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Comment: Teach Maths Better (Score 1) 291

by enter to exit (#49057991) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?
We should teach Mathematics better. A solid understanding of Logic and Algebra is a fundamental requirement for all programming and will condition those who need to learn to code to do so much more easily while making everyone else better citizens.

Ideally the basic use of numerical analysis software (MATLAB/Octave) should be incorporated into the Mathematics syllabus. This would expose students to the universal traits of programming, aide in explaining mathematical concepts and not be "programming for the sake of programming".

Comment: Microsoft Security Essentials (Score 4, Insightful) 467

by enter to exit (#48889641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?
Nowadays i use Microsoft's free AV, a decent browser and discretion. Unless you're particularly haphazard (like downloading random files with full Admin privileges and visiting dodgy sites with unpatched IE) that should be enough. You don't really need a full arsenal of anti-malware software anymore. Ms has tightened things up a fair bit over the last years.

A while back i tried NOD32 and was very impressed. I don't know if it's still good.

Comment: Work With It (Score 1) 312

by enter to exit (#48534291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?
I had a similar problem to yours when i was a student. I largely mitigate against it with a few things. I found the smartest guy in the class and stuck with him, working with hard working people made me work harder - especially if they're relying on me to complete something.

When studying, I also just accepted the fact that i was going to waste a lot of time with my gadgets and made sure to allocate enough time overall to accommodate for it ( I know this is a luxury for some). As long as i had finished the task i set out to complete, i was happy - even if it took me double the amount of time it should have. I made it goal oriented - and not an exercise in itself

I went to the library or an empty computer lab to get my stuff done, I turned it into a schedule and went there even if i had nothing to do (Turns out, there's always something to do).

I had immense trouble focusing on lectures, i couldn't do much about it. So i became selective about the ones i attended but i always made sure to go to campus when the lecture was on and sit in the library, maybe reviewing the slides the professor put online for the week.

Essentially, you need to put yourself in situations where getting shit done is the least boring option. Unless you're in a completely wrong course you'll probably find some aspects of the work interesting in itself. There are only so many buzzfeed and reddit posts you can read a day..

Comment: Another Mozilla? (Score 1) 274

by enter to exit (#48512899) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?
I hope not, but it's starting to feel like it. According to the WMF statements , they have (Approx) $60 Million in assets, and spent $45 Million a year, of that, $20 Million went into salaries, $5 Million into awards and grand, $2 Million on conferences and travel and $12 Million on "Other Operating Expenses".

They spend $2.5 Million on hosting and the content is created by the community for free.

Each year they're making more money then the last and what have we seen from it? There seems to be a lot of people not doing a lot of work over there.

Comment: There's a Fine Line.. (Score 1) 452

by enter to exit (#48463229) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God
This is a small interview he did (regarding his setup):

He's been banned over at hackernews, reddit and a few places for posting the messages of God which he divines from an index of phrases and a PRNG. His revelations are often liberally intertwined with racist comments and violent swearing.

He's posed a slight dilemma for a few communities, as no one seems to know how exactly to react to his situation.

Here are a list of his demands in order to make god happy: . These include MS killing SecureBoot and VMware implementing PC speaker beeps.

Comment: Re:How's this going to work (Score 1) 161

by enter to exit (#48438855) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google
A search engine doesn't actually guarantee any revenue for Mozilla. They get a cut of the Advertising revenue initiated by a Firefox search (or similar). Firefox needs users to generate the searches. A search engine would pay Mozilla in proportion to the amount of eyeballs it gives them.

Firefox would be foolish to change the default search to yahoo, as a large proportion would change it back to Google - but not all. They would effectively be dividing the profitability of their user base. The sort of people who use yahoo don't care what search engine they use but plenty of people insist of using Google and will change it back.

Google isn't simply giving money away to Firefox, they do derive some benefit from FF referrals, but how much? I suspect Google's past relationship with Firefox was largely a way for them to mitigate against challenges IE could pose if MS fiddled with it. They might have thought it necessary to be generous to Mozilla, as a long term strategy, but they have their own very popular browser now.

Has Yahoo offered Mozilla significantly better terms? Did Google simply decline to renew (or renew on good terms)? Is this all a negotiation tactic? Has Mozilla lost the plot? It'll all be clear soon.

Comment: Dive Into FreeBSD (Score 1) 267

by enter to exit (#48429917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?
I've done this myself as an experiment a few weeks ago. With the exception of FTB (the site has a jar file for it, so it'll likely work) everything you mentioned is available in ports.

There's also a binary packing system (pkg) but packages seem to randomly go missing there. A couple of weeks ago it was Xorg, until yesterday no Firefox. BTW can anyone explain the dynamics behind that?

The best way to get in is head first, install it on the least fancy PC you have. I'd strongly recommend FreeBSD and the handbook (This should be your first place of reference). (take note of chapter 11). If you're a gentoo man you don't need PC-BSD.

Putting my view on *nix desktops aside (Are they worth the effort?), If there is a show stopper it'll probably be hardware support.

Comment: Google Should Offer More Money (Score 1) 400

Why would Google want to crush Firefox? What motive does it have?

Firefox is an open-source browser that poses zero threat to any of Google's businesses. It can't be used in the same way IE was to limit competition. There will always be some people who aren't using Chrome. If they can't have everyone using Chrome, the next best thing is putting Google on as many browsers as possible. Chrome is all about making it easier for people to use their services, the browser itself is not that important.

A good chunk of Firefox user are people who've had it installed for them before Chrome existed and have just stuck with it. These are the kinds of people who would use the Firefox default search without noticing a change. Firefox still has ~20% market share, it might make a difference.

Comment: The Ads Can Be Disabled (Score 4, Interesting) 327

The Advertisements may be disabled in the preferences. They're trying to diversify their revenue which currently is mostly Google. Over the last few releases they've been highlighting the various privacy features and ideology Firefox has in a bid to differentiate themselves against Chrome, so it' a little Ironic to see this Ad compromise.

The Ads only occupy unused thumbnail tiles i it's not obtrusive. As long as us techies can turn it off, I'm happy. Everyone else will hardly notice, and it'll pay the Mozilla devs.

Comment: To speak Chinese is not to know China (Score 3, Interesting) 217

by enter to exit (#48217671) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing
The former PM of Australian Kevin Rudd could also speak Mandarin. During one diplomatic spat, the Chinese embassy reminded him that:

"To speak Chinese is not to know China. Many examples can be found of people who speak Mandarin to a high level but who do not understand how China works. They may have learned their Chinese shut up in their study reading the Analects."

I think the Chinese regard this as an irreverent amusement more than anything meaningful

Comment: Re:I Trust Debain (Score 2, Insightful) 555

by enter to exit (#48191211) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I have no interest in trading barbs with you. I don't care enough.

You're wrong to suggest i don't have technical skill. I've done a fair bit of C programming against the Linux API. It might not be the bash scripting that you get excited about, but it's something.

Perhaps you've inadvertently stumbled on an interesting point though, could it perhaps be that what worries you most is the erosion of your exclusive club of arcane knowledge? I'd suggest to you that arcana is not a necessary component of technology.

I'd like to note also, that you haven't addressed my underlying point that technical committees of multiple distros have adopted systemd.

Comment: I Trust Debain (Score 3, Insightful) 555

by enter to exit (#48189633) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I trust the Debian committee - as a collective - to make the best choice. The committee has a large group of people with diverse interests and the majority voted to adopt systemd. Debian isn't exactly known to be a flippant Distro.

I suspect the technical people behind Debian/Fedora/Arch/OpenSuSE and other Distributions (some of which make money on their products and services) are a lot smarter and thoughtful than a bunch of people with a website that has a purple background and orange links.

I've used systemd under Arch, and i could open up a systemd unit file and understand what every word in the file meant. I can't say the same thing about most SysV startup script.

Comment: Two Browsers, Two Goals. (Score 2) 114

by enter to exit (#48144325) Attached to: Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support
Chrome is a good competitor to Firefox, it might be winning on various fronts at the moment but it's still a browser owned and controlled by a corporation with only profits in mind. Google made chrome to make it easier for them to track you and push their services on you.

Every time I've used Chrome, it's constantly nagged me to sign in to Google services, asks to change what mailto: does and in recent versions (on Windows) they've included a notification icon that ties in with Google Now. I feel Chrome gets a free pass on a lot of this stuff because it's considered fast. A lot of that perception is in UI responsiveness as the millisecond rendering differences are practically indistinguishable. Firefox should really consider moving away from XUL.

Firefox is a run by Mozilla (an NFP) who can only justify it's existence by making a good browser. Firefox needs to improve on a few fronts, but it's still a browser for the people. The only incentive they have is survival (which mean people using Firefox). The Mozilla Foundation has clearly become overly bureaucratic and focused on the survival of it's own bureaucracy to the detriment of their software. It needs a good shakedown. There are too many people looking for things to do - go to and check out the half-dead list of projects and 1000+ employees.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.