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Comment: Missing Option: Start projects and abandon them (Score 1) 190

by soft_guy (#49446789) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?
I've started several open source projects. I have one that I started in 2002 and have continued to use myself over the years. Its an xml parser that works the way I think it should work. I wrote it and made it open source because I found myself wanting to use xml in projects at various employers and it was always a hassle finding an xml parser and convincing management to allow me to use it (because open source) and then it never had exactly the right features, etc. Xerces was too big, etc. So, finally I just wrote my own. Since I own the copyright, I can use it and grant the employer a non-exclusive close source license if they want.

Comment: Re:just want I wanted! (Score 1) 307

by soft_guy (#48962575) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows For Raspberry Pi 2
Lots of embedded projects are done on Raspberry Pi. If Windows does not run on the Pi, the company who decides to do a Pi based project will decide to develop under Linux. If Windows is available on the Pi and they have Windows developers available, they might decide to do the project with Windows. Also, its less expensive to hire Windows developers than Linux developers right now. Microsoft likes selling embedded windows because its a great way for them to sell lots of Windows licenses.

Comment: VMWare is worth the money (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by soft_guy (#48940743) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill
After struggling with VirtualBox for a while, I broke down and bought VMWare. I use it for running Linux and running other versions of MacOS X on my Mac. I have found it to be well worth the money. In general, I like free software and I don't mind something that is a little harder to use if the non-free alternative is expensive, but at $79 VM Ware has saved me so much time its well worth it.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 4, Insightful) 579

Apple tries to control as much as they can on their platforms. Other platforms like Android and Windows take an approach of sharing responsibility for the overall quality between several different companies who can each point at each other and say "not it!" when a problem arrises.

Comment: Two thoughts (Score 1) 287

by soft_guy (#48213749) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
Why do we have to assume we can't make any changes to the nature of traffic lights to make them more easily machine readable? Since it requires a car with a lot of cameras to maintain the road information accurate enough for the self driving car, why would lots of cars with fewer cameras do an equally good job? For things like potholes, we can't self driving cars report information about how smooth a particular path along the road is so that pot holes are mapped?

Comment: Re:Sleeper cars (Score 1) 261

by soft_guy (#48041137) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
Another good way to get ticketed is to drive a car with identifiers that you are from a different part of the country. After moving to Washington State, my ex-wife got pulled over and ticketed twice for bullshit because she had dealer logos on her car from where she bought it in Houston, Texas. Both times she was asked when she was returning to Houston and how long it had been since she had been to Houston. The car itself had Washington plates.

Comment: Re:Risk aversion (Score 4, Insightful) 203

by soft_guy (#47964831) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
What is so wrong with a project failing? I really don't get it. This is a site to donate money for people to do a cool project. If none of the projects are allowed to fail, it would only be really conservative projects. If you aren't willing to take that risk, don't fund a kickstarter. It is not a shopping site.

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