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Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

Overwrite is akin to Save but only appears when you've loaded a non-GIMP format. Export is always available and is akin to Save As.... They don't switch around - the only variation is that Overwrite is greyed out for being redundant with Save if you didn't start with a non-XCF file.

It could be simplified, but it's easy to see that Overwrite foo.png won't preserve everything you're looking at (e.g. layers and objects) like Save does; it's more like re-exporting to the raster format it came from.

Then again, there are much bigger faults in GIMP than menu item naming.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 351

Compare it with Blender, with a healthy and energetic user and developer base, a continuous flow of real and useful new features, and a rapidly growing and actively using user base.

Feel free to correct me, but GIMP doesn't have the kind of sponsors that Blender has. But the help you get in the forums involves a lot of "works for me" defensiveness and that drives users away.

The day GIMP started trying to force people to save in its own proprietary format (to the great unhappiness of a large portion of its user base) rather than the format the file was OPENED in pretty much marks its death.

Native, not proprietary (the spec is out there and you're free to write readers/writers for it). Do you know of any other open format that preserves the structure of a GIMP doc?

As for writing back to the original format, I just opened a random PNG to double-check. Sure enough, under the File menu, Save (Control-S) and Save As... are for saving to XCF (so you don't lose any GIMP features you've built on top of it). Then you have Overwrite foo.png which does exactly what you want and Export As... which lets you pick a new name. Just remember that, just like with Libre|OpenOffice, opening another format is actually an import operation.

That's not where my gripes lie. For example, using the Text tool is akin to waltzing on a messy car repair shop and the font picker is an unhelpful eyesore. Installing plugins is anything but foolproof. My memory fails me right now but I'm sure you guys can pick up from here.

Comment Re: PYPL shows C language share @ only 7.5% (Score 2) 231

I use Perl everyday, and when I was learning I searched for what I recognized in the snippet. So 'perl join', 'perl special variables' and 'perl substitute operator' would've been my queries, because the first things you learn in Perl are to identify basic syntax and to match/substitute text.

Perl code was never meant to be self-explanatory, not any more than regular expressions. You learn a bit of Perl *before* reading Perl code.

Comment Re: PYPL shows C language share @ only 7.5% (Score 1) 231

I only had trouble with the $-somethings, but here you go, in order of appearance:

You're not supposed to understand that intermediate-level mess just by looking before having learned a bit of Perl, anyway. Like regular expressions, Perl code was never designed to be self-explanatory.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 315

The Sun doesn't go up earlier near the Equator; the length of the day is just more constant throughout the year compared to regions closer to the poles. If anything, it's closer to the poles where sunlight can last as long as 18 hours (or as little as 6) depending on the season.

Case in point, Namibia is located around 22 S and sunrise is at 6:16 currently due to “winter”; Bolivia is around 17 S and sunrise is at 6:02. Here in Caracas (10 N) the Sun came up at 5:46.

Comment If it ain't broken (for you) (Score 4, Informative) 220

For many site owners, Flash isn't really broken - their video / audio players, animations, interactive displays and games work with enough users that they don't feel pressured to do them over again. Even video sites that support mobile browsers by serving HTML5 video and direct links to the .mp4 keep their Flash players alive in the full pages.

Comment Re:The *real* reason (Score 4, Interesting) 213

Interestingly, the Dice pieces linked close like this:


I’m obviously not a fan of formal certification. While many jobs require one or more, lots of tech pros have forged perfectly fine careers without them. Don’t let the complicated world of certificates impede you from pursuing what you want.


Certifications Only Prove One Thing

Malik’s supervisor, who worked his way up through the tech-industry ranks for 20 years without ever earning a certification, asked him how a career powered by certifications compares to one built primarily on real-life experience. Malik said anyone can pass a test given enough time to prepare for it; but that being said, certifications allow you to apply and interview for a role from a position of strength.

The answer of whether or not to certify is more nuanced than a simple yes or no. Take Sarin, for instance, who suggests companies look for employee traits that can be encouraged or cultivated beyond what they might learn as part of the test-taking process, even as they encourage employees to earn certifications while on the job.

What ultimately matters is if the candidate’s opinions about certifications align with those of the hiring manager. But with certification requirements not exactly going away, why not play it safe and take on the extra effort? If you guess wrong and skip getting the certification, you could lose out to the person who passed the test.

And the non-Dice article is the one that recommends some certifications.

But of course the actual content shouldn't get in the way of a good rant.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.