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Comment: Re:Enjoy your lazy job while it lasts. (Score 1) 547

by oliderid (#31850816) Attached to: How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?
Well I'm working mainly as a project manager nowadays but I used to code a lot. So I know what is like. The only solution I found is to give "micro tasks". Basically any task I give should be accomplished within a day...So my job is mainly to divide jobs to suit that logic...And it works...Most of the time (it doesn't work well on Friday :-) ).

Comment: Re:Why redirect them? (Score 1) 512

by oliderid (#31084050) Attached to: Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

I wish you would be right. We just finished a large extranet for some lobbying organizations. Most of their members are heavy industries. We discovered along the road that around 20% of their members still use Internet Explorer 6 and any update are blocked by their IT department, they have no plans (yet???) to replace their activeX web based services. The only solution? Sniffing browser and creating a "light" version...

those users can safely surf over the Internet with this browser.(can you imagine...)

Conclusion: IT departments transferred all the cost of their laziness upon our shoulders. They spent mot of their time hunting down viruses on their intranet.

Comment: Re:Python (Score 1) 799

by oliderid (#30565944) Attached to: How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?
When I was 12, all I wanted to do was cool 2D animated stuffs. I fear that Python as such may be a bit too dry for a kid (I'm far from being a python expert ;-)) Why not Lingo? (Macromedia Director) http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/Lingo/programming.htm (I don't know this language, but it seems to me that the syntax is pretty straightforward)

+ - The European GPS Galileo 'pathfinders' take shape ->

Submitted by oliderid
oliderid (710055) writes "After all the wrangling, the delays and the furore over cost, Europe's version of GPS is finally starting to take shape. Due for launch in pairs in late 2010 and early-2011, the "pathfinders" will form a mini-constellation in the sky. They will transmit the navigation signals that demonstrate the European system can become a reality. Discover an interesting video clip introducing the main feature of a Galileo's satellite."
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Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 207

by oliderid (#30085588) Attached to: openSUSE 11.2 Released
Same for me on Compaq laptop almost a year ago. I had to find non-official packages to make it run with my SuSE. It took me hours. Those packages have finally been added to the repos few months after. I don't critize nobody, I'm mean they do a great job and this is free, so what could you say? Anyway the fact is WI-FI is often difficult to install on Linux and you have to know it. Ideally you would have to document yourself on the wifi used by the laptop you plan to purchase first (a thing I never do :-)). Just like printers support few years ago. Claiming that there is no problem won't help anybody IMHO.

+ - How to monitor a MySQL server in real time?

Submitted by oliderid
oliderid (710055) writes "I have almost finished a web application that should support more than 100 queries per second some tables having more than 500.000 rows. Well I'm not used to this kind of load. I did my best to apply the best practices I could find over the web, reduce the queries to the database to the minimum, indexing, etc. but I'd like to have a GPL tool to monitor this database in real-time and see clearly how often a query is done, redundant ones, be sure that my mental is respected "One query per "page", processing time, etc. See when the server is about to be overloaded. The server is remote, Linux (redhat or ubuntu). There is no Xwindow, so I can monitor it through SSH/shell or through a web application. Any idea? Thx!"

Comment: Re:Let me be the first... (Score 1) 190

by oliderid (#29717041) Attached to: First European Commander of the ISS

Being Belgian and their neighbors...Dutch people tend to speak English rather well. But their knowledge of other languages (except German maybe) is rather a myth. If you are looking for real polyglot, I suggest you to choose Flemish. They usually know French and English quite well and Dutch which is their native tongue....Learning German is easier for them (a lot of common roots) Just like for Dutchmen, . Franck De Winne is a perfect example of that fact (he knows, Dutch, English, Russian and probably other languages as well).

I'm a French speaking Belgian, so well let's say that I can't be considered as biased on the topic ;). The fact that I know English, Dutch and French would not impressed anybody in Flanders...Actually it will be considered as "normal". A good Belgian and nothing else (except maybe that I should learn German too, which is the third national language)

Comment: Re:Capitalization (Score 3, Informative) 190

by oliderid (#29716999) Attached to: First European Commander of the ISS

Yes, when you see a little "d" it is usually used for noble title. It has been influenced by the French "etiquette".

For the non-beneluxians. :-)

"De" in Dutch means literally "the". for example: Jan De Boer (John the Farmer), Jacques De Ridder (Jacques the rider/the knight), etc. When you see names like Van Den Berg (it means from the hills), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude from Damme -> a Belgian town).

There is no form of nobility in those names so you use capital letters.

On the other hand: The King is in French "Albert de Belgique" or in Dutch "Albert van België").

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