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Comment: Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 1) 147

by lordDallan (#45400911) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years
Xojo (formerly RealStudio) is a visual basic-like language except that it's realy OOP (has nice things like interfaces and delegates for example) that compiles to programs that use native GUI widgets on Windows, Mac, and Linux. No, it's not as powerful as C/C++, but it's a lot easier/quicker.

It's biggest weakness (IMHO) is that it's developed by a small, private firm that seems resource constrained. This leads to some releases having real issues and it taking some time for those issues to be sorted. That can mostly be mitigated by only updating once you know the current version is quirk-free.

Xojo also has a decent plugin architecture/SDK so you can write "heavier things" in C if you need to. It also handles decalres against C libs pretty well.

Xojo's definitely worth taking a look at (again IMHO) if you really need to build cross-platform software (small business applications for example).

Comment: Re:I always thought illness killed people (Score 1) 152

by lordDallan (#43890169) Attached to: Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal
I had a similar thought, but the linked study indicates that it focused only on elective surgery, so I don't believe surgeries related to accident or recent injury were counted.

The paper seems to conclude that the weekend staff being smaller and less experienced may be the cause.

+ - EU Considers Strict Data Breach Notification Rules->

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JohnBert (2368332) writes "The European Commission is examining whether additional rules are needed on personal data breach notification in the European Union.

Telecoms operators and Internet service providers hold a huge amount of data about their customers, including names, addresses and bank account details. The current ePrivacy Directive requires them to keep this data secure and notify individuals if such sensitive information is lost or stolen. Data breaches must also be reported to the relevant national authority.

"The duty to notify data breaches is an important part of the new E.U. telecoms rules," she said. "But we need consistency across the E.U. so businesses don't have to deal with a complicated range of different national schemes. I want to provide a level playing field, with certainty for consumers and practical solutions for businesses.""

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+ - TSA Violated Federal Law with Body Scanners->

Submitted by FtDFtM
FtDFtM (873257) writes "Federal Appeals Court ruled that TSA violated federal law by not taking public comment prior to implementing body scanners.

Writing for a unanimous court, Judge Ginsburg found there was "no justification for having failed to conduct a notice-and-comment rulemaking," and said, "few if any regulatory procedures impose directly and significantly upon so many members of the public.""

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+ - Scientists Derive Gelatin from Human Tissue->

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An anonymous reader writes "Conventional gelatin is made from collagen inside animals’ skin and bones, however a group of researchers has managed to replace that animal base with a human one. The process involves taking human gelatin genes and inserting them into a strain of yeast, which can be cultivated to grow gelatin with controllable features. Jinchun Chen, the leader of the study, and his colleagues believe they can scale this process up to produce large amounts of human-based gelatin for medical uses. The research appears in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry."
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Comment: Re:This killed our attempt to get Firefox at work (Score 1) 555

by lordDallan (#36585952) Attached to: Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses
Fair enough regarding IBM. So they possibly have a right to complain based on their investment. I'm guessing Mozilla is thinking that the dollars from big corporations like IBM (and almost certainly Google) will be drying up. Also, was IBM investing in Firefox or an open-source browser engine?

If I had to guess, I'd guess that Mozilla is trying to figure out is trying to figure out how it exists in the long term and is looking to get some revenue stream off of it's larger consumer user base. I think they doubt that businesses would license Firefox when there are free alternatives. I think their right. Do you think your company would ever pay a per user or per machine license for Firefox? If not, then I'm sorry if this decision sucks for you, but I don't see why Mozilla would change course for a zero-revenue user or company.

For the record I don't like this move by Mozilla, but I'm not arrogant enough to think I know enough about their motivations that I can declare that there latests move is "idiocy", and I'm a pretty arrogant guy. ;)

Comment: Re:Snesoid was based on Snes9X (Score 2) 190

by lordDallan (#36289254) Attached to: Google Yanks Several Emulators From App Store
Thank you for posting this. Yong claims to have all his "licensing" in order, this seems to back that up. He also claims that it was Sony that caused this takedown and that he'd seen evidence pointing to that. See ZodTTD's homepage for more information about how this WASN'T because of licensing abuse/misuse.

Now to all the Android fans. It's OK to like Android just like it's OK to like Apple. It's OK to like one or the other more. It's NOT OK to delude yourselves that Google is your "open" buddy free from commercial interests. Short version, they aren't. Google is a a very large corporation, and like all other very large corporations they are extremely focused on making lots of money off of you, the consumer. There's nothing sinister about this, but IMHO you shouldn't delude yourself into thinking otherwise because they embrace some "parts or principles" of open source. This also means they're not afraid to shit all over a developer if they think that developer is impugning upon their "money-makin'-turf". It SEEMS like that's what happened here.

My biggest beef with this, and with Google in general, is that their "sleazy corporate moves" always seem to me to be back handed. Oh, we're holding back this source now. Oh, we're letting carriers do shady shit now. Oh, we're pulling developers post-approval because a key partner or two complained. For the record, I personally prefer Apple as a company to Google. Mostly because they are out-in-front about wanting to "screw you"/profit off of you. Apple say's they want your money upfront, and in exchange for that, they guard you and your info like a jealous lover.

I'm not claiming that Apple's way is the best way of doing things, I don't know if there is a "best" way and wouldn't presume to know what that "best" way was, is, or will be. I am saying that Apple's up-front "dickishness" is the way I prefer for a company to treat me. I know Apple overcharges me and are dicks about letting me access certain information. I consider it a fair trade in exchange for their "openness" about how they screw me, as well as their efforts to protect their walled garden in which I dwell. I spend MY money with Apple accordingly, others are free to spend THEIRS where they will.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky