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Comment: Re:That's impossible (Score 1) 317

by laffer1 (#49280239) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

IE11 will also remain in Windows 10, with good ole' MSHTML.DLL and all that other cruft that developers (and parts of Windows itself) have been taking hard dependencies on for 15+ years. It will receive security updates, performance improvements and so on, but it will not be updated at the pace of Spartan.

Maybe shipping two browsers with the OS will upset some people, but this should actually work out pretty nicely.

Apple fan boys should be out in force. Apple already does this. You can use the fast version of webkit aka Safari on iOS or you can use any third party app with a slow substandard browser experience.

Comment: Re:But if you look at unemployment... EEs beat CS (Score 1, Flamebait) 154

I have the opposite opinion. I have interviewed quite a few EE and CS people for programming jobs. I currently work at a university and while the EE people seem proficient in their favorite language, they don't know anything about design patterns. Trying to get one of them to use a MVC framework is hard enough, but to actually understand what is going on is impossible.

Quite a few of them have limited database experience and they don't know how to use any ORMs either.

No thanks.

Comment: What not to use (Score 1) 267

by laffer1 (#48430541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

While I think that most of the posts to use FreeBSD or PC-BSD are spot on, I think I should cover what you shouldn't use in the BSD world due to your requirements.

My own os, MidnightBSD, does not have virtualbox. The nvidia binary drivers work from FreeBSD on it, but that won't be the case forever.
MirBSD wouldn't support at lot of the software you mentioned and doesn't have recent java support for minecraft.
OpenBSD might work, but you would have to check on a few packages.
NetBSD is probably your next best bet after FreeBSD due to the wide variety of packages.
DragonFly is weak on packages, although they're working on it.

FreeBSD does offer disk encryption. Note if you use encrypted swap, there is a massive performance hit. I used to have this a default in MidnightBSD up to 0.4 and it was not a pretty picture on server hardware. Sometimes you'd get panics if there was too much swap pressure with it.

Comment: Re:Lovin' that smell of BIAS (Score 1) 226

by laffer1 (#48406903) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

The problem with a bootcamp is that it doesn't teach theory. You get a good jumpstart on current tech, but if that person doesn't keep learning they won't stay current and in ten years won't have a job anymore.

People who take shortcuts often aren't willing to put the time in later to keep learning.

You get two things out of a CS program in college:
1. You learn how to learn new things including languages quickly.
2. You learn theory so that you understand how to write efficient, reliable and maintainable code.

You don't have to know big O notation to understand that a nested for loop is less performant than a hash lookup, but I guarantee these boot camps don't teach that.

I started as a self taught programmer and then went to college later. There was a LOT of value in doing that.

Comment: Re:One of the worst points about systemd (Score 2) 522

by laffer1 (#48173257) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

> Seriously, what do people want? That nothing must be using Linux specific kernel features ever, because that is unfair to other OS's?

No, what we want is for systemd to not be forced on us as a way to destroy any chance of running a graphical environment in the future. Wayland compositors, GNOME and various other things are starting to require systemd. That is why everyone is upset. Linux users may also not like systemd and that is another issue.

The forced nature of systemd means that every linux distro must switch and that *BSD people may have to fork X or wayland (if it takes off) in the future in order to have a damn GUI.

Comment: Preaching to the choir (Score 2) 232

by laffer1 (#47769995) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

I work at a large university. IT gave us two options for operating systems on our servers, Redhat or Windows. They also offer a DIY vmware setup. Rather than having IT manage our servers, I have to do it just so we can run Ubuntu. It is impossible to run certain packages like OpenCPU on Redhat because no one ever bothered to port it. Before you jump to the conclusion that linux is linux, it's really not. You can blame Ubuntu for going off the beaten path or Redhat for not keeping up with the times but some software packages only run on one linux distro without considerable effort. Conversely, the only supported backup solution for our servers is IBM tivoli crap and I went through hell to convert the rpm based installer into something that would work on Ubuntu LTS. IBM doesn't get that Ubuntu (or debian derived) distros are popular now either.

As a *BSD guy, I find both Ubuntu and Redhat irritating but at least ubuntu has apt-get. Funny thing is I started on Redhat 5.0 in '99 or so as my first *nix like os. Back then they had a desktop that didn't suck though.

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 1) 116

by laffer1 (#47732341) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

It's not just about companies. I haven't used Tor despite my interest in the project because I don't think a court would understand if illegal traffic came from my home internet connection despite me running Tor. Most courts hold the account holder responsible for traffic on their network.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS