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Comment Goodbye Redhat, keep making the same mistake.. (Score 4, Insightful) 149

I saw this coming for a decade now. Ubuntu worked very hard to earn the mind share of Desktop Linux users and, once it became their preferred distro, it was only the natural consequence that their desktop counterpart became their main choice.

Redhat was extremely stupid to just think Linux as a server business and completely let go the Desktop. They aimed at only being a competitor of old server unixes instead of generating a new market.

They still have time to turn this one around (specially as Ubuntu is now wasting resources on going mobile), but as long as they keep supporting a controversial desktop environment (Gnome 3) and don't care about being friendly to new users (Fedora is nowhere near as friendly or usable as Ubuntu), they'll lose the battle in the long run.

Comment Ouya was all false promises. (Score 2) 91

They promised the revolution, a home console for everyone, freedom from the big publishers and for everyone to develop.

When I finally got mine, I turned it on and the first thing it did was ask for my credit card number. Tried to skip it but it was not possible.

I left it collecting dust ever since. So much for revolution and freedom, not going to miss it.

Comment Truck Factor is meaningless in OSS (Score 2) 79

Truck Factor is more related to losing developers key to a project to a point the project can' t be satisfied with the assigned budget or time constraints.
In the case of Open Source Software, if the project is popular enough, at much the project will be delayed until new developers can understand the code, but that's about it. Everything is there for anyone to continue the work and there are no time or budget constraints.

Comment Next Steps for Greece Detailed Here: (Score 2) 1307

The steps that Greece will take from now on, for those who don't understand enough economics:

1) Greece will leave the Euro
2) Their currency will be devaluated to stop avoiding losses (and the price of Euro will match savings and demand)
3) They will most likely set trade restrictions
4) Eventually, their balance will go back to being positive
5) Once balace is positive, Greece will renegotiate with the majority of entities it owes money to, and will end up paying back less (their debt titles allow this, unlike Argentina)
6) They will never return to the Euro, unless their GDPPC makes it worth it, but this (how much a country likes to work and produce (or has natural resources) vs how much it likes to import) is a cultural/natural thing and can't be forced on people.
that's it.

Comment Venture capitals are more conservative in EU. (Score 5, Insightful) 266

This is probably difficult to understand for Americans, but the key factor that makes SV so amazing is that venture capitalists over there are a century ahead in terms of taking risks than anywhere else in the world (save for, maybe China at this point). Instead of betting in a few large projects, they bet on few smaller projects. Most will fail but those that succeed usually return huge profits.

In contrast, everywhere else, investors are much more concerned about minimizing risk and focusing on commodities such as building houses, selling mattresses, etc. Silicon Valley is so different that you can find VC offices next to an ice cream store in the middle of the street.

Comment Here's a FAQ for slashdotters (Score 5, Informative) 126

1) Why is this needed?

With the removal of binary plugins in Chrome and Edge (and soon to happen on Firefox), a way to code at native performance in the browser is still needed. Mainly to run high performance games, audio software, etc. You may not want it, but a lot of people consumes this content so there is a large industry behind it.

2) Why not asm.js?

This is almost the same as asm.js, except it's precompiled, so it' s more efficient for Javascript engines to JIT or AOT. Currently, compiling large asm.js codebases results in a large download and resource intensive compilation.

3) How is this different from Java, Flash, Silverlight?

It is different because:
A) It' s a w3c standarized effort
B) All the big players are behind it (Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple)
C) It relies on the browser security model, it does not bypass it
D) It' s a low-level bytecode, more so than AS3, JVM or Silverlight, so it can run any language.
E) It runs in the same "space" as the DOM, it's not a separate/embeeded app.

4) Isn' t this unsafe or a new attack vector?

No, it relies on the same browser security model as Javascript, so It's as dangerous as having Javascript enabled. Read up on how PNACL works for material on why this is not unsafe.

5) Will it replace Javascript?

It is not intended to, but it gives developers the same API with the ability of writing in any language, even C++, so developing a website using tools such as Qt will become possible (efficiently at least).

Comment GPL/LGPL are obsolete for platforms these days. (Score 1) 355

Nowadays, every language implementation and compiler has been released under a very permissive license. If the guys from Xamarin would try stopping making money out of Mono I'm sure it would become a lot more popular. For example:

-Lua,Python, Ruby, etc. (BSD Style)
-CoreCLR (MIT style)
-Dalvik (for Java)

Even GCC runtime license is more permissive. Mono is a dual licensed commercial product, so I'm surprised Slashdot is making publicity out of it.

Comment Americans Keep Chasing a Ghost (Score 4, Interesting) 614

They keep thinking their jobs are lost due to H1Bs, or due to Indians being hired overseas when the company opens a branch there.
Truth is, that jobs are lost at a much higher level because American management nowadays hires foreign contractors, but this is invisible to blue-collar workers.
Contractors are the easiest way to outsource, because a cheaper price is offered over a proven track record. It's as simple as that.
I run a company overseas that gets contract work from American companies, which recently fired 1000 American employees because they would rather outsource the job to companies like mine.

But even though that is the most common case scenario, you won't see that in the news. If 1000 Americans were fired and replaced by H1Bs instead, then it would be all over the American news sites and everyone would be outraged.

Comment, stop complaining and work (Score -1) 384

All I can see in the gimp site is complains about sourceforge, how they want funding to travel to events, etc. Haven't seen any real progress on it in years.
If developers have lost interest, they could make it obvious.
If developers need more contributors, they could announce it
If developers lack funds to work on Gimp, they could make a fundraiser for this, and not for travelling to industry events.

Gimp is one of those projects that have a lot of promise, but development is so slow it makes you think what are they doing..

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!