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Comment: Business problem != technology problem (Score 5, Insightful) 343

by rgbe (#49073869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

I agree it's a business problem. MS Office has some pretty good versioning support built into it and multiple people can edit a document at the same time, if you know how to set it up. There should a technical person in your wife's company that understands how MS Office and other tools work. They should train the staff on the capabilities and the staff should come up with a process that works for everyone.

With SharePoint you can have MS Office documents versioned, it is basic versioning, not like git where you can have branches and things like that. For other types of documents, it's a matter of defining a process and naming convention on how to keep a track of items.

Comment: AMD support more recent versions of OpenC (Score 2) 110

by rgbe (#48899743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Have a look at this talk, namely 8 min 30 seconds into the talk:

The talk was given at the recent Linux Conf Australia (in New Zealand). It shows that AMD supports OpenCL 2.0, while Nvidia only support version 1.1 (released in 2010). I spoke to the speaker after his talk and he said Nvidia are basically dragging their heals with regard to supporting more recent versions. Nvidia also request unconvential features be put into the spec, and then never implement those features. Obvisouly Nvidia are doing well with their own CUDA language and seem to be trying to create a walled garden. It sounds like if you are going for openness and not for speed, then you could look at Intel or AMD (both support version 2.0).

Comment: One step back, two steps forward (Score 1) 415

by rgbe (#48272757) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

One step back, two steps forward. This is how I see it. Battery tech will evolve and so will the energy efficiency of the devices. It may be slow with regard to today's pace.

It's like saying the browser is a step back from the standard desktop environment. It is, but it also allows you to do so much more.

All this from someone who does not wear a watch.

Comment: Re:LastPass (Score 1) 191

by rgbe (#47991643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

I second that. I have LastPass on my mobile, on various WebBrowsers at home and work. Although the free version could be suficient for your child. I paid for the premium version which gives me the mobile option, and it's cheap, at only around $12/year (last time I looked). So for all websites I have different passwords which all have high entropy (think 16 characters, uppercase, lower case, numbers and special characters).

I only need to remember a few passwords which I don't store in LassPass, e.g. bank, email, etc.

Comment: I have used change logs before (Score 1) 162

by rgbe (#45659071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

I worked in a large financial services company in Switzerland. We were one of the most intense users of a particular risk & control application. We understood each corner of this application and with each new release we analysed each change in detail. This was necessary to weigh-up the value of upgrading or not, or timing the upgrade appropriately. Some seemingly insignificant change could be a show-stopper for our users.

Comment: Once you do get it going... (Score 1) 175

by rgbe (#45331337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?

You can optimize your connection using an optimizing proxy hardwired to the Internet. The proxy can reduce some of the latency by doing dns lookups for you and reducing page sizes. It won't make real time apps like VOIP any better. There are also services like this available: or Opera browser, etc. I think even Chrome has it available.

Comment: Wikimedia could copy StackOverflow's process (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by rgbe (#45207463) Attached to: Wikipedia Actively Battling PR Sockpuppets

We all know how StackOverflow works. You can always ask or answer a question, but other privileges are based on your reputation. Reputation is only gained by creating good questions and answers. It takes work to get a good reputation on StackOverflow.

I actually don't know what Wikimedia has in place, but it could implement a similar reputation based approach as StackOverflow. Of course the algorithm and mechanism would be different since Wikipedia is not a Q&A site.

To make things even harder, they could implement a reputation killer. For example: if user A improved the score of user B, then user B gets nuked because they are one of these PR firms, then user A should suffer a major reputation dive.

While I'm at it... Instead of Wikipedia begging for money once a year, they could implement a site which has some light advertising. By default all users go to, but for those who want can manually redirect to I would be glad to support such a system.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.