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Comment: Re:Java killer? (Score 2) 623

by roalt (#35804504) Attached to: Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

The new assignment operator ":="

Oh look, someone revived the Clipper dBASE compiler / Pascal syntax.

This is called the becomes operator. I think it was introduced by Dykstra, a well-known computer science professor. The idea is that it is mathematical more correct than the equals (=) operator, as you can do: x := 3; x := 4; Personally, it's not my favourite (I prefer =), but I do think that it leads to less if(a = b) { ... } mistakes than using the = and == operators from the C language

Comment: Re:Bloody idiots (Score 1) 266

by roalt (#34328102) Attached to: Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live
You are absolutely right, but for Diaspora's case: Getting multiple browser support right takes time, getting IE support right even longer. (I admit that for a simple "join page" it wouldn't be that much extra time. During alpha development phase, you want to go forward, not stepping aside.

...and it's nice to let IE users experience the feeling others have for all those IE-only websites.

But very tactical, to promote your new website to new users? No...

Comment: gthumb (Score 4, Interesting) 361

by roalt (#32562154) Attached to: Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell
I've been following developments of gthumb lately and I've seem a significant increase in improvements the last year. I'm pretty sure it's triggered by competition with F-Spot and possibly Shotwell. The main reason for me to use gthumb is the superior import facility for your digital photos. You can store them in your own hierarchy/folders in the way you like it.

Comment: Garmin forerunner 305 and linux (Score 2, Interesting) 188

by roalt (#29643387) Attached to: Open Access To Exercise Data?
I've written some blog entries about my Garmin Forerunner 305. I also got it to work under linux: http://www.roalt.com/content/blogcategory/28/31/ Just one month ago, I also added a quick release fix and a Cadence meter, so I can use it both with running and with cycling. With the release kit it's also perfect if you want to do triathlon (although I'm not so sure it's swim-proof)...
Unix

+ - Judge Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision-> 2

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "A federal appeals court has overturned a 2007 decision that Novell owns the Unix code, clearing the way for SCO to pursue a $1 billion copyright infringement case against IBM. In a 54-page decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said it was reversing the 2007 summary judgment decision by Judge Dale Kimball of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, which found that Novell was the owner of Unix and UnixWare copyrights. SCO CEO Darl McBride called the decision a "huge validation for SCO.""
Link to Original Source

Comment: Not so idiotic story... (Score 1) 365

by roalt (#26559809) Attached to: Obama Keeps His Blackberry (And Gets a Sectera)
Not having e-mail and telephone lines directly available seems pretty technological dark aged to me. Staff needing to use their own (or their foreign country cell phone) and setting up personal gmail accounts in order to do some work isn't helping white house procedures to keep work safe and according to some presidential's disclosure acts. I think the 6-year old O.S. is indeed a bit out-of-place and doesn't prove the point that is made, but relative seen, it's looks pretty dark.
GNU is Not Unix

+ - OpenBSD in a GPL violation?

Submitted by
Yenya
Yenya writes "In a message sent to OpenBSD developers as well as the linux-wireless and bcm43xx-devel lists, Michael Buesch, the main developer of the Linux bcm43xx driver for Broadcom WiFi devices, wrote:

[...]We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license). There are implementation details in bcm43xx that appear exactly the same in bcw. These implementation details clearly don't come from the open specifications at bcm-specs.sipsolutions.net or bcm-v4.sipsolutions.net.
The bcm43xx driver is being developed as a clean room design, based on the reverse-enginered specs, created by another team. As it seems now, the bcw driver in question might just be removed from the OpenBSD source."
PlayStation (Games)

+ - PS3 Oblivion Approaching PC Quality Visuals

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fistfullast33l
fistfullast33l writes "After taking a beating in Gamespot's side by side Comparison of Xbox 360 and PS3 graphics, Playstation 3 owners may finally have something to hold over the 360 fans. Both Gamespot and IGN have previews posted yesterday that talk up the graphics and performance improvements over the 360 version. Load times and texture quality and draw distance have been improved, as well as "new shaders dedicated to rendering the foreground cleanly with sharper details, so rocky landscapes now have craggy appearances instead of smooth, non-distinct surfaces," according to IGN. They end with the ultimate hype, "screens from the PS3 version should approach those from high end PCs running Oblivion, which is an impressive feat." How is this possible? Gamespot reports that "Oblivion will make extensive use of the PS3's hard drive by caching multiple gigabytes of data, which seemed to help with load times from what we saw." While there are no official reports of this making it into the new 360/PC expansion Shivering Isles, a rumor on the Gamespot preview says that 1up might have the scoop."
Software

+ - Inkscape 0.45 released

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Simarilius
Simarilius writes "Version 0.45 of the vector art package Inkscape 0.45 was officially released Monday and is available for download now for a range of platforms. This release brings the exciting new features developed by the Google Summer of Code 2006 participants, as well as tons of other improvements across the board. Most notably is the new Gaussian Blur feature, which allow softly and naturally blurring Inkscape objects like path, shapes, groups, text, and images. Gaussian blur enables a wide range of photorealistic effects: arbitrarily shaped shades and lights, depth of field, drop shadows, glows, etc. Also, blurred objects can be used as masks for other objects to achieve the "feathered mask" effect. Some great examples of what it can do are available in the screenshot gallery."

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