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Comment: First, corporate, now an independent SW Architect (Score 1) 189

by vikingpower (#47986389) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone
I use a Blackberry. A BB Bold, to be precise. It makes me look with pity upon iOS / Android / Windows Phone users. Security is tight, the OS is as stable as QNX ever was. Someone here complained about the thing getting hot when used for gaming. Heck - a BB is **not** a toy, you use it for doing business. Apps ? Over more than 2 years, I downloaded exactly 2, for very precisely described needs. All the rest I need ( email, contacts management, evernote, calendar, LinkedIn ) was **already** on the phone when I got it. If BB goes down, I'll have a major problem. If not, I'll be one of their staunchest supportes. But then again - I use NetBeans as an IDE, and drive a Saab :-)

Comment: A Dutch poet once wrote... (Score 1) 478

by vikingpower (#47975309) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
"We were not missed before we came / when we'll be gone, it shan't be different". Anyone who realizes that, can happily set him- or herself such a limit as in TFA. Not a bad idea at all. My limit is the day I will be obliged to admit, honestly and only to myself, that I can't do productive work anymore. Wurscht if that is 60, 75 or 80.

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 1) 67

by vikingpower (#47795839) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung
Because Google Maps compares awfully with Open Street Maps and other mapping services. Moreover, Google has gained too much power, way too large a piece of real estate in the town called the Internet, and knows too much about too many of us. Google should be broken down into pieces, just like Bell once was.

Comment: Re:So why dont cases breathe out the top? (Score 1) 149

by vikingpower (#47795587) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating
I have a self-built server in an Antec tower case. It breathes out of the top ( the main inlets are front, behind the RAID controller, and one of the sides ). It stands on a table, and never has any problem with hair from the three dogs who regularly stalk around here, insects, etc. Only some dust, but that is normal.

Comment: Re:ok, so, what now (Score 1) 89

by vikingpower (#47785985) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far
Nope. Not the western hemisphere, but rather the eastern. Humans came from Africa, which is in the half of the globe that has eastern longitude. From there, they spread to Asia and Europe, and from Asia to the Americas, the latter movement having been a rather recent event in human history ( less than 100.000 years ago ).

Comment: Simple. Easy. (Score 2, Insightful) 113

by vikingpower (#47785659) Attached to: Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies
Boycot Amazon. I do, and a lot of people here in central Europe do ( although almost all of the boycotters do live in large cities, with easy access to book stores ). It is actually a physical delight to go, in persona, to a a book store, browse, take your time, and buy -- or place an order for something they don't have in stock. In the latter case, getting the phone call that "your book has arrived, Mr. Faustus" is delightful, too,

Comment: Only for internet access (Score 1) 260

by vikingpower (#47740647) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?
This is an old house ( 100 years ) where I simply can't lay ethernet cables everywhere. So my girlfriend, with her laptop, is on WiFi, over a NetGear repeater in a 220V socket in... the bathroom. The rest of the devices which need internet access are on ethernet: the WiFi router is hooked to a 16-port switch ( got it as a gift from the friendly sysadmin when I was kicked out of my last job ), and from there ethernet to my 2 laptops, NAS, workstation and server, all on the patio which is my working place. SSID is actually RunterVonMeinemRasen ( "get off my lawn" in German ) :-)

Thus spake the master programmer: "After three days without programming, life becomes meaningless." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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