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Comment Re:Languages not for everyone (Score 1) 752

You have to be a PHP programmer to understand PHP code well enough to say that it's bad. So is your statement a lie or are you a bad programmer?

And I would submit that anyone who turns out bad PHP is not a good programmer in other languages either. The fact is that other languages may make it harder to turn out bad code, but if you program correctly, you shouldn't need the language ot make it hard. However, if you rely on the language to keep you out of trouble, you are going to eventually find a way around the language's protections.

Comment Re:I beg to differ (Score 1) 508

I think this is a great question. I would submit that many people who avoid facebook and other applications still have enough of this information in text or pictures that is posted by their friends. Regardless of whether you've ever joined facebook, it's likely that you are tagged in a bunch of photos or listed in a comment or two. The linkages of those tags could be used to do similar research. The point is that you can't stick your head in the sand. Social Networks exists.

Comment Polish != Innovation (Score 1) 322

This article has a crucial flaw. It merges the concepts of innovation and polish.

Much of the FOSS software is lacking in polish. The interface may not be pretty or there is a single feature that is a bit hard to set or whatever; however, that has nothing to do with innovation. Innovation is the moving forward into new features and capabilities. In that realm, FOSS is frequently the leader. Why? Because in many cases the proprietary systems look at what the majority of users will want and ignore the minority groups. When you do this, you end up with the worst of all worlds from a feature standpoint. It is a challenge to support the beginning user and the advanced user at the same time. It's a challenge to allow the business user to utilize the same product as the technical users or even home users. The place were FOSS most shines is in the fact that the products are open so that a developer can step in and say, "This product would be better for group X if we added this functionality so I'll add it." In some cases that developer is in group X.

I am an owner of an Ipod Touch. I absolutely love the thing. I can do about 80% of what I want on it. Why only 80%? Not because the capabilities I want are complicated or costly to employ. Because the manufacturer feels that my use of the device is a minority use so they never developed the features. For example: I heavily use my Ipod Touch as what it is (an Ipod ... read the term pod as in podcasting). I listen to multiple podcasts daily. I can now download podcasts directly over wifi; however, the feature is crippled by the fact that the Ipod Touch will not keep a list of your podcasts. The only way to keep a list of the podcasts you listen too on the device is to keep around an episode of the podcast. That combined with the fact that the device allows no feature for "download all new episodes of my podcasts" (which it couldn't do without the list or you would have to keep around old episodes for it to know what podcasts you listen too) make the device a pain to work with. As an alternative, it would be great to sync over wifi with my computer, but that's not possible either. So, a device that is meant to listen to podcasts on the go and has wifi support and the ability to download over the air makes it painful to do so without a frequently cabling. This is the exact place where a FOSS approach would shine. A developer would be able to add one or more of these features without having to get the original developers to "come around".

So, I can see that FOSS sometimes fails on the polish side and may not always produce the best interface, but the idea that it lacks in innovation simply put does not make any sense.

Comment Cloud computing is better (Score 1) 189

It's bad enough when I screw up a config and it takes down my mail, but what about when it happens to the entire globe at once?

I was reading this comment and it occurred to me that the latter is actually preferred. With the first option, your systems are messed up, but everyone else wants you to continue to conduct business. With the latter situation, your systems are down and so are the people who would normally be trying to reach you.

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - 10 games that changed the world 1

An anonymous reader writes: If you've ever wondered where the games you play today came from, check out this list of the ten most important games of all time. Whether you agree with all of them or not, it can't be denied that each one on this list moved its respective genre forward, pushing developers to create even better games. Well worth a read, even if just to debate what's missing from the list!

Submission + - Vista restricts GNU GCC apps to 32 MB

An anonymous reader writes: Executable images created for the DOS/Wintel environment, using the GNU GCC compilers and language standards (but not linking to the Win32 API), are subject to failure (or performance degradation) when executed in Microsoft Windows Vista, because Vista arbitrarily restricts the memory space for the GCC executable to 32 MB (33,554,432 bytes). Attempts to allocate more memory than this using the malloc(...) function (or related functions, such as calloc(...)) will fail. This limitation applies whether the application is executed with the Run command, within a Command Prompt box (DOS box), or with the Start command. This limitation does not appear in Windows XP, Windows 98SE, or standalone DOS; the exact same executable, running under Windows XP SP2 or Win98SE, is capable of allocating several hundred megabytes of physical memory (if present on the machine). The limitation appears to apply to any compiler and linker not employing Microsoft's proprietary Win32 API.
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Submission + - Sony sued for AACS

liam193 writes: Ars Technica is running a story about a Canadian encryption vendor which claims that AACS violates two of their patents. At this point, the company has filed suit against Sony, but the article indicates that the alleged infringement is with AACS itself. As such, it could potential affect vendors providing HD-DVD and Blue-ray technology.

Submission + - Microsoft bullies UK developer (

ZDOne writes: "Microsoft has shown that once again despite having a near bottomless marketing budget — it is supremely talented at coming across as ruthless and uncaring. The boys at Redmond have demanded — with very unsubtle lawyers' letters — that a London-based Windows developer withdraws a version of his free debugging tool from distribution, and is claiming that the tool breaches its licensing conditions. What's this about Microsoft finally seeing the light around the benefits of an open source community approach to software development — we are not convinced.

Microsoft angered by UK developer,1000000121,3928 7310,00.htm"


Submission + - Mass outage hits XM

An anonymous reader writes: XM Satellite Radio is experiencing a major outage right now, having lost one of its satellites and a massive number of repeaters. Listeners on the East Coast are mostly affected since XM's second satellite doesn't have a national footprint. Customer service reps are saying anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days for service to be restored.

The cause to all this mayhem? A software update.

Submission + - Shouldn't copyrights last forever?

proxima writes: Mark Helprin, author and fellow at the Claremont Institute, writes an op-ed piece in today's New York Times. He responds to the argument about expiration being for the public good by saying, "it might also be for the public good were Congress to allow the enslavement of foreign captives and their descendants (this was tried);" He argues that Congress should extend the length of copyright again, "as far as it can throw". This is certainly a striking position compared to many on Slashdot and fellow guest columnist Lawrence Lessig (access to archives required).
Operating Systems

Submission + - Linux Training

Spritzer writes: I work for a rather large corporation with multiple divisions around the world. Nearly all user computers in the company are Windows systems, and there is no plan to move to Linux in the future. However, a good many of our products are now designed to run on Linux systems for security and stability purposes. Obviously, the design/development teams are knowledgeable in the use of Linux operating systems.Unfortunately my field service teams are not, and their is no in-house training program. This has begun to affect our ability to provide efficient, quality service to customers when in the field.

What training services have you used in the past to get people trained in the basics of using? I'd prefer to stay away from online, self-paced courses and get my people some hands on training with an instructor.

Submission + - Yahoo's uptime earns that exclamation point!

netbuzz writes: "The Yahoo Search site may have been down for a spell this morning, but the company's main site — — is on quite a roll of uninterrupted uptime: 266 days to be precise. That makes Yahoo the reigning uptime champ among the Internet's 20 most trampled Web sites, according to Pingdom. Google does great, too, but those additions to the Google family — YouTube and Blogger — have had little to brag about in this regard. 2"

Submission + - AMD Barcelona Slipping Again?!?

StarViking writes: According to this X-bit Labs Story, AMD's bloated (283 square mm!), server chip looks like it will be shifting again, from "Early Q2" to "Mid-2007" to now finally "Late Q3" (August/September is best guess). If Intel is able to pull forward its Penryn line, this might mean that Barcelona won't even get a full month "in the sun" before Intel pulls ahead again...

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