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Comment: It's called marketing. (Score 3, Informative) 149

by Qbertino (#48202297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Said this already a while back on a simular problem:
It's called marketing.

In short:
If your project is (re)presented properly, you'll have people falling over each other to claim gouvernance over it.
I'd put it into a foundation - after refurbishing it's outward representation!

Example: Typo3's architecture looks like it's designed by monkees on crack, it's config language TypoScript is so bizar - in concept and in implementaion - I can't even describe it and there are a countless other strange things about this software. Yet it has a professional website, ressonable documentation and a solid brand, brandbook included(!). I doubt the Typo3 Foundation has problems finding heralds for it's project. There even are Oreilly's on it.

Hope I could help. And good luck finding a heir for your project.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 764

by Qbertino (#48202113) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

The 15 Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men [forbes.com]

OMG! Female visagists earn 12 dollars more per month on average than their male counterparts!
608$ vs. 596$! Stop the presses! ...
I am over-fucking-welmed!

Seriously, I'd bet about hald of those links are smoke and mirrors or biased pointless BS
However I *do* believe part of the pay-equality discussion to be hysteria and good sources on that to be valuable.

Perhaps you should curate that list for quality a little - half of the links would be enough.
My 2 cents.

Comment: Re:1..2..3 before SJW (Score 1) 764

by Qbertino (#48202087) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

I find the idea that nerds would ever chase off women particularly amusing. Hell, most of us would KILL to have women around. If women are electing to not pursue the field, it's certainly not because they're unwelcome. On every team that I've ever been on with women, the guys went out of their way to be nice to them.

Anecdotal counter-'evidence':
I'm a programmer and IT expert. Regular 80ies computerkid (zx81, Sharp PC 1402, Basic, Peek & Poke, etc. growing up in parallel with microcomputers ... you know the drill). Computers and programming from there on out. I'm also quite good with women. A late bloomer. like most of us, I've gotten the hang of it in the last decade. I dance Tango and have had a measure of affairs since roughly the age of 35. And I enjoy the embrace of a cute women very much. It's also fun to learn how nerdy and insecure women themselves are! And sexually frustrated in just about the same amount as men! ... Only better at hiding it. :-) ... anyway:

I also run into female IT and Tech experts. Sadly not that often, for the known reasons, but occasionally I do. On at least two occasions I've caught myself being slightly disrespectful to women in tech, albeit with no bad intent. Once was explaing my tango partner - a women in her late 20ies on her way to a PHD in electronics - how I would use a dual-cinch-to-3,5mm jack audio adapter to hook a player to loudspeakers. Roughly 20 seconds in it dawned to me that, if anything, she would explain to me how to do it. I inmediately appologised and we resolved the awkward situation with some humor.
It was embarrasing none-the-less.

On another occasion I was basically explaining my smartphone in very simple terms to a female PHD in CS with expert Java knowledge - a team-lead. It was an Android phone. She'd actually just wanted to know which Android version it was running when she asked "What is that?". With a cliche computer guy or male web-hipster asking it, I might have caught the gist. The simple fact that she was quite young and good-looking had triggered male dominance behaviour in me and had me look like somewhat like a jerk. Again, I noticed it about 10 seconds in, but by then I'd already done it. She handled it very professionally, but I felt like a total douche. Still do actually, when thinking back.

Bottom line:
You may think you're treating women respectfully while you're actually appearing quite condescending. Observe yourself if you get the chance - I've alway thought the same as you did, but since discovered some fine-tuning requirements in my behaviour towards women in our profession. QED.

Comment: Just reading this gives me the creeps ... (Score -1, Offtopic) 284

by Qbertino (#48176805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Just reading this gives me the creeps and makes me sad.

Note: I've been a FOSS advocate since the 90ies and have used Linux since '99. It's my only OS of choice for Inet facing servers and just recently, after years of x86 Linux neglegt and OS X usage (typing this on my MB Air) have finally again bought a Linux-only computer - a refurbished Thinkpad W510, pimped out with 18GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. I expected it to be a tad of a step backwards.

It was.

What I saying is, that one of the very neat advantages of Apples products is the prime qualtiy integration of hard- and software. With installing Ubuntu I was back to fiddling around with NVidia drivers a la 2003, annoying non-memorised bluetooth settings, praying for my extra Logitech Mousebuttons to work (they do, thanks to manual X-configability) shoddy/broken compiz desktop acceleration and other fussing around. I'm an expert, so I very well know that I would have the same mess on a Windows system and much more so and no way to fix it. And I also do have very good reasons for moving away from Apple (walled garden, non-turing complete iOS computers/devices, etc.) but I also have to say that FOSS utility computing still being stuck with problems we had back in 2002 really depresses me at times.

Timothys post brings up all images that show what's wrong and anoying with FOSS.

I'd so whish for one vendor to say: OK, we're building expert, top-quality utility computing hardware and going fully FOSS with it - 100% HW/SW integration and all. Personally I'm whishing for a MB Air/Ultrabook like device with low-power CPU and 20+hrs of battery life, fully open-speced HW and some neat and bold features like custom non-tiling setups for the UI, special functions supported out of the box and stuff like that. ... But then again, it's 2014 with computers a dime a dozen and such a project just one successful kickstarter campaing away. Maybe I should get of my ass and start one ...?

Anyhow, I'm sick of fiddling with stuff that should be basic comodity in 2014 and having to deal with issues like the one timothy has. Just had to let that out.

My 2 cents.

Comment: Patents are assets. Put them into a company. (Score 1) 224

by Qbertino (#48158567) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Plain and simple: Patents are assets. Put them into a company. A company that you own 51% in at minimum of course.

Make it clear to any potential employer, that in terms of patents it's
a) ... out of your hands to give your prospective emloyer access to IP owned by [YOUR_PATENT_HOLDING_COMPANY]
and
b) ... whenever they're negotiating about your patents they're talking to you not as an employee but as CEO/Owner of [YOUR_PATENT_HOLDING_COMPANY]

This not just keeps the fronts clear but also opens you up to potentially lucrative deals with you and possible employers.
Hope I could help.

Comment: Proprietary Vendor Lock-In always sucks. Contract? (Score 2) 204

For VPN it's just the same. I've been dealing with Cisco AnyCrap VPN for the last 4 months and our problem - establishing a network-transparent VPN access to a remote share to deploy software without Cisco Malware (TM) hijacking our netconfig - still hasn't gone away. Naturally. The fuss is mostly politics (90%) with 3 parties and 15 individuals involved pushing responsibility around and fussing with bullshit that would be fixed in 30 minutes if they'd actually deliver what we need, but I guess that's the usual problem.

Moral to the story, once again, as has been for the past 2 decades:
Never, ever go with proprietary solutions and vendor/service lock-in for mission critical stuff!

That aside, how does your contract look? Is it Lawyer-time yet? Perhaps you should start playing 'legal-ball' or at least start writing snail-mail solicited letters as to indicate that you're pissed and won't take this much longer. Can actually work wonders.

Good luck. And don't forget to add "OpenVPN Compatible" into your next contracts.

Comment: In two years these will be on par with mine (Score 1) 132

by Qbertino (#48082461) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

Tech moves fast.

In two years this sort of phone will be on par with mine, an HTC Desire HD. It's 3.5 years old and does all I could ever want from a Phone. Appart from being a little sluggish at times maybe. But that's hardly an issue, given that it is very sturdy and has a replaceable battery - which most modern phones don't.

When robots have advanced far enough into manufacturing, we'll have the equivalent of iPhone 6es come out of vending machines and the likes, for prices simular to that of this model. The predecessor to my current phone was a Blackberry Curve 8310. The superiour keyboard and battery runtime aside, the entire device seems way outdated and strangely anachronistic to me, like from a different era - and it's only 7 years old!

It's actually quite realistic when Google claims that they want to put the second half of humanity on to the internet within the next 5 years.

Comment: Imagine we would find the Solaris lifeform (Score 1) 65

by Qbertino (#48034705) Attached to: Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

Imagine we would find a lifeform like in Lems' Solaris. Not many species but one single one occuping a planet.
A Super-Amobea that won the evolutionary race some hundred million years ago or something.
Would it have a conscience? If yes, what kind of conscience?
Would scientists discuss, wether it is ethical to take a probe or not? Would we be hurting a being? Would be deem it ethical (or not) to send probes into it/down there? ...
Interesting questions.

But then again, I'd say it's probably just land exposed and covered by tides.
Meeeh. Boooooring.

Comment: Who makes the most FOSS friendls GFX HW? (Score 1) 192

by Qbertino (#48009513) Attached to: NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

With all this hassle nowadays - I remember the times when nVidia was the only company supporting Linux and was something like the darly child of the FOSS community - which company actually *is* the most FOSS friendly today? Intel? AMD/ATI? Some other company?

Educated opinions on this needed.

Comment: Experienced C developer? Isn't that a no-brainer? (Score 1) 316

by Qbertino (#48008243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

You're an experiecned C developer? Well, sorry, but that's a no-brainer then. Go for Objective-C. Anything else would be really really stupid. You'll have to change some C habits to actually 'get' Obj-C, but you'll live. Obj-C works on every plattform, so you wouldn't be tied to iOS/OS X either. Only upsides to that route for you.

I OTOH also am an experienced developer, but pampered by 15 years of modern scripting language usage. I would want to learn C++ or Objective-C (I've been trying to pick up C++ for the last 2 years but haven't put enough effort into it yet), especially because im a FOSS Linux Geek, but I hate having to deal with anachronistic shit - so for me actually using an easy-to-use lock-in language would actually make sense - especially if I know what I want to build on iOS exclusively, since I would only do something very product and project specific on iOS. And only if I'm paid for it.

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