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Comment: Re:Why do FOSS library folks hate ABI compatabilit (Score 0) 505

by deander2 (#41196799) Attached to: The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

what libraries are you talking about? the kernel has kept binary compatibility with all programs virtually since it's inception. X11, GTK and KDE programs all run with very high levels of binary compatibility. on the rare instances they are changes, (say gtk2 to gtk3) it's a clear cutover and all ditros ship with both so all programs keep running.

what i believe you're referring to are the *internal* kernel ABIs. yes, this is a PITA for people writing drivers for video cards. but come on: that's not what you (nor i, nor 99.44% of the people here) do. more than a decade i've programmed on linux (GUIs, server-side, you name it). it all runs in userspace and code i wrote (and compiled) a decade ago still runs just fine on a modern kernel.

btw, if anyone needs convincing, type xbill into your "ubuntu software center" search bar. THAT program i fricking old. runs like a champ tho!

Comment: Re:Wait a minute here... (Score 1, Troll) 174

by deander2 (#38895403) Attached to: Early Plants May Have Caused Massive Glaciation

ohhhh.... you know, good point. i bet those thousands of independent scientists worldwide who've been studying global warming for decades forgot all about deforestation as a possible cause. it's a good thing concerned citizens with awesome gut instincts like yourself are around to show them the way! :)

Comment: Re:So much wasted time... (Score 1) 294

by deander2 (#37124332) Attached to: Interview With GNOME 3 Designer Jon McCann

well, i do remember gnome 1. it was no panacea.
more like "barely usable" and "ugly as sin".

i agree that they {unity/gnome3} uselessly through away years of good UI engineering work. and i understand the need to move to clutter. but moving to a new framework is tough enough - don't try to re-invent the whole desktop paradigm while you're at it.

but what do i know? i'm sure a 4-digiter will swoop in here and save us from our delusions. =P

Comment: Re:Comcast isn't a monopoly everywhere (Score 1) 366

by deander2 (#36074242) Attached to: Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable

it's because i do trust the free market i want (good / common-sense) regulation. good regulations makes markets more free, not less. this is why we regulate "not throwing a brick through your competitor's storefront".

likewise, how robust do you think the air-conditioning equipment market would be if you're electric company was free to cap your Carrier-brand AC compressor's electricity usage but leave cap-free their own home-brand compressor? (like how netflix usage is included in your data cap but at&t's u-verse movie streaming is cap-free...)

Comment: packt isn't much more than a vanity press (Score 1) 53

by deander2 (#36029584) Attached to: Book Review: Apache JMeter

one of their recruiters approached me last year to write a book on numpy. which was curious to me since while i've used it (and posted some very minor public code using it), i'm not a contributor, nor involved in the community in any way.

some googling led to some fairly consistent stories:
very little editing work
very low sales (rep told me 1000 copies would be considered successful for a sequel)
don't expect more than your initial front (~$3500, which isn't even a front; they pay it out over the different chapters you submit)
if they can they get multiple authors writing in the same category at the same time (which means you're basically competing against your own publisher)

needless to say: didn't want to sign my name to anything like that...

Comment: Re:Five years behind? (Score 1) 258

by deander2 (#33348752) Attached to: Skills Needed For a Future In IT

have you ever met a software engineering person who writes actual code? we had a whole software engineering phd program where i went to grad school and most of them couldn't open a socket when needed. (literally - we shared classes with them) nor have i met them on the job. (over a decade of full-time work at this point)

i personally believe there is no right way to write software, anymore than there is a right way to write a novel. you just have a lot of wrong ways to use as obstacle avoidance, and some "worked for me" suggestions that you have to evaluate for your current project.

Comment: Re:boo hoo... cry babies (Score 0, Flamebait) 226

by deander2 (#32776840) Attached to: Grigory Perelman Turns Down $1M Millennium Prize

i assume you have a skill in something. let's call it skill X. as an expert in skill X, you presumably have a job employing skill X that takes some non-trivial percentage of your waking hours every week. and furthermore you also presumably dedicate the remaining non-work hours to some combination of hobbies, personal life, family, etc.

now, are you, as an expert in X, willing to sacrifice a all (or at least a significant portion) of your non-work waking hours reading slashdot comments, fark, random blog entries, etc. in the hopes of by chance running into a proof of faster-than-light travel? despite the minentired-bogglingly overwhelming odds it'll mean you'll spend your every waking non-work hour in vain?


cry baby.

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