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Comment Re:MySQL scales just fine. (Score 1) 222

The whole NoSQL movement is as bad as the XML movement. I'm sure it's a great idea in some cases, but otherwise it's a solution looking for a problem.

Excellent quote.

Timothy, you're asking the wrong question. "Is anyone using this system in production?" bzzzz, wrong. The correct question is "What systems are people _using_ in production?"

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 111

A few years ago I completed a massive stop motion project:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd0nQE_nw20

which has over 6000 shots, and used a combination of webcam shots, digital camera shots and a live action camera.

I will like to venture the opinion that the software for stop motion animation is generally terrible.

I tried out a bunch of software and almost all of them were either :

- Too expensive

- Crashed too often

- Difficult to use

- Had practically no features

- Were impossible to evaluate

For something that's such a simple thing, take a bunch of shots and join them together, the software that's out there is _terrible_. The only one that was even vaguely plausable to use was Stop Motion Pro - and even then it was expensive. The only caveat that I'd like to add is that it was about 4 years ago.

I ended up using software called MonkeyJam, which even still crashed frequently, and used Adobe's Premiere Pro to join it all together. It was a nightmare.

This article is a basic puff piece on how nice and easy everything is, in particular:

"Young kids can make a film in their room and distribute it and have half a million people view it"

what a load of rubbish. Show me a bunch of stop motion films that a bunch of kids have made in their rooms with over half a million views. Unless it's spectacular nobody is going to view it.

Comment Re:Not actually an election promise (Score 3, Interesting) 255

I wonder if this decision was related to the protest that had been organised?

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100265633350951

Seems like a bit of a co-incidence.. especially because this is the second time it has happened. Last time there was a protest organised about shutting down the Tote due to insane liquor licensing - but the protest was a waste of time as a decision had already been made.

I guess politically it's a lot less damaging if they stop the protest from happening.

But maybe they've started doing next years budget and realised just how expensive this filtering nonsense will be.. and that they can safely cut it because no-one wants it. They can save face by saying "it's just been delayed".

Comment Re:Groovy (Score 1) 667

Couldn't agree more. After coding in Java for 2 years I then moved onto an c# ASP.NET project. I was in heaven. Could get things done 5 times faster, no stuffing around. Java is just configuration hell and terrible documentation. Screw Java, go microsoft.

Comment Re:Here we go again (Score 4, Interesting) 597

He also wrote an article about how Exceptions are pointless and a waste of time,
and that we should track "ErrorNumbers" ourselves manually.

He completely ignored the fact that exceptions were developed to solve
the problem of "working out in the stack where the error happened", and when
people pointed that out how ridiculous his solution was he refused to change
his mind. So screw it.
Microsoft

Submission + - Pirates offer Windows 7 on USB sticks

Sam writes: Ars reports: Pirates have been selling Windows 7 on the black market long before the operating system was officially released on October 22, 2009. That said, as far we can tell, it's a first to see Windows 7 being sold illegally on USB drives, the selling point being that they work much faster than DVDs. In China, Netac U208 8GB USB drives preloaded with Windows 7 are being sold for 98 yuan, or about $14.

Comment Re:Broken security model (Score 1) 355

Adobe should not be held accountable. It's not their problem. If I write a program in c# to delete your hard disk, create the EXE, upload it to my website, you download and run it, what, it's Microsoft's fault? What if I write the program in Java and send you a link to a JAR file? Going to sue Sun?

Smash is correct, if you allow users to upload executable content to your website, you're a knob.

Comment KeePass - fantastic software. (Score 4, Informative) 1007

KeePass.

* Stores all of your passwords in a secure encrypted file

* Has auto-type so you don't have to type or remember your passwords

* Has a great password generator tool, so that you can reset all of your passwords to something secure

* Easily transferable password database.

* Can run off a USB stick

I checked it out a month ago on the recommendation of a mate, and have been using it ever since.

It has everything that you need. Fantastic program and has been serving me brilliantly for the past month. I have now gone through all of the sites that I use regularly and have been resetting my passwords to something random. If any of those passwords are leaked then it won't be the disaster it could have been!

And on the plus side, for the sites that I login to very occasionally (eg, once every six months) I don't have to scrounge around in my memory trying to figure out what my username+password is.

And for those horrible sites that have mandatory minimum password requirements, it makes it really easy to generate a password that fits their bizarre criteria. (Eg, only 6-10 characters long, certain characters not allowed, must contain upper and lower case etc etc etc).

Don't use Firefox's password storage! They are all stored in plain text! Anyone can view them!!

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