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Comment: Re:how pretty (Score 1) 201

by gbjbaanb (#48194139) Attached to: More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

I thought they'd turned off all extraneous 'eye candy' to get a slim, lean, 'clean', look that was very efficient... and so I fully expect them to start making some tiles translucent in the next release, and then with shiny graphical highlights too.

Maybe one day they'll make buttons that look like buttons so you know where to click!

Comment: Re:I am not going to convert (Score 1) 233

by gbjbaanb (#48194055) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

You have the same log history in git as you do in Svn - a linear chain of commits. What you describe as a tree is due to the branching and merging. SVN has the same thing, you branch just as much as you do with git, the difference is how the 2 store this information internally.

eg where I work, we use feature branches for independant development. Then the final fixes get merged to the product release branches and trunk. Not too dissimilar from how you tend to use git.

I worked at a place that used git (alas, not me, I was in the Windows team and had to use TFS :( ) and too many people used ot have to call the git guru over because they would munge up their repos. I don't know how they did it, but the fact that they did it too often for my tastes suggests git is a tool that is only for advanced, or experienced users only. Unfortunately that means nowhere near enterprise development.

Today, I'd never suggest git, I'd go with Fossil if I needed a DVCS.

Comment: Re:I am not going to convert (Score 1) 233

by gbjbaanb (#48194029) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

the trouble with DVCSs is there is no repository to backup. Everyone has their copies and a vape in one can (and will) be propagated to the others. Restore your repo from backups and watch as someone then commits the vape when they push their changes to you - the system doesn't know that it shouldn't take that commit.

Its not like a centralized system where you can have proper backups.

Comment: Re:I am not going to convert (Score 1) 233

by gbjbaanb (#48194017) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

you can have a pop at SVN for many things (hell, you can have a pop at anything for the same reasons) but seriously, you're trying to use those arguments?

SVN's security is like all the others, except for servers like VIsualSVN that implement active directory auth. Its not unstable at all, more people complain about it not being more bleeding edge, but of course its job is to be stable. They updated to serf, 3 years ago? and there were issues in the betas. Whoop, what did you expect.

And the 'philosophy' that you cannot ever obliterate history is a good one, one that all other SCMs should follow. If you commit something you shouldn't, it should be a serious thing to remove that history - otherwise everyone will screw your SCM up, and your SCM is the one thing you do not ever want screwed up.

Comment: Re:I am not going to convert (Score 4, Insightful) 233

by gbjbaanb (#48190103) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Exactly. I don't know why there's such nerdage against SVN except that git is hard, so therefore its better somehow. Despite the fact you can lose your history (irrevocably if you try) and screw things up even if you don't.

If something is working, there's no point in trying to break it. And if you were to go break it, you'd go with Fossil anyway, git done right.

Comment: Re:Some Sense Restored? (Score 1) 519

by gbjbaanb (#48172137) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

but if Debian drops systemd, what will "automagic" Ubuntu do, seeing as its very much based on Debian?

What it will do is divide the Linux distros into systemd and dependencies, and those without (or with something better). If projects like Gnome become more tied into systemd, will this mean they won't work on non-systemd distros?

Comment: Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (Score 2) 832

by gbjbaanb (#48160871) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Production is essential to the mix here, we tried the concept of simply driving an economy by selling each other non-produced things (typically services, like mortgages and loans) and you saw what happened there around 2007/2008.

An economy cannot be spun out of thin air, we need to sell stuff to each other - sure, but we need to sell stuff we need to buy and make sure its regulated so we don't go into another spiral of 'profits' generated out of our imaginations. After all, my house is worth a million dollars, so I'm incredibly rich.

There is an issue with investment - as you noted. As the rate of return drops due to too much investment money chasing yields, investors demand more interest-bearing investments, which is why housing (as 1 example) has gotten out of control. Instead of investing in productivity, they are simply inflating a bubble (again). This can't be healthy for an economy.

Comment: incremental backups (Score 3, Interesting) 150

by gbjbaanb (#48148367) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

This is the same problem we've always had, whether its someone's website on a shared host or a colo server. You need to back it all up and doing a naive dump of the entire thing will take too long and cost too much in bandwidth, so you take a dump of the entire thing once (preferably when you have the thing you're deploying locally) and then take incremental backups from there.

The big question is what's the best backup tools to do this, and do they work on cloud systems that don't look like real servers? eg. I recall rsoft that did very good incrementals based on disk blocks changing so the backups were also continuous. Not sure if that'd fly on AWS.

Comment: Re:Still being made... (Score 1) 304

by gbjbaanb (#48101371) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Its not about the flexibility, its about the solidity. I want the keyboard to stay still, even if I knock it sideways or with the palm of my hand accidentally. A heavy keyboard sits there and takes it, a cheapo one bounces around slightly, its annoying.

I do have a build machine at work that sits on some drawers between desks, the keyboard is just too wide to sit nicely on the drawers so one end is always raised. A good keyboard would improve that situation, but its so little used directly that we live with it.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 304

by gbjbaanb (#48093795) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

if they can be taken apart, you can put the mechanical bit in the dishwasher (detergent not really recommended). Do not put the electronics in though, some people say it works if you leave it to dry out, but I think it's probably not as guaranteed as they think.

I did it with the keyboard part of my old compaq, when I spilt beer on it (sticky keys... for sure). Came out squeaky clean.

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