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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 59

You can't be serious about the crime rate: "not worse than Rome or Paris". You _do_ realize how bad the street crime rates in these cites are, don't you?

That besides: no, the Spanish might be as wet as fuck when it comes to non-violent crime, but I'm glad this doesn't hold for anything violent. The illegals know this -- they're not just refraining from violent crime because they are nice people...

Comment Barcelona == marxists (Score 1, Insightful) 59

You gotta remember that the Catalans keep electing left-wing lunatics into the Generalitat and into the city government, so they're always doing crazy stuff like that.

While the national government has a generally sensible policy of "not feeding the pigeons" with respect to illegals, the local government has always been full of ex-Communist and ex-Black Bloc lunatics.

The other stupid thing they do? They see robbers, pickpockets and scammers (the majority who are foreign criminals) as "victims", and never prosecute them. They just fine them and throw them back out onto the street. Result? Some of the highest rates of street crime of any major city on Earth, which threatens to destroy Barcelona's one big earner -- the tourist and conference trade.

The left-wingers don't care though: anybody who isn't white or local is a "victim", and therefore shouldn't be held accountable for their actions. The ironic racism of low expectations for brown people...

Comment Re:CVS or Subversion (Score 1) 319

He's specifically asking for a locally-hosted solution, unfortunately...

There are some great cloud-based offerings these days -- BitBucket will let you have free private repos for small teams (up to 10 people). The only problem I could see that (besides not being allowed by his IS department to consider a cloud-based solution), is that Git's user experience is not for amateurs, although that could be ameliorated somewhat, by using Attlassian's or Github's noob Git clients as "training wheels"...

Comment CVS or Subversion (Score 5, Insightful) 319

As far as I can tell, you're describing the classic CVS or Subversion small team setup. You can run a server on the network (via Apache, or via SSH), run ViewCVS, set up checkin hooks, and give your clients a nice client like TortoiseCVS/TortoiseSVN built into Windows Explorer.

If you want integration with bug tracking tools, then have a look at Bugzilla and Bonsai.

All your users need to know about, is check in, and checkout, so the cognitive overhead is low.

It would take one engineer half a day to set all this stuff up on a spare machine, and you could try it out fairly quickly.

And best of all, this setup is gratis as well as Free. This has worked really nicely for me in both an academic and a commercial environment.

Comment PDFs (Score 1) 508

I could see a 13" tablet being a really nice way to read and annotate PDFs. Tried this with a 7" Nexus, and the small size combined with the funny aspect ration never really cut it for printable material.

Not that I would fork over for an iPad -- the fact that Apple are doing one means that there will be a decent Android equivalent in fairly short order for a hundred quid less.

Comment As a paying user.. (Score 4, Insightful) 141

... I'd feel a bit better about it, if they actually fixed some of the long-standing rough edges, like the completely-broken built-in compiler behaviour (something that Eclipse, despite being free and generally Old and Busted), and severe lag even on powerful machines, seeing as they're now asking for more money for the same product.

They promised this years ago, and it still hasn't happened. If I'm paying (and now, paying continuously), I'd expect them to lift their game.

Want my money? Give me software that works better than the free alternative.

Comment Biological controls (Score 3, Informative) 106

Allegedly they considered building robots, because the crown-of-thorns' natural enemy, the giant triton were nearly harvested to death, only eat one starfish a week, and only reproduce slowly in their natural environment.

Technology aside, if a 20 kg carnivorous snail isn't cool, I'm not sure what is.

Wonder if anybody has considered coming up with ways to efficiently breed these guys? I think they'd make awesome pets.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 2) 474

Upvote parent. Underrated.

My own bugbear, is prima-donna lead developers who can spin enough bullshit to con the managers into letting them goof off on company time. We had a cluster of these hyperactive bozos at my last gig who thought it would be fun to crank out shoddy rewrites of GridGain, Mongo and SpotFire, because they wanted to waste company resources fucking about reinventing (badly!!!) existing free off-the-shelf products. FML.

Comment Furthermore, Saudi Arabia must be destroyed (Score 2, Interesting) 399

Besides my own personal interest in fusion, what really excites me, is the chance to finally destroy Saudi Arabia. These worthless Bedouin brigands do and contribute nothing besides sitting on top of their Allah-given oil (which they can't extract without Western technology anyway), yet they attack, bully and undermine the world at every opportunity.

Fusion won't ever be "too cheap to meter". However, it scales limitlessly, unlike just about every other energy source out there. And this is excellent news for Western civilization, which currently faces real constraints on how much energy it can generate and consume (renewables aren't dense; fossil fuels are unsustainable and ruin the environment; fission nuclear is dirty and dangerous, etc).

When fusion power plants are finally in production and being scaled up, we will no longer be forced to tolerate these barbarians. At this point, we should cut the savages off without so much as a cent or a trinket.

Comment Looking on the bright side... (Score 1) 113

As a VM subscriber, I don't see this as such a bad thing...

Virgin Media are going to have so many people hammering on these home routers, that any security holes are going to get discovered and made public before long. And if they refuse to fix, and then some shithead comes and does something illegal on my router, then I can just say to the police "these things have public unfixed security holes, don't look at me!".

So I'll bet that any security issues won't be a problem for long. Virgin, being the publicity/marketing whores they are, won't risk the bad publicity if they can manage it.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.