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Comment: Re:Just hilarious (Score 1) 339

by metachimp (#32724254) Attached to: Leaked MS Presentation Shows App Store Plans For Windows 8

WIth Ubuntu, you can add other repositories, though. Any developer worth their salt these days provides a ppa or apt-url, a good example being Google. The 'App Store' idea is not a bad idea. In fact, for Windows admins something like this could be a dream come true. You can allow regular users to install stuff without having to worry about them installing just any old crap. If the repository is pre-screened, then users can have the freedom to install stuff like text editors, or other applications without locking down the whole machine.

The trouble will be for Microsoft to resist creating the 'walled garden'. Apple already dictates so many parameters for the App Store applications, and given Microsoft's track record with stuff like MFC, it could be a bad thing.

Comment: Re:Everyone Gets Their Own Truth Now (Score 2, Informative) 1252

by metachimp (#31119674) Attached to: Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

Nothing as wacky as comparing the scientific method to animism. The two things have nothing to do with each other. My wife is a former middle school teacher, and I can assure you that the situation you describe does not exist.

Science classes still teach the same old scientific method, and there's no mention of religious belief systems (yet). I was looking through one of the history texts she taught, and discovered that it was more or less the same as the ones I had way back when. The situations you describe only exist, I'm afraid, in your mind.

Comment: Re:Utter bullshit. (Score 1) 882

by metachimp (#30181936) Attached to: Climatic Research Unit Hacked, Files Leaked

You just inadvertently demonstrated precisely why E-mail is interesting, but not good to try and base any conclusions on.

To take your example, that statement could mean, "Tweak your algorithm to arrive at our predetermined conclusion.", as you seem to imply.

It may also mean: "Your algorithm does not arrive at the anticipated conclusion. Could you check to make sure that the inputs were correct, and that it's functioning properly?"

It might also mean "Your algorithm didn't produce the level of warming we expected. We need you to re-work it to account for [some factor]"

Out of context, "the level of warming we expected" produced by the algorithm might be way too high or way too low. So anyone can derive whatever "expectation" you want from it. If you want to take an email like that and make it into proof that the science is cooked, go ahead. Of course, that's not very scientific.

Comment: Re:hmm (Score 1) 381

by metachimp (#30056140) Attached to: The NoSQL Ecosystem

Instead of a 'deleted' flag, you can use a create timestamp and an end timestamp, for tables that must maintain a modification history. The one record that has an end timestamp in the indefinite future is the current one, all the changes are tracked, and there's no hackery with 'deleted' flags or current record indicators, and so then it becomes just a matter of 'where current_timestamp between create_timestamp and end_timestamp'.

You also get the benefit of a continuous history of the modifications, which gives you point-in-time ability, definitely an advantage over a simple flag.

Comment: Re:In Flight School (Score 1) 611

by metachimp (#29270115) Attached to: India's First Stealth Fighter To Fly In 4 Months

Getting your aircraft out of a flat spin when your engines are stalled, as was the case with Maverick and Goose's ill-fated hop that day, is next to impossible whether your aircraft has thrust-vectoring or not.

Thrust vectoring would have helped them if the stall was caused by insufficient speed at too-high an angle of attack, in that it could have prevented the stall, but once the stall occurs, thrust vectoring ceases.

Comment: Why not SQL? (Score 1) 634

by metachimp (#28823471) Attached to: The Best First Language For a Young Programmer

I'm sure people will scoff, but think about it. With SQL you will get logic, types, and structures. It's in basically plain English, so no bizarre lexical structures to get in the way. No compiler necessary, and the tools a student would need are cheap and plentiful. All the school has to do is provide access to a database server.

After all, data is what's at the heart of so many applications.

The point of learning C++ or Java is to get at data in the first place, so that would seem like a logical place to start. Unlike scheme, it also has practical use in the real world.

Comment: Re:Existing Features (Score 1) 199

by metachimp (#27836623) Attached to: Social Desktop Starts To Arrive In KDE

When I went from Kubuntu 8.10 to 9.04, it automatically removed that package. I tried the plasmoid, but it was a buried shovel, as it provided no means to actually configure the network settings. I had to use iwconfig from the shell. I finally ended up using wicd, which I am very pleased with.

At any rate, KNemo is this new thing, and it hardly qualifies as Alpha, let alone something that should have been in a release. Avoid it at all costs.

With Amarok, yeah, my iPod was mounted and all, and still nothing. So they suck now. I switched to RhythmBox, which I don't like as much, but at least it plays nice with my iPod, and doesn't obscure it. Wrong turn there, Amarok team.

I swear, is TrollTech outsourcing to Slovenia?

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