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Comment Re:Yeah, that's always been my reaction (Score 1) 355 355

I'll second the QT/C++ route. C++ skills are useful for more than just mobile development too! While I get that a lot of people don't like the syntax, I have to ask, which language is without sin let it cast the first stone. C++ in my most humble opinion is a really cool language and Qt (yes even with MOC) makes it even cooler. Java is alright I guess. The JavaFX seems pretty neat at the very least. C# seems like it was really popular a few years back, but now a day, I barely hear anything about it or the .NET platform for that matter. I'm surprised people are actually talking about it, but maybe I'm not hanging out with the right people or I'm just not in the right geographical region. Anyway, that's my 2 on the matter.

Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge->

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

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Comment Re: Vote with your feet (Score -1) 351 351

Fuck yeah! And what more, most of the bitching is superficial bull. Don't like Pocket? Remove it. Missing your status bar? Add it back. Holy jeezbus, for the type of crowd that is "allegedly" populating Slashdot, there sure is a shit ton of whiny assholes up in here. Put your big boy pants on and freaking patch. If you can't bother patching or just too damn lazy, then don't be surprised by the "made for the masses" crap that's out of box. Tired of this whiny, "pander to me or I'm walking" junk that I see on here day in and day out, fuck the karma let it burn, grow up and learn to run a computer instead of it running you.

Submission + - Sourceforge hijacks GIMP For Windows project, adds malware to downloads->

David Gerard writes: SourceForge has taken over control of the GIMP for Windows SF project and is now distributing an adware/malwared installer for GIMP. They also locked out the maintainer, Jernej Simoni. Sourceforge claims it was "abandoned" and they're providing a service by "mirroring" the original, though it's unclear how much value malware adds for the end user, rather than for SF. (This comes two years after SF claiming its malware was just "misunderstood".) Since being busted, SF is now serving an .exe that matches that at the official download site. Other projects recently hijacked by SF include many Apache projects (Allura, Derby, Directory Studio, the Apache HTTP server, Hadoop, OpenOffice, Solr, and Subversion); Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and FireFTP; Evolution and Open-Xchange; Drupal and WordPress; Eclipse, Aptana, Komodo, MonoDevelop, and NetBeans; VLC, Audacious,, Helix, and Tomahawk media players; and many others.
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Comment Re:No one cares. (Score 1) 149 149

We had a C++11 party. It was mostly themed, "About damn time!" Our C++14 party we held up a banner, "Here's to a 10'00'0'00 lines of code that will abuse the new number concept." Our C++17 party will be a mostly confusing and unintelligible cluster fuck of multiple party ideas rolled into one.

Also, before anyone get's angry, I'm just being funny.

Comment Re:More important than the technical questions is (Score 4, Insightful) 51 51

Totally underrated comment. You hit the nail on the head. I think Slashdot has a way of attracting desktop thinkers, which isn't a bad thing don't get me wrong on that point. However, I hear the same old stale arguments tossed out there about desktops every year and every year desktop sales erode just a little bit more. In my company, there are like ten to fifteen technical workers that use desktops to create online business reporting that hundreds of end users use on their iPads and Android tablets. The desktops are still there, we just need less of them because the mobile devices do 99% of the work for 90% of the employees. The crap like working with spreadsheets sent in and all of that crap, the company fired those folks because they figured out that they could automate all that crap with advanced ETL tools. What used to be Word documents that held all our company processes, has changed into someone from the engineering department passing a BPMN document into an online processor and it spitting out technical documents that people on the floor modify using their tablets. I'd say about 80% of the technical documentation is now written by a computer, the other 20% is done on a tablet. Presentations are pretty much take a bunch of photos from your phone, some charts and data taken from the BI reporting tool, and about 100 or less words dictated to the iPad, and boom you've got your quarterly meeting presentation. Again, majority of the information comes from a machine and the small amount of actual work to be done a desktop is forty billion times over qualified.

So for the guy above you who thinks all this stuff is so far off. This is something that happens today because the majority of actual work isn't done by humans anyway. The stuff doesn't have to be more capable because we fired those people who required that and automated their job. We don't need more software, sheer numbers is just a dumb figure. We don't care about usability, pretty much everything is just a computer talking to a computer, we just need to see the end result, and the people who maintain the two systems talking to each other, we need at most like three of them. Desktops are not dead and they aren't going to die off completely, but we need way fewer of them now and that trend is only going to increase.

Comment Re:What, no Clippy? (Score 2, Interesting) 51 51

To address each of your points.

Photoshop - Does anyone "really" run this on Windows?! I thought that was mostly a Mac thing, but whatever, I'll give that one to you.

Full Office - This is the big thing about the Build 2015, Office becoming its own platform. This "run Android / iOS" crap pales in comparison to the Office as a platform part. If Microsoft can do this whole thing "right" Office will become bigger than anything they imagined.

World of Warcraft - Really? Just no, you don't get that one.

All productivity software - That depends on your definition of that word. Many of our most productive folks work with OLAP cubes and our big data stuff in all in cloud. Most documentation done in house is in the cloud with the software to produce it in the cloud. To be fair though, we're mostly an IBM i shop and most everything runs on that i, aside from Excel, Word, and PowerPoint (we ditched Exchanged long time ago and wondered why we didn't do it sooner). So because of your vague-iness, I'm not giving you that one, and also a lot of productivity isn't done by humans anyway and the part that is done requires different tools than the tools people used for productivity ten years ago.

I'm pretty sure Windows has a place in the future, but desktop for the majority of folks is dead. I see more and more iPads with BT keyboards replacing laptops at colleges, I see more big data/cloud services in companies, I see more things becoming automated that once was some "productivity" thing humans did. Each day I see fat desktops becoming less usable. That's not to say they'll go away, far from that, but they aren't going to be the dominate device for much longer. Microsoft has had some serious issues with getting a solid mobile product to market and it is killing them. If they make good on the Office as a platform thing, they'll be in a much better position than they are now. However, we are past the point where Microsoft just has to put out a good device or a good OS. They've got to become the preferred device, the preferred OS. People are going to have some random Wintel in their house that gets dusted off for the term paper or whatever, but Microsoft really needs to get into the position where people are letting their iPhones collect dust if they really stand a chance for a brighter future than being relegated to the thing you see when you get to work.

Comment Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 3, Insightful) 533 533

Yes, but the point is that all of those solutions cost money to build and maintain. Now let's be clear, the energy companies are freaking assholes, but their argument is that since the solar people brought the panels, then they should be the ones who pay for those water pumping stations to be built, and share in the cost of the employees to run the place. Otherwise, the solar people need to have their own on-premise storage and stop dumping into the line.

The big diff is that the power companies are subsidised heavily, unlike the independent solar. So I would say that the energy company has an obligation to not push the cost of peak transmission onto independent producers.

At any rate, you've hit the crux of the issue, who pays for the grid to handle this stuff? The electric companies think the solar folks should pay 100%, the solar folks think the power company should pay, others think it's a mix. Even if the total cost comes out a few million to start plus a few hundred thousand for employees and upkeep a year, the power companies want solar producers to float 100% the cost and a large group of them have indicated that they'll only pay for it kicking and screaming.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 4, Interesting) 258 258

Most truck drivers already know the writing is on the wall. The older ones could not care less, they'll be off the road for good before there is enough states stitched together to make any usable routes. The younger ones don't care either, they barely like their job to begin with and anything that makes their life less stressful all the better.

And all of that cycles around the fact that it'll be a long time before someone in some state's capital let's 80,000 pounds just roll down the road unsupervised. Most truck drivers are pretty convinced that their jobs will just turn into watching a machine roll down the road, and sign the paperwork when that machine runs into something.

Also, besides the obvious state law stuff that needs to get passed. Security will need to be addressed as well. There already is a problem with semis that are not automatic and they have a human watching the goods for a majority of the time. Imagine a semi just rolling down the street and someone decides to flatten the tires with a spike strip. Yeah, an alarm might go off, but the thieves will be long gone with the goods by the time anyone gets to the disabled machine.

Comment Re: YANIH (Score 1) 166 166

Yes, so for those reasons we should just stop making any kind of progress. You confuse my sarcasm as support for what's out there. I'm not saying they are better solutions, what I am saying is that just sticking to 70s software is neurotic at best. Yes, nothing is awesome at version 1.0, but to hear it, most people want to burn the thought of having a different opinion in the OSS community. It is going to suck at version 1.0, that's life. Invent something better, help the cause, or go hide away in your retirement home. Staying the course because inaction would be better than action is why I feel it is so humorous the current situation. So don't think I am saying Wayland or systemd is awesome, but damn they get props for rocking the boat.

Comment Re:YANIH (Score 1) 166 166

I'm going to unofficially call it as NIH being the most overused term in pretty much all technical discussion boards. I would say that NIH has reach near if not equal to Godwin's law status. Therefore, the next person to bring up NIH, we should all collectively treat such statements as useless banter and move on with our lives.

Apparently if someone purposes or actually implements something that wasn't purposed or implemented back in the 1970s, it automatically classifies that new thing as NIH. Because everyone knows that the 70s were the apparent height of computer technology and neckbeards. Screw idealism, you'll take X and it's fifty million extensions from my cold dead hands! And I like my start up scripts like I like my Egyptian tombs, hard to understand and full of things to trap and destroy you! Now get off my lawn!!

Comment Re:I'm worried (Score 1) 151 151

The problem with a black hole target, other than the obvious inability to make a miniature black hole that can be stable enough to fire something at it, would be that while the two protons may or may not fuse in the heart of the black hole, we will never know because they have crossed the event horizon and the energy they may or may not produce is now beyond our ability to detect and to a greater degree use.

Just saying

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