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## Comment: Sounds like what he needs is a software architect (Score 2)313

by mendred (#42573617) Attached to: Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers
In the olden days patrons or kings would hire composers to create a bit of music. The patron wasn't knowledgeable but had an idea. The composer would create the score and the arrangement and present it to an orchestra. the orchestra would execute the composers vision and thus there would be music played back to the patron. The patron then provides his feedback (applause or derision :) ) The entrepreneur is a patron. The programmer (violin player for e.g.) the project manager (the conductor) are all part of the orchestra. The missing bit is the composer who is the software architect. Of course it doesn't hurt for the patron to also understand music as it lets him present his ideas in a way that's more understandable to the composer and the orchestra i.e. removing a layer of intrepretation and also let's him appreciate the complexity of what they are doing but the reality is that he is paying for it and shouldn't need to. The architect should intrepet his idea and present it back to the team in a manner that they understand. That's the theory atleast :).

## Comment: ClamAV/Immunet (Score 1)396

by mendred (#35998100) Attached to: Tasmanian Dept. of Education Wants Anti-Virus for Linux, OS X
http://www.clamav.net/ Used this around 5 years back when I was in Uni. I recommended it for the university mail server whch was running linux. Worked pretty well..the number of malware on email dropped to zero in a day..not sure about its effectiveness in the modern day but it is a cross platform with the windows equivalent being immunet (runs the same engine)

## Comment: Flaw in the proof (Score 1)1260

by mendred (#33893164) Attached to: Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1
Huh? What sort of a proof is this First of all if a=0.999....... then 10a doesn't result in a 9.999...where the decimal precision of the two are the same. Both tend to infinity, but at some microscopic level a will always have a decimal precision different than 10a. (think of it as willie coyote always chasing road runner!) which means 10a- a ~= 9a (not exact but around 9a) and therefore 0.999.... ~= 1 i.e. 0.999.. tends to 1..No shit Sherlock!

## + - Major setback for India's space programme->1

Submitted by mendred
mendred writes "From the article — India's attempt to join a select club of nations to own cryogenic engine technology—necessary for launching heavy satellites—was aborted on Thursday after its rocket failed within five minutes of lifting off.The mission failure is a commercial setback for the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), which hopes to enter the communication satellite launch market.India has spent more than two decades and Rs 335 crore on developing the cryogenic engine, a restricted technology owned only by the US, Russia, Japan and China"

## Comment: More trouble than its worth... (Score 1)510

by mendred (#31760074) Attached to: Sony Update Bricks Playstations
This is a "feature" that really wasn't neccessary..but requires effort to be coded in to be tested, because if that isn't done, things can horribly go wrong..all that to maintain a status quo and remove a feature.

But now something got borked..extra effort will have to go in to correct the problem..all for a "feature" which didn't really benefit anyone...other than a potential lock-in benefit that only marketing can conceive which had its share of bad PR as well.

Sigh...welcome to the real world..it sucks..

## Comment: Depends on what you are looking for (Score 2, Insightful)405

by mendred (#30253794) Attached to: OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?
From reading your post, it looks like you are looking to use a desktop OS (I may be wrong). Also it seems to me that you have tried various distros of linux but are rejecting them because it doesn't hhave ZFS.

Therefore if we are to restrict our options to OpenBSD and FreeBSD i would lean towards FreeBSD simply due to the large no. of apps available through ports.Also i believe driver compatibility is a little better in FreeBSD, especially recently with nvidia cards.

However as another poster said, the best judge is you. therefore install each and try them out and see which works best with your hardware. you may also want to compare desktop responsiveness with Linux, as I believe that recent linux kernels have received further optimizations for desktop performance.

If its a server OS you are looking for then it depends on what you are using it for (LAMP, file server, DB host etc.). If you are looking to run commercial DBs like Oracle on it, a certified OS like RHEL/Solaris may be a better bet if u plan to ask for support. Thats a totally different ball game all together and is something on which one can write pages on.

Good luck on whatever you choose to use.

## Comment: I wish them the best in their endeavour (Score 3, Informative)133

by mendred (#28493215) Attached to: Alternative Energy Policies a Boon For Inflatable Electric Car
From reading the article, it looks as if the company has put in a lot of thought and effort into making a product that not only is technically advanced but also have developed a marketing strategy and are tailoring their product for a segment- The point about removable chargeable batteries was something that had kept crossing my mind everytime i had seen an article on electric cars and I am glad someone has gotten around to implementing it (I am unsure if anyone else has..if so please feel free to correct me!) . They appear to be getting their basics right and in addition are trying to put in some real innovation (inflatable parts).I hope they get their funding problems sorted. I for one would be rooting for them!

## Comment: Re:My Anecdotal 2c (Score 1)303

by mendred (#20600801) Attached to: Compiz Gets Thumbs-Up for Gutsy Gibbon
I think u will see some changes with the new ATI driver..there have been many optimizations..and yeah the card u speak of has had performance problems with the old driver..i have an ancient compaq 2500 with an integrated ATI card that shares the 512 MB ram with the system, i am using it with the open source radeon driver..its smooth and after turning on only the plugins that i want..(expose, scale, zoom, dream for close windows), its totally unobtrusive. Now i find i cant live without scale (need to switch windows? move mouse to upper right corner and then quickly select one of the tiled windows..switching desktops move to lower right corner..)

## + - Valve, porting games to linux?->

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shrewd writes "According to valves wanted ad, they're looking for a Senior Software Engineer who's responsibilities include "Port[ing] Windows-based games to the Linux platform." are valve planning or in the process of porting steam + games to the linux platform?"