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Comment Re:Anything ready for the real world yet? (Score 1) 111

Try SQLAlchemy. It's simply awesome. The ORM by and for people who actually know relational databases. No "composite keys not supported". No "Legacy DB" FUD phrasing like Rails. Use it with Mako for templates and whatever web framework. Pylons/Pyramid works, as do others I'm sure, but to me the far more important choice is the ORM and templating system. The rest is just glue.

Comment Ubuntu's decisions lately (Score -1) 283

Ubuntu has had a strange mix of decisions lately. Good decisions to dump f-spot and evolution. These were two default programs I always had to remove for non-technical users that I support to avoid endless complaints. Then there are bad decisions like pulseaudio (over jack). It causes problems but, after a lot of growing pains, mostly works for the average user. Then there are the horrible decisions like Unity and Wayland that make you wonder where they think they are going.

Comment Re:Not that big of a deal (Score -1) 268

> Some of us have been writing C in Linux for ~12 years and decided enough is enough. C++ is not any better (in many ways worse), ...

And that's where you went wrong. Good, modern C++ is much better than C for most high level applications. Most of the anti C++ attacks from below (C) and above (Java/C#) are merely FUD in my experience. Programming in C++ provides nice abstractions that C lacks, without giving up system-level control that the JVM/CLR environments do.

Comment Tracemonkey 64-bit? (Score -1) 168

Now when will we see the Firefox Javascript JIT compiler ported to AMD64? It's not very well documented but 64-bit Firefox builds simply ignore the javascript.options.jit.content setting. It took me a while to figure out why the much promoted feature had no affect on any Javascript benchmarks.

Comment tracemonky doesn't work on 64-bit (Score -1) 273

Unfortunately tracemonky still doesn't work on 64-bit builds. You can set the javascript.options.jit.content preference to true with no warning that you are at most going to get a placebo effect on javascript performance. So anyone with a modern system won't be able to take advantage of one of the biggest new features.


Submission + - Is the HD DVD Format Dead?

Reservoir Hill writes: "Warner Brothers announced that it will release high-definition DVDs exclusively in Sony's Blu-ray format, dealing a big blow to Toshiba's rival HD DVD technology. Warner Brothers is Hollywood's biggest seller of DVDs, representing about 18 to 20 percent of sales in the United States and was one of the few studios backing both formats. "A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry," said Kevin Tsujihara, President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Saul Hansell at the NY Times says he wouldn't spend money on an HD DVD player until this all sorts out and expects many consumers to return their Christmas HD DVD players and exchange them for Blu-ray devices."

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