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Comment: Re:Google+ has better communities... (Score 1) 209

by TemporalBeing (#48876625) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

I find the "communities" better on Google+, but all my friends post there normal stuff on facebook. I find the technical forums (the few that I am a member of) are asking a newbie question (nothing really interesting) like how do I print a number..... when it is facebook, but much more interesting communitie tech posts on google+.

Agreed. I'm on G+ daily, post occassionally (both public and privately), and almost never go on Facebook. G+ just developed better communities and people tend to use the communities instead of blasting everything out to everyone; perhaps because G+ has a higher technical userbase than others, but nonetheless it works well.

Though, thinking about it more, G+ by design is community oriented. Blasting out to the everyone doesn't really stuff very far; while sending it to one or more communities does - that is, unless you're a big celeb and have lots and lots of followers, but that's just not typical in G+.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 4, Insightful) 372

by TemporalBeing (#48857763) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

I imagine corporations will fight back legally if/when their employees start getting hacked by the FBI.

Why would a corporation care?

One word: Liability.

Corporations would very much care because of liability concerns - both domestically to the US and foreign to other countries. It's already becoming enough of an issue that companies are taking to hosting data regionally instead of centrally just from a legal liability perspective.

For instance, suppose there was conversation going on regarding what to disclose to the US government over the operations of a foreign subsidiary between the execs and their lawyers? Regardless of the topic, matter-at-hand, or end result that is protected conversation regardless of medium, and the existence of the VPN would mean they expected it to be carried out in private.

And you can certainly bet the lawfirms will fight it too.

Comment: Re:my vote: (Score 1) 630

by TemporalBeing (#48857675) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Java. It has the broadest popularity in industry, isn't tied to any one company (e.g. Microsoft), can be developed using a wide variety of host operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), lends itself well to teaching O.O. design and has a wealth of free tools. It's also what the majority of universities use in their intro level courses. (Though that's changing.)

Java is a bad language to teach programming with. It's a good language to show off some theory with, but that's really about it.

It's also one of the reasons why Android doesn't have as good of performance as it could have.

A decade ago, I would have used JavaScript or VBScript to start teaching - in part because of Windows Scripting Host; but now, I'd use Python as an intro to get students going; then transition them to C and C++, Pascal/Delphi, and others.

Comment: Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (Score 1) 630

by TemporalBeing (#48857633) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

The VB compiler is written in VB. C compilers are written in C. Why isn't Python written in Python? But maybe you know more than the people who know it the best, the core developers!

The VB Compiler is most likely written in C, C++, or C#, and not VB. In part, because there are many things that one must actually drop to a lower level language like C/C++ to do in order to even implement some of the functionality of VB. So it's a mix - some portions are definitely written in VB, but the majority and certainly the core are not. This, of course, applies to VB and not BASIC in general since those lower levels would have been written in other languages (namely Assembly) and would have changed over time; where as VB came after the advent of C; even then its lower levels may still have been written in Assembly for some time due to performance needs.

Likewise, Python is written in a mixed-mode, with C covering some of the core functionalities to "bootstrap" the language and provide high performance in certain areas; with most everything else written in Python itself.

Comment: Re:instant disqualification (Score 1) 630

by TemporalBeing (#48857445) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

"...VB is MS only." No it's not.

Sure you want to get sued by Microsoft over the use of some of the keywords and their related patent filings.

Even the agreement that MS signed with Novell didn't cover VB, only C# and what they published to EMCA and ISO. Everything else was still open for lawsuit. Of course, even that agreement has now expired, and Miguel's new company doesn't have a new agreement either.

So good luck there.

Comment: Re:Qualifications (Score 2) 479

by TemporalBeing (#48832049) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

They're CANDIDATES. No "at the expense of".

The problem is that there are a lot of people that are like "well, you had 20% more candidates of group X, so why are you not hiring 20% more people from that group"? Failing to realize that just because you have 20% more candidates from that group doesn't necessarily mean that they are (a) qualified, or (b) would fit in.

And honestly, no company should compromise its hiring standards just to try to fit a certain percentage. Some may like it, but it's not good for the company - both in terms of performance, and employee moral. People that get hired because the company needs to fit a certain profile (racial, etc) quickly get known for that, and that one thing ends up getting attributed to them as why they were hired in the first place.

Simply put - you have to find the right people (regardless of race, sex, etc) for the position, and hold them all to the same standards.

Comment: Re:Isn't this the point of what Google is doing? (Score 1) 261

by TemporalBeing (#48831963) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Microsoft says there's no evidence these flaws have been successfully exploited.

I mean the whole point of doing these types of investigations is to try and prevent exploits from getting out into the wild.

Exactly; which is contrary to Microsoft's position that they don't fix something unless there is an exploit in the wild...

Comment: Re:Playing with fire... (Score 4, Interesting) 261

by TemporalBeing (#48831941) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

MS still holds a lot of Android patents. They can easily do an Apple and forbid use of them, which will completely paralyze Android.

What you mean all those patents that the Chinese outted and nearly the entire tech world found to be not relevant save about as many as you can count on your hands? Yeah, that's really going to stop Android...

Comment: Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (Score 1) 551

by TemporalBeing (#48831891) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

He says it does not break the UNIX philosophy because everything is in the same code base purposely ignoring that it does not do one thing and do it well. He was creating a strawman.

The problem is that by putting things in the same code base, it encourages them to be inter-dependent to the exclusion of all else - which is exactly what everyone that doesn't like systemd complains about.

Separate repositories encourage being stable APIs that everyone has to work against; thus encouraging more things that can be switched out with each other, as well as standards, etc.

There's a reason behind it.

Comment: Re:How do things need to change to live with syste (Score 1) 551

by TemporalBeing (#48831833) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Well in this case, get some education before you post in ignorance. No it doesn't require a lot of code changes for applications to work. Why would you say that? Did you even bother to read the interview? Daemons don't require any changes either, though you can compile your daemon to use libsystemd to do backwards-compatible socket registration. In other words a daemon can be configured to use socket registration if it runs under systemd, but it will fall back to normal sockets without. So no backwards compatibility is lost.

Systemd requires only 3 parts to run: the init process, udev, and journald (which can write to syslog still) for early boot debugging. NOTHING else is required. And none of this pushes *any* special requirements on applications. Pottering himself says he has no idea where this notion that Gnome depends on systemd comes from. It should work fine on ConsoleKit. The problem could be that the Gnome devs haven't been maintaining the ConsoleKit code.

Yes ConsoleKit stopped being "maintained". This is why project like Devuan have put their weight behind people doing things like ConsoleKit2.

Comment: Re:How do things need to change to live with syste (Score 1) 551

by TemporalBeing (#48831787) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

* Samba, yes, because it's a daemon.

There's no reason why Samba would benefit from being dependent on systemd. OpenRC provides the same functionality as systemd's init process, and smbd and nmbd are already long-running daemons, additional instances of which are managed by the initial daemon. Tools like daemontools (or, you know, init) already exist to start (and if necessary, restart) long-running daemons.

SaMBa is used in far too many places to really want to take on systemd as a dependency. It's used on everything from traditional Unix systems (HP-UX, AIX, Solaris) to Apple's MacOS, Linux, and embedded devices running Linux or a BSD. It would make zero sense for them to require systemd as a result.

This is also one of the issues that many, including myself, take with systemd since it now makes it harder to write portable software - one of the reasons many devs went to Linux from Windows.


Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband 123

Posted by samzenpus
from the space-web dept.
coondoggie writes Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson this week said he wants to launch as many as 2,400 small satellites in an effort to set up a constellation capable of bringing broadband communications through a company called OneWeb to millions of people who do not have it. He said he plans to initially launch a low-earth-orbit satellite constellation of 648 satellites to get the project rolling.

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 1) 388

by TemporalBeing (#48818807) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

"He or she" is proper English for referring to one person of unknown gender. It's much better than "they", because "they" is plural. It's only sloppiness that has allowed that to become acceptable usage.

No it's not. It only came into the English language through those trying to be "politically correct" in order to try to be "gender inclusive" instead of using the masculine encapsulation, and even then it was because they wanted to emphasize gender in the process - showing off their "inclusivity" by including both genders. The proper way to do that is to use "they".

Before that the term was never used to refer to an unknown person. Go study your grammar and English language history.

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