposed to determine wether you are suitable for this or that specialist job. Utter bullshit in specialist cases such as CS.

Think of specialist cases as the same with musicians. If you haven't plaved the piano since the age of 12 at least - good luck finding a conservatory that will take you. Same with ballett: You have to be good and dancing and have the right body measures and start in your single digit ages. Grades be damned, if you don't have that, you won't become a professional ballett dancer.

To go into CS simply based on a grade average, with no affinity to abstract thinking, a solid math foundation and solid teenage experience with computers and some fundamental programming skills is like joining a dance-company at the age of 19, overweight and never having moved your body around other than to get from a to b the easiest way possible, with no sports or anything similar. Silly, wouldn't that be? Excactly.

Same should apply for CS. People who have bad grades but are genius programmers - I'd bet there are quite a few of those - should have mentors asking them to join college, no matter what their report card says. Likewise, people who just won't cut it and bog the industry down with crappy experience should be asked to leave.

Here in Germany CS has no NC, because it's so hard. Which means whenever I join a CS track I have to waste 3 semesters of the college filtering out the idiots in mandatory "Programming for idiots who took CS because they like playing Wow all day 101" courses. It's a huge PITA and is the largest downside I see in taking a path to an academic degreee. I so whish I could take Math and leave programing for n00bs out and skip a semester or two.

Comment: Beer - you're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 130

by Qbertino (#48592981) Attached to: No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Beer is supposed to have foam! Of course, the donkey pee-pee you guys and the dutch call beer doesn't have any foam, but in Germany a Beer is only well-tapped if it's "Foamcrown" (that's what it's called) can carry a 2-Euro coin.

Ok, so much for the education. Here comes a beer-joke, somewhat on the subject:
A guy from Collogne, a guy from Duesseldorf and a guy from Muenster walk into a bar. Mr. Collogne order a "Koelsch", Mr. Duesseldorf an "Alt" and the guy from Muenster a Coke. Both Mr. Collogne and Mr. Duesseldorf turn to him and ask: "Why do you order a coke?" - "Well, if you guys don't drink any beer, I won't either."

Comment: Open Source matters for sensitive *anything* (Score 1) 73

by Qbertino (#48571513) Attached to: Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

Captain Obvious submitted again.

Open Source matters for sensitive anything. In fact, I, and any professional I've talked to, would say if it's not FOSS or at least using a free open standard in data format, it's of no use for anything sensitive or mission critical. We've arrived at the point where critical systems that are not FOSS aren't even considered to be enterprise ready by a large portion if not even the majority of IT experts. Which is a good thing, IMHO.

For instance, anybody nowadays talking Unix and not thinking of a FOSS *nix but suggesting something other (exotic I guess you'd call it today) would be laughed out of the room. One of the reasons I find RMSes insistence on the GNU/Linux term a tad backwards - although he is right about most of the important things.

Comment: Neat. Good. Like it. It's FOSS. Let's adopt it. (Score 0) 377

by Qbertino (#48571481) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

Looks good. Better compression and better looks.
How performance intensive is the decompression/decoding? If that's in the green area, I see no reason not to adopt it.
Let's adopt it. ...
Would need some marketing though. Flashy logo and a pronounceable name. How about "Bepog"?

Comment: I use Unity. It's OK. (Score 4, Insightful) 125

by Qbertino (#48556357) Attached to: Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

I use Unity. There, I said it. Said it before, in fact.

Unity is buggy. Quite buggy, to be honest. Compiz sucks - it has since the beginning - and Keyboard behavior is sometimes erratic right up to unusable.

However, I get the overall concept of unity and I think it's a good one. My Mom can use it, which is a good sighn. And it's not nearly as intimidating as the crap we see on other desktops.

This summer I've gotten myself a 15" ThinkPad, installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it and bought a Logitech Performance MX mouse to operate all the extra expose functions and stuff as I'm used to on my Mac at work. It's cool. For a FOSS based OS it is really neat - can't complain about that.

That said, it's far from primetime, especially since the hardware integration is no where near the experience you get with the fruit company.

I do hope to see a full-blown convergence device based on linux one day - if it's unity based and they've fixed the glaring bugs until then, I'd have no problem with that either.

My 2 cents.

Comment: Certs are topping. (Score 1) 317

by Qbertino (#48554623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Cert, diplomas and degrees are topping.

If you can't - with a straight face - say: "Gigs were low at the time, I thought I might aswell take a cert, to see if I could make it." then certs won't add anything. If, however, you want to raise your marketability as a freelance or in a setting where politics count for a lot, a certification can be the little extra that gives you the edge. Just don't rest on them or boast to much about them, then you're fine.

Perhaps a certification trail on a certain topic - SAP or Oracle - might even be a prerequisite. But then it's the equivalent of a college degree anyway. And the same rules apply for those, if perhaps on a larger scale.

Comment: Movement in space creates time. (Score 1) 107

by Qbertino (#48554341) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

I always thought this to be quite obvious once I though about it for a little while.
You need space, matter and movement.
Those together create what we call time, when we observe it.
All four of those are interdependent. ... I came up with this at about the age of 9. Since then I've been doing fine with that answer. Couldn't say if science found anything new, but I really don't care. That philosophical answer (I suppose it is one) is sufficient enough for me. :-)

Comment: I think of it all as the "C" family of languages. (Score 1) 640

by Qbertino (#48554301) Attached to: How Relevant is C in 2014?

We know that problem in and out: People mixing up C, C++ and Objective-C. Especially non-experts. That's no surprise. Then saying, despite requireing "C/C++" in the confidential: "Oh, you only have 20 years of C - I thought you knew at least a little C++ - OK then, sorry, you're the wrong guy."
Me: *pictures Vincent and Jules pulling out their 9mm parabellums and pumping the HR guy full of bullets" ...

Non-trivial JavaScript only caught on on a large scale when the term Ajax was coined and with it we finally had a better word for JavaScript - until then most decision makers would mix up Java and JavaScript. Sometimes without anybody noticing that. ... In hindsight, I really can't blame them all that much.

I think of all the C stuff as the "C" family of languages.
As far as I can tell, coaxing C into some OOP thing is a little tricky, but doable. C++ is different, yea, but if you turn on your brain and are willing to ditch the habit of writing your own stacks, any C dev worth his money should be up to pro-level C++ development in a few weeks. Same for Objective-C. It's not that C people write everything from scratch these days. Where to you think those bazillion libs in Linux come from?

As for the C-Family of languages: Of course there still relevant. What kind of stupid question is that? What's Linux built with? C. What's Windows built with? C++. What's Mac OS X built with? Objective-C. What is any non-trivial system critical component built with? C, C++ or Objective-C (in the case of OS X / iOS).

And that's not changing any time soon, trust me on that one.

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