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Comment: Could be good. (Score 4, Interesting) 72

I'm no fan of M$, far from it, but despite that I'll be the first to admit that Visual Studio has always been a very good product. You can tell those that write the IDE also use it themselves and know what developers need / want. So a cross platform version is certainly interesting.

Comment: Frostbite (Score 1) 150

The Frostbite Game Engine is the best looking one around at present so yes, these scenes may have been generated real-time but it will be just like those in other games using the engine. Cut-scenes like this turn off unwanted background game processing and then set gfx settings up to the max. In game =/= In engine.

Sure it looks pretty but there are enough negatives to make me want to avoid this

> EA
> DLC, DLC, and some more DLC with a side helping of micro-transactions.
> Buggy DiCE software
> Combat is even more simplified than Call-of-Duty.

Comment: Re:PHP is fine (Score 3) 182

by Zarjazz (#49323261) Attached to: Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices

Blaming the language for bad code is asinine.

It's not asinine but it is probably overly harsh.

PHP is popular because it's easy for beginners to learn, easy to get stuff done quickly & simply, and easy for programmers familiar in C & C++ to start web development without having to grok a completely unfamiliar language.

PHP is bad because it's easy for everyone using it to write insecure code.

Comment: Re:Let's give this some relevance. (Score 2) 755

by Zarjazz (#49062451) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

Red Hat is about to learn this the hard way.

I hope so. We've put our upgrade from RHEL 6 to version 7 on permanent hold basically because of systemd and all other associated forced-down-your-throat changes they have made. This is no longer a seamless, non-intrusive upgrade unlike every previous major release.

For desktop users, yeah I understand it's probably a non-issue for them. But if you are a sysadmin managing thousands of servers with possibly tens of thousands of VM's on top of that it's a major issue.

Comment: Not a hypothetical issue. (Score 1) 555

by Zarjazz (#48189875) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

I'm currently the senior sysadmin for several thousand Redhat/CentOS servers and everything about systemd is giving me a headache. Myself and every other person on my team dislike it to varying degrees and none of us want to use it. This is now a blocker to us upgrading from RHEL6 to RHE7. There are lots of nice new features in the updated release we want or need to use but we are refusing to upgrade. This isn't a philosophical argument. I've tested it in various scenarios and it's almost not fit for purpose and throws out countless decades of experience in the team.

Frankly I'm shocked that RedHat have steam-rollered this into version 7, they are normally a very conservative distro (a very good thing in an enterprise environment!) Though I guess I shouldn't be that surprised since the lead developer works for them. I'd be looking at other distributions but they all seem to be switching too. I'd say RedHat have lost some business but I'm not sure what options I have to switch to?

However I have noticed a marked increase in the backlash against systemd in the last few months, probably from the fact that now people are having to use it and all these discussions are definitely a good thing, if slightly too late.

Comment: Re:its not a claim, its a fact of life. (Score 1) 555

by Zarjazz (#48189509) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

What's the problem with that? Linux still has a serious weakness making itself an option for normal Desktop users. It'll never be a Windows replacement in it's current state. So replacing a simple text based boot system that sysadmin have been using for 20 years with a complex & monolithic control system that is amalgamating several tried and tested services into borg-like hive system with binary logging makes perfect sense. Just look at Microsoft with the Windows registry and how well that works.

please note, I may be using some sarcasm in this post.

Comment: Re:FreeBSD network stack (Score 5, Informative) 195

by Zarjazz (#47615631) Attached to: Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

As someone who has used various BSD's and Linux in large scale environments, and is a fan of both, I've configured servers with multi-10Gb interfaces and handling 100k+ requests a second I honestly can't think of any example of where Linux has been inferior. The often repeated line that FreeBSD has a better networking stack was probably true over 10 years ago with Linux 2.2 and earlier, but since then I'd say that myth is just bullcrap.

Maybe Facebook are talking about some specific IPv6 or cutting edge features like MPTCP they need on their network, but as a general statement it's utterly misleading.

Comment: Simplicity (Score 1) 373

by Zarjazz (#46582947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

I've always considered elegant code to have a few criteria.

There is no unnecessary complexity in the code.

The code base is "clean" and consistent. That can be the file system layout, filenames, variable names and function naming. Also a non-consistent comment and white space convention is a personal irk of mine.

Where most programmers would write several hundred lines of dense code to solve a particular problem, the elegant coder will write a few simple lines instead as they really understood the problem.

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