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Comment: Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (Score 1) 197

by k31 (#47689075) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Thanks for the info.

I think the article overall is just a clever ad for it. Just like everything has Surround now, even if you don't want it, everything will come with Atmos, even if you don't want it. It is not a fad, it is just a next step up. I see it helping home theaters and enterprising people could make viewing rooms like the "love hotels" in Japan, since you know, making your own job is all the rage now again.

Comment: Re:Just let me do brain surgery! (Score 2) 372

by k31 (#47519097) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

This reminds me of the mythical Programmers' Stone project, and how the solution AGC had was to live as a hippy without any money.

Not, you know, what most people want to do.

I agree with the insightful replied below (or now, in parallel): there is a lot of stuff that impedes productivity.

However, I would go further and say, what do you expect to happen if you create an unfair environment from the start? The only way it could get better is if computers were used as tools to empower people, and that hasn't happened since the 8-bit era, and even then, it was by accident.

Microsoft, Google, Slashdot, and the GNU / Linux project all became big because they empowered people to do what they wanted, at the time. Even with all the problems, Microsoft still makes the best widely available stack to move from idea to product, and they will continue to do so, because Apple only wants clients with "disposable income", but Microsoft wants mindshare first and taxes behind the scenes to maintain their position.

So as long as you want money up front (Apple, most employees, FOSS in general as consulting fees or attention of peers) and aren't setting up to rule the world (Google, Microsoft) by saturating mindshare, things are going to go the way of "big government", or any big groups, and become so full of red tape that no real innovation can occur.

Serving the needs of the many requires that you understand how different people are, and how little most people want to pay for something. The concept of "investment" may never be mainstream, and anything which allows people at all levels to make money, most of which does not come directly back to you, then you would be able to dominate minshare... but if you want only competent, professional people on your platform then you will eventually get people who are confident at being professional rather than everyone, including those who want to make the world better or express something new.

So, if you want to have fun, forget about the professional toolset... it is designed to increase operational level work at the expense of expression, because most of what professionals do is not new, and the more operations it takes, the more hours can be billed and the more job security is created, and the more documentation is left behind in the actual code, even if you do get hit by a bus or try to strike.

If you want to have fun, get a Raspberry Pi or build your own stack or deal with something that gets you closer to your goals shorter. Or become a novelist, plenty of novelty there.

The future, if there is any, won't be visible by the professional world, anymore than emulators for game systems can come from the corporate world, or meditation can come directly from big pharma.

Comment: A few years ago, (Score 2) 199

by k31 (#46516965) Attached to: A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

there were articles complaining that software was never updated on mobile devices, even though the technical facility to do so was.

Now that is is being updated, complain about that, too.

If companies kept a backwards compatibility support team, the cost of new products would be higher... and you would complain about that, too, I suppose.

Comment: Flaw in the analogy: (Score 1) 716

by k31 (#46224069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

The wall-builder is basically repeating a skill. He should be able to build a "good enough" wall that doesn't have major holes, or fall down on its own.

The programmer is translating intention into code, which interacts with other code, a lot of which is buggy. The specifications may be unclear. The time it takes to do it is uncertain. In other words, he is doing art-for-hire. Even if he is "good enough", we cannot call programming a deterministic activity devoid of creativity and which people can be trained to do, rather than enabled and inspired to do.

If what they want is a solved problem, bundled in an easy to use interface that hides details, they would buy software, not build it... which is basically why people do buy software in the first place. (And why I don't think there is any future in traditional programming on a large scale.)

So, the analogy is what is wrong. Artisans and Artists may have similar names, but what they actually do is totally different.

+ - Kuro5hin DNS servers are Down, use alternatives.-> 4

Submitted by Orion Blastar
Orion Blastar (457579) writes "Use the link http://www.kuro5h.in/ to get a reverse proxy to read Kuro5hin.org this is a free service by Blastar of India and China.

I think the DNS has been hacked or something... or he's triggered a transfer. lol

just add into your /etc/hosts file

69.9.170.99 www.kuro5hin.org

To get www.kuro5hin.org working again.

The Kuro5h.in domain won't let you log in because the cookie is for kuro5hin.org so as soon as you log in, you will be logged out. You can only view the web proxy as an anonymous user. The hosts file update needs admin access in Windows. Look in c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts or /etc/hosts for Unix systems.

Some possible causes of this problem:

1) Rusty didn't enter his real information and Internic is punishing him until he enters contact info that is real.

2) There is some social engineering hack to trigger a domain name transfer.

3) Rusty didn't pay his name server and DNS hosting bills.

4) Some hack attempts on the kuro5hin.org domain name, and maybe DoS attacks.

5) That hacker NIWS aka Jason P. has a grudge against Rusty and did something to the servers that do his DNS and name servers."

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Comment: Re:The problem with the industry is not programmer (Score 1) 132

That is some good information,
but my assertion had nothing to do with his ability to make games,
but rather, the "pitch" them; i.e. to get financing for games which he wanted to make, but were non-mainstream.

If he had successfully pitched something, and then taught others the secret, then it would make more sense to me to say that the academy would fix that problem.

Comment: Re:The problem with the industry is not programmer (Score 1) 132

I pitched [...]. But [..] I was told "no, that won't work."

So, after failing to get his pitches into reality, he plans to open an "Academy" and teach other people how to fail, just like him?

I really don't see how he is solving any problems in the commercial world. This seems more like "those who can't, teach".

Of course, since he can't actually get people to finance his games, teaching will likely give him something else to do with his time, at a personal profit, I suppose. Good for him but, again, what does it do for everyone else?

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