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Comment: Idea for a noobgit client (Score 1) 343

by mykro76 (#49077907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?
Just riffing here but what about the idea of a "noobgit" client that checks out a given repository and every 5 minutes in the background it does a git pull, performs a permissive merge with some additional smarts (e.g. for Word docx it just keeps both versions of the conflict section and inserts a Word comment at that point), and then commits the new file? For all intents and purposes it would just function like a multi-user Dropbox. This could even use the same git server as the engineering team (though obviously not the same repositories).

Comment: What does this mean for Australia? (Score 1) 116

by mykro76 (#48622701) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long
The Browse Basin is within Australia's 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. The cynic in me wonders if Australia signed away a nominal lease on the region while assuming there would be income from the port facilities & import/export taxes. Now instead of pumping the stuff onto shore Shell can load directly onto ocean-going ships. I for one hope the Australian contracts are water-tight (pun intended).

Comment: Not interested! (Score 1) 631

by mykro76 (#48257357) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
I LOVE having all my transactions on one credit card (CC) statement.
I LOVE getting $400 a year in reward points for funneling everything through the CC.
I LOVE incurring zero interest because it gets paid in full every month.
I LOVE the fact that I can contest/reverse bogus transactions through the CC provider.
I LOVE that the CC providers have spent decades getting really good at security.

I will not be supporting any retailer that wants to directly access my bank account.

Comment: Beware of the videos!! (Score 1) 97

by mykro76 (#48024699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

I maintain my company's knowledge systems. Multimedia videos have several problems:

- They are not accessible to the hard of hearing or the vision-impaired.You may be breaking the law unless you invest the effort to caption every single video.
- They are hard to search. Unless you create transcripts/captions or extensively meta-tag the videos it's really hard to find specific content.
- They are not easy to update. Generally you have to reshoot and re-edit the entire video.
- They take a lot of time and effort. Generally you can produce a text-based delivery that covers more knowledge in better detail in the same time it takes you to make a video.

I've seen several efforts to "video all the things". All have failed. Corporate videos are good for one thing - delivering "talking head" messages from management. After six months you can quietly drop them from your intranet and nobody notices.

Comment: Take it from a bugtracker maker (Score 2) 159

by mykro76 (#48016825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?
Even Atlassian, makers of the popular commercial JIRA bugtracker, maintain two layers of visibility. You can report and view bugs created by other users, but the decision-making process of Atlassian staff is kept hidden with private comments and private issues, to the point where is very hard to get an answer on whether a particular issue is actively being worked on or not.

As the maintainer of my company's bugtracker I can understand this position. It's all too easy for a developer to inadvertently reveal private intellectual property in a changelog, and I don't want to spend all my time monitoring and sanitising the public's view. It's easier to give the customers a separate space to natter away in.

Comment: Re:Too Late for Aus (Score 1) 336

by mykro76 (#47942357) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
The Paypass/Paywave terminals here do work with essentially any chipped credit card you have. But even after three years of operation Google Wallet still can't be installed on Australian phones and while some banks are running closed trials to have phone-based NFC work with these same terminals, there is no app yet that I know of that is available to the general public here. So while I agree that Apple are making a mistake, they aren't necessarily all that far behind in the phone payments race.

Comment: Re:I'd love to be wrong, but ... (Score 1) 442

by mykro76 (#47627877) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode
It's all about the syndication. Friends had 236 episodes. Seinfeld had 180 episodes. BBT is already up to 159 and only needs another season or two to become an attractive "drop-in" replacement for TV stations worldwide that are already screening one (or both) of the older series every weeknight of the year.

The quality of syndicated shows isn't crucial as long as they are palatable easy viewing during dinner to lure in eyeballs for the prized evening timeslots.

Comment: Re:Dissappointed (Score 2) 291

by mykro76 (#47479765) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
As a political moderate, I'm not thrilled that we rolled back the carbon tax. But we did vote this government in legitimately and I can understand some of the economic and financial motivations behind the repeal. I would like to see us try again with a different strategy (eg. emissions trading scheme). But I have to say that some of the far-left ranting, slander and vitriol I've seen flung about the internet is really putting me off these arguments. I think a little less exaggeration and hyperbole would serve you well.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?

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