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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

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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.""
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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.
United States

Putin Threatens US Missile Bases In Europe 997

Posted by kdawson
from the reagan-won-this-didn't-he dept.
Melugo writes to let us know that Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that US plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe would force Moscow to target its weapons against Europe. This reader notes: "It feels like the Cold War all over again." "'If the American nuclear potential grows in European territory, we have to give ourselves new targets in Europe,' Putin said... 'It is up to our military to define these targets, in addition to defining the choice between ballistic and cruise missiles.'"

Comment: Useless as in "linux" (Score 1) 729

by roalt (#19118853) Attached to: A "Bill of Lights" to Restrict LEDs on Gadgets?
Yes, they are useless on the Dell XPS M1710, but only if you have linux running: I've been searching for a way to control them from my linux operating system and the only information I found that it was already damn hard to do it from Windows using some kind of Dell Windows API (see http://www.notebookforums.com/post840284.html#post 840284.

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