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Comment Re:Hmmmmmmmmm (Score 2) 136

I was in the same boat but I finally adopted VLC as my media player and it depends on the basic Qt libraries. It is so much faster to start and uses the least memory of any video player, for GTK+ or Qt. It really proves to me that Qt code can run just as fast as GTK code, even on a primarily GTK machine.

Also bear in mind that LXDE has not yet announced any plans to drop GTK support, but GTK3 team has been openly dismissive of anyone not developing for Gnome in specific, so it may be inevitable.

Comment you have every option here (Score 1) 386

Got hosting? Could you get free hosting?

You have a dozen online IDEs to pick from, perhaps codeanywhere, cloud9ide or shiftedit would be good choices. Write your PHP, Perl, Python, etc, right there.

Got hosting? Could you get a free shell account?

Download PuTTY and ssh in, find your favorite editor and install it to ~/.local or wherever you get to put your personal programs. Code to your hearts content and compile it - C, Haskell, Malbolge, whatever you like.

*Really* want to develop on Windows? Okay, go to and download Virtualbox, install it portably. Bonus points if you put it in a truecrypt partition so dismounting it leaves no traces. Install Windows in a virtual machine and enjoy being administrator. Install your favorite IDE and program away.

Comment Re:First PHP post (Score 1) 244

Because when push comes to shove, it's easy to write, easy to make poorly thought-out patches and bugfixes to, and easy to set up and run.

The main criticisms I hear of PHP are that it's "too easy" and lends itself to spaghetti code and security flaws.

Being too easy means the market is saturated with PHP developers and it can be difficult, especially for HR, to decide who is actually a good programmer, and who is not.

Submission How long do you wait for replies to e-mail?

tinkertim writes: "What I am asking has been asked many times before. I've noticed that people (in general, through my own dealings) seem to be growing increasingly impatient (seems more so over the last year). I'd like to ask slashdot readers, simply, how long does it take before you feel that someone 'blew you off' by not replying to your e-mail and how upset do you get when this appears to happen?"

Submission BonziBUDDY ported to Mac OS X - the world's end?

An anonymous reader writes: As it could be read recently on digg and Ars Technica, the world famoust spyware, the BonziBUDDY, has been ported to OSX, no exatcly like the original but as price for the spyware freeness, with a bit more "profane" attitude to the users. Does spyware free ports of the world famoust spyware bring the mac world in danger? At least it's worth a good laugh.
The Internet

Wikipedia Blocks Qatar [Updated] 204

GrumpySimon writes "Wikipedia has blocked the entire country of Qatar from editing pages. Whilst the ban is due to spam-abuse coming from the IP address in question, the fact that this belongs to the country's sole high-speed internet provider has the unintended consequence of stopping Qataris from editing the wiki. The ban has raised concerns about impartiality — the majority of Al Jazeera journalists operate out of Qatar, for example. This raises a number of issues about internet connectivity in small countries — what other internet bottlenecks like this exist?" Update: 01/02 13:32 GMT by Z : Jim Wales wrote in the comments that the story is 'completely false'. Either way, the ban has been lifted and anonymous editing is once again possible from Qatar.

Microsoft Applies to Patent RSS in Vista 119

Cyvros wrote in with a link to Wired's Monkey Bites blog, which is featuring a post on Microsoft applying for a patent on RSS. As the article points out, this isn't as crazy as it seems at first blush. From the wording of the application, post author Scott Gilbertson interprets their move as a patent on RSS only within Vista and IE7. From the article: "The big mystery is what Microsoft is planning to do with the patents if they are awarded them. The sad state of patent affairs in the United States has led to several cases of Microsoft being sued for technologies they did arguably invent simply because some else owned a generic patent on them. Of course we have no way of knowing how Microsoft intends to use these patents if they are awarded them. They could represent a defensive move, but they could be offensive as well -- [self-described RSS inventor Dave] Winer may end up being correct. It would be nice to see Microsoft release some information on what they plan to do with these patents, but for now we'll just have to wait and see whether the US Patent and Trademark Office grants them."

Submission Google Documents and Spreadsheet enters Desktop

IT Soup writes: " -spreadsheets-now-enters.html Yet another signal on Google's intention to use its huge market cap in Internet to gain access to Microsoft's honeyspot. Users who install new Google Toolbar 'can' now 'double-click' any compatible document (.doc, .xls, .odt, .rtf, .csv) on their computer and it will open straight in a browser in Google Docs and Spreadsheet."

Justin Long No Longer A Mac 333

david.emery writes "Wired is reporting that Apple will be replacing Justin Long as its 'Mac' in their 'I'm a Mac/I'm a PC' ad campaign. John Hodgman, the personification of the PC, is reportedly shooting new commercials." From the article: "Even people who hate the campaign find their core idea compelling enough to endlessly satirize the series on YouTube. The one enduring criticism of the ads is that John Hodgman's PC is funnier and more likable than Justin Long's sleazy hipster doofus Mac. (just what was he saying to that hot new camera from Japan?) Hodgman is a riot (just read "The Areas of My Expertise" if you don't believe me), but I'm not sure how the new series of ads goes on from here. Is there a new Mac? Does Hodgman become the Mac?"

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