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Comment Re:You know what they say (Score 1) 193

Day of Defeat: dod_charlie

Its is a map of a Normandy beach where the Allies start off in the water and the Axis are in fortified positions. Its carnage. You spawn in water, take a step, take a bullet. Die.

Video games a the only way to experience taking a bullet in such a horrific encounter that is akin to a real experience but "do-able" in a mass education format.

Comment You would expect working wireless broadband.. (Score 1) 389

I have used fedora for years then switched to Ubuntu. This is on a bunch of laptops for me and colleagues.

Wireless broadband didn't work in 7.x could get it in 8.4 with great amount of effort, out of the box in 8.10, fucked it again in 9.04 and had to fix it manually with usb_modswitch, fucked that up again in 9.10.

This is a Telstra series 7 (Australia's largest ISP) USB modem.

In the work sense you can imagine how crap Linux looks when it works, then not, then click the icon, no wait run this script, no now you can right click the system tray, no wait Apps->Internet-> Gnome PPP...!

If companies like Canonical / Ubuntu really want Linux to be adopted then they need to stop users have things that are crucial to the user experience (of a netbook) break just because the user - quite rightly - clicked "Update".

I love Linux but there are pleanty of other OS's I could use if I didn't need working Internet access. :-)

Comment Re:Geeks Prefer Competence To Niceness (Score 1) 300

"Who..saves the server when things break? The guy that knows what he's doing. He may feel like a hero afterward but mostly he just feels pissed off that he had to do it at all. ..."

Isn't that their job? The one they were hired for? The one they accept payment for?

Feel like a hero? Isn't that called professional pride in the real world?

It sounds like you are in the wrong job if you don't understand why meetings are for listening as well as speaking.

Encryption

Submission + - New AES attack documented

avxo writes: Bruce Schneier covers a new cryptanalytic related-key attack on AES that is better than brute force with a complexity of 2^119. According to an e-mail by the authors: 'We also expect that a careful analysis may reduce the complexities. As a preliminary result, we think that the complexity of the attack on AES-256 can be lowered from 2^119 to about 2^110.5 data and time. We believe that these results may shed a new light on the design of the key-schedules of block ciphers, but they pose no immediate threat for the real world applications that use AES.'

Comment 200,000 Resumes (Score 1) 438

I've written a recruitment app that has 200k resumes and other types of folder indexed in text.

The files live on the disk in /TYPE/YEAR/MONTH and are converted to text and inserted into MySQL database.

They can be searched on name, date record id, free text, type, etc, etc; or just browsed to on disk.

The front end is PHP on MySQL.

These were imported from a files on disk approach.

It can scale with master slave replication, etc. Just keeping it simple helps.

Programming

Submission + - How to make your ideas work.

Gob Gob writes: What do you do when the app has grown with you? I have written a business app for a growing multinational business services company. It is very effective in its space and selling the software could be a very viable business (which I am able to do with the company's full support). The problem lies in the fact that the code has grown with my skills. What started as a hack around a PHP hand-me-down has become the CRM, Invoicing, Payroll, Web Site, Email, SMS, etc, etc all in one. The problem is that this application has some very crappy code and no one can support it but me. I do not want to drop my focus on new features and delivering to the user base to do house work on the code but I can't really see me getting the software to market when I am the only one who can understand the amateurish components which comprise some of the beginings of a very large app.

Comment Re:You can't win if you don't play (Score 1) 474

"Contrary to what you seem to think, the employer/employee relationship goes both ways, and finding and keeping good employees is just as important for you as finding a good job is for them."

No offence but the world is in recession. Nice one dickhead. Finally the attitude that there are employers begging for people to work is gone!

YAY FOR THE REAL WORLD AGAIN!

(Oh and thanks for the US banking system for fucking up the world...wankers)

* dickhead is a soft term where I come from

Comment Re:money is not the way (Score 2, Interesting) 497

"Seconded. You'll never get anywhere driving it from the top down with mandatory ....."

I agree, but you could go one step further. Bring in your old laptop of min specs XYZ and we will install the latest and greatest Linux of choices A,B,C at no cost.

Don't give people bats but not balls.

If someone thinks their old laptop of desktop can come up to scratch then they are likely to be a supporter of the idea.

For the record: We did this with our staff and branch network at work.

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